Max Levchin is a serial entrepreneur, investor, board member, and father. At TechCrunch Disrupt, he discussed what he is most passionate about as an entrepreneur.
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“We have built the most powerful crowdfunding platform out there,” said CEO James Beshara. “This is the first full-featured crowdfunding mobile app.”
Marc Benioff doesn’t hate Larry Ellison, calls Steve Job his “guru”, and thinks Bill Gates should return as CEO of Microsoft.
Partners David Sze and Reid Hoffman announced the closure of its 14th fund onstage today at TechCrunch Disrupt.
Sanjit Biswas sold Meraki to Cisco for $1.2 billion last year, and primary investor Sequoia Capital made $400 million off that sale. Partner Doug Leone and Biswas dicussed their relationship at Disrupt.
Editor’s Pick The startup battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt is filled with skilled soldiers this year, and the contest is a lot more interesting.
Beacon uses low energy Bluetooth to transmit information from retailers to consumers and vice versa. Beacon can automatically check people in when they arrive to a retail location and deliver them product offers.
Dick Costolo makes all the managers at Twitter go through a management course so they can be effective leaders. He shared some of this wisdom today at TechCrunch Disrupt.
Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel said at TechCrunch Disrupt today that the company’s userbase is growing rapidly and in-app purchases could be on the horizon.
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun discussed what it will take to fix America’s outdated system of higher education at TechCrunch Disrupt.
Founders of popular ridesharing service Lyft discuss the competitive market and their vision for the company’s future.
Building a company for first-time founders is like jumping into the deep end of the pool without really knowing how to swim. The Lightspeed Summer Fellowship helps aspiring entrepreneurs get their feet wet.
The Y-Combinator backed startup announced today that it is shutting down because it wasn’t the company the founders wanted.
The illustrious serial entrepreneur and founder of SpaceX released a video of himself designing rocket parts with hand gestures, using holograms, virtual reality tech, Leap Motion, and a 3D printer.
Yodlee Interactive is an ecosystem of financial apps that banks can easily integrate and resell to their customers. The goal is to build the worlds’ greatest developer community around financial services.
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KAWO helps brands repurpose and automate their existing social media content onto popular Chinese social channels, giving them access to China’s 591 million Internet users.
NliteN launched an Indiegogo campaign today for its cheap, 2D LED light bulb that uses 80% less energy than 60 watt incandescent lightbulbs.
The web hosting company officially launched its new brand strategy today, along with a new design and “reinvigorated” product offerings that focus on helping small businesses, and TV ads with Jean-Claude Van Damme
Stanford’s StartX program announced a $3.6 million grant to form the StartX Fund, which will support Stanford entrepreneurs as they develop ideas and bring products to market.
The last-minute booking app has now raised more than $80 million to fuel international growth and make it as easy as possible to be spontaneous.
Path 3.2 is designed to give the user more control. It has tools for private sharing, designating an “inner circle,” and will now offer a premium subscription service.
Yahoo has released its new logo. It will begin appearing on company properties tonight, according to a post on the company blog.
Whisperers add text to images and post it anonymously via a mobile app. Whispers can be embarrassing moments, intimate confessions, or anything you want to express.
Vacatia has raised $5 million to grow its online marketplace of timeshares, and put some vigor back into the industry after its economic struggles.
Aisle411 collects data on retailers’ inventory, in-store product locations, and floor plan information. It turns this data into digital maps that help consumers find what they are looking for.
A consortium of world leaders have formed a social impact task force to bring “impact investing” to the forefront of global policy. The task force was formally announced this morning at the Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) conference.
Commonbond powers a platform that connects student borrowers with lenders who can help pay for their education. In the next year it will fund $100 million in student loans.
Piglt is an incentive-based crowdfunding platform for higher education expenses and student loan debt. Students offer their current abilities, skills, and products created in exchange for financial contributions.
Zazma’s platform provides small business owners with more immediate, flexible financing options than traditional financial institutions and suppliers.
Solar-as-a-service provider Sunrun and smart thermostat company Nest are offering consumers significant financial incentives to motivate adoption of energy-efficient technology.
Eventbrite has acquired Lanyrd, a startup that provides a social directory of conferences and other professional events, and Latin American ticketing service Eventioz.
Drivewise.ly has raised $1.3 million for its mobile app that collects data on your driving habits and gives you a score based on your skill.
ReadyForce and SignalFire are co-hosting the second University Hacker Olympics from September 13-15 in what they claim is “the most epic university hackathon ever.”
A group of researches at the Free University of Berlin found that people who are prone to seeking rewards (like food and sex) are more likely to be active on Facebook.
Pandas may be expensive and yield questionable value, but the same can also be said of many startups. Here are the companies investors are betting on today.
The Glendale Unified School District hired Geo Listening to track the social media activity of 13,000 students and flag potentially dangerous situations.
Outbox publicly launched its alternative to mail delivery service in San Francisco today.
Venerable venture firm Greylock Partners announced that it is dedicating a $100 million fund to marketplaces. The fund will be managed by new partner Simon Rothman
Lyft will now be available in Indianapolis, St. Paul, and Atlanta. This is a milestone for Lyft, which typically launches in one city at a time