Exciting public-data-search startup Enigma has won TechCrunch Disrupt NY’s Startup Battlefield amid strong competition.
Handle launched its productivity application today which helps you organize your inbox, prioritize tasks, and get things done as efficiently as possible.
Salesforce acquires Prior Knowledge and its predictive database technology for developers.
Personal finance startup BillGuard has raised $10 million in second-round financing, and it’s using it to expand its service that helps protect accounts from fraudulent activity, the company said Tuesday.
Ford and Bug Labs announced today they are creating a platform that will encourage users to modify computers in the automaker’s future cars, bringing together the creativity of computer hackers and car tinkerers.
Getaround, the startup that offers a marketplace for personal car rentals, was named the winner of TechCrunch Disrupt NYC.
In ancient China, doctors were paid to keep their patients well. If a patient fell ill, the doctor didn’t get paid until they got better. We have gotten used to being continuously connected, so why does healthcare still revolve around an occasional face to face meeting with your doctor when something has already gone wrong?
Onstage at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference today, Roelof Botha, a partner at Sequoia Capital, looked back at one of the firms’ more controversial moments — the presentation that it gave to its portfolio companies after the financial crash in late 2008.
Angel investor Ron Conway’s new fund was outed today at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York — by TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington.
Apparently, mobile payment company Square thought its initial vision of arming merchants everywhere with credit card readers wasn’t quite ambitious enough. Today, at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York, the company announced an upgraded lineup of services, including the ability to pay by just giving the merchant your name, no credit card required.
Here’s our roundup of the week’s tech business news. First, the most popular stories VentureBeat published in the last seven days:
San Francisco startup Mogotix recently announced its new ticketing service. It’s hardly the first company to offer mobile ticketing, but it’s the first one I’ve seen that uses phones as both the ticket and the ticket reader.
Qwiki has won the TechCrunch Disrupt award as the company with the most disruptive game-changing strategy at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco today.
Right now, the TechCrunch Disrupt judging panel is choosing the top startup from among the 27 companies that launched on-stage at the conference over the last three days. But VentureBeat’s writers watched (and wrote about) every single one of those presentations, and we have our own favorites.
Marissa Mayer, Google’s vice president of search and user experience, mostly dodged questions on-stage today about the company’s future plans, including rumors of some sort of social networking service in the works.
Digg, the pioneering social-news site which lets users vote on top headlines, began to lose momentum during the recession because it pulled engineers from designing new site features to work on improving revenue, founder Kevin Rose said today.
Redbeacon, the service-listing startup that won the TechCrunch 50 conference last year, took the stage again today at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, and chief executive Ethan Anderson announced some new features that should expand the company’s audience.
Search engine Ask.com, an early competitor of Google’s that has since faded slightly into obscurity, doesn’t have any value in the framework of its parent company InterActiveCorp, according to IAC CEO Barry Diller. He made the comments today at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco.
Linkedin, a social networking site for people looking to connect with other professionals, is launching a new feature, called Signal, that will help users manage their news feeds on the main website. Jeff Weiner, the CEO of Linkedin, announced the launch of Signal at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco today.
Google Ventures wasn’t the only fresh face at the TechCrunch Disrupt after-party last night — funk master MC Hammer also brought his talents to Silicon Valley in celebration of TechCrunch’s recent acquisition by AOL, dropping his tunes for TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington and company.
MobilePay offers consumers a way to pay by credit or banking card without having your physical card on hand by linking it to an iPhone app that automatically authenticates with vendors to transfer payment. The service is going into closed beta today after operating in stealth mode for the past couple of months, it announced today at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco.
One of the challenges of a romantic relationship (as I recall very vaguely) is adjusting to the sleep habits of your significant other. If you regularly wake up earlier than your boy- or girlfriend, that alarm jolting them from sleep could be a real source of tension.
Voxy, an online service for teaching languages across multiple platforms including text messages, mobile apps and the web, announced it is launching its English-language service at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco today.
Montreal-based Shwowp is the latest company trying to add a social element to your shopping history.
Superfly, a web service that helps users manage their airline, hotel and rental car rewards to find the best travel options, announced it is launching its website today at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco.
ToVieFor gives the average shopper that isn’t looking to spend $1,000 on a new bag a chance to snag top-of-the-line fashion goods for much less than full price with its own spin on fashion fire sales. The shopping network announced it is launching its site at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco today.
One of the most memorable concepts that I’ve seen on VentureBeat this year is GameCrush, a site where male gamers can pay women to play games with them. Today the site is leaving beta testing and launching a new version of its service.
Many of you have probably had the experience of being furious at a business, then going to Facebook or Twitter to complain about it. If you’re lucky, the business may even have responded to that complaint.
Gild, a Web service that lets job seekers prove their mettle to employers with challenges and tests, announced it is coming out of a closed beta test today at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco.
Sumazi, a Web application that helps people create new connections for both business and leisure, announced it is launching its iPhone application at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco.
A startup called Pinger says it has already built a big user base for Textfree — which is (you guessed it) a free text messaging service. Now it’s offering a similar service for making phone calls.
Rapper Chamillionaire has appeared at TechCrunch’s conferences before, but today he seemed to have a chip on his shoulder — or at least a serious message that he wanted to push on the audience.
Tello, an online service that lets users rate specific employees and businesses based on customer service, announced it is launching its website, mobile Web app, and iPhone app today at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco.
Sarah Lacy, a writer for TechCrunch, made it clear that she was in a state of “misery” because she had to moderate a panel on women in technology at TechCrunch Disrupt, a tech conference in San Francisco today.
Yammer, a social networking platform like Facebook for business professionals, announced that it is launching its expanded suite of social networking tools with third-party app integration for the business professionals of the world. The announcement came at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco today.
Google’s Eric Schmidt has always been something of a geek. He stuck to those roots today in a speech where he talked about how the role of computers is to augment the human brain.
For Google CEO Eric Schmidt, the next step in technology is the same that it has always been — augmenting humanity to handle information that a human brain couldn’t otherwise keep up with, and just make things work.
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom confirmed today that hot social-game company Zynga will build a new headquarters that could house as many as 2,000 employees.
Google chief executive Eric Schmidt talked about his company’s contentious relationship with Apple this morning — specifically, he emphasized the idea that Google has a culture of openness compared to Apple’s “core strategy of closed-ness.”
AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong just confirmed that his company has acquired popular tech blog TechCrunch. He’s currently on-stage in San Francisco with TechCrunch founder and editor Michael Arrington at TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference. The pair said they were spurred to reveal the acquisition earlier than planned after a scoop by GigaOm, a rival blog, yesterday that the deal was about to close.