Snapchat Investor Says High-Profile Failures Are Just Around the Corner

Bill Gurley, the Benchmark Capital investor who backed Snapchat and Uber, is uber-bullish when it comes to his own portfolio. But the rest of Silicon Valley, he says, is not nearly frightened enough: "No one's fearful, everyone's greedy, and it will eventually end." » 9/15/14 1:45pm Monday 1:45pm

Why Does Andreessen Horowitz Have an Official Rapper?

Divine, an underground rapper from Brooklyn, has taken his friendship with venture capitalist Ben Horowitz, who invested in Rap Genius, to the next level. First Divine made a music video for Horowitz's birthday. Now they're posing in matching tees that says: VC LIFE: Inspired by Ben Horowitz. » 9/15/14 10:35am Monday 10:35am

Startups With Millions Demand "Tryouts" Before Hiring You

Startups have found a hot not new human resources trend to fit their fast-growth lifestyle: making job candidates work on contract for a week to months before they decide to hire them. But startups have a really good reason for leaning on adult internships. They're just trying to protect their all-important "culture." » 9/11/14 5:55pm Thursday 5:55pm

Soho House Is Having a Hackathon

Soho House New York, the members-only club that once tried to banish investment bankers, has been much more welcoming to the new crop of capitalists. Techies should feel even more comfortable in lap of luxury now because the club is adopting one of their native customs: the hackathon. » 9/11/14 3:00pm Thursday 3:00pm

Startup Selling A Butler for $99/Month Wins TechCrunch Disrupt

When your biannual business event has been satirized by Mike Judge, you need to level up, which is a casual phrase humans say to other humans. And, oh, what a level this year's TechCrunch Disrupt "Battlefield" showed us. Corruption! Hubris! Exploitation! Investment from Michael Arrington! Butlers! It truly had it all. » 9/11/14 12:50pm 9/11/14 12:50pm

Four Reasons Not To Give Up Hope If Apple Buys Path

Last night, Pando reported that Apple is about to acquire Path, according to a single source in Apple's engineering team. We heard second-hand that Path is at least in talks with Apple. The idea that an app currently ranked no. 177 in the social networking category on iOS might end up in Apple's ion-strengthened… » 9/10/14 1:40pm 9/10/14 1:40pm

Clinkle CEO's Statement On Apple Pay Reads Like a Eulogy

One of the many gospels Apple delivered to tech bloggers today was Apple Pay. It's a magical sounding mobile payments system that will use near field communication (NFC) to let users pay for things in front of them through their phone. The magic might be lost on child CEO Lucas Duplan, who raised more than $30 million » 9/09/14 8:15pm 9/09/14 8:15pm

Mike Arrington and Peter Thiel Fought Over Uber Like Boys With Toys

It's not easy being Michael Arrington. To kickoff TechCrunch Disrupt SF this morning, the Uber investor directed a fierce and poignant native ad for his CrunchFund investment Uber—right there on stage, in real-time. With Uber CEO Travis Kalanick by his side, it was a veritable duet of damage control! But then… » 9/08/14 7:50pm 9/08/14 7:50pm

After the Fappening, Investors Think Reddit's Value Grew to $500M.

This weekend, the CEO of Reddit tried to defend r/TheFappening, a section of his website trafficking in illegally obtained nude photos of young female celebrities. His argument? "Every man is responsible for his own soul." Not long after, Reddit backtracked and shut the page down anyways. Perhaps it was out of… » 9/08/14 12:00pm 9/08/14 12:00pm

Bitcoin CEO's Guilty Plea: "I Knew That What I Was Doing Was Wrong"

Bitcoin crusader Charlie Shrem pled guilty in court yesterday to charges related to Silk Road, the Deep Web drug market. The 24-year-old sounded much less defiant than he had just earlier this week. "I knew that what I was doing was wrong," he told the court, "I am pleading guilty because I am guilty." » 9/05/14 5:45pm 9/05/14 5:45pm

Nasty Gal Cut Up to 10% of Staff In Third Round of Layoffs This Year

Nasty Gal had its third round of layoffs this year, according to WWD. TechCrunch says the online fashion shop dismissed up to 10 percent of staffers. Just a few months ago, founder Sophia Amoruso was being feted in magazines and dispensing best-selling advice from business memoir #GIRLBOSS. » 9/05/14 2:15pm 9/05/14 2:15pm

Google's High-Tech Mapping Backpacks Are Uglier Than Google Glass

If Google Glass gets you thrown out of a bar, how will onlookers respond when someone wearing a Google Cartographer thuds by them in the hall? This week the company revealed its plan to bring Street View's prying eyes inside buildings through a backpack called the Cartographer. » 9/05/14 12:45pm 9/05/14 12:45pm

Meet the "Shit Queen of Burning Man," Commander of 1,400 Porta-Potties

If you ask most Burning Man attendees what the annual MDMA and enlightenment mecca is about, they'll probably reference one of the Ten Principles laid out a decade ago by cofounder Larry Harvey: "Communal Effort," maybe. "Radical Self-reliance." The vow to "Leave No Trace" in the Nevada desert. » 9/03/14 5:15pm 9/03/14 5:15pm

Google Is Taking Its Investment In Immortality Nice and Slow

Google is inching along in its plan to "solve" that pesky mortality equation. Calico, the corporation's "life extension center," just revealed a partnership with the pharmaceutical company AbbVie to develop and sell "new drugs targeting diseases associated with old age," reports the Verge. » 9/03/14 5:08pm 9/03/14 5:08pm

The Google of China Launches Smart Chopsticks

Baidu, the Chinese search engine, has launched a set of "smart" chopsticks called Kuaisou, which it claims "can detect oils containing unsanitary levels of contamination," as well as PH levels, temperature, and calories. The intelligent utensil is sort of like Vessyl, the magical cup, except for solid food. » 9/03/14 2:12pm 9/03/14 2:12pm

Clinkle Made a Pop Music Video About a Hackathon

If coders are the new rockstars, then hackathons (marathon coding sessions to experiment with software) are a natural setting for a music video. A millennial CEO like Lucas Duplan gets that, which is the $30 million Stanford sob story is lifting its spirits through power of song. » 8/22/14 8:50pm 8/22/14 8:50pm

Even a Cofounder of Y Combinator Doesn't Feel Comfortable Naming Names

Less than a month ago, Sam Altman, the new President of Y Combinator, officially declared that "Sexism in tech is real." That was the first sentence of his post on diversity. Sadly, there is now more proof of sexism in tech for those that still need convincing. Right before meeting a reporter from Re/code, Y… » 8/22/14 3:10pm 8/22/14 3:10pm