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The man behind Tesla’s Powerwall is now pitching an all-in-one power management system for homes

Arch Rao, the former head of product at Tesla who was behind the company’s Powerwall home energy storage is system, is back with a new company pitching energy management and efficiency for homes. SpanIO is looking to upgrade the electrical fusebox for homes with a digital system that integrates into the existing circuit breaker technology […]

Posted on 19 September 2019 | 8:00 am

Cannabis logistics startup Wayv launches dynamic distribution platform

Supply chain logistics is a headache and a half across any industry, but the difficulty level goes way up within the world of cannabis. Because of federal laws, FedEx, UPS and USPS are not an option. Distributors need a variety of licenses and must operate within specific regulation. For example, cannabis brands must either become […]

Posted on 19 September 2019 | 7:01 am

Google chases businesses to maintain its payments lead in India

Google said today it is bringing its mobile payments app — Google Pay — to businesses in India as the Android-maker rushes to maintain its payments lead in one of its key overseas markets before its global rival Facebook sets off a similar play in the nation. Even as more than 400 million users in […]

Posted on 19 September 2019 | 6:59 am

Google is bringing Assistant to people without internet access

Google Assistant, the digital assistant from the global search giant, is available to users through their smartphones, laptops, and smart speakers. Earlier this year, the company partnered with KaiOS to bring Assistant to feature phones with internet access. Now Google is going a step further: Bringing its virtual assistant to people who have the most […]

Posted on 19 September 2019 | 6:32 am

Private search engine Qwant’s new CEO is Mozilla Europe veteran Tristan Nitot

French startup Qwant, whose non-tracking search engine has been gaining traction in its home market as a privacy-respecting alternative to Google, has made a change to its senior leadership team as it gears up for the next phase of growth. Former Mozilla Europe president, Tristan Nitot, who joined Qwant last year as VP of advocacy, […]

Posted on 19 September 2019 | 6:00 am

Shipper, a platform for e-commerce logistics in Indonesia, raises $5 million

Indonesia has one of the fastest-growing e-commerce markets in the world, but the logistics industry there is still very fragmented, creating headaches for both vendors and customers. Shipper is a startup with the ambitious goal of giving online sellers access to “Amazon-level logistics.” The company has raised $5 million in seed funding from Lightspeed Ventures, […]

Posted on 19 September 2019 | 5:25 am

As it readies a test for vaping additives, cannabis testing company Cannalysis raises $22.6 million

Cannalysis, a testing company for cannabis, has raised $22.6 million in a new round of financing as it prepares to bring a new test for vaping additives to the market. The test, which the company is preparing to unveil later this week, will test for the presence and amount of Vitamin E acetate, a chemical […]

Posted on 19 September 2019 | 12:03 am

Netflix cofounder Marc Randolph on the company’s earliest days, the streaming wars, and moving on

Netflix is today a company whose valuation hovers around $130 billion, but it was, of course, once a little startup, and in his new book “That Will Never Work,” Netflix’s cofounder and its first CEO Marc Randolph takes readers on a fun and surprisingly vivid journey through the streaming giant’s earliest days. It’s also instructive, […]

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 11:52 pm

Get your Startup Alley Exhibitor package plus bonus hotel stay

It’s getting down to the wire for your opportunity to show off your early-stage startup in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt SF this October 2-4. There’s simply no better way to place your ideas and technology in front of influential change agents that can help you propel your business forward and set the stage for future success. […]

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 11:00 pm

How to profit from valuable peer referrals hiding in Slack

Brands often act like the person who searches for their keys under the streetlight simply because that is where the light is better. However, when brand marketers focus only on engaging with...

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 8:03 pm

Lunchclub raises $4M from a16z for its AI warm intro service

There are apps out there that help you find friends, find dates and find your distant family histories, but when it comes to “growing your professional network,” the options are shockingly bad, we’re talking LinkedIn here. Lunchclub is a startup that’s looking to help users navigate finding new connections inside specific industries. The company has […]

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 7:48 pm

California Governor Gavin Newsom signs gig worker bill AB-5 into law

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law gig worker protections bill AB-5. This comes shortly after AB-5 passed in the California State Assembly and Senate. “Today, we are disrupting the status quo and taking a bold step forward to rebuild our middle class and reshape the future of workers as we know it,” bill […]

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 7:30 pm

Out of the box influencer strategies to accelerate awareness for your startup

For new brands, growing awareness and gaining consumer trust are two of the most important yet challenging marketing objectives. But startups don’t have the budget to activate mega-influencers...

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 7:01 pm

Daily Crunch: Facebook announces Portal TV

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Facebook launches Portal TV, a $149 video chat set-top box The Portal TV lets you hang out with friends using your […]

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 6:39 pm

Startup growth hacks, high-frequency trading, startup security, privacy and Adobe

Full Disrupt SF agenda posted We have an amazing slate of speakers stopping by TechCrunch Disrupt SF this year, including two full days scheduled for the debut of our Extra Crunch stage, which will focus on how founders can overcome the challenges they face through discussions of tactics with some of the most successful founders […]

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 5:35 pm

GitHub acquires code analysis tool Semmle

Microsoft’s GitHub today announced that it has acquired Semmle, a code analysis tool that helps developers and security researchers discover potential vulnerabilities in their code. Semmle takes a lot of the manual work out of security testing and instead offers a query language that allows researchers to test their code, using the service’s analysis engine. […]

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 5:30 pm

Video ad company Eyeview names Rob Deichert as its new CEO

After 13 years at the helm of video advertising company Eyeview, founder Oren Harnevo is stepping down as CEO. The company’s new chief executive is Rob Deichert, who was most recently COO at digital advertising company 33Across. The company is also announcing two other new hires — Sean Simon as senior vice president of sales […]

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 5:20 pm

Stephen Curry Brings SC30 Inc. to Disrupt SF

Startup founders are hard-pressed to find the right investors — not only to fund their businesses but to help their businesses grow. These days, investors represent a variety of backgrounds and industries — traditional venture capital, Hollywood, even the NBA. When Golden State Warriors point guard and two-time MVP Stephen Curry isn’t playing basketball, he’s […]

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 5:09 pm

Google’s parental control software Family Link gains much-needed features

Google’s parental control software, Family Link, is getting a noteworthy update today with the addition of new features that will allow parents to limit screen time per app, instead of the device as a whole, as well as let them more easily extend screen time as needed. The features were first announced at Google’s I/O […]

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 5:00 pm

On-demand plant food startup Simple Feast raises $33M B round to push its climate credentials

As Greta Thunberg heads back to Europe from the U.S. after radicalizing a generation, entrepreneurs are quickly realizing there is a zeitgeist to be gotten hold of here. With food production a major contributor to climate change, it’s no surprise then that on-demand food startups are appearing to cater to this new audience. Simple Feast […]

Posted on 18 September 2019 | 4:30 pm