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This Week in Apps: Apple launches a COVID-19 app, the outbreak’s impact on social and video apps and more

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry saw a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s “State of Mobile” annual report. People are now spending 3 hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies h...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Android, Social, Gaming, Apps, Instagram, Cdc, Tech, Smartphones, Monetization, Growth, App Annie, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus


John Borthwick & Matt Hartman of betaworks discuss coronavirus adaptation strategies

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of hopping on Zoom with betaworks’ John Borthwick and Matt Hartman to discuss the tech world’s adaptation to this new locked-down world, the future of new media and answer questions from the audience. We discussed whether new media companies can raise capital right now, and touched on emerging trends around audio, voice, AR, live events, travel-related companies and many other topics. It was a delight, and I’m excited to do more of these in the future. For those ...
Tags: Work, Startups, TC, Tech, Fundraising, BetaWorks, John Borthwick, Matt Hartman, Verified Experts, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Attract, engage and retain employees in the new remote-work era

Irene DeNigris Contributor Share on Twitter Irene DeNigris, chief people officer of iCIMS, has a passion for cultivating a highly engaged, high-performance culture. When looking for answers, where do people first turn? For many, it’s Google. During the first half of March, we saw Google searches for “work from home” reach a 12-month high, garnering at least 50% more search interest than the anticipated peak, which usually occu...
Tags: Google, Work, Startups, Column, Employment, Tech, Remote Work, Recruitment, Hiring, Video Conferencing, Human Resource Management, Telecommuting, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Irene DeNigris


Attorney Sophie Alcorn answers readers’ immigration questions

We had a great time hosting noted immigration attorney Sophie Alcorn on a live conference call with Extra Crunch members earlier this week. Sophie writes our “Dear Sophie” column, where she answers questions about immigration status, particularly for founders and others in the tech ecosystem who want to work in the United States. Dear Sophie: How is COVID-19 affecting immigration? In our conference call, we talked about the changes happening to H-1B visas, what COVID-19 is doing to the imm...
Tags: Work, TC, Immigration, Tech, United States, Lawyers, Visas, Hiring, Sophie, Personnel, H-1B, Verified Experts, Extra Crunch, Sophie Alcorn


Extra Crunch members get 20% off premium plans from calendar app Woven

Extra Crunch is excited to announce a new community perk from cross-platform calendar tool, Woven . Starting today, annual and two-year members of Extra Crunch can receive 20% off premium plans from Woven. You must be new to Woven to claim this offer. Built from the ground up for busy people, Woven comes stacked with powerful features designed to help you save time. Woven will give your calendar superpowers, including: Schedule complex events in seconds using powerful customizable templ...
Tags: TC, Tech, Aws, Woven, Extra Crunch


Smart telescope startups vie to fix astronomy’s satellite challenge

Josh Nadeau Contributor Josh Nadeau is a Canadian journalist based in St. Petersburg who covers the intersection of Russia, technology and culture. He has written for The Economist, Atlas Obscura and The Outline. Starlink, the satellite branch of Elon Musk’s SpaceX company, has come under fire in recent months from astronomers over concerns about the negative impact that its planned satellite clusters have reportedly had — and may continue to have — on nighttim...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, Facebook, Column, Europe, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Russia, Tech, St Petersburg, Musk, International Astronomical Union IAU, StarLink, Unistellar


Canceled conferences will force startups to focus on scalable lead generation

Dan Wheatley Contributor Share on Twitter Dan Wheatley is CEO/co-founder of StraightTalk Consulting, a SaaS operations and growth consultancy that works with B2B founders to implement long-term, data-driven growth strategies. Described by Sequoia Capital as the black swan event of 2020, the long-term economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic on startups is still to be seen. However, one effect which is sure to disrupt the MO o...
Tags: Startups, Column, Tech, Metallica, Sequoia Capital, Conferences, Growth, Lead Generation, Forbes, Growth Marketing, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Dan Wheatley, StraightTalk Consulting


TechCrunch’s favorite companies from 500 Startups’ latest demo day

Today 500 Startups hosted a virtual demo day for its 26th batch of startups, a group of companies that TechCrunch covered back in February. 500 is not the only accelerator that moved its traditional investor pitch event online; Y Combinator made a similar move after efforts to flatten the spread of COVID-19 required changes that made its traditional demo day setup temporarily impossible. In addition to hosting a few dozen startup pitches today, 500 also explained changes to its own format and...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Y Combinator, Tech, Fundraising, 500 Startups, Demo Day, Briza, Extra Crunch


Leading VCs discuss how COVID-19 is impacting real estate & proptech

Several months ago, we surveyed more than 20 leading real estate VCs to learn about what was exciting them most in the real estate tech sector and hear their opinions on proptech trends like co-working, flexible office space and remote office space. Since we published our survey, COVID-19 has flipped the real estate sector on its head as more companies move toward mandatory remote work, retail businesses are forced to temporarily shut their doors and high-traffic properties thin out. Suddenly, t...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Real Estate, Funding, Tech, Venture Capital, Real Estate Tech, DreamIt Ventures, Thomvest Ventures, VC Survey, Andrew Ackerman, Urban-x, Urban.us, Stonly Baptiste, Micah Kotch, RET Ventures


What we’ve learned from building 40,000+ links for clients

Amanda Milligan Contributor Share on Twitter Amanda Milligan is the marketing director at Fractl, a prominent growth marketing agency that’s helped Fortune 500 companies and boutique businesses alike earn quality media coverage, backlinks, awareness and authority. Since our agency opened in 2012, we’ve learned a lot about how to build quality links through content marketing. The industry has evolved for a variety of reasons, i...
Tags: Google, Startups, Column, Tech, Amanda Milligan, Content Marketing, Fractl, Growth, Direct Marketing, Growth Marketing, Extra Crunch, Nulab


Public optimism doesn’t convert to checks, founders report

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. How quickly our world has changed. In late February, TechCrunch covered the news that TripActions, a unicorn four times over, had secured a $500 million credit line to help it scale its corporate travel-focused business; however, it became known yesterday that TripActions is undergoing stiff layoffs after the corporate travel market transformed from growing to moribund in light ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Twitter, Tech, Fundraising, Founders, Gil Dibner, Extra Crunch, COVID-19, Gil Debner


Looking back at Zoom’s ascent a year after it filed to go public

Zoom, a video chat service then popular with corporations, filed to go public on March 22, 2019 . Best known in venture and corporate circles, Zoom was far from a household name at the time. However, the groundwork for its 2020-era consumer breakthrough during the novel coronavirus epidemic was detailed during its IPO march in the years leading up to its public debut. The company didn’t begin trading until mid-April last year, but it was through its March 2019 IPO filing that its name t...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Ipo, Tech, Cisco, SaaS, Slack, Zoom, WebEx, Videoconferencing, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Survey shows growth in podcasts and voice assistants, little change in streaming

A new annual survey taken before the current COVID-19 crisis led to restrictions of movement in much of the U.S. suggests good news for Amazon, Facebook’s dominance unthreatened and continued growth in podcasting. Edison Research and Triton Digital released their annual last week, compiling data on consumers’ use of smart speakers, podcasts, music streaming and social media from 1,500 people (aged 12 and older) to compare year-over-year changes. Here are a few interesting findings: Voice a...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Spotify, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Tech, Pandora, Volley, Streaming Media, Virtual Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Amazon Facebook, Edison Research, Triton Digital, Smart Speaker


Startups valuations drop as exits are delayed and the stock market reprices tech

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. The public markets are in turmoil as the economic impact of COVID-19 comes into focus; however, it is less clear what the impact of the changing value of public companies today will have on the valuations of private firms. Startup valuations are impacted by a host of factors, one of which is the value of their public comparables (comps); if public comps lose value, private start...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Fundraising, SaaS, Venture Capital, Stock Market, EquityZen, Phil Haslett, Extra Crunch, Secondary Market, EquityZen Haslett


Startup valuations drop as exits are delayed and the stock market reprices tech

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. The public markets are in turmoil as the economic impact of COVID-19 comes into focus; however, it is less clear what the impact of the changing value of public companies today will have on the valuations of private firms. Startup valuations are impacted by a host of factors, one of which is the value of their public comparables (comps); if public comps lose value, private start...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Fundraising, SaaS, Venture Capital, Stock Market, EquityZen, Phil Haslett, Extra Crunch, Secondary Market, EquityZen Haslett


Where top VCs are investing in D2C

If you’re looking for toothbrushes, skin-care face masks, mattresses, glasses or even socks, there’s a digitally-native, direct-to-consumer (D2C) company or two that can help you out. And thanks to smart digital marketing, the cult followings that ensue and the economics of e-commerce, D2C has changed how we relate to consumer goods (while attracting a waterfall of investment dollars). Globally, D2C startups have raised between $8 billion to $10 billion in known venture capital across more than ...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Facebook, Ecommerce, Funding, Fundraising, Kickstarter, Venture Capital, Retail, Alexis Ohanian, Casper, Northzone, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Shopify, Accel Partners


Join our conference call with immigration attorney Sophie Alcorn Tuesday at 1pm PDT

The world has been turned upside-down the past few weeks, with flight cancellations, global travel bans and a massive slowdown of worldwide commerce. For immigrants to the United States here on work visas, these are particularly ambiguous and challenging times. We’ve had prominent Silicon Valley immigration attorney Sophie Alcorn of Alcorn Immigration Law talk about all the nuances of immigration the past few months across our stages and through her Dear Sophie column on Extra Crunch, where she ...
Tags: Work, TC, Tech, Policy, United States, Silicon Valley, H-1b Visa, Sophie, Valley, Alcorn, Green Card, Conference Call, Immigration Law, Extra Crunch, Sophie Alcorn, Natasha Mascarenhas


Monitoring is critical to successful AI

Amit Paka Contributor Share on Twitter Amit Paka is co-founder and chief product officer at Fiddler Labs, an explainable AI startup that enables enterprises to deploy and scale risk- and bias-free AI applications. More posts by this contributor How Legal Immigration Failed Silicon Valley The Rise Of Micro Startup Acquisitions Krishna Gade Contributor ...
Tags: Google, Column, Social Media, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Silicon Valley, Cybernetics, Idc, ML, Extra Crunch, Krishna Gade, Fiddler Labs, Amit Paka Contributor Share on Twitter Amit Paka


Startups are helping cloud infrastructure customers avoid vendor lock-in

For much of the history of enterprise technology, companies tended to buy from a single vendor because it made managing the entire affair much easier while giving them a “single throat to choke” when something went wrong. On the flip side, it also put customers at the mercy of said vendor — and it wasn’t always pretty. As we move deeper into the cloud model, many IT pros are looking for more flexibility than they had in the past, avoiding the vendor lock-in from the previous generation of enterp...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, Snowflake, Egnyte, Cloud Infrastructure, Vineet Jain, Frank Slootman, Cloud Native, Extra Crunch


Better know a CSO: Indiana University Health’s Mitch Parker

Mitch Parker has one of Indiana’s most critical jobs. As chief information security officer for Indiana University Health, Parker oversees cybersecurity for more than 30,000 employees at 18 hospitals across the state, along with countless numbers of computers, workstations and medical devices, making it the largest health system in Indiana — and the United States. Indiana University Health is tasked with helping patients recover and maintain their health, but Parker’s job is keeping their dat...
Tags: Health, Security, Work, Tech, Indiana, Healthcare, Medical Device, Computer Security, Parker, CSO, Indiana University Health, Chief Information Security Officer, Extra Crunch, Mitch Parker, Indiana University Health Parker, United States Indiana University Health


A look inside one startup’s work-from-home playbook

Working from home is having a moment amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but some startups are having an easier time of it than others. Collage, an e-commerce site for custom gifts, has been all-remote since its inception; co-founders and co-CEOs Joe Golden and Kevin Borders started the company while Golden lived in Seattle and Borders was in Washington, D.C. “Our team was remote from the start and we quickly realized we could make remote work work and turn it into an advantage for us,” Golden tells Tec...
Tags: Work, TC, Washington, Collage, Tech, Remote Work, Seattle, Golden, Joe Golden, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Kevin Borders


$100M rounds are down but not out in 2020

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. This morning we’re taking a look at mega-rounds: funding events of $100 million or more. What’s fun about these rounds is that they experience less temporal lag than other venture financings. Generally speaking, the larger a venture round is, the faster it becomes public knowledge. This is why seed rounds are the laggiest of all startup rounds and as you progress up the Series l...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, China, Tech, Fundraising, SaaS, Venture Capital, Unicorns, 100 Million, Extra Crunch


This Week in Apps: Coronavirus special coverage, Apple tries to save AR with lidar and more

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads in 2019 and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s “State of Mobile” annual report. People are now spending 3 hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 20...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Apps, Hardware, Tech, Developers, App Stores, App Annie, Extra Crunch, This Week In Apps, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Corporate venture business strategies that work

BIll Taranto Contributor GHI Fund President Bill Taranto has spent more than two decades in the healthcare industry and has 15 years of experience in healthcare investing. In addition to his venture investing knowledge, Bill has decades of management operations experience. There are nearly 2,000 corporate venture capital (CVC) firms in existence, many hundreds of them created by first-time investors, according to Global Corporate Venturing. As GCV also reports, ...
Tags: Column, Tech, Merck, Fundraising, Healthcare, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Bill, CVC, Corporate Venture Capital, Johnson Johnson, Corporate Finance, Extra Crunch, Taranto Contributor GHI Fund, Bill Taranto, Global Corporate Venturing As GCV


Wag! CEO Garrett Smallwood explains his firm’s ‘radically different path to profitability’

Garrett Smallwood Contributor Share on Twitter Wag! CEO Garrett Smallwood is a three-time entrepreneur with previous experience at Redbeacon (acquired by The Home Depot), Pillow (acquired by Expedia via Home Away Group) and Finrise (acquired by Wag!). Wag!, the petcare company known for connecting pet owners with local dog walkers, has recently undergone a series of sweeping changes. In late November, after I was named the ...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Column, Tech, Venture Capital, WAG, Dog Walking, Expedia, Pet Care, Amazon Web Services Google, Extra Crunch, Garrett Smallwood, Redbeacon, The Home Depot Pillow, Home Away Group


Despite canceled trade shows, gaming startups can still win an extra life

Dave Struzzi Contributor Share on Twitter Dave Struzzi is the founder of Fame Arcade, a consultancy that works with innovative technology brands. His book, "App Store Fame and Fortune," was among the first to explore best practices for mobile app marketing. As organizers cancel events with massive attendance, like SXSW (400,000 attendees), E3 (66,000), GDC (65,000) and Mobile World Congress (100,000), mobile game developers ha...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, Column, Tech, Nintendo, Twitch, Mobile World Congress, Growth, Video Game, Sxsw, South By Southwest, Game Developers Conference, Cuphead, Video Gaming, Extra Crunch, Dave Struzzi


GC’s Niko Bonatsos on Y Combinator, edtech and investing in the shadow of coronavirus

This week, Extra Crunch hosted a call with General Catalyst managing director Niko Bonatsos to discuss a number of startup topics, including what the novel coronavirus is doing to investing in the Valley, as well as his thoughts on robotics, homeschooling, edtech, SMBs, international investing and what he’s looking to see today in startups. Joining me on the live call was my fellow Equity host Alex Wilhelm and a couple of dozen EC members. If you missed this conference call for EC members, don’t...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Fundraising, Venture Capital, EC, General Catalyst, Deliveroo, Alex Wilhelm, Valley, Monzo, Niko Bonatsos, Roblox, Fortnite, Outschool, Extra Crunch


Venture investment in esports looks light as Q1 races to a close

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. Today we’re taking a look at the world of esports venture capital investment, largely through the lens of preliminary data that we’ll caveat given how reported VC data lags reality. That phenomenon is likely doubly true in the current moment, as COVID-19 absorbs all news cycles and some venture rounds’ announcements are delayed even more than usual. All the same, the data we do ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gaming, Funding, Tech, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Esports, Extra Crunch


The 20 best startups from Y Combinator’s W20 Demo Day

With world events overtaking the tech world’s preferences to meet for coffees and convene at events, Y Combinator skipped its famous two-day live Demo event and went for a radical experiment: no demos at all, but instead a long list of the nearly 200 startups in its Winter 2020 batch, with links to their sites and one-page slides. We’ve done the legwork for you in giving you a full rundown of who does what, and we have also come together on a group video chat on Zoom to talk through our takea...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Tech, Extra Crunch, YC Demo Day W20


Listen to the TechCrunch staff’s YC Demo Day wrap-up call here

It’s been a bonkers week in the world with markets gyrating, companies fretting, investors tweeting and founders re-cutting their 2020 forecasts. But for one collection of startups, the past few days weren’t about work crises or the latest Slack share price. Instead, for Y Combinator’s Winter batch, it was Demo Day week. TechCrunch has covered Y Combinator companies since time immemorial. And we’ve been present throughout a number of format changes over the years. We’ve been around for things...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Y Combinator, Tech, Yc, Demo Day, South Bay, Michael Seibel, Extra Crunch, COVID-19



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