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10 things in tech you need to know today

Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Anthony Bolante/Reuters Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.Let's get started.1. Microsoft board members reportedly launched an investigation in 2019 into a relationship between Bill Gates and a staffer. A Gates spokesperson told The Wall Street Journal that "there was an affair almost 20 years ago which ended amicably," and that Gates' decision to step down from the board in 2020 was unrelated. More...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Elon Musk, Microsoft, Obama, US, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Arizona, Biden, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal


Discord’s new Stage Discovery portal will connect live audio events with communities

If you’re new to Discord, you might be thrown off by the lack of an endless feed peppered with ads. On Discord, all of the action happens in interest-specific servers, and the company wants to make it easier for anyone to stumble across and plunge into those communities. The company launched Stage Channels, its own Clubhouse-like voice event rooms, in late March. With those building blocks in place, in June Discord will start surfacing events (think open mic nights, book clubs, etc.) through a n...
Tags: Social, TC, Microsoft, Tech, Reddit, Charlottesville, Clubhouse, Clyde, Ling, Jason Citron, Discord, Heather Heyer, Stage Channels, Rick Ling, Jesse Wofford, TechCrunch Wofford


Discord announces Stage Discovery, a portal that connects events with communities

If you’re new to Discord, you might be thrown off by the lack of an endless feed peppered with ads. On Discord, all of the action happens in interest-specific servers, and the company wants to make it easier for anyone to stumble across and plunge into those communities. The company launched Stage Channels, its own Clubhouse-like voice event rooms, in late March. With those building blocks in place, in June Discord will start surfacing events (think open mic nights, book clubs, etc.) through a n...
Tags: Social, TC, Microsoft, Tech, Charlottesville, Clyde, Ling, Jason Citron, Discord, Heather Heyer, Stage Channels, Rick Ling, Grimes Stage Discovery, Jesse Wofford, TechCrunch Wofford, Clyde Discord


Sony is teaming up with Discord to bring the chat service to Playstation next year

Matt Monath Photography for Business Insider Sony is launching a partnership between PlayStation and the videogame chat service Discord nest year. As part of the partnership, Sony is investing an undisclosed amount of money into Discord. Discord had turned down a $12 billion acquisition from Sony rival Microsoft in April. See more stories on Insider's business page. Sony is launching a partnership with Discord to bring the video-game chat service to PlayStation next year, the company ...
Tags: Gaming, News, Microsoft, Trends, Bloomberg, Speed, Playstation, Sony, Ryan, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jason Citron, Jim Ryan, Discord, Kelly McLaughlin, Matt Monath, Stan Vishnevskiy


Discord Coming to PlayStation Network Early Next Year

In a surprising turn of events considering Microsoft almost purchased Discord, the chat service announced a deal with Sony that will bring integration to the PlayStation Network starting early next year. RELATED: PlayStation Plus May 2021 Free Games Revealed “At PlayStation, we’re constantly looking for new ways to enable players around the world to connect with one another, form new friendships and communities, and share fun experiences and lasting memories,” announced Sony Interactive Enterta...
Tags: Games, Movies, Microsoft, Playstation, Sony, Playstation Network, Ryan, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jason Citron, Jim Ryan, Video Game News, Discord, PlayStation 5, Stan Vishnevskiy


Daily Crunch: Discord raises $100M

Discord announces a big funding round, Google gets European approval to acquire Fitbit and Twitter launches a new voice-based feature. This is your Daily Crunch for December 17, 2020. Discord raises $100M The popular gaming chat platform confirmed today that it has raised $100 million and also announced that it has 140 million monthly active users, twice as many as a year ago. “We are humbled and honored by the growth we’ve seen among so many incredible and diverse communities that have mad...
Tags: Google, Social, Gaming, Twitter, Texas, US, Tech, Eu, Oscar, Vox, Coinbase, Alex Wilhelm, Astra, Jason Citron, Chris Kemp, Discord


Filing: Discord is raising up to $140M at a valuation of up to $7B

The world of virtual communications continues to hold a central place in our socially-distanced lives, and today it looks like one of the companies reaping some of the spoils is also reaping some funding out of it. Discord, the chat and communications platform wildly popular with gamers and, increasingly, many others, is raising up to $140 million in a Series H round, at a valuation that could be as high as $7 billion, according to paperwork filed by the company and unearthed by Prime Unicorn In...
Tags: Gaming, Facebook, Funding, Tech, Squad, Index Ventures, Citron, Danny Rimer, Jason Citron, Data Society Research Institute, Stanislav Vishnevskiy, Vishnevskiy, Joan Donovan, Greylock IVP Spark Capital Tencent


Update: Discord confirms raising $100M, sources say at a valuation of up to $7B

The world of virtual communications continues to hold a central place in our socially-distanced lives, and today it looks like one of the companies reaping some of the spoils is also reaping some funding out of it. Discord, the chat and communications platform wildly popular with gamers and, increasingly, many others, has confirmed to us today that it has raised $100 million more in funding as it hits 140 million monthly active users, double the number it had a year ago. “We are humbled and hono...
Tags: Gaming, Facebook, Funding, Tech, Squad, Greenoaks Capital, Index Ventures, Citron, Danny Rimer, Jason Citron, Data Society Research Institute, Stanislav Vishnevskiy, Vishnevskiy, Neil Mehta, Joan Donovan, Greylock IVP Spark Capital Tencent


Discord is close to closing a round that would value the company at up to $7B

Discord, the communications service that’s become the 21st century’s answer to MUD rooms, is close to closing a new round of financing that would value the company at up to $7 billion, according to sources with knowledge of the round. The new funding comes just months after a $100 million investment that gave the company a $3.5 billion valuation. Discord’s doubling in corporate value comes as the persistent, inept, American response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to accelerate the adoptio...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Tech, Index Ventures, Forbes, Danny Rimer, Jason Citron, Andrew Anglin, John Koetsier, Discord, Data Society Research Institute, Stanislav Vishnevskiy, Rimer, Joan Donovan, Greylock Index Ventures Spark Capital Tencent


Discord now has a $3.5B valuation and $100M for a sales pitch lighter on the gaming

Discord wants to be more than just a place for gamers, and is now billing itself as the Slack for users’ social lives. The new pitch, and a new funding round of $100 million at a reported valuation of $3.5 billion, will help the company as it looks to erase its legacy as a home for gamers (and a virtual townhall for white nationalists). Discord shuts down alt-right server and accounts for ToS violations Now, the company has more money at its disposal to monitor its user base and promote ...
Tags: TC, Facebook, UK, France, US, Tech, Drake, Black Lives Matter, Index Ventures, Danny Rimer, Safety Center, Jason Citron, Andrew Anglin, Data Society Research Institute, Taylor Lorenz, Stanislav Vishnevskiy


How to use Discord to game and watch movies with friends

Popular voice chat program Discord has a “Go Live” feature that allows people to stream their gameplay and other things to their fellow users. It’s simple to use, and quite useful for sharing other, non-gaming things like movies or shows. Discord today announced that the limit for Go Live viewers has gone from the relatively modest 10 viewers up to 50. This is a temporary change, says CEO Jason Citron, to help those working from home or who’re otherwise housebound by the coronavirus outbreak. An...
Tags: Startups, Basics, Jason Citron


Discord Raises Additional $150 Million in Funding

Gaming-focused voice and text chat app Discord recently raised an additional $150 million in funding, it announced on Friday. The new round of funding was led by Greenoaks Capital, which now joins Benchmark Capital, Greylock Partners, IVP, Spark Capital, and Tencent Holdings as an investor. Greenoaks is a private firm that makes long-term investments in […]
Tags: News, Greenoaks Capital, Tencent Holdings, Jason Citron, Discord, Greenoaks


Discord Raises Additional $150M in Funding

Gaming-focused voice and text chat app Discord recently raised an additional $150 million in funding, it announced on Friday. The new round of funding was led by Greenoaks Capital, which now joins Benchmark Capital, Greylock Partners, IVP, Spark Capital, and Tencent Holdings as an investor. Greenoaks is a private firm that makes long-term investments in […]
Tags: News, Greenoaks Capital, Tencent Holdings, Jason Citron, Discord, Greenoaks


Gaming chat startup Discord raises $150M, surpassing $2B valuation

Chatty gamers are apparently worth billions. Discord, the gaming chat startup with more than 200 million active users, announced Friday that it had secured $150 million in funding at a $2.05 billion valuation. The round was led by Greenoaks Capital with participation Firstmark, Tencent, IVP, Index Ventures and Technology Opportunity Partners. The company announced this past April that they had raised $50 million in funding at a $1.65 billion valuation. With this latest bout of cash, Discord h...
Tags: TC, Gaming, Tech, Greenoaks Capital, Jason Citron, Discord


Discord Curated Store, Subscription Service, Universal Library Is Live

The worldwide beta for Discord’s curated store and Nitro game subscription service went live Tuesday morning delivering more than 70 games to subscribers or for sale. The store, which is now open to Discord’s 150 million registered users, is focused on delivering new games launching exclusively on the service first, as well as a curated […]
Tags: News, Jason Citron, Nitro, Discord, First on Discord, Discord Nitro


Reddit's former product chief says he made the world 'a worse place' in his pursuit of growth at all costs

Former Reddit head of product Dan McComas told New York magazine that he believes his time at the internet forum "made the world a worse place." McComas said a relentless pursuit of growth has led to user safety and wellbeing being sacrificed. He also criticised Twitter and Discord, and has "no hope" that these platforms can ever be free from abuse. Former Reddit product head Dan McComas gave New York magazine a bracingly honest account of his time at the internet forum. McComas said growth t...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Navy, Trends, Reddit, New York Magazine, Andrew Boz Bosworth, Jason Citron, Dan McComas, McComas, Imzy, Heather Heyer, James Alex Fields, Charlottesville Unite the Right, Reddit McComas


Announcing the latest additions to the agenda for Disrupt SF (Sept. 5-7)

TechCrunch Disrupt SF (September 5-7), we said from the start, was going to be the most ambitious ever, and when it comes to programming, there’s no question the Disrupt SF agenda eclipses anything we’ve done in the past. There are two BIG stages, plus two speaker Q&A stages, workshops and a Startup Showcase stage, where the top exhibiting startups will tell their stories. We published the agenda back in early July, but we’ve also added dozens of sessions since then for a total of 77 on the Disr...
Tags: TC, Verizon, Facebook, Yahoo, Events, Tech, Nasa, Ibm, Healthtech, Alex Stamos, Jason Citron, Matt Ocko, Sarah Tavel, Tina Sharkey, Rob Coneybeer, Disrupt Sf 2018


Discord’s Jason Citron to chat it up at Disrupt SF

In September of 2013, Jason Citron hopped on to the Disrupt Startup Battlefield stage to pitch Fates Forever, a multiplayer online battle arena game for the iPad. Now, five years later, Citron is gearing up to join us once again on the Disrupt stage to discuss the stellar growth of Discord. Though Fates Forever had all the components to be a great mobile game, users simply never took much interest. The company struggled to monetize, and like any good startup, the team began to reassess its own s...
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Gaming, Apps, Tech, CMO, Citron, Jason Citron, Discord, Disrupt Startup Battlefield


iPhone App Store at 10: How it Changed Gaming, Mobile, Tech Forever

Ten years ago, the world of gaming and the value of cellphones changed forever. Those directly involved knew July 10, 2008, was significant but even they couldn’t predict the sort of paradigm shift that day would usher into the world. “It has redefined the games industry and game development ecosystem by setting the rules in […]
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Features, App Store, Capybara, Jason Citron, Nathan Vella, Aurora Feint, Trism, Trism 2, Digital Legends, Other Ocean


iPhone App Store at 10: How it Changed Gaming, Mobile, Tech Forever (EXCLUSIVE)

Ten years ago, the world of gaming and the value of cellphones changed forever. Those directly involved knew July 10, 2008, was significant but even they couldn’t predict the sort of paradigm shift that day would usher into the world. “It has redefined the games industry and game development ecosystem by setting the rules in […]
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Features, App Store, Capybara, Jason Citron, Nathan Vella, Aurora Feint, Trism, Trism 2, Digital Legends, Other Ocean


Announcing the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018 Agenda

TechCrunch Disrupt is the world’s biggest and most impactful tech startup conference, and this year, we’re upping the stakes even more. Taking place at Moscone West, Disrupt SF will feature the biggest names in tech, from Reid Hoffman to Kirsten Green to Dara Khosrowshahi. The agenda will have something for everyone. Into transportation tech? We’ll be joined by Cruise’s Kyle Vogt, BMW’s Dieter May, and Uber’s new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. Want to learn more about AI? Kai-Fu Lee from Sinovation and ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Uber, Hbo, Softbank, Africa, Tech, General Motors, Adidas, Paypal, Nasa, Netflix, Cruise, United States, Dropbox


This startup is solving a huge problem for over 45 million video gamers, and it's growing like crazy (MSFT)

"If the headline of this article read: 'This company wants to help Nintendo with its mobile app,' I would be content with that," Discord CEO Jason Citron tells me.  Citron is joking, but he's on to something: The new Nintendo Switch console requires players to use a separate app on their phones if they want to voice chat with their teammates. It's a frustrating hurdle that's turning people off to otherwise well-received games like "Splatoon 2." Meanwhile, Discord is a red-hot app amongst PC game...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, San Francisco, Trends, Nintendo, Skype, Greylock Partners, Slack, Cto, Citron, Jason Citron, Splatoon, Skype Microsoft, Aurora Feint, Stanislav Vishnevskiy, Vishnevskiy


Gamer chat app Discord hits 25 million users, can now be used in developers’ own games

 Jason Citron, who previously founded and sold the early mobile social gaming network OpenFeint, returned to gaming startups with the launch of Discord in May 2015. This voice and text chat app for gamers – a challenger to incumbents like Skype and Teamspeak – has since grown to 25 million registered users, who are sending 100 million messages per day across its platform.… Read More
Tags: Startups, TC, Gaming, Tech, Skype, Jason Citron, Discord


Discord chief executive on distribution and the importance of the PC in gaming

The global video game industry is exploding in popularity. Companies such as ESPN, Activision Blizzard, and Electronic Arts have formed their own eSports divisions in recent months, and the gaming market exceeds $90 billion, up 9% in the last year. It is bigger than the movie industry and predicted to expand with new emerging platforms like VR. Greylock investment partner Josh Elman talked… Read More
Tags: Gaming, Column, Tech, Espn, Activision Blizzard, Josh Elman, Josh, Electronic Arts, Jason Citron


OpenFeint Founder Jason Citron Returns To A Familiar Place With Discord App For Gamers

 Some founders keep returning to the same ideas over and over in new form. Jason Citron, a lifelong gamer, was the creator of OpenFeint, an early mobile social gaming network that he sold to Japan’s GREE for $104 million. After leaving GREE, he went back to game development and tried to create a next generation MOBA or multiplayer online battle arena game for the iPad called Fates… Read More
Tags: Social, Mobile, MOBA, Japan, Jason Citron