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Discover how Duolingo started with CEO Luis von Ahn at Disrupt 2021

Before Luis von Ahn co-founded Duolingo, a gamified language-learning app used by hundreds of millions around the world, he was fixated on squiggly letters. The entrepreneur was a co-inventor of CAPTCHA and reCAPTCHA, or those security prompts you get while browsing the web to verify if you are a human or if you are a robot. And while von Ahn often jokes that his early inventions were considered annoying (it causes friction when consumers have to decipher letters before logging into their email)...
Tags: Google, TC, Education, Events, Tech, Language, Edtech, Duolingo, Techcrunch Disrupt, Luis Von Ahn, Ahn, Von Ahn, Duolingo Von Ahn


Checkout.com raises $450 million and reaches $15 billion valuation

Payments company Checkout.com is raising once again. The company has closed a $450 million Series C round with Tiger Global Management leading the round — Greenoaks Capital and all existing investors are also participating. If you’re not familiar with the company, Checkout.com wants to build a one-stop shop for all things related to payments, such as accepting transactions, processing them and detecting fraud. It focuses on large merchants and tries to make its product as customizable as poss...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, New York, London, Tech, Philippines, Denver, Fintech, Greenoaks Capital, Techcrunch Disrupt, EBITDA, India the Philippines, Checkout, Checkout.com, Guillaume Pousaz


4 sustainable industries where founders and VCs can see green by going green

Now’s the time for sustainable investments to shine. There are billions of dollars in funding in both public and private markets dedicated to new sustainable investing and demand for consumers for a more conscious capitalism has never been stronger. As founders and investors reawaken to a sustainable morning in America a few areas are going to demand hardware, software and business model innovations. Some of these sectors have been on the investment radar for the past year or two and others are ...
Tags: Food, Startups, TC, America, Tech, Renewable Energy, Venture Capital, Biotech, GreenTech, Zymergen, Ginkgo Bioworks, Impossible Foods, Techcrunch Disrupt, Beyond Meat, SPAC, Memphis Meats


To fill funding gaps, VCs boost efforts to find India’s standout early-stage startups

After demonstrating scale, growth and financial improvement, one founder of a two-year-old agritech startup based in India told me that he’s now confronting a new challenge: Unlike his peers in edtech, fintech or e-commerce, there are very few investors he could approach for raising funds, he told TechCrunch, requesting anonymity. He suggested that a startup of a similar scale solving a similar problem would have little issue raising more than $50 million. But for his startup, seeking a $10 mill...
Tags: TC, Apps, Y Combinator, Asia, Entrepreneurship, India, Funding, Tech, Venture Capital, Bangalore, Techcrunch Disrupt, Tracxn, Ribbit Capital, Karthik Reddy, Epifi, Blume Ventures India


Embedded finance might represent fintech’s future

The fintech industry is on a tear. Popular consumer services like Robinhood to Coinbase and Revolut have managed to attract millions of customers, but the most interesting trend right now is embedded finance. Tech companies that don’t necessarily provide financial services can embed services from fintech companies directly in their products. At the same time, fintech companies can find a new distribution channel by providing financial products outside of their main product. They don’t necessa...
Tags: Gadgets, Finance, Tech, Banking, SaaS, Venture Capital, Payments, Robinhood, Fintech, Coinbase, Accel, Madrona Venture Group, Techcrunch Disrupt, Locke, Cochran, John Locke


How 3 remote-friendly tech companies plan to return to the office

Six months ago, millions of workers left their offices for the last time without realizing it. Many would be laid off because of the pandemic, but for those fortunate to keep their jobs, some of their employers still haven’t determined whether they will open their workplaces again. Some of the biggest tech employers in the United States, like Facebook and Google, have vowed to keep their offices closed until at least 2021, which experts say is a realistic timeframe to develop a vaccine. Twitter ...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Real Estate, Events, Tech, Remote Work, United States, Cisco Systems, Techcrunch Disrupt, Duo Security, Yubico, Telecommuting, Yubikey, Dug Song, Auth0


Selling a startup can come with an emotional cost

Every founder dreams of building a substantial company. For those who make it through the myriad challenges, it typically results in an exit. If it’s through an acquisition, that can mean cashing in your equity, paying back investors and rewarding long-time employees, but it also usually results in a loss of power and a substantially reduced role. Some founders hang around for a while before leaving after an agreed-upon time period, while others depart right away because there is simply no role ...
Tags: Security, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Enterprise, Entrepreneurship, Tech, SaaS, M&a, Autodesk, Young, Distil Networks, Techcrunch Disrupt, Tracy Young, Plangrid, Exit


Despite a rough year for digital media, Blavity and The Shade Room are thriving

Last week at TechCrunch Disrupt, TechCrunch media and advertising reporter Anthony Ha sat down with Blavity CEO Morgan DeBaun and The Shade Room CEO Angelica Nwandu to chat about their respective media companies, 2020 in the media world and how they view a recent conversation inside of media to hire and retain more diverse workforces. Blavity is a network of online publications focused on Black audiences across verticals like politics, travel and technology. To date, the company has raised $9.4 ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Media, Instagram, Tech, Techcrunch Disrupt, Anthony Ha, The Shade Room, Morgan Debaun, Blavity, Shade Room, Angelica Nwandu, Ha Nwandu


Big tech has 2 elephants in the room: Privacy and competition

The question of how policymakers should respond to the power of big tech didn’t get a great deal of airtime at TechCrunch Disrupt last week, despite a number of investigations now underway in the United States (hi, Google). It’s also clear that attention- and data-monopolizing platforms compel many startups to use their comparatively slender resources to find ways to compete with the giants — or hope to be acquired by them. But there’s clearly a nervousness among even well-established tech firms...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Drew Houston, Tech, United States, House, Houston, App Store, Matthew Panzarino, Techcrunch Disrupt, Senate Judiciary Committee, Zoe Lofgren, Lofgren


CDC removes updated guidelines around COVID-19 aerosol transmission, but this expert explains why it should reverse the reversal

Last week at TechCrunch Disrupt 2020, I got the chance to speak to Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, an epidemiologist and health economist who is a Senior Fellow of the Federation of American Scientists. Dr. Feigl-Ding has been a frequent and vocal critic of some of the most profound missteps of regulators, public health organizations and the current White House administration, and we discussed specifically the topic of aerosol transmission and its notable absence from existing guidance in the U.S. At th...
Tags: Health, TC, Japan, Cdc, White House, Tech, Ap, Chemistry, United States, Transmission, Techcrunch Disrupt, Trump, Federation of American Scientists, Centers for Disease Control CDC, Occupational Safety and Health, Trump Administration


Human Capital: The Black founder’s burden

Welcome back to Human Capital, where we unpack all-things diversity, inclusion and labor in tech. This week, we’re looking at Google’s internal message board problem, as well as some highlights from TechCrunch Disrupt, where I had the pleasure of chatting with actress, producer and tech investor Kerry Washington about her investment strategy and her thoughts on The Wing’s internal turmoil. Later, we’ll also highlight some other gems from Disrupt speakers on imposter syndrome, representation synd...
Tags: Google, TC, Hollywood, Kerry Washington, Washington, Tech, Diversity, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Black Lives Matter, Human Capital, Jim Crow, Cnbc, Techcrunch Disrupt, Don, China Hong Kong


Conan O’Brien on how to embrace an ever-changing media landscape

“Like most of the best things in my life,” Conan O’Brien explains, with a wry smile, “the success of the podcast was a complete surprise.” The answer is a typically self-effacing one from the comedian. Since launching “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend” nearly two years ago, the show has quickly risen up the podcasting charts to become one of the country’s most popular. For those who have followed his 30-odd-year career in entertainment, it’s easy to see why. Quick-witted and almost superhumanly affa...
Tags: Nbc, Entertainment, Robin Williams, Tech, Tom Hanks, Conan, Jim Carrey, Tbs, Rob Lowe, Turner, Techcrunch Disrupt, Conan O Brien, Andy Richter, Steve Carrell, O'Brien, Team Coco


Ride-hailing was hit hard by COVID-19. Grab’s Russell Cohen on how the company adapted.

A contactless Grab delivery Ride-hailing services around the world have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and Grab was no exception. The company is one of the most highly-valued tech startups in Southeast Asia, where it operates in eight countries. Its transport business suffered a sharp decline in March and April, as movement restriction orders were implemented. But the company had the advantage of already operating several on-demand logistics services. During Disrupt, Russell Cohen...
Tags: Startups, TC, Asia, Southeast Asia, Tech, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, On-demand Delivery, Techcrunch Disrupt, Ride Hailing, Cohen, Singapore Malaysia, Grab, Russell Cohen, Grab Financial


Boston Dynamics delivers plan for logistics robots as early as next year

Boston Dynamics is just months away from announcing their approach to logistics, the first real vertical it aims to enter, after proving their ability to build robots at scale with the quadrupedal Spot. The company’s new CEO, Robert Playter, sees the company coming into its own after decades of experimentation. Playter, interviewed on the virtual main stage of Disrupt 2020, only recently ascended from COO to that role after many years of working there, after longtime CEO and founder Marc Raib...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Gadgets, Hardware, Softbank, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Boston Dynamics, Coo, Techcrunch Disrupt, Marc, Marc Raibert, Boston Robotics, Playter, Robert Playter


UrbanKisaan is betting on vertical farming to bring pesticide-free vegetables to consumers and fight India’s water crisis

Severe droughts have drained rivers and reservoirs across parts of India, and more than half a billion people in the world’s second-most populous nation are estimated to run out of drinking water by 2030. Signs of this are apparent in farms, which consume the vast majority of total water supplies. Farmers have been struggling in India to grow crops, as they are still heavily reliant on rainwater. Those with means have shifted to grow crops such as pearl millet, cow peas, bottle gourd and corn — ...
Tags: Startups, Asia, India, Tech, Agriculture, Biotech, Hyderabad, Battlefield, Bangalore, Techcrunch Disrupt, TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield, UrbanKisaan, Disrupt 2020, Startup Battlefield at Disrupt 2020, Vihari Kanukollu, Kanukollu


A conversation with Tunde Kehinde of Lidya on finance and the digital divide

Small and medium businesses have been some of the hardest hit in the Covid-19 pandemic. And all that has been as true in emerging markets as it has been for SMBs in the developed world. Tunde Kehinde has had a front-row seat witnessing and responding to that crisis. He’s the CEO and co-founder of Lidya, a startup out of Nigeria that has built a platform for SMBs to apply for and get loans and other financial services, aimed at markets on the African continent and increasingly also in emerging...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Europe, Finance, China, Nigeria, Africa, US, Tech, Harvard, Emerging Markets, Loans, Jeff Bezos, Amex


Finance and the digital divide: a conversation with Tunde Kehinde of Lidya

Small and medium businesses have been some of the hardest hit in the Covid-19 pandemic. And all that has been as true in emerging markets as it has been for SMBs in the developed world. Tunde Kehinde has had a front-row seat witnessing and responding to that crisis. He’s the CEO and co-founder of Lidya, a startup out of Nigeria that has built a platform for SMBs to apply for and get loans and other financial services, aimed at markets on the African continent and increasingly also in emerging...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Europe, Finance, China, Nigeria, Africa, US, Tech, Harvard, Emerging Markets, Loans, Jeff Bezos, Amex


Blume Ventures’ Karthik Reddy on Indian startup ecosystem, geo-political tension with China and coronavirus

Despite the coronavirus outbreak, which has slowed down deal-making across the world, dozens of startups in India have raised considerable amounts in recent months. Unacademy, which raised $110 million in February, closed a new round of $150 million this month. These large check sizes, and the frequency at which they are being bandied out, were almost unheard of in India just 10 years ago. The list of problems these local startups were solving then was also quite smaller back in the day. Kart...
Tags: Startups, Asia, Hong Kong, China, India, Venture Capital, Alibaba Group, Zomato, New Delhi, Bangalore, Blume Ventures, Disrupt, Techcrunch Disrupt, Reliance Jio, Reddy, Jio


SmartNews’ Kaisei Hamamoto on how the app deals with media polarization

Six years ago, SmartNews took on a major challenge. After launching in Japan in 2012, the news discovery app decided that its first international market would be the United States. During Disrupt, co-founder Kaisei Hamamoto talked about how SmartNews adapts its app for two very different markets (the video is embedded below). Hamamoto, who is also chief operating officer and chief engineer of the startup, which hit unicorn status last year, also dove into how the company deals with media pola...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Apps, Asia, Japan, New York, Texas, Media, America, Tech, United States, States, West Coast, East Coast, Techcrunch Disrupt


SmartNews’ U.S. app unveils new features for the elections, COVID-19 and local weather

News discovery app SmartNews’ new election features for U.S. users At TechCrunch Disrupt today, SmartNews announced the release of major new features for the American version of its news discovery app, designed to make it easier for users to get updates about the elections, COVID-19 and the weather. Several features focus on the presidential race, and other candidates up for vote this year. SmartNews, which has spent the past two years building its coverage of local news, also added sectio...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, Japan, Media, Joe Biden, United States, Techcrunch Disrupt, Smartnews, Disrupt 2020, News Discovery, Kaisei Hamamato


Facebook addresses political controversy in India, monetization opportunities, startup investments

At the beginning of the previous decade, Facebook had a tiny presence in India. It had just started to slowly expand its team in the country and was inking deals with telecom operators to make access to its service free to users and even offer incentives such as free voice credit. India’s internet population, now the second largest with more than 500 million connected users, itself was very small. In early 2011, the country had fewer than 100 million internet users. But Facebook ended up play...
Tags: Amazon, Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Indonesia, India, Disney, Tech, Whatsapp, Venture Capital, New Delhi, WSJ, Disrupt, Techcrunch Disrupt, Reliance Industries


Alexa’s new celebrity wake words ‘Hey Samuel,’ turns the assistant into Samuel L. Jackson

Alexa just read me Monday’s baseball scores. It was great for two reasons. First, the A’s shut out the Mariners 9-0 in the second game of a doubleheader. And second, she did so in Samuel L. Jackson’s voice. With Amazon based in Seattle, I assume they’re happy I’ve chosen to focus on the latter fact for the rest of this post. Alexa heads Toni Reid and Rohit Prasad joined us onstage today at Disrupt to discuss the smart assistant’s history, biggest obstacles and future. They also used the oc...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Apps, Obama, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, John Legend, Jackson, Seattle, Oprah, Samuel L Jackson, Mariners, Alexa, Techcrunch Disrupt, Samuel, Amazon Alexa


Homage’s Gillian Tee on how technology can serve the world’s aging population

It’s always a pleasure to chat with Homage co-founder and chief executive Gillian Tee because of her nuanced take on how technology can help elderly and other vulnerable people.  According to the United Nations, people 65-years-old and over is the fastest-growing age group worldwide. At the same time, there is also an acute shortage of caregivers in many countries, complicated by high rates of burnout in the profession. “It’s absolutely one of the most important social topics and global issues,”...
Tags: Startups, TC, Asia, Japan, New York, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, Asia Pacific, Malaysia, United Nations, Caregiving, Techcrunch Disrupt, Homage, Infocom, Tee


LanzaTech eyes two more spin-off companies

Just three months after LanzaTech announced a spin-out aimed at selling sustainable aviation fuel, the company is already preparing for two more. LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren said Tuesday on the Disrupt 2020 virtual stage that the carbon capture technology company is planning to use its core technology to create two other businesses. LanzaTech captures waste gas emissions and uses bacteria to turn it into useable ethanol fuel. A bioreactor is used to convert into liquids captured and compr...
Tags: TC, India, Tech, Ethanol, LanzaTech, GreenTech, Suncor Energy, Techcrunch Disrupt, Jennifer Holmgren, Holmgren, Mitsui Co, Mangalore Refinery, Ankur Scientific


Carbon Health and Color founders see power in bringing healthcare to the edge

When COVID-19 spread to the United States, the pandemic exposed two conflicting realities: a healthcare system that excels at high-cost, complex treatments while failing to provide sufficient access at the local level. That lack of access to public health infrastructure might be the country’s biggest challenge. It has also created opportunities for healthcare startups, founders of Carbon Health and Color said Monday during TechCrunch Disrupt 2020, which kicked off today. “When we think about ...
Tags: Health, Startups, Bali, US, Color, Tech, United States, Seattle, Detroit, Techcrunch Disrupt, Healthtech, Bay Area, Wuhan China, Othman Laraki, Laraki, Carbon Health


Airtable’s Howie Liu has no interest in exiting, even as the company’s valuation soars

In the middle of a pandemic, Airtable, the low-code startup, has actually had an excellent year. Just the other day, the company announced it had raised $185 million on a whopping $2.585 billion valuation. It also announced some new features that take it from the realm of pure no-code and deeper into low-code territory, which allows users to extend the product in new ways. Airtable CEO and co-founder Howie Liu was a guest today at TechCrunch Disrupt, where he was interviewed by TechCrunch New...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Developer, Tech, Unicorns, Techcrunch Disrupt, Liu, Airtable, Howie Liu, No Code Development, Frederic Lardinois Liu


Triller CEO Mike Lu to talk taking on TikTok at Disrupt 2020

Several months ago, before the world became so much more complicated, it was still crystal clear that TikTok was a force to be reckoned with and that its massive growth signaled big things for both Silicon Valley and the global tech scene. As the Bytedance-owned social media app has been drawn into a political crisis after the Trump administration made aggressive moves to force the app under new ownership, the conversation around the future of the app has grown even more intense. As tech giants ...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Los Angeles, Tech, Silicon Valley, Snoop Dogg, Techcrunch Disrupt, Trump, Lowercase Capital, Lu, Triller, Bytedance, Pegasus Tech Ventures, Digital Startup Alley Exhibitor Package Prices, Digital Pro Pass, Mike Lu


Laura Deming, Frederik Groce, Amish Jani, Jessica Verrilli and Vanessa Larco are coming to Disrupt

At TechCrunch Disrupt, our Startup Battlefield competition this year looks to be fiercer than ever, judging by the applicants. That’s actually saying something, considering the game-changing brands to emerge from our stage over the years, including Cloudflare, Dropbox, Vurb, Mint, GetAround, Fitbit, Yammer and more. Altogether, Startup Battlefield participants have gone on to raise $9 billion from investors and to generate 115 exits over the history of TechCrunch Disrupt, now in its tenth year. ...
Tags: TC, New York, Microsoft, Stanford, Angels, San Francisco, Events, Tech, Canada, New Zealand, Venture Capital, Firstmark, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Nea, Techcrunch Disrupt, Jessica Verrilli


Learn how COVID-19 has disrupted the startup world

What early-stage startup founder wouldn’t love to have a crystal ball? Especially now with a pandemic wreaking economic uncertainty across industries in every corner of the world. We don’t have mystical powers, but we do have the next best thing, and it’s available exclusively to early-stage founders exhibiting in Digital Startup Alley at Disrupt 2020. Sign up today for our interactive webinar, COVID-19’s Impact on the Startup World, scheduled for August 19th at 1pm PT/ 4pm ET. What does the fut...
Tags: Startups, TC, Events, Tech, First Round Capital, Techcrunch Disrupt, Startup Alley, Alley, Nicola Corzine, Natasha Mascarenhas, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Joel Neidig, Digital Startup Alley, Brett Berson, Disrupt Digital Startup Alley Package


Register for our next pitch-off happening on August 13

Here’s a shout-out to all the early-stage founders attending Disrupt 2020. Don’t forget to register for our next Pitchers & Pitches — on August 13 — and get ready to hone your 60-second pitch to a razor’s edge. If you’re not in the know, our ongoing Pitchers & Pitches webinar series is a pitch-off-masterclass-mashup. It’s a chance to deliver your best pitch to a panel of experts who will provide invaluable critique to help you craft a more compelling pitch. Better pitches equal more opportunitie...
Tags: Startups, Events, Tech, Pitch-off, Techcrunch Disrupt, Digital Startup Alley Package, Digital Startup Alley, Pitchers and Pitches