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Estonia wants to become a 'country as a service' and already has 10,000 virtual residents

But its most radical project is e-residency — letting people from around the world become digital residents of Estonia online.<p>"The question is how can we increase the customer base in Estonia because if you want to be a richer country you need more customers and we don't get those customers," Taavi …

Estonia

Why it's crazy to expect Tesla to grow like a tech stock

This kind of price appreciation is based on one thing and one thing only: the conviction that Tesla will be worth much, much more in the future than it is now.<p>As such, many of the experts and analysts who follow Tesla on the financial side treat the automaker as a tech company, not as a car company.<p>…

Tesla

'Dinocorns' is the sad new name for big, aging startups like Uber and Snapchat

Unicorns are supposed to be rare. They're also supposed to be young.<p>A "unicorn," in the tech patois of Silicon Valley, is a private company that has …

This Dutch startup is designing a plan to beat Dropbox — and it's already profitable

His company, WeTransfer, is still small, but biting at the ankles of companies like Box and Dropbox. Further down the road, his competitors are Apple, Google, and the email attachment.<p>But along the way, Nalden wants to be distracted by the view.<p>The key to the Dutch startup's success are large, …

Startups

Startups are opening 'co-living' spaces, so you never have to leave home to go to work

BuzzFeed Tech's Nitasha Tiku reports on the rise of co-living spaces. Neuehouse, another co-working space, is exploring a "hotel and extended stay" option, BuzzFeed reports. In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, millennials are paying $4,000 for a month-to-month room rental in communal living spaces like Pure …

Startups

Selfie app Frontback comes back to life thanks to mysterious new 'partner'

Frontback has made a miraculous recovery. After announcing last week that the company was shutting down, the selfie app is taking a 180 — literally. It turns out the service isn't going anywhere: late on Friday, the company announced that it had "signed an agreement with a partner," keeping the app …

Investing

Tesla's Musk: New 'ludicrous' mode shoots Model S to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds

Tesla Motors Inc.is offering a slew of new options for its Model S electric sports sedan, including a “ludicrous” driving mode that will rocket the car from zero to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds.<p>The Palo Alto automaker on Friday introduced three new versions of the Model S, offering a new base model …

Teens (and basically everyone else) hate that Snapchat’s Discover is now front and center

Snapchat is basically powered by teens. A March report from ComScore shows that 71 percent of Snapchat users are under 34 years old, and 45 percent of them are in that 18-24 demographic. Reliable demographics on teens’ use of social media are extremely hard to come by, but it’s safe to assume that …

Flipagram Raises $70M, Scores Record Label Deals Thanks To 30M+ Music Hungry Users

It’s a mix of Instagram and YouTube…maybe a bit of an old-school RockYou component. No matter how you look at it, Flipagram has seen enormous growth and is a mobile juggernaut.<p>Today, the company has formally announced that it has raised a $70 million B round of funding led by Sequoia and including …

Startups

Shuddle’s New Ridesharing App Lets Teens And Tweens Book Their Own Rides With Parents’ Permission

Shuddle, a car service founded one of the co-founders of Sidecar which focuses on providing rides to busy families – including kids and seniors – is today launching a new mobile application called ShuddleMe which allows teens and tweens to schedule rides for themselves. Because of the ages of the …

Tweens

Beauty Booking Site Wahanda Raises Another $73M, Buys ZenSoon To Expand Into France

Wahanda, the startup out of the UK that has built a platform for beauty salons and consumers to find and book appointments based on time and location, continues its march to expand by rolling up regional rivals. Today the company is announcing it has picked up a further €65 million ($73 million) in …

Startups

A Look At The Future Of Shopping Inside A Startups Lab In This San Francisco Mall

Silicon Valley is full of big, disruptive ideas. Now a certain mall in downtown San Francisco would like to capitalize on some of that innovative gold in the hopes that it will bring online shopping into the physical realm. So it built a tech space for startups.<p>Bespoke is 35,000 square feet of …

Startups

Facebook Confirms It Will Officially Support GIFs

Facebook this afternoon confirmed that it will now support animated GIFs in the Facebook News Feed. Not everyone will see the added functionality immediately, we understand, as the update is still rolling out. The move represents a significant change in direction for Facebook, which has …

Social Media
Journalism

Eric Schmidt and other execs back a $25 million Uber-for-helicopters startup Blade to fly wealthy people extremely short distances

Two years ago, Warner Music COO Rob Wiesenthal set out to change that. He had been at Sony Entertainment for 13 years when he got the idea to bring a mobile app like Uber's to the chopper industry. He partnered with Steve Martocci, the cofounder of the Skype-owned GroupMe and the music service …

New York City

European Hardware Accelerator Woos Chinese Investors

Back in summer 2013 shiny new European hardware accelerator, Startupbootcamp HighTechXL, began the search for its first cohort of startups. The Eindhoven, Netherlands-based program has now completed the second edition of its program — with applications open for its third intake.<p>The 11 teams in its …

Startups

GoFar Hits Goal on Kickstarter within 48 hrs to Make Every Car a "Smart Car"

Cars are an essential part of our lives but, with one billion of them on the road, they are taking their toll. While we often look for large scale …

Kickstarter

The cofounder of Uber has a new app with a wait list that's 80,000 people long

Garrett Camp, the cofounder of Uber, has a new on-demand app that lets you summon a whole network of people to help you shop with the press of a …

Selfie app Shots raises $8.5 million in funding, adds video feature

The selfie has become big business.<p>The photo sharing app Shots recently raised $8.5 million in funding from numerous backers, including Major League Baseball, said John Shahidi, the company's chief executive.<p>Additional investors in the San Francisco-based company -- founded by Shahidi and his …

TNW Launchpad: Connecting Startups to Corporates via Real-life Meetups

Normally when people talk about startups and corporates, it’s in opposition: one disrupting the way the other does business, or sweeping in with an outlandish acquisition in order to protect the status quo.<p>We’d like to change that.<p>In partnership with StartupAmsterdam, we’ve created a platform to …

The Key to Startups: Ignore Your Instincts

Unnatural. Counterintuitive. Weird.<p>These adjectives might not be commonly associated with <b>startups</b>, but Paul Graham uses all three to describe them — …

Mark Zuckerberg

Peter Thiel has change of heart, pays founders $1M to quit their startups.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - World renowned venture capitalist and Y Combinator partner Peter Thiel sat down with us today to discus his new view on the …

The Tesla Of Scooters Is Driving Asia's Two-Wheel Revolution

Horace Luke wanted to be the first person in Taiwan with a Tesla Model S when the gorgeous electric sedan debuted in 2012. Luke, the former chief innovation officer at smartphone maker HTC, is obsessed with beauty and function in all things. But his beloved Teslas were not sold in Taiwan (and still …

University of Washington

Twitter Is Pushing Celebrities And Publishers To Stop Using Meerkat

Twitter is doing whatever it can to help its live video streaming acquisition Periscope beat independent competitor Meerkat. Multiple sources tell TechCrunch that Twitter has been contacting celebrities who use Meerkat, trying to convince them Meerkat is dying and that they should use Periscope …

Social Media

The one big advantage of having billion-dollar valuations, according to Marc Andreessen

"I think where it helps a lot is on recruiting," Andreessen told Fortune's Dan Primack in an interview.<p>To be clear, Andreessen thinks the actual "substance" of the business — not the big number hanging over the company — has to be the deciding factor for talented people.<p>"I don't think valuations …

Venture Capital

Tesla's Model S will plan trips along charger routes

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is making good on his promise to "end range anxiety" for Model S owners today with an over-the-air software update that packs in two new features: Smart trip planning for plotting routes along its charger network, and alerts for when you're getting out of charger range. The trip …

How a developer convinced Apple to let his banned app back into the App Store

Launcher, one of the best time-saving apps out there, is returning to the App Store six months after Apple removed it without warning.<p>Shortly after Apple's iOS 8 came out, developer Greg Gardner released a creative new app called Launcher that allowed you to launch apps and shortcuts right from …

Apps

The four best cities to launch a startup in Latin America

Advertisement<p>14 Comments<p>Credit: Fuse/Thinkstock<p>Winter is on the way and perhaps you’re thinking about moving south. Whether you’re looking to Latin …

Onefinestay: It's Like Airbnb, Minus the Regulatory Troubles | Inc.com

Airbnb gives people a quick way to make a buck by renting out empty rooms in their apartments or homes. But it ain't easy being an Airbnb host. There's managing your listing and messaging potential guests. There's stocking the pantry and turning over keys. There's cleaning up after they check out. …

Hospitality