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San Francisco's mayor oversaw tax break that helped spark new tech boom in the city

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who had longstanding ties with the tech community, died unexpectedly early Tuesday morning.<p>During his tenure, which began …

Silicon Valley

After Ed Lee, San Francisco’s tech policy looks uncertain

As mayor of San Francisco, Ed Lee frequently made the rounds at events like TechCrunch Disrupt and Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference to meet …

San Francisco

5 Startup Tips From a Musical Entrepreneur

Steven Dourmashkin has learned a thing or two about launching a successful startup. Specdrums, the musical app-based technology which Dourmashkin …

Startups

Zelda expansion, Death Stranding and other titles hyped at The Game Awards

The Game Awards, an event that’s exactly what it sounds like, took place shortly ago and, like any gaming event, it was shot through with trailers and announcements. What’s the biggest announcement, you ask? It’s probably a tie between the sudden release of a new expansion for <i>Zelda: Breath of the</i> …

Technology

Echofin is Slack for financial professionals

Historically, financial organizations have watched forlornly through the front window while startups have adopted new and cool tools like Slack, Twitter, and Convo. Now they can join in the fun with something called Echofin.<p>You can imagine the product as a sort of hyper-powered Slack for financial …

Startups

ClassPass will soon help you break a sweat at home with ClassPass Live

ClassPass is today introducing a new layer to its business with ClassPass Live.<p>Taking a hint from Peloton, ClassPass is now letting users work out at home through live-streamed classes. The company has purchased a studio in Industry City, along with a production team, so that folks can enjoy all …

Fitness

Watch Ultrahaptics use ultrasound to let you feel imaginary objects

Ultrahaptics lets you touch what you see in virtual and augmented reality, or even give a 2D poster 3D feeling. It uses small speaker-like ultrasound wave emitters to give the sensation of pressure and texture when you’re just waving your hands in the open air.<p>Ultrahaptics CTO Tom Carter demoed the …

Gaming

VW's Moia wheels out an electric six-seater for the ride-sharing era

Ride-sharing services, such as Lyft and Uber, have the potential to massively reduce traffic congestion in urban centers. Earlier in the year, …

Transportation

Volkswagen’s MOIA division unveils an all-electric six-seater van

Autonomy has been heralded as the future of the ridesharing model, but Volkswagen is offering a different (but no less high-tech) solution. While …

Transportation

Pi Charging raises $11.4 million to fix wireless charging

Pi Charging, the company that won at TechCrunch Disrupt SF with its wireless charging tech, has closed a series A round of $11.4 million dollars. They disclosed the news for the first time while updating the audience at Disrupt Berlin on their progress since winning in SF.<p>For those who might’ve …

Startups

Volocopter: Expect our flying taxis running for real in “two to three years”

So how far out are flying cars that you can actually hail via an app, get inside and be whisked off to your destination? Germany based Volocopter reckons a commercial service powered by its electric vertical-take-off-and-landing aircraft could be up and running before 2020.<p>“We think that in two or …

Technology

CEO of automation company ABB says we shouldn’t fear automation

Here’s a surprise: at our Disrupt Berlin event, Ulrich Spiesshofer, the CEO of 125-year old automation giant ABB, argued that automation is nothing to fear.<p>“I think we need to take this fear extremely seriously and get people out of this fear,” he said. In his view, automation and robotics has …

Robots

Intuit’s “rise of the rest” M&A strategy means large paydays outside the Valley

This morning, Frederic reported that Intuit has acquired Tsheets, a time-tracking service, for $340 million. That’s one of the highest prices that Intuit has ever paid for an acquisition, roughly equal to the cost of the company’s acquisition of Mint Bills / Check in 2014, and slightly smaller than …

Startups

Former Disrupt Battlefield competitor Coronet automates security for SMBs in latest update

Coronet, a startup that launched as part of the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield competition in New York City in 2015, announced the release of the latest version of its cloud security product aimed at SMBs today. The new system introduces a layer of autonomy which lets IT or security personnel …

Startups

Watch Disrupt Berlin Day 2 LIVE right here!

Disrupt Berlin 2017 pushes onward, and today we have a jam-packed lineup of tech super stars.<p>We’ll be joined on stage by Parrot’s Henri Seydoux, Atomico’s Yann de Vries, ABB’s Ulrich Spiesshofer and Clue’s Ida Tin.<p>Plus, we’ll head into the Startup Battlefield Finals, judged by some of the world’s …

Startups

Israeli serial startup stars of blockchain tech return with QEDit, a zero-knowledge proof diligence tool

Leveraging some “mind boggling math” introduced as an update onto the Ethereum blockchain only a few months ago, QEDit is launching its product on our Battlefield stage at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin.<p>The company, which takes its name from the Latin phrase <i>quod erat demonstrandum</i> (which was what would …

Startups

Volkswagen thinks its ride-sharing electric minibus will take 1 million cars off the road

The world’s largest automaker is getting into the ride-sharing business as it prepares for a world with fewer cars.<p>Volkwagen’s Moia brand unveiled on Monday (Dec. 4) a much-anticipated vehicle for its first ride-hailing service. The vehicle is a six-seater, all-electric minibus with a 300 kilometer …

Transportation

VW Unveils Electric Minibus in Race to Catch Ride-Pooling Trend

Volkswagen AG’s Moia division unveiled a six-seater, battery-powered minibus that will roam the streets of Hamburg from next year as app-based …

Business

Proof Work aims to decentralize medical data by using the blockchain

Tel Aviv-based Proof Work is envisioning a future where patients own and control their own medical data in a decentralized system, where data is secured by the blockchain. The system, if successful, would be a big disruption to how health care data is handled today – where it’s often accessible …

Medical Technology

These are the 15 startups participating in Disrupt Berlin Startup Battlefield

Each year, TechCrunch selects early-stage startups from a pool of thousands across the globe, and selects the top innovators to compete in Startup Battlefield. Over the next two days at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2017, a select few will vie for $50,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup.<p>Our founders are …

Startups

How Slack uses a raccoon to keep distractions on Slack at bay

Slack has undoubtedly changed how employees at many companies communicate. But more and more, it feels like Slack’s focus on immediate responses is far more distracting than the asynchronous emails it often replaces. As Slack CTO and co-founder Cal Henderson noted at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin …

Technology

Volkswagen’s MOIA debuts its all-electric rideshare vehicle

Some carmakers are talking a lot about the potential of shared mobility services and alternatives to car ownership, but Volkswagen’s MOIA is actually going a step further, with a brand new vehicle it’s unveiling today that’s focused entirely on this new market. The all-electric car, which made its …

Transportation

Meet the five finalists at the Disrupt Berlin Startup Battlefield

Disrupt is back in Berlin, where 15 teams have just taken the stage as part of the Startup Battlefield.<p>Each startup demonstrated their product and answered questions from our expert judges. Afterwards, we narrowed it down to five companies, who will be be competing tomorrow to take home 42,000 …

Startups

Notch can record your body movements

Notch creators Eszter Ozsvald and Stepan Boltalin have been working on their project since 2013 and are finally ready to unveil their final product on the Disrupt Berlin stage. The company, which received funding through SOSVentures and Hax Accelerator, allows users to scan their bodies in motion, …

Gear & Gadgets

Auroom is an AI assistant for managers and meetings

Thanks to technology, making an audio recording of a meeting is a trivially easy task these days. While speech to text services can help tackle the tedium of transcription, this just invites a slew of new problems: The need to clean up and confirm transcripts. To verify who said what. Not to …

Startups

Trillium aims to shield your high-tech car against cyberattacks

Cars these days are basically computers with wheels, and as with other computers, you’ll probably want to make a few changes to protect against cyberthreats. Trillium, presenting today on Disrupt Berlin’s Startup Battlefield stage, is looking to be the security solution for in-car computer systems, …

Startups

Lia is launching the first-ever flushable pregnancy test

The traditional pregnancy test hasn’t seen any innovation in over 30 years, with the exception of adding a digital component. Lia Diagnostics, launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin, wants to change that. The Lia pregnancy test will be the first-ever flushable test to hit the market, offering …

Technology

Co-Founder and CEO of Elvie explains how to build innovative products for women

We’re here at Arena Berlin for Disrupt Berlin 2017, TechCrunch’s annual Europe event, where our stage plays host to speaker panels featuring top figures in tech and, of course, our Startup Battlefield competition. In case you missed any of the speaker panels or Startup Battlefield presentations …

Startups

Watch every panel from Disrupt Berlin 2017 Day 1

We’re here at Arena Berlin for Disrupt Berlin 2017, TechCrunch’s annual Europe event, where our stage plays host to speaker panels featuring top figures in tech and, of course, our Startup Battlefield competition.<p>Preceding the Disrupt conference, hundreds of engineers and designers combined into 45 …

Startups

Caspar Health makes rehabilitative care more accessible by putting treatment plans in an app

Caspar Health, a startup launching today at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin, wants to make access to rehabilitative care easier and more accessible. The digital platform allows doctors to assign customizable therapy treatment plans to patients following an injury, surgery or other medical event, like a …

Startups