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Friday, May 22, 2015


Three Reasons Your Term Sheet May Fall Through

1 hour 37 minutes ago
 So you’ve made it past all the VC grilling and received a term sheet. Congratulations! But don’t celebrate just yet. Term sheets are non-binding, and even though they should signify a VC has conviction in investing in you and is ready to move towards closing, they fall through more often than most Founders may expect. Read More by Jonathan Friedman

TC AppleCast 16: MacBook Redux, iOS 9 And OS X 10.11

2 hours 21 minutes ago
 This week we cover one noteworthy review of the new MacBook by Marco Arment, as well as iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 details. Apple is supposedly tidying up with both OS updates this year, and also making things more pleasant for older device owners, and that’s very good for Tim Cook’s favorite customer satisfaction metric. We also discuss the new $2,000 iMac, as well as the update for… Read More by Darrell Etherington,Greg Kumparak

CrunchWeek: Pebble’s Cash Crunch, Stripe Hits $5B, And NSA Reform’s Uncertain Future

2 hours 37 minutes ago
 Happy holiday Friday, team, and welcome to another episode of CrunchWeek. This time around, we remain camped out in the CrunchBase offices while TCHQ undergoes reconstructive surgery, Our own Kyle Russell, Colleen Taylor, and your modest supplicant sat down in broad red chairs to dig into Pebble’s reported cash woes, Stripe’s shiny new valuation, and just what is going on in the… Read More by Alex Wilhelm,Kyle Russell,Colleen Taylor

Zendrive Uses Mobile Phones as Sensors To Reinvent The Accuracy of Auto Insurance In Partnership With Guild

3 hours 37 minutes ago
 If you look across the space of consumer Internet services and physical sensors, people are producing more data than ever before, which is being used to make all kinds of insurance more granular and accurate according to individual risk. Zendrive, a company backed by First Round Capital, BMW i Ventures and Bill Ford’s Fontinalis Partners is partnering with Guild to create a new kind… Read More by Kim-Mai Cutler

Jim Gaffigan, Comedian And POTI, Talks About His New Show

4 hours 6 minutes ago
 Jim Gaffigan, comedian and official President Of The Internet, stopped in at our New York studio where we talked about his new show that is now streaming on The show will air on TV Land in a few months but he posted the first episode online so fans could watch – and learn to love – his new sitcom. Gaffigan knows the Internet or at least hires people that do. He… Read More by John Biggs

Disney’s Research Lab Figures Out How To Put Words In Your Mouth

4 hours 8 minutes ago
 Here’s another absurd one out of Disney’s research labs. We’ve seen them build adorable robots to draw on beaches, 3D printers that make huggable objects out of felt, and make spinning tops out of seemingly impossible shapes. Their latest trick? Using algorithms to make people say things they didn’t actually say. Think of it a bit like lip reading — or like those… Read More by Greg Kumparak

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Pebble, Stratos, And New Apple iMacs

4 hours 37 minutes ago
 One important note about this podcast: Matt can’t seem to get his microphones to work. Ever. So if you’re wondering why we all sound like professional radio hosts (two of us are, actually) and Matt sounds like hot garbage, it’s because he is incompetent with microphones. Moving on! Pebble is against the ropes, according to a new story from John Biggs, with the Apple Watch… Read More by Jordan Crook

Chef’d Raises $5.25M To Help You Prepare Meals From Your Favorite Chefs

5 hours 7 minutes ago
 Recipe-and-ingredient delivery service Chef’d ran a successful Indiegogo campaign last year, but that’s not the only way the team is funding its growth — the company is also announcing that it has just raised a new round of $5.25 million. Founder and CEO Kyle Ransford has said that the point of the crowdfunding campaign was to recruit early users, not raise an enormous sum… Read More by Anthony Ha

This App Turns Your $600 Apple Watch Into A $20 Casio Calculator Watch

5 hours 18 minutes ago
 Plenty of people have compared the Apple Watch to the classic Casio calculator watch; these guys went ahead and made the inevitable app. Meet GeekWatch — the app that turns your Apple Watch into an oldschool calculator watch. I mean, sure — you could buy a calculator watch on Amazon for like 15 bucks. But where’s the meta/hipster/ironic/kinda-obnoxious humor in that? They… Read More by Greg Kumparak

Fixed’s App Can Now Fix Your New York Parking Tickets

5 hours 25 minutes ago
 Fixed, a mobile app that fights parking tickets on your behalf, has now arrived in New York City – its first new market outside of California, where the company already operates. New York is one of the biggest markets for parking tickets in the U.S, Fixed founder David Hegarty notes, as it issues 10 million parking tickets per year. That’s one new ticket every three seconds, he… Read More by Sarah Perez

Some Spider Adds Salon’s Blake Zeff To Its High-Profile Hires

5 hours 50 minutes ago
 Some Spider, the digital media startup created by Quidsi co-founder Vinit Bharara, has been bringing on some big names from the media world, including The New York Times’ chief technology officer Rajiv Pant and its digital head Paul Smurl. Yesterday it announced that it has hired Blake Zeff, former political editor at, to be the editor in chief of Read More by Anthony Ha

Anker To Offer USB-C Cables, Hubs And Batteries For Your New MacBook

6 hours 12 minutes ago
 Anker, the company that makes affordable, good quality backup batteries and other accessories without the hefty price tag of some of its competitors, is answering the call of USB-C. To serve buyers of the new 12-inch MacBook and Chromebook Pixel (as well as countless future devices), the accessory-maker today unveiled a line of USB-C cables, adapters, hubs, backup batteries and more. They… Read More by Darrell Etherington

Diary Of A Cord Cutter In 2015 (Part 7: Hands On With Noggin, Nick’s New Kid-Friendly Streaming Service)

6 hours 23 minutes ago
 Earlier this year, Viacom-owned kids’ network Nickelodeon announced its plans to enter the subscription video market with its own over-the-top streaming service aimed at the preschool crowd. Called Noggin, the service launched this March on iOS with a decent selection of titles, including a few popular names from the kids TV market, like “Blue’s Clues.” The question… Read More by Sarah Perez

LaunchKit Now Helps Developers Keep Track Of Their App Store Sales

6 hours 37 minutes ago
 LaunchKit, which aims to give developers a toolset that makes launching new apps easier, announced its newest service this week. The free LaunchKit App Store Sales Reporter helps developers track the sales they generate from Apple’s App Store (just like its name implies). Read More by Frederic Lardinois

Smart Regulation For Smart Drugs

6 hours 37 minutes ago
 Nootropics, smart drugs, and other biohacks are now drawing mainstream scrutiny and controversy as more and more people are using legal, off-label, and unscheduled “research chemicals” as nootropics to enhance their academic or work performance. Read More by Geoffrey Woo,Michael Brandt

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