Author: Jordan Crook

Don’t get played by this spammy app like I did

At my birthday party last week, my friend Ebby walked over and asked a group of us “What’s this Gather app all about?” I instantly felt a bit insecure. Of that particular group of friends, I should have been the one with a ready answer. I’m supposed to know about hot new apps. But Gather was a mystery. The next morning, hungover and recovering from the post-birthday blues, I received a text message: “You have been invited to Gather with 6 of your friends on Gather – DOWNLOAD LINK.” The text was sent from a five-digit number, meaning it...

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Meet 3 of the companies in the Disrupt NY Startup Spotlight

Disrupt NY is but a month away, and we’re more excited than ever about our new content type: The Startup Spotlight. The Startup Spotlight gives proven, but young, startups the chance to tell their origin story, from that original “Aha!” moment to the pivot, if there was one, to today. It will also give budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to hear actual founders talk about their journey from their old job to being top dog at a rapidly growing startup. We’ve already revealed the first three companies participating in the Startup Spotlight, and today we have three more for you: Capsule, Nestio, and PS Dept. Capsule is a re-invention of the pharmacy. The company has built out its own team of pharmacists and an actual brick-and-mortar pharmacy in NYC so that users can have their prescriptions filled and delivered whenever they want. While most pharmacies invest profits back into the retail side of the store, selling candy and magazines, Capsule instead invests its returns back into its chat services, letting users ask questions and get medical information via SMS, web chat, and email. Capsule has raised money from Thrive, but has yet to disclose the amount. Nestio first launched in 2011 as a consumer-facing service to help renters find apartments, aggregating Trulia and Streeteasy listings in a single app. Since, however, Nestio has pivoted to solve for the core problem:...

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Instagram Head of Product Kevin Weil to talk shop at Disrupt NY

Instagram is killing it. The photo-sharing behemoth has topped 600 million users, with the most recent 100 million joining in the last year. Plus, the company now has more than 1 million active advertisers, building on Facebook’s already-dominant advertising business. But there is also a question of whether or not Instagram can continue iterating in a unique way? Or if it even needs to? Instagram took a page out of the Snapchat playbook with Instagram Stories, and it appears to be working out quite well for them. And though consumers were initially outraged by the launch of an algorithmic...

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Meet 3 of our Disrupt NY Startup Spotlight companies: Duo Security, Lemonade, and Tala

Disrupt NY is right around the bend, and with it comes a brand new type of content: The Startup Spotlight. Each of these companies will have a total of 15 minutes to tell their story, from origin to potential pivot to real solution, with all the highs and lows that come with it. Today, I’m pleased to announce three of the companies we’re highlighting at the Disrupt NY Startup Spotlight: Duo Security, Lemonade, and Tala. Founded in 2010, Duo Security largely got its start securing companies’ internal and external apps via two-factor authentication. Since then, Duo has added new...

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The TC Disrupt After Parties (and concert!) are going to be off the hook!

Disrupt NY is right around the corner, and alongside an amazing slate of speakers, a badass portfolio of Battlefield companies, and three days of networking, Disrupt is bringing the par-tay to NYC. TC Disrupt After Parties have always been legendary, but this time we’re upping our game. To start, we’ll be throwing a huge concert at NYC’s Webster Hall on the last night of the conference, May 17. Unfortunately, we can’t yet tell you who the artist is, but stay tuned! All TC Disrupt attendees can attend the concert for free, and it’s sure to be a great time. Don’t miss it! We’ll also be holding an after party on Tuesday, May 16, at the Slate in Manhattan. This won’t be your average cocktail party at a noisy night club. There will be scavenger hunts with cool prizes, magicians and games, and yes… cocktails. Finally, we’ll be offering a little help to those of you who want to host a post-conference Happy Hour or Mixer. In other words, we’ll list your event on the official TC After Party website and help out with invites, SXSW-style. Shoot an email to sponsors@techcrunch.com if you’re interested. We can’t wait to see you at the TC Disrupt After Parties, but the only way to get in is to grab yourself a ticket to Disrupt NY. Do that right here! Sponsors make TechCrunch events...

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TC is taking over Manhattan on Thursday!

TC is taking over Manhattan this week with three simultaneous events on Thursday, culminating in the TC Trivia Throwdown. You could think of it as a block party, but with far more people staring into their iPhone screens and zero hotdogs. From 5:30 to 7:30, there will be three events across various Manhattan locations. The first is the TC INCLUDE Pitch Practice, in collaboration with the ELEVACAO Foundation, which will give women and under-represented founders the chance to work on their pitch and practice in front of a group of tech influencers. They’ll also have a chance to win...

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Blue Apron could deliver an IPO in 2017, but should it?

Meal kit makers Blue Apron may be preparing to file for a 2017 IPO, according to Reuters. The report says that the food startup has hired bankers from Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup to this end. The whole thing has stirred up quite the conversation over here at TechCrunch, and we’ve been arguing amongst ourselves about the likelihood that the Blue Apron IPO happens soon, or at all. For what it’s worth, we have sources saying there is no IPO effort under way for Blue Apron yet, and the Reuters’s source may have had his or her own agenda. There are three...

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The TC Trivia Throwdown is next week in NYC!

Not gonna lie: I love trivia. I’m a huge fan of any competitive activity, but trivia is definitely in my top three. If you don’t believe me, just check my DVR — it’s essentially this season of Survivor and dozens of episodes of Jeopardy. So I’m thrilled to spread the word about our upcoming TC Takes Manhattan event, which includes the Trivia Throwdown with yours truly. Here’s the run-down: On April 6, TechCrunch is hosting a ‘block party’ of sorts, with three concurrent events going down at 5:30: TC Pitch Practice with TC Editor Jon Shieber, Flash Pitch in...

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