MoviePass may still be trying to figure out how to make a movie ticket subscription service financially viable, but it can be credited for at least correctly identifying consumer demand for such a thing. There’s now a market for movie tickets by subscription from it as well as rivals like Sinemia, AMC Stubs A-List, Cinemark […]View More Atom Tickets to challenge MoviePass with a subscription ticket platform for theaters
Dakar Network Angels begins startup investments in francophone Africa
The Dakar Network Angels network launched this month, making its first investment in francophone Africa to cleantech venture Coliba. The Ivorian startup—that uses a mobile app to coordinate waste recycling—will receive mentorship and a minimum of $25K in seed funds. The deal is part of Dakar Network Angels’ mission of convening experts and capital to […]View More Dakar Network Angels begins startup investments in francophone Africa
Instacart rolls out an Instant Cashout feature for shoppers
Instacart is today launching a new feature aimed at allowing shoppers to access their earnings more quickly, the company announced this morning. Instant Cashout, as the option is called, was built in partnership with payments platform Stripe and is being made available to shoppers in-app for instant transfers to a debit card. Previously, workers would […]View More Instacart rolls out an Instant Cashout feature for shoppers
Wayfair to open its first brick-and-mortar store this fall
Another major e-commerce brand its expanding its business offline. Wayfair, the Boston-based online furniture retailer whose net revenue topped $2 billion in the fourth quarter, announced this morning it plans to open its first full-service retail store this fall. The store, which will be based in Natick, Massachusetts, will connect the company’s online business to […]View More Wayfair to open its first brick-and-mortar store this fall
Drunken online shopping is big business — especially for Amazon
Amazon is already more than dominant in the online shopping space, but add a shot or three of tequila and that Amazon Prime free two-day shipping looks even more appealing.
Tech and business newsletter The Hustle surveyed more than 2,000 alcohol-drin…
How Nuro plans to spend Softbank’s $940 million
Autonomous delivery startup Nuro is bursting with ideas since SoftBank invested nearly $1 billion in February, new filings reveal. A recent patent application details how its R1 self-driving vehicle could carry smaller robots to cross lawns or climb stairs to drop off packages. The company has even taken the step of trademarking the name “Fido” […]View More How Nuro plans to spend Softbank’s $940 million
What’s the cost of buying users from Facebook and the other ad networks?
This post reveals the cost of acquiring a customer on every ad channel my agency has tested.View More What’s the cost of buying users from Facebook and the other ad networks?
Tencent Q4 profit disappoints, but cloud and payments gain ground
China’s Tencent reported disappointing profits in the fourth quarter on the back of surging costs but saw emerging businesses pick up steam as it plots to diversify amid slackening gaming revenues. Net profit for the quarter slid 32 percent to 14.2 billion yuan ($2.1 billion), behind analysts’ forecast of 18.3 billion yuan. The decrease was […]View More Tencent Q4 profit disappoints, but cloud and payments gain ground
Nigerian fintech startup OneFi acquires payment company Amplify
Lagos based online lending startup OneFi is buying Nigerian payment solutions company Amplify for an undisclosed amount. OneFi will take over Amplify’s IP, team, and client network of over 1000 merchants to which Amplify provides payment processing services, OneFi CEO Chijioke Dozie told TechCrunch. The move comes as fintech has become one of Africa’s most […]View More Nigerian fintech startup OneFi acquires payment company Amplify
TC Sessions: Mobility, a one-day session event on the future of transportation
The way people and packages move from Point A to Point B is in the midst of a remarkable transformation driven by technological innovations in AI, robotics, electric battery development, digital platforms and manufacturing. A mobility revolution is in the making. And TechCrunch is here — and we’re not just along for the ride. We’re […]View More TC Sessions: Mobility, a one-day session event on the future of transportation
Alcohol e-commerce startup Thirstie raises $7M
Thirstie announced today that it has raised $7 million in Series A funding, and that it’s partnering with Drinkworks to power the e-commerce experience for the cocktail-making machine created by Keurig and Anheuser-Busch. Co-founder and CEO Devaraj Southworth suggested that this is emblematic of the company’s current direction — rather than building a consumer app […]View More Alcohol e-commerce startup Thirstie raises $7M
Fifty years of the internet
Leonard Kleinrock Contributor Share on Twitter Leonard Kleinrock is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering. When my team of graduate students and I sent the first message over the internet on a warm Los Angeles evening in October, 1969, little did we suspect that we were at […]View More Fifty years of the internet