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Recreating TechCrunch Disrupt on HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’

Tue, 06/05/2014 - 19:25
 How did Mike Judge and his team of merry pranksters build Silicon Valley, the TV show? By learning as much as they could about the real Silicon Valley. The team appeared at TechCrunch Disrupt NY today where they talked about replicating Disrupt on their show. As the video above showed, the team strived to recreate everything about our conference on the hit show. Same venue, same banners, and some… Read More

ShowKit Brings Mayday-Style Customer Support To Any App

Tue, 06/05/2014 - 19:13
 When Amazon launched MayDay on the Fire tablet, thousands of sons-in-law breathed a sigh of relief. The same should be true today, as ShowKit launches out of private beta on the Disrupt Stage. The company offers an SDK that lets any app developer include a Mayday customer service button to their app. Read More

Coinbase Acquires YC-Backed Kippt To Beef Up Its Product, Design Talent

Tue, 06/05/2014 - 19:08
 Coinbase, one of the biggest Bitcoin consumer wallets and merchant processing platforms in the world, just acquired Kippt, a two-person YC-backed startup that had been working on a platform to share and store content. Both companies, which came out of Y Combinator, had been collaborating informally for a long time. On the side, Kippt’s main designer Karri Saarinen had been doing a lot of… Read More

Fidesmo Aims To Be The Only Card You Need For Public Transit (And Eventually, Anything Else)

Tue, 06/05/2014 - 19:07
 With all the talk about the "mobile wallet", you might assume that smartphones will eventually handle most of your purchases, coupons, and related accounts. But Fidesmo, which just took the stage at TechCrunch's Disrupt NY Startup Battlefield, is betting that cards still have a lot to offer. The Stockholm-headquartered company has created an NFC-enabled card that users can load up with their… Read More

Silicon Valley Creators Say Entourage Was Way Harsher

Tue, 06/05/2014 - 19:01
 The HBO show Silicon Valley pokes fun at, uh, Silicon Valley, but the creators and cast who appeared on-stage at Disrupt New York insisted that it's not meant to be a mean-spirited satire. "I don't think Silicon Valley makes fun of it in a mean way," said T.J. Miller, who plays blowhard incubator owner Erlich Bachman. TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington suggested that HBO's Entourage was "just… Read More

Kwoller, A Tinder For Fashion Price-Tracking, Launches At Disrupt NY

Tue, 06/05/2014 - 18:53
 Kwoller, a new mobile commerce startup launching its product today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, wants to speed up your next impulse buy. Got an idle two minutes in a queue for latte? Then whip out your phone and prepare to swipe. Read More

StandWith Is A Social Task-Management App For The Toughest Times In Your Life

Tue, 06/05/2014 - 18:42
 When a loved one gets seriously ill, your life spins out of control no matter what. The most basic lifestyle tasks like doing the laundry, getting groceries, and taking care of the house all take a back seat to the patient's needs, and you need the help of friends and family more than ever. Read More

A Walk Around The Brazilian Pavilion At TechCrunch Disrupt, New York

Tue, 06/05/2014 - 18:23
We took a quick walk around the Brazilian Pavilion At TechCrunch Disrupt in New York to see what companies are playing in that market these days. Check it out. Read More

Twoople Lets Anyone Chat With You Via A Simple, Personalized URL

Tue, 06/05/2014 - 17:49
 Spotted in the TechCrunch Disrupt NY Startup Alley today was Twoople, a newly launched web and mobile chatting service that lets you give out a simple, memorable URL that allows anyone to start chatting with you on either web or mobile. The tool is especially useful for business owners, explains Twoople founder Patrick Arlia, as the unique URL provided can be added to an email signature or… Read More

Google Debuts Classroom, An Education Platform For Teacher-Student Communication

Tue, 06/05/2014 - 17:30
 Google is tackling the persistent need in education for better software with Classroom, a new tool launching in beta preview to help teachers make, collect and track student assignments, and to help them better communicate with their classes. The Classroom app is part of Google’s Apps for Education lineup of products, and it uses Docs, Drive and Gmail to make assignment creation and tracking… Read More

Doorman Acquires Luna To Create Consolidated Package Delivery Service

Tue, 06/05/2014 - 17:07
 Doorman, a startup that helps customers receive packages when they're actually at home, is acquiring competing service Luna. Both companies are trying to solve a similar problem — the fact that packages are often delivered while you're out at work, leading to delays, trips to the delivery office, or "go ahead and leave it outside my door"-type instructions. Both came up with similar… Read More

Secret Is Working On A Private Chat Feature

Tue, 06/05/2014 - 16:59
 Anonyfish has been the only way to move a Secret conversation offline or somewhere with real names. But anonymous sharing app Secret plans to release its own native private chat feature, founders David Bytow and Chrys Bader-Wechseler confirmed today on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt NY. Read More

Developer Tools Are The New Enterprise Tools

Tue, 06/05/2014 - 16:56
 Wondering what areas of technology are still ripe for change in the I.T. environment? This afternoon on the TechCrunch Disrupt NY stage, the creators of top developer services including Stripe’s John Collison, DigitalOcean’s Ben Uretsky and Github’s Chris Wanstrath discussed what they still see as pain points in the industry today that are still in need of rethinking. The trio… Read More

Twitter Tanks To New Record Lows As Hundreds Of Millions Of Its Shares Unlock

Tue, 06/05/2014 - 16:55
 Today a massive quantity of Twitter stock unlocked, allowing shareholders in the firm that have long held stock in the social giant to sell their equity. The impact, perhaps as expected, is a bloodbath, with Twitter sinking more than 11 percent at the time of writing. Twitter is trading around the $34.40 mark, up slightly from a new record low of $34 that it set earlier today. It's worth… Read More

Android Still Growing Market Share By Winning First Time Smartphone Users

Tue, 06/05/2014 - 16:45
 Android is continuing its onward march. The latest market figures from analyst ABI Research peg the platform at 80% marketshare of smartphone OSes, with just under 300 million smartphones running Android -- or an Android fork -- shipped in the quarter. Read More

Comcast CEO Neil Smit Says Improving Customer Service Is His Top Priority

Tue, 06/05/2014 - 16:25
 Comcast Cable President and CEO Neil Smit spoke at Disrupt New York today, discussing his company's recent deal with Netflix, his thoughts on Aereo, and more. "I think if there's one thing to disrupt in our business, it's customer service," Smit said in response to TechCrunch writer Ryan Lawler mentioning that Comcast was recently voted the worst company in America. Read More

TruckTrack Aims To Capture A Trucking Sector Still Running On Old Tech

Tue, 06/05/2014 - 16:19
 Over the years, fleet management software used by trucking companies has languished in the old technology world. Old school companies like Keeptruckin and Truckingoffice in the U.S., or Mandata, Stirling and Roadrunner in the UK have been managing fleets, personnel, jobs and invoices for many years. Plus, lots of paper. But the profit margins are shrinking in the haulage industry, the fuel prices… Read More

Google Acquires Adometry To Bring More Attribution To Google Analytics

Tue, 06/05/2014 - 16:19
Google just announced that it has acquired ad attribution company Adometry. The news broke in the Wall Street Journal and it's discussed further in posts from the Google Analytics and Adometry teams. Read More

Google Maps On Mobile Gets Uber Integration And More

Tue, 06/05/2014 - 16:19
 Google has updated its apps for iOS and Android with a bunch of new features, including Uber integration directly in its collection of options for travel directions. The Uber option will appear when you’re looking up transit or walking directions if you have the Uber app installed on your device in some cities, offering you the estimated time for trips using the car hire service, and… Read More