With Voter Verification, Brigade Becomes A More Legitimate Platform For Political Debate


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brigade-rep Brigade, the political advocacy platform backed by Sean Parker and made from the early team of Causes, has come a longer way in the last six months. Originally unveiled as a really simple way to agree or disagree with political positions, Brigade has evolved into a more robust site for debating policy and political topics. Instead of a simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ interface… Read More

OpenVote launches a publishing platform, crowd-voting tool for political debate


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Screen Shot 2016-06-09 at 2.13.21 PM OpenVote, the political startup from early Facebook designer Bobby Goodlatte and Sean McCann, is unveiling a larger publishing platform where people can debate policies and pledge their votes. Before becoming a prominent designer at Facebook, Goodlatte grew up with politics in his family. For almost all of Goodlatte’s life, his father has served as a Republican Congressman. While he and… Read More

A global experiment in co-living


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DSC04825 I’m moving into a columnist role at TechCrunch and onto some new projects. One is called Roam Co-Living. It adaptively re-uses space for communal living and location independent workers in other parts of the U.S. and world, starting in Miami and Indonesia. Although this work will mostly be outside of the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ll still weigh in and write occasionally on… Read More

AngelList Raised $163M For Startups in 2015, Up 56% Year-Over-Year


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angellist AngelList, the online platform that had made itself indispensable to early-stage startups for fundraising and recruiting, said it closed out last year having raised $163 million online on behalf of 441 companies. That’s about 56 percent higher than the year before in 2014. About 40 percent of the deals were private rounds and institutional funds were in about 40 percent of rounds… Read More

Nothing Like This Has Ever Happened Before


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circa 1895:  Fifth Avenue and Madison Square, New York.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) “Capitalists both in the Old World and the States, even now, have but little faith in California. They regard this country and everything relating to it as one grand bubble, liable to burst at any moment…. This is how it should be. The wealth of California is thereby passing into the hands of young, active, enterprising men, who in an older country and with these same old capitalists… Read More

A Long Game


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San Francisco “When do you think people in the Bay Area started to realize that you could make more money from tech than from real estate?” Jed Kolko asked me. We were sitting at Ma-velous, a coffee shop frequented by San Francisco’s political movers two blocks from City Hall and kitty corner from Twitter’s headquarters in the Shorenstein-owned former San Francisco Furniture Mart. Read More

Rwanda’s Not-So-Improbable Ambition To Be A Startup Hub of Africa


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kagame It’s an odd feeling to come from California, one of the world’s most prodigious economies where the infrastructure and public systems are simultaneously falling apart in plain view, and arrive in the tiny, landlocked East African country of Rwanda. The first thing you notice is how exceptionally clean the streets of Kigali appear. That’s because of a ban on… Read More

Bucket, A Travel Planner That Automatically Creates Recommendation Lists, Expands Nationwide


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jenny-lee-sundance Early Facebook employee and longtime travel aficionado Julia Lam began studying consumer travel habits over a year ago to see how people planned their vacations and business trips. What she found was that people were often using a mess of Chrome tabs and text files. So she started Bucket with former Facebook engineer John Sichi to create an automated text parser that will pull out… Read More

The Last Bus Startup Standing: Chariot


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rsz_dsc_5569 In the beginning, there were three. There was Leap Transit, the Andreessen Horowitz-backed bus startup stocked with Blue Bottle Coffee and furnished with plush stool seating for morning and evening commuters. Then there was the Nightschool’s nostalgic take with off-duty schoolbuses for late-night transport between the East Bay and San Francisco after the region’s commuter… Read More

TechCrunch Tokyo Startup Battlefield: SmartHR Takes The Top Prize


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Every year, our Japanese-language sister site throws a big Disrupt-like event in Tokyo where there is, of course, a Battlefield between about 10 different startups. With north of 100 million Internet users, Japan has a considerable domestic market. While Western companies have had more success in Japan than in mainland China, the national startup scene still has tons of thriving businesses… Read More

Townsquared Raises $5.3M To Expand A Nextdoor-Like Experience For Local Retail, Small Businesses


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Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 3.43.28 PM Even though Rohit Prakash was a dual MD and PhD researching optogenetics at Stanford University, his entrepreneurial itch kept returning him to his family’s small business roots. He and his co-founder Nipul Patel began researching the travails of small business owners, interviewing countless entrepreneurs, trying to figure out what their risks were or what caused them to fail. (About half… Read More

Regalii, A Startup In NYC’s Washington Heights, Uncovers Where Immigrants’ Remittances Really Go


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regalii It’s not a converted industrial warehouse in Brooklyn. Or a stately, century-old building in the Flatiron. But YC-backed Regalii’s atypical office location up in the Dominican-heavy Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan has given it plenty of insights into its working-class immigrant customer base. The startup, co-founded by several Latino founders who personally knew… Read More

To Go After Local Neighborhood News And Marketplaces, Hoodline Raises $1.6M


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hoodline-pigeon There have been many attempts, most famously and disastrously with AOL’s Patch effort, and there are some very promising platforms like Nextdoor, which raised more than $100 million earlier this year. But hyperlocal marketplaces and media are far from a done deal.
Hoodline, a San Francisco-based startup, is trying to tackle this with a unique focus on news about neighborhood retail… Read More

Airbnb Pledges Transparency, Education To Fight Commercial Hosting, But Provides Little Detail


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Airbnb Logo (2014) In response to calls for stronger action on hosts that aren’t casual users, Airbnb said it would start sharing some data with governments and getting hosts to agree to a policy of listing only their permanent homes. Here’s what Brian Chesky said in a post today: Today, we’re taking the next step to turn these principles into concrete actions by releasing the Airbnb… Read More

Cannabis Startup Meadow Unveils A Platform For Dispensaries To Manage Orders, Patient Intake


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vaping-meadow With California on a precipice of a ballot initiative next year that could legalize marijuana recreationally, scores of cannabis startups are vying to capture what is the nation’s largest market in advance of such a big regulatory change.
Meadow, a Y Combinator-backed startup, was one of the earlier ones with an ordering and delivery service for medicinal users that started about a year ago. Read More

Robots To Eat All The Jobs? Hackers, Policy Wonks Collaborate On A Basic Income Createathon This Weekend


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basic-income-createathon In the face of rising U.S. income inequality and concerns about job loss to automation, some of Silicon Valley’s best-known names including Y Combinator’s Sam Altman have spoken up in favor of a universal basic income that would give people a baseline standard of living in an economy that may not be able to produce enough decently compensated work for everyone. A mix of… Read More

How Many American Cities Are Preparing For The Arrival of Self-Driving Cars? Not Many.


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google-self-driving-car Only about 6 percent of the country’s biggest cities are planning for or thinking about autonomous vehicles or self-driving cars in their long-range transportation plans, according to the National League of Cities. What’s even more surprising is that only 3 percent of these cities’ transit plans are even taking into account the impact of ride-hailing companies like Uber… Read More

Oakland Startup, The History Project, Raises $2M To Build Digital Time Capsules of Family, Personal Histories


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Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 7.27.07 AM After years of working in mobile advertising, founder Niles Lichtenstein discovered a box of records from his late father. That compelled him to start putting together memories and online histories earlier, by documenting his mother’s life history and how he first met his wife. That developed into an interactive timeline where he collected songs from when he started dating his wife… Read More

KeepTruckin Raises $8M Led By Index Ventures To Bring Logging Miles For Truckers Into The 21st Century


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KeepTruckin_Electronic_Logging_Device_In_Cab For years, truckers have had to keep unwieldy paper log books in order to track their hours, which complicates fleet management for trucking companies because they have to sort through faxes and mailed documents. KeepTruckin is a San Francisco-based company that is trying to automate this with a pair of hardware and software solutions that will log hours in the background. They’ve… Read More