Daily Crunch: UK-based news site The Guardian under ransomware attack, editor says

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. It’s the mooooost wonderful tiiiiiiime of the yeeeaaar. Today, we’ve been skiving off work to explore the weirdest subgenres of holiday music. Trap Christmas is a thing. Christopher Lee (yes that Christopher […]

Investor interest in SpaceX appears immune to Musk’s meddling

Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter sent Tesla’s stock price on a roller coaster this year as its value correlated — largely negatively — with each development at the social media company. But SpaceX’s support from investors seems immune to the drama. Back in April, when Musk first announced his intention to acquire Twitter, it was […]

South Park creators’ deepfake video startup Deep Voodoo conjures $20M in new funding

Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park and various other media over the years, have raised $20 million to continue work on their professional deepfake studio for creators, Deep Voodoo. The company got its start during the media shutdown of 2020, when the pandemic prevented most travel and on-set productions. Parker and Stone […]

How to make the most of your investor relationships in 2023

Vidya Raman Contributor Share on Twitter Vidya Raman is a partner at Sorenson Ventures. For founders winding down from a challenging year and planning for the new year, this is an excellent time to reevaluate your relationships with the investors you work with. I am fortunate to be able to work with almost a dozen […]

TechCrunch Early Stage focuses on fledgling founders

Whether you’re singing “Take This Job and Shove It” while workin’ “9 to 5” or you’re a fledgling startup founder, TechCrunch Early Stage 2023 is the bootstrapping bootcamp designed just for you. The daylong founder-focused summit — on April 20 in Boston, Massachusetts — covers the essential building blocks you need to build a solid foundation […]

Dear Sophie: What are the pros and cons of the E-2 and L-1A visas?

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: When […]

Gynger launches out of stealth to loan companies cash for software

Software spend is becoming a prime target for cuts as it grows into a larger line item in enterprises’ budgets. According to one recent report, customers are putting 53% more toward software-as-a-service (SaaS) licensing compared to five years ago. Management has come down aggressively; 57% of IT teams told Workato in a 2022 poll that […]

The best books that startup founders read in 2022

We gift each other a lot of books each year. It’s a good practice, as having more books makes you a more handsome individual, and buying books helps support the arts. Or at least quasi-vanity business book publishers. Regardless, we’re wrapping up the TechCrunch Book-A-Thon today with a series of recommendations from founders. Recounting the […]

Brex’s 2022 reality

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This is our Wednesday show, where we niche down to a single topic, think about a question and unpack the rest. This week, Mary Ann is taking the reins with another favorite from […]

Pomegranate Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Pomegranate chocolate chunk cookies are the BEST cookies you will ever make! The pomegranate is tangy like cranberry with a hint of sweetness at the end. The burst of flavor when you bite into this cookie will have you coming back for seconds! I love a good cookie. I’m a little obsessed with winter baking, […]