An Equity podcast shot: Unpacking the Amazon-Whole Foods deal

 We’ve got an Equity Shot for you, an irregular extra hit from the Equity podcast crew. Today the big news is the potential Amazon-Whole Foods deal, which has led to rampant media speculation, depressed grocery stocks around the nation and allegations of intelligent corporate strategy. It’s the sort of day that forces you to sit back and re-cast your views of the technology world.… Read More

Equity podcast: Instagram copies Snap again and Greycroft’s Ellie Wheeler on self-driving cars

 Hello and welcome back to another episode of Equity, TechCrunch’s weekly podcast focusing on all things venture and capital. This week we pulled off our very first live episode, taping the session during the last day of TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2017. For our inaugural public show, Ellie Wheeler of Greycroft joined our merry band of nerds: Katie Roof, Matthew Lynley, and Alex Wilhelm. In… Read More

Equity podcast: Where did Snap’s market cap go, and why does Josh Elman like grammar?

 Welcome back to another episode of Equity, TechCrunch’s weekly podcast focused on finding the humor in money. This week, our own Katie Roof, Matthew Lynley and Alex Wilhelm, along with Greylock’s Josh Elman huddled in the SoMa studio right after a certain earnings report. We recorded a day early this week, as a full 66 percent of the core cast had Thursday morning flights.… Read More

2017 tech IPOs are on a tear compared to last year

 By this time last year, one tech company had gone public. Already this year, nine tech companies have gone public on U.S. exchanges. Needless to say, public exits are looking up. That comparison becomes starker when you compare SecureWorks, 2016’s first IPO, to Snap, which went public in 2017. SecureWorks priced under range, and it has since fallen nearly 38 percent from its IPO price. Read More

Equity Podcast: Dropbox’s capital appetite and average revenue per dog

 Welcome to the third episode of Equity, TechCrunch’s newest podcast. Each week we dive into the startup and venture capital worlds, with a special focus on where they collide. This week our own Matthew Lynley is off, so Katie Roof and myself sat down with a pair of venture capitalists from Canaan Partners, an investment shop with just over $3 billion in raised funds. Maha Ibrahim (a… Read More

Microsoft Acquires Big Data Startup Metanautix

microsoft hq Microsoft announced today that it has purchased Metanautix, a big-data focused startup that came out of stealth in 2014. The company was backed by $7 million in capital, including cash from well-known venture firm Sequoia. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to TechCrunch’s prior coverage of Metanautix, the company’s external funding came in majority at the time of… Read More

Microsoft Releases New Windows 10 Mobile Build, Promises Free Upgrades For 8.1 Users In 2016

A Windows 10 sign on Microsoft's campus. Two quick hits from the world of Microsoft before you head off and plunge your upper body in eggnog: A new Windows 10 Mobile build is out for users on both the Fast and Slow rings of the Insider program, and, if you are a regular Windows Phone user running 8.1, you won’t get new code until the new year, a retread of prior timing promises. In sequence, I think. Out today is the… Read More

Microsoft Builds Android App Store For Its Own Android Apps Inside Of The Android App Store

android Microsoft has a new app out called ‘Microsoft Apps‘ on Android that contains a list of its Android apps that you can download on the Android app store. There are two parts to this development. The first is that Microsoft’s cross-platform work continues, and that the company has yet to let up an inch on its work to bring its software and services to users on every… Read More