Watch Day 2 of Disrupt San Francisco live right here!

 The best is yet to come, and babe, won’t it be fine? Disrupt Day 2 kicks off right now, and thanks to the live stream, no one will be left behind. Today, we’ll be joined by Sebastian Thrun, Apple’s Lisa Jackson, 23andMe’s Anne Wojcicki, the co-founders of Houzz Adi Tatarko and Alon Cohel, as well as NBA MVP Kevin Durant and his business partner Rich Kleiman. And, as… Read More

Statespace, the Expa-backed training platform for gamers, launches out of stealth

 Nobody likes to lose. Especially gamers. But unlike other sports or activities, video games aren’t conducive to practice. Sure, you could play Destiny 2 until your thumbs bleed. But when it comes to fine tuning — maybe you’re slow to react to enemies on the top left side of the map, for example — video games don’t offer the environment to practice, practice… Read More

This is the iPhone X

 Ten years ago, the world got much bigger and much smaller, all in one fell swoop. Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone, the first internet-connected smartphone that put user experience above all, finally executing on the idea of a full touchscreen handset. This ushered in the rise of constant social networking, an application economy, and a complete dependence on our smartphones for just about… Read More

WeWork files complaint against UrWork for trademark infringement, unfair competition

 WeWork, the behemoth co-work company valued at $20 billion, has filed a complaint with New York’s Southern District Court, alleging that China-based UrWork is guilty of trademark infringement. The argument is that UrWork is a name that is far too similar to WeWork given that both companies operate in the co-working industry. UrWork is reported have a valuation over $1 billion, having… Read More

The Destiny 2 live action trailer is out and it’s hilarious

 The Destiny 2 live action trailer is officially out, and it’s one of the most comical video game trailers ever. The live action trailer heralds the coming of the new game, which is set to drop on September 6. The trailer stars Cayde-6, voiced by Nathan Fillion, and was directed by the same guy who directed Kong: Skull Island, Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Oh, and it doesn’t show a single… Read More

‘Athleisure’ brand Outdoor Voices closes $9 million in funding

 Outdoor Voices, the ‘athleisure’ brand that wants to take on Lululemon, has closed a $9 million round of funding. The round was led by Mickey Drexler, with participation from a few strategic partners including Walter Robb (former co-CEO of Whole Foods) and OV’s lead manufacturer. As part of the deal, Drexler will take over as Executive Chairman of the Board. Outdoor Voices… Read More

OpenAI bot remains undefeated against world’s greatest Dota 2 players

 Last night, OpenAI’s Dota 2 bot beat the world’s most celebrated professional players in one-on-one battles, showing just how advanced these machine learning systems are getting. The bot beat Danil “Dendi” Ishutin rather easily at The International, one of the biggest eSports events in the world, and remains undefeated against the world’s top Dota 2 players.… Read More

MojiLaLa, the sticker marketplace, lands $1.5M seed round from Great Oaks, betaworks

 The launch of iOS 10 and its iMessage Store has launched emojis and stickers into mainstream communication. In fact, 6 billion emoticons are sent every day. And a new startup called MojiLaLa is looking to capitalize, both figuratively and literally. MojiLaLa is a marketplace that lets artists submit their sticker packs to the iOS store with zero hassle, for free. The company has just raised… Read More

The battle between hotels and Airbnb escalates in NYC

 The war between Airbnb and the hotel industry rages on, and it’s reaching new lows here in New York. A campaign, backed by the Hotel Association of New York City Inc. and the union that represents hotel workers, launched a 10-day, 30-second ad that links Airbnb’s short-term rentals to public security threats. The ad sets the stage for fear-mongering, stating that NYC remains the… Read More

With 200M daily users, Giphy will soon test sponsored GIFs

 And it’s about time. Giphy, the four-year-old search engine for GIFs, is going to finally start testing monetization. According to a source close to the company, Giphy will begin testing sponsored GIFs within messaging experiences. This means that users who search for GIFs may be served a sponsored GIF within the messaging tab. There are some obvious use-cases here: A search for… Read More