3 key secrets to building extraordinary teams

David Cancel Contributor Share on Twitter David Cancel is the CEO and founder of Drift. He is a five-time founder, two-time CEO, podcast host and best-selling author of Conversational Marketing. Follow him on Twitter @dcancel. Developing new technology, identifying product/market fit, creating a go-to-market strategy… When building businesses, these are …

CSS and PWAs: Some Tips for Building Progressive Web Apps

In recent years we’ve seen a number of major shifts in the online experience, mostly coming from the proliferation of mobile devices. The evolution of the Web has taken us from single versions of a website, to desktop versus mobile versions, to responsive sites that adapt according to screen size, …

MIT’s robot boats can self-assemble to build bridges, stages or even markets

MIT researchers have created a new autonomous robot boat prototype – which they have named ‘roboats’ to my everlasting glee – that can target and combine with one another Voltron-style to create new structures. Said structures could be bigger boats, but MIT is thinking a bit more creatively – it …

Pokémon GO battles will soon be less tappy, more Fruit Ninja-y

At the end of last year, Pokémon GO finally got a player-versus-player battling system. While it was a very much welcomed addition, it has always seemed a bit… monotonous. It just requires so… much… tapping. You repeatedly tap the screen to make your Pokémon attack, simultaneously building up its “Charge” …

Hulu orders Theranos miniseries starring Kate McKinnon as Elizabeth Holmes

Silicon Valley may have dealt with some rough hubris throughout the saga of Theranos, but Hollywood is basking in its downfall. Weeks after the premiere of an HBO documentary chronicling Elizabeth Holmes’s grand blood-testing charade and in the midst of development of a film starring Jennifer Lawrence, Hulu has ordered …

Xiaomi is opening a retail store in London as it extends its Europe push

Xiaomi’s expansion into Europe continues at speed after the Chinese smartphone maker announced plans to open its first retail store in London. The company is best known for developing quality Android phones at affordable prices and already it has launched devices in Spain, Italy and France. Now, that foray has …

Beginner’s SEO guide: Search engine optimization for small business websites

This post was originally published on May 30, 2016, and was updated on May 10, 2018, and July 15, 2019. It’s no mystery that search engine optimization, or SEO, matters. Websites are meant to be discovered by search engines and SEO makes that possible. As a business owner, it’s important …

Why Netflix's 'Hill House' finale changes the way we look at the show

Warning: The following contains spoilers for the entirety of Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House, all 10 episodes. Proceed with caution. It’s safe to assume these days that a supernatural TV drama isn’t going to end with us, the viewers, getting every answer or solving all the mysteries we faced …

Facebook snags former Vine GM to run product for its new experimental app division, NPE Team

Is Facebook preparing to launch a serious competitor to TikTok? If so, the company just picked up some key talent to make that happen. Last week, Facebook announced plans for a new division, called the NPE Team, which will build experimental consumer-focused apps where it will try different ideas and …

SpaceX and NASA detail cause of Dragon test failure, crewed flight this year looks ‘increasingly difficult’

SpaceX held a press conference on Monday to discuss the results of a months-long investigation conducted by itself and NASA into an anomaly that took place during a static fire test in April. The investigation found that the “anomaly” which occurred during the test was the result of oxidizer mixing …

Despite objection, Congress passes bill that lets U.S. authorities shoot down private drones

U.S. authorities will soon have the authority to shoot down private drones if they are considered a threat — a move decried by civil liberties and rights groups. The Senate passed the FAA Reauthorization Act on Wednesday, months after an earlier House vote in April. The bill renews funding for …

Paige details first AI pathology tech with clinical-grade accuracy in new research paper

Medical tech and computational pathology startup Paige has published a new article in the peer-reviewed medical journal Nature Medicine, detailing its artificial intelligence-based detection system for identifying prostate cancer, skin cancer and breast cancer, which the company says achieves “near-perfect accuracy.” Paige’s tech, which employs deep learning trained on a …

Quibi comedy from Thomas Lennon will focus on tech entrepreneur who takes over a winery

Yet-to-launch streaming media startup Quibi has been keeping up slate announcement at a fever pace, and its latest is a show that sounds potentially relevant to TechCrunch’s audience. The series, which will be created, written, executive produced by and star Reno 911! alum Thomas Lennon, will follow a Silicon Valley …

Brave Care, backed by Y Combinator, is an urgent care clinic just for kids

Brave Care is an urgent care facility for pediatric care that costs, on average, about 80% less than a pediatric ER visit. Darius Monsef and his co-founder came up with the idea shortly after a fateful week for the Monsef family, during which their four-year-old dove off a bike ramp …

Amazon says it has deployed more than 200,000 robotic drives globally

Amazon is serious about robotics. For most other companies, the technology may still feel like some distant novelty, but the ecommerce giant has already begun to deploy robotics systems en masse. Robotics VP Brad Porter noted on stage today at the Re:MARS conference in Las Vegas the the company has …