Zenefits’ Parker Conrad returns to launch Rippling, combining HR & IT tools

Parker Conrad likes to save time, even though it’s gotten him in trouble. The former CEO of Zenefits was pushed out of the $4.5 billion human resources startup because he built a hack that let him and employees get faster insurance certifications. But 2.5 years later, he’s back to take …

Matt Damon was an angry, water-chugging mess as Brett Kavanaugh on 'SNL'

Remember how we spent the past week feeling like crap as a gang of powerful white men tried to force a disgraceful and clearly problematic Supreme Court nominee through the appointment process? Well. Whether or not you’ve, uh, blacked it all out, Matt Damon is here to help us remember. …

Equity Shot: Pinterest zooms into the public markets (and yet another tech company files for an IPO)

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is a relaxed, Friday, Equity Shot. That means Kate and Alex were on deck to chew through the latest from the IPO front. We’ll keep doing extra episodes as long as we …

Orbit Fab becomes first startup to supply water to ISS, paving the way for satellite refueling

Not even two years into its existence, orbital fuel supply startup Orbit Fab has chalked up a big win – successfully supplying the International Space Station with water, a first for any private company. It’s a big deal because providing water to the ISS involved a multi-day refueling process, done …

Kurly, a grocery e-commerce startup in Korea, closes upsized $113M Series D round

Kurly, a startup that operates a grocery delivery service in Korea, said today that it has closed an upsized Series D round that reached a total of $113 million. The company announced the round in April when it was $88 million led by investors that include Sequoia China, however it …

Facebook prototypes a swipeable hybrid carousel of feed posts & Stories

Feed and Stories unite! Facebook is so eager to preempt the shift to Stories that it might even let us use the same interface of horizontally swipeable cards to sift through News Feed posts. If users won’t scroll down any more, Facebook’s ad business could take a huge hit. But …

Elon Musk-backed Neuralink to detail its progress on upgrading the brain to keep pace with AI

Elon Musk’s brain computer interface (BCI) venture Neuralink will provide some more insight into what they’ve been working on for the past two years, during which time we’ve heard very little in the way of updates on their progress. In 2017, we learned that Neuralink’s overall driving mission was to …

Startups net more than capital with NBA players as investors

Mary Ann Azevedo Contributor Share on Twitter Mary Ann Azevedo covers startups and tech at Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor It’s not so obvious that this VC firm is focused on impact With these numbers, it’s no surprise SoftBank is investing in Latin America If you’re a big …

Twitter rolls out its redesigned desktop website with simplified navigation, more features

Twitter’s website is getting a major overhaul. The company has been testing a new version of its desktop website since the beginning of the year, and today the final product is rolling out to the public. The upgraded experience simplifies navigation with a new — and fairly large — left-hand …

Airbase launches with $7M Series A to simplify spending control systems

Airbase is a startup with a plan to change the way you think about accounting around spending. Instead of multiple workflows, it wants to create a simpler one involving, well, Airbase. It’s a bold move for any startup to take on something as entrenched as financials, but it’s giving it …

Everything you need to know about Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA)

Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is a paid service Amazon offers businesses looking to streamline the fulfillment process of goods purchased online. In other words, eCommerce businesses can utilize Amazon’s storage centers, delivery logistics and customer service team to increase operational efficiencies and mitigate supply chain bottlenecks. Rather than exhausting internal resources …

Jam City encourages mobile gamers to vote in midterm elections

Mobile game publisher Jam City wants players to get out to vote for the U.S. midterm elections, and it’s partnering with the national, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization When We All Vote to drive online voter registration. From October 3 to October 5, players of Jam City’s popular mobile games, Cookie Jam, Cookie …

Pressing self-destruct, a final solution to workplace noise, a broken psychological contract and some other stuff

I’ve never really wanted to go to MIPIM. I’m suspicious of it all for a number of reasons I won’t go into although you might reasonably guess what they are. So, I enjoyed this piece from Polly Plunket-Checkemian about her own misgivings. I understand that the testosterone level has been …

Top 15 Tools and Resources for Web Designers and Agencies Sponsored

Design trends come and go. This makes it imperative for web designers and design agencies to keep a close watch. They need to know the tools and resources they’re using to make certain everything is up to date. Your tools and resources might appear to be keeping up with changing …

IP strategy: How should startups decide whether to file patents

Bryant Lee, Ed Steakley & Saleh Kaihani Contributor Bryant Lee is the co-founder and managing partner of Cognition IP, a YC-backed IP law firm for startups. Ed Steakley was the Head of IP at Airware and Senior Patent Counsel at Apple. Saleh Kaihani is a partner at Cognition IP. Deciding …