How to get people to open your emails

Julian Shapiro Contributor Julian Shapiro is the founder of BellCurve.com, a growth marketing agency that trains you to become a marketing professional. He also writes at Julian.com. More posts by this contributor How to work with top influencers and avoid ad blockers The secret of content marketing: avoid high bounce rates We’ve aggregated the world’s best growth marketers into one …

How to get your ads working, and whether PR is worth it

Julian Shapiro Contributor Julian Shapiro is the founder of BellCurve.com, a growth marketing agency that trains you to become a marketing professional. He also writes at Julian.com. More posts by this contributor The secret of content marketing: avoid high bounce rates How to see another company’s growth tactics and try them yourself We’ve aggregated the world’s best growth marketers into …

Hear how to build a billion-dollar SaaS company at TechCrunch Disrupt

There was a time when brick-and-mortar mom and pops framed their first $1 on the wall, but in the SaaS startup the equivalent milestone is $1 billion revenue run-rate. Salesforce is the SaaS revenue king reporting $4 billion in revenue for its most recent quarterly report, and there are many other relatively new SaaS companies, such as WorkDay, ServiceNow and …

Startups Weekly: Part & Parcel plans plus-sized fashion empire

Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about Stripe’s grand plans. Before that, I noted Peloton’s secret weapons.  Remember, you can send me tips, suggestions and feedback to kate.clark@techcrunch.com or on …

Cloudflare co-founder Michelle Zatlyn on the company’s IPO today, its unique dual class structure, and what’s next

Shares of Cloudflare rose 20% today in its first day of trading on the public market, opening trading at $18 after it priced its IPO at $15 a share yesterday and holding steady through the day. Put another way, the performance of the nine-year-old company — which provides cloud-based network services to enterprises — was relatively undramatic as these things go. …

Google Pixel 4 XL apparently revealed in video

Forget blurry images of Google’s newest phone. A beautiful, six-minute video went up on YouTube showing of what it says is the Pixel 4XL. Get a good look at what Google is working on. Oh, and what looks to be a Google Pixel 4 promo video got posted online, too. Hey, Google, define secrecy. Subscribe to CNET: https://www.youtube.com/user/CNETTV CNET playlists: …

MoviePass will shut down on September 14th

MoviePass’ all-you-can-watch movie theater membership always seemed too good to be true. After multiple price hikes, business model changes, temporary shutdowns and raising a mountain of money less than a year ago, the company seems to be calling it quits. MoviePass has issued an announcement letting customers know that the service will stop working as of September 14th — so, …

How to work with top influencers and avoid ad blockers

Julian Shapiro Contributor Julian Shapiro is the founder of BellCurve.com, a growth marketing agency that trains you to become a marketing professional. He also writes at Julian.com. More posts by this contributor The secret of content marketing: avoid high bounce rates How do you hire a great growth marketer? We’ve aggregated the world’s best growth marketers into one community. Twice …

This prosthetic arm combines manual control with machine learning

Prosthetic limbs are getting better every year, but the strength and precision they gain doesn’t always translate to easier or more effective use, since amputees have only a basic level of control over them. One promising avenue being investigated by Swiss researchers is having an AI take over where manual control leaves off. To visualize the problem, imagine a person …

Despite tipping policy changes, DoorDash says back pay is not ‘at issue here’

When DoorDash announced changes in its tipping model last month, it was certainly a step in the right direction. Some workers, however, have said it’s not enough. In addition to wanting fair wages, they want back pay. In light of DoorDash’s announcement, labor group Working Washington said a key question remained: “Will they pay workers backpay for the customer tips …

Ten questions for 2020 presidential candidate John Delaney

1. Which initiatives will you prioritize to limit humankind’s impact on climate and avoid potential climate catastrophe? My $4 trillion Climate Plan will enable us to reach the goal of net zero emissions by 2050, which the IPCC says is the necessary target to avoid the worst effects of climate change. The centerpiece of my plan is a carbon-fee-and-dividend that …

24-hour Friday flashback on Disrupt SF passes

We here at TechCrunch love a good flashback, like when Sebastian Thrun’s puppy, Charlie, was in the spotlight during Thrun’s fireside chat at Disrupt SF a few years ago. Sebastian Thrun (Udacity) at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 Since then, the serial entrepreneur and inventor seems to have doubled down on his vision of the future of transportation with his current …

Jaybird Vista: Sporty AirPods that stay in your ears

We’ll show you why the latest true wireless earbuds from Jaybird are one of the best sports headphones. Subscribe to CNET: https://www.youtube.com/user/CNETTV CNET playlists: https://www.youtube.com/user/CNETTV/playlists Download the new CNET app: https://cnet.app.link/GWuXq8ExzG Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cnet Follow us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/cnet Follow us on Instagram: http://bit.ly/2icCYYm

This game uses troll tactics to teach critical thinking

The best medicine against online disinformation is an informed society that’s thinking critically. The problem is there are no shortcuts to universal education. Enter Finnish Public Broadcasting Company, Yle, which is hoping to harness the engagement power of gamification to accelerate awareness and understanding of troll tactics and help more people spot malicious Internet fakes. It’s put together an online …

UK police arrest a number of climate activists planning Heathrow drone protest

UK police have arrested a number of environmental activists affiliated with a group which announced  last month that it would use drones to try to ground flights at the country’s busiest airport. The group, which calls itself Heathrow Pause, is protesting against the government decision to green light a third runway at the airport. In a press release published today …

Another high-flying, heavily funded AR headset startup is shutting down

While Apple and Microsoft strain to sell augmented reality as the next major computing platform, many of the startups aiming to beat them to the punch are crashing and burning. Daqri, which built enterprise-grade AR headsets, has shuttered its HQ, laid off many of its employees and is selling off assets ahead of a shutdown, former employees and sources close …

How the Apple iPhone 11 let us down

Are you excited by Apple’s new iPhone 11 or 11 Pro? Of course you’re not. Here’s why skipping this year’s model may be in the cards. iPhone 11 and 11 Pro: Should you upgrade? https://youtu.be/RhoCTnX9Mls Apple’s iPhone 11 Special Event in 13 Minutes https://youtu.be/fnJRuz7wTcc Subscribe to CNET: https://www.youtube.com/user/CNETTV CNET playlists: https://www.youtube.com/user/CNETTV/playlists Download the new CNET app: https://cnet.app.link/GWuXq8ExzG Like us on …

How to stop vanity marketing from killing your startup

Dick Talens Contributor In 2014, I got in on the ground floor of what I thought was a rocket ship. Fling was the fastest-growing app in 2014, and I was pulled in as their chief growth officer, with a handsome compensation package — one that in retrospect should have given me pause. Within 24 hours of arriving in London, I …

HTC Vive Cosmos VR headset first impressions

We got hands-on time with the brand new standalone headset and are excited about all the improvements. Subscribe to CNET: https://www.youtube.com/user/CNETTV CNET playlists: https://www.youtube.com/user/CNETTV/playlists Download the new CNET app: https://cnet.app.link/GWuXq8ExzG Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cnet Follow us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/cnet Follow us on Instagram: http://bit.ly/2icCYYm #HTCViveCosmos #HTCVive #VR

Nintendo shows off exercise-powered RPG for Switch, Ring Fit Adventure

Nintendo has been at the crossroads of video games and fitness since the famous Power Pad for the NES, and the Switch is the latest to receive a game powered by physical activity: Ring Fit Adventure. And it actually looks fun! In the game, you’ll jog in place to advance your character, and perform various movements and exercises to avoid …

Patreon sells product curation site Kit to Geniuslink

Patreon, the platform for independent content creators to operate membership businesses for their core fans, announced it is selling the assets of Kit.com to localized affiliate link service GeniusLink. Founded in 2015, Kit is a social-shopping platform where influencers curate bundles of products (“kits”) they recommend. When their fans buy products they featured in a kit, the influencer earns an …

Patch Homes locks in $5M Series A to give homeowners financial freedom without debt

Homeownership has long been touted as the American dream. But rising rates of mortgage debt, student loan debt, or otherwise are making the pursuit of homeownership a nightmare. Debt burdened individuals or those with inconsistent or tight cash flow can not only struggle to get credit loan approval when buying a home but also struggle to satisfy monthly mortgage payments …

Incredible Health’s hiring platform for nurses gets $15M led by Andreessen Horowitz

Andreessen Horowitz has led a $15 million Series A in US-based job matching platform for nursing vacancies, Incredible Health. Other investors in the funding round include NFX, Obvious Ventures, Precursor Ventures and Gingerbread Capital. To date the recruitment startup has raised a total of $17M. The California startup’s pitch to nursing professionals and hospitals is faster and more efficient hiring …

Google to pay $549 million fine and $510 million in back taxes in France

After years of back and forth with tax authorities in France, Google has settled a fiscal fraud probe, as the financial prosecutor’s office told Reuters and AFP. Overall, Google will pay a $549 million fine as well as $510 million in back taxes (€500 million and €465 million respectively). This is a settlement, which means that French authorities are dropping …

Fair acquires Canvas from Ford to expand its on-demand vehicle subscription business

Fair, the $1.2 billion startup backed by SoftBank that has built a smartphone-based car leasing platform that lets people takes cars for as little as one month, is making another acquisition in the ongoing consolidation of the short-term car rental market. It’s picking up Canvas, another platform for leasing cars, from its owner Ford Motor Credit, a division of the …

Unboxing this cool random evolving toy

The biggest toy trends are folded up inside Rizmo, an evolving robot pet from space that feeds off music. Join Bridget on her bizarre quest to level-up Rizmo and see what he evolves into. Toy company Tomy gave us an early chance to check out its newest creation — a “Rhythm Monster” that changes form the more kids play and …