Snapchat Investor Says High-Profile Failures Are Just Around the Corner

Bill Gurley, the Benchmark Capital investor who backed Snapchat and Uber, is uber-bullish when it comes to his own portfolio. But the rest of Silicon Valley, he says, is not nearly frightened enough: "No one's fearful, everyone's greedy, and it will eventually end." » 9/15/14 1:45pm Yesterday 1:45pm

Microsoft Buys Minecraft Maker Mojang for $2.5 Billion

Microsoft just announced in a press release that it has acquired Mojang, creators of Minecraft, in a $2.5 billion deal. Furthermore, all three of Mojang's original founders, including Markus "Notch" Persson, will be leaving Mojang following the acquisition. » 9/15/14 11:05am Yesterday 11:05am

Why Does Andreessen Horowitz Have an Official Rapper?

Divine, an underground rapper from Brooklyn, has taken his friendship with venture capitalist Ben Horowitz, who invested in Rap Genius, to the next level. First Divine made a music video for Horowitz's birthday. Now they're posing in matching tees that says: VC LIFE: Inspired by Ben Horowitz. » 9/15/14 10:35am Yesterday 10:35am

Unfortunately for Silicon Valley's slobbering pursuit of autonomy, California will remain one state. Venture capitalist Tim Draper's plan to break the state into six parts failed to make the 2016 ballot after his "Six Californias" campaign to submitted a insufficient number of signatures to the Secretary of State. » 9/15/14 10:04am Yesterday 10:04am

Police Accused of Killing Engineer Who Exposed Wage-Fixing Scandal

Brandon Marshall was an accomplished quality assurance engineer who helped exposed the illegal anti-poaching practices of some of Silicon Valley's biggest firms. But he also suffered from mental health issues. And according to an investigation by the San Jose Mercury News, the Roku engineer was experiencing a mental… » 9/12/14 12:00pm Friday 12:00pm

Startups With Millions Demand "Tryouts" Before Hiring You

Startups have found a hot not new human resources trend to fit their fast-growth lifestyle: making job candidates work on contract for a week to months before they decide to hire them. But startups have a really good reason for leaning on adult internships. They're just trying to protect their all-important "culture." » 9/11/14 5:55pm Thursday 5:55pm

The NSA Was Going to Fine Yahoo $250K a Day If It Didn't Join PRISM

When we first learned about NSA metadata collection, we wondered how readily the biggest tech companies acquiesced to the government. Today we start to find out. This is the story of how Yahoo was coerced into PRISM, as told by court documents cited by the Washington Post today. » 9/11/14 5:06pm Thursday 5:06pm

Soho House Is Having a Hackathon

Soho House New York, the members-only club that once tried to banish investment bankers, has been much more welcoming to the new crop of capitalists. Techies should feel even more comfortable in lap of luxury now because the club is adopting one of their native customs: the hackathon. » 9/11/14 3:00pm Thursday 3:00pm

My Day on the Emoji-Only Social Network, Translated (I Think)

Words are dead. Grammar, syntax, nuance—all pointless when adorable cartoon sea animals can do the dirty work for us. At least, that's the world Emojli, an emoji-only social network, would like to envision. But after spending some time there, I am more than happy with my inanimate letters. For Emojli's future is a… » 9/11/14 2:13pm Thursday 2:13pm

Startup Selling A Butler for $99/Month Wins TechCrunch Disrupt

When your biannual business event has been satirized by Mike Judge, you need to level up, which is a casual phrase humans say to other humans. And, oh, what a level this year's TechCrunch Disrupt "Battlefield" showed us. Corruption! Hubris! Exploitation! Investment from Michael Arrington! Butlers! It truly had it all. » 9/11/14 12:50pm Thursday 12:50pm

How to Apologize Like a Silicon Valley Dirtbag

Seth Bannon, the 28-year-old creator of an app for non-profits called Amicus, lied about going to Harvard, didn't pay taxes, lost millions of dollars of his investors' money, and alienated his friends. His apology for all this startup CEO pissery reads like a shopping list for every Valley disorder under the sun. » 9/11/14 11:15am Thursday 11:15am

Foreign Tourists Stunned By Luxurious Startup Offices

Techies from across the world flocked to San Francisco this week to take part in TechCrunch Disrupt, hoping to make an impression on tech's top brand journalists and maybe land some venture bucks. But this year's annual startup conference came with a bonus feature: tours that proselytize Silicon Valley's culture of… » 9/10/14 4:00pm Wednesday 4:00pm

Four Reasons Not To Give Up Hope If Apple Buys Path

Last night, Pando reported that Apple is about to acquire Path, according to a single source in Apple's engineering team. We heard second-hand that Path is at least in talks with Apple. The idea that an app currently ranked no. 177 in the social networking category on iOS might end up in Apple's ion-strengthened… » 9/10/14 1:40pm Wednesday 1:40pm

Now that Tinder has put their sexual harassment lawsuit behind them, the company is raising a fresh round of financing. According to TechCrunch, the new investment will make the dating app "worth" between $750 million and $1 billion. » 9/10/14 1:35pm Wednesday 1:35pm