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ACLU asks court to release a secret order forcing Facebook to wiretap Messenger – TechCrunch

ACLU asks court to release a secret order forcing Facebook to wiretap Messenger – TechCrunch Earlier this year, the U.S. government tried to force Facebook to secretly recode its Messenger app to allow the feds to listen into an encrypted, real-time voice call on suspected members associated with the notorious …

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The Venture Twins – TechCrunch

The Venture Twins – TechCrunch Justine and Olivia Moore like to introduce themselves together, otherwise, it can be a little confusing. They live together in an apartment in Menlo Park. They share clothes. They both wear Rothy’s sustainable ballet flats and are big fans of Glossier. Their desks are only …

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Meet Shuttle, the company that’s building a booking agent for spaceflight – TechCrunch

Meet Shuttle, the company that’s building a booking agent for spaceflight – TechCrunch Avery Haskell says he first knew he wanted to be an astronaut ever since he was a boy growing up in Houston near NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The 24 year-old Stanford graduate who counts Stephen Hawking and …

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Lessons from building Brex into a billion-dollar startup – TechCrunch

Lessons from building Brex into a billion-dollar startup – TechCrunch When I think about my experience as an immigrant and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, I remember growing up in Brazil and how we saw tech founders and CEOs as kings. We imagined what it would be like to assume the …

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Alumni Ventures Group is the most active venture fund you’ve never heard of – TechCrunch

Alumni Ventures Group is the most active venture fund you’ve never heard of – TechCrunch Alumni Ventures Group’s (AVG) limited partners aren’t endowment or pension funds. Its typical LP is a heart surgeon in Des Moines, Iowa. The firm has both an unorthodox model of fundraising and dealmaking. Across 25 micro …

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Jane.VC, a new fund for female entrepreneurs, wants founders to cold email them – TechCrunch

Jane.VC, a new fund for female entrepreneurs, wants founders to cold email them – TechCrunch Want to pitch a venture capitalist? You’ll need a “warm introduction” first. At least that’s what most in the business will advise. Find a person, typically a man, who made the VC you’re interested in …

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How the 22-year-old founders of Brex built a billion-dollar business in less than 2 years – TechCrunch

How the 22-year-old founders of Brex built a billion-dollar business in less than 2 years – TechCrunch When Brazilian-born Henrique Dubugras and Pedro Franceschi met at 16 years old, they bonded over a love of coding and mutual frustrations with their strict mothers, who didn’t understand their Mark Zuckerberg-esque ambitions.  …

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Former Uber exec Andrew Chapin takes the wraps off his stealth mental health startup – TechCrunch

Former Uber exec Andrew Chapin takes the wraps off his stealth mental health startup – TechCrunch One can only imagine what it was like to work at Uber in the years leading up to Susan Fowler’s infamous blog post. Many of the company’s leaders were said to be overly-competitive, sexist …

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uBiome is jumping into therapeutics with a healthy $83 million in Series C financing – TechCrunch

uBiome is jumping into therapeutics with a healthy $83 million in Series C financing – TechCrunch 23andMe, IBM and now uBiome is the next tech company to jump into the lucrative multi-billion dollar drug discovery market. The company started out with a consumer gut health test to check whether your …

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