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TechCrunch’s Top 10 investigative reports from 2019

TechCrunch’s Top 10 investigative reports from 2019 Facebook spying on teens, Twitter accounts hijacked by terrorists, and sexual abuse imagery found on Bing and Giphy were amongst the ugly truths revealed by TechCrunch’s investigating reporting in 2019. The tech industry needs more watchdogs than ever as its size enlargens the impact of […]

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Airbnb’s New Year’s Eve guest volume shows its falling growth rate

Airbnb’s New Year’s Eve guest volume shows its falling growth rate Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. It’s finally 2020, the year that should bring us a direct listing from home-sharing giant Airbnb, a technology company valued at […]

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In the shadow of Amazon and Microsoft, Seattle startups are having a moment

In the shadow of Amazon and Microsoft, Seattle startups are having a moment Venture capital investment exploded across a number of geographies in 2019 despite the constant threat of an economic downturn. San Francisco, of course, remains the startup epicenter of the world, shutting out all other geographies when it comes to […]

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Airbnb is a platform not an estate agent, says Europe’s top court

Airbnb is a platform not an estate agent, says Europe’s top court Airbnb will be breathing a sigh of relief today: Europe’s top court has judged it to be an online platform which merely connects people looking for short term accommodation, rather than a full-blown estate agent. The ruling may make it […]

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GetYourGuide widens its horizons, will expand its Originals short tours into day trips and more

GetYourGuide widens its horizons, will expand its Originals short tours into day trips and more GetYourGuide has made a name for itself as the startup that helped the stale idea of guided tours for travellers on its head. Tapping into the generation of consumers who think of travel not just as going […]

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Essential tools for today’s digital nomad

Essential tools for today’s digital nomad Dave Williams Contributor A serial entrepreneur in the digital marketing, advertising, and ad tech industries, Dave Williams founded and sold 360i, IgnitionOne, BLiNQ Media, and other ventures and is now the CEO and Co-founder of NOMADX, with his base in Lisbon, Portugal. The world isn’t ready […]

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Startups Weekly: Chinese investors double down on African startups

Startups Weekly: Chinese investors double down on African startups 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 Airbnb’s issues. Before that, I noted […]

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Airbnb COO Belinda Johnson is leaving the company next year

Airbnb COO Belinda Johnson is leaving the company next year Airbnb COO Belinda Johnson notified employees of her impending departure next March, CNBC first reported. Airbnb has since confirmed the news, saying Johnson will remain involved with the company on its board of directors. Her last day as COO will be March […]

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Michael Grimes, “Wall Street’s Silicon Valley whisperer,” says direct listings are “absolutely” more efficient than IPOs

Michael Grimes, “Wall Street’s Silicon Valley whisperer,” says direct listings are “absolutely” more efficient than IPOs Michael Grimes has been called “Wall Street’s Silicon Valley whisperer” for landing a seemingly endless string of coveted deals for his bank, Morgan Stanley. In more recent years, it has served as the lead underwriter for […]

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How Airbnb handles discrimination claims

How Airbnb handles discrimination claims When disability rights lawyer Haben Girma, who is blind and deaf, booked an apartment in London via Airbnb last month, she says the host cancelled her reservation after she disclosed that her guide dog would be joining her. Prior to the cancellation, Girma and the host, Kirk […]

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