Category: Technology News

Residential renewable energy developer Swell is raising $450 million for distributed power projects in three states – TechCrunch

Swell Energy, an installer and manager of residential renewable energy, energy efficiency and storage technologies, is raising $450 million to finance the construction of four virtual power plants representing a massive amount of energy storage capacity paired with solar power generation. It’s a sign of the distributed nature of renewable energy development and a transition ...

Disney+ has plans for 10 Marvel shows and 10 Star Wars shows in the next few years – TechCrunch

Disney just wrapped up the first segment of an investor day in which it laid out its plans for its direct-to-consumer streaming business, including Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ and Hotstar/Star. The company kicked off the presentation with some new subscriber numbers — 86.8 million for Disney+ (roughly 30% of those are subscribers to Disney+ Hotstar, which ...

Customer support startup Gorgias raises $25M – TechCrunch

Gorgias announced today that it has raised $25 million in Series B funding, bringing the startup’s pre-money valuation to $300 million. When the company raised its Series A just over a year ago, CEO Romain Lapeyre (who founded Gorgias with CTO Alex Plugaru) told me that it works with e-commerce businesses to automate responses to ...

8 DIY and crafting gifts to help your friends make more stuff and learn new skills – TechCrunch

Welcome to TechCrunch’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide! Need help with gift ideas? We’re here to help! We’ll be rolling out gift guides from now through the end of December. You can find our other guides right here. Crafting and DIY tools are wonderful gifts right now. We’re all stuck inside and, for many of us, ...

Do the celebrities help the startups or do the startups help the celebrities? – TechCrunch

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. What a week, yeah? Instead of the news cycle slowing as the year races to a close, things are still as hot as ever. We have funding rounds big and small, IPOs, first-day extravaganza and ...

Providing healthcare to lower-income communities values Cityblock Health at $1 billion – TechCrunch

Cityblock Health, a company that provides healthcare services to low-income communities, is now commanding a high-priced valuation of over $1 billion after venture capitalists poured $160 million into the company. The round was led by new investor General Catalyst with participation from crossover investor Wellington Management and support from major existing investors, including Kinnevik AB, Maverick ...

Despite limitations, 3D and AR are creating new realities in retail – TechCrunch

In North America, shoppers are increasingly turning to online orders to buy their products. National postal services have seen a significant uptick in parcel volumes; so many that the number matches those sent during the Christmas surge — minus the wrapping paper. But although the pandemic has acted as a catalyst for online shopping, it’s ...

As Next Insurance makes its first acquisition, insurtech looks energetic – TechCrunch

A snapshot of recent activity in a bustling startup category Next Insurance, a startup that competes in the small business (SMB) insurance market, announced this morning that it has acquired its first company. Purchasing Juniper Labs will help the unicorn boost its in-house data science team, and the smaller firm’s predictive analytics technology may be applied ...

This is not a review of Apple’s new AirPod Max headphones – TechCrunch

I’ve had Apple’s AirPod Max headphones for less than 24 hours, so there is no way I would attempt to write a review of any sort. But I do have some of those oh so popular these days “first impressions” to share. Mostly on build quality, but I’ll throw a few first listen thoughts at ...