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Webinar Will Tackle Transitioning to a Work-From-Home Business Model

Small businesses conferences and events have been, for the most part, put on hold or cancelled as we all endure the disruption coronavirus has caused. When things finally get back to normal — hopefully sooner than later — it’ll be great to connect and re-connect with others. Until then, we still have a chance to …

Startups Weekly: A new era for consumer tech

TechCrunch is out hunting for bright spots in the startup world as we all come to grips with the pandemic — particularly where checks are actually being written despite everything. D2C is back to the future First up this week, we surveyed top direct-to-consumer investors, and they seemed pretty optimistic despite the struggles of some …

Reexamining the Kiss Principle

“Keep it simple and stupid.” That was the acronym coined by aircraft engineer Clarence Johnson during the early 1930s. He proposed the “H” style tail for airplanes which helped stabilize flight. Keeping it simple is always easier said than done. What may appear visually simple, took a deduction of complex details. We don’t get to …

Want to Increase Your Small Business Knowledge? Here are 10 Expert Tips

There are some business lessons that you need to learn through experience. However, there are some things you can learn by paying attention to experts in your field or utilizing data and tools that are available to your business. Read on for some of the top lessons you should take from industry experts and other …

Will this virtual background work for my video Zoom business meeting?

Estimated read time: 6 minutes Virtual backgrounds on Zoom are a bit of a thing to do right now with more and more people working remote and taking video calls from home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Even if you aren’t currently using them it’s worth considering. This article looks at: What are virtual backgrounds? …

Best Web Design Services

Design has a significant impact on the success of your website and business. It takes just 50 milliseconds for people to form an opinion about a website. 94% of that first impression is designed related. There are plenty of tools out there that allow you to build a website on your own. The best website …

This Week in Apps: Apple launches a COVID-19 app, the outbreak’s impact on social and video apps and more

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry saw a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s “State of Mobile” annual report. …

MacBook Air 2020 review: The most boring Mac is among the best

The 2020 Retina MacBook Air. Apple wants people to fall back in love with its latest MacBook Air. For many users, the pre-Retina, 13-inch MacBook Air one of the best laptops ever made. For too long, though, it fell behind the curve as Apple introduced better performance and higher-resolution screens to the rest of its lineup. …

The Best Water Delivery Services For Your Business

We all know it’s important to drink enough water. Dehydration can lead to headaches, lack of focus, and a loss of productivity. Not everyone likes the taste of tap water, so many businesses have high-quality water delivered. If you’re looking to get fresh water delivered to your workplace on a regular basis, here’s a guide …

Original Content podcast: ‘Tiger King’ might be the wildest show on Netflix

Netflix’s “Tiger King” is a docuseries focusing on the man who calls himself Joe Exotic — owner of a private park full of tigers and other big cats. We learn in the opening minutes of the first episode that he’s been accused of hiring a contract killer to murder an animal rights activist. A documentary …

Small Businesses Doing Their Part to Produce PPE for Medical Staff Shortages

With the COVID-19 epidemic causing ripples across the global supply chain, companies are trying to come with grips with shortages in key inputs for their production. Hard hit is the manufacturing sector that produces vital medical supplies. These include Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves and medical robes. Recent weeks have seen a …

How Huawei is dividing Western nations

The relationship between the United Kingdom and Australia is not usually a flashpoint in international relations. After all, the two allies share a common language, ancestry, and monarch. So what caused a dustup recently that saw a senior Australian parliamentarian rebuke the British foreign secretary, and for a group of Australian MPs to then cancel …

Social Media Use Surges: How Marketers Should Respond

Welcome to this week’s edition of the Social Media Marketing Talk Show, a news show for marketers who want to stay on the leading edge of social media. On this week’s Social Media Marketing Talk Show, we explore what global spikes in social media usage mean for marketing strategies and LinkedIn’s new conversation ads format …

A new FDA-authorized COVID-19 test doesn’t need a lab and can produce results in just 5 minutes

There’s a new COVID-19 test from healthcare technology maker Abbott that looks to be the fastest yet in terms of producing results, and that can do so on the spot right at point-of-care, without requiring a round trip to a lab. This test for the novel coronavirus causing the current global pandemic has received emergency …

As the U.S. shuts down, StockX’s business is booming, says its CEO

StockX, the high-flying resale marketplace that connects buyers and sellers of sneakers, streetwear, handbags and other collectible items who agree on pricing, has seen its fortune rise along with the $6 billion global sneaker resale market, which is part of the broader $100 billion sneaker category. In fact, the company, which was assigned a billion-dollar-plus valuation …

Mobile App Development Trends 2020 [Infographic]

Nowadays, it’s more common for people to have smartphones. The wide availability of these new devices has created a massive demand for mobile app development. With continuous technological advancements and the growing demand requested by clients, the mobile app industry is always evolving. However, to gain an edge in this competitive industry requires the ability …

If Website Development is in Your Business Plan, Read This First

Whether it’s only a year old or it’s from 10 years ago, when your website no longer impresses you, it’s hard to deal with it. We get it. We love change as much as the next business. But before you scrap it all in lieu of a shiny new website, you may want to think …

John Borthwick & Matt Hartman of betaworks discuss coronavirus adaptation strategies

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of hopping on Zoom with betaworks’ John Borthwick and Matt Hartman to discuss the tech world’s adaptation to this new locked-down world, the future of new media and answer questions from the audience. We discussed whether new media companies can raise capital right now, and touched on emerging trends around …

In The News: How Small Businesses are Handling the Coronavirus Pandemic

The way small businesses or companies of any size operate has been upended by the coronavirus. So, addressing how to handle the coronavirus crisis and keep your company productive during this time has become paramount. And this week’s roundup has an article appropriately titled, “How to Handle the Coronavirus Crisis and Keep Your Team and …

Are Amazon ‘Sponsored Products’ Ads Worth It?

Say you’re in the market for a new pair of headphones or a new guitar tuner. Where would you start your search? Google, right? Not so fast. Amazon came away with nearly 40% of the US ecommerce market in 2018. Google still remains the top search tool for B2B purchases and services and informational queries …

Social Media Marketing FAQ

Any business can benefit from an engaging social media presence, whether you’re a small local shop or a large national or international company. Getting started with social media marketing is easier than it seems. Ask yourself the following questions about your business to get started on the right platform(s) and with the right content to …

Rocket startup Skyrora shifts production to hand sanitizer and face masks for coronavirus response

One of the newer companies attempting to join the rarified group of private space launch startups actually flying payloads to orbit has redirected its entire UK-based manufacturing capacity towards COVID-19 response. Skyrora, which is based in Edinburgh, Scotland, is answering the call of the UK government and the NHS to manufacturers to do what they …

Duke University uses vaporized hydrogen peroxide to clean N95 face masks for reuse

With shortages of N95 face masks persisting nationwide, healthcare facilities are scrambling to find ways to clean and treat the masks for reuse to protect doctors and nurses most at risk of exposure to COVID-19. Duke University thinks it has found a solution using vaporized hydrogen peroxide to decontaminate the masks. The process uses specialized …

Attract, engage and retain employees in the new remote-work era

Irene DeNigris Contributor Share on Twitter Irene DeNigris, chief people officer of iCIMS, has a passion for cultivating a highly engaged, high-performance culture. When looking for answers, where do people first turn? For many, it’s Google. During the first half of March, we saw Google searches for “work from home” reach a 12-month high, garnering …

Appy Pie App Builder: User-Friendly, No-Code App Building Platform

Application Development is a continuously evolving industry. With more and more businesses vying for online presence, app development organizations have their work cut out for them. There has been a continuous rise in demand for apps that created a market overwhelming the existing developers. In addition, it’s an industry plagued with rising costs and rising …

How to Create a Revenue-Generating Google Ads Campaign

The trouble with search engine optimization (SEO) is that it takes a long time to work and doesn’t come with any guarantees. Pay-per-click (PPC) advertising, on the other hand, can provide results a lot faster. For companies that have no organic presence and need ROI fast, a paid ad is sometimes your best bet for …

Trump orders GM to start ventilator production for COVID-19 amid contract dispute

President Donald Trump signed Friday a presidential directive ordering GM to produce ventilators and to prioritize federal contracts, just hours after the automaker announced plans to manufacture the critical medical equipment needed for patients suffering from COVID-19, disease caused by coronavirus. The order, made under the Defense Production Act, marks a sudden reversal by Trump, …

We’ve come full rectangle: Polaroid is reborn out of The Impossible Project

More than a decade after announcing that it would keep Polaroid’s abandoned instant film alive, The Impossible Project has done the… improbable: It has officially become the brand it set out to save. And to commemorate the occasion there’s a new camera, the Polaroid Now. The convergence of the two brands has been in the …

Attorney Sophie Alcorn answers readers’ immigration questions

We had a great time hosting noted immigration attorney Sophie Alcorn on a live conference call with Extra Crunch members earlier this week. Sophie writes our “Dear Sophie” column, where she answers questions about immigration status, particularly for founders and others in the tech ecosystem who want to work in the United States. Dear Sophie: …

The FDA just okayed multiple 15-minute blood tests to screen for coronavirus, but there are caveats

On Thursday, the FDA amended their emergency policy around diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Following on a change made March 16, the agency opened the door for a number of specific private entities and labs to develop and distribute tests that can provide results on the spot in as little …

How To Lead Your Team Well… From a Distance

In light of the current Covid-19 Global Pandemic, we are all doing a whole lot of working (and managing)… from a distance. And while in Bette Midler’s world, there’s harmony and peace from a distance, in our world, things can be a bit messier. In fact, working from a distance can be really hard. Especially …

It looks like Brandon Middaugh is heading up the $1B Microsoft climate fund

Earlier this year, Microsoft made waves in the corporate community by coming out with one of the most ambitious and wide-ranging strategies to reduce carbon emissions from the company’s operations. Part of that plan was a $1 billion fund that would invest in climate change mitigation technologies — specifically focused on decarbonization. At the time, …

John Taschek of Salesforce: Finding Right Outside Voices to Improve Company Goes Beyond Listening to Usual Suspects

One of the key things Vistage’s Joe Galvin said during last week’s convo was that vendors who treat you well in challenging times are the ones you will turn to when things get better.  And the ones who don’t will get left behind at the first opportunity to do so. I couldn’t agree more with …

Best HR Outsourcing Services

Human resources is a critical aspect of any business. Historically, HR departments were reserved for larger organizations. Small businesses might just have a bookkeeper handle HR responsibilities. But today, businesses of all shapes and sizes can leverage HR outsourcing to perform these crucial tasks. Large businesses can use HR outsourcing to reduce operational costs. Outsourcing …

When is it time to stop fundraising?

Russ Heddleston Contributor Share on Twitter Russ is the co-founder and CEO of DocSend. He was previously a product manager at Facebook, where he arrived via the acquisition of his startup Pursuit.com, and has held roles at Dropbox, Greystripe, and Trulia. Follow him here: @rheddleston and @docsend More posts by this contributor What to expect …

Now might be the perfect time to rethink your fundraising approach

Russ Heddleston Contributor Share on Twitter Russ is the co-founder and CEO of DocSend. He was previously a product manager at Facebook, where he arrived via the acquisition of his startup Pursuit.com, and has held roles at Dropbox, Greystripe, and Trulia. Follow him here: @rheddleston and @docsend More posts by this contributor What to expect …

SpaceX to deliver cargo to NASA’s lunar Gateway station using a new ‘Dragon XL ‘ spacecraft

NASA has tapped SpaceX as the first provider of space-based logistics to deliver experiment materials, cargo and supplies to its lunar Gateway, the agency announced on Friday. This means SpaceX will be among the companies that NASA can turn to when it needs things shuttled via spaceship between Earth and this forthcoming platform, which will …

Daily Crunch: Clearstep’s chatbot offers in-depth COVID-19 screening

We look at an in-depth screener app for COVID-19, U.S. stocks take another tumble and Apple extends its free trial for Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro. Here’s your Daily Crunch for March 27, 2020. Stay safe and socially distanced this weekend! 1. Clearstep’s COVID-19 chat-based screener goes in-depth to preserve healthcare resources There are …

Bird lays off about 30% of workforce amid COVID-19 pandemic

Bird is the latest startup hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, Bird laid off about 30% of its employees amid the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus, TechCrunch has learned. “The unprecedented COVID-19 crisis has forced our leadership team and the board of directors to make many extremely difficult and painful decisions relating to some of …

Google sets aside $800M in ads and cash to help in COVID-19 fight

Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced Friday that his company would be donating more than $800 million in ad credits and cash to help government orgs and small businesses respond to the COVID-19 crisis. The announcement gives a full breakdown of the deployment, the bulk of which is in credits for Google services. Google will be …

NYU makes face shield design for healthcare workers that can be built in under a minute available to all

New York University is among the many academic, private and public institutions doing what it can to address the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) among healthcare workers across the world. The school worked quickly to develop an open-source face-shield design, and is now offering that design freely to any and all in order to …

Instacart shoppers are planning a nationwide strike to demand better safety protections and pay amid COVID-19

Instacart shoppers, led by the folks over at Gig Workers Collective, are planning a nationwide strike in protest of the company’s practices amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Vice first reported. Shoppers, who are responsible for grocery shopping and deliveries, say they have urged Instacart to take proper safety precautions, such as providing hand sanitizer and disinfectant …

USAToday Explores the Rapid Renewal of Live Social Media Video in Times of the Coronavirus

Jefferson Graham of USAToday explored the renewed phenomenon of live social video in the era of Coronavirus. He interviewed Brian to discuss its impact and also, whether live social video thrives in a post Coronavirus world. Here’s an excerpt: Independent analyst Brian Solis says live viewership had taken a dip and was rediscovered for a …

House passes historic $2 trillion coronavirus economic rescue bill

A massive bipartisan effort to provide relief to a U.S. economy on ice just leapt over its last major hurdle. On Friday, the House of Representatives passed a historic stimulus package known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or “CARES” act, which contains an unprecedented $2.2 trillion in total financial relief for businesses, …

OneWeb to file for bankruptcy as effort to secure funding, including from investor SoftBank, falls through

Broadband constellation satellite operator OneWeb will file for bankruptcy protection in the U.S., likely some time Friday, after attempts to secure new funding, including from existing investor SoftBank, fell through, TechCrunch has learned. The Financial Times also reported on the failure of its funding attempt on Friday, based on its own separate sources. The company …

Delivering Episode 17: An Average Subscriber’s Reaction to COVID-19 Emails

In this episode of Delivering, host Jason Rodriguez interviews an average subscriber (his wife, Valerie Jackson) about how she’s reacting to the flurry of COVID-19-related emails in her inbox. See how a non-marketer is getting value from companies in a time of crisis. Episode Transcript Jason Rodriguez Day what of quarantine? Valerie Jackson I don’t …

Extra Crunch members get 20% off premium plans from calendar app Woven

Extra Crunch is excited to announce a new community perk from cross-platform calendar tool, Woven. Starting today, annual and two-year members of Extra Crunch can receive 20% off premium plans from Woven. You must be new to Woven to claim this offer. Built from the ground up for busy people, Woven comes stacked with powerful …

The Fly Wheel Isn’t a Marketing Tool – It’s a Business Model Tool

What Is The Marketing Flywheel? The Marketing FlyWheel is a tool that allows you to focus on your customers rather and drive business through them. The idea is that the outcome of your marketing is customer-focused rather than focused on benefiting you! While a lot of companies already do this to a certain point the …

Zyl resurfaces old photos to create collaborative stories

French startup Zyl has released a major update of its mobile app for iOS and Android. The app is all about finding long-forgotten memories of important life events in your photo library. Zyl scans your photo library and magically finds photos that matter. Every day, the app sends you a notification to tell you that …