The TechCrunch Podcast wraps this week’s top tech news every Friday with Managing Editor Darrell Etherington and the experts behind the bylines. Meet new reporters from across the TechCrunch newsroom as they help make sense of everything from startups, venture capital, and big tech to AI, apps, and hardware We aim to keep you in the tech news loop every Friday with the TechCrunch Podcast. You can catch up on everything you need to know about the week’s top tech stories by hearing from the people who wrote them. Every episode, Darrell sits down with TechCrunch reporters and editors to take a deep dive into the most interesting stories from in and around the startup ecosystem.
Take it away, Equity!
The TechCrunch team made the hard choice to stop production on this show but we encourage everyone who has enjoyed listening to Darrell break down the week's top stories to go check out Equity, which comes out every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and covers the numbers and nuance behind the headlines.
Will Threads unravel Twitter and other TC news
Darrell called it last October: Meta has built their own Twitter dupe, Threads, and it’s going pretty well so far with 30 million signups in the first 24 hours. Of course, this is a Meta product, so the platform isn’t perfect with it’s non-chronological timeline and security issues. This week we’re hearing from TechCrunch’s Taylor Hatmaker and Morgan Sung on Threads’ staying power and how Meta nailed the timing of this launch.
Shein is on the Sheouts and other TC news
hein invited several fashion influencers to its facilities in China and, surprising no one but Shein and the influencers who took the trip, the internet isn’t thrilled with the viral factory tours. Shein doesn’t appear to think this latest press is bad, though, as they filed confidentially for a US IPO this week. This week Darrell is talking with Amanda Silberling about why Shein is on the "sheouts."
Reddit vs Redditors and other TC news
It’s rare for all of a company’s users to turn against it in such an intense way, but Reddit has managed to alienate all of their users at once. After a recent announcement that the company will no longer be offering their API for third-party apps, users have closed ranks and made the site virtually unusable. This week guest-host Haje Kamps talks with TechCrunch Sr. Reporter Morgan Sung about whether there is room for compromise between the moderators who keep the site running, third-party apps that users love, and the profit-motivated Reddit management team.
Bonus Episode: The Startup Battlefield Basics
This week we're revisiting Inside Startup Battlefield, the four-part series that takes you behind TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield competition. If you haven't already be sure to get your tickets to TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco on September 19-21. Save an additional 15% with promo code CRUNCH. Visit techcrunch.com/disrupt to learn more.
In this episode, our host and Startup Battlefield Editor Neesha Tambe breaks down how the Battlefield companies are selected for the TechCrunch Disrupt stage. Then we take a deep dive into what makes a pitch-perfect with pitch coach and TechCrunch writer Haje Jan Kamps and Startup Battlefield judge and VC Nisha Dua. You’ll also hear from: Julia Somerdin from Labby, Young-Jae Kim and Tara Peters from Anthill, Quddus Pativada from Digest AI, Blessing Adesiyan from Mother Honestly, Hikari Senju from Omneky, Mitch Tolson from Ally robotics, Elizabeth Lawler from App map, Aaron Hall from Intropic materials. Sheeba Dawood from Minerva.
Putting the pro in Apple Vision Pro and other TC news
At WWDC this week, Apple revealed its new Vision Pro headset, a platform it described as the advent of spatial computing. The company clearly put a lot of work into building Vision Pro, and VisionOS, the software that powers it, but is it as revolutionary as Apple marketing would have you believe? Today, Darrell is joined by Brian Heater to talk about Apple Vision Pro, and what the future might hold for spatial computing.
My favorite part of friday
The deep dive into a news topic is so helpful. I love hearing how the TechCrunch reporters are thinking about some big news stories.
If your idea of a tech podcast is hearing someone talk about Twitter bad, Threads good this is the podcast for you. Most of the techies I know aren’t hanging out in the Metaverse but good luck.