Google Capital Leads A $60 Million Series B Round To Help ZenPayroll Serve Larger Businesses

zenpayroll-office Cloud-based payroll processing startup ZenPayroll has closed on a $60 million Series B round, led by Google Capital. Emergence Capital Partners and Ribbit Capital also participated, along with existing investors General Catalyst, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Google Ventures. This now puts the total raised at $86.1 million at a $560 million post-money valuation for the… Read More


Facebook Payments What if buying something was as easy as Liking it? You’d probably buy a lot more, and buy it through whoever made it so damn simple. Becoming that conduit for payments means more than racking up transaction fees. For the portal to purchase influences not just how you buy, but what. Today, purchases are fragmented, and so too is that influence. We buy online and offline. Cash, Credit,… Read More

Burn Rate Doesn’t Matter

firebubble “The sky is falling!” VCs first sounded the alarm in September, claiming that startup burn rates had reached dangerous heights and companies must be wary lest they “vaporize”. Six months later amidst the frenzy of SXSW, many of the same voices raised concerns over valuations and cried bubble. Sensationalism makes for great press, and “burn rate” and… Read More

Wag Launches Its On-Demand Dog Walking App In San Francisco

Screen Shot 2015-04-05 at 4.01.47 PM Wag, a startup that helps connect pet owners and dog walkers with a mobile app, has touched down in San Francisco. The company, formerly only in operation in Los Angeles, recently added the tip of the Bay Area as its second locale. Wag vets dog walkers using background checks, and then insures their activities. Dog owners can schedule walks for their dogs, and track their pooch… Read More

Pitch Your Startup In The TechCrunch Radio Pitch-Off On Sirius XM

techcrunch-radio1 If you’re a reader of TechCrunch (which, at least right now, you are), then you might be interested to know that about the TechCrunch Radio show on Sirius XM.
Each Tuesday at 6pm ET (3pm PT), John Biggs and I go live on Sirius XM Insight 121 for one hour to discuss the latest in tech news and startups, including a weekly TechCrunch Radio Pitch-off. Read More

Solving The NCAA’s Developer Problem

basketballapp There’s a 21st century arms race happening across industries as organizations of all stripes look to unlock the true potential of their digital assets through APIs. For that data to generate value, it must first find new audiences—to reach those new consumers and markets, you must first reach developers. While it can feel like a leap of faith, giving developers access to rich… Read More

Flappy Bird, The Problem With Everyone, And My Baptism By Chauffeured Bus

2393905511_f5167774aa_o This column is my 100th for TechCrunch. Although I write weekly, I like to think that each post ages me roughly one year, or at least doubles Uber’s valuation (you’re welcome – you may send my equity check in the mail). No one ever told me that I would get grey hair from this job not from deadlines, but from writing about an industry that is at best, completely insane. Of… Read More