Lyft’s going public, Uber’s eyeing Bird, Utah’s tech scene and trade tensions

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we had Connie Loizos in the studio along with Kate Clark, myself and a special guest. The special guest was fitting, as it was a special episode. Why? Because this is our 100th episode, a milestone … Read moreLyft’s going public, Uber’s eyeing Bird, Utah’s tech scene and trade tensions

Pandora’s Podcast Genome Project goes live for all

Last month, Pandora announced it would soon be bringing its “Genome” technology to a new space outside of music: it would leverage a similar classification system to make podcast recommendations, too. Initially, the feature was only available to select users on mobile devices, ahead of a broader public launch. Today, Pandora says its Podcast Genome … Read morePandora’s Podcast Genome Project goes live for all

We’re the ‘Welcome to Night Vale’ Team, and This Is How We Travel 

Welcome to Night Vale is a community radio broadcast from a fictional American desert town where everything paranormal happens at once. Several times a year, this fiercely beloved horror-comedy podcast goes on tour, performing special live episodes around the U.S., Europe, and the world. We talked to four members of the Night Vale crew—tour manager … Read moreWe’re the ‘Welcome to Night Vale’ Team, and This Is How We Travel 

Spotify for Android may let you import music

That’s not Spotify’s only new foray, either. It’s also testing a “saved for later” feature for podcast episodes that would let you preserve material for an upcoming flight. It’s also hoping to declutter podcast episode menus to move descriptions into a separate screen, and it’s trying a reworked Library view that would create an automatic … Read moreSpotify for Android may let you import music

Asana raises $50M, Airbnb gets a new CFO and a 2019 IPO preview

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week as TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin came to life, Kate Clark and I snagged some mics and dug through the biggest news of the week (a $50 million check), and talked through who may go public next year … Read moreAsana raises $50M, Airbnb gets a new CFO and a 2019 IPO preview

Koo! is a social network for short-form podcasts

Alexandre Meregan says that music, and audio in general, has always been core to his life. But one day on his five-minute commute to work, trying to listen to a podcast for the first time, he realized that by the time he arrived at work he had only heard an introduction and a commercial jingle. … Read moreKoo! is a social network for short-form podcasts

Audioburst turns the best part of podcasts into personalized news briefs

Tel Aviv-based Audioburst has been developing a search engine for audio news, which allows users to locate audio content within podcasts and other talk radio programs. Today, the company is capitalizing on its technology to launch personalized playlists that deliver custom news briefs that get better over time the more you use the product. The … Read moreAudioburst turns the best part of podcasts into personalized news briefs

Original Content podcast: We’re left a little cold by Netflix’s new ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’

It seemed like the ingredients were there for “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” to win us over. After all, at least one of the hosts of the Original Content podcast is a fan of “Riverdale,” and this comes from the same creative team, with a similar approach — instead of a noir version of Archie, … Read moreOriginal Content podcast: We’re left a little cold by Netflix’s new ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’

The Best Podcasts for Falling Asleep

Now that every person on earth has a podcast, you can find one for any topic or need—in fact you can pick your favorite from a whole roster. Say you need a podcast that’s interesting enough to stop your mind from spinning into late-night anxiety; quiet enough to calm you in bed; and boring enough … Read moreThe Best Podcasts for Falling Asleep