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It's hard to find the expert help you need right at the clutch moment when you're building your startup. We're trying to solve that problem through a product we've been developing this year, called Verified Experts — and we'd like to get some more input on it from startup people like you.

As in real life, where you ask your professional network for recommendations, we're asking startup founders to tell us who the lawyers, growth marketers, brand designers and other experts are who have made/are making a big difference for their company. We use these collective [...]

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There was a time when brick-and-mortar mom and pops framed their first $1 on the wall, but in the SaaS startup the equivalent milestone is $1 billion revenue run-rate.

Salesforce is the SaaS revenue king reporting $4 billion in revenue for its most recent quarterly report, and there are many other relatively new SaaS companies, such as WorkDay, ServiceNow and Atlassian, that have broken the $1 billion barrier.

This year at TechCrunch Disrupt (tickets here!), we welcome three people to the Extra Crunch stage who know first hand what it takes to join the billion dollar club.

Neeraj Agrawal, a partner [...]

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iPhone 11 Pro in Midnight Green

You might have noticed that Apple released a few new smartphones recently – including the iPhone 11 Pro, and while the Cupertino company gushed about its latest handsets, it became ever more apparent that it seems almost completely uninterested in its Macs and MacBooks.

I can sort of understand why. Smartphones are still thought of as exciting and modern, and they are a reliable way of getting people to fork out their hard-earned money every few years.

Laptops like the MacBook, however, are seen more as everyday workhorses that are there to do a job, but aren't the status symbols they [...]

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Tech startups want to destigmatize sex

Sex, despite being one of the most fundamental human experiences, is still one of those businesses that some advertisers reject, banks are hesitant to financially support and some investors don't want to fund.

That's TechCrunch's Megan Rose Dickey discussing the rise of “sextech”, a movement among technologists and product designers to open up one of the most fundamental human experiences to technological innovation. Yet, the often puritanical nature of business means that while some innovations are widely received and lushly funded, other startups remain adrift, struggling to advertise and secure funding.

Megan talks with a range [...]

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Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week's noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today's topic, let's catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about Stripe's grand plans. Before that, I noted Peloton's secret weapons.

Remember, you can send me tips, suggestions and feedback to [email protected] or on Twitter @KateClarkTweets. If you don't subscribe to Startups Weekly yet, you can do that here.

Startup spotlight

The best companies are built by people who have personally experienced the problem they're attempting to solve. Lauren Jonas, the founder [...]

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For the first time, gravitational wave data fathom the structure of a black-hole [...]
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Sulfur in the stratosphere splits light to make a violet glow [...]
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Scientists say they finally know why rubbing two materials together produces an electric charge [...]
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Subtle experiment with an electron trapped in diamond tests theory of quantum Darwinism [...]
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Physicist William Happer failed to win backing for high-level critique of climate findings [...]
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