As Twilio’s largest shareholder, Bessemer Venture Partners prepares for the ride

Byron Deeter is likely waking up this morning and wondering what kind of day he’ll have. It was Deeter who led Bessemer Venture Partners into its seed-stage investment in Twilio, a now nine-year-old company that offers services like messaging, voice, image transfers, authentication and video as a software platform, so developers can incorporate them into their own apps. Bessemer has since invested in each of Twilio’s private funding rounds, amassing a 28.5 percent stake in the company at a cost of nearly $70 million. And that bet — one of the firm’s largest — is being put to the test today as Twilio debuts on the public market.

Homescreen.me returns with a new site for sharing your favorite apps

One of the early startups in the app discovery space, Homescreen.me, is relaunching its service that lets you browse which apps others have installed on their iPhone, and now, Apple Watch, too. Despite valiant efforts at creating social networks around apps and app recommendations, one of the best ways to discover those you’ll really like is by word-of-mouth — a friend tells you about an app they’re really enjoying and sells you on why you should use it, too. But word-of-mouth doesn’t necessarily scale.

Here's how your Facebook Messenger inbox is getting smarter

The Facebook Messenger app is about to be updated with a new design that also makes its inbox smarter. SEE ALSO: How to play Facebook Messenger's hidden soccer minigame The new look, which rolls out later this week, will change how the app's home tab is organized. Right now, it acts as a pretty standard inbox, showing all of your message threads with the most recent on top. In the redesign, Messenger's home screen will still display some of your most recent conversations at the top — but it will also add more personalized information farther down.

What UK startups make of the shocking Brexit vote

But today founders in the U.K. have been grappling with the nightmare made real after the public voted in a national referendum by 52 percent to 48 percent to leave the EU. Shock, disbelief and disappointment were common sentiments among the startups TechCrunch spoke to, many of which had scrambled emergency meetings to consider their immediate steps in the face of a seismic shift in the political and economic landscape of both the U.K. and the European region as a whole.

Brexit Vote Sends Pound to 31-Year Low, Pummeling Markets

PlayMarkets in turmoil in wake of 'Brexit'; Wall Street is jittery Facebook Twitter Google Plus Embed Markets in turmoil in wake of 'Brexit'; Wall Street is jittery 1:53 LONDON — Stock markets crashed, oil prices tumbled and the pound fell to a 31-year low on Friday as Britain's unprecedented vote to leave the European Union shocked investors and dragged the region, the world's largest economic bloc, into a new era of uncertainty. Investors rushed to dump European shares as soon as markets opened, following earlier drops in Asia, and Wall Street was set to fall sharply amid concerns about the economic consequences of the vote. The move could drain confidence among companies and business in Britain and the wider EU.

Google Doodle Boldly Goes Where No Doodle Has Gone Before

Google’s letters have been remade into Star Trek crew members and there’s a storyline inside the doodle, with many references to the episode and show. There are even “scenes” that help carry you through the story. Google told me that this is one of the reasons they decided to launch the doodle a day early, so people would have time to play with it and discover the entire story — a challenge that perhaps only true Trekkies will undertake.

YouTube can still win the livestreaming war

YouTube, sounding a little miffed that House representatives were live streaming their sit-in using Periscope and Facebook Live, reminded its community that it has been offering live streaming on its site since 2011, “before it was cool,” the company snarked in a series of announcements emerging from this week’s VidCon event. That may be true, but a single-purpose apps like Periscope are easier to use, which aided in its adoption. It caters to those who want more of a push-button experience: click to go live. YouTube, now scrambling to catch up, says it will update its mobile application so that the ability to go live will be baked right in.

JBL’s Charge 3 waterproof speakers are big on battery and bass

I do the same thing every time I get a waterproof device – I take it home, fill up the sink and dunk it. It’s a strangely cathartic, a sort of gadget baptism, and nicely refreshing for someone who spends so much of his time cautiously handling expensive hardware devices. The only thing that beats it are those companies with rugged gadgets that demand you bang them with a hammer. In these dog days of summer, however, I’ll happily settle for a quality dunking.

Costco's switch from Amex to Visa is off to a rocky start

Costco switched from Amex to Visa, and it's not going well. Outraged customers vented on social media Wednesday about problems with their new Costco (COST) credit cards. They complained that they couldn't open their new accounts and couldn't pay existing balances that were transferred to the new cards. The switch was supposed to be automatic and seamless. The new card was touted as a plus for customers when it was first announced, since it offers a more generous cash-back program than the American Express (AXP) version did

How Brexit impacts the U.S. economy

The so-called Brexit has wide implications for the U.S. economy, which is already facing a slew of headwinds. The chief of the U.S. central bank and top monetary policy setting official, Janet Yellen, forewarned earlier this week that Brexit "would negatively affect financial conditions and the U.S. economy." Trade between the two nations only makes up 0.5% of U.S. economic activity. However, the connections go well beyond direct trade between the two global powers. The effect on America can come through a number of chain reactions -- a Brexit domino effect on the global economy. Here are four ways the wake of Brexit could hurt the U.S. economy.