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December 2018

SoftBank’s Vision Fund inches closer to $100B

By | December 8th, 2018|Technology|

Much has been said about the SoftBank Vision Fund (SBVF), mostly in awe of the size of the investment vehicle. It’s important to remember that the $100 billion number most often associated with the gargantuan fund is only a target. Today, however, the Vision Fund inched yet closer to that 12-figure goal as it continues to pour billions of [...]

Dallas-based TXV Partners targets $50M for its debut fund

By | December 8th, 2018|Technology|

Marcus Stroud and Brandon Allen met six years ago as roommates at Princeton University. The pair bonded over a common interest and a shared dream: to be venture capitalists. “We were at a lecture and there were a couple VCs on campus speaking,” 25-year-old Stroud told TechCrunch. “Being a kid from a small town in [...]

Coinbase abandons its cautious approach with plan to list up to 30 new cryptocurrencies

By | December 8th, 2018|Technology|

Coinbase is the most conservative exchange in cryptoland, largely because it operates in the U.S. under the watchful eye of the SEC. The $8 billion-valued company trades fewer than ten cryptocurrencies to consumers but on Friday announced it announced a major expansion that could see it list up to 30 new tokens. The company said it is [...]

Leica releases the CL Street Kit for all of your decisive moments

By | December 8th, 2018|Technology|

Leica’s pricey — but sexy — CL camera is the closest thing you can get to an original portable luxury shooter without spending more than a used Toyota Corolla. The CL, which launched last year, is essentially a pared-down M series camera that has gotten rave reviews over the past year. Now, in time for [...]

Gift Guide: So your [friend, partner, kid, parent] wants to be a Twitch streamer…

By | December 7th, 2018|Technology|

Though many people still scratch their head at the idea of watching people play video games, Twitch and its content creators have proven that the platform is attractive to (even beloved by) tens of millions of people. Got a friend or loved one who believes they have the skill, personality and wide open schedule to [...]

Pivotal announces new serverless framework

By | December 7th, 2018|Technology|

Pivotal has always been about making open source tools for enterprise developers, but surprisingly up until now the arsenal has lacked a serverless component. That changed today with the alpha launch of Pivotal Function Service. “Pivotal Function Service is a Kubernetes-based, multi-cloud function service. It’s part of the broader Pivotal vision of offering you a [...]

Lightspeed hires 5 new partners from Slack, Twitter and more

By | December 7th, 2018|Technology|

Lightspeed Venture Partners, one of the best-performing VC firms in Silicon Valley, is closing out 2018 with a slew of new hires. The firm has brought on five additional investing partners: Jana Messerschmidt, Ashley Brasier, Merci Victoria Grace (pictured above), Jerry Ye and Jay Madheswaran. Neetzan Zimmerman, a former senior editor at Gawker, has also joined as [...]

TransferWise keeps growing money transfers despite global turbulence

By | December 7th, 2018|Technology|

You don’t have to follow the financial technology industry or work with developers in faraway lands to know TransferWise, arguably the world’s leading peer-to-peer money-transferring startup. Thanks to its presence in more than 70 countries, low-cost rates for moving money internationally and, of course, its famous “nothing to hide” PR campaign that featured its semi-naked [...]

Microsoft calls on companies to adopt a facial recognition code of conduct

By | December 6th, 2018|Technology|

Over the summer, Microsoft President Brad Smith called for governments to take a closer look at how facial detection technology is being implemented across the globe. This week, he returned with a similar message — only this time the executive is calling out fellow technologies to help address myriad issues around the technology before it [...]

Rideshare advertising startup Firefly launches with $21.5M in funding

By | December 6th, 2018|Technology|

Firefly, a startup that allows rideshare drivers to make money through digital advertising, is officially launching today. It’s also announced that it has raised $21.5 million in seed funding. The idea of sticking advertising on a cab isn’t new, but Firefly offers drivers what it calls a “digital smart screen,” allowing advertisers to run targeted, [...]