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March 2019

Yandex inks deal with Hyundai to build self-driving car tech for its Mobis OEM division

By | March 19th, 2019|Technology|

On the heels of Hyundai becoming the latest investor in Ola, today another key deal was revealed that underscores Hyundai’s ambitions in next-generation automotive services. Yandex, the Russian search giant that has been working on self-driving car technology, has inked a partnership with Hyundai to develop software and hardware for autonomous car systems. While companies like [...]

SEC pushes court to hold Elon Musk in contempt over Tesla tweets

By | March 19th, 2019|Technology|

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is in blatant violation of a settlement agreement reached last year over securities fraud allegations, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said in a biting response to the court that argued the billionaire entrepreneur be held in contempt. The response, which was filed late Monday, is the latest salvo in the [...]

Unity adds preview support for Nvidia’s ray tracing tech to push gaming realism

By | March 18th, 2019|Technology|

Ray tracing has been a major topic of conversation at both GDC and GTC so it seems fitting that that the overlapping conventions would both kick off with an announcement that touches both industries. Today at GTC, Nvidia announced that it has built-out a number of major partnerships with 3D software makers including some apparent [...]

WorkClout brings SaaS to factory floor to increase operational efficiency

By | March 18th, 2019|Technology|

Factory software tools are often out of reach of small manufacturers, forcing them to operate with inefficient manual systems. WorkClout, a member of the Y Combinator Winter 2019 class, wants to change that by offering a more affordable SaaS alternative to traditional manufacturing software solutions. Company co-founder and CEO Arjun Patel grew up helping out [...]

To get big faster, younger unicorns start buying startups sooner

By | March 18th, 2019|Technology|

In the name of getting big quick, it seems like some of the most valuable private tech companies are turning to mergers and acquisitions (M&A) as a way to accelerate business growth. So-called “unicorns”—privately-held technology companies which achieve billion-dollar valuations sometime before (or as a direct result of) going public or exiting via M&A—are chomping [...]

Transportation Weekly: Uber’s spending habits, Tesla Model Y, scooters and AVs in Austin

By | March 18th, 2019|Technology|

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. We love the reader feedback. Keep it coming. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Catch up by reading the first edition here or check out last week’s edition, which offered the gamut of mobility news from Lyft and Bird to [...]

Nala has built a hassle-free, offline mobile money payment platform for Africa

By | March 17th, 2019|Technology|

Benjamin Fernandes, the Tanzanian co-founder chief executive of Nala, spent hundreds of hours talking to local Tanzanians about their frustrations with mobile money payment services before he launched his new payment platform. While at least a hundred million Africans hold mobile money accounts, the process of transacting over the services is difficult, so Tala made [...]

Apple kerfuffles, praise groups, and media layoffs

By | March 17th, 2019|Technology|

Lots of news and interesting tidbits to wrap up the week. Apple kerfuffles Apple has been vindicated (for a brief moment anyway) in its long-standing dispute with Qualcomm. From Stephen Nellis at Reuters: A U.S. federal judge has issued a preliminary ruling that Qualcomm Inc owes Apple Inc nearly $1 billion in patent royalty rebate [...]

Pre- and Post-Money SAFEs: Choosing the right one for your startup

By | March 17th, 2019|Technology|

Jared Verzello Contributor Jared Verzello is a startup and venture capital lawyer and GM of Atrium Seed where he guides companies through formation, fundraising, hiring, and managing board meetings. With Y Combinator’s Demo Day taking place at Pier 48 in San Francisco next week, its largest batch of companies ever is getting ready to present [...]

Decade in review: Trends in seed- and early-stage funding

By | March 17th, 2019|Technology|

We’ve decided to step back from the breaking news for a minute to conduct a review of seed and early-stage funding trends over the last decade for U.S.-based companies. I’m fairly certain we can all agree that the environment for startups has changed dramatically in the past 10 years, specifically in two major ways: The [...]


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