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If You Think Car Companies Are Slow To Embrace The Ev Revolution, Look At Oil Companies

Small, nimble startups are leading the shift to electric cars, while big U.S. automakers are struggling to catch up–and oil companies are dipping their toe into charging. In just three years, many electric cars will sport the same sticker...

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Mongodb To Acquire Open-source Mobile Database Realm For $39 Million

MongoDB announced today that it is acquiring Realm, an open-source database geared for mobile applications, for $39 million. The startup had raised just over $40 million before being acquired today. Not exactly a staggering return on...
Related topics: Databases, Open Source Software

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The Brave Browser Launches Ads That Reward Users For Viewing

With the latest desktop version of the Brave browser, users can now opt-in to the Brave Ads program. Brave is an ad-blocking web browser startup led by Brendan Eich, creator of JavaScript programming language and former Mozilla CEO. He’s long...

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Are Women Better Gamers Than Men? This Startup’s Ai-driven Research Says Yes

Last year the Gosu.ai startup, which has developed an AI assistant to help gamers play smarter and improve their skills, raised $1.9M. Using machine learning, it analyzes their matches and makes personal recommendations, and allows the gamer to be...

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For $500 Million, Rivian Will Teach Ford How To Make Electric Vehicles

Ford is investing $500 million in Rivian, an electric-vehicle startup. The injection of cash comes only months after the Michigan-based company raised $700 million in an investment round led by Amazon. In November, Rivian unveiled the first two...
Related topics: Ford, Amazon, Amazon (AMZN)

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Selina Raises $100m At An $850m Valuation For Its Network Of Living Spaces For Digital Nomads

The rising tide of Airbnb is lifting all boats, and today a startup that’s building a series of living-coworking-activity spaces across the world primarily geared at digital nomads is reeling in a sizeable round to take its business to the...

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R/ga Ventures Incubator To Nurture Enterprise Blockchain Startups In Portland, Or

R/GA Ventures, a company that acts as investment arm and startup incubator for R/GA corporate client work, announced plans to open a new studio in Portland devoted to encouraging startups working on enterprise blockchain projects. R/GA itself has a...
Related topics: Blockchain

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Embrace Raises $4.5m For Its Mobile Application Performance Management Platform

Embrace, an LA-based startup that offers a mobile-first application performance management platform, today announced that it has raised a $4.5 million funding round led by Pritzker Group Venture Capital. This brings the company’s total funding...

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Ford Invests $500m In Rivian And Intends To Build A Vehicle On Rivian’s Ev Platform

Rivian today announced a major investment from Ford. The 115-year old automaker is investing $500 million into the Michigan-based EV startup. Along with the cash, Ford announced plans to build a vehicle on Rivian’s electric vehicle...
Related topics: Ford

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Managed By Q Launches A New Task Management Feature For Office Managers

Managed By Q, the office management platform recently acquired by WeWork, has today announced the launch of Task Management. The feature comes to Managed By Q by way of Hivy, a startup acquired by MBQ back in 2017, that focuses on connecting a...

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Risk-taking Can Be Hard For Women–but Worth It, Says This Philanthropist

It was 1988. Jean Case had a good job in strategic marketing at General Electric, then the most valuable company in the world. But she was intrigued by the work of a small startup down the street called America Online (AOL). “I was really focused...
Related topics: Marketing, General Electric, AOL

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Water Innovation Prize Goes To Startups Targeting Methane And Wastewater

A startup with a cheap technology for purifying textile wastewater and another with a system to help reduce methane emissions from cattle were named co-winners of the MIT Water Innovation Prize on Thursday.

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Av8 Ventures Launches With $170m To Invest In Digital Health, Mobility And Enterprise Tech

AV8 Ventures has closed on €150 million (about $170 million) for its debut early-stage venture capital fund to invest in seed and Series A startups in the U.S. and Europe focused on the “machine-enabled future.” Allianz, a German...

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Holded, The ‘business Operating System’ For Smes, Gets €6m In Series A Funding Led By Lakestar

Holded, the Barcelona-based startup that offers a SaaS to help SMEs with a range of business tasks, has raised €6 million in Series A funding. The round is led by Lakestar, with previous backers Nauta Capital and Seedrocket 4Founders Capital...

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Fintech Startup Sofi Is Reportedly In Talks To Raise $500 Million From Qatar, But Won't Gain Any...

Online lending company Social Finance is in talks to raise $500 million from the Qatar Investment Authority, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. The round would value SoFi around $4.3 billion, making it a flat round from its valuation in 2017, according to...
Related topics: Qatar, Bloomberg

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Ford Wants To Build A Better App Store For Cars

Last year Ford brought on the startup Autonomic to create the Transportation Mobility Cloud, or TMC, to build "smart" car applications for real-time data and connectivity in cars. On Tuesday, Ford announced Amazon Web Services will power the...
Related topics: Ford, Amazon

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Former Tesla Model S Chief Engineer Takes Over At Ev Startup Lucid Motors

Peter Rawlinson, the chief engineer of Tesla’s Model S sedan, has taken over as CEO of EV startup Lucid Motors, the company announced Tuesday. Rawlinson joined Lucid Motors from Tesla in 2013 as the chief technology officer, and he will retain...
Related topics: Tesla

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The Latest Chapter Of Silicon Valley Icon Kleiner Perkins' Fall From Grace Is A Tale Of Succession...

In a report out Tuesday, Fortune's Polina Marinova chronicled the downfall of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, once a giant-maker of Silicon Valley internet startups. The report details how the firm missed early investments in Facebook, Slack,...
Related topics: Silicon Valley, Facebook, Social Media

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Alphabet’s Wing Gets Faa Permission To Start Delivering By Drone

Wing Aviation, the drone-based delivery startup born out of Google’s X labs, has received the first FAA certification in the country for commercial carriage of goods. It might not be long before you’re getting your burritos sent par...
Related topics: Drones, Google

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How To Pitch To A (tech) Journalist

Startup growth comes from many places, but one option is through “earned media” — stories and mentions in the press. Earned media is great, because the channel is nominally free, and it often can get many more of the right eyeballs than...

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