Category Archives: Entrepreneurship

Upload exec tasked with turning things around at the troubled VR startup has already quit | #VentureCanvas

Lucas Matney | TechCrunch


 The executive tasked with building back community trust in Upload, the VR startup shaken by a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former employee earlier this summer, has quit less than six weeks after officially announcing she had joined the team as COO, multiple sources tell TechCrunch. Anne Aloha Ward joined as COO of Upload, which runs co-working spaces in its LA and SF offices as well as… Read More

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Source: Upload exec tasked with turning things around at the troubled VR startup has already quit

Mapping the blockchain project ecosystem | #VentureCanvas

Josh Nussbaum | TechCrunch


 It’s easy to miss the forest for the trees without a comprehensive view of what the proverbial forest looks like. As a result, here’s a compiled a list of all of the decentralized blockchain-based projects that I have been following, and was able to dig up through research, along with recommendations from friends in the ecosystem. Read More

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Netflix’s original content costs are ballooning | #VentureCanvas

Matthew Lynley | TechCrunch


 Netflix today once again showed that its subscriber growth is on a tear — especially its growth internationally — but a note in the report may indicate one of the biggest challenges the company faces going forward. Netflix took home 20 Emmy awards this year, and that’s thanks to its enormous investments in original content. Shows like “Stranger Things,”… Read More

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Source: Netflix’s original content costs are ballooning

Alphabet’s Project Wing now delivers burritos by drone in southeastern Australia | #VentureCanvas

Frederic Lardinois | TechCrunch


 It’s been a while since we last heard from Project Wing, X‘s moonshot drone delivery project. But after a few fallow months, the team posted an update today and it looks like the project has made quite some progress. Alphabet’s X unit is now testing the Project Wing drones in southeastern Australia, where its flying machines are making deliveries right to people’s… Read More

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Source: Alphabet’s Project Wing now delivers burritos by drone in southeastern Australia

Moving Inventory: Funding To Auto Commerce Companies Continues To Soar | #VentureCanvas

Alyce Ge | CBInsights


The hype surrounding autonomous driving is reaching mainstream consciousness, while OEMs have been exploring new car ownership models in light of explosive growth in ride-hailing services.

However, despite these trends — and despite used car marketplace Beepi’s very public failure earlier this year — deals and funding in the traditional auto commerce sector are still making a strong showing. CarGurus‘ strong IPO highlighted companies working with the existing retail ecosystem, and we’ve also explored a few of these startups previously with our compare companies tool.

Deals to vehicle sales, financing, and leasing startups in 2017 have already exceeded total deal activity last year, while funding is also on track to exceed 2016 levels — in part due to the rise of car sales platforms abroad.

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Source: Moving Inventory: Funding To Auto Commerce Companies Continues To Soar

 

Netflix crushes its own expectations for subscription growth again | #VentureCanvas

Matthew Lynley | TechCrunch


Reed Hastings Netflix is still on its rounded-up-to-pretty-great run as it continues to add more and more subscribers, and once again is outstripping its own estimates for growth. Today the company said it added 5.3 million new total subscribers, with 850,000 coming in the U.S. and 4.45 million coming from international markets. Netflix is spending very aggressively on original content, and so far it looks… Read More

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Facebook acquires anonymous teen compliment app tbh, will let it run | #VentureCanvas

Josh Constine | TechCrunch


 Facebook wants tbh to be its next Instagram. Today, Facebook announced it’s acquiring positivity-focused polling startup tbh and will allow it to operate somewhat independently as it’s done with Instagram and WhatsApp. tbh had scored 5 million downloads and 4 million daily active users in the past 9 weeks with its app that lets people anonymously answer kind-hearted… Read More

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Source: Facebook acquires anonymous teen compliment app tbh, will let it run

Google revamps its Security Checkup feature with personalized suggestions for your account | #VentureCanvas

Sarah Perez | TechCrunch


 Google today is rolling out a revamped version of its longtime Security Checkup feature – a service that helps users make sure their Google accounts are safe by checking those items that could impact your account’s security. This includes connected apps, connected devices, account permissions and other things. Now, Security Checkup will be improved by offering more personalized… Read More

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Source: Google revamps its Security Checkup feature with personalized suggestions for your account

Silenced by “free speech” | #VentureCanvas

Josh Constine | TechCrunch


 There’s a fundamental incongruency between being pro ‘free speech’ and operating a global social network for civil public discussion. Twitter is struggling with it. Facebook is struggling with it too. And it can’t be solved by a little more transparency or by hoping average citizens will do the right thing. The principle of free speech on which the United States was… Read More

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The end of oversharing | #VentureCanvas

John Biggs | TechCrunch


 The early 2000s were the era of user-generated content. Companies like Associated Content and Shareasale rewarded content producers richly – one friend of mine made millions on YouTube in 2004 because he was one of the few serial content producers on the platform. The future was going to be broadcast in all of its gritty glory. Bloggers would win forever and ever. The voices of the… Read More

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Airbnb eyes expansion with affiliate program for sites with 1M+ users, new API | #VentureCanvas

Ingrid Lunden | TechCrunch


 While Expedia and Priceline roll out ways to encroach on Airbnb’s space with their own private home listings for travellers, the $31 billion venture-backed Airbnb is also looking at new ways to boost its own traffic and bookings. Airbnb is now rolling out a new call for affiliate partners, where high-traffic sites with over 1 million visitors can embed Airbnb property listings and… Read More

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Source: Airbnb eyes expansion with affiliate program for sites with 1M+ users, new API

This NYC Startup Just Raised $7.5M to Ensure Diversity in Hiring | #VentureCanvas

AlleyWatch | AlleyWatch


Diverse teams outperform non diverse ones by 35%.  African Americans are 16% less likely to get invited to job interviews.   The largest search engine in the world only employees only 1% African American in its tech staff and only 2% of that tech staff is Hispanic. Yet, 57% of employees think their companies should be […]

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Source: This NYC Startup Just Raised $7.5M to Ensure Diversity in Hiring

MIT’s The Engine wants to fuel bold tech ideas in Boston | #VentureCanvas

Ron Miller | TechCrunch


 Boston and its surrounding universities are jam-packed with big ideas, but the problem is that many of them never get out of the lab. MIT president Rafael Reif recognized this and decided the city needed an engine to push those ideas and The Engine — part venture capital firm, part business incubator — was born. When smart people are working on hard problems inside a lab, they… Read More

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Source: MIT’s The Engine wants to fuel bold tech ideas in Boston

7 huge business storylines for this quarter’s earnings season | #VentureCanvas

Matthew Lynley | TechCrunch


 It’s that time of the year again: Earnings season. It’s a finance nerd’s dream, but for the rest of the world, it’s important because some of the biggest technology companies in the world spill their guts to the public. We get to see who’s winning, who’s losing, what’s going wrong and how much Twitter’s monthly active user count dropped. In… Read More

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Source: 7 huge business storylines for this quarter’s earnings season

Minecraft now lets you export your creations in 3D — but only on Windows 10 | #VentureCanvas

Devin Coldewey | TechCrunch


 Minecraft players will now be able to easily save their in-game creations as 3D models. A new update adds the capability, but it’s among the few features that can only be enjoyed by players on the Windows 10 edition of the game. Read More

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Source: Minecraft now lets you export your creations in 3D — but only on Windows 10

Google Photos gets more pet-friendly | #VentureCanvas

Sarah Perez | TechCrunch


walking the dog If you’re a pet owner who uses Google Photos, you’ve probably typed in “dog” or “cat” before in order to surface photos of your furry pal – like anytime someone asks you about your pet, for example, which clearly means they would like to see a picture of Mr. Fluffypants. Today, Google is introducing an easier way to aggregate your pet photos in its… Read More

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The HOLD 10 Index is a passively managed fund of the top 10 cryptocurrencies | #VentureCanvas

Fitz Tepper | TechCrunch


 This year the market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies has grown from about $13 billion to well over $150 billion, fueled by infusions of capital from all different types of investors. But irregardless of this extreme growth, it’s still very complicated for most people to invest in cryptocurrency. So one startup is launching a private index fund designed to let you passively hold… Read More

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Source: The HOLD 10 Index is a passively managed fund of the top 10 cryptocurrencies