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5 consumer hardware VCs share their 2021 investment strategies –

"Tesla is arguably the most interesting connected consumer hardware company since Apple exploded in scale with the success of the iPhone." → Read More

Bryte raises $24m, pivots from selling $8k AI-powered mattresses to licensing its tech –

Bryte today announced $24M in Series A funding led by ARCHina Capital. This comes as the company moves away from selling its $8,000 mattress direct to consumers and instead is working with partners who would utilize Bryte’s technology in their mattresses. Bryte says several deals are in the works. According to the company, this pivot […] → Read More

These 5 VCs have high hopes for cannabis in 2021 –

"2021 could be nothing short of amazing for our industry." → Read More

Nikola’s stock crashes after announcing cancelation of contract with Republic Services for 2,500 garbage trucks –

The undoing of Nikola continues. Today, the company announced the termination of its contract with Republic Services for 2,500 garbage trucks. Announced back in August, the deal had Nikola building garbage trucks in 2023 with on-road testing scheduled for 2024. This is the latest deal to unravel for Nikola as it tries to patch up […] → Read More

Watch Space Force commander Gen. John Raymond explain public-private partnerships for space defense –

General John “Jay” Raymond spoke at TechCrunch Sessions: Space earlier this week where he touched on a variety of subjects. The talk came on the eve of Space Force’s first birthday, having been founded on December 20, 2019. Space Force commander explains how the new military service operates like a startup and gave advice how […] → Read More

Space Force commander explains how the new military service operates like a startup –

The latest branch of the US Military was founded just a year ago and will celebrate its first birthday on December 20. General John W. “Jay” Raymond spoke at TechCrunch Sessions: Space and explained how the youngest military branch operates like a startup. “In some ways, we’re a startup as well,” Gen. Raymond said. “The […] → Read More

Watch Space Force’s Lt. Gen. John Thompson speak on sourcing tech to secure space –

Lt. Gen. John Thompson of the United States Space Force spoke at TechCrunch Session: Space earlier this week on the importance of working with startups. The general is the Commander of the Space and Missiles Systems Center, where he oversees research, design, development, and acquisition of satellites and their associated command and control systems for the […] → Read More

Lt. Gen. John Thompson explains how startups can interact with the Space Force –

Space Force’s Lt. Gen. John Thompson spoke at TechCrunch Session: Space earlier this week. Throughout the wide-ranging interview, General Thompson explained the various ways and means for private companies like startups should interact with Space Force. Thompson knows what he’s talking about. As the Commander of the Space and Missiles Systems Center, he oversees research, […] → Read More

StockX raises $275m Series E, valuing the retailer at $2.8b –

StockX today announced its Series E funding led by Tiger Global. The $275 million funding round values the company at $2.8 billion at a post-money valuation. The company intends to use the cash to accelerate global expansion, product development, and to expand StockX’s categories. Rumors are swirling that this financing will allow the company to […] → Read More

Among Us launches on the Nintendo Switch –

Surprise! Among Us is now available on the Nintendo Switch for $5.00. The Switch version features cross-platform play allowing PC, mobile, and Switch players to play a game together. The hit game just launched on the gaming platform after becoming a surprise hit during the Covid-19 pandemic. Originally launched in 2018, the game found an […] → Read More

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E disappoints in our first drive –

This is not a review of the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Sport SUV. A few weeks back, I spent two short hours in Ford’s upcoming EV. I don’t feel comfortable declaring a conclusion with just a couple of hours behind the wheel. I need more time with the Mach-E, and after Ford reads this article, […] → Read More

LeafLink raises $40m from Founders Fund, others to cultivate its cannabis wholesale market –

LeafLink is today announcing it raised a $40 million Series C financing round, led by Founders Fund with participation from Thrive Capital, Nosara Capital, and Lerer Hippeau. This round of financing brings the total amount raised by the company to over $90 million. This financing round is Founder Fund’s largest technology investment in the cannabis […] → Read More

Aira takes key investment to build its fantastic smartphone wireless charging pad into vehicles –

Aira is the company behind one of the most exciting wireless power innovations, and now this technology could be headed into vehicles. The wireless power company just announced a strategic investment from Motherson, a Tier 1 global auto parts supplier. Aira’s technology allows companies to build a better wireless charger. Instead of a wireless charger […] → Read More

I’m obsessed with the Ford Mustang Mach-E physical touchscreen volume knob –

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E features a giant touchscreen, and at the bottom is a sizable knob for volume control. I love it. There, stuck on a touchscreen, is a physical knob. Twist it! Spin it! There’s even a resounding click as it twists. The knob works so much better than a touchscreen slider bar, and […] → Read More

Curio Wellness launches $30M fund to help women and minorities own a cannabis dispensary –

“We think of diversity as a keystone issue for the cannabis industry,” said Curio WMBE Fund managing director Jerel Registre in a conversation with TechCrunch. Registre’s conviction around this program is obvious as he explains the problem the fund is addressing. The new fund, started by the Maryland-based medical cannabis company Curio Wellness, aims to […] → Read More

Gift Guide: 7 Smart Home gift ideas that go beyond the usual Google/Amazon smart speakers –

It's never been easier to build a smart home. Beyond the same Google/Amazon/Apple/etc. voice-powered assistant speakers you've probably seen on every gift guide for years, there's a world of wonderful smart home products that can delight, surprise, and maybe make your life a little easier. The following list is void of those usual suspects and features unique products that would be perfect for… → Read More

Instead of Yule log, watch this interactive dumpster fire because 2020 –

The holiday seasons is upon us and with that comes stress, anxiety, and the airing of grievances. And this year is worse. Instead of watching a yule log burn in a warm hearth, we’re all stuck in our homes watching the world burn. Instead of yelling into the void, let me suggest this interactive dumpster […] → Read More

The EPA says the Ford Mustang Mach-E’s electric range is a lackluster 211-300 miles –

The EPA just released its findings on the Mustang Mach-E, and it’s a mixture of good news and bad news. Depending on the model, the EPA says the Mach-E is good for just 211 miles to 300 miles on a charge. On the one hand, the Mach-E matched Ford’s range target, with the EPA agreeing […] → Read More

Head of the US Space Force, Gen. John W. ‘Jay’ Raymond, joins us at TechCrunch Sessions: Space –

Space Force is at a critical part of its young life, and Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond leads the service forward as its commanding officer. We’re thrilled to have him join us for a fireside chat at our TC Sessions: Space event on December 16 & 17. Since its founding in 2019, Gen. Raymond quickly […] → Read More

The new Mac mini: The revival of the no-compromise low-cost Mac –

There’s nothing small about the latest Mac mini. Never mind the Mac mini’s tiny size or low price. This diminutive desktop is a revolution for most users, thanks to Apple’s new chipset. Called the M1, this chip platform replaces the Intel CPU long found at the heart of Apple’s desktop and portable computers, and the […] → Read More