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Pelion Venture Partners adds Jeff Kearl as a managing director, opens Southern California presence –

The Salt Lake City-based Pelion Venture Partners is opening an outpost in Southern California and has added Jeff Kearl as a managing director to head up operations in the region. Kearl was the chief executive officer of Stance, a direct-to-consumer retailer selling socks and clothing basics, and has a long history of investing in startup […] → Read More

SoftBank reportedly preps a package to take control of WeWork parent company –

SoftBank Group, the multi-billion dollar Japanese technology conglomerate and investment firm, has put together a bid that would save WeWork parent company We Co., just weeks before the co-working real estate company’s imminent collapse, The Wall Street Journal reports. With the collapse of the company’s planned initial public offering, We Co. is facing a cash […] → Read More

Amid security concerns, the European Union puts 5G — and Huawei — under the microscope –

The European Union is putting the rollout of new, high-speed mobile networking technologies known as 5G under the microscope in a move that could affect the technology’s dominant company — Huawei. Regulators focused on specific security threats linked to technology providers headquartered in countries with “no democratic and legal restrictions in place,” according to a […] → Read More

SEC blocks the $1.7 billion token sale for Telegram’s cryptocurrency –

Cryptocurrency’s bad news day continues to get worse as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has said it has filed an emergency action and received a restraining order for the $1.7 billion planned token offering of Telegram’s blockchain. The move from the SEC follows the continued dissolution of the corporate alliance that was supporting Facebook’s […] → Read More

Udacity will offer 100,000 free programming classes as part of the “Pledge to America’s Workers” –

Udacity, the online education company founded by Sebastian Thrun, is launching a new scholarship initiative as part of the Pledge to America’s Workers job training initiative undertaken by the administration of President Donald Trump. Under the leadership of newly minted chief executive Gabe Dalporto, Udacity is committing to giving away free introductory technology training classes […] → Read More

Verily, Alphabet’s other money-making, non-Google business, partners with Color on genetic analysis –

Color, the genetics testing company, is partnering with Alphabet’s health technology-focused subsidiary, Verily Life Sciences, to provide to the company’s Baseline Health Study participants information from its genetic tests. The emphasis from both companies is on providing “actio… → Read More

Lab-grown meat could be on store shelves by 2022, thanks to Future Meat Technologies –

Are consumers ready for meat grown in a lab? Companies like Memphis Meats, Aleph Farms, Higher Steaks, Mosa Meat and Meatable are all trying to bring to supermarkets around the world meat made from cultivated animal cells, but the problem has always been the cost. Now, Future Meat Technologies has raised $14 million in new […] → Read More

Looking for a job selling weed? EpicHint pitches training for cannabis dispensary ‘budtenders’ –

Adriana Herrera first came up with the idea for EpicHint, a training and staffing service for cannabis dispensaries, while she was surfing off the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico. Decompressing after the dissolution of her last startup venture — her second attempt at running her own business — Herrera realized quickly that surfing and #vanlife wasn’t […] → Read More

Mars Curiosity Rover finds evidence of an ancient oasis on Mars –

On its latest trek through the Gale Crater on Mars, the Curiosity Rover has discovered evidence that’s leading . scientists to believe that there was an oasis at the base of that 150-kilometer-wide crater. Curiosity scientists described the scene in an article in “Nature Geoscience” published earlier this week. Researchers analyzing data from the Rover […] → Read More

PayPal is the first company to drop out of the Facebook-led Libra Association –

PayPal is the first company to walk away from Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency. PayPal’s decision to take its ball and go home was first reported by The Wall Street Journal . “PayPal has made the decision to forgo further participation in the Libra Association at this time and to continue to focus on advancing our existing […] → Read More

Amid mounting concerns around vaping cannabis, entrepreneurs say regulators need to step up –

As a concerns over the safety of vaping products for cannabis sweeps across the country, executives in the industry are passing the buck to regulators to come up with a solution. The need for national regulation touches everything from how to bank cannabis businesses to how to manage the distribution of cannabis products, but the […] → Read More

Startups ‘are staying private way too long’ says Salesforce founder Marc Benioff –

“What public markets do is indeed the great reckoning. But it cleanses company of all of the bad stuff that they have.” That’s Salesforce founder and chief executive officer Marc Benioff talking about the benefits of public markets. It’s something that private companies seem to be ignoring in the go-go days of the current […] → Read More

The lack of cybersecurity talent is “a national security threat,” says DHS official

One of the most senior officials tasked with protecting U.S. critical infrastructure says that the lack of security professionals in the U.S. is one of the leading threats to national cyber security. Speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, Jeannette Manfra, the assistant director for cybersecurity for the Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said […] → Read More

Blue Origin’s passengers will pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for a ticket on New Shepard –

After committing to having a first crewed launch of its rocket ship in 2019, Blue Origin, the rocket manufacturer and launch services company backed by Jeff Bezos, is likely going to have to push that timeline back to 2020. Speaking onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, Blue Origin chief executive Bob Smith said that the […] → Read More

Coding training and outsourcing service Catalyte launches a toolkit for corporate ‘up-skilling’ –

Catalyte, the Baltimore-based coding training and placement service, has launched a new software service designed to take its machine learning-based skills-assessment and training program to companies around the country. With revenues already approaching nearly $100 million for its outsourced software development services, Catalyte is hoping to take the lessons and tools it has learned and […] → Read More

Relativity, a new star in the space race, raises $160 million for its 3-D printed rockets –

With $160 million in new financing, Relativity Space is now one step closer to fulfilling its founders’ vision of making the first rockets on Mars. Tagging along for the ride are a motley assortment of millionaires and billionaires, movie stars and media moguls that are providing the money the rocket launch services provider and manufacturer […] → Read More

Upstart banking company Dave is now worth $1 billion, as Norwest puts in $50 million –

Two years after the Los Angeles-based fintech startup Dave launched with a suite of money management tools to save consumers from overdraft fees, the company is now worth $1 billion thanks to a nascent banking practice that had investors lining up. The company used its overdraft protection service and money management display to shift customers’ […] → Read More

McDonald’s starts selling its Beyond Meat-based “P.L.T.” sandwich in Canada –

McDonald’s first foray into the plant-based protein patty market in North America is launching today in Canada. The company’s “P.L.T.” (plant, lettuce, and tomato) sandwich, which uses patties from Beyond Meat, is now on sale at several locations in Canada. This isn’t the first new vegetarian sandwich to launch at a “Golden Arches” location this […] → Read More

To curb lobbying power, Elizabeth Warren wants to reinstate the Office of Technology Assessment –

In a move to correct the imbalance of power between technologically sophisticated corporations and the lawmakers who regulate them, presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren is proposing that Congress reinstate the Office of Technology Assessment. It’s a move that gets deep into the weeds of how policy making in Washington works, but it’s something that Warren […] → Read More

GoodRx is coming for subscription prescription services with the launch of GoodRx Care –

Several months after discreetly acquiring the online prescription service HeyDoctor, GoodRx is launching a new service based on the acquisition, GoodRx Care and offering a direct challenge to online prescription services like Hims, Hers, Nurx, Ro and others. Already a billion-dollar giant in the world of prescription fulfillment through its cost-comparison and discount medication fulfillment […] → Read More