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VC Cyan Banister on her path, who decides what at Founders Fund, and the state of San Francisco

VC Cyan Banister on her path, who decides what at Founders Fund, and the state of San Francisco Cyan Banister is an American success story. A homeless teenager who originally supported herself by making hemp necklaces, then silk-screen T-shirts, she went on to become a self-taught engineer and to later hold several […]

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Corporate, public investments spur interest in Pacific Northwest startups

Corporate, public investments spur interest in Pacific Northwest startups Dan Burgar Contributor Share on Twitter Dan Burgar is President of the Vancouver VR/AR Association, where he has helped develop the city’s ecosystem into the second largest VR/AR hub globally. He’s also a partner at Shape Immersive, which creates innovative solutions for top […]

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Yandex is now testing a self-driving sidewalk cargo delivery robot

Yandex is now testing a self-driving sidewalk cargo delivery robot Add another one to the list of companies piloting small wheeled autonomous robots for small package and food delivery: Yandex . Russia’s search and services giant has expanded its ambitions in the world of autonomous transportation, building on its work with self-driving […]

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MIT develops a way for autonomous delivery robots to find your front door

MIT develops a way for autonomous delivery robots to find your front door Researchers at MIT have developed a new method of navigation for robots that could be very useful for the range of companies working on autonomous last-mile delivery. In short, the team has worked out how a robot can figure […]

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Sam Altman’s bet against Slack

Sam Altman’s bet against Slack Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week Kate and Alex broke the discussion into two main themes. The first dealt with early-stage companies, and the second, as you can imagine, later-stage affairs. Don’t worry, we […]

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ZeroDown, valued at $150 million, plans to take on Zillow

ZeroDown, valued at 0 million, plans to take on Zillow Days out of Y Combinator, venture capitalists valued ZeroDown, a financial and real estate technology startup, at $150 million. The company had the perfect match of experienced founders and eye-popping ambitions to carve a new path to home ownership. “I think we […]

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Uber to acquire grocery delivery startup Cornershop

Uber to acquire grocery delivery startup Cornershop Uber will acquire Cornershop, a grocery delivery startup that began life serving the Latin American market and recently shifted to offer service in Toronto, its first North American city. Uber announced on Friday that it expects that its acquisition of a majority ownership stake in […]

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Why we’re still waiting on the Postmates S-1

Why we’re still waiting on the Postmates S-1 In a wide-ranging conversation at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco last week, Postmates co-founder and chief executive officer Bastian Lehmann made light of the company’s lack of IPO documents. The San Francisco-based on-demand delivery business was expected to publicly file its IPO prospectus in September […]

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Startups Weekly: Upfront Ventures bets on a bus service

Startups Weekly: Upfront Ventures bets on a bus service Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy news pertaining to startups and venture capital. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I profiled an e-commerce startup Part & […]

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Waymo self-driving cars head to Florida for rainy season

Waymo self-driving cars head to Florida for rainy season Waymo is taking some of its autonomous vehicles to Florida just in time for hurricane season to begin testing in heavy rain. The move to Florida will focus on testing how its myriad of sensors hold up during the region’s rainy season as […]

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