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Slack investor Index Ventures backs Slack competitor Quill

Slack investor Index Ventures backs Slack competitor Quill Slack created a new solution for workplace communication, one copied by many, even Microsoft. But the product, which is meant to help individuals and businesses collaborate, has been critiqued for sending too many notifications, with some claiming it’s sabotaged workplace productivity. Quill, a startup […]

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Greylock GP Sarah Guo is as bullish on SaaS as ever

Greylock GP Sarah Guo is as bullish on SaaS as ever Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where each week we discuss other people’s money and what sense their investment choices make (or don’t). This week was honestly a treat. We had Kate Clark in the studio along with […]

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Elon Musk-backed Neuralink to detail its progress on upgrading the brain to keep pace with AI

Elon Musk-backed Neuralink to detail its progress on upgrading the brain to keep pace with AI Elon Musk’s brain computer interface (BCI) venture Neuralink will provide some more insight into what they’ve been working on for the past two years, during which time we’ve heard very little in the way of updates […]

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Sam Altman’s leap of faith

Sam Altman’s leap of faith Earlier this year, founder-investor Sam Altman left his high-profile role as the president of Y Combinator to become the CEO of OpenAI, an AI research center at its outset that founded by some of the most prominent people in the tech industry in late 2015. The idea: […]

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To fund Y Combinator’s top startups, VCs scoop them before Demo Day

To fund Y Combinator’s top startups, VCs scoop them before Demo Day Hundreds gathered this week at San Francisco’s Pier 48 to see the more than 200 companies in Y Combinator’s Winter 2019 cohort present their two-minute pitches. The audience of venture capitalists, who collectively manage hundreds of billions of dollars, noted […]

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Did Sam Altman make YC better or worse?

Did Sam Altman make YC better or worse? Y Combinator revealed yesterday that its president, Sam Altman, is stepping down from his role to become the accelerator program’s chairman. This change, said YC, will allow Altman to “spend more time focusing on OpenAI,” the San Francisco-based nonprofit that was cofounded by Altman […]

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Startups Weekly: Is Y Combinator’s latest cohort too big?

Startups Weekly: Is Y Combinator’s latest cohort too big? Greetings from Chittorgarh, one of my stops on a two-week excursion through Goa and Rajasthan, India. I’ve been a little too busy exploring, photographing cows and monkeys and eating a lot of delicious food to keep up with *all* the tech news, but […]

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Y Combinator is launching a startup program in China

Y Combinator is launching a startup program in China U.S. accelerator Y Combinator is expanding to China after it announced the hiring of former Microsoft and Baidu Qi Lu who will develop a standalone startup program that runs on Chinese soil. Shanghai-born Lu spent 11 years with Yahoo and eight years with Microsoft […]

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Y Combinator is going after Chinese startups with its first official event in China

Y Combinator is going after Chinese startups with its first official event in China High-profile U.S. startup accelerator Y Combinator is making a push to bring more China-based startups into its program after it announced its first official event in the country. YC has made a push to include startups from outside […]

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Asana raises $75M Series D led by Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management

Asana raises M Series D led by Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management  Asana, the productivity and collaboration service, is getting a major infusion of cash after Generation Investment Management, a London-based firm backed by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, led a $75 million investment. Investment Management was joined in this Series D […]

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