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China Roundup: Y Combinator’s short-lived China dream

China Roundup: Y Combinator’s short-lived China dream Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. Last week, we looked at how Alibaba and Tencent fared in the last quarter; the […]

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Via is launching an on-demand public transit network in the city of Cupertino

Via is launching an on-demand public transit network in the city of Cupertino Shuttle startup Via and the city of Cupertino are launching an on-demand public transportation network, the latest example of municipalities trying out alternatives to traditional buses. The aim is for these on-demand shuttles, which will start with six vans […]

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How to go to market in middle America

How to go to market in middle America Deborah Eisenberg Contributor Share on Twitter Deborah Eisenberg is the founder of TechStarts PR, where she helps technology companies both big and small hone their message and reach their audience. There comes a time for many startup companies where they either realize they need […]

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Fika Ventures raises $76M to fund the growing LA tech ecosystem

Fika Ventures raises M to fund the growing LA tech ecosystem The Los Angeles ecosystem is $76 million stronger today as Fika Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm, announces its sophomore investment fund. Fika invests roughly half of its capital exclusively in startups headquartered in LA, with a particular fondness for B2B, […]

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Search giant Baidu has driven the most autonomous miles in Beijing

Search giant Baidu has driven the most autonomous miles in Beijing While the public is asking, “When are we going to ride in autonomous cars?” Technology companies have been moving apace to test them on designated roads. In China’s capital city Beijing, eight firms drove a total of 153,600 kilometers (95442.6 miles) […]

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In what is apparently not an April Fool’s joke, Impossible Foods and Burger King are launching an Impossible Whopper

In what is apparently not an April Fool’s joke, Impossible Foods and Burger King are launching an Impossible Whopper The meat substitute manufacturer Impossible Foods and fast food giant Burger King are launching an Impossible Whopper. According to a report in The New York Times, Burger King is launching the Impossible Whopper […]

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Passbase is building a full stack identity engine with privacy baked in

Passbase is building a full stack identity engine with privacy baked in Digital identity startup Passbase has bagged $600k in pre-seed funding led by a group of business angel investors from Alphabet, Stanford, Kleiner Perkins, EY; as well as seed fund investment from Chicago-based Upheaval Investments and Seedcamp. The 2018-founded Silicon Valley-based […]

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The Silicon Valley exodus continues

The Silicon Valley exodus continues For a long time, it was the norm for founders to haul their hardware to the 3000 block of Sand Hill Road, where the venture capitalists of “Silicon Valley” would be awaiting their pitches. Today, many of the investors that touted the exclusivity of “The Valley” have […]

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Redpoint Ventures is raising another $400M to invest in Chinese companies

Redpoint Ventures is raising another 0M to invest in Chinese companies Redpoint Ventures is doubling down on China. The firm, headquartered in Menlo Park, has filed documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to raise $400 million across two new China-focused funds. The firm has set a $300 million target for […]

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Why Silicon Valley needs more visas

Why Silicon Valley needs more visas Henrique Dubugras Contributor Share on Twitter Henrique Dubugras is the founder Brex, the billion-dollar corporate credit provider for startups. When I hear protesters shout, “Immigrants are welcome here!” at the San Francisco immigration office near my startup’s headquarters, I think about how simple a phrase that […]

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