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GV’s M.G. Siegler on portfolio management, crisis fundraising and his latest investment

The pandemic crisis has pushed entrepreneurs and investors into unknown territory. Google’s GV just led a $10 million investment in Universe, a low-friction website builder that’s venturing into the world of commerce. Mobile website builder Universe raises $10M from GV as it ventures into commerce The investment was in the works before the COVID-19 pandemic hit America in force, but things were finalized for the Brooklyn startup in late March. I chatted with M.G. Siegler, a general partner...
Tags: Google, TC, America, Tech, Brooklyn, Universe, G Siegler, Siegler


Daily Crunch: Airbnb raises another $1B

Airbnb turns to private equity for new funding, WhatsApp takes new steps to fight disinformation and another potential COVID-19 vaccine enters human trials. Here’s your Daily Crunch for April 7, 2020. 1. Airbnb turns to private equity to raise $1 billion Airbnb said Monday that it has raised $1 billion in debt and equity from PE firms Silver Lake and Sixth Street Partners, even as the online rental marketplace has seen its business plummet due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Terms of the deal wer...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Facebook, Funding, US, America, Tech, Cnn, Factual, Airbnb, Bill, Melinda Gates, Silver Lake, Matt Murphy, Menlo Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, Dennis Crowley


NASCAR retains sponsors for esports series as Bubba Wallace loses his

NASCAR drivers can now lose real-world sponsors for conduct in virtual competition. That’s what happened to Bubba Wallace on April 5 when he rage-quit a race in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational — a substitute for the sport’s live rubber-to-pavement action during the COVID-19 pandemic. As live audience sports organizations have paused playoffs and closed stadiums, NASCAR has found traction in an esports alternative to keep racing and sponsorships going through the coronavirus crisis. ...
Tags: TC, Coca-cola, Video Games, Massachusetts, America, Tech, Spokesperson, Driver, Nascar, TechCrunch, Anheuser Busch, Wallace, Bristol Motor Speedway, Fox Sports, GEICO, Clint Bowyer


Spot & Tango, with $4.2 million in seed funding, launches UnKibble

Spot & Tango, the D2C pet food brand, has today announced the launch of a new line of pet food called UnKibble. Alongside the announcement of the launch, the company has also closed on a $4.2 million seed funding round led by Guild Capital. Spot & Tango launched 2018 with a line of fresh, wet dog-food recipes. Competing with Farmer’s Dog, Spot & Tango developed customized meals for pups using fresh ingredients fine enough for human consumption, taking into account the dog’s weight, age, breed an...
Tags: TC, America, Tech, Rice, Breuer, Guild Capital Spot Tango, Russell Breuer


Spot & Tango, with $4.2M in seed funding, launches UnKibble

Spot & Tango, the D2C pet food brand, has today announced the launch of a new line of pet food called UnKibble. Alongside the announcement of the launch, the company has also closed on a $4.2 million seed funding round led by Guild Capital. Spot & Tango launched 2018 with a line of fresh, wet dog food recipes. Competing with Farmer’s Dog, Spot & Tango developed customized meals for pups using fresh ingredients fine enough for human consumption, taking into account the dog’s weight, age, breed an...
Tags: TC, America, Tech, Rice, Breuer, Guild Capital Spot Tango, Russell Breuer


With $8 million to consolidate Amazon’s top marketplace sellers, Perch makes its first deals

After raising $8 million in November to roll up top Amazon marketplace companies, the new Boston-based startup Perch has begun putting that money to work in its first few deals. The brainchild of Chris Bell, formerly Wayfair’s head of logistics and a Bain & Co. principal, Perch is pretty well-positioned to serve as unifier of a bevy of disparate products in one nest. The company’s recent acquisition include brands selling a sand anchor for beach umbrellas (Beachr), a waterproof apron fo...
Tags: Amazon, TC, New York, Ge, America, Tech, Companies, AT&T, General Electric, Bell, Analyst, Spark Capital, Wayfair, Chris Bell, Amazon Basics, Industries


Trump Signs Executive Order To Support Moon Mining, Tap Asteroid Resources

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Space.com: President Donald Trump signed an executive order today (April 6) establishing U.S. policy on the exploitation of off-Earth resources. That policy stresses that the current regulatory regime -- notably, the 1967 Outer Space Treaty -- allows the use of such resources. This view has long held sway in U.S. government circles. For example, the United States, like the other major spacefaring nations, has not signed the 1979 Moon Treaty, which stipula...
Tags: Congress, America, Tech, Nasa, Earth, United States, Mars, Donald Trump, Artemis, Trump Signs, U S National Space Council


Beyond Numbers #01: Things That Should Keep Church Leaders Up At Night

Should ‘bigger’ be one of the things that should keep church leaders up at night? Bigger isn’t always better. I definitely don’t want a bigger waste line. I could pass on a bigger phone bill too. Somehow we have all bought into the concept of bigger solving all our problems. Bigger houses, bigger bank accounts. In the immortal words of Christopher Wallace, “the more money we come across the more problems we see.” The same principle applies in the church world. Seems like everyone want...
Tags: Apple, Google, Leadership, America, Seo, Jesus, Starbucks, Coca Cola, Christ, Christopher Wallace, Church Culture, Church Life, John 6:53 Yet, Motorola Zevia Donut


The US is formalizing Team Telecom rules to restrict foreign ownership of internet and telecom assets

It has the simplest name, but the sort of shadowy overtones that national security writers lust after. Team Telecom, a mostly informal working committee of the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Justice (along with affiliated agencies) has for years been quietly tasked with evaluating and maintaining the security of America telecom infrastructure in concert with the FCC. Its primary objective as far as we have been able to ascertain is to monitor the ownership of key telecom assets to...
Tags: Mobile, Asia, Fcc, Obama, Congress, Government, China, US, America, Tech, Policy, United States, Executive Branch, Committee, Trump, China Mobile


The U.S. is formalizing Team Telecom rules to restrict foreign ownership of internet and telecom assets

It has the simplest name but the sort of shadowy overtones that national security writers lust after. Team Telecom, a mostly informal working committee of the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Justice (along with affiliated agencies) has for years been quietly tasked with evaluating and maintaining the security of America telecom infrastructure in concert with the FCC. Its primary objective as far as we have been able to ascertain is to monitor the ownership of key telecom assets to...
Tags: Mobile, Asia, Fcc, Obama, Congress, Government, China, US, America, Tech, Policy, United States, Executive Branch, Committee, Trump, China Mobile


The Story of The Doctor Who Ordered America's First Covid-19 Lockdown

Long-time Slashdot reader bsharma shared the story of doctor/public health officer who "went first," ordering America's very first coronavirus lockdown in six counties on March 16th after the identification of only the 7th known case of Covid-19 in the United States. The Bay Area Newsgroup reports that on January 31st, Cody's cellphone rang at 6:49 a.m. "You've got your first positive," the voice said. Right then, Cody — Santa Clara County's Public Health Officer since 2013 — was positive that...
Tags: New York, California, Kaiser Permanente, Stanford, China, Politico, America, San Francisco, Tech, Atlanta, United States, Silicon Valley, Smith, Bay Area, Northern California, UCSF


Why telehealth can’t significantly flatten the coronavirus curve—yet

Eli Cahan Contributor Share on Twitter Eli Cahan is a medical student at NYU on leave to complete a master’s in health policy at Stanford as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar. His research addresses the effectiveness, economics, and ethics of (digital) health innovation. More posts by this contributor Why key performance indicators are crucial amidst a (public health) crisis How the coronavirus outbreak will stress...
Tags: Apple, Health, Column, Florida, New York, California, Stanford, Massachusetts, America, Tech, Cms, United States, Medicare, Philadelphia, Bill, Houston


New guidance on SBA loans means most startups are still excluded from $349 billion stimulus

Under new guidance issued by the Small Business Administration it seems non-profits and faith-based groups can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program loans designed to keep small business afloat during the COVID-19 epidemic, but most venture-backed companies are still not covered. Late Friday night, the Treasury Department updated its rules regarding the “affiliation” of private entities to include religious organizations but keep in place the same rules that would deny most startups from rec...
Tags: TC, Money, Obama, Congress, Entrepreneurship, Finance, US, America, Los Angeles, Tech, Investment, United States, President, Venture Capital, Treasury, Private Equity


Y Combinator Company 'Flexport' Is Shipping PPE To Frontline Responders

The Y Combinator company Flexport is a San Francisco-based freight-forwarding and customs brokerage company. (Its investors include Google Ventures and Peter Thiel's Founders Fund.) But on March 23rd Flexport announced they were now re-focusing all their resources to get critical supplies to frontline responders combating COVID-19. They've joined a team that announced on Friday announced "we're shipping full cargo planes filled with PPE to protect frontline responders," citing a partnership wi...
Tags: New York, California, New York City, America, San Francisco, Tech, Shanghai, Peter Thiel, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sfo, Google Ventures, United Airlines, Flexport, Brooklyn NY, Los Angeles California, San Francisco International Airport


COVID-19 conspiracy theories: Hoofbeats and zebras?

Lots of conspiracy theories about the new coronavirus make little sense, and if you actually apply a little scientific rigor to the issue, they fall apart.They even contradict each other. If it came from a Chinese lab, why? They got hit first. If, as someRussians say, it came from America, why are we Americans also sick? Whoa, what about the fact thatRussia seemed to be largely free of the disease, isnʻt that suspicious? Well itʻs not, any more--they've got a growing number of cases as well.The ...
Tags: Travel, Technology, China, America, Spain, Birds, Invasive Species, Zoology, Genetic Engineering, Anderson, Emergency Management, Centers for Disease Control, The Lancet, Health/Medical, COVID, Robert F Garry Our


HBO Is Streaming 500 Hours of Shows for Free: The Sopranos, The Wire, and More

We live, one often hears, in a golden age of television. But when did this age begin? Scholars of prestige TV drama — a field that, for both professionals and amateurs, has expanded in recent years — tend to point to The Sopranos, which premiered in 1999. In its eight-year run, David Chase's series about a depressed New Jersey mafia boss, a protagonist analyzed in the Behind the Curtain video essay above, set new standards in its medium for craft and complexity. To understand how much of...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Hbo, Television, College, America, Barack Obama, United States, New Jersey, Silicon Valley, David Chase, Seoul, Trump, David Simon, Facebook Twitter, Scott Fitzgerald


Amazon will finally launch its first big-budget video games in May (AMZ)

Amazon says it intends to release its first original, big-budget video games in May, according to a New York Times report. One title is a sci-fi shooter called "Crucible," while the other is a massively-multiplayer online fantasy title called "New World." Both had already been announced, but have been delayed by the coronavirus. The video game industry has long been in Amazon's sights, with the tech giant also reported to be developing a cloud-based gaming service codenamed "Project Tempo." Bi...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, America, Trends, Netflix, New York Times, Crucible


Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew Turns 50: Celebrate the Funk-Jazz-Psych-Rock Masterpiece

I shouldn’t have to tell you that Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, released fifty years ago this month, is a groundbreaking record. The funk-jazz-psych-rock masterpiece has been handed that award in “best of” lists for half a century. “Bitches Brew is NOT LIKE OTHER records of its time, or any other time,” Rick Frystak announced emphatically on the Amoeba Records blog last year, on the 50th anniversary of the album’s 1969 “hatching” onstage and in the studio. How could it be otherwise? Davis “...
Tags: Google, Music, College, America, Radiohead, Davis, Jazz, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Npr, Copenhagen, Thom Yorke, Miles, Coltrane, Chick Corea, Facebook Twitter


Pinterest CEO and a team of leading scientists launch a self-reporting COVID-19 tracking app

There have been a few scattered efforts to leverage crowd-sourced self-reporting of symptoms as a way to potentially predict and chart the progress of COVID-19 across the U.S., and around the world. A new effort looks like the most comprehensive, well-organized and credibly backed yet — and it has been developed in part by Pinterest co-founder and CEO Ben Silbermann. Silbermann and a team from Pinterest enlisted the help of high school friend, and CRISPR gene-editing pioneer / MIT and Harvard...
Tags: Health, Android, TC, Apps, Crowdsourcing, Pinterest, Biology, Stanford, America, Tech, Mit, Harvard, United States, Photo Sharing, Cornell, Operating Systems


Apple, Laurene Powell Jobs and Leonardo DiCaprio launch a GoFundMe with $12M for the hungry

Apple has made a donation to a new fundraising campaign, America’s Food Fund, along with Laurene Powell Jobs, Leonardo DiCaprio and the Ford Foundation. Together, they’ve contributed $12 million toward the $15 million goal for the new initiative being hosted on fundraising platform GoFundMe. The proceeds will go to benefit World Central Kitchen and Feeding America. The former was founded in 2020 by Chef José Andrés to provide meals to the hungry in the wake of man-made and natural disasters worl...
Tags: Apple, TC, Mark Zuckerberg, Blake Lively, America, Tech, Dolly Parton, Leonardo Dicaprio, Ralph Lauren, Bill, Jeff Bezos, Oprah Winfrey, Ryan Reynolds, Philanthropy, Oprah, Bahamas


Apple is teaming up with Laurene Powell Jobs and Leonardo DiCaprio to raise a $15 million food fund for coronavirus relief (AAPL)

Apple, Laurene Powell Jobs, and Leonardo DiCaprio have jointly launched a food fund called America's Food Fund that aims to raise $15 million. America's Food Fund's first two beneficiaries will be World Central Kitchen and Feeding America. The fund has already raised $12.3 million of its $15 million goal. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Apple is teaming up with philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs and actor Leonardo DiCaprio to jointly launch a food fund that seeks to raise ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, US, America, Trends, Beverly Hills, Leonardo Dicaprio, Jeff Bezos, Laurene Powell Jobs, Microsoft Twitter, America s Food Fund, World Central Kitchen and Feeding America, Washington D C Feeding America


15 books Steve Jobs always turned to for inspiration

Steve Jobs' lifelong interest in the humanities gave Apple a human touch. Some of the iconic CEO's favorite books included Herman Melville's "Moby Dick," Shunryu Suzuki's "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind," and the poems of Dylan Thomas. Here are 15 books that inspired Steve Jobs. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Why did Apple "think different"? As Steve Jobs said while introducing the iPad, the Mac maker was never just a tech company.  "The reason that Apple is able to create pro...
Tags: Apple, Japan, Tibet, Jobs, California, Steve Jobs, India, America, Trends, Bloomberg, West, Dylan Thomas, Himalayas, William Shakespeare, Ashton Kutcher, Portland Oregon


Coronavirus: Brand Moves for Thursday April 2

In China, the biggest public health crisis in two decades has enticed 3,000 newcomers to the Personal Protective Equipment industry this year, according to the Sina news portal, adding to a field of 4,000 who produced 4.2 billion face masks last year or half the world’s output, according to government data. Among the ‘new’ entrants are a clutch of juggernauts – car makers BYD and SAIC-GM-Wuling, iPhone assembler Foxconn and oil and gas producer Sinopec. BYD chairman and founder Wang Chuanfu led...
Tags: Google, Verizon, UK, New York, London, Adobe, Rihanna, California, Jay Z, China, New York City, Israel, Advertising, US, America, Los Angeles


The tide has turned against WeWork after it misjudged appetite for an IPO — now its trouble is deepening. Here's everything that's going on inside the coworking giant.

WeWork pulled its IPO in 2019 after mulling a massive valuation cut to drum up investor interest, and cofounder Adam Neumann was ousted as CEO and chairman. WeWork has been slashing jobs and selling or shuttering businesses.  New CEO real-estate veteran Sandeep Mathrani started in February, replacing Artie Minson and Sebastian Gunningham, who served as co-CEOs since Neumann was ousted. In April, investor SoftBank said it's backing out of its plan to buy $3 billion worth of WeWork shares, inclu...
Tags: Google, Stanford, Wall Street, Softbank, US, America, Trends, Kanye West, Italy, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, WeWork, Taylor, Publicis, Signal, Yoda


Apple Partners With Laurene Powell Jobs, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Others to Launch America's Food Fund

Apple, Laurene Powell Jobs, Leonardo DiCaprio, and the Ford Foundation have partnered to launch America's Food Fund, an initiative aimed at helping to ensure that all people have reliable access to food in the United States. The initiative is being hosted by fundraising platform GoFundMe and will benefit the non-profit hunger-relief organizations World Central Kitchen and Feeding America. Apple, Powell Jobs, DiCaprio, and the Ford Foundation have donated a combined $12 million to kickstart th...
Tags: Apple, America, United States, Tim Cook, Oprah Winfrey, Ford Foundation, Jose Andres, Feeding America, World Central Kitchen, COVID, COVID-19 Coronavirus, Laurene Powell Jobs Leonardo DiCaprio, Launch America s Food Fund, Claire Babineaux Fontenot, America s Food Fund


Private sector working to ensure it doesn’t get worse before it gets better

The federal government’s efforts to combat the ongoing coronavirus pandemic illustrate why we shouldn’t put our full trust in government to find a cure. After all, they badly botched the testing, costing valuable time in identifying new cases and limiting its spread. Fortunately, private-sector innovators are leading where government has underwhelmed, conducting speedy research and development into potentially life-saving cures, while providing critical support in other areas where government ac...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Ge, Microsoft, Cdc, Opinion, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, America, General Motors, Sport, Soccer, Ford


Watch Online 75 Short Films from 2020’s South by Southwest Festival

South by Southwest, one of America's biggest cultural events, won't happen this year. The cause, of course, is the coronavirus pandemic, its own status as an event unprecedented in our age evidenced by the fact that South by Southwest has never in its 33-year history been canceled before. When SXSW, as it's now known, launched in Austin, Texas back in 1987, it did so purely as a music festival; cinema came in 1994, when it became the "SXSW Film and Multimedia Conference." Since then quit...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Texas, Film, College, Iraq, America, Austin, Philadelphia, Seoul, Kathryn Bigelow, Mailchimp, Sxsw, Southwest, Austin Texas, Facebook Twitter


Remote Job Interview? How To Ace It

Remote job interview on the horizon? Expect more and more due to the global pandemic and perhaps also in the future as part of whatever becomes the “New Normal”. Interviews generally are nerve-wracking, especially for nervous people, but read up on all you can so you can ace your in-house interview! The more interviews you do, the better you will get at it. Practice makes perfect! “Experts predict that more than half of US jobs are at risk because of coronavirus, as companies lay off staff and p...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Law, Interviews, US, Careers, America, Career Tips for Lawyers


Mandatory Streamers: Cursed Films Explores Real Movie Horrors

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Mandatory Streamers: Shudder’s Cursed Films Explores Real Movie Horrors Welcome to Mandatory Streamers, our column covering the best new streaming content coming your way every week! For the week of March 30, writer and director Jay Cheel’s Cursed Films, the five-part documentary series that explores the myths and legends behind some of Hollywood’s notoriously “cursed” horror film productions, is debuting on Shudder (which is now offering an extended free trial). Check out...
Tags: Apple, Videos, Hbo, UK, TV, Hollywood, Movies, Horror, Kaley Cuoco, America, Atlanta, Netflix, TV News, Streaming, Justice League, Harley Quinn


OrbitFab secures National Science Foundation funding to propel its satellite refueling tech to space

On-orbit satellite refueling technology is closer than ever to a practical reality, which could help immensely with the cost and sustainability of orbital businesses. Startup OrbitFab, a 2019 TechCrunch Battlefield finalist, is one of the companies working to make orbital refueling a reality, and it just secured a new contract from the National Science Foundation’s early stage deep tech R&D initiative America’s Seed Fund to further its goals. The contract is specifically for development of a sol...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, America, Tech, International Space Station, Satellite, Robotics, Spaceflight, Aerospace, TechCrunch, Battlefield, National Science Foundation, Outer Space, International Space Station ISS, NSF



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