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HPE Says It's Relocating HQ To Houston From San Jose

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is the latest tech company to shift its focus away from Silicon Valley, announcing Tuesday that it will relocate its headquarters from San Jose, California, to Houston, Texas. CNBC reports: "HPE's largest U.S. employment hub, Houston is an attractive market to recruit and retain future diverse talent, and is where the company is currently constructing a state-of-the-art new campus," the company said in its fourth quarter earnings release. It's unclear how many employee...
Tags: Tech, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Houston, Bay Area, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, San Jose California, HPE, Houston Texas CNBC, Houston From San Jose


What Happened After Silicon Valley Tried to Make Telecommuting Permanent (slashdot)

California's state air quality mandates require each region to have a feasible plan for a 19% reduction in emissions by 2035. But "after a barrage of criticism from Silicon Valley businesses and Bay Area mayors, Metropolitan Transportation Commission planners have backed off a requirement to have employees from big companies work from home three days a week," reports the Bay Area News Group. Instead a compromise plan approved unanimously by commissioners last week "calls for big companies to h...
Tags: Google, Facebook, News, California, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Bay Area, MTC, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Liccardo, EditorDavid, Nick Josefowitz, Bay Area Council, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Bay Area News Group Instead


Are Tech Workers Fleeing the San Francisco Bay Area?

NBC News reports: Many urban centers have seen residents move out in large numbers since the start of stay-at-home orders in March, but the shift has been especially dramatic for San Francisco, a city that was already experiencing rapid change because of the tech industry. Software engineers, CEOs and venture capitalists have chosen to jump from the Bay Area to places such as Denver, Miami and Austin, Texas, citing housing costs, California's relatively high income tax and the Bay Area's general...
Tags: Google, Pinterest, California, Nbc News, San Francisco, Tech, Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area, Austin Texas, Tracy Rosenberg, Media Alliance, Denver Miami


What Happened After Silicon Valley Tried to Make Telecommuting Permanent

California's state air quality mandates require each region to have a feasible plan for a 19% reduction in emissions by 2035. But "after a barrage of criticism from Silicon Valley businesses and Bay Area mayors, Metropolitan Transportation Commission planners have backed off a requirement to have employees from big companies work from home three days a week," reports the Bay Area News Group. Instead a compromise plan approved unanimously by commissioners last week "calls for big companies to h...
Tags: Google, Facebook, California, San Francisco, Tech, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Bay Area, MTC, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Liccardo, Nick Josefowitz, Bay Area Council, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Bay Area News Group Instead, Josefowitz


Tony Hsieh, iconic Las Vegas tech entrepreneur, dies aged 46

Tony Hsieh, the former head of Zappos who catapulted the shoe company into the big leagues with a sale to Amazon and then used the proceeds of his success in a huge project kickstarting regeneration of a run-down part of Las Vegas, Nevada, with tech and wider business investments, has died aged 46. The cause was injuries he sustained from a house fire, a spokesperson for Hsieh confirmed to TechCrunch. He had been visiting family in Connecticut at the time of the fire. It’s not clear if anyone el...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Microsoft, Tech, Connecticut, Las Vegas, Zappos, Duran Duran, Vegas, Downtown, Bay Area, Tony, Las Vegas Nevada, Tony Hsieh, Hsieh, Nick Swinmurn


More Silicon Valley tech talent is flocking to Austin, Texas, during the pandemic. Here's what it's like in the growing tech hub of 'Silicon Hills.'

Katie Canales/Business Insider The COVID-19 pandemic has appeared to bolster an exodus from the pricey San Francisco Bay Area to more affordable locales, including Austin, Texas. Dropbox CEO Drew Houston is among those who have announced their move to Austin in the last few months amid a widespread shift to remote work. Big Tech has noticeably made itself more at home in Texas's capital in the last decade, but the industry has a long history in Austin. Visit Business Insider's homepage fo...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Elon Musk, Texas, California, Washington Post, Drew Houston, US, Samsung, San Francisco, Barack Obama, Trends, Tech


Santa Clara Sheriff’s Officials, Apple Security Chief Indicted in Alleged CCW Bribe

A Santa Clara County grand jury has indicted two sheriff's office officials, Apple's security chief and a private business owner in an alleged bribery scheme relating to concealed carry licenses. iStock-1055138108 U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- A Santa Clara County, California grand jury has issued indictments accusing two-county Sheriff’s Office officials, a local business owner and the Global Security chief for Apple, Inc., with bribery in an alleged effort to trade iPads in exchange for conceale...
Tags: Apple, Guns, California, Office, US, Smith, San Jose Sharks, Cnet, Apple Inc, Bay Area, Nra, San Jose Mercury News, Jensen, Santa Clara County, Sheriff 's Department, Rosen


Talking tech’s exodus, Twitter’s labels, and Medium’s next moves with founder Ev Williams

Earlier today, we had the chance to talk with Twitter and Medium cofounder Ev Williams, along with operator-turned investor James Joaquin, who helps oversee the day-to-day of the mission-focused venture firm they separately cofounded six years ago, Obvious Ventures. We collectively discussed lot of venture-y things, some of which we’ll publish next week, so stayed tuned. In the meantime, we spent some time talking specifically with Williams about both Twitter and Medium and some of the day...
Tags: TC, Twitter, Publishing, New York, California, Collaborative Consumption, San Francisco, Tech, Williams, Venture Capital, Manhattan, Donald Trump, Ev Williams, Obvious Ventures, James Joaquin, Medium


The life and career of Tony West, the Uber executive married to Kamala Harris' sister, and who may be in the running for a role in the Biden administration

Tony West in 2009. Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images Tony West, Uber's chief legal office, is reportedly in play for the role of Attorney General in the Biden administration, according to Insider.  If appointed, he'd be the highest-profile Silicon Valley exec to play a key role in national politics.  West served in the Justice Department during both the Clinton and Obama administrations before leaving government to work at PepsiCo.  He joined Uber in 2017 to help clean ...
Tags: Google, Uber, Obama, Eric Holder, California, Washington Post, Washington, Stanford, Senate, White House, US, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco, Trends, Joe Biden, Features


Extra Crunch roundup: A fistful of IPOs, Affirm’s Peloton problem, Zoom Apps and more

DoorDash, Affirm, Roblox, Airbnb, C3.ai and Wish all filed to go public in recent days, which means some venture capitalists are having the best week of their lives. Tech companies that go public capture our imagination because they are literal happy endings. An Initial Public Offering is the promised land for startup pilgrims who may wander the desert for years seeking product-market fit. After all, the “I” in “ISO” stands for “incentive.” A flurry of new S-1s in a single week forced me to r...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gaming, Entrepreneurship, China, Ipo, India, San Francisco, Tech, ISO, NewCo, Alibaba, Venture Capital, Airbnb, Autodesk


Walmart is buying JoyRun assets to add ‘peer-to-peer’ product delivery

The last time we wrote about JoyRun, it was raising $10 million. Today, the Bay Area startup has some very different news to share, as it becomes part of Walmart as Walmart has purchased select assets in a bid to enhance its supply chain. The mega-retailer announced today that it has acquired “select assets – including the talent, technology platform and IP” from the company, in a bid to incorporate its peer-to-peer food and drink delivery service into its own last-mile logistics. Walmart EVP...
Tags: Apps, Tech, Walmart, M&a, Delivery, Bay Area, Amazon Flex, JoyRun, Nuro, Srini Venkatesan, Venkatesan


With new cash and a former Apple exec now at the helm, Connect Homes is ready to reconstruct homebuilding

Greg Leung had worked at Apple for years and was coming off of a stint at the smart lock company Otto, when he got the call to interview with Connect Homes. The pitch — building a starter home for a much lower cost than other prefabricated houses on the market, and one that could be dropped in to locations in the urban core of most cities — was too good to pass up. “Basically, it’s a beautiful product, but done in a way that disrupts and transforms the way homes are built,” said Leung. The hom...
Tags: Apple, TC, California, La, Los Angeles, Tech, Vw, Audi, Bay Area, Northern California, Interior, Otto, Leung, Connect Homes, Bechtel, Ojai


Tech in the Biden era

President-elect Joe Biden may have spent eight years in an administration that doted on the tech industry, but that long honeymoon, punctuated by four years of Trump, looks to be over. Tech is on notice in 2020. The Russian election interference saga of the 2016 election opened the floodgates for social media’s ills. The subsequent years unleashed dangerous torrents of homegrown extremism and misinformation that either disillusioned or radicalized regular people. A cluster of tech’s biggest d...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Lyft, Mark Zuckerberg, Obama, Congress, California, Ebay, Government, Senate, White House, Elizabeth Warren, Tech


Investors including Microsoft’s climate fund back hyperlocal environmental monitoring tech developer Aclima

Mitigating the effects of climate change and pollution is a global problem, but it’s one that requires local solutions. While that seems like common sense, most communities around the world don’t have tools that can monitor emissions and pollutants at the granular levels they need to develop plans that can address these pollutants. Aclima, a decade-old startup founded by Davida Herzl, is looking to solve that problem and has raised $40 million in new funding from strategic and institutional vent...
Tags: Google, TC, Microsoft, Climate Change, California, Articles, Tech, Getty Images, Pollution, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, San Diego, Oakland, Soil, Womens, Director, Bosch


Against all odds: The sheer force of immigrant startup founders

Niko Bonatsos Contributor Share on Twitter Niko Bonatsos is a managing director at General Catalyst Partners. More posts by this contributor As VCs enroll the startup class of 2016, it’s RIP for ‘me too’ companies I’ve long said that I don’t care where you come from, if your name is hard to say, or you have a “funny” accent. There’s a reason for that. For centuries, some of America’s biggest companie...
Tags: Column, Europe, Opinion, Entrepreneurship, China, India, Immigration, America, Tech, Diversity, Policy, Czech Republic, United States, Amsterdam, Silicon Valley, South America


The Geek in Review Ep. 95 – Spotting Bias and Politicization of Local News Sources – Loyd Auerbach and Dave Boitano

We live in a society that cannot seem to come to an agreement on what is truth and what are lies. People are seeking out stories that back up their beliefs rather than seek out the truths which may undermine those beliefs. We particularly see this on social media, but there are other sites out there which pass themselves off as local news organization which is really just biased sources designed to play upon the needs of people to have their “truths” backed up with like-minded articles. We aske...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Podcast, New York, Hollywood, News, Law, Wikipedia, Uncategorized, Nbc News, US, Taiwan, Dave, Beijing


‘Peanuts’ holiday specials will air on broadcast TV, after all

Happiness is a warm “Peanuts” special, widely available across the airwaves. In a deal that will bring Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy to more viewers during the holidays, Apple announced on Wednesday that the “Peanuts” programming it now controls will be coming to broadcast TV, after all. Though Apple TV+ has the rights to “Peanuts” content, a new deal will allow PBS and PBS Kids to air “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” this year. The beloved programs will air ad-fre...
Tags: Apple, Sport, Apple TV, Things To Do, Soccer, Nielsen, Pbs, Local News, Pbs Kids, Bay Area, Charles M Schulz, ABC Apple, Charlie Brown Lucy, Lee Mendelson Film Productions, TV and Streaming, Peanuts Worldwide WildBrain Studios


Rapid Robotics raises $5.5M for pre-programmed manufacturing robots

Bay Area-based Rapid Robotics today announced it has raised $5.5 million in seed funding in a round led by Greycroft and Bee Partners. The announcement comes during what has been a solid several months for robotics funding, and more and more companies are looking to automate workforces as the COVID-19 pandemic has ground a lot of productivity to a halt. Manufacturing is one of the sectors of greatest interest on that front, as a business that can’t really afford to go on hiatus. That position...
Tags: Startups, Hardware, US, Tech, Manufacturing, Robotics, Greycroft, Bay Area, Jordan Kretchmer, Rapid, Bee Partners, Recent Funding, Rapid Robotics, Rapid Machine Operator, Westec Plastics


Harbr raises $38.5M to help enterprises exchange and share big data troves securely

Organizations today are sitting on mountains of data that they amass and use in their own businesses, but many are also looking to share those troves with other parties to expand their business — a model that comes with challenges (privacy and data protection being two key ones); and these days (due to Covid-19 and the push to more digital transformation) with urgency; but also big rewards if you can pull it off well. Today, a new London startup called Harbr, which has built a secure platform to...
Tags: TC, UK, London, US, Tech, Bay Area, Harbor, Gary, SPIEGEL, Moody s Analytics, Gary Butler, Cosgrove, Dawn Capital, Mike Chalfen, Daniel Dines, Evgenia Plotnikova


These Stanford students are racing to get laptops to kids around the U.S. who most need them

The digital divide is not a new phenomenon. Still, it largely took Americans by surprise when, as the U.S. began to shut down to slow the spread of Covid-19 in March, schools grappled with how to move forward with online classes. It wasn’t just a matter of altering students’ curriculum. Many lacked either internet access or home computers — and some lacked both. According to USAFacts, a non-partisan organization funded by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer,  4.4 million households with children ...
Tags: TC, Microsoft, Stanford, America, San Francisco, Tech, Steve Ballmer, San Diego, Starbucks, Cleveland, Pew Research Center, Bay Area, Northern California, Wang, San Mateo CA, Citrix Systems


Nana nabs $6M for an online academy and marketplace dedicated to appliance repair

A lot of the focus in online education — and, let’s face it, education overall — has been about professional development for knowledge workers, education for K-12 and how best to deliver cost-effective, engaging higher learning to those in college and beyond. But in what might be a sign of the times, today a startup that’s focused on e-learning and the subsequent job market for a completely different end of the spectrum — home services — is announcing some funding to continue building out its bu...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Facebook, Education, Labor, Collaborative Consumption, Funding, Israel, US, Toronto, Tel Aviv, San Francisco, Linkedin, Tech, David


Former Dropbox CFO Ajay Vashee is joining the powerhouse venture firm IVP in January

Ajay Vashee — who spent the last eight years at Dropbox, rising from the head of finance to CFO over his tenure and helping to take the company public in 2018 — is joining the Silicon Valley venture firm IVP in January. It’s the realization of plans established long ago by Vashee, who fell in love with venture years ago and has always known he wanted to return to it, though he wasn’t sure when or where that night happen. Indeed, he says that when he announced that he was leaving Dropbox in...
Tags: TC, Tech, Dropbox, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Talent, Morgan Stanley, IVP, Hiring, Columbia, Nea, Bay Area, Ajay Vashee, Todd Chaffee, Vashee, NEA Vashee


Long concerned about climate change, VC Steve Westly is feeling electrified

A former controller and CFO of the state of California, Steve Westly is passionate about government. The onetime eBay exec and early Tesla board member has also been a proponent of clean energy for roughly 30 years, so he’s feeling optimistic right now, with former U.S. VP Joe Biden amassing a growing number of electoral votes and widening his leading Donald Trump as he inches toward an election win. We talked earlier today with Westly, who founded the venture firm The Westly Group 13 year...
Tags: Apple, California, Ebay, Senate, India, Africa, Kodak, Tech, Tesla, Joe Biden, Austin, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Paris, Arizona, SEC


VC Steve Westly on the election, the California exodus, and betting on electrification

A former controller and CFO of the state of California, Steve Westly is passionate about government. The onetime eBay exec and early Tesla board member has also been a proponent of clean energy for roughly 30 years, so he’s feeling optimistic right now, with former U.S. VP Joe Biden amassing a growing number of electoral votes and widening his leading Donald Trump as he inches toward an election win. We talked earlier today with Westly, who founded the venture firm The Westly Group 13 year...
Tags: Apple, California, Ebay, Senate, India, Africa, Kodak, Tech, Tesla, Joe Biden, Austin, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Paris, Arizona, Venture Capital


Walmart reportedly ends contract with inventory robotics startup Bossa Nova

Robotics and automation startups have seen a strong uptick in interest over the course of the pandemic. And it’s easy to see which companies have a newfound interest in automating their workforce amid a seemingly endless virus-driven shutdown. But Walmart, which has long promised to take an increasing focus on such technology, has reportedly pulled the plug on one of its highest-profile partnerships. The mega-retailer has ended a contract with Bossa Nova Robotics, according to new reportin...
Tags: US, Tech, Walmart, Robotics, Sam, WSJ, Cto, Carnegie Mellon, Bay Area, Tennant, Bossa Nova, Sam 's Club, Skaff, Bossa Nova Robotics, Sarjoun Skaff, Wall Street Journal Walmart


Employees at global software firm Zoho have turned the company's Austin headquarters into a fully functioning farm. It's become a respite during the pandemic, and could serve as a model for a new way of working.

A portion of the farm at Zoho's headquarters. Zoho When international software company Zoho bought 360 acres of land outside of Austin, Texas, the plan was to build a new headquarters for its 150 local employees.  But when a group of Zoho employees drove out to check out the land in February, they decided to do something totally different: start a farm.  Since then, Zoho's workers have hauled in crops of melons, peppers, arugula, and more. There are fruit trees growing nearby, and the ...
Tags: Texas, California, US, Trends, Tech, Austin, Canada, Farming, Netherlands, SaaS, Working From Home, Silicon Valley, Business Insider, Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area, Austin Texas


This Week in Apps: Facebook Gaming skips iOS, TikTok goes shopping, Apple One bundles arrive

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a   $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Pinterest, Instagram, China, India, Samsung, Tech, ExxonMobil, Walmart, Bloomberg


Robust.AI raises a $15M Series A to improve problem solving for collaborative robots

Robust.AI today announced that it has raised a $15 million Series A, led by Jazz Venture Partners. Existing partners Playground Global, Liquid2, Fontinalis, Jaan Tallinn and Mark Leslie also participated in the round, which brings the Bay Area-based robotics AI startup’s funding up to $22.5 million. Founded mid-2019, the company counts Rodney Brooks among its C-level executives. The iRobot co-founder serves as the startup’s CTO, following the unexpected closure of the promising (but financial...
Tags: Startups, Funding, Tech, Robotics, Cto, Helen Greiner, Bay Area, Brooks, Sawyer, Baxter, Gary Marcus, Mark Leslie, Jaan Tallinn, Rodney Brooks, JAZZ Venture Partners, Rethink Robotics


Reddit employees will keep their coveted San Francisco salaries if they move to more affordable cities, bucking the trend of pay cuts for workers leaving Silicon Valley

Reddit Inc. co-founder and CEO Steve Huffman speaks during a hearing with the House Communications and Technology and House Commerce Subcommittees on Capitol Hill on October 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. Zach Gibson/Getty Images Reddit said Tuesday that its employees will not take a pay cut if they decide to move to more affordable cities. Many of Reddit's Silicon Valley peers, including Facebook and Stripe, have said that workers will indeed take a salary cut if they leave Silicon Valley. T...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Washington, US, San Francisco, Trends, Remote Work, Reddit, Silicon Valley, Capitol Hill, Zumper, Steve Huffman, Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area, Tech Companies, Tech Insider


mmhmm, Phil Libin’s new startup, acquires Memix to add enhanced filters to its video presentation toolkit

Virtual meetings are a fundamental part of how we interact with each other these days, but even when (if!?) we find better ways to mitigate the effects of Covid-19, many think that they will be here to stay. That means there is an opportunity out there to improve how they work — because let’s face it, Zoom Fatigue is real and I for one am not super excited anymore to be a part of your Team. mmhmm, the video presentation startup from former Evernote CEO Phil Libin with ambitions to change the con...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Video, Media, Microsoft, San Francisco, Tech, Spain, Graphics, Virtual Reality, Pixar, Computer Vision, Phil Libin, Exit



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