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Meet the 11 top executives who lead Alphabet's 'Other Bets,' helping the company go beyond just Google (GOOG, GOOGL)

In 2015, Google's corporate structure was completely reimagined, as the search giant moved under the new parent company of Alphabet.  The company's core business — search, YouTube, and Android — would remain apart of Google, but much of its other efforts, including Nest and Waymo, would be broken out into separate companies, each with their own CEOs. Because the top executives of these companies are not named Larry or Sergey or Sundar, they often fly under the radar — but don't overlook these ...
Tags: Apple, Google, London, Australia, Steve Jobs, Kentucky, Stanford, New York City, US, Toronto, Trends, Chicago, Sergey Brin, Kenya, Silicon Valley, World Trade Center

Digitizing Burning Man

For decades, Burning Man has represented an escape from the current reality. An event for free-er spirits to rethink new age ideals inside a stateless entity where art, music and partying reign supreme on the desert plains. Over the years, the Bay Area-founded event has dealt with an internal clash as the gathering has grown larger and attracted a heavy presence from Silicon Valley’s wealthy tech class, with tales of turnkey experiences, air-conditioned camps, helicopters and lobster dinners. No...
Tags: Social, TC, London, Microsoft, Social Networking, San Francisco, Events, Tech, Tesla, Culture, Digital Media, Computing, Virtual Reality, Silicon Valley, Man, Airbnb

Digital mortgage company Habito completes £35M Series C

Habito, the London startup that has spent the last few years moving the mortgage process online, including offering its own mortgages beyond acting as a broker, has completed £35 million in Series C funding. The newly disclosed round — comprising an earlier Series C equity raise and a more recent Series C extension in the form of a convertible loan note, was led by new investors Augmentum Fintech, SBI Group and, with participation from various existing investors including Ribbit Cap...
Tags: TC, London, Finance, Tech, B Corp, Patagonia, Broker, Atomico, Ben Jerry, Hegarty, Daniel Hegarty, Ribbit Capital, Habito, Mosaic Ventures, C. Habito, Augmentum Fintech SBI Group

Step into the Light: a Story of Healing after Sexual Assault

*TRIGGER WARNING: The post you are about to read deals with sexual assault and abuse. There is no graphic language used, but the subject matter is sensitive in nature.   It was in a coffee shop on an April evening when I realized for the first time I’d been sexually assaulted. It had been three months since the assault, and three months and two days since I’d broken up with my boyfriend. I had gone to a Starbucks, armed with my laptop, planning to write the pain out of me. I thought if I cou...
Tags: Google, England, London, Sexual Assault, Inspiration, Relationship, Healing, Dating, Emotional Abuse, Physical Abuse, Jesus, Starbucks, Sexual Abuse, Courage, Michelle, HANNAH

La Famiglia outs new €50M fund to back seed-stage European B2B startups

La Famiglia, the Berlin-based “female-led” VC firm that invests in European B2B tech startups at seed-stage, has raised a second fund totalling €50 million, up from its debut fund of €35 million in 2017. Investors in La Famiglia have ties to numerous industry giants in Europe and beyond. They include the Mittal, Pictet, Oetker, Hymer and Swarovski families, industry leaders Voith and Franke, as well as the owning families behind conglomerates such as Hapag Lloyd, Solvay, Adidas, and Valentino...
Tags: TC, Europe, London, Berlin, Tech, Munich, Franke, Voith, La Famiglia, Alex Chesterman, Furstenberg, Personio, Hanno Renner, Mittal Pictet Oetker Hymer, Hapag Lloyd Solvay Adidas, Judith Dada

Von den 70s zu TikTok: Der Roller-Girl-Style feiert ein Comeback

Wenn es etwas gibt, worauf wir uns verlassen können, dann darauf, dass uns die sozialen Medien wirklich immer mit neuer Inspiration versorgen werden – selbst während einer globalen Pandemie! Und einer der coolsten Trends des Sommers ist meiner Meinung nach das Revival des Skater-Girl-Looks aus den 70ern – inklusive der passenden oldschool Rollschuhe, versteht sich. Vielleicht besitzt du ja sogar selbst ein Paar. Vielleicht träumst du nur davon, wieder die ungehemmte Freude zu spüren, an die du d...
Tags: Google, Fashion, Music, Usa, London, La, Berlin, Mtv, Tipps, Welt, Luft, Das Leben, GEIST, Auch, Namen, Kalifornien

Police Use of Facial Recognition Violates Human Rights, UK Court Rules

An appeals court ruled today that police use of facial recognition technology in the UK has "fundamental deficiencies" and violates several laws. Ars Technica reports: South Wales Police began using automated facial recognition technology on a trial basis in 2017, deploying a system called AFR Locate overtly at several dozen major events such as soccer matches. Police matched the scans against watchlists of known individuals to identify persons who were wanted by the police, had open warrants ag...
Tags: UK, London, Tech, Ars Technica, Cardiff, Court of appeal, Metropolitan Police, South Wales, Ed Bridges, Liberty Bridges

9 Berlin-based VCs discuss how COVID-19 has changed the landscape

A breeding ground for European entrepreneurs, Berlin has a knack for producing a lot of new startups: the city attracts top international, diverse talent, and it is packed with investors, events and accelerators. Also important: it’s a more affordable place to live and work when compared to many other cities in the region. Berlin ranked 10th place in the 2019 Global Ecosystem Report, trailing behind only two other European cities: London and Paris. It’s home to unicorns such as N26, Zalando, ...
Tags: Health, Food, Startups, TC, Gaming, Europe, London, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Berlin, Israel, Tech, Paris, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Silicon Valley

Court finds some fault with UK police force’s use of facial recognition tech

Civil rights campaigners in the UK have won a legal challenge to South Wales Police’s (SWP) use of facial recognition technology. The win on appeal is being hailed as a “world-first” victory in the fight against the use of an “oppressive surveillance tool”, as human rights group Liberty puts it. However the police force does not intend to appeal the ruling — and has said it remains committed to “careful” use of the tech. The back story here is SWP has been trialing automated facial recognition (...
Tags: UK, London, Wales, Court, Tech, Bbc, NEC, Bridges, Liberty, Cardiff, South Wales, South Wales Police, SWP, Megan Goulding, Liberty Bridges, AFR Locate

I’m using Google Maps to plan summer family fun

Due to COVID-19, this is the summer for staycations and local day trips. In London, where my family and I live, we’re trying to figure out what that looks like for us. We have a toddler, so our ideal day trip is somewhere she can run around and we can have a picnic—and where the public restrooms have reopened (or, failing that, a discreet wooded area…). So how do I find a destination that checks all our boxes? Here’s what’s worked. Meet at a fun halfway point My cousin and her famil...
Tags: Google, Maps, UK, London, Google Maps, Google in Europe, Katie Malczyk, Weald Country Park

Vitesse, a fintech providing real-time cross-border payments for businesses, scores £6.6M Series A

Vitesse, the London-based fintech that offers real-time cross-border payments for businesses, has raised £6.6 million in Series A funding. The round is led by Octopus Ventures, with participation from existing backers including Hoxton Ventures and various angel investors. The company says the new investment will be used for growth, including building out its sales and marketing functions, and expanding Vitesse’s footprint in the U.S. market. It will also further invest in the “reach and speed” o...
Tags: TC, Europe, London, Money, Finance, Tech, Banking, Economy, United States, Bank, Vitesse, Octopus Ventures, Worldpay, Financial Technology, Hoxton Ventures, Paul Townsend

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning. TikTok and Twitter are starting to talk about a possible combination, the WSJ reported. Amid President Donald Trump's threats to ban TikTok, or force it to sell its US operations, Twitter was reported to be in talks with the video-sharing app Saturday night. TikTok is planning to sue the Trump administration over its ban as early as Tuesday, according to NPR. President ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, London, Instagram, Microsoft, White House, US, Trends, Ap, Bill Gates, App Stores, Silicon Valley, Npr, Sequoia Capital

What I’ve Been Reading (August 2020)

Lots of books. 1. Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Keefe I was expecting a true crime story, and it is, but it’s much more. It’s a rather in depth exploration of the history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, where 4,000 people died amidst the violence between the Catholics who wanted to unify Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland battling against the Protestants and British allies who sought to remain within the United Kingdom. It’s a tremen...
Tags: Apple, Books, London, Singapore, Sales, San Francisco, Cisco, Ireland, United Kingdom, Republic Of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Ibm, Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz, Vmware, Madoff

Europe's tech unicorns follow Silicon Valley's lead on flexible working post-pandemic: in with long-term remote working, out with high-density open plan offices

Europe's fastest-growing tech companies like Revolut and Babylon Health are permanently shifting towards more flexible remote working policies. London-headquartered neo-bank Revolut says 70% of its employees don't want to go back to working the same way they were pre-pandemic. Startup accelerator Founders Factory says that productivity has increased with remote working.  But, European venture capital firms Connect Ventures and Beringea found that 45% of the companies they had invested in thoug...
Tags: Google, Twitter, Europe, London, US, Trends, Silicon Valley, Smith, Fintech, Connect Ventures, Revolut, Business Insider, Rose, Babylon Health, Babylon, Anthony Rose

A peek inside Goldman Sachs' internal idea factory that's hatched products like a LinkedIn for Wall Street. Here's what else it's trying to disrupt at the bank.

Goldman Sachs' internal incubator program, GS Accelerate, enables employees of the bank to trade their day jobs to become full-time entrepreneurs. The program was started in March 2018. So far, it has received 2,000 applications for funding for business ideas from within Goldman's ranks, but just 13 have received investments. This week, Goldman held a virtual demo day showing off some of the businesses the firm has incubated, and Business Insider was exclusively invited to attend. Are you a yo...
Tags: Google, New York, London, India, US, Trends, Tokyo, Goldman Sachs, Panorama, Goldman, Blackstone, Baker, Cto, Business Insider, Wells Fargo, Trump

Inside the Goldman Sachs incubator that allows everyone from analysts to MDs to become paid entrepreneurs on the bank's dime — and a look at the startups the firm is betting on

Goldman Sachs' internal incubator program, GS Accelerate, enables employees of the bank to trade their day jobs to become full-time entrepreneurs. The program was started in March 2018. So far, it has received 2,000 applications for funding for business ideas from within Goldman's ranks, but just 13 have received investments. This week, Goldman held a virtual demo day showing off some of the businesses the firm has incubated, and Business Insider was exclusively invited to attend. Are you a yo...
Tags: Google, New York, London, India, US, Trends, Tokyo, Goldman Sachs, Panorama, Goldman, Blackstone, Baker, Cto, Business Insider, Wells Fargo, Trump

Weekend reading: Direct indexing seems inevitable

What caught my eye this week. P assive investing is a solved problem. Invest regularly into index funds or their ETF equivalents, allow your money to compound for 30 years, and then enjoy the fruits of the market’s return by spending down your portfolio in your later years. Sorted. Next! Well maybe. It’s been hundreds of years since much of anything stayed the same for long. So it seems likely to me our kids and grandkids (maybe future Monevator readers?) will be doing it their own savvy way. ...
Tags: Google, UK, London, China, Marketing, US, Bank Of England, Atlantic, Italy, Fca, Birmingham, Jeff Bezos, Republican, Shell, ESG, Cnbc

Facebook extends coronavirus work from home policy until July 2021

Facebook has joined Google in saying it will allow employees to work from home until the middle of next year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. “Based on guidance from health and government experts, as well as decisions drawn from our internal discussions about these matters, we are allowing employees to continue voluntarily working from home until July 2021,” a spokeswoman told the Reuters news agency. Facebook also said it will provide employees with an additional $1,000 to spend on “...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, Work From Home, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, UK, New York, London, Office, Tech, Remote Work, Atlanta, Reuters, Denver Dallas

Mashroom raises £4M for its ‘end-to-end’ lettings and property management service

Mashroom, the London proptech that offers an “end-to-end” lettings and property management service, has raised £4 million in new funding. Backing comes from existing unnamed private investors and matched funding from the U.K. taxpayer-funded Future Fund. It brings total funding to date for the company to £7 million. Pitching itself as going “beyond the tenant-finding service” to include the entire rental journey — from property advertising, arranging viewings, credit history checks, maintenance,...
Tags: TC, London, Tech, PROPtech, Arch Capital, Mashroom, Stepan Dobrovolskiy, Dobrovolskiy

The tale of 2 challenger bank models

Tilman Ehrbeck Contributor Share on Twitter Tilman Ehrbeck is managing partner at Flourish, based in Washington D.C. Anuradha Ramachandran Contributor Anuradha Ramachandran is a director at Flourish Ventures, focusing on investments in India. Ameya Updadhyay Contributor Share on Twitter Ameya Upda...
Tags: Column, Europe, London, Washington, Mexico, Finance, India, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, Banking, Aspiration, Brazil, Fintech, Latin America, Revolut

How armchair activism became a force for change during COVID-19

According to Urban Dictionary, an armchair activist is someone who “sits in their armchair or desk chair and blogs or posts activists’ issues… without ever really doing anything about said issues”. Armchair activism (also see: “slacktivism”) has long been considered the lazier cousin of getting out into the world to make real change. After all, while protesting, fundraising and campaigning require getting out from behind a screen, changing your profile pic or posting on your grid is hardly on th...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, London, China, US, Social Media, Seo, Ikea, L'oreal, Greene King, Lloyds, Hyundai, Black Lives Matter, Internet Culture, Guinness

Data analytics company Looker is announcing its first new features since Google Cloud acquired it for $2.4 billion, and it's going after Google's core marketing customers (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google Cloud's data analytics company Looker announced its first new product features on Thursday since it was acquired for $2.4 billion. With its new features, Looker is going after Google's core marketing audience.   This is part of Looker's strategy to roll its tools out to additional parts of Google to help them reel in new customers.  Looker also gives Google Cloud a stronger data analytics offering that works on multiple clouds, which is a major part of Google Cloud's strategy to compete...
Tags: Google, London, Microsoft, Trends, Silicon Valley, Salesforce, Amazon Web Services, Looker, Arellano, Google Cloud, Thomas Kurian, Debanjan Saha, Pedro Arellano

Brand Moves for Wednesday August 5

Twenty-three weeks ago, when the gravity of the situation became clear, we started daily reporting on how brands were dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. What’s now becoming clear is that the current climate is one of near-perpetual disruption. So we made the decision to keep on telling the stories of inspiring brand leadership and strategy amid the latest crises in an anxious world. Our goal remains the same: to provide an up-to-the-minute source of information, inspiration and insight on brand ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, UK, New York, London, Advertising, US, Los Angeles, Liverpool, Atletico Madrid, Airbnb, Chipotle, Esports, Yeti

London-based Weezy raises pre-seed funding for its 15-minute grocery delivery app

First there was same-day delivery. Then came one-hour delivery. Now a new London startup wants to make 15 minute delivery a thing. Putting the hyper hyper-local into online grocery shopping, Weezy combines its own strategically located fulfilment centres with a fleet of electric moped and bicycle couriers, ready to accept orders via the Weezy app. Its founders, Kristof Van Beveren and Alec Dent, think they’ve spotted a gap in the market for an online grocery service that targets “time-poor pr...
Tags: TC, London, Tech, Chelsea, Sainsbury, Morrisons, Fulham, Amazon Fresh, Weezy, Van Beveren, Heartcore Capital, Kristof Van Beveren, Alec Dent, Ocado Tesco Sainsbury, Stuart Amazon Prime Now

Amazon’s 16% bite of Deliveroo finally clears UK competition probe

It’s official: Days after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was peppered with awkward questions by US lawmakers concerned about the market power of his ecommerce empire, the UK’s competition regulator has confirmed it’s happy for the tech giant to take a 16% bite out of local on-demand food delivery app, Deliveroo. The CMA had been investigating the planned stake for some 15 months, completing phase one of its scrutiny in December. At the time it decided it had enough concerns to move to a phase 2 pro...
Tags: Amazon, Food, Ecommerce, Apps, Europe, UK, London, US, Tech, Competition, Jeff Bezos, Mcintosh, Group, Cma, Deliveroo, Bezos

The Iconic Album Covers of Hipgnosis: Meet “The Beatles of Album Cover Art” Who Created Unforgettable Designs for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel & Many More

Try calling to mind Nirvana’s Nevermind without its naked, swimming baby; or London Calling without Paul Simenon smashing his bass. Think of Sgt. Pepper’s or Abbey Road without thinking about their sleeves. Classic rock albums and classic, unforgettable album covers are inseparably intertwined. Imagine Dark Side of the Moon without its prism…. Hipgnosis, the design team behind the nearly 50-year-old album cover/t-shirt/poster/bumper sticker/coffee mug/etc. completely nailed it, as they say, wit...
Tags: Google, Art, Music, London, College, Pink Floyd, London Calling, Peter, Syd Barrett, Zeppelin, Facebook Twitter, Peter Gabriel, Powell, Josh Jones, Rory Gallagher, Abbey Road

‘Long Way Up’ Will Have Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman Back on Their Bikes for Apple TV+

Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman are hitting the road again. The duo who previously appeared in the British TV series Long Way Round are back for Long Way Up, which will once again have McGregor and Boorman hopping onto motorcycles and riding across the world. Headed to Apple TV+, Long Way Up finds McGregor and Boorman traveling through Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and up through Colombia, Central America, and Mexico. Between 2004 and 2005, Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman app...
Tags: Apple, New York, London, Television, Movies, Mexico, New York City, Apple TV, South America, Ewan-McGregor, Central America, Harley Davidson, Ushuaia, McGregor, Ewan, Charley

TikTok ponders HQ in London after Donald Trump's hostility

Video app’s owner ByteDance already has 800 of its European workforce in UK and IrelandThe Chinese firm behind the TikTok video app is weighing up plans to open a headquarters in London, with Boris Johnson reportedly prepared to risk Donald Trump’s anger by rolling out the red carpet for the company.The US president has been openly hostile to TikTok, amid widespread concern in the country about Chinese companies’ ties to the Communist party and the risk posed to customers’ personal information. ...
Tags: Apps, Business, UK, Technology, London, Media, China, US, Social Media, UK News, Digital Media, Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Communist Party, Tiktok

ByteDance is looking outside of the US for its new TikTok headquarters

The viral video-sharing app TikTok is currently facing a potential ban in the US over national-security risks due to its ties to China through its parent company, ByteDance. To prevent the ban from taking place, TikTok has been weighing a number of options, including "divesting" its operations in the US. Microsoft has emerged as a potential buyer. In a statement Monday to Reuters, ByteDance said it's "evaluating the possibility of establishing TikTok's headquarters outside of the US" to demons...
Tags: Google, Facebook, London, Microsoft, China, US, Trends, Britain, United States, The Sun, Sun, Dublin, Trump, Reuters, Bytedance, Reuters Bytedance

Cannabis, Lies and Foreign Cash: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey Through the Underground Mask Trade

This story first appeared at ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. In late April, as an escalating pandemic shut down most of the country and the federal government shelled out billions of dollars to untested contractors for protective masks, Juanita Ramos got a call from a friend in the marijuana business. Her friend and some other ganjapreneurs were buzzing over a potenti...
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