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Hardware is still hard in the Motor City

“It’s a little bit of a messy story,” Adam Leeb says with a laugh. The story that landed Astrohaus in Detroit on two separate occasions is a bit tangled, certainly. The hardwre startup’s cofounder and CEO isn’t the sort of hometown cheerleader you often encounter when speaking with executives who’ve opted to keep their organizations outside cities like San Francisco or New York. Hailing from Detroit’s outer suburbs, Leeb cofounded the company in the Motor City in Fall 2014 with Patrick Paul. Ast...
Tags: Hardware, Astrohaus, City Spotlight, Detroit, Detroit City Spotlight


Google’s ‘Project Bernanke’ accused of unfair advantage in digital ad buying: Monday Wake-Up Call

Welcome to Ad Age’s Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. If you're reading this online or in a forwarded email, here's the link to sign up for our Wake-Up Call newsletters.  Google’s ‘Project Bernanke’ unveiled New light is being shed on Google’s dominance in the digital ad market, and it doesn’t look pretty. The Wall Street Journal reports that, accordi...


Are Silicon Valley Tech Workers Now Swarming 'a Reluctant Austin'?

Austin, Texas is America's fastest-growing major metro area, reports Bloomberg Businessweek, growing 30% from 2010 to 2019. But today a minimum wage worker hoping to afford a one-bedroom rental "would now need to work a 125-hour week." And meanwhile, homeowner Matthew Congrove says he's now getting a half-dozen all-cash offers on his house every week. "In the boldest attempt, a stranger simply showed up at his home unannounced and asked to buy it..." Even Congrove — a software engineer who mo...


How Union Organizers Will Continue Their Fight With Amazon

"The lopsided vote against a union at Amazon's warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, was a major disappointment to organized labor..." writes the New York Times. "Yet the defeat doesn't mark the end of the campaign against Amazon so much as a shift in strategy." The article notes unions and other labor groups enjoyed more success when opposing Amazon's plans for a New York headquarters by joining with local politicians and nonprofit organizations: In interviews, labor leaders said they would step u...


Weekend reading: Doomed and boomed

What caught my eye this week. A year or so has passed since global stock markets began to recover, resuming their age-old tradition of making smart people look like idiots. Tech stocks rallied first, which was blamed on 20-something traders and lockdown mania. Later in the year, small cap stocks joined the party. Just more retail madness, we were assured. Finally, cyclical and value stocks and the share prices of companies smashed-up by the pandemic began to soar. The Fed had euthanized ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Europe, New York, London, Australia, Robin Hood, Marketing, US, Tech, Bbc, Atlantic, Jp Morgan, Waitrose, Jamie Dimon, Financial Times


Job postings hint at winners of NYC and London e-scooter pilots

A batch of job listings along with some suggests that scooter companies such as Lime and Superpedestrian are gearing up to operate in London and New York City — two of the last remaining frontiers of shared scooter services. A review of job listings, company websites and LinkedIn shows that Lime and Dott are preparing to launch in London, while Lime, Superpedestrian and maybe even Spin are getting ready for New York. While the job posts don’t provide definitive proof that these companies have ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Europe, UK, New York, London, New York City, Linkedin, Tech, Automotive, United States, Ford, United Kingdom, New Jersey, Bird, Olympic Park


Realworld raises $3.4M to help Gen Z navigate adulthood

Realworld has a big vision — founder and CEO Genevieve Ryan Bellaire told me her goal is “simplifying adulthood.” And the New York startup has raised $3.4 million in seed funding to make it happen. Apparently that’s something Ballaire struggled with herself in her early twenties. Despite being a lawyer with an MBA, she said she found herself “just totally unprepared for all these real world things,” whether that was figuring out housing or heath insurance — something I (a non-lawyer, non-MBA) ca...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, New York, Media, Finance, Funding, Tech, Bellaire, Fitz Gate Ventures, Meghan Cross Breeden, RealWorld, Genevieve Ryan Bellaire, Ballaire, Instead Bellaire, Bezos Expeditions Jeff Bezos


Quiq acquires Snaps to create a combined customer messaging platform

At first glance, Quiq and Snaps might sound like similar startups — they both help businesses talk to their customers via text messaging and other messaging apps. But Snaps CEO Christian Brucculeri said “there’s almost no overlap in what we do” and that the companies are “almost complete complements.” That’s why Quiq (based in Bozeman, Montana) is acquiring Snaps (based in New York). The entire Snaps team is joining Quiq, with Brucculeri becoming senior vice president of sales and customer succe...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Mobile, New York, Enterprise, Advertising Tech, Tech, Mobile Messaging, Myer, Signal Peak Ventures, SNAPS, Bozeman Montana, Brinks Home Security, Brucculeri, Mike Myer, Quiq


Norwegian corporate training startup Attensi raises $26M from NYC’s Lugard Road, DX Ventures

Corporate training startup Attensi — which originally emerged out of Oslo, Norway — has raised $26 million from New York-based Lugard Road Capital, DX Ventures (a VC fund backed by Delivery Hero), and existing shareholder Viking Venture. The new funding will be used to expand in North America and Europe. Attensi uses a ‘gamified approach to corporate training, putting employees into 3D simulations of their workplace and work processes. Its competitors include companies like GoSkills, Mindflash ...
Tags: TC, Gaming, Europe, Business, New York, US, Articles, Tech, Companies, Asda, Norway, Delivery Hero, Simulation, North America, Gamification, Sap


‘The Mosquito Coast’ Trailer: Justin Theroux and His Family Are On the Run

The Mosquito Coast is a novel by Paul Theroux that was previously adapted into a film starring Harrison Ford. Now it’s getting another adaptation for Apple TV+, with Justin Theroux set to star. As you might notice, Theroux shares a last name with the book’s author – and that’s because he’s Paul Theroux’s nephew, which is some fun trivia you can store away in your brain right now and bring it up at your next cocktail party. In The Mosquito Coast, an inventor uproots his family and takes them on ...
Tags: Apple, New York, Television, Movies, US, America, Justin-Theroux, Rupert Wyatt, Adaptation, Harrison Ford, Paul Theroux, Harrison, Theroux, Mosquito Coast, Tom Bissell, Peter Weir


12 of the coziest Airbnbs in Vermont, including tiny homes, A-frame cabins, and tree houses

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Airbnb Vermont is one of the best places in the Northeast to hike, ski, and be outdoors. Experts say Airbnb is a safe option and all our picks follow Airbnb's Enhanced Clean program. We found cozy Vermont Airbnb rentals ranging from $70 to $289 per night to start. Vermont, with its beautiful hiking trails, wide-open ski slopes, and seasonal farmers' markets is a year-round delight for nature lo...
Tags: Travel, Reviews, Apple, New York, Cdc, Massachusetts, New York City, US, Trends, Features, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Airbnb, Leicester, Plymouth


Acorns’ new fintech target is debt management with acquisition of Pillar

Popular saving and investing app Acorns has acquired Pillar, an AI-powered startup built to help manage student loan debt, in its second acquisition of 2021. New York-based Pillar helps consumers optimize their debt payments by focusing first on student loans. It launched in May 2019 with $5.5 million in seed funding led by Kleiner Perkins. The companies declined to reveal the financial terms of the deal, only noting that within six months of launching, Pillar managed over $500 millio...
Tags: New York, Tech, Fintech, Kleiner Perkins, Michael, Vault, Irvine California, Bloch, Acorns, Stanford Business School, Kerner, Noah Kerner, Michael Bloch, Strategy Operations, Notably Acorns


Berlin’s Bryter raises $66M more to take its no-code tools for enterprises to the U.S.

No-code startups continue to see a lot of traction among enterprises, where employees — strictly speaking, non-technical, but still using software every day — are getting hands-on and building apps to take on some of the more repetitive aspects of their jobs, the so-called “citizen coders” of the working world. And in one of the latest developments, a Bryter — an AI-based no-code startup that has built a platforms used by some 100 global enterprises to date across some 2,000 business application...
Tags: TC, Europe, New York, Berlin, Tech, Customers, Deloitte, Dawn, RPA, Ulf Zetterberg, Grupp, John Curtius, Evgenia Plotnikova, Bryter, Michael Grupp, Micha Manuel Bues


Berlin’s Bryter raises $66M to take its no-code tools for enterprises to the US

No-code startups continue to see a lot of traction among enterprises, where employees — strictly speaking, non-technical, but still using software every day — are getting hands-on and building apps to take on some of the more repetitive aspects of their jobs, the so-called “citizen coders” of the working world. And in one of the latest developments, a Bryter — an AI-based no-code startup that has built a platforms used by some 100 global enterprises to date across some 2,000 business application...
Tags: TC, Europe, New York, Enterprise, Berlin, Funding, US, Tech, Customers, Deloitte, Tiger Global, Accel, Dawn, James Fitzgerald, RPA, Ulf Zetterberg


The New Enlightenment and the Fight to Free Knowledge: Part 3

Editor’s Note: MIT Open Learning’s Peter B. Kaufman has just published The New Enlightenment and the Fight to Free Knowledge, a book that takes a historical look at the powerful forces that have purposely crippled our efforts to share knowledge widely and freely. His new work also maps out what we can do about it. Generously, Peter has made his book available through Open Culture by publishing three short essays along with links to the corresponding freely licensed sections of his book. Today, ...
Tags: Google, New York, Media, Congress, College, Wikipedia, America, Atlanta, History, Mit, Netflix, Johnson, Newton, Cisco Systems, Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation


GOP politicians push back against brands over voting rights: Tuesday Wake-Up Call

Welcome to Ad Age’s Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. If you're reading this online or in a forwarded email, here's the link to sign up for our Wake-Up Call newsletters. Georgia on my mind Republican lawmakers are pushing back against companies that are calling out new voting restrictions passed by the Georgia state legislature. Last week, Major League Baseball announced it would move the 2021 All-Star Game out of the state, while execs at Del...
Tags: Google, Facebook, New York, Supreme Court, Senate, Boston, Advertising, Georgia, Gop, Mitch McConnell, Republican, Cleveland, Major League Baseball, Oracle, Red Sox, WPP


10 Things in Politics: Anti-Trump Republicans weigh in on Biden

Clockwise from top left: Former RNC Chair Michael Steele; former New Jersey Gov. Christie Todd Whitman;Former Trump communications director Anthony Scaramucci and Former Rep. Susan Molinari Steele/Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call; Whitman, AP Photo/Mel Evans; Scaramucci/ AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais; Molinari/ Photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for Google Good morning! Congratulations to Baylor who finished Gonzaga's quest for a perfect season with a rout in the men's national t...
Tags: Google, New York, Supreme Court, Minneapolis, Congress, Senate, White House, Politico, US, West Virginia, Trends, Georgia, Chicago, Democrats, Arkansas, Connecticut


KKR closes $15 billion fund targeting consumption and urbanization in Asia

KKR has just closed $15 billion for its Asia-focused private equity fund, exceeding its original target size after receiving “strong support” from new and existing global investors, including those in the Asia Pacific region. The new close came nearly four years after KKR raised its Asian Fund III of $9.3 billion and marks the New York-based alternative asset management titan’s ongoing interest in Asia. It also makes KKR Asian Fund IV one of the largest private equity funds dedicated to the Asia...
Tags: Asia, Real Estate, New York, Australia, Finance, India, Funding, Tech, Investment, Asia Pacific, Davis, Private Equity, KKR, Reliance Jio, Japan Korea, China Southeast Asia


Coca-Cola, Delta, United, and 7 other companies blast Georgia's new voting law in a wave of corporate backlash

A person with voter protection waits for voters to arrive during Georgia's Senate runoff elections on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in Atlanta. Brynn Anderson/AP Brynn Anderson/AP Atlanta-based Coca-Cola, Delta, and Home Depot have spoken out against suppressing voter rights. Dozens of Black business leaders called on American corporations to oppose new laws like Georgia's. United, Apple, and JPMorgan have also made statements defending voter rights. See more stories on Insider's bus...
Tags: Apple, Transportation, Home Depot, Politics, New York, Voting, News, Coca Cola, Senate, US, Trends, Atlanta, Georgia, Merck, Joe Biden, Cnn


Insider-Trading Indictment Shows Ties To Bloomberg News Scoops

For more than six months, federal prosecutors say, a New York man used inside information to make illegal profits in the stock market -- and a core element of his alleged scheme was his interaction with Bloomberg News, which published several stories shortly after the trader arranged to make significant purchases of the companies' shares. From a report: Last month, a federal grand jury indicted Jason Peltz on multiple counts of securities fraud, money laundering, tax evasion and lying to the FBI...
Tags: New York, Tech, Bloomberg, Financial Times, Hammond, Bloomberg News, Peltz, Ed Hammond, Bloomberg News Scoops, Jason Peltz, FBI Peltz


ABA weighs in on the ethics of practicing law virtually

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** Because of the pandemic, lawyers are working remotely more than ever before, and many will likely continue to do so - at least occasionally - even after the pandemic is behind us. Now that practicing law virtually is more commonplace than ever, many different bar associations have recently handed down ethics opinions that address the ethical issues to consider when working from a remote location. Mo...
Tags: Apple, New York, Law, Ethics, Web/Tech, Amazon Echo, American Bar Association, Thomson Reuters, Aba, Committee, ABA Journal, Rochester New York, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Nicole Black


Facebook Data From More Half A Billion Accounts Found On Hacker Website

NEW YORK (AP/CBS13) — Personal information from more than 500 million Facebook users has been found available on a website for hackers. The data appears to be several years old, but it is another example of the vast amount of information collected by Facebook and other social media sites, and the limits to how secure that information is. The availability of the data set was first reported by Business Insider. According to Business Insider, the data set has information from 106 countries includin...
Tags: Facebook, Business, New York, Technology, News, Consumer, Menlo Park California, Facebook Data, Cambridge Analytica


Facebook Data From More Half A Billion Accounts Found Online

NEW YORK (AP/CBS13) — Personal information from more than 500 million Facebook users has been found available on a website for hackers. The data appears to be several years old, but it is another example of the vast amount of information collected by Facebook and other social media sites, and the limits to how secure that information is. The availability of the data set was first reported by Business Insider. According to Business Insider, the data set has information from 106 countries includin...
Tags: Facebook, Business, New York, Technology, News, Consumer, Menlo Park California, Facebook Data, Cambridge Analytica


How Jamaica failed to handle its JamCOVID scandal

As governments scrambled to lock down their populations after the COVID-19 pandemic was declared last March, some countries had plans underway to reopen. By June, Jamaica became one of the first countries to open its borders. Tourism represents about one-fifth of Jamaica’s economy. In 2019 alone, four million travelers visited Jamaica, bringing thousands of jobs to its three million residents. But as COVID-19 stretched into the summer, Jamaica’s economy was in free fall, and tourism was its only...
Tags: Florida, New York, Tech, Fbi, United States, Norway, Jamaica, Kingston, Caribbean, Signal, Andrew Holness, Holness, Stephen Davidson, Samuda, Escala, NSO Group


Want to take a road trip with Kevin Costner? Investors are betting you will

Woody Sears has long been interested in storytelling. Following the debut in 2007 of the first iPhone, he founded a storytelling app called Zuuka that built up a library of narrated and illustrated kids’ books for the iPhone and iPad. Sears later sold that company to a small New York-based outfit. But Sears, who is based in Santa Barbara, California, isn’t done with stories yet. Instead, he just raised $1.6 million in seed funding for his second and newest storytelling startup, HearHere, a subsc...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, New York, Groupon, Tech, Venture Capital, Sears, AAA, Andrew Mason, Kevin Costner, Kevin, Santa Barbara California, Costner, Woody, Marcus Lemonis


Want to take a road trip with Kevin Costner? Investors are betting you might

Woody Sears has long been interested in storytelling. After spending several years in sales after nabbing an MBA from Pepperdine — and following the debut in 2007 of the first iPhone — he founded a storytelling app called Zuuka that built up a library of narrated and illustrated kids’ books for the iPhone and iPad. Sears later sold that company to a small New York-based outfit. But Sears, who is based in Santa Barbara, Calif., isn’t done with stories yet. Instead, he just raised $1.6 million in ...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, Groupon, US, Tech, Venture Capital, Sears, AAA, Andrew Mason, Kevin Costner, Kevin, Costner, Santa Barbara Calif, Woody, Pepperdine


Jared Kushner is a 21-year-old college student. Jared Kushner also works in Canadian real estate. And they're ready to reclaim their name from Donald Trump's son-in-law.

Jared Kushner stands for a televised interview in 2020. Drew Angerer/Getty Jared Kushner, former senior advisor to former President Trump, is finally out of the spotlight. For two men also named Jared Kushner, this has mostly come as a relief. "As a person, [Kushner] seems kind of like a scumbag," one Kushner living in Florida told Insider. See more stories on Insider's business page. Jared Kushner remembers the first time he saw his name in a magazine. It was 2009, and Kushner, an ele...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Florida, New York, Instagram, California, Kentucky, White House, Israel, Nbc News, US, America, Trends, Canada, Middle East, Bill De Blasio


Tiger Global just closed one of the biggest venture funds ever, with $6.7 billion

If you watch funding announcements as we do, you may have noticed something this year. There are a lot of mega-rounds coming together, and Tiger Global is involved in a notable number of them, often as the round’s co-lead. Just this week alone, half a dozen companies have announced rounds that the New York-based investing giant has led, co-led, or written follow-on checks into, including HighRadius, a company whose $300 million Series C round it co-led with D1 Capital; Cityblock Health, whose $1...
Tags: New York, China, Russia, India, Tech, Venture Capital, Brazil, SEC, Tiger Global, Intuit, Postmates, Credit Karma, Coleman, COLUMBUS Ohio, Julian Robertson, Peloton


'The Pandemic's Wrongest Man'

In a crowded field of wrongness, one person stands out. From a report: The pandemic has made fools of many forecasters. Just about all of the predictions whiffed. Anthony Fauci was wrong about masks. California was wrong about the outdoors. New York was wrong about the subways. I was wrong about the necessary cost of pandemic relief. And the Trump White House was wrong about almost everything else. In this crowded field of wrongness, one voice stands out. The voice of Alex Berenson: the former N...
Tags: New York, California, Cdc, Israel, Tech, United States, Yale, New York Times, Fox News, Anthony Fauci, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, Trump White House, Berenson, Alex Berenson


For VC Hans Tung, the personal becomes public in a growing campaign to ‘stop Asian hate’

Longtime venture capitalist Hans Tung is a big guy. His size might just be lifesaving. A first-generation Taiwanese-American who came to the U.S. and to L.A. specifically in 1984, it was a fraught time for the then 14-year-old. Two years earlier, a 27-year-old, Chinese-American draftsman named Vincent Chin was beaten to death in Detroit by a Chrysler plant supervisor and his stepson, a laid-off autoworker, who reportedly believed that Chin was of Japanese descent and were angry over the growing ...
Tags: TC, Japan, New York, Nbc, California, China, Boston, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, Chrysler, Oakland, Naacp, Detroit, Black Lives Matter, Lightspeed Venture Partners



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