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Here are Google CEO Sundar Pichai's 2 favorite video games (GOOG)

Google announced Stadia, a video game streaming service, last week. But CEO Sundar Pichai won't make much use of it — he's not a "big gamer," he said on stage at the grand reveal event. But there are two key games that he does say he enjoys a whole lot: "FIFA 19" and "Ashes Cricket." Google CEO Sundar Pichai isn't a "big gamer." He admitted as much when to took to the stage at the Game Developers Conference 2019 in San Francisco last week to announce "Stadia," a big new project from Google to...


Flying taxi startup Blade is helping Silicon Valley CEOs bypass traffic

One year after a $38 million Series B valued on-demand aviation startup Blade at $140 million, the company has begun taxiing the Bay Area’s elite. As part of a new pilot program, Blade has given 200 people in San Francisco and Silicon Valley exclusive access to its mobile app, allowing them to book helicopters, private jets and even seaplanes at a moments notice for $200 per seat, at least. Blade, backed by Lerer Hippeau, Airbus, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and others, currently flies pass...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Venture Capital, Airbus, American-Airlines, BLADE, California, Carsharing, Ceo, Commuting, Eric Schmidt, Executive, Google, India, Los Angeles, Mumbai


Startups Weekly: A much-needed unicorn IPO update

As I’m sure everyone reading this knows, female-founded businesses receive just over 2 percent of venture capital on an annual basis. Most of those checks are written to early-stage startups. It’s extremely difficult for female founders to garner late-stage support, let alone cash $100 million checks. Maybe that’s finally changing. This week, not one but two female-founded and led companies, Glossier and Rent The Runway, raised nine-figure rounds and cemented their status as unicorn companies. A...
Tags: Startups, Venture Capital, Airbnb, Alex Wilhelm, Arlan Hamilton, Backstage Capital, Ben Silbermann, Connie Loizos, Dan Primack, Economy, General Atlantic, General Catalyst, Hyundai, Initialized Capital, Khosla Ventures, Lyft


Bolt Founder Ben Einstein Leaves Hardware Tech VC Firm

Ben Einstein, co-founder and general partner of hardware-focused investor Bolt, says he has left the venture capital firm he started as his partner, Grace, enters chemotherapy for a cancer diagnosis.“Through this gut-wrenching experience, the things I enjoy doing and that give me energy are clearer than ever: I am a builder,” Einstein wrote in a post on Medium. “My life revolves around the process of creating new things; from hardware products and companies to relationships and community, my li...
Tags: Boston, Boston blog main, Boston top stories, National blog main, San Francisco blog main, San Francisco top stories, Ben Einstein, Bolt, Cancer, Chemotherapy, Desktop Metal, Hardware, Machine Metrics, RoboticsAI, San Francisco, Sense


The new CEO of Intuit says the rise of artificial intelligence will be as big a challenge as the company's shift to cloud computing (INTU)

Sasan Goodarzi stepped up as CEO of Intuit — the company behind products like Intuit and TurboTax — in January, replacing 11-year chief exec Brad Smith.  Smith gets a ton of credit from parties inside and outside Intuit for helping the company successfully navigate to a largely cloud-based, subscription-based software model.  To prepare to replace such a prominent figure, Goodarzi spent much of last year shadowing leaders like NFL legend Steve Young and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, trying to g...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Washington Post, Satya Nadella, NFL, San Francisco, Trends, Smith, Intuit, Young, Stewart Butterfield, Joe Montana, Brad Smith, Hewlett Packard Enterprise


The CEO behind 'Fortnite' says the entire video game industry is missing the 'inevitable' trend as the barriers between consoles and smartphones get obliterated

Tim Sweeney, the CEO ofEpic Games, tells Business Insider that the success of "Fortnite" shows that there's no such thing as a "mobile gamer" or a "console gamer" anymore — there's just gamers.  That's a big part of why the company this week launched Epic Online Services, which will let video game developers easily create games that include cross-play across PCs, consoles, and smartphones.  Sweeney says that it's all based on tech that Epic came up with itself for "Fortnite," and indeed, the s...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Samsung, San Francisco, Trends, Epic, Sony, Epic Games, Sweeney, Tim Sweeney, Fortnite, Xbox One Nintendo, Sweeney Sweeney, Epic Games Store, Epic Online Services, Epic Online Services Notably


To fund Y Combinator’s top startups, VCs scoop them before Demo Day

Hundreds gathered this week at San Francisco’s Pier 48 to see the more than 200 companies in Y Combinator’s Winter 2019 cohort present their two-minute pitches. The audience of venture capitalists, who collectively manage hundreds of billions of dollars, noted their favorites. The very best investors, however, had already had their pick of the litter. What many don’t realize about the Demo Day tradition is that pitching isn’t a requirement; in fact, some YC graduates skip out on their stage oppo...
Tags: Google, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Zenefits, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Latin America, Khosla, Khosla Ventures, Catch, Accel, Peter Rojas, Yc, Bay Area


Rent the Runway hits a $1 billion valuation

Rent the Runway just closed a $125 million led by Franklin Templeton Investments and Bain Capital Ventures. This round values the company at $1 billion. In total, Rent the Runway has raised $337 million in venture funding. “Shared, dynamic ownership is a movement that Rent the Runway has pioneered over the last decade and we’re excited to continue to lead the market and innovate our subscription service,” Rent the Runway CEO Jennifer Hyman said in a statement. Late last year, Rent the Runway ...
Tags: Startups, San Francisco, Tech, Bain Capital Ventures, Maureen Sullivan, Rent The Runway, Jennifer Hyman, Franklin Templeton Investments, Recent Funding


Paris to tax scooter and bike services

According to the City of Paris, there are 15,000 free-floating vehicles of all forms and shapes in the city, from electric scooters to fluorescent bikes and motorcycle-like scooters. And the City of Paris announced today that companies that operate free-floating services will have to pay a tax depending on the size of their fleet. If the plan goes through and if you’re running a bike-sharing service, you’ll have to pay €20 per bike per year. For scooter companies, they’ll pay €50 per scooter per...
Tags: Europe, San Francisco, Tech, Policy, Paris, France Newsletter, Flash, Bird, Wind, Hive, Bolt, Bike, Scooter, Lime, Coup, Le Parisien


HoneyBook, a client management platform for creative businesses, raises $28M Series C led by Citi Ventures

HoneyBook co-founders Oz and Naama Alon HoneyBook, a customer-relationship management platform aimed at small businesses in creative fields, announced today it has raised a $28 million Series C led by Citi Ventures. All of its existing investors, including Norwest Venture Partners, Aleph, Vintage Investment Partners and Hillsven Capital, also returned for the round. Citi is a strategic partner for HoneyBook and this will enable it to offer new financial products to freelancers, its co-found...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Enterprise, Israel, Tel Aviv, San Francisco, Management, Tech, CRM, Citi Ventures, Customer Relationship Management, Citi, Shinar, Alon, Honeybook, Naama Alon HoneyBook


Leading Silicon Valley brokerages spearhead data-sharing initiative

A group of seven Silicon Valley brokerages are following the lead of colleagues in San Francisco to launch a regional Buyer Graph initiative powered by real estate tech startup RealScout.
Tags: Technology, San Francisco, Radio, Silicon Valley, RealScout, Industry News, Brokerage, Select, Alain Pinel Realtors, Intero Real Estate Services, Sereno Group, DeLeon Realty, Tom Tognoli, Andrew Flachner, Climb Real Estate, Keller Williams Bay Area Estates


Ludlow Ventures raises $45m for third fund

Ludlow Ventures raised another $45 million to invest in young startups. The Detroit-based venture firm is today announcing it closed its third fund since the firm’s founding in 2010. Founding and managing partner Jonathon Triest tells TechCrunch the firm set out to raise another $45M and were immediately oversubscribed. Triest says Ludlow Ventures, with its two other partners of Brett deMarrais and Blake Robbins, are surfacing deals on the coasts before anyone else and is doing so from Detroi...
Tags: Startups, TC, California, Boston, New York City, San Francisco, Tech, States, Detroit, James Corden, Ludlow, Carpool Karaoke, Flagstaff, Ludlow Ventures, Jonathon Triest, Triest


LogRocket nabs $11M Series A to fix web application errors faster

Every time a visitor experiences an issue on your website, it’s going to have an impact on their impression of the company. That’s why companies want to resolve issues in a timely manner.  LogRocket, a Cambridge, MA startup, announced an $11 Million Series A investment today to give engineering and web development teams access to more precise information they need to fix issues faster. The round was led by Battery Ventures with participation from seed investor Matrix Partners. When combined with...
Tags: Startups, TC, Cloud, Developer, Boston, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Bloomberg, Mit, Cambridge, Columbia, Battery Ventures, LogRocket, Web Application Troubleshooting, Matrix Partners When


Lawrence Ferlinghetti Turns 100: Hear the Great San Francisco Poet Read “Trump’s Trojan Horse,” “Pity the Nation” & Many Other Poems

It has been a season of mourning for literature: first the death of Mary Oliver and now W.S. Merwin, two writers who left a considerable imprint on over half a century of American poetry. Considering the fact that founding father of the Beats and proprietor of world-renowned City Lights Bookstore, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, turns 100 on March 24th, maybe a few more people have glanced over to check on him. How’s he doing? He's grown "frail and nearly blind," writes Chloe Veltman at The Guard...
Tags: Google, New York, Navy, Washington Post, College, Poetry, San Francisco, Charles, UC Berkeley, Chinatown, Columbia, City Lights, Trump, Coney Island, Ginsberg, Edward Gorey


A former Facebook executive raised $3.7 million to fund a game aiming to match the success of 'Pokémon Go'

Former Facebook employee Nikki Lannen has raised €3.3 million ($3.7 million) to fund the development of a new augmented-reality game at her startup WarDucks. The funding round was led venture capital firm EQT Ventures and will help get the new location-based game off the ground in 2020. Lannen left her job at Facebook in 2013 to launch WarDucks, which aims to make its titles "fun" rather than "super-realistic." Former Facebook executive Nikki Lannen has raised nearly $4 million to create a n...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, North Korea, Samsung, San Francisco, Trends, Ireland, The Times, Dublin, Latin America, Kim Jong, Former Facebook, EQT Ventures, Nikki Lannen, Lannen


New Funding for Workplace Software Firms Skedulo and Scope AR

Two young San Francisco companies on Wednesday announced fundraisings to bolster their online services aimed at improving workforce efficiency.—Skedulo, which helps managers schedule assignments for field service personnel, says it raised $28 million in a Series B funding round led by M12, Microsoft’s corporate venture arm. Joining in the round were previous investors Blackbird, a venture capital firm based near Sydney, Australia, and Palo Alto, CA-based Costanoa Ventures. M12 principal Priya S...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Mobile, Microsoft, Workplace, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Unilever, Web, It, Vc, Software


Within Google Cloud, a computer is muttering: Shall we play a game? Wouldn't you prefer a nice game of SaaS?

Come for the on-demand servers, stay for the sweet documentation On a rainy Wednesday morning in San Francisco, Google pitched its Cloud Platform (GCP) to power games, and brought friends along to sing its praises at the annual Games Developer's Conference.…
Tags: Google, San Francisco, Software


What latency feels like on Google’s Stadia cloud gaming platform

After peppering Google employees with questions regarding Stadia’s latency, pricing and supported devices to mostly no avail, I got my hands on one of their new controllers and pressed play on the Doom Eternal gameplay they were showing off on a big-screen TV. Things started off pretty ugly. The frame rate dropped to a fast-paced PowerPoint presentation, the resolution dipped between 4K crispness and indecipherable blurriness and latency seemed to be as much as a half-second. As the Google em...
Tags: Google, TC, Gaming, Youtube, San Francisco, Tech, Sony, Mountain View, San Jose, Gpu, Phil Harrison, Stadia, GDC 2019, Google Stadia


Jury Finds Bayer's Roundup Weedkiller Caused Man's Cancer

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Shares in Germany's Bayer's fell more than 12 percent on Wednesday after a second U.S. jury ruled its Roundup weed killer caused cancer. Tuesday's unanimous jury decision in San Francisco federal court was not a finding of Bayer's liability for the cancer of plaintiff Edwin Hardeman. Liability and damages will be decided by the same jury in a second trial phase beginning on Wednesday. Bayer, which denies allegations that glyphosate or Roundup cau...
Tags: California, Germany, San Francisco, Tech, United States, Monsanto, Bayer, Reuters, Hodgkin, HARDEMAN, Chhabria, Vince Chhabria, Edwin Hardeman


Uber Freight is expanding into Europe

Uber Freight, the newly spun out Uber business unit that helps truck drivers connect with shipping companies, is kicking off its global expansion plans. The company said Wednesday it is launching the app in Europe, starting with the Netherlands. Local carriers and drivers will be able to book and move their first loads with Uber Freight in the next few weeks, CEO Lior Ron wrote in a blog posted Wednesday. Uber Freight plans to expand to more European countries this year. The EU and U....
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Europe, Texas, China, San Francisco, Tech, Eu, European Union, Automotive, Airbnb, Carsharing, Ron, Andrew Smith, Lior Ron, Uber Freight


Google Announces Gaming Platform “Stadia”

Google officially announced their new gaming platform “Stadia” at the Game Developer Conference, their month’s worth of hype-building seeming to conclude with a rather mixed response from consumers. Delivering a keynote at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, Google revealed the streaming platform “Stadia” rather than a console like many were expecting, which will […]
Tags: Google, Games, Technology, San Francisco, Events, Anime, Announcements, Video Gallery


Insight Venture Partners invests in PDI

PDI said March 20 that Insight Venture Partners has invested in the company. Genstar and TA Associates will both retain minority stakes. Financial terms weren’t announced. PDI, of Atlanta, provides enterprise software to the convenience retail, wholesale petroleum and logistics industries. PRESS RELEASE ATLANTA, March 20, 2019 – PDI, a leading global provider of enterprise software solutions to the convenience retail, wholesale petroleum and logistics industries, announced today an investment by...
Tags: Hong Kong, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Atlanta, ERP, Insight Venture Partners, Ta, PDI, PE Deals, Genstar Capital, Genstar, TA Associates, Deven Parekh, TA Associates TA Associates, Boston Menlo Park London Mumbai


Iterable lands $50M Series C investment to expand cross-channel marketing platform

Iterable, a startup that helps companies build complex marketing campaigns across channels to reduce churn and increase usage, announced a $50 million Series C round today. Investors include Blue Cloud Ventures, CRV, Harmony Partners, Index Ventures and Stereo Capital. Today’s investment brings the total raised to $80 million. Company co-founder and CEO Justin Zhu says the Iterable platform captures a constant stream of data from consumers from a variety of sources to give marketers the abili...
Tags: Startups, Asia, Europe, Enterprise, Funding, New York City, San Francisco, Tech, Zillow, Denver, Digital Marketing, Zhu, Iterable, Justin Zhu, CRV Harmony Partners Index Ventures, Box DoorDash


New Accelerator Aims For Social Change With AR, VR, Gaming Startups

Games for Change, a non-profit that promotes the use of games and immersive technology for social good, is taking applications from startup teams for a new accelerator program it’s launching in New York City.New York-based Games for Change already encourages game and XR developers, by a variety of means, to build societal benefits into their designs. The organization, founded in 2004, holds an annual festival with demos, workshops, and training sessions, and also operates awards programs and st...
Tags: Startups, Games, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Web, It, Vc, Software, Innovation, Venture Capital, Virtual Reality, Berkshire Hathaway


These ad execs have a venture fund they’d like to sell you

Mike Duda comes from the world of advertising. In fact, he spent 13 years at the renowned ad agency Deutsch, becoming the youngest partner in the company’s history until another creative, Brent Vartan, came along and stole the title. Little wonder that in 2010, when Duda struck out on his own to create Bullish (formerly known as Consigliere Brand Capital), he stole Vartan, later making him the firm’s second managing partner. It isn’t that the two wanted to outgun their former employer exactly. I...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Palo Alto, Portland, Venture Capital, San Diego, Patagonia, Silicon Valley


Launching from YC, Eclipse Foods casts a long shadow over the $336 billion dairy industry

Eclipse Foods may be the company that finally takes milk out of the dairy business. Ever since the acquisition of WhiteWave Foods by the French dairy giant Danone for over $10 billion investors have been thirsting for a technology that would give consumers a better tasting, more milky (for lack of a better word), milk substitute than the highly valuable (but not very tasty) almond, soy, and other plant based dairy alternatives. There are at least $37.5 billion worth of other reasons for investor...
Tags: Food, TC, Y Combinator, Europe, Chef, Articles, San Francisco, Tech, Bbc, Paris, Dairy, Milk, Food And Drink, Bp, Michelin, WhiteWave Foods


Why Google Stadia Will Be a Major Problem For Many American Players

Earlier today, Google launched its long-awaited "Stadia" cloud gaming service at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Unlike services from Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo, Stadia is powered by Google's worldwide data centers, allowing users to play games across a variety of platforms -- browsers, computers, TVs, and mobile devices -- all via the internet at a 4K resolution. One major problem with Stadia, which Google didn't mention in its presentation, is that it will require a ton o...
Tags: Google, US, America, San Francisco, Tech, Netflix, Steve, Nintendo Stadia


Media fragmentation is annoying consumers

Deloitte’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications division published its 13th-annual Digital Media Trends survey, focused on identifying changes in the ways US consumers engage with various types of media. Led by an independent research firm, the survey had roughly 2,000 consumer respondents across demographics – with the report categorizing respondents based on age (Gen-Z: ages 14-21, Millenials: 22-35, Gen-X: 36-52, Boomers: 53-71, and Matures: 72+). While already accompanied by a succinct 1...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Gaming, Music, Television, Media, Podcasts, Video Games, Entertainment, Advertising Tech, Cloud Storage, US, San Francisco, Tech, United States


Atlassian's first head of technical teams explains why he couldn't pass up the opportunity to join the $26.9 billion company, even if it meant uprooting to Australia (TEAM)

In January, Atlassian hired its first head of technical teams Noah Wasmer, who joins Atlassian from VMware. As the vice president of product and head of technical teams, Wasmer will head Atlassian's software and IT products, including Jira, Bitbucket, Opsgenie, Jira Service Desk, and Statuspage. Business Insider spoke with Wasmer on how he got to Atlassian and what it's like uprooting to Australia. For years, Noah Wasmer worked in the Silicon Valley tech scene before moving to Atlanta. But n...
Tags: Google, Australia, San Francisco, Trends, Atlanta, Tesla, Sydney, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Pacific, Atlassian, Vmware, Ocean Beach, Sydney Australia, Mike Cannon Brookes, Scott Farquhar


Meet YouTube-linked games-streaming Stadia, yet another thing Google will axe in two years (unless it kills Twitch)

Now, witness the power of this eventually operational game star Challenging Amazon and Microsoft for the attention of gamers and for the billing of game industry customers, Google announced a planned game streaming service called Stadia at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday.…
Tags: Google, Microsoft, San Francisco, Software, Meet YouTube, Challenging Amazon



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