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Joe Biden's VP pick Kamala Harris has held prominent roles in California politics since 2004. Here are the tech moguls and A-list Hollywood bigwigs who have supported her over the years.

On August 11, Joe Biden picked Kamala Harris as his choice for vice president on his 2020 ticket. Harris, a Democratic senator for California, has also held positions as district attorney for San Francisco and attorney general for the state. She has homes in both LA and San Francisco. California Gov. Gavin Newsom campaigned for Harris in Iowa in December 2019. Forbes reported that an overwhelming majority of her 2019 donors came from California and she unsurprisingly has a fan base in the two...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Hollywood, Shonda Rhimes, Jobs, Instagram, Nbc, California, Steve Jobs, Ebay, Aaron Sorkin, La, Stanford, Senate, Massachusetts, Politico

Uber and Lyft lose bid to delay worker reclassification order in California

Uber and Lyft have lost their bid to delay a preliminary injunction that will force the two ride-hailing app companies to reclassify its drivers as employees. A California superior court judge denied Thursday the companies request to delay the order from going into effect August 20. The decision sets the stage for a legal fight and will most certainly require both companies to suspend operations temporarily in California if they fail to get the stay extended. Uber confirmed with TechCrunch it...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, California, San Francisco, Tech, Automotive, Court of Appeals, AB, Los Angeles San Diego, Xavier Becerra, California Superior Court, Ethan Schulman

Five success factors for behavioral health startups

Courtney Chow Contributor Share on Twitter Courtney Chow is an associate with Battery Ventures in San Francisco who focuses on early and growth-stage internet, software and services companies. Justin Da Rosa Contributor Justin Da Rosa is a vice president with Battery Ventures in San Francisco. He focuses on consumer internet, online marketplace and software investments. Telehe...
Tags: Health, Google, Startups, TC, Column, San Francisco, Tech, Smartphone, Meditation, Depression, Hypertension, United States, Healthcare, Venture Capital, Health Insurance, Talkspace

Meet the 13 Salesforce power players helping CEO Marc Benioff lead the cloud giant to hit its aggressive growth targets despite the turbulent economy (CRM)

We've identified the 13 executives that are leading Salesforce's behind the scenes and helping CEO Marc Benioff with Salesforce's next stage of growth and challenges. Salesforce's executive team was shaken up in February when former co-CEO Keith Block stepped down and its head of international also left.  To adapt to the new normal with the coronavirus pandemic, Salesforce quickly added new product lines, like its tools to reopen safely, to help customers transition to the new normal....
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, Microsoft, California, Ipo, Bt, Africa, San Francisco, Trends, CIO, Indiana, Middle East, Gavin Patterson, Sydney

Moka, the HR tool for Arm and Shopee in China, closes $43M Series B

Investors are betting on the automation of human resources management in China. We reported last year that Moka, one of the key players in the space, secured roughly $27 million for its Series B led by Hillhouse Capital. This week, the startup announced closing a Series B+ at over 100 million yuan ($14.4 million), lifting its total raise for the B round to 300 million yuan ($43.2 million). The startup declined to disclose its investors in the latest round, saying the proceeds will go towards ...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, China, San Francisco, Tech, HR, Beijing, SaaS, Human Resources, Hiring, Moka, McDonald, Li, Zhao, Turo, Shopee

Stream, whose APIs help product teams build chat and activity feeds fast, just raised a $15 million Series A round

Earlier this year, the founders of Stream,  a five-year-old, 60-person startup with offices in Boulder and Amsterdam, weren’t feeling so great about their prospects. As COVID-19 began its spread in the U.S., some smaller customers of the startup — whose APIs enable product teams to build chat and activity feeds for their applications — began to fold. “It was really scary when [the virus] initially hit, because a lot of our smaller customers went out of business, which made us worry about what wo...
Tags: TC, Dick Costolo, San Francisco, Tech, Harvard, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Boulder, Arthur Ventures, Dubsmash, Tom Preston Werner, Thierry Schellenbach, Tommaso Barbugli, Barbugli, Olivier Pomel, Schellenbach

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

Dropbox Launches Password Manager, Computer Backup, and Secure 'Vaults' Out of Beta

Dropbox is officially launching a handful of new consumer features out of beta today, along with some new tools for businesses. From a report: The cloud storage giant first introduced its password manager -- replete with a standalone mobile app for Android and iOS -- back in June. Similar to other password management apps on the market, Dropbox Passwords stores and encrypts users' online passwords and syncs them across all devices (desktop and mobile) so users don't have to remember multiple log...
Tags: Massachusetts, San Francisco, Tech, Facebook Twitter Netflix, Dropbox Passwords, Dropbox Dropbox Passwords

Uber CEO says service faces temporary shutdown in California over worker reclassification ruling

Uber could be forced to shut down its ride-hailing app in California for several months if a court doesn’t overturn a recent ruling that classifies its drivers as full-time employees, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in an interview with MSNBC. “It’s hard to believe we’ll be able to switch our model to full-time employment quickly,” Khosrowshahi said, noting it would force the company to temporarily shut down. Khosrowshahi’s comments are consistent to language in a motion filed Tuesday by Uber followi...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, California, San Francisco, Tech, Automotive, Msnbc, Court of Appeals, AB, Los Angeles San Diego, Xavier Becerra, Dara Khosrowshahi, California Superior Court, Khosrowshahi, Ethan Schulman

Stacklet launches cloud governance platform with $4M seed investment

Stacklet co-founders Travis Stanfield and Kapil Thangavelu met while both were working at Capital One several years ago. Thangavelu helped create the Cloud Custodian open source cloud governance project. The two eventually got together and decided to build a startup based on that project and today the company launched out of stealth with a $4 million seed investment from Foundation Capital and Addition. Stanfield, who is CEO at the young startup, says that Cloud Custodian came about as Capital O...
Tags: Startups, Open Source, Cloud, Enterprise, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Foundation Capital, Capital One, Recent Funding, Sid Trivedi, Thangavelu, Cloud Governance, Stacklet, Travis Stanfield, Kapil Thangavelu

Stacklet launches cloud governance platform with $4.4M seed investment

Stacklet co-founders Travis Stanfield and Kapil Thangavelu met while both were working at Capital One several years ago. Thangavelu helped create the Cloud Custodian open source cloud governance project. The two eventually got together and decided to build a startup based on that project and today the company launched out of stealth with a $4.4 million seed investment from Foundation Capital and Addition Ventures. Stanfield, who is CEO at the young startup, says that Cloud Custodian came about a...
Tags: Startups, Open Source, Cloud, Enterprise, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Foundation Capital, Capital One, Recent Funding, Sid Trivedi, Thangavelu, Cloud Governance, Stacklet, Travis Stanfield, Kapil Thangavelu

Co-Founder of Nirav Tolia Lists San Francisco Manse

If you happened to live next door to the co-founder of Nextdoor, a hyper-local, Facebook-like app for your neighborhood, where locals trade babysitter and piano teacher referrals, you’d be living beside a pristine mansion with an asking price of $25 million. That’s the lofty and publicity assuring number Nirav Tolia, currently chairman of the $2-billion-plus […]
Tags: Facebook, San Francisco, Tech, Compass, Moguls, Pacific Heights, Nirav Tolia, San Francisco Manse

5 databases helping tech companies like Facebook and Apple recruit workers that were laid off during the coronavirus pandemic

Layoffs in tech are not letting up, and many tech workers are worrying about where to find their next role.  But some companies are trying to reduce the burden on job seekers by creating databases where they can input their information and get a call from a relevant recruiter.  Parachute, Silver Lining, Torch Capital,, and Drafted are all offering layoff databases for workers to find their next role, and some even offer extra resources, like layoff newsletters and one-on-one career...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, San Francisco, Trends, Paypal, Ibm, Boeing, Bay Area, Cambridge Massachusetts, Facebook Amazon, Roger Lee, Jon Keidan, Torch Capital, Katie Reiner

Former COO sues Pinterest, accusing it of gender discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination

Pinterest’s former chief operating officer has filed a lawsuit accusing the company of gender discrimination. Françoise Brougher, who says she was abruptly fired from the company in April, is suing the company to hold it “accountable for discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination in violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), and the Labor Code,” according to a Tuesday filing in San Francisco Superior Court. (The full text of the filing is embedded below.) Pinterest sa...
Tags: TC, Europe, Lawsuit, Pinterest, San Francisco, Social Media, Tech, Ellen Pao, Gender Discrimination, Ben Silbermann, Dennis, Snyder, Superior Court, New York Time, Kleiner Perkins TechCrunch, Silbermann

Kamala Harris brings a view from tech’s epicenter to the presidential race

Joe Biden’s decision to name California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate in the quest to unseat President Trump means that the next White House could be occupied not only by a Black woman — a historic milestone by any account — but also by someone who built a career in the tech industry’s front yard. Born in Oakland, Harris served as San Francisco district attorney and later as the attorney general for California before being elected to the state’s Senate in 2016. And while the newly...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Colorado, California, Government, Senate, White House, Elizabeth Warren, San Francisco, Tech, Joe Biden, United States, New York Times, Silicon Valley

The rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes, the Theranos founder whose federal fraud trial is delayed until 2021

Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of Stanford University at 19 to start blood-testing startup Theranos, and grew the company to a valuation of $9 billion. But it all came crashing down when the shortcomings and inaccuracies of the company's technology were exposed, and Theranos and Holmes were charged with "massive fraud."  If convicted, Holmes could face up to 20 years in prison. A California judge initially set an August 2020 start date for the federal trial, but the case has been delayed until ...
Tags: Apple, Hbo, Instagram, Abc, California, Washington, Cbs News, Stanford, Singapore, US, San Francisco, Trends, Walgreens, Beijing, Larry Ellison, Bill Clinton

Nonprofits use Google tools to stay resilient

From bringing an aquarium online through live webcams to building an app that prepares underrepresented students for the workforce, nonprofits around the world are responding to issues facing their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using technology as a key resource, these organizations are showing resilience, determination and flexibility while also trying to quickly adapt to everything that’s happening this year. Google for Nonprofits is now available in 67 countries around the world, ...
Tags: Google, Youtube, San Francisco, Canada, Ireland, California Academy of Sciences, Nonprofits, NGO, Rwanda, Ifa, Sao Paulo, Golden Gate Park, Sao Paulo Brazil, Halifax Canada, G Suite, Google Meet

Silicon Valley maps

This hand-painted map from 1981 is believed to be the earliest map of Silicon Valley to highlight the region’s technology companies. It was created by Corbin Hillam, a designer and illustrator of children’s books.   Via the David Rumsey historical map collection There are lots of hidden treasures in the map. (Golf! Baseball! Wineries! Skiing! Wait—skiing?) What I’m looking at, though, are the company names, which are perfectly of their era, meaning they sound like they were spit out by a...
Tags: Apple, Firefox, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Hbo, Maps, Technology, Television, Microsoft, California, Steve Jobs, Seagate, San Francisco, Intel, History

Meet the 27-year-old Stanford grad who impressed Peter Thiel at a meet-&-greet and inspired the billionaire entrepreneur to invest in his crypto startup the next day

Alexander Liegl is the CEO at Layer1, a bitcoin-mining startup that raised $50 million in Series A funding from Peter Thiel and Shasta Ventures in 2019. Before Layer1, Liegl launched a startup, Apax Labs, that helped the Mexican government detect tax fraud. In 2018, Liegl pitched an idea for an activist hedge fund for cryptocurrencies to Jack Selby, a member of the PayPal mafia and the managing director of Thiel Capital.  Selby told Business Insider in an email that he forwards about 1 in ever...
Tags: Apple, South Korea, Europe, Texas, Mexico, Stanford, Germany, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Paypal, Bitcoin, Mexico City, Peter Thiel, Business Insider

Parsable scores $60M Series D as pandemic forces faster digitization of industrial sector

It seems the pandemic has forced the business world to digitize faster, and the industrial sector is no different. Parsable, a San Francisco startup that is helping digitize industrial front line workers, announced a $60 million Series D today. Activate Capital and Glade Brook Capital Partners co-led the round. They got help from new investors Alumni Ventures Group, Cisco Investments, Downing Ventures, Evolv Ventures and Princeville Capital along with existing investors Lightspeed Venture Par...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Latin America, Whittle, CPG, Digitization, Activate Capital, Recent Funding, Parsable, Glade Brook Capital Partners, Princeville Capital, Industrial Sector

CA Judge grants preliminary injunction forcing Uber and Lyft to reclassify drivers as employees

California Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman has granted a preliminary injunction forcing Uber and Lyft to reclassify its drivers as employees. This order is set to go into effect in ten days. “The Court is under no illusion that implementation of its injunction will be costly,” Judge Schulman wrote in the order. “There can be no question that in order for Defendants to comply with A.B. 5, they will have to change the nature of their business practices in significant ways, such as by hiring...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Abc, California, Court, San Francisco, Tech, Superior Court, AB, Los Angeles San Diego, Xavier Becerra, Schulman, California Superior Court, Dynamex

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

Human Capital: Uber and Lyft’s ongoing battle with the law and a brief history of diversity at Snap

Welcome back to Human Capital (formerly known as Tech at Work) that looks at all-things labor in tech. This week presented Uber and Lyft with a fresh labor lawsuit as a judge heard arguments from Uber, Lyft and lawyers on behalf of the people of California in a separate suit brought forth by California’s attorney general. Meanwhile, Snap recently released its first-ever diversity and inclusion report — something the company had been holding off on doing for years.  Below, we’ll explore the nua...
Tags: Google, TC, Lyft, Uber, California, San Francisco, Tech, Diversity, Evan Spiegel, Bob Marley, Human Capital, Snap, SPIEGEL, O'Connor, Los Angeles San Diego, Uber and Lyft

7 businesses that pivoted to Zoom and FaceTime during the pandemic reveal what does and doesn't work for virtual services, classes, and events (ZM)

The coronavirus outbreak has hit many US businesses hard — one survey found that 75% of small businesses saw fewer sales in March.  It's especially difficult for businesses that rely on face-to-face interactions, like bars and salons, or companies that host in-person classes like yoga studios and cooking schools.  Business Insider talked to seven entrepreneurs who are trying to get some of their revenue back through virtual services on Zoom and FaceTime.  Click here for more BI Prime content. ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, California, Cdc, France, US, San Francisco, Trends, Atlanta, Paypal, Light, Chicago, Canada, Brooklyn, Nepal, Alaska

PayPal parts with top advertising executive after shifting its marketing strategy during the pandemic

PayPal's chief creative officer Steve Simpson, its top advertising executive, left the company after about a year. The move came after PayPal shifted its marketing strategy during the coronavirus pandemic, placing less emphasis on the brand and more on catering to small businesses, said a source with direct knowledge of the marketing operation. Simpson's departure followed that of CMO and former Apple executive Allison Johnson in May. Both "decided to leave PayPal" as the company streamlines i...
Tags: Apple, San Francisco, Trends, CMO, Paypal, Johnson, WPP, Ogilvy, Simpson, Omnicom, Steve Simpson, WPP Publicis, Goodby Silverstein, Allison Johnson, Contact Patrick Coffee on Signal, Leanne Sheraton

IoT and data science will boost foodtech in the post-pandemic era

Sunny Dhillon Contributor Share on Twitter Sunny Dhillon is an early-stage investor at Signia Ventures in San Francisco where he invests in retail tech, e-commerce infrastructure and logistics, alongside consumer and enterprise software startups. More posts by this contributor From farm to phone: A paradigm shift in grocery An optimistic view of deepfakes Even as e-grocery usage has skyrocketed ...
Tags: Food, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Column, Internet Of Things, Science, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Supermarkets, Data Science, Venture Capital, Fda, Food Waste, Iot

Judge says Uber, Lyft preliminary injunction ruling to come in ‘a matter of days’

California Superior Court Judge Ethan P. Schulman heard arguments from Uber and Lyft, as well as lawyers representing the people of California, regarding the request for a preliminary injunction that seeks to force Uber and Lyft to immediately reclassify their drivers as employees. Schulman did not make a ruling today but said we could all likely expect one to come within a matter of days, rather than weeks. In the hearing, Schulman expressed how hard it is to determine the impact of a pre...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Abc, California, San Francisco, Tech, Oakland, Gig Economy, Superior Court, AB, Goldberg, Uber Lyft, Los Angeles San Diego, Xavier Becerra, Schulman

A survey finds that a lot of tech workers have left the San Francisco Bay Area thanks to remote work policies, and nearly 60% said they would leave if they could

In a poll of 3,300 San Francisco Bay Area tech workers by anonymous employee chat app Blind, 15% said they have already relocated thanks to pandemic-related work-from-home policies. Another nearly 60% said they would like to leave if their companies were to allow them to work-from-home permanently. Tech companies have been talking about becoming "remote first," meaning adopting hiring/office policies that would allow most employees to work from home. This survey indicates employees in expensiv...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, San Francisco, Trends, Cisco, Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area, Google IBM, Julie Bort, Silicon Valley Googleplex

Former Sequoia partner Aaref Hilaly is joining Bain Capital Ventures as the firm boosts investments during a time of 'tremendous early-stage momentum on the west coast'

On Thursday, Bain Capital Ventures announced that former Sequoia partner Aaref Hilaly has joined the firm. Bain partner Ajay Agarwal said the firm is looking to double down on its west coast presence and early stage investment, and hiring the former Sequoia partner is part of that strategy.  Agarwal also said that, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the firm has "seen an unprecedented level of company formation during this time." The firm, which has made 19 early-stage investments in 2020, plans...
Tags: Apple, New York, Ipo, Boston, San Francisco, Trends, Cisco, Palo Alto, Salem, Symantec, Sequoia Capital, Bain Capital Ventures, Bain, Sequoia, Business Insider, McAfee

DoorDash launches a convenience store

On-demand delivery startup DoorDash has launched a digital storefront to sell household items, as well as the types of things you’d find at a convenience store. So, chips, ice cream, spices, and packaged foods from local restaurants. Called DashMart, the convenience store is available in eight cities throughout the U.S. and plans to launch in additional cities over the next few months. These are essentially micro-fulfillment centers that carry around 2,000 items where DashMart warehouse assoc...
Tags: Food, TC, San Francisco, Tech, Doordash, Boudin, Chesa Boudin, DoorDash Uber Lyft

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