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Email security company Tessian is closing in on a $40M round led by Sequoia Capital

Continuing a trend that VCs here in London tell me is seeing an increasing amount of deal-flow in Europe attract the interest of top-tier Silicon Valley venture capital firms, TechCrunch has learned that email security provider Tessian is the latest to raise from across the pond. According to multiple sources, the London-based company has closed a Series B round led by Sequoia Capital. I understand that the deal could be announced within a matter of weeks, and that the round size is in the regio...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, Balderton Capital, London, Tech, Silicon Valley, Sequoia Capital, Imperial College, Tim Sadler Tom Adams, Tessian, Ed Bishop Tessian


Variety’s Digital Innovators 2019: The Trailblazers Pushing Media Boundaries

A decade ago, when the streaming-video revolution was in its infancy, the internet was more complementary than disruptive to Hollywood. Those days are gone. New platforms have risen up as Silicon Valley players have bulldozed onto the scene, and the media biz is rebuilding the ways it reaches audiences. With the inaugural Variety Digital Innovators […]
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Hollywood, Disney, Features, Silicon Valley, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Viacom, Quibi


BlueRun Ventures closes on $130M, ups Cheryl Cheng to GP

Silicon Valley venture capital firm BlueRun Ventures has lassoed $130 million in capital commitments for its sixth fund. The firm invests in early-stage mobile software and financial services companies, including online lending platform Kabbage and navigation tool Waze. BlueRun has also announced the promotion of Cheryl Cheng to general partner. Cheng joined the outfit in 2008; she’s focused on mobile and data opportunities within the enterprise and consumer markets. The firm also counts founder...
Tags: Tech, Paypal, Korea, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Waze, Nasdaq, Bluerun Ventures, Kabbage, Coupa, Cheng, John Malloy, Jonathan Ebinger, Cheryl Cheng, BlueRun, Waze BlueRun


The 50 most high-tech cities in the world

Silicon Valley may be home to huge tech companies like Google and Facebook, but the San Francisco metro area isn't the most innovative city in the world, according to annual rankings compiled by data firm 2thinknow. Instead, the top spot belongs to Tokyo, Japan, according to the 2018 Innovation Cities Index. This is the first time that an Asian city has claimed the title as world's most innovative city since 2thinknow first started compiling the annual rankings in 2007. Of the top 50, the city ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, San Francisco, Trends, Barcelona, Silicon Valley, Austin Texas, Moscow Russia, Tokyo Japan, DUBLIN Ireland, Orlando Florida Change, Accenture Storyful Zalando Udemy, Yandex Gazprom Sistema Mobile TeleSystems


January 16 roundup

The two new heads of the judiciary committees in the Pennsylvania legislature are nonlawyers, and the legal community appears to be fine with that [Max Mitchell, Legal Intelligencer] Long after his downfall in one of the worst U.S. legal scandals in years, Stan Chesley was still listed as holding an honored position at a major charity until a reporter started calling [Josh Nathan-Kazis, Forward, I’m quoted; update (Chesley’s name removed)] National security restrictions form an important pa...
Tags: Technology, Maryland, Law, Uncategorized, Georgia, Copyright, Pennsylvania, Silicon Valley, Lawyers, Baltimore, Mike Masnick, Clark, Carl Malamud, Chesley, Daubert, Free Trade


Leaked memo spells out Facebook’s new ‘ground rules’ restricting employee discussions about politics and religion (FB)

Facebook is bringing in new rules about how employees can discuss politics and religion internally. In an internal memo obtained by Business Insider, CTO Mike Schroepfer said the company had drawn up new guidelines for internal discussions. Much of the rules apply to Workplace, Facebook's internal communication app, and the company is investing in stronger moderation tools for it. The changes comes amid falling employee morale and some employee criticism of Facebook's political culture. You ca...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Workplace, Trends, Myanmar, Silicon Valley, Signal, Cnbc, Anthony Harrison, Don, Schroepfer, Mike Schroepfer, Cambridge Analytica, Business Insider Facebook, Workplace Facebook, Brian Amerige


Amid fears of an impending recession, some employees at Silicon Valley's IPO-bound startups say they're starting to get anxious

2019 was supposed to be a blockbuster year for tech companies going public — but the volatility of the public markets is making some employees at IPO-bound tech companies nervous.  We spoke to a current employee at Uber and a current employee at Airbnb. Both companies are expected to hold their long-awaited IPOs this year.  The Uber employee says that there's a lot of anxiety within the company over the company's valuation — conflicting reports have said that Uber could go public with a market...
Tags: Google, Uber, Ipo, Trends, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Travis Kalanick, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, Signal, Brian Chesky, San Francisco Bay Area, Dara Khosrowshahi, Khosrowshahi, Trust Safety, Uber Lyft Slack Palantir


Disappointing photos show what living in San Francisco on a tech salary really looks like

Tech workers come to Silicon Valley in droves with dreams of working for one of the world's biggest tech companies, like Google or Apple, or with hopes of founding their own startup. Such a position entails a comfortable salary, but having a tech salary in the nation's most competitive real estate market doesn't always promise a life of luxury. Here's what working in Silicon Valley's tech sphere really looks like. The dream of working for one of Silicon Valley's many tech behemoths, along wit...
Tags: Apple, Google, San Francisco, Trends, Palo Alto, Silicon Valley, Bay Area, Bay Area Though


Help us find the best startup lawyers

We’re looking for the best lawyers who are working with startups today, and we’d like your recommendations. Right now, it’s hard to find the sort of attorney who can help you see around corners as a young company, negotiate tricky situations, and connect you to other legal experts when you need to go deep on a topic. Help us by filling out this two-minute survey. If you’re like me, you’ve spent hours researching online, working your network for word-of-mouth recommendations, and going through a ...
Tags: TC, Tech, Silicon Valley


LawNext Episode 25: Using AI to Enhance Virtual Receptionists, with Smith.ai

 What do you get if you combine a virtual receptionist service with artificial intelligence? Spoiler alert: The answer is not robots answering the phone. Rather, the folks at Smith.ai say the combination results in a superior receptionist service for both live calls and website chat. By incorporating AI, they say, their service continually gets smarter as it comes to know your practice and your clients. On this episode of LawNext, I speak with Smith.ai’s Justin Maxwell, cofounder and chief ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Law, Maxwell, Silicon Valley, Smith, Justin Maxwell, Martin, Bob Ambrogi, LawNext, Maddy Martin, Google Apple Mint Intuit Sony


The president of Microsoft says top leaders at the world's biggest tech companies meet regularly to talk about the major issues facing Silicon Valley and the world (MSFT)

Microsoft President Brad Smith told a room full of journalists that he has "sympathy" for executives at tech companies who find themselves under regulatory scrutiny these days. Smith was working at Microsoft back in the '90s, when Microsoft was sued by the federal government over its business practices, and put under a decade of government oversight. Smith said that after the Trump administration's travel ban some 23 months ago, the tech industry came together for a meeting.  Since then, he's ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Congress, Trends, Muslim, Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Smith, Donald Trump, Sheryl Sandberg, Trump, Wilmington Delaware


LawNext Episode 25: Using AI to Enhance Virtual Receptionists, with Smith.ai

 What do you get if you combine a virtual receptionist service with artificial intelligence? Spoiler alert: The answer is not robots answering the phone. Rather, the folks at Smith.ai say the combination results in a superior receptionist service for both live calls and website chat. By incorporating AI, they say, their service continually gets smarter as it comes to know your practice and your clients. On this episode of LawNext, I speak with Smith.ai’s Justin Maxwell, cofounder and chief ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Law, Maxwell, Silicon Valley, Smith, Justin Maxwell, Martin, LawNext, Maddy Martin, Google Apple Mint Intuit Sony


Someone in Silicon Valley is renting a studio apartment for $1,500 a month just for his two cats

A Silicon Valley landlord is renting his San Jose studio apartment to a pair of cats, whose owner couldn't keep them in his own apartment, according to a San Jose Mercury News report on Sunday.  Rent for the cats is $1,500 per month.  “Basically I’ve got two renters that don’t have opposable thumbs,” the landlord said.  Rental prices in Silicon Valley have skyrocketed to some of the highest in the country, as troves of tech workers have made the move with grand dreams of cashing in on the nex...
Tags: Google, Trends, Maine, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Bob, Bombay, San Jose Mercury News, Seattle Times, Maine Coon, Tina, Louise, Mike Rosenberg, David Callisch, Callisch, Troy Good


More investors are betting on virtual influencers like Lil Miquela

Brud, the company behind the virtual celebrity Lil Miquela, is now worth at least $125 million thanks to a new round of financing the company is currently closing. Meanwhile, new venture-backed companies like the superstealthy Shadows, SuperPlastic, and Toonstar are all developing virtual characters that will launch via social media channels like Snap and Instagram, or on their own platforms. It’s all an effort to test whether audiences are ready to embrace even more virtual avatars — including ...
Tags: TC, New York, Instagram, Los Angeles, Tech, Poppy, Nba, Mario, Silicon Valley, Caa, Damon Albarn, Cartoon Network, BetaWorks, Rothenberg Ventures, Warner Brothers, Peter Rojas


Geoengineering could solve our climate problems if anyone allowed it

This weekend, I finished reading Oliver Morton’s The Planet Remade (thanks to reader Eliot Peper for recommending it). Morton has a multitude of goals with the book, but there were two I think are deeply valuable. First, geoengineering is a plausible approach to solving our climate problems this century, and second, engineering the climate generates tough policy challenges, but also opportunities to make the planet more equitable. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rou...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Hollywood, Science, California, Government, China, Wordpress, Book Review, Tech, Policy, Beijing, West, Nato, Poland, Silicon Valley


The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition. Jonathan Tepper and Denise Hearn. A review...

The Myth of Capitalism is a polemic about the reduction in competition in many industries in the US. And it starts in an entirely appropriate place. Dr Dao - a doctor with patients to serve the next day - was "selected" by United Airlines to be removed from an overbooked plane. As he had patients to tend the next day he did not think he should leave the plane. So the airline sent thugs to bash him up and forcibly removed him. The video (truly sickening) went viral. But the airline did ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Business, Microsoft, Australia, China, US, America, Walmart, Idaho, New York Times, Sydney, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, Costco


Apple supplier Dialog sees sales fall to low end of target range as smartphone market stagnates

Apple supplier Dialog Semiconductor faced a slump on Monday, posting end of year revenues towards the lower end of its earlier predictions as the company grapples with lower appetite for Apple's iPhones in the huge Chinese market.  The UK-based semiconductor firm failed to reach the top end of its projections as its fourth quarter sales came in at $431m, highlighting the knock-on impact Apple's dwindling sales are having on its supply chain. At the end of October, Dialog estimated sales ...
Tags: Apple, UK, News, Credit Suisse, Tim Cook, Silicon Valley, Dialog Semiconductor, Frankfurt Stock Exchange, China Technology, Silego Technology


Apple supplier Dialog warns on sales as smartphone market stagnates

Apple supplier Dialog Semiconductor faced a slump on Monday, posting end of year revenues towards the lower end of its earlier predictions as the company grapples with lower appetite for Apple's iPhones in the huge Chinese market.  The UK-based semiconductor firm failed to reach the top end of its projections as its fourth quarter sales came in at $431m, highlighting the knock-on impact Apple's dwindling sales are having on its supply chain. At the end of October, Dialog estimated sales ...
Tags: Apple, UK, News, Tim Cook, Silicon Valley, Dialog Semiconductor, Frankfurt Stock Exchange, China Technology, Silego Technology


Why do we keep praising Silicon Valley for reinventing the wheel? | Amelia Tait

A student loan scheme is the latest example of how bubble economy marketing seems oblivious to the outside worldFor a good period in the middle ages, Europeans totally forgot how to make concrete. The Roman recipe for the tough stuff – opus caementicium – was lost for roughly 600 years after the fall of the empire, and the modern formula we know and love wasn’t invented for another 300 years after that.I’m telling you this because human progress isn’t linear. It’s fine to go backwards and forwar...
Tags: Technology, Media, Society, Higher Education, Silicon Valley, Marketing & PR, Theo Paphitis, Amelia Tait


Why Silicon Valley needs more visas

Henrique Dubugras Contributor Share on Twitter Henrique Dubugras is the founder Brex, the billion-dollar corporate credit provider for startups. When I hear protesters shout, “Immigrants are welcome here!” at the San Francisco immigration office near my startup’s headquarters, I think about how simple a phrase that is for a topic that is so nuanced, especially for me as an immigrant entrepreneur. Growing up in Brazil, I am les...
Tags: Google, Column, Elon Musk, California, Entrepreneurship, Mexico, Berlin, Singapore, Immigration, US, Toronto, San Francisco, Entrepreneur, Tech, Tesla, Canada


President Bolsonaro should boost Brazil’s entrepreneurial ecosystem

Romero Rodrigues Contributor Romero Rodrigues is a managing partner at Redpoint eVentures, the Brazilian-focused arm of the Silicon Valley venture firm Redpoint. More posts by this contributor Brazil’s fintech boom offers new vertical opportunities for investors Brazil’s tech-sector bright spots beckon as it begins to emerge from long economic crisis In late October following a significant victory for Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s p...
Tags: Amazon, Column, South Korea, Japan, Politics, Congress, Australia, Finance, Singapore, Tech, Chicago, United States, Chile, New York Times, President, Venture Capital


Should America Build a Virtual Border Wall? Or Just Crowdfund It...

As America's government faces its longest-ever shutdown over the president's demands for border wall funding, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has suggested "possible alternatives to a physical wall," according to one Silicon Valley newspaper: Among the president's justifications for a wall is to stop drugs from coming into the United States, so Pelosi proposed spending "hundreds of millions of dollars" for technology to scan cars for drugs, weapons and contraband at the border. "The positive, shall w...
Tags: America, San Francisco, Tech, Cnn, United States, House, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, Nancy Pelosi, Air Force, Palmer Luckey, Trump, Pelosi, Anduril Industries, Department of Homeland Security s Office


Marc Benioff struggled for most of last summer with his decision to keep Salesforce's controversial contract with the US Customs Border Patrol (CRM)

Marc Benioff struggled in deciding whether or not to keep Salesforce's contract with the Customs Border Patrol (CBP) after employee backlash last June, according to a recent interview with CNBC.  "[Employees] ask me questions I don't have the answer to and I don't have the authority or understanding to be able to opine on," Benioff said.  Ultimately, Benioff decided to keep the contract in place, though he vowed that in the future, an internal team focused on ethics would make these types...
Tags: Google, China, San Francisco, Trends, Silicon Valley, Pentagon, CBP, Salesforce, Cnbc, Marc Benioff, Business Insider, NDA, Benioff, Salesforce Tower, Jacinta Gonzalez, Customs Border Patrol


$445 billion flowed into startups in the last five years. Now it's threatening to upend one of Silicon Valley's most celebrated customs (SPOT, GOOGL)

The traditional initial public offering process may be in the process of being disrupted. Spotify went public last year using a different process and may soon be followed by enterprise software company Slack. Startups have good reasons to spurn regular IPOs — they're costly and time-consuming. Thanks to the massive amounts of money that have flowed into Silicon Valley in recent years, many companies are likely well positioned to go public a different way. The avalanche of money that's piled i...
Tags: Google, Spotify, Ipo, Trends, Silicon Valley, University of Florida, Wall Street Journal, Stewart Butterfield, Slack, Securities And Exchange Commission, National Venture Capital Association, Ritter, NVCA, PitchBook, Jay Ritter, Slack Startups


All of the major tech companies are going their separate ways, making things more difficult for regulators

Investors fell in love with a basket of stocks they called FAANG (for Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google) and rode those investments up a tall curve for years. Policymakers and regulators found it convenient to paint a single big target on "the big tech platforms" as the spate of privacy- and election-related controversies since 2016 raised calls for government action. But the closer the government looks at the companies' problems, the harder it gets to settle on any one-size-fits-al...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, New York, Hollywood, Microsoft, Congress, Washington, Trends, Cisco, Eu, Netflix, Internet Association, Silicon Valley


‘New Year, New You’ Review: Sophia Takal Takes on Internet Celebrity Culture for Hulu’s ‘Into the Dark’

Blumhouse’s 2019 starts by taking one companywide step forward with their latest Into The Dark chapter. After critical reports identified a striking gender differential between The House Of Toby’s horror director hires, after Jason Blum’s interesting-at-best response, Sophia Takal becomes the brand’s first female filmmaker (*on a horror title*) with New Year, New You. In this entry: Instagram celebrity culture roasted on a spit and stuffed with false personality rage that mocks the charades so...
Tags: Google, Movies, Features, Movie Reviews, Silicon Valley, Hulu, Jason Blum, New Year New You, Jim Jones, Danielle, Alexis, Chloe, Blumhouse, Kayla, Chaikin, Sophia Takal


The US continues to hammer Chinese tech

It’s another week, and another bevy of hits on Chinese tech by the U.S. government. Let’s get up to speed, plus a request for startup lawyer recommendations. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rough draft of something new — provide your feedback directly to the author (Danny at [email protected]) if you like or hate something here. Venture capital’s leading advocate NVCA pushes for narrower restrictions on foreign investment Let’s start with the most exciting subj...
Tags: Asia, New York, Congress, Washington Post, Government, China, Boston, Softbank, US, America, Tech, Policy, United States, House, Venture Capital, Tencent


The U.S. continues to hammer Chinese tech

It’s another week, and another bevy of hits on Chinese tech by the U.S. government. Let’s get up to speed, plus a request for startup lawyer recommendations. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rough draft of something new — provide your feedback directly to the author (Danny at [email protected]) if you like or hate something here. Venture capital’s leading advocate NVCA pushes for narrower restrictions on foreign investment Let’s start with the most exciting subj...
Tags: Asia, New York, Congress, Washington Post, Government, China, Boston, Softbank, America, Tech, Policy, United States, House, Venture Capital, Tencent, Silicon Valley


Shareholder suit alleges Google covered up its sexual harassment problems with big payouts

Months after an earth-shattering New York Times investigation exposed Google parent company Alphabet’s $90 million payout to Android co-founder Andy Rubin, despite the accusations of sexual misconduct made against him, a Google shareholder is suing the company. James Martin filed suit in the  San Mateo Superior Court Thursday morning, alleging the company’s leaders deployed massive allowances to poor-behaving executives to cover up harassment scandals. Both Rubin and Google’s former head of s...
Tags: Google, Android, TC, Lawsuit, Tech, Larry Page, New York Times, Sergey Brin, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Sexual Harassment, James Martin, Eric Schmidt, Sundar Pichai, John Doerr, Ram Shriram


Two out of five Silicon Valley techies complain Trump's H-1B crackdown has hit 'em hard

End of fast processing upsets the Apple cart (and workers at other Silicon Valley giants) Restrictions placed on US work visas by the Trump administration are upsetting employees in one of America's most profitable industries: technology.…
Tags: Apple, US, America, Software, Silicon Valley, Trump



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