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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


Emergence’s Jason Green still sees plenty of opportunities for enterprise SaaS startups

Jason Green, co-founder and partner at Emergence, has made some solid enterprise SaaS bets over the years, long before it was fashionable to do so. He invested early in companies like Box, ServiceMax, Yammer, SteelBrick and SuccessFactors. Just those companies alone would be a pretty good track record, but his firm also invested in Salesforce, Zoom, Veeva and Bill.com. One consistent thread runs through Emergence’s portfolio: They focus on the cloud and enterprise, a thesis that has paid off ...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, Green, SaaS, Silicon Valley, Bill, Salesforce, Box, David Sacks, Marc Benioff, Aaron Levie, Yammer, ServiceMax, Emergence


Secretive Palantir Technologies is preparing to go public. But behind the cloak-and-dagger image, insiders and investors say, it's struggled to build a steady revenue model.

Palantir Technologies, one of the oldest unicorns in Silicon Valley, will face new levels of scrutiny when it finally reveals its financial information ahead of a public listing expected early this fall. The Peter Thiel-backed startup built its reputation as a secret purveyor of government spy technologies, supplying near-magical tools to law enforcement and military clients around the globe. But behind the scenes, Palantir has struggled to build the type of steady, recurring revenue model tha...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Ebola, Microsoft, Navy, California, Washington Post, Cdc, Ebay, Saudi Arabia, Stanford, Nsa, White House, China, Virginia


Valence, the site dedicated to increasing economic opportunity for the Black community, raises $5.25 million

Valence, the Los Angeles-based online community dedicated to increasing economic opportunity for the Black community, has raised $5.25 million in financing as it looks to continue to expand its network for Black professionals in all fields. The timing for the investment is critical as the country reckons with the implications and effects of systemic racism. In no field is the under-representation of Black professionals more deeply felt than the tech industry, where lack of diversity can have pro...
Tags: Startups, TC, Softbank, Los Angeles, Tech, Diversity, Silicon Valley, Upfront Ventures, Greylock, Ggv Capital, Valence, Primus, Maveron, Hans Tung, Kobie Fuller, Techcrunch Include


How Moovit went from opportunity to a $900M exit in 8 years

Omar Téllez Contributor Share on Twitter Omar Téllez is a private investor in several tech companies based in LatAm and Silicon Valley. A member of Niantic’s executive team, he was previously president of Moovit. More posts by this contributor Top VCs Are Chasing Digital Companies In Latin America Why Ed Tech Is Taking Off In Latin America In May 2020, Intel announced its purchase of Moovit, ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Transportation, Apps, Column, Entrepreneurship, Israel, Tech, Intel, Colombia, Automotive, Chile, M&a, Brazil


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


Palantir Technologies is preparing to go public. But behind the cloak-and-dagger image, insiders and investors say, it's struggled to build a steady revenue model.

Palantir Technologies, one of the oldest unicorns in Silicon Valley, will face new levels of scrutiny when it finally reveals its financial information ahead of a public listing expected early this fall. The Peter Thiel-backed startup built its reputation as a secret purveyor of government spy technologies, supplying near-magical tools to law enforcement and military clients around the globe. But behind the scenes, Palantir has struggled to build the type of steady, recurring revenue model tha...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Ebola, Microsoft, Navy, California, Washington Post, Cdc, Ebay, Saudi Arabia, Stanford, Nsa, White House, China, Virginia


Secretive data-analytics firm Palantir Technologies has thrived in the shadows, but a coming IPO could poke holes in its most valuable asset — its reputation

Palantir Technologies, one of the oldest unicorns in Silicon Valley, will face new levels of scrutiny when it finally reveals its financial information ahead of a public listing expected early this fall. The Peter Thiel-backed startup built its reputation as a secret purveyor of government spy technologies, supplying near-magical tools to law enforcement and military clients around the globe. But behind the scenes, Palantir has struggled to build the type of steady, recurring revenue model tha...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Ebola, Microsoft, Navy, California, Washington Post, Cdc, Ebay, Saudi Arabia, Stanford, Nsa, White House, China, Virginia


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


Leaked Documents Reveal What TikTok Shares With Authorities In the US

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Intercept: Documents published in the BlueLeaks trove, which was hacked by someone claiming a connection to Anonymous and published by the transparency collective Distributed Denial of Secrets, show the information that TikTok shared with U.S. law enforcement in dozens of cases. Experts familiar with law enforcement requests say that what TikTok collects and hands over is not significantly more than what companies like Amazon, Facebook, or Google regu...
Tags: Google, Facebook, US, Tech, Silicon Valley, Instagram Facebook, Amazon Facebook, Bytedance, Tiktok, Northern California Regional Intelligence Center, George Floyd


From Employment Law to Sports Marketing, This Exec Now Negotiates YouTube’s Upfronts

Brian Albert has had a few careers, from employment law to sports marketing, Silicon Valley to Nascar race tracks. So when he courts advertisers for upfront ad commitments as Google and YouTube's managing director for U.S. agency video, he knows a thing or two from these different walks of life. Two decades ago, Albert wasn't...
Tags: Google, Advertising, Magazine, Silicon Valley, Albert, Leadership & Talent, Publishers & Platforms, Brian Albert, Negotiates YouTube


Hedge funds are winning the war for talent against Amazon and Facebook. 3 charts show which firms are poaching the most top data scientists and engineers from Big Tech.

As hedge funds have become sophisticated, their talent needs have evolved — and top managers now are searching out people with engineering abilities or data science skills. This has put managers in direct competition with big tech firms, and a years-long battle over talent has ensued.  Hedge funds like Two Sigma, Citadel, and Bridgewater have managed to bring in more people from big tech firms over the last 10 years than they have lost. Amazon and Microsoft have seen hundreds of people leave t...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Trends, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, East Coast, Sigma, Bridgewater, Citadel, Ken Griffin, Ray Dalio, Two Sigma, Silicon Valley Wall Street


The Station: Uber eats rides, the next micromobility trend, Levandowksi’s day in court

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. A series of recent and upcoming vehicle reveals have provided yet another reminder of how automakers are doubling down on tech. This isn’t just about the shift away from knobs and buttons and to...
Tags: Google, Lyft, Uber, Europe, California, Washington, China, New York City, Los Angeles, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Automotive, United States, Ford, Electric Vehicles


Creators need better community tools. Circle wants to fill the gap

Entrepreneurial creators have to do a lot with limited time. They need to, well, create, but then they also need to build their marketing funnels, convert users to their paid products, and manage business operations. Yet, perhaps the most important task they face is keeping their existing fans engaged, since ultimately, that engagement ties directly to the health of their brand long-term. Social tools are abysmal on platforms like YouTube and Instagram, particularly when it comes to creators own...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Instagram, Youtube, Funding, New York City, Tech, Silicon Valley, Gumroad, Edtech, Circle, Flynn, Yadav, Hotmart, Substack, Sahil Lavingia


Google Cloud partners say that the company has given customers a lot more flexibility in their contracts as part of its race to take on Amazon and Microsoft (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google Cloud partners say that the company has gotten more flexible since Thomas Kurian took over as CEO. That flexibility can be seen in how it gives customers wiggle room when it comes to the finer points of their contracts — like allowing them to take credits that were intended for one Google Cloud service, and allowing them to apply them to other services.  The company has also expanded its outreach to partners, including by giving money for sales and marketing to developers who build soft...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Trends, Aws, Silicon Valley, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Thomas, SADA, Google Cloud, Kurian, Kollar, Goldman Sachs Deutsche Bank, Galizia, Rob Enslin


Rep. Zoe Lofgren to talk privacy and policy at Disrupt 2020

We’re excited to announce that Rep. Zoe Lofgren is coming to Disrupt 2020 this September 14-18. Lofgren, a Democrat congresswoman and California native, has served at the heart of Silicon Valley since she was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1995, under which she’s served four presidents — and impeached exactly half of them. As one of the most prominent lawmakers in Silicon Valley, Lofgren has a unique insights into the wants and needs of the world’s biggest tech giants that...
Tags: Security, TC, California, Events, Tech, Silicon Valley, Capitol Hill, U S House of Representatives, Zoe Lofgren, Lofgren, Silicon Valley Lofgren


Hedge funds like Two Sigma and Citadel are locked in a war for talent with Amazon and Facebook. 3 charts show who's coming out on top — and who's losing.

As hedge funds have become sophisticated, their talent needs have evolved — and top managers now are searching out people with engineering abilities or data science skills. This has put managers in direct competition with big tech firms, and a years-long battle over talent has ensued.  Hedge funds like Two Sigma, Citadel, and Bridgewater have managed to bring in more people from big tech firms over the last 10 years than they have lost. Amazon and Microsoft have seen hundreds of people leave t...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Trends, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, East Coast, Sigma, Bridgewater, Citadel, Ken Griffin, Ray Dalio, Two Sigma, Silicon Valley Wall Street


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


Should the U.K. Government Form a Coalition to Buy ARM?

With SoftBank's Masayoshi Son trying to sell ARM, a columnist for the Observer newspaper has a suggestion for the U.K. government (and specifically Brexit Tories), calling the Cambridge-based company "a kind of public-interest commercial company: licensing state-of-the art instruction sets that can be implemented in silicon architecture by everyone. It was in nobody's pocket." Its business, as its chief founder, Tudor Brown, acknowledges, relied on it never betraying its neutrality... A future ...
Tags: Google, China, Softbank, Tech, Intel, Canada, Britain, Cambridge, Nvidia, Silicon Valley, Johnson, Huawei, Brexit, Cummings, Masayoshi Son, Observer


Silicon Valley's open offices are probably over, thanks to the coronavirus — but they were always bad for employees anyway

The coronavirus outbreak will have long-lasting effects on US workers, particularly when it comes to the open office made popular by Silicon Valley companies like Facebook and Google.  Experts say that the open office was never very positive for employees, who reported feeling less productive and more distracted, got sick more easily, and felt pressured to work longer and harder because of their lack of privacy.  When offices begin reopening, whether that's this year or next summer, we're like...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, US, America, Trends, Silicon Valley, The New York Times, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, Business Insider, Wilkinson, Steelcase, Mountain View California, Hanley


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


Startups Weekly: What countries want your startup?

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7am PT). Subscribe here. They say business needs certainty to succeed, but new tech startups are still getting funded aggressively despite the pandemic, recession, trade wars and various large disasters created by nature or humans. But before we get to the positive data, let’s spend some time reviewing the hard news — there is a lot of it to process. TikTok is on track to get ba...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Facebook, Hong Kong, Europe, Microsoft, Etsy, China, India, US, America, Tech, Tencent, Silicon Valley, South America


A study co-authored by Microsoft found that developer interviews evaluate for stress, not actual coding skills. Now, companies are trying to fix that. (MSFT)

Researchers from North Carolina State University and Microsoft published a study in July that found that developer interviews often evaluate for performance anxiety, rather than actual coding skills. Researchers found that students who conducted a technical interview in a private room did twice as well. The typical developer interview process can also introduce bias, so North Carolina State University is working with companies like Microsoft, Google, and CoderPad on ways to improve the format....
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Stanford, Trends, Washington Dc, Silicon Valley, Amazon Web Services, North Carolina State University, NC State, Microsoft Google, Parnin, Chris Parnin, Likewise NC State


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


How Facebook, Apple, and Google have tried to copy WeChat, the massively popular Chinese messaging app that Trump is trying to ban (FB, AAPL, GOOG, GOOGL)

WeChat, which is the target of a new executive order from President Trump, served as somewhat of a blueprint for tech giants like Facebook, Google, and Apple when it comes to mobile messaging. WeChat is a popular texting app that's used in China for many aspects of daily life, from making purchases to hailing a cab. Following WeChat's growth in China, companies like Facebook, Google, and Apple began allowing third-party apps and services to plug into their own messaging platforms. Facebook and...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, China, US, Trends, United States, Washington Dc, Facebook Messenger, Tencent, Silicon Valley, App Store, Trump, Facebook Apple, Facebook Google


LivingPackets hopes to nurture a circular economy with its smart parcels

More than ever before, people are getting life’s essentials delivered — good news for Amazon, but bad news for the environment, which must bear the consequences of the resulting waste. LivingPackets is a Berlin-based startup that aims to replace the familiar cardboard box with a smarter alternative that’s smarter, more secure, and possibly the building block of a new circular economy. The primary product created by LivingPackets is called The Box, and it’s just that: a box. But not just any box....
Tags: Amazon, Ebay, France, Germany, Berlin, Tech, Ces, Silicon Valley, DHL, Cotte, Sebastian Rumberg, Alexander Cotte, LivingPackets, Cotte Group, Alex Cotte


Facebook Blasts Apple After Facebook Gaming iOS App Approved — but Without Any Games

A new slugfest has erupted between two of Silicon Valley’s biggest corporations. Apple, after repeatedly rejecting Facebook Gaming app for iOS devices, finally approved the social giant’s app for the App Store. However, Facebook had to strip out games entirely — allegedly because of Apple’s preconditions for it to be published in the App Store. […]
Tags: Apple, Facebook, News, Silicon Valley, Facebook Gaming, Facebook Blasts Apple, App Store However Facebook


3 charts track the epic poaching war between top hedge funds and Big Tech, and show which firms are coming out ahead in an escalating battle

As hedge funds have become sophisticated, their talent needs have evolved — and top managers now are searching out people with engineering abilities or data science skills. This has put managers in direct competition with big tech firms, and a years-long battle over talent has ensued.  Hedge funds like Two Sigma, Citadel, and Bridgewater have managed to bring in more people from big tech firms over the last ten years than it has lost. Amazon and Microsoft have seen hundreds of people leave the...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Trends, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, East Coast, Sigma, Bridgewater, Citadel, Ken Griffin, Ray Dalio, Two Sigma, Silicon Valley Wall Street


Facebook is letting its employees work from home until July 2021 due to the pandemic (FB)

Facebook is extending its work-from-home policy until July 2021. The company will let employees work remote until summer of next year due to the pandemic. Facebook also expects to have up to 50% of its workforce permanently working remotely within five to ten years. Got a tip? Get in touch via encrypted messaging app Signal at +1 650-636-6268 or [email protected] Facebook is letting employees work from home until July 2021. The Silicon Valley-headquartered social networking giant has...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, US, Trends, Washington Dc, Silicon Valley, Signal, Nneka Norville


Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Tyler Mitchell to talk Imagine Impact at Disrupt 2020

The world is changing quickly. It seems to be growing more complicated by the minute. Throughout the centuries, humans have used storytelling to make sense of the world around them. That is perhaps more true today than it ever was, as we have access to more stories (via the internet) than we ever have in history. But with this proliferation, it’s critical that the very best storytellers — a diverse group of storytellers — have access to the broadest audiences. Imagine Impact, a content accelerat...
Tags: TC, Hbo, Hollywood, Media, Entertainment, Tech, Earth, Netflix, Silicon Valley, Time Magazine, Ron Howard, Mitchell, Brian Grazer, Howard, Tyler Mitchell, Akiva Goldsman



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