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Jon Evans Contributor Jon Evans is the CTO of the engineering consultancy HappyFunCorp; the award-winning author of six novels, one graphic novel, and a book of travel writing; and TechCrunch's weekend columnist since 2010. More posts by this contributor Living and working in a worsening world Why are people who cite videos always wrong? Ten years ago, the joke was: “It’s weird how, once everyone started carrying phones with camer...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Column, Europe, UK, Minneapolis, Opinion, America, Tunisia, Cto, Jeet Heer, Jon Evans, Michael J Casey


Join us June 3 for a contact tracing and exposure notification app development and deployment forum

Exposure notification and contact tracing are two related but distinct measures many public health authorities are either considering or already implementing. Contact tracing is a practice almost as old as epidemiology itself, but today’s technology means the way that we go about tracking the spread of a contagious illness within and between communities is changing very quickly. This presents an opportunity for learning more about the opportunities and challenges presented in extending contact t...
Tags: Health, TC, Technology, Cdc, White House, Articles, Barack Obama, Chief executive officer, Tech, Public Health, Harvard, United States, Leader, Director, Randall, New York State


Amazon could use its possible acquisition of the self-driving-car startup Zoox to make discounted robo-taxi rides a perk for Prime subscribers, Morgan Stanley says (AMZN)

Amazon's reported interest in the autonomous-driving startup Zoox may signal a desire to one day launch a robo-taxi service, Morgan Stanley said in a note to clients published on Wednesday. The retail giant could offer discounted rides to members of its Prime subscription service, Morgan Stanley said, which would help the company attract and retain subscribers. "Discounted ridesharing for Prime members, would, in our view, be a meaningful driver of Prime growth," the bank said. Amazon declined...
Tags: Google, Amazon, America, Trends, Morgan Stanley, Wall Street Journal, Cto, Aurora, Bezos, Clark, PitchBook, AMZN, Dave Clark, Waymo, Zoox, Aurora Innovation


Amazon could use its possible acquisition of the self-driving car startup Zoox to make discounted robotaxi rides a perk for Prime subscribers, Morgan Stanley says (AMZN)

Amazon's reported interest in the autonomous-driving startup Zoox may signal a desire to one day launch a robotaxi service, Morgan Stanley said in a note to clients published on Wednesday. The retail giant could offer discounted rides to members of its Prime subscription service, Morgan Stanley said, which would help the company attract and retain subscribers. "Discounted ridesharing for Prime members, would, in our view, be a meaningful driver of Prime growth," the bank said. Amazon declined ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, America, Trends, Morgan Stanley, Wall Street Journal, Cto, Aurora, Bezos, Clark, PitchBook, AMZN, Dave Clark, Waymo, Zoox, Aurora Innovation


Executives who work for Amazon's logistics kingpin Dave Clark become 'Dave whisperers' to avoid directly speaking to the brash boss (AMZN)

The executives who work for Amazon SVP Dave Clark say their boss is "brilliant" — but his straightforward attitude inspires an unusual corporate culture. Too spooked to communicate directly with Clark, one said they must become "Dave whisperers" to analyze what Clark is directing their teams. Disagreeing with Clark can stir up his "pointed" temper, some workers said.  Clark, in a statement to Business Insider, countered that: "The team challenges me all the time and I love it – they're world c...
Tags: Amazon, Florida, Kentucky, China, US, America, Trends, UPS, Dave, Cto, Eugene Kim, Clark, AMZN, Dave Clark, Amazon VP, Amazon SVP


How Dave Clark, the mastermind behind Amazon's coronavirus response, became one of the most powerful executives in America (AMZN)

Amazon's SVP of worldwide operations Dave Clark is one of the most powerful people in corporate America. Clark is in charge of everything from Amazon's warehouse and shipping network to marketing and the Prime membership program. Since joining Amazon in 1999, Clark has quickly jumped through the ranks, going from a Kentucky warehouse manager in 2001 to a part of the "S-team," a secretive group of 23 most senior executives at the company. He's largely in charge of shaping Amazon's COVID-19 resp...
Tags: Amazon, Florida, Kentucky, China, US, America, Trends, Dave, Italy, Ivy League, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Kiva, Signal, Cto, Business Insider


Building a $9 Million Business in Nine Months

The business idea sparked in 2015 when Andrew Boryk, an entrepreneurial high school student from Queens, NY with a penchant for technology development reached out to fellow Queens resident Nabeel Alamgir on LinkedIn because he felt they had a lot in common. During their initial LinkedIn contact, Andrew and Nabeel discovered they both participated in the Virtual Enterprise International (VE) program during their high school years. The nonprofit VE program, a year-long experiential class that teac...
Tags: Apple, Business, Startup, CMO, Queens, Manhattan, Eva Longoria, Stella Artois, Cto, Lunchbox, Right Now, Andrew, Johnson Johnson, Queens NY, Alamgir, GrubHub


Apple begins offering Macs with custom configurations in India

Apple is finally giving customers in India the ability to order customized versions of iMac, MacBook Air, Mac Mini and other Mac computers. The Cupertino-giant has started to offer a full-range of the Mac portfolio with configure-to-order (CTO) or build-to-order (BTO) option in India, allowing customers in the country to request specific custom needs such as additional memory or storage when they purchase a computer. Customers in India, a key overseas market for American technology giants, ha...
Tags: Apple, Gadgets, Asia, Hardware, Mac, India, Tech, Tim Cook, Cupertino, Mumbai, iMac, Cto, Apple India, MacBook Air Mac Mini, Customers in India, Preshit Deorukhkar


Extra Crunch Live: Join Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg for a live Q&A right now

As the leader of a publicly traded corporation with 135,000 employees, Verizon Communications CEO Hans Vestberg has a unique perspective on the state of the world. When he appears today on Extra Crunch Live, our virtual speaker series for Extra Crunch members, we’ll ask him about this extraordinary moment in history and his plans for seeing the company through a black swan event that’s reshaping the global economy. The discussion starts at 2 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT/9 p.m. GMT. You can find the f...
Tags: TC, Verizon, Enterprise, Media, Tech, Verizon Communications, Ericsson, 5g, Cto, WebEx, Hans Vestberg, Vestberg, Verizon Media, Extra Crunch, Extra Crunch Live, Global Networks


Extra Crunch Live: Join Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg for a live Q&A today at 2pm EDT/11am PDT

As the leader of a publicly traded corporation with 135,000 employees, Verizon Communications CEO Hans Vestberg has a unique perspective on the state of the world. When he appears today on Extra Crunch Live, our virtual speaker series for Extra Crunch members, we’ll ask him about this extraordinary moment in history and his plans for seeing the company through a black swan event that’s reshaping the global economy. The discussion starts at 2 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT/9 p.m. GMT. You can find the f...
Tags: TC, Verizon, Enterprise, Media, Tech, Verizon Communications, Ericsson, 5g, Cto, WebEx, Hans Vestberg, Vestberg, Verizon Media, Extra Crunch, Extra Crunch Live, Global Networks


Living and working in a worsening world

Jon Evans Contributor Jon Evans is the CTO of the engineering consultancy HappyFunCorp; the award-winning author of six novels, one graphic novel, and a book of travel writing; and TechCrunch's weekend columnist since 2010. More posts by this contributor Why are people who cite videos always wrong? Seven viral futures Not long ago we lived in a world which kept getting better. Oh, there were tragedies and catastrophes, and there w...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Column, Hollywood, Microsoft, Opinion, Berlin, Cto, Jon Evans


The challenges and opportunities of open source Database as a Service

Instaclustr co-founder and CTO Ben Bromhead explains why open source databases like Cassandra are increasingly enterprise grade and how the expanding market of Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) adds value.
Tags: Linux, Cto, Cassandra, Ben Bromhead


Why You Should Be Doing Product Discovery

by Nick Frandsen, co-founder and managing partner at Dovetail So you’ve just had a lightbulb moment and stumbled across the perfect business idea, one that is going to revolutionise the world and disrupt the market. “It’s genius! It’s the next thing!” you say. You envision your business as the next Uber or Spotify, yourself as the next Steve Jobs or Elon Musk, reaching that prestigious ‘unicorn’ startup status in record time. Like most entrepreneurs, you’ve probably mapped out the business plan...
Tags: Startups, Steve Jobs, Cto, Product Development, Homer Simpson, Advice For The Young At Heart, Business Advice, Minimum Viable Product, Entrepreneur Advice, Nick Frandsen, Dovetail Nick


Automattic pumps $4.6M into New Vector to help grow Matrix, an open, decentralized comms ecosystem

Automattic, the open source force behind WordPress .com, WooCommerce, Longreads, Simplenote and Tumblr, has made a $4.6M strategic investment into New Vector — the creators of an open, decentralized communications standard called Matrix. They also develop a Slack rival (Riot) which runs on Matrix. The investment by Automattic, which is at a higher valuation than the last tranche New Vector took in, extends an $8.5M Series A last year, from enterprise tech specialists Notion Capital and D...
Tags: Security, TC, Facebook, Europe, Microsoft, Privacy, France, Germany, Funding, Wordpress, Tech, Pgp, Mozilla, Hodgson, Tumblr, Wikimedia


Three Steps to Successful DevOps

On a recent Voices in Innovation podcast, GigaOm’s VP of Research Jon Collins talked to Harbinder Kang, Global Head of Developer Operations at Finastra, about how to implement DevOps successfully in any organization. Harbinder outlined some fantastic tips based on his experiences working with global organizations and outlined an easy-to-follow three-step process for those just starting on their DevOps journey. Below is a transcript of their conversation, edited for brevity and clarity, including...
Tags: Blog, Seo, Testing, Cto, Jon, PERL, Jon Collins, Ops, Finastra, Dev &, DevOps &, Harbinder, DORA Metrics


Open source database startup Yugabyte just hired a new CEO: the cofounder of Pivotal who helped take the company public and sell itself to VMware

On Tuesday, the open source database startup Yugabyte announced Bill Cook as its new CEO, replacing one of its cofounders in the role.  Cook was previously cofounder and president of cloud-software company Pivotal which VMware bought last year. As CEO of Yugabyte, Cook plans to work on increasing sales to large businesses while building Yugabyte's open source developer community. He says Yugabyte is well positioned to weather the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Visit Business Insider's homepage ...
Tags: Cook, Trends, Ibm, Bill, EMC, Vmware, Cto, Pivotal, Bill Cook, Ranganathan, Deepak Jeevankumar, Greenplum, Dell Technologies Capital, YugaByte, Kannan Muthukkaruppan, Karthik Ranganathan


On LawNext: Mark Harris on the Post-Pandemic Tsunami for Corporate Contracts

Mark Harris is sounding an alarm – or, as he puts it, staging an intervention – for corporate counsel. Harris and Alec Guettel, the original founders 20 years ago of alternative legal services provider Axiom and, since last year, the CEO and CTO of contract management company company Knowable, have taken the unusual step of posting an open letter that they describe as an unsolicited intervention for general counsel. Businesses are about to confront a tidal wave of urgent questions from suppli...
Tags: Law, Cto, HARRIS, Mark Harris, Knowable, LawNext, Guettel, Alec Guettel, LawNext Harris


As Uber cuts 25% of its global workforce, many European employees still don't know 'if we'll be fired or not' (UBER)

While Uber employees in the US heard on Monday about the second major round of job cuts at the company, those in Europe are still waiting. Because of the complexities of government regulation around pandemic-related permanent layoffs, Uber was not able to tell all impacted employees about the cuts on Monday, the company said in an email. According to one source, these folks may not have long to wait. They may hear about their layoffs on Tuesday. But the official word from Uber: telling them to...
Tags: Uber, Europe, US, Trends, Turkey, United States, SEC, Slovakia, Latin America, Cto, Nikki, APAC, Orrick, Krishnamurthy, Dara Khosrowshahi, Julie Bort


Confirmed: Uber began another round of layoffs on Monday, cutting 3,000 more jobs just weeks after laying off 14% of its workforce (UBER)

Uber is not done with its layoffs and employees are experiencing another round starting Monday, someone familiar with the matter told Business Insider. Uber also told employees last week about their severance package: 10 weeks plus paid healthcare until the end of the year, the person tells Business Insider. Uber most recently cut 3,700 jobs, 14% of its total workforce, earlier in May. UPDATE: On Monday morning, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi confirmed that Uber was laying off 3,000 more employees and ...
Tags: Amazon, Uber, Trends, United States, Middle East, SEC, WeWork, Cto, Careem, GrubHub, Dara Khosrowshahi, Julie Bort, As Business Insider, Khosrowshahi, Business Insider Uber, Lior Ron


How billionaire Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk went from getting bullied as a child to becoming one of the most successful and controversial men in tech (TSLA)

Elon Musk has had a tumultuous yet successful life.  He was bullied as a child but ultimately attended an Ivy League university, going on to become the CEO of two companies, Tesla and SpaceX, and the founder of three more. He's also been married three times and has triplets and twins. He just had another baby with his girlfriend, the musician Grimes.  But Musk also courts controversy, especially on Twitter. The tech billionaire has been outspoken about the coronavirus crisis, urging businesses...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Hollywood, Robert Downey Jr, Microsoft, Australia, California, Ebay, Stanford, Ipo, Time, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla


As Consumer Habits Change, Marketers Will Need to Find Opportunities to Land New Business

Prior to Covid-19, no event had materially changed visitation to brick-and-mortar businesses for more than 70 years. With shelter in place nearing two months in certain states, the muscle memory of consumption (habits) in the physical world has been replaced by significant upticks in ecommerce, restaurant delivery and curbside pick-up. The CTO of Shopify, an...
Tags: Advertising, Voice, Cto, Adapting to Crisis


Marketers Will Need to Find Opportunities to Land New Business in the Great Reset

Prior to Covid-19, no event had materially changed visitation to brick-and-mortar businesses for more than 70 years. With shelter in place nearing two months in certain states, the muscle memory of consumption (habits) in the physical world has been replaced by significant upticks in ecommerce, restaurant delivery and curbside pick-up. The CTO of Shopify, an...
Tags: Advertising, Voice, Cto, Adapting to Crisis


Why are people who cite videos always wrong?

Jon Evans Contributor Jon Evans is the CTO of the engineering consultancy HappyFunCorp; the award-winning author of six novels, one graphic novel, and a book of travel writing; and TechCrunch's weekend columnist since 2010. More posts by this contributor Seven viral futures Let housing rise from the empty offices and malls I’m sure you’ve experienced it too. Some kind of discussion — perhaps a dispute, perhaps just a friendly exch...
Tags: TC, Column, Opinion, Tech, Cto, Jon Evans


Uber is expected to begin another round of layoffs on Monday, cutting thousands of jobs just weeks after laying off 14% of its workforce (UBER)

Uber is not done with its layoffs and employees are bracing for another round on Monday, someone familiar with the matter tells Business Insider. This person says that thousands more will be cut from Uber's payroll. Uber also told employees last week about their severance package: 10 weeks plus paid healthcare until the end of the year, the person tells Business Insider. Uber most recently cut 3,700 jobs, 14% of its total workforce, earlier in May. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more st...
Tags: Amazon, Uber, Trends, United States, Middle East, SEC, WeWork, Cto, Business Insider, Careem, GrubHub, Dara Khosrowshahi, Julie Bort, Khosrowshahi, Advanced Technologies Group, Lior Ron


Ford to offer COVID-19 testing for symptomatic workers as part of reopening plan

Ford said Saturday it will test hourly and salaried employees with suspected COVID-19 symptoms in four metro areas where it has major operations as it prepares to reopen facilities this month. The automaker is expected to resume production and some operations at its North America facilities May 18. Aside from factory workers, Ford is also bringing back about 12,000 employees whose jobs cannot be done remotely such as vehicle testing and design. The company’s parts distribution centers reopened i...
Tags: TC, Washington, Tech, Chicago, Automotive, Ford, Transport, Automotive Industry, North America, Kansas City, Cto, Louisville, Henry Ford, Southeast Michigan, Beaumont Health, University of Chicago Medical Center


Immunai launches out of stealth with $20 million in funding, as biotech remains a bright spot in an otherwise turbulent startup ecosystem

A new biotechnology startup backed by two Israeli VCs, TLV Partners and Viola Ventures, launched out of stealth with $20 million in funding on Thursday.  Immunai says it uses single cell technologies and machine learning algorithms to map out immune cells, to provide data for researchers and pharmaceutical firms for use in developing drugs at a much faster rate than other technologies allow.  Both Immunai CEO Noam Solomon and CTO Luis Voloch got their PhDs in mathematics and computer science, ...
Tags: New York, Stanford, Israel, San Francisco, Trends, Mit, Harvard, University of Cambridge, Berkeley, Palantir, Cto, Solomon, TLV Partners, New York Tel Aviv, Viola Ventures, Immunai


Venafi acquires Jetpack, the startup behind the cert-manager Kubernetes certificate controller

It seems that we are in the middle of a mini acquisition spree for Kubernetes startups, specifically those that can help with Kubernetes security. In the latest development, Venafi, a vendor of certificate and key management for machine-to-machine connections, is acquiring Jetstack, a UK startup that helps enterprises migrate and work within Kubernetes and cloud-based ecosystems, which has also been behind the development of cert-manager, a popular, open source native Kubernetes certificate m...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, Utah, UK, Enterprise, Developer, Tech, Devops, Hudson, Vmware, Cto, Intel Capital, Kubernetes, Barker, Bates


Venafi acquires Jetstack, the startup behind the cert-manager Kubernetes certificate controller

It seems that we are in the middle of a mini acquisition spree for Kubernetes startups, specifically those that can help with Kubernetes security. In the latest development, Venafi, a vendor of certificate and key management for machine-to-machine connections, is acquiring Jetstack, a UK startup that helps enterprises migrate and work within Kubernetes and cloud-based ecosystems, which has also been behind the development of cert-manager, a popular, open source native Kubernetes certificate m...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, Utah, UK, Enterprise, Developer, Tech, Devops, Hudson, Vmware, Cto, Intel Capital, Kubernetes, Barker, Bates


Anyfin raises $30M Series B to let consumers refinance their existing loans

Anyfin, the Stockholm-based startup that enables consumers to refinance their existing loans, has raised $30 million in funding. Leading the Series B round is EQT Ventures, with participation from existing investors Accel, Northzone and Rocket Internet’s Global Founders Capital (GFC). Anyfin says it will use the investment to “drive product innovation”, launch additional offerings and scale into new European markets (currently, the fintech operates in Sweden and Finland). Launched in 2018 by Mik...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, Sweden, Tech, Finland, Cto, EQT Ventures, Anyfin, Mikael Hussain, Sven Perkmann, Ashley Lundström, Global Founders Capital GFC Anyfin, Mikael Sven Filip


LeoLabs launches its global satellite monitoring and collision avoidance service

LeoLabs has been building out its global network of space-scanning radars for the last couple years, leading up to today’s launch of its Collision Avoidance system, essentially satellite-monitoring-as-a-service. It should prove an indispensable asset to startups that don’t happen to have their own state of the art radar setup. Space is full of junk, and it isn’t tracked as closely as anyone would like. A bit of debris the size of a pebble could put nearly any satellite out of commission, and ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, Tech, New Zealand, Radar, Air Force, Aerospace, Cto, U S Air Force, Michael Nicolls, Air Force Research Lab, LeoLabs, Leo Labs, Planet Digital Globe Black Sky