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Can artificial intelligence give elephants a winning edge?

Adam Benzion Contributor Share on Twitter Adam Benzion is a serial entrepreneur, writer, tech investor, co-founder of Hackster.io and the CXO of Edge Impulse. Images of elephants roaming the African plains are imprinted on all of our minds and something easily recognized as a symbol of Africa. But the future of elephants today is uncertain. An elephant is currently being killed by poachers every 15 minutes, and humans, who l...
Tags: Column, Internet Of Things, Japan, Science, Microsoft, Developer, Africa, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, John Legend, GreenTech, Natalie Portman, Western Digital, Sara, Tim


How four European cities are embracing micromobility to drive out cars

The coronavirus pandemic is acting as a catalyst for urban transformation across Europe as city authorities grapple with how to manage urban mobility without risking citizens’ health or inviting gridlock by letting cars flood in. Micromobility and local commerce are being seen as both short and long-term solutions for urban revival in a number of cases. We’ve run down key policy developments in four major cities, Paris, Barcelona, London and Milan, which — at varying speeds — are pushing to reth...
Tags: Europe, UK, New York, Milan, London, France, Government, San Francisco, Tech, Spain, Bloomberg, Barcelona, Policy, Automotive, Paris, Italy


Biden’s infrastructure plans could boost startups

As President-elect Joe Biden readies his transition team and sets the agenda for his first 100 days in office, startups can expect to see some movement on long-stalled infrastructure initiatives that could mean big boosts to their business. Infrastructure is high on the list of priorities of the incoming Biden Administration as the former vice president hopes to make good on his campaign promise to “build back better.” American infrastructure has been crumbling for decades without significant in...
Tags: Startups, TC, Florida, Government, Tech, Renewable Energy, Tesla, Joe Biden, Telecommunications, Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Energy, Biden, Goldman, GreenTech, Malta, Great River Energy


Startups making meat alternatives are gaining traction worldwide

Startups that produce lab-grown meat and meat substitutes are gaining traction and raising cash in global markets, mirroring a surge of support food tech companies are seeing in the United States. New partnerships with global chains like McDonald’s in Hong Kong, the launch of test kitchens in Israel and new financing rounds for startups in Sydney and Singapore point to abounding opportunities in international markets for meat alternatives. In Hong Kong, fresh off a $70 million round of funding, ...
Tags: Food, Startups, TC, Hong Kong, Singapore, Israel, Tel Aviv, Tech, Chicken, United States, Sydney, GreenTech, Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat, McDonald, Cultured Meat


Stripe Climate is a new tool to let Stripe customers make carbon removal purchases

Last year, payments giant Stripe announced that it would donate $1 million of its own funds annually into companies that are building technology to remove carbon from our environment, with the recipients of that investment announced in May of this year. Now, it’s expanding that commitment with a new product aimed at getting its customers to invest, too. Today, the company is launching Stripe Climate, a new tool that companies using Stripe can integrate to set up automatic contributions that a...
Tags: TC, Ecommerce, Climate Change, Nigeria, Africa, Environment, Climate, US, Tech, Stripe, GreenTech, Substack, Paystack, Project Vesta, Chris Best Co, Nan Ransohoff Stripe


Stripe Climate is a new tool to let Stripe customers purchase credits towards carbon removal efforts

Last year, payments giant Stripe announced that it would donate $1 million of its own funds annually into companies that are building technology to remove carbon from our environment, with the recipients of that investment announced in May of this year. Now, it’s expanding that commitment with a new product aimed at getting its customers to invest, too. Today, the company is launching Stripe Climate, a new tool that companies using Stripe can integrate to set up automatic contributions that a...
Tags: Travel, TC, Ecommerce, Climate Change, Nigeria, Africa, Environment, Climate, US, Stripe, GreenTech, Substack, Paystack, Project Vesta, Chris Best Co, Nan Ransohoff Stripe


Deep tech VC fund The Engine raises $230M for its second fund from MIT and new backer Harvard

Deep tech. Hard tech. Or, as The Engine dubs it, Tough Tech. Venture investing today is essentially identical to what happens on Wall Street, focused on data rooms, spreadsheets, SaaS churn models and cohort analysis. Yet, the history of venture capital firms is heavily interwoven with universities and their research. Some of the most famous VC funds like Kleiner Perkins got their start funding compelling research projects out of laboratories and financing their commercialization toward scale. T...
Tags: Startups, Hardware, Boston, Mit, Harvard, Venture Capital, GreenTech, Kleiner Perkins, SPAC, Kendall Square, Katie Rae, The Engine, Commonwealth Fusion Systems, Boston Metal, Tough Tech Venture, LP Harvard


Feast your eyes on the all-new, all-electric GMC Hummer EV

GMC has a new all-electric version of its classic Hummer oversized SUV. This thing is a beast, as you might expect, with an advertised 350-mile range and a 3-second zero to 60 mph time. It’s a bit ridiculous to be honest, which is kind of what the Hummer has always been about so that makes sense. Alongside a teaser, GMC released a number of press photos of the 1,000 HP bruiser, so take a look below. It definitely looks like a Hummer – which may or may not be your cup of tea. [gallery ids="206...
Tags: TC, Tech, Hp, Automotive, Transport, GreenTech, Gmc, Hummer, GMC Hummer EV


Alphabet’s latest moonshot is a field-roving, plant-inspecting robo-buggy

Alphabet (you know… Google) has taken the wraps off the latest “moonshot” from its X labs: A robotic buggy that cruises over crops, inspecting each plant individually and, perhaps, generating the kind of “big data” that agriculture needs to keep up with the demands of a hungry world. Mineral is the name of the project, and there’s no hidden meaning there. The team just thinks minerals are really important to agriculture. Announced with little fanfare in a blog post and site, Mineral is sti...
Tags: Google, Hardware, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Farming, Agriculture, Robotics, GreenTech, Grant, Google X, Alphabet, FarmWise, Elliott Grant


Porsche is researching synthetic fuels to make gas-powered cars sustainable

The road to sustainable vehicles likely ends at electric cars, yet the route to this goal isn’t clear. There are multiple ways to get there, and Porsche is looking at synthetic fuels as a potential path. These so-called eFuels are produced from CO2 and hydrogen. If produced using renewable energy, they can help vehicles powered by internal combustion engines (ICE) become more sustainable before the end of their life. Earlier this week, Porsche AG’s Detlev von Platen spoke to this alternati...
Tags: TC, Europe, California, China, Events, Tech, Automotive, Porsche, Electric, GreenTech, Steiner, Porsche AG, Detlev von Platen, von Platen, Michael Steiner, Detlev


Amazon debuts its first fully electric delivery vehicle, created in partnership with Rivian

Amazon has received delivery of its very first, custom-built EV delivery van – a vehicle built through its partnership with electric transportation startup Rivian. The van doesn’t look too different from existing, traditional fuel and hybrid commercial delivery vans (though there are a lot more rounded edges) but most of the innovation is happening in less obvious places. In a blog post detailing the vehicle, Amazon outlined some of the unique features of its custom vehicle, including sensor-...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Cars, Tech, SUV, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Illinois, Driver, GreenTech, Alexa, Van, Rivian


4 sustainable industries where founders and VCs can see green by going green

Now’s the time for sustainable investments to shine. There are billions of dollars in funding in both public and private markets dedicated to new sustainable investing and demand for consumers for a more conscious capitalism has never been stronger. As founders and investors reawaken to a sustainable morning in America a few areas are going to demand hardware, software and business model innovations. Some of these sectors have been on the investment radar for the past year or two and others are ...
Tags: Food, Startups, TC, America, Tech, Renewable Energy, Venture Capital, Biotech, GreenTech, Zymergen, Ginkgo Bioworks, Impossible Foods, Techcrunch Disrupt, Beyond Meat, SPAC, Memphis Meats


A clean energy company now has a market cap rivaling ExxonMobil

The news last week that NextEra Energy, a U.S. utility and renewable energy company, briefly overtook ExxonMobil and Saudi Aramco to become the world’s most valuable energy producer shows just how valuable sustainable businesses have become. It’s yet another proof point that there are billions of dollars available for companies focused on renewable energy alone — and a sign that, finally, the floodgates may be about to open for companies that build their businesses to service a sustainability re...
Tags: Amazon, Energy, Food, TC, Japan, Microsoft, Tech, Renewable Energy, ExxonMobil, Tesla, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Bill Gates, Sustainable Energy, Jeff Bezos, North America, Chemicals


Ocean Solutions Accelerator’s third wave tackles a new set of aquatic challenges

The Sustainable Ocean Alliance and its Ocean Solutions Accelerator take on the problems facing our planet’s waters, and the latest cohort of companies in the latter show a fresh slate of issues to address and resources to utilize. From reef rehabilitation to a “Fitbit for fishing boats,” they’re trying to fix things up in the oceans or at least mitigate the damage we’re doing down there. The accelerator’s four week, all-virtual (like all of them these days) program focuses on the unique challeng...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Accelerator, Digital, Tech, Canada, Slovenia, Norway, GreenTech, SOA, Ocean Solutions Accelerator, Sustainable Ocean Alliance, Daniela Fernandez, Craig Dudenhoffer, Dudenhoffer


Tesla says its battery innovations will deliver its goal of a $25,000 mass market electric car

Tesla held its ‘Battery Day’ event on Tuesday to discuss a variety of innovations it has developed and is pursuing in battery technology for its vehicles. At the event, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and SVP of Powertrain and Energy Engineering Drew Baglino detailed new anode and cathode technology it’s working on, as well as materials science, in-house mining operations and manufacturing improvements it’s developing to make more more affordable, sustainable batteries – and they said that taken together, t...
Tags: TC, Electric Vehicle, Elon Musk, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Automotive, Transport, GreenTech, Hyperloop, Tesla Model S, Musk, Elon, Battery Technology, SVP


Future Teslas will have batteries that double as structure, making them extra stiff while improving efficiency, safety and cost

Tesla has fundamentally redesigned the way that its battery packs integrate into their vehicles, turning them into structural elements of the car, rather than just fuel sources on their own. At Tesla’s Battery Day event on Tuesday, Elon Musk compared this to how commercial aircraft used to load fuel into tanks that were contained within the wings, but that were essentially bolted onto internal structure – later on, they realized much greater efficiencies in how much fuel could be carried, as wel...
Tags: TC, Elon Musk, Articles, Tech, Tesla, Transport, Fuel Cell, GreenTech, Musk


Microsoft commits to putting more water than it consumes back into the ecosystems where it operates by 2030

One good trend in 2020 has been large technology companies almost falling over one another to make ever-bolder commitments regarding their ecological impact. A cynic might argue that just doing without most of the things they make could have a much greater impact, but Microsoft is the latest to make a commitment that not only focuses on minimizing its impact, but actually on reversing it. The Windows-maker has committed to achieving a net positive water footprint by 2030, by which it means it...
Tags: Apple, Google, Energy, TC, Microsoft, Tech, Renewable Energy, Water, Chemistry, GreenTech, Carbon Dioxide, Microsoft Windows, The Freshwater Trust Microsoft


Supporting a greener future in Europe

This week, Google announced that we’ve eliminated our entire carbon legacy since the company was founded, as well as our most ambitious sustainability goal yet—we aim to operate on 24/7 carbon-free energy in all our data centres and campuses worldwide by 2030. That means that every email you send through Gmail, every question you ask Google Search and every YouTube video you watch is already carbon neutral. In the future, our services will be supplied only by carbon-free energy every hour of eve...
Tags: Google, Europe, Germany, Berlin, Sustainability, Nico Rosberg, Paris, European Commission, Belgium, Finland, Birmingham, GreenTech, Sundar Pichai, Northern Spain, Matt Brittin, Carrefour


LanzaTech eyes two more spinoff companies

Just three months after LanzaTech announced a spinout aimed at selling sustainable aviation fuel, the company is already preparing for two more. LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren said Tuesday on the Disrupt 2020 virtual stage that the carbon capture technology company is planning to use its core technology to create two other businesses. LanzaTech captures waste gas emissions and uses bacteria to turn it into useable ethanol fuel. A bioreactor is used to convert captured and compressed waste em...
Tags: TC, India, Tech, Ethanol, LanzaTech, GreenTech, Suncor Energy, Jennifer Holmgren, Holmgren, Mitsui Co, Disrupt 2020, Mangalore Refinery, Ankur Scientific


LanzaTech eyes two more spin-off companies

Just three months after LanzaTech announced a spin-out aimed at selling sustainable aviation fuel, the company is already preparing for two more. LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren said Tuesday on the Disrupt 2020 virtual stage that the carbon capture technology company is planning to use its core technology to create two other businesses. LanzaTech captures waste gas emissions and uses bacteria to turn it into useable ethanol fuel. A bioreactor is used to convert into liquids captured and compr...
Tags: TC, India, Tech, Ethanol, LanzaTech, GreenTech, Suncor Energy, Techcrunch Disrupt, Jennifer Holmgren, Holmgren, Mitsui Co, Mangalore Refinery, Ankur Scientific


Microsoft’s Project Natick underwater datacenter experiment confirms viability of seafloor data storage

Microsoft has concluded a years-long experiment involving use of a shipping container-sized underwater data center, placed on the sea floor off the cost of Scotland’s Orkney Islands. The company pulled its ‘Project Natick’ underwater data warehouse up out of the water earlier this year at the beginning of the summer, and spent that last few months studying the datacenter, and the air it contained, to determine the model’s viability. The results not only showed that using these offshore submer...
Tags: Travel, Energy, TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Microsoft, Server, Scotland, Azure, Computing, Data Centers, GreenTech, Data Management, Data Warehouse, Orkney Islands, Natick


Google claims net zero carbon footprint over its entire lifetime, aims to only use carbon-free energy by 2030

Google was at the leading edge of large technology companies seeking to go completely carbon neutral, having declared that status in 2007, and subsequently matching all of its global electricity consumption with renewable energy. Now, the company says that it is breaking new ground by becoming the first major company to effectively eliminate its entire carbon footprint – going back to its founding – something it has achieved through purchase of “high-quality carbon offsets” as of today. Furth...
Tags: Google, Energy, TC, Tech, Renewable Energy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Sustainable Energy, Carbon Footprint, GreenTech, Gw, Gmail Search YouTube


Elon Musk says Tesla will ‘one day’ produce ‘super efficient home HVAC’ with HEPA filtering

Elon Musk has previously touted the ‘Bioweapon Defense Mode’ boasted by Tesla’s vehicles, which are designed to provide excellent air quality inside the car even in the face of disastrous conditions without, thanks in part to high-efficiency HEPA air filtration. Now, Musk has said on Twitter that he hopes to one day provide similar air filtration along with home HVAC systems. Tesla, while primarily an automaker, is also already in the business of home energy and power generation, thanks to...
Tags: Health, TC, Elon Musk, Hardware, California, China, Articles, Tech, Tesla, United States, West Coast, Solarcity, GreenTech, Central Valley, Tesla Model S, Musk


Synthetic biology startups are giving investors an appetite

There’s a growing wave of commercial activity from companies that are creating products using new biological engineering technologies. Perhaps the most public (and tastiest) example of the promise biomanufacturing holds is Impossible Foods . The meat replacement company whose ground plants (and bioengineered additives) taste like ground beef just raised another $200 million earlier this month, giving the privately held company a $4 billion valuation. But Impossible is only the most public face...
Tags: Food, Startups, TC, Tech, Healthcare, Venture Capital, Manufacturing, Chemicals, GreenTech, Consumer Products, Synthetic Biology, Bolt Threads, Zymergen, Indiebio, Biotechnology, Ginkgo Bioworks


Our 12 favorite startups from Y Combinator’s S20 Demo Day: Part 2

Figma for filmmakers, TikTok for English learners and a cryptocurrency twist that actually makes sense? After 197 pitches, Y Combinator’s Demo Day for its Summer 2020 cohort has concluded. While the fanfare, run-ins and fortune cookies were missing in this virtual session, it was still exciting to see and hear founders from 26 countries pitch their passions. Of course, some opted for a more quiet route, raising millions before the two-day pitch session even kicked off. Members of the Summer 2...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Gaming, Y Combinator, Finance, Government, Tech, European Union, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, GreenTech, Biofuels, Telemedicine, Shopify, Financial Technology, Y Combinator Demo Day


Self-charging, thousand-year battery startup NDB aces key tests and lands first beta customers

Pleasanton-based green energy startup NDB, Inc. has reached a key milestone today with the completion of two proof of concept tests of its nano diamond battery (NDB). One of these tests took place at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the other at the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University, and both saw NDB’s battery tech manage a 40 percent charge, which is a big improvement over the 15 percent charge collection efficiency (effectively energy lossiness relative to maximum tot...
Tags: TC, Science, California, Tech, Diamond, Radioactivity, Cambridge University, Aerospace, GreenTech, Rechargeable Batteries, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Pleasanton, Cavendish Laboratory, NDB, NDB Inc


Persefoni launches with $3.5 million and a carbon accounting system for big business

Kentaro Kawamori and Jason Offerman, the co-founders of new startup Persefoni, which aims to make carbon reporting easier for large corporations, know a few things about carbon emissions. The two men met at Chesapeake Energy Corp., an Oklahoma City-based energy company focused on oil and gas extraction that ranks as one of the biggest polluters in the world. Kawamori, whose colorful career includes no more than two-year stints at companies including Accenture, Insight, SoftwareONE and Major L...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, European Union, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Accenture, GreenTech, Oklahoma City, Major League Gaming, Chesapeake Energy, Chesapeake, Chesapeake Energy Corp, Offerman, Kawamori, Rice Energy, Daniel Rice


YC-backed Statiq wants to bootstrap India’s EV charging network

Electric vehicles (EVs) are spreading throughout the world. While Tesla has drawn the most attention in the United States with its luxurious and cutting-edge cars, EVs are becoming a mainstay in markets far away from the environs of California. Take India for instance. In the local mobility market, two- and three-wheel vehicles are starting to emerge as a popular option for a rapidly expanding middle class looking for more affordable options. EV versions are popular thanks to their reduced ma...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Y Combinator, Asia, India, Funding, Tech, Tesla, United States, Electric Vehicles, Delhi, Mumbai, New Delhi, GreenTech, Yc, Better Place


Elon Musk says Tesla is open to licensing Autopilot, supplying powertrains and batteries to other automakers

Tesla CEO Elon Musk noted on Twitter on Tuesday night that the automaker would be “open to licensing software and supplying powertrains & batteries” to other automakers. Musk added that that would even include Autopilot, the advanced driver assistance software that Tesla offers to provide intelligent cruise control in a number of different driving scenarios. Musk was addressing a Teslerati article about how German automakers are looking to close the technology gap between themselves and Te...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, Automotive, Vw, Ford, Transport, Volkswagen, Sustainable Energy, GreenTech, Electric Car, Chairman, Hyperloop


Tesla’s Megapack powers its small, but growing energy storage business

Tesla’s energy storage business picked up steam in the second quarter and even played a minor role in the company’s fourth consecutive quarter of profitability, according to earnings reported Wednesday. Commercial and residential energy storage sales as well as solar are still mere slices of Tesla’s overall business, which is largely dominated by automotive. However, second-quarter results show some promise for energy storage, particularly Megapack, the utility-scale energy storage product th...
Tags: Energy, Startups, TC, Transportation, Elon Musk, Tesla, Automotive, United States, Electric Vehicles, Solarcity, Energy Storage, South Australia, GreenTech, Musk, Sunrun, Vivint Solar