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Daily Crunch: Microsoft-TikTok acquisition inches closer to reality

A possible Microsoft -TikTok acquisition is causing plenty of drama, we review Google’s new budget Pixel and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon returns to Earth. Here’s your Daily Crunch for August 3, 2020. Microsoft-TikTok acquisition inches closer to reality This weekend, Microsoft confirmed reports that it’s in talks to acquire TikTok, the popular mobile video app currently owned by Chinese company ByteDance. It sounds like the outcome of those talks may ultimately have less to do with Microsoft and m...
Tags: Google, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Spacex, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Policy, Netflix, United States, Treasury, Federal Reserve, Donald Trump

Amazon's annual filing reveals it loaded up on private company stock while scaling back acquisitions last year — a change that may help as regulators crack down on the tech giant (AMZN)

Amazon spent roughly $2.2 billion in cash on minority investments last year, nearly quadrupling from the year-ago period, according to company filings. It now owns a record $2.6 billion worth of private company stock, an over six-fold increase from the previous year, filings show. Meanwhile, Amazon cut back on acquisitions last year, spending only $315 million, after a two-year record run of spending over $15 billion on buying other companies. The change reflects a potential shift in Amazon's ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, China, US, Trends, Federal Trade Commission, Northwestern University, Murphy, University of Wisconsin Madison, Aurora, Madrona Ventures, AMZN, Andrew Murphy, Matt McIlwain, McIlwain

Where top VCs are investing in open source and dev tools (Part 1 of 2)

The once-polarizing world of open-source software has recently become one of the hotter destinations for VCs. As the popularity of open source increases among organizations and developers, startups in the space have reached new heights and monstrous valuations. Over the past several years, we’ve seen surging open-source companies like Databricks reach unicorn status, as well as VCs who cashed out behind a serious number of exits involving open-source and dev tool companies, deals like IBM’s Red ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Open Source, Enterprise, Microsoft, Funding, Tech, SaaS, Venture Capital, Ibm, Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, Devops, Redpoint Ventures, Databricks

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. The first wave of reviews for the iPhone XR show the phone in a positive light, praising the cheaper iPhone's battery life and its wide-angle camera. Several reviewers found it hard to recommend Apple's more expensive iPhone XS because the XR's specs are so good. ICE officials met with Amazon this summer to discuss using its controversial facial recognition surveillance technology. It's possible the technology could be used b...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Wikipedia, Azure, Trends, North, Jimmy Wales, TechCrunch, Alexa, Madrona Ventures, Amazon Alexa, Terry Myerson, Watch Apple, Timothy Sehn Snap, Liquidata

Deep-linking startup Branch is raising more than $100M at a unicorn valuation

Branch, the deep-linking startup backed by Andy Rubin’s Playground Ventures, will enter the unicorn club with an upcoming funding round. The four-year-old company, which helps brands create links between websites and mobile apps, has authorized the sale of $129 million in Series D shares, according to sources and confirmed by PitchBook, which tracks venture capital deals. The infusion of capital values the company at roughly $1 billion. In an e-mail this morning, Branch CEO Alex Austin decl...
Tags: Startups, TC, Advertising Tech, Tech, Alex Austin, Online Shopping, Austin, Branch, Cowboy Ventures, Branding, Redwood City, Madrona Ventures, Andy Rubin, Playground Ventures, Pear Ventures, Recent Funding

Serverless computing could unleash a new startup ecosystem

While serverless computing isn’t new, it has reached an interesting place in its development. As developers begin to see the value of serverless architecture, a whole new startup ecosystem could begin to develop around it. Serverless isn’t exactly serverless at all, but it does enable a developer to set event triggers and leave the infrastructure requirements completely to the cloud provider. The vendor delivers exactly the right amount of compute, storage and memory and the developer doesn’t ev...
Tags: Google, Cloud, Enterprise, Microsoft, Developer, India, Tech, Greylock Partners, Vmware, Accel, Digital Ocean, Li, Ping, Madrona Ventures, Guo, AWS Lambda

Pulumi wants to let you manage your infrastructure with code

Pulumi, a Seattle-based startup that’s coming out of stealth mode today, wants to make it easier for developers and ops team to define their infrastructure by writing code. Instead of using a cloud-specific configuration language, the service’s tools allow developers to define the infrastructure for their applications in the same programming languages they already use for the applications. The service has the backing of Madrone Venture Group and Tola Capital, with Madrona’s S. Somasegar joining ...
Tags: TC, Microsoft, Tech, Infrastructure, Seattle, Devops, Duffy, Madrona Ventures, Joe Duffy, Eric Rudder, Tola Capital, Pulumi, Madrone Venture Group, Madrona s S Somasegar

Tigera raises $10M to help enterprises secure their cloud native applications

 Tigera, a San Francisco-based startup that helps businesses connect and secure their container-based applications, today announced that it has raised an additional $10 million in a funding round led by Madrona Venture Group, with participation from New England Associates (NEA) and Wing Venture Capital. Madrona managing partner Soma Somasegar will join the company’s board of directors.… Read More
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Open Source, Enterprise, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Madrona Venture Group, Madrona Ventures, Soma Somasegar, Open Core, Tigera, New England Associates NEA, Wing Venture Capital Madrona

This drone company's tech is so promising, Bill Gates invested millions in it — twice

On Monday, Seattle-area radar startup Echodyne is expected to announce a $29 million investment, led by NEA, with participation from other investors including Bill Gates and his Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's Vulcan Capital. In fact, this is the second time Bill Gates has invested considerable cash in Echodyne. The world's richest man personally led the company's previous $15 million round, with Seattle's high-profile Madrona Ventures chipping in on both investments.  The reason why Gates and...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Trends, Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Silicon Valley, Seattle, Nea, SUNNYVALE, Cessna, Mesa, Madrona Ventures, Eben Frankenberg, Echodyne, Frankenberg

18 of the hottest under-the-radar startups to watch in 2017

Silicon Valley and its New York counterpart Silicon Alley have long reigned as the main coastal hubs for tech innovation.  Founders, venture capitalists, and tech employees flock to the Bay Area and New York City to launch and build startups, fund new ideas, and simply just live among their tech-obsessed brethren.  But there's a new wave of companies eschewing the Valley/Alley life in favor of building their startups in their hometowns or in less tech-focused metros. Now, places like Utah, Seatt...
Tags: Google, New York, Colorado, Groupon, New York City, US, San Francisco, Trends, Silicon Valley, Accel, Kubernetes, Silicon Alley, Bay Area, Caterpillar, Chicago Illinois, Seattle Washington

This Bill Gates-backed startup says it just knocked down one of the last things stopping drones from taking over the world

Echodyne, a radar array startup with investors including Bill Gates, his Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen's Vulcan Capital, and Seattle's own Madrona Ventures, just made what the company considers a landmark announcement for the future of self-driving vehicles. Basically, Echodyne's big breakthrough product is the Metamaterial Electronically Scanning Array (MESA) — a  radar arrays that's small enough to mount on a drone — like the ones Amazon or Google might use for their drone delivery programs ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Trends, Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Seattle, Faa, Mesa, Madrona Ventures, Vulcan Capital, Eben Frankenberg, Echodyne, Frankenberg

Cedexis Raises $22M Series B Round For Its Internet Traffic Monitoring And Routing Platform

 Cedexis helps large enterprises monitor and optimize how their traffic flows from their servers, CDNs and cloud providers to their customers. The company today announced that it has raised a $22 million Series B round led by Ginko Ventures with participation from Foxconn, Nokia Growth Partners, Citrix Systems Ventures and its Series A investors Madrona Ventures and Advanced Technology Ventures. Read More
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Enterprise, Cedexis, Ginko Ventures, Madrona Ventures

Six Tips Before Moving To Seattle As A UX Professional

You’ve heard all the nightmares: it rains all the time, the traffic is really bad, Microsoft and Amazon dominate the job market, the male to female ratio is so bad the dating scene isn’t, yadda yadda. However, if you’re one of the California natives that can work through some of these, read on. Seattle is a great place to find your next User Experience position, at a place with work-life balance and you can work on products focused on business value instead of the me-too economy. When I talk ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, California, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Linkedin, United States, Portland, Kevin Bacon, Silicon Valley, Vancouver, Seattle, Pacific Northwest, Inrix