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Engineering Beauty

The fourth and most understandable error we made...was to have turned over all aspects of freeway route selection and design to the engineering profession. Of course, engineering is an absolutely necessary element in the road-building process. But engineering proficiency...is not all that is required. ... Freeways do not exist apart from the world. ...even the Division of Highways recognizes the fact that values of a sort that do not lend themselves to narrow economic analysis are important. ....
Tags: Education, California, Economics, Collaboration, Jazz, Menlo Park, WB, St Patrick, Oroville Dam, Stefan Kac, Aesthetics, Interdisciplinary Issues, Engineering and Engineers, Pushkarev, Bronson (william, William BronsonHow


Mark Zuckerberg's net worth has grown over $40 billion in the last year alone. Here's how the 36-year-old Facebook CEO makes and spends his $114 billion fortune.

Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg. AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta Mark Zuckerberg's fortune passed $100 billion last year, making him one of eight centi-billionaires. Zuckerberg drives an affordable car and wears basic clothes, but appears to splurge on real estate. Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, also invest in childhood education and medical research. See more stories on Insider's business page. It's been a challenging year for Mark Zuckerberg.He's testified befo...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York Post, New York, Yahoo, Life, Ipo, Careers, San Francisco, Trends, Bloomberg, Features, Palo Alto, Harvard, Hawaii, Mission District


Facebook to Turn Menlo Park Headquarters Into Vaccination Site

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Friday it is converting a part of its Menlo Park headquarters into a vaccination site, joining the government...
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Argentina’s Digital House raises over $50M to help solve LatAm’s tech talent shortage

Digital House , a Buenos Aires-based edtech focused on developing tech talent through immersive remote courses, announced today it has raised more than $50 million in new funding. Notably, two of the main investors are not venture capital firms but instead are two large tech companies: Latin American e-commerce giant Mercado Libre and San Francisco-based software developer Globant. Riverwood Capital, a Menlo Park-based private equity firm, and existing backer early-stage Argentina-based vent...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Education, Funding, Marketing, San Francisco, Tech, E-commerce, Online Courses, Venture Capital, Brazil, Argentina, Private Equity, Software Development, Latin America


Hoornstra: For MLB’s cutting-edge teams, the force is with them

The force is with them Matt Long’s first minor league season ended the way most do: quietly. He started in right field for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes on Sept. 7, 2009, went 1 for 4 against the Bakersfield Blaze, packed his things, and headed home to the Bay Area for the offseason. The Angels drafted Long in the 30th round that year, part of a class that included Mike Trout, Patrick Corbin, Garrett Richards, Randal Grichuk and Tyler Skaggs. The high point of Long’s baseball career would come in ...
Tags: Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, San Diego Padres, Sports


California Considers Relaxing Rules About Ballot Signatures

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — California’s Democratic-controlled Legislature is considering whether to make it more difficult for local election officials to reject ballots because a voter’s signature doesn’t exactly match what’s on file. Voters who cast ballots by mail must now sign their ballot. Election officials then compare that signature to the one in the voter’s registration file. Election officials can disqualify ballots if the signatures don’t match. But comparing signatures can be tr...
Tags: Politics, Voting, News, California, Senate, California News, Bill, Gavin Newsom, Eric Harris, Democratic, State, Legislature, Becker, Menlo Park, Sacramento Calif, Orinda


Sources: Lightspeed is close to hiring a new London-based partner to put down further roots in Europe

Lightspeed Venture Partners, the well-known Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has backed the likes of DoubleClick and Snapchat, is in the midst of hiring a second London-based investment partner as it looks to put down further ties to Europe, TechCrunch has learned. According to multiple sources, Paul Murphy, whose investments include Tier, Hopin, Klang and Bunch, is being hired away from Northzone, the European VC firm that’s probably best known for being an early backer of Spotify. The ...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Europe, New York, London, Microsoft, Virginia, India, Tech, Spain, Snapchat, Silicon Valley, Northzone, Paul Murphy, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Accel Partners


Fintech Marqeta expands into credit card space days after filing for an IPO

Marqeta is expanding into the consumer credit card space to help other brands launch credit card programs.  The move comes just days after the payment card issuing company reportedly filed confidentially for an initial public offering, making it the latest fintech to make a move to the public markets. The value of the IPO is expected to be around $10 billion, according to Reuters. Marqeta — which is working with Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase on the offering — is reportedly hoping to complet...
Tags: Startups, Ipo, Earnest, Goldman Sachs, Menlo Park, JPMorgan Chase, Gardner, Sallie Mae, Kapadia, Marqeta, Deserve, Jason Gardner, Kalpesh Kapadia, Fintech Marqeta, Reuters Marqeta, April Oakland California


Investors’ SPAC push could revamp the private market money game

Since last year, we’ve been tracking the growing list of capitalists who got into the SPAC game. You can read an interview we conducted with Amish Jani, the co-founder of FirstMark Capital, about his SPAC . And if you need a refresher on all things SPAC, we have that for you as well. This morning, I want to better understand the trend by parsing a few new venture capitalist SPACs. We’ll examine Lerer Hippeau Acquisition Corp. and Khosla Ventures Acquisition Co. I, II and III. The SPACs are, som...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, New York, Softbank, Tech, Venture Capital, Private Equity, FirstMark Capital, Khosla, Khosla Ventures, Exchange, SPAC, Menlo Park, Lerer Hippeau, Lux Capital, The Exchange


Robinhood protesters threw dog feces and vandalized statue at the company's headquarters over GameStop fiasco

A sign hung by protesters at Robinhood's Menlo Park, California, headquarters on February 1, 2021. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Some protesters vandalized Robinhood's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, according to police. Robinhood security said people threw dog feces and harassed its guards, Menlo Park PD told Insider. The protests, earlier reported by CNBC, targeted Robinhood's response to the recent trading frenzy. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. A hand...
Tags: California, Finance, Trends, Markets, Customers, Protests, Reddit, Getty, Robinhood, Cnbc, Gamestop, Vlad Tenev, Menlo Park, Congressional, Justin Sullivan, Vlad


Jeff Bezos created Amazon from his garage - here are 14 of the most successful companies that started in basements, sheds, and bedrooms

The garage where Jeff Bezos started Amazon. Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post via Getty Images Many successful companies were born in people's dorm rooms, garages, and basements. Plenty held on to these makeshift home offices until they outgrew the space. Jeff Bezos founded Amazon in his garage, while Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook in his Harvard dorm. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. As a new or young entrepreneur with big ideas and perhaps little money to spend, a p...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Hollywood, Technology, Microsoft, Yahoo, California, Washington Post, Steve Jobs, Stanford, Disney, NFL


Coronavirus unemployment: Lawmakers blast EDD for blunders, fraud failures

State lawmakers grilled top Employment Development Department officials during a tense legislative hearing Wednesday, seeking solutions to the agency’s repeated failures and blunders in paying jobless workers. An oversight hearing of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee and the Assembly Insurance Committee undertook a wide-ranging review of the EDD’s broken call center, hobbled computer system, a backlog of unemployment payments, failures to pay legitimate claims for unemployed workers and ongo...
Tags: Business, Jobs, News, California, California News, Fresno, Los Angeles, Sport, Economy, Soccer, Josh, Menlo Park, Gipson, Employment Development Department, Saenz, Joint Legislative Audit Committee


San Dimas biotech startup Curative captures large slice of coronavirus test market

In less than a year, a once-obscure biotech startup in San Dimas, headed by a 26-year-old Oxford dropout, captured a large slice of the coronavirus test market – manufacturing and processing 14 million tests nationwide to date. Fueled by dollars from venture capitalists, Curative Inc. developed, at lightning speed, a self-administered oral-swab test with a turnaround time of 48 hours. Last spring, the company found itself within the circle of more than 100 federally approved companies from acros...
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Google just delayed its office reopening until September 2021. Here's how other major Silicon Valley companies are thinking about the future of work.

JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images The world's biggest tech companies have varying plans for the future of work.  Some companies, like Twitter and Slack, have said employees never need to return to the office. Others, like Microsoft, are reportedly adopting a hybrid model where employees report to the office only a few days per week.  Companies like Amazon and Salesforce are adopting new benefits to help out working parents, like subsidized back-up childcare and extended paid leave. At Fac...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Asia, Twitter, Cook, Microsoft, US, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Bloomberg, Features, Netflix


Apple CEO Tim Cook says most staff will work from home until June 2021, in line with other tech companies like Google and Facebook

Tim Cook made the announcement in an all-hands meeting. Karl Mondon/Digital First Media/The Mercury News via Getty Images Apple CEO Tim Cook told most of his employees not to expect to return to the office until June 2021, according to Bloomberg News. The move places Apple on a similar timeline as Facebook and Google, both of which plan to welcome employees back next summer.   The company reportedly is using augmented reality to help factories in China manufacture their newest designs. Vis...
Tags: Apple, Google, Work From Home, Facebook, Technology, Cook, California, China, Trends, Tech, Tim Cook, Silicon Valley, Sundar Pichai, Gavin Newsom, Bay Area, Bloomberg News


A16z is now managing $16.5 billion, after announcing two new funds

Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) has closed a pair of funds totaling $4.5 billion, the firm confirmed in a blog post this morning. The firm has raised $1.3 billion for an early-stage fund focused on consumer, enterprise, and fintech; and closed a $3.2 billion growth-stage fund for later-stage investments. The firm did not immediately respond to request for comment. The funds may seem somewhat typical, given the size of new funds that venture firms have been raising in recent years, Still, these are e...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Microsoft, Ipo, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, Fund, Airbnb, Andreessen Horowitz, New York Stock Exchange, Github, Justice Department, Affirm, Early Stage, Anthony Albanese


Facebook Touts Free Speech. In Vietnam, It's Aiding in Censorship

An anonymous reader shares a report: For months, Bui Van Thuan, a chemistry teacher turned crusading blogger in Vietnam, published one scathing Facebook post after another on a land dispute between villagers and the communist government. In a country with no independent media, Facebook provides the only platform where Vietnamese can read about contentious topics such as Dong Tam, a village outside Hanoi where residents were fighting authorities' plans to seize farmland to build a factory. Believ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, United States, Vietnam, Times, Hanoi, Menlo Park, Turkey Facebook, Thuan, Vietnam Facebook, Dong Tam, Bui Van Thuan, Cuba India Israel Morocco Pakistan


This Week in Apps: Apple’s big event, lidar comes to iPhone, Android gets a new IDE

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with   204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are now spending three hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a big business. In 2019, mobile-first companies had a   $544 billion valuation, 6.5x higher ...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google, Amazon, Android, Google Play Store, Ipad, TC, Facebook, Apps, Spotify, La, Softbank, Tech, Walmart


5 Tech Companies That Have Made It Big And Here’s Why

There are plenty of tech companies out there that have been around for some time. Each and every company has its own story to bring to the table. Each is different but somehow they have become a big impact on many people’s lives. The founders of the companies all have stories to share. Some aren’t even here anymore but are still run by a CEO who has pointed the company in a direction that is positive. Many people follow the market closely and watch these companies’ stock ratings every day. Here...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Startups, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York Times, Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Jeff Bezos, Cupertino, Alexa, Apple Inc, Others, Tech Companies, Menlo Park


Menlo Ventures just closed its fifteenth early-stage fund with $500 million

Menlo Ventures, the 44-year-old venture firm with offices in Menlo Park and San Francisco, is taking the wraps of its fifteenth early-stage fund today, a vehicle it closed with $500 million in capital commitments. It’s the same amount that Menlo announced last year for a growth-stage fund, the second in the firm’s history. We talked with managing director Venky Ganesan earlier this week about the new fund. It will not, notably, include longtime Menlo managing director Mark Siegel, who joined the...
Tags: TC, Uber, Softbank, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, Roku, Washington State, IVP, Menlo Ventures, Mark Siegel, Bill Gurley, Menlo Park, Gilead Sciences, Yap, Netscape


How startups should budget in uncertain times 

Isaac Roth Contributor Share on Twitter Issac Roth is a seasoned entrepreneur who advises founders on open source technology and keeping communities engaged. Over this career, he’s created and sold multiple enterprise software companies and stays active as an advisor and investor. More posts by this contributor The ‘right’ way to downsize I was the archetypal startup CEO: I paused my degree at Stanfor...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Budget, Money, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Stanford, San Francisco, Tech, Nissan, Menlo Park, MQL, COVID, Isaac Roth, Issac Roth


From pay cuts to permanent work-from-home, here's how Silicon Valley companies are thinking about the future of work

JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images The world's biggest tech companies have varying plans for the future of work.  Some companies, like Twitter and Slack, have said employees never need to return to the office. Others, like Microsoft, are reportedly adopting a hybrid model where employees report to the office only a few days per week.  Companies like Amazon and Salesforce are adopting new benefits to help out working parents, like subsidized back-up childcare and extended paid leave. At Fac...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Asia, Twitter, Cook, Microsoft, US, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Bloomberg, Features, Netflix


Bullpen Capital raises $130 million more to fund the far afield and misunderstood

Bullpen Capital, a now 10-year-old, venture fund in Menlo Park that focuses on what it calls post-seed investing — it backs startups that have already raised up to $5 million and “aren’t quite ready for a $10 million check but another $5 million would make them dangerous,” says firm cofounder Paul Martino — just closed its fifth fund with $130 million in capital commitments. The firm also brought aboard a new general partner: Ann Lai, formerly of Binary Capital, a firm that has since closed its ...
Tags: TC, Funding, Tech, Harvard, Ireland, Venture Capital, Nigel, KKR, Fanduel, Greycroft, Michael Kors, Lai, Menlo Park, DUBLIN Ireland, Edinburgh Scotland, Martino


One of Facebook's earliest employees is about to take his billion-dollar startup, Asana, public. Here's where the rest of Facebook's first employees ended up.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in 2007. Paul Sakuma/AP Facebook launched in February 2004, and it's come a long way in the last 16 years.  Notably, almost all of the company's first 20 employees have since left the company. Only two remain, and you can probably guess who one of them is.  Some have become venture capitalists: Kevin Colleran opened Slow Ventures, while Sean Parker worked at Founders Fund for eight years.  Others have founded their own companies: Steve Chen created YouTube, and...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Adobe, Microsoft, Obama, California, Boston, Singapore, Disney, US, San Francisco, Trends, Features, Harvard


Google's CEO says the future of work involves a 'hybrid model' and that the company is already reconfiguring its offices for employee 'on-sites'

Google CEO Sundar Pichai. REUTERS/Stephen Lam Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company is "reconfiguring" its offices amid a more permanent shift to working from home.  Pichai discussed the future of work at Google during an interview for Time 100 this week.  While he doesn't see working in the office going away altogether, he described the office as a space for "on-sites" — presumably, days where employees, who mostly work from home, gather in the office.  Pichai also said he made the de...
Tags: Google, Facebook, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Silicon Valley, Mountain View, Zillow, Sundar Pichai, Zumper, Pichai, Redfin, Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area


How Elon Musk's car collection has evolved over the years, from the million-dollar McLaren F1 he destroyed to the Lotus he bought that was in a James Bond movie

Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Maurizio Pesce Tesla CEO Elon Musk has had a lot of different cars over the years.  His first vehicle was a 1978 BMW 320i — he paid only $1,400 for it.  At one point, a McLaren F1 was his daily driver, but he totaled it on Sand Hill Road in Silicon Valley in 2000. More recently, he's been driving Tesla cars, like the Model S and Cybertruck. He even sent his Tesla Roadster into space.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Elon Musk has had quite the car c...
Tags: Transportation, Spacex, Elon Musk, Life, La, Cars, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla, Paypal, Features, South Africa, Porsche, Peter Thiel, James Bond, Silicon Valley


How to get the most branding bang out of your B2B IPO

Rebecca Buckman Contributor Share on Twitter Rebecca Buckman is the vice president of marketing and communications at Battery Ventures in Menlo Park, CA. She previously was an editor and writer with The Wall Street Journal and Forbes. More posts by this contributor Storytelling for B2B startups: Avoiding ‘buzzword bingo’ to make your wonky enterprise company worth talking about There’s definitely a ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Business, Entrepreneurship, Ipo, Marketing, Tech, SEC, New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, Wall Street Journal, B2b, Initial Public Offering, Battery Ventures, Menlo Park


Twitter flags Indian politician’s years-old tweet for violating its policy

Twitter has flagged a post from Indian politician T. Raja Singh for violating its policy days after TechCrunch asked the social giant about the three-year-old questionable tweet. In a video tweet, Singh urged India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and others citizens in the country to move Rohingya Muslim immigrants, including those “who supported terrorism,” out of the nation as he feared that they would become a “headache for the nation” in the future. “#Deport RohingyaMuslims,” he tweeted....
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, India, Tech, Kashmir, Wall Street Journal, App Annie, Menlo Park, Singh, Bharatiya Janata Party, Rajnath Singh, Raja Singh


Ambani’s Reliance Retail to raise $1 billion from Silver Lake

Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s retail business Reliance Retail said on Wednesday it will raise $1.02 billion from Silver Lake, kickstarting a fundraising spree months after its sister venture Jio Platforms raised $20 billion. The investment in Reliance Retail will grant Silver Lake a 1.75% equity stake in India’s largest retail chain. The deal values Reliance Retail at $57 billion pre-money, its parent firm Reliance Industries said in a statement. Reliance Retail, which last month acqu...
Tags: Asia, India, Funding, Tech, Silver Lake, Indian Retail, Reliance, Reliance Jio, Menlo Park, Reliance Industries, Reliance Retail, Mukesh Ambani, Ambani, Jio Platforms, Ambani India, Jio Platforms and Reliance Retail


Silver Lake leads $500 million investment round in Indian online learning giant Byju’s

Byju’s has raised $500 million in a new financing round that values the Indian online learning platform at $10.8 billion, a source familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The round was led by Menlo Park-headquartered PE firm Silver Lake, and existing investors Tiger Global, General Atlantic and Owl Ventures have also participated in it, India’s second most valuable startup Byju’s said in a statement, but declined to reveal the size of the round and its valuation. “We are excited to welco...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Asia, Education, India, Funding, Tech, Atlantic, Tiger Global, New Delhi, Bond, General Atlantic, Mary Meeker, Silver Lake, TechCrunch, Reliance Jio