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Uber Is Spinning Out Postmates' Robotics Division Into Its Own Company

After acquiring the delivery startup Postmates for $2.65 billion last year, Uber Technologies announced on Tuesday that plans to spin the company’s robotics division out into a separate company: Serve Robotics.Read more...
Tags: Uber, Science, California, Companies, Automation, Transport, Robotics, Postmates, Online Food Ordering, Self Driving Car, Uber Technologies, Business Finance, Uber Freight, Ali Kashani, Lox Inc, Technology Internet


Uber spins out delivery robot startup as Serve Robotics

Postmates X, the robotics division of the on-demand delivery startup that Uber acquired last year for $2.65 billion, has officially spun out as an independent company called Serve Robotics. TechCrunch reported in January that a deal was being shopped to investors. Serve Robotics, a name taken from the autonomous sidewalk delivery bot that was developed and piloted by Postmates X, has raised seed funding in a round led by venture capital firm Neo. Other investors included Uber as well as Lee Jaco...
Tags: TC, Uber, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Automotive, San Francisco Bay, Postmates, Anki, Bastian Lehmann, Lime, Aurora, Vancouver Canada, ATG, Dara Khosrowshahi, Kashani


A Phishing Scam Targeting Postmates Drivers Pretends to Represent the Company to Empty Out Victims’ Accounts

As if gig workers didn’t have it hard enough already, they now have to be on the lookout for possible phishing scams from malicious actors that pretend to represent their company. Read more...
Tags: Uber, Science, Crime, Fraud, Social Engineering, Phishing, Postmates, Spamming, Online Food Ordering, Deception, Meghan Casserly, Confidence Tricks


Google’s treatment of AI ethics researchers continues to stir up controversy

You’ve landed on the web version of the weekly Human Capital newsletter. Sign up here to get this in your inbox every Friday at 1 p.m. Welcome back to Human Capital. A lot happened this week pertaining to on-demand companies like Uber, Postmates, DoorDash and Instacart, and their respective gig workforces. Meanwhile, New York’s attorney general hit Amazon with a lawsuit over its warehouse labor practices and Twitter made some new commitments to increase diversity at the leadership level by 2025....
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Uber, Twitter, UK, New York, Supreme Court, Labor, California, San Francisco, Tech, Diversity, Eu, Bloomberg


A year into the pandemic, Uber and Lyft drivers say gig companies are still failing them. They blame Prop 22.

Rideshare and food delivery drivers working for companies like DoorDash, Uber, and Instacart have complained the companies aren't providing PPE or pay for the time it takes them to properly clean their vehicles. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Uber and Lyft rideshare and food delivery drivers plan to protest Wednesday at Uber's headquarters. They say the companies won't provide PPE or pay them for the time it takes to clean their vehicles. San Francisco supervisor Matt Haney plans to propos...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, New York, California, San Francisco, Trends, Retail, Rideshare, Instacart, PPP, Postmates, Gig Economy, Doordash, Working Conditions, San Francisco California


Ex-Postmates VP of global public policy on the future of gig work

Vikrum Aiyer, the now-former vice president of global public policy and strategic communications at Postmates, penned a memo to his former colleagues and other stakeholders in the gig economy outlining what he thinks needs to happen next in the industry. In his letter, Aiyer says “it would be a mistake for us to think that mild tweaks to worker classification, or a single state ballot measure, create a durable path forward for meaningfully addressing what Americans truly worry about: the chance ...
Tags: Uber, New York, Congress, California, US, Los Angeles, Tech, Postmates, GAO, AB, Aiyer, Vikrum Aiyer


Uber Buys Uber for Booze

Uber is getting into the alcohol-delivery business by buying an alcohol delivery business.Read more...
Tags: Uber, Science, Companies, Websites, Food Delivery, Postmates, Drizly, Online Food Ordering, GrubHub, Dara Khosrowshahi, Logistics Companies


Kindred Ventures just closed its second fund with $100 million in capital commitments

Two years after launching its $56 million debut fund, Kindred Ventures, a San Francisco-based pre-seed and seed-stage venture fund founded by Steve Jang and Kanyi Maqubela, has closed its second fund with $100 million in capital commitments. Jang is himself a founder who later jumped into investing. In more recent years, he cofounded Bitski, a crypto-asset wallet startup, and previously founded Schematic Labs, an early social music app that was brought into Rhapsody in 2014, and co-created the m...
Tags: TC, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, Coinbase, Signal, Postmates, Zymergen, Clubhouse, Collaborative Fund, Otto, Jang, Tonal, Steve Jang, Dydx, Kindred Ventures


The Weeknd Honors Black-Owned Restaurants, Donates 150 Meals to Tampa Health-Care Workers

To honor the first day of Black History month, on Monday the Weeknd — who is the headline halftime performer at Super Bowl LV — chose Mama’s Southern Soul Food a Black-owned restaurant in Tampa, Fla., to feed the frontline healthcare workers at AdventHealth Carrollwood. The hospital, which located near Raymond James Stadium, where the Super […]
Tags: News, Postmates, The Weeknd, Tampa Fla, Raymond James Stadium, Carrollwood, Weeknd Honors Black Owned Restaurants, Tampa Health Care Workers, Mama s Southern Soul Food a Black


Stonks, flying burritos and my boss’s boss’s boss’s boss

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s broadly based on the daily column that appears on Extra Crunch, but free, and made for your weekend reading. Want it in your inbox every Saturday morning? Sign up here. What a week. What a month. Are you doing all right? It’s okay if you are tired. We all are. That’s why we have weekends. Let’s reflect on what happened this week: Individual traders outraged more professional investors by doing something hilar...
Tags: TC, Verizon, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, Congress, US, NFL, Tech, Salesforce, Black, Postmates, Gamestop, Alfred, Guru, SPAC


Equity Monday: Clubhouse, Taboola, and why the SPAC wave will get worse

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday,  our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest private market news, talks about the coming week, digs into some recent funding rounds and mulls over a larger theme or narrative from the private markets. You can follow the show on Twitter here and myself here — and make sure to check out last week’s main ep, which was super-packed and a real treat....
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Uber, Tech, Postmates, Clubhouse, Taboola, SPAC, Pula, Wolt, Equity podcast, Chamath, IMVU, Clubhouse Taboola, SPAC IMVU


More Super Bowl advertisers line up as Bucs set to face Chiefs, and RIP Larry King: Monday Wake-Up Call

Welcome to Ad Age’s Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. If you're reading this online or in a forwarded email, here's the link to sign up for our Wake-Up Call newsletters.  Bucs face Chiefs, Super Bowl LV advertisers line up With less than two weeks to go until Super Bowl LV, last night’s games  confirmed  that Tom Brady's Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face reigning cham...
Tags: Amazon, New York Post, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Advertising, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Cnn, Nbcuniversal, Tom Brady, Kansas City Chiefs, Heinz, King, Vermont, Bernie Sanders, Postmates


Uber lays off 15% of Postmates' workforce just 3 months after buying the food delivery app. Postmates founder Bastian Lehmann is reportedly among those let go.

Postmates co-founder & CEO Bastian Lehmann. Steve Jennings / Stringer Uber laid off around 185 Postmates staff on Thursday, sources told The New York Times. This included Bastian Lehmann, the founder and CEO of the food delivery app, the sources said. Uber bought the app in 2020, and the layoffs feed into Uber's plan to better integrate Postmates and Uber Eats, the sources said. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Less than three months after regulators approved its $2.65 b...
Tags: Amazon, Uber, UK, US, Trends, New York Times, Retail, Food Delivery, Times, Postmates, Lehmann, Uber Eats, Bastian Lehmann, Job Cuts, GrubHub, Tech Insider


Uber, After Buying Postmates, Lays Off More Than 180 Employees

The layoffs include most of the executive team at Postmates, the food delivery app that Uber bought last year.
Tags: Postmates


TV Ratings: ‘Mr. Mayor’ Ratings Quadruple in Key Demo Following Premiere Date

NBCUniversal’s newest sitcom series “Mr. Mayor,” a comedic, skeptical take on city government co-created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, opened to solid numbers in its Thursday night debut on Jan. 7. One week after the premiere, and ratings in the key, adults ages 18-49 demographic haven’t just undergone a substantial increase— they’ve quadrupled, from […]
Tags: News, People, Nbcuniversal, Ratings, Tina Fey, Entertainment Weekly, Postmates, Ted Danson, Peacock, Holly Hunter, Robert Carlock, Mr. Mayor


Twitter’s decentralized future

This week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey finally responded publicly to the company’s decision to ban President Trump from its platform, writing that Twitter had “faced an extraordinary and untenable circumstance” and that he did not “feel pride” about the decision. In the same thread, he took time to call out a nascent Twitter-sponsored initiative called “bluesky,” which is aiming to build up an “open decentralized standard for social media” that Twitter is just one part of. Researchers involved with ...
Tags: Google, Android, Social, TC, Twitter, Technology, Social Networks, Washington, Social Media, Tech, Encryption, United States, Computing, Jack Dorsey, Free Software, Biz Stone


Twitter’s vision of decentralization could also be the far-right’s internet endgame

This week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey finally responded publicly to the company’s decision to ban President Trump from its platform, writing that Twitter had “faced an extraordinary and untenable circumstance” and that he did not “feel pride” about the decision. In the same thread, he took time to call out a nascent Twitter-sponsored initiative called “bluesky,” which is aiming to build up an “open decentralized standard for social media” that Twitter is just one part of. Researchers involved with ...
Tags: Google, Android, Social, TC, Twitter, Technology, Social Networks, Washington, Social Media, Tech, Ceo, Encryption, United States, President, Computing, Jack Dorsey


Uber planning to spin out Postmates’ delivery robot arm

Another Uber spinout is in the works. Postmates X, the robotics division of the on-demand delivery startup that Uber acquired last year for $2.65 billion, is seeking investors in its bid to become a separate company, according to several people familiar with the plans. The startup is being referred to as Serve Robotics, a nod to the yellow and black-emblazoned autonomous sidewalk delivery bot that was developed and piloted by Postmates X. The Serve robot, which recently partnered with Pink Dot S...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Automotive, Postmates, Lime, West Hollywood, Aurora, ATG, GrubHub, Dara Khosrowshahi, Kashani, Aurora Innovation, Pink Dot


Tiger Global is raising a new $3.75 billion venture fund, one year after closing its last

According to a recent letter sent to its investors, Tiger Global Management, the New York-based investing powerhouse, is raising a new $3.75 billion venture fund called Tiger Private Investment Partners XIV that it expects to close in March. The fund is Tiger Global’s 13th venture fund, despite its title — the partners might be superstitious — and it comes hot on the heels of the firm’s 12th venture fund, closed exactly a year ago, also with $3.75 billion in capital commitments. A spokesperson f...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, London, China, Russia, India, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Venture Capital, Brazil, Andreessen Horowitz, Tiger Global, Columbus, Snowflake


Exclusive: Tiger Global is raising a new $3.75 billion venture fund, one year after closing its last

According to a recent letter sent to its investors, Tiger Global Management, the New York-based investing powerhouse, is raising a new $3.75 billion venture fund called Tiger Private Investment Partners XIV that it expects to close in March. The fund is Tiger Global’s thirteenth venture fund, despite its title — the partners might be superstitious — and it comes hot on the heels of the firm’s twelfth venture fund, closed exactly a year ago, also with $3.75 billion in capital commitments. A spoke...
Tags: TC, New York, London, China, Russia, India, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Venture Capital, Brazil, Andreessen Horowitz, Tiger Global, Snowflake, Intuit


UK on-demand supermarket Weezy raises $20M Series A led by NYC’s Left Lane Capital

Weezy — an on-demand supermarket that delivers groceries in fast times such as 15 minutes — has raised $20 million in a Series A funding led by New York-based venture capital fund Left Lane Capital. Also participating were UK-based fund DN Capital, earlier investors Heartcore Capital and angel investors, notably Chris Muhr, the Groupon founder. Although the company hasn’t made mention of a later US launch, the presence of US investors would tend to suggest that. Weezy is reminiscent of Kozmo, th...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, New York, London, Groupon, Marketing, US, Tech, United States, United Kingdom, Procter Gamble, Retailers, Delivery, Postmates, McKinsey Company


An even bigger battle for gig worker rights is on the horizon

When California voters passed Proposition 22 with 58.6% of the vote, they agreed with Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Instacart and Postmates that gig workers should not be employees who are entitled to myriad labor rights. The proposition they passed stated that gig workers should be independent contractors who receive the limited benefits proposed by those companies. “The first feeling I had was shock, disbelief and hurt,” Vanessa Bain, a worker-organizer with Gig Workers Collective, told TechCrunch. “I...
Tags: TC, Lyft, Labor, Abc, California, Tech, Postmates, Bain, Gig Economy, Ride Hailing, Murphy, Oakland California, AB, Josh Edelson, Assembly Bill, Gig workers


Uber is selling its self-driving car business to Aurora as it races to turn a profit amid the pandemic

A Volvo XC90 fitted with Uber's self-driving technology. Uber Uber announced on Monday that it's selling its self-driving car unit to the startup Aurora.  Uber will also invest $400 million into the company as part of the deal.  Earlier this year, Uber made a similar move by offloading JUMP Bikes to Lime as part of an investment in the startup.  No pricetag was disclosed for the self-driving deal.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The self-driving startup Aurora is b...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, News, Trends, Mergers and Acquisitions, Self-driving Cars, Volvo, Postmates, Aurora, EBITDA, ATG, Dara Khosrowshahi, Tech Insider, Aurora Uber, Graham Rapier, Uber ATG


A roundup of recent unicorn news

So much for a December news slowdown. The last few days have been so chock-a-block with news from a host of unicorns, we’ve all fallen behind. This morning, The Exchange is going into summary mode to help us better understand the full scope of recent unicorn activity. Why unicorns? It would be fun to noodle on early-stage news — Salut raised $1.25 million this week and BuildBuddy picked up $3.15 million — but as we’re in the midst of an IPO cycle and 2021 could have even more public debuts th...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Tech, Venture Capital, M&a, Airbnb, Coinbase, Postmates, Slack, Doordash, Flexe, The Exchange, Bizzabo, Coinbase Tanium Postmates Olive Scale


Walmart+ takes on Prime by dropping $35 minimum on Walmart.com purchases

Walmart+, the retailer’s lower cost alternative to Amazon Prime offering same-day delivery of groceries and other items, is making its service more appealing with today’s launch of a new perk. The company says that starting on Friday, December 4, it will remove the $35 shipping minimum on orders from Walmart.com for its members. However, this doesn’t apply to the same-day orders of groceries or other items fulfilled by Walmart stores, but rather online shopping where orders are placed thro...
Tags: Amazon, Food, Ecommerce, Uber, Tech, Walmart, Amazon Prime, Online Shopping, United States, Retailers, Streaming Video, Instacart, E-books, Postmates, Doordash, Online Food Ordering


Uber Eats Postmates

Uber claims more turf in the pandemic food delivery conquest: the company has finally acquired the grocery delivery service Postmates because, in Uber’s masterful doublespeak, “combination of platforms provides more choice.” They actually said that. Postmates will retain its logo and app but will merge its delivery…Read more...
Tags: Uber, Science, Postmates, Variety


Uber officially completes Postmates acquisition

Uber today announced the official completion of its Postmates acquisition deal, which it announced originally back in July. The all-stock deal, valued at around $2.65 billion at the time of its disclosure, sees Postmates join Uber, while continuing to operate as a separate service with its own branding and front-end – while some backend operations, including a shared pool of drivers, will merge. Uber confirms it is acquiring Postmates in an all-stock, $2.65B deal Uber detailed some o...
Tags: Startups, TC, Uber, Apps, California, Companies, M&a, Websites, Driver, Postmates, Online Food Ordering, Food Service


Restaurant search engine FoodBoss adds support for direct delivery from restaurants

FoodBoss aims to be something like Kayak for online food ordering — the place where you can search across different service and apps to find the lowest prices and fastest delivery times. One limitation, however, is the fact that the service was limited to third-party services like Uber Eats and Postmates, with no way to order from the restaurant itself — until recently, with the launch of a new feature called Restaurant Direct. FoodBoss co-founder and CEO Michael DiBinedetto said that restaur...
Tags: Food, Ecommerce, Tech, Chicago, Postmates, Lunchbox, Lou Malnati, Sbarro, FoodBoss, Michael DiBinedetto, DiBinedetto, Heather Stege


'Profitboss' Is Saving Restaurants From Heavy Delivery App Fees

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Bay-area based startup Profitboss is pitching itself as the "easiest, fastest, and most convenient system to get back your customers from third party [services]." Free to restaurants, the service (which launched in 2018) lets restaurants open their own digital storefront. Profitboss CEO Adam Guild likes to compare his service to Shopify and the terms of agreement thread the same point: Profitboss, or "Placebull" deems itself a "virtual market...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Shopify, Postmates, Bay, Guild, Adam Guild, Placebull, Profitboss, Amazon fulfillment centers Guild


TikTok is parterning to deliver food based on viral trends on the app as food delivery explodes during the pandemic

The whipped coffee by Coffee 'N Clothes. Postmates Postmates and TikTok have teamed up to unveil TikTok Treats, a delivery menu designed around four food and drink items that went viral on the video sharing app this year. This is the food delivery platform's first "creator-led" menu.  The menu options have received tremendous engagement on TikTok: #BentoBox has been hashtagged about 262.7 million times, #PancakeCereal about 1.6 billion times, #WhippedCoffee about 2.2 billion times, and...
Tags: Food, Los Angeles, Trends, Korea, Postmates, Menu, Bentobox, Eric Edge, Tech Insider, Tiktok, Brittany Chang, Coffee N Clothes, Dialog Cafe, B Sweet, Sweetfin, TikTok Treats