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Hiring leaders at Rivian, Tesla, and Amazon's self-driving startup reveal their top tips for landing a job

Rivian executives described their hiring priorities in an interview with Insider. Jeff Johnson/Rivian Insider has interviewed hiring leaders at auto-tech firms like Rivian, Waymo, and Amazon-owned Zoox. They've described the details they care most about when reading résumés and conducting interviews. And they've shared the red flags that will hurt a job candidate's chances of landing an offer. See more stories on Insider's business page. Searching for a new job can be a con...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Elon Musk, Cars, Trends, Tesla, Jeff Bezos, Aurora, Mark Matousek, Tech Insider, LUMINAR, Waymo, Zoox, Rivian, Rivian Tesla, BITranspo


Uber, Tesla, and Rivian are fighting each other for talent. Here's how much they pay their employees.

Tesla has a new crop of rivals, including Rivian, with which it's competing for talent. Maja Hitij/Getty Images Filings companies share with the US government show how much they pay some employees. Insider has analyzed filings from companies in the EV, self-driving, and ride-hailing industries. Those companies include Tesla, Uber, and Rivian. See more stories on Insider's business page. The war for talent between transportation technology companies is heating up, as the incumbents ...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Cars, US, Trends, Tesla, Mark Matousek, Tesla Uber, Tech Insider, Waymo, Zoox, Tesla Waymo, Waymo Cruise, Rivian


Argo AI can now offer the public rides in its autonomous vehicles in California

Argo AI, the autonomous vehicle technology startup backed by Ford and VW, has landed a permit in California that will allow the company to give people free rides in its self-driving vehicles on the state’s public roads. The California Public Utilities Commission issued the so-called Drivered AV pilot permit earlier this month, according to the approved application. It was posted on its website Friday, a little more than a week after Argo and Ford announced plans to launch at least 1,000 self-dri...
Tags: TC, California, Tech, Palo Alto, Austin, Cruise, Automotive, Vw, Ford, DMV, Miami, Autonomous Vehicles, Argo, Cpuc, Aurora, California Public Utilities Commission


Zoox Smart Data Reports Continued Boost in Online Traffic Connections During Q2, 2021

Following a successful first quarter, Zoox Smart Data (“Zoox”), an international provider of technological solutions that harnesses big data to build customer profiles from existing Wi-Fi networks, has released its second set of internet traffic results, which displays a further increase of online traffic connections as the travel industry begins to rebound. Measured from January 2 to June 30, the analytics were compiled from Zoox-enabled customer networks, including major travel and hosp...
Tags: Travel, Zoox


Uber, Tesla, and Rivian are locked in a war for talent. Here's how much they pay their employees.

Tesla has a new crop of rivals, including Rivian, with which it's competing for talent. Maja Hitij/Getty Images Insider has analyzed salary data from some of the top transportation-tech companies. The list includes Tesla, Uber, Rivian, and Amazon-owned Zoox. The data comes from filings shared with the US government. See more stories on Insider's business page. The war for talent between transportation technology companies is heating up, as the incumbents and upstarts poach employee...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Cars, US, Trends, Tesla, Mark Matousek, Tech Insider, Waymo, Zoox, Tesla Waymo, Uber Tesla, Waymo Cruise, Rivian


How Amazon-owned Zoox designed its self-driving vehicles to prevent crashes

The hubbub surrounding the autonomous vehicle industry often focuses on venture capital rounds, speculation about IPOs and acquisitions. But the industry’s future also hinges on the high-stakes task of proving the technology can operate safer than human drivers do today and gaining the public’s trust. In short: safety matters. Zoox issued a safety report Tuesday that aims to give new insight into its custom electric autonomous vehicle and describes in greater detail various design details aimed ...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Tech, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles, Nhtsa, Rosekind, Autonomous Vehicle, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mark Rosekind, Zoox, Zoox Zoox


The Station: Robotaxi apps on the rise, an AI pioneer’s new startup and mobility event highlights

Hello and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages move (today and in the future) from Point A to Point B. Welp, the mobility event is over and we had loads of interesting interviews and anyone with an Extra Crunch subscription can access the videos. For instance, Rita Liao moderated a panel with executives from three Chinese robotaxi companies — WeRide, AutoX and Momenta — that also test and develop in Europe and the United States. One inter...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Asia, Twitter, Europe, Indonesia, California, Senate, White House, China, Russia, Softbank, America, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg


Cruise can now give passengers rides in driverless cars in California

Cruise, the autonomous vehicle subsidiary of GM that also has backing from SoftBank Vision Fund, Microsoft and Honda, has secured a permit that will allow the company to shuttle passengers in its test vehicles without a human safety operator behind the wheel. The permit, issued by the California Public Utilities Commission as part of its driverless pilot program, is one of several regulatory requirements autonomous vehicle companies must meet before they can deploy commercially. This permit is i...
Tags: TC, Transportation, California, Tech, Cruise, Automotive, DMV, Gm, Autonomous Vehicles, Honda, Cpuc, Aurora, California Public Utilities Commission, PUC, California Department of Motor Vehicles, Government Affairs


Tezlab CEO Ben Schippers to discuss the Tesla effect and the next wave of EV startups at TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

As Tesla sales have risen, interest in the company has exploded, prompting investment and interest in the automotive industry, as well as the startup world. Tezlab, a free app that’s like a Fitbit for a Tesla vehicle, is just one example of the numerous startups that have sprung up in the past few years as electric vehicles have started to make the tiniest of dents in global sales. Now, as Ford, GM, Volvo, Hyundai along with newcomers Rivian, Fisker and others launch electric vehicles into the m...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Facebook, Technology, China, Articles, Linkedin, Tech, Tesla, Ceo, AV, Automation, Gm, Reid Hoffman, Fitbit, Self-driving Cars


Lux Capital has raised $1.5 billion more to invest in — and create — new startups

The fundraising continues apace in the go-go world of venture capital. Today, it’s Lux Capital — known for its frontier investing — that has closed a $675 million early-stage venture fund and an $800 million growth-stage fund from its existing LPs, including many of the foundations, endowments, and family offices that have backed the firm from its start in 2000. It’s easy to appreciate why they would re-up. Over the last 12 months alone, a dozen of Lux’s portfolio companies have either been acqu...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Mit, Sand Hill Road, SPAC, Veolia, Menlo Park, Lux, Lux Capital, Josh Wolfe, Zoox, Peter Hebert, Thrive Earlier Detection, Everly Health


5 Reasons you need to attend TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

Get ready to spend a full day rubbing virtual elbows with the global mobility community’s best and brightest minds and makers. TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 takes place June 9, and we’ve packed the agenda with experts, interviews, demos, panel discussions, breakout sessions and a metric ton of opportunity. Pro tip: It’s not too late to book a ticket. Grab yours here and save with groups of 4+. If you’re still on the fence, here are five excellent reasons you should attend TC Sessions: Mobility 2020...
Tags: TC, Tech, Engineer, Artificial Intelligence, Reid Hoffman, Head, Self-driving Car, Cto, Jeff Johnson, Ahti Heinla, Forward, Zoox, Co-founder, Nuro, Joby Aviation, Jesse Levinson


ChargerHelp co-founder, CEO Kameale C. Terry is heading to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

Thousands of electric vehicle charging stations will be built around the country over the next decade. ChargerHelp!, founded in January 2020 by Kameale C. Terry and Evette Ellis, wants to make sure they stay up and running. The idea for the on-demand repair app for EV charging stations came to Terry when she was working at EV Connect, where she held a number of roles including director of programs and head of customer experience. She noticed long wait times to fix non-electrical issues at chargi...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Technology, China, Events, Linkedin, Tech, Ceo, AV, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Automation, Transport, Reid Hoffman


So, you want to democratize venture capital

A venture capitalist once told me candidly that whenever you see the phrase “democratization” in tech marketing material, think of it as a red flag. Democracy, generally speaking, often comes with an ironic caveat: It disproportionately benefits white and male participants. Now, you know me well enough to know that I wouldn’t start off your Saturday with this dreary of an introduction normally, but I think that that reality is why a new tool, championed by tech entrepreneurs Lolita and Josh Taub...
Tags: TC, Microsoft, Nigeria, Africa, Linkedin, Tech, Earth, Reid Hoffman, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Black, Brian Chesky, Jordan Crook, Chris Urmson, Aurora, Danny


The Station: Exits at Waymo and Bird’s SPAC reveals its scooter-nomics

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages move (today and in the future) from Point A to Point B. Here’s a crypto-meets-transportation story for you before we move onto the rest of the news. Just weeks after Tesla CEO Elon Musk and CFO Zach Kirkhorn said they believe in the lo...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Europe, Japan, Texas, Milan, Congress, Indonesia, Australia, California, Washington, La, China, Massachusetts, Singapore, India


China’s autonomous vehicle startups AutoX, Momenta and WeRide are coming to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

As the autonomous vehicle industry in the United States marches toward consolidation, a funding spree continues to exhilarate China’s robotaxi industry. Momenta, Pony.ai, WeRide and Didi’s autonomous vehicle arm have all raised hundreds of millions of dollars over the past year. And 21-year-old search engine giant Baidu competes alongside the startups with a $1.5 billion fund launched in 2017 to help cars go driverless. Their strategies are similar in some regards and diverge elsewhere. The bigg...
Tags: TC, Elon Musk, Technology, China, Events, Linkedin, Tech, Automotive, United States, Automation, Gm, Reid Hoffman, Search Engine, Toyota, Self-driving Cars, Baidu


Waymo to lose its CFO and head of automotive partnerships

Waymo’s chief financial officer Ger Dwyer and its head of automotive partnerships and corporate development Adam Frost — two longtime executives at the autonomous vehicle company — are leaving this month, departures that comes amid some executive shuffling following CEO John Krafcik’s exit earlier this year. Dwyer and Frost’s departure was shared internally this week, according to multiple sources. Waymo has confirmed to TechCrunch that Dwyer and Frost are leaving. “We’re grateful to Ger and Ada...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, California, France, Tech, Austin, Automotive, Ford, House, Fca, AutoNation, Autonomous Vehicles, Oxford University, Nissan, Frost


Autonomous vehicle pioneers Karl Iagnemma and Chris Urmson are coming to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

Long before the multimillion-dollar acquisitions and funding rounds pushed autonomous vehicles to the top of the hype cycle, Karl Iagnemma and Chris Urmson were researching and, later, developing the foundations of the technology. These pioneers — Iagnemma coming from MIT, Urmson from Carnegie Mellon University — would eventually go on to launch their own autonomous vehicle startups in an aim to finally bring years of R&D to the public. That task isn’t over quite yet. Urmson, who is co-founder a...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Technology, Events, Linkedin, Tech, Mit, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Darpa, Gm, Reid Hoffman, Michigan, Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars


GM’s Pam Fletcher is coming to TC Sessions: Mobility 2021 to talk about how to build a startup

GM might be best known for the millions of Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC-branded vehicles it designs, produces, finances and sells each year. But it also has a burgeoning incubator, where a team of 600 employees are working to develop 20 new businesses with a total addressable market of about $1.3 trillion. A few of the first startup fruits have already come to bear, including OnStar Guardian, OnStar Insurance, GM Defense and most recently, BrightDrop — the commercial electric vehicle deliv...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Linkedin, Tech, Cruise, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Mary Barra, Gm, Reid Hoffman, Silicon Valley, Mobility, Autonomous Vehicles, Fast Company, Nasdaq, Onstar


The Station: Lyft sells its self-driving unit, Uber makes a big product push and Revel jumps into ride-hailing

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hi there, new and returning readers. This is The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages move (today and in the future) from Point A to Point B. We took a week off and now we’re back. Whoop. Let’s catch up on all things transportation. My email inbox is always open. Email me at [email protected]
Tags: TC, Lyft, Uber, Europe, Elon Musk, UK, New York, London, Washington, Senate, Ipo, New York City, US, America, Los Angeles, Linkedin


Announcing the Agenda for TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

TC Sessions: Mobility is back and we’re excited to give you the first look at who is coming to the main stage and what we plan to talk about. The event will be virtual, but never fear, we will bring you the same informative panels and provocative one-on-one interviews and networking you’re used to. The new format has provided one massive benefit: democratizing access. If you’re a startup or investor, you can listen in, network and connect with other participants here in Silicon Valley. Plus, you...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Asia, Europe, Technology, Australia, China, Africa, Articles, Tech, General Motors, Tesla, Ceo, AV, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive


Zoox Smart Data Experiences Impressive Uptick in Online Traffic Connections During Q1, 2021

Following a successful Holiday Season of record online traffic connections despite the pandemic's impact on global travel, Zoox Smart Data ("Zoox"), has published its first set of traffic analytics for 2021. First measuring the total number of individual connections from January to the end of March, Zoox-backed networks experienced more than double the connections that took place during the Holidays.
Tags: Travel, Zoox, Zoox Smart Data Zoox


Daily Crunch: iOS 14.5 brings privacy changes and more

Apple’s latest software upgrade brings a big change, Roku accuses Google of anti-competitive behavior and Brex raises a big funding round. This is your Daily Crunch for April 26, 2021. The big story: iOS 14.5 brings privacy changes and more Apple released the latest version of its mobile operating system today, which includes the much-discussed App Tracking Transparency feature, allowing users to control which apps are sharing their data with third parties for ad-targeting purposes. Other new ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Mobile, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Australia, US, Tech, Nasa, Roku, Toyota, North Carolina, YouTube TV, Zoox, Gina Bianchini


Hear about building AVs under Amazon from Zoox CTO Jesse Levinson at TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

Last year, autonomous driving startup Zoox was acquired by Amazon in a deal worth $1.3 billion. Since then, Zoox has continued to pursue its existing strategy of developing and deploying autonomous passenger vehicles, revealing the design of its long-anticipated robotaxi late in December. From concept to reveal, Zoox spent six years developing its built-for-purpose passenger AV, and the plan is to launch them initially with commercial deployments in Las Vegas and San Francisco following testing....
Tags: Amazon, TC, Technology, San Francisco, Tech, Ceo, AV, Automation, Las Vegas, Self-driving Cars, Robotics, Science and Technology, Levinson, Robotaxi, Aicha Evans, Zoox


The Station: Another Uber spinout is born and EVs dominate SPACs

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox.  Hi friends and new readers, welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. Our transportation desk is taking shape. Two new reporters, Aria Alamalhodaei and Rebecca Bellan started Monday and have already provided some new and interesting coverage. Tam...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Japan, California, Germany, Softbank, Tech, Tesla, Cnn, Automotive, Porsche, Paris, Union of Concerned Scientists, Ikea, Volkswagen


Zoox Smart Data Partners with Leading Hospitality Wi-Fi Network Providers to Enable Seamless Access to Guest Preference Profile Technology

Zoox Smart Data ("Zoox"), an international provider of technological solutions that harnesses big data to build customer profiles from existing Wi-Fi networks, has announced additional partnerships with third-party Wi-Fi providers to ensure that more hotel and travel businesses can seamlessly integrate its advanced profile technology with pre-existing Wi-Fi operations. Zoox's recent collaborations now provide full and instant compatibility with networks deployed by SkySmart Systems as wel...
Tags: Travel, Zoox, NetAccess, Zoox Smart Data Zoox, Zoox Smart Data Partners, Leading Hospitality Wi Fi Network Providers, SkySmart Systems


Goldman Sachs is creating an auto-tech joint venture amid a SPAC boom for EV and lidar companies: Report

Lordstown Motors is one of the many EV companies that have gone public through SPACs over the past year. Lordstown Motors Goldman Sachs is creating a JV focused on automotive tech, Bloomberg reported. Auto-tech companies have been part of a number of acquisitions and public listings in recent years. They include Amazon's acquisition of Zoox and Nikola's SPAC merger. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Goldman Sachs is forming an investment-banking joint venture that wil...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Finance, Cars, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg, Goldman Sachs, Goldman, SPAC, Nikola, Friedland, Mark Matousek, Tesla Uber, Zoox, Rivian


As Chinese search giant Baidu moves to build electric vehicles, the company is holding talks for a majority stake in an AI chipmaker

A Baidu AI robot which shows a face mask on its screen, at Baidu's headquarters in Beijing. Reuters Baidu is in talks with VC firms to take a majority stake in an AI chipmaker, CNBC reported.  The chips it makes could be used in electric vehicles from Baidu and other companies.  Baidu could take on Tesla China, BYD, and NIO in the Chinese EV market.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Baidu is reportedly in funding talks with venture capital firms that would give i...
Tags: Apple, Google, China, US, Trends, General Motors, Ford, Baidu, Chips, Hyundai, Cnbc, Semiconductors, Dan Baker, Tesla China, NIO, Tech Insider


The Station: AutoX meets a robotaxi milestone, Spin adds a third wheel and Lime embraces mopeds

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox.  Hi friends and new readers, welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. Let’s get right to it. Oh wait, one item first. Tesla earnings happened and as always a bunch of new promises and products and timelines were laid out, including a Knight Ri...
Tags: TC, Europe, Washington, China, New York City, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Electric Vehicles, Paris, Shanghai, Alibaba, Gm, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Bmw


Tesla Sues Ex-Staffer for Allegedly Stealing Proprietary Software Code

Tesla is reportedly taking one of its former employees to court over allegedly stealing company information and breaching contract, CNBC reports. Read more...
Tags: Science, Cars, Tesla, Dropbox, Nikola Tesla, Cnbc, Tesla Model S, Autopilot, Self Driving Car, Inc, Warp Drive, Motor Vehicles, Zoox, TSLAQ, Wireless Energy Transfer, Car Classifications


Elon Musk escalated his feud with Mark Zuckerberg following the riots at the Capitol. Here are 11 other rivalries that have formed between some of the world's most high-powered tech leaders.

Elon Musk, left, and Mark Zuckerberg. Susan Walsh/AP; Erin Scott/Reuters While there are many close friendships among tech CEOs in Silicon Valley, there are also plenty of feuds. Some appear to be friendly rivalries, like Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. Others are more contentious: Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg, and Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have been openly feuding for years.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Silicon Valley is a breeding ground f...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Spacex, Elon Musk, Cook, Jobs, Instagram, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Washington, Time, US, San Francisco