Spacex'S Crew Dragon Astronaut Spacecraft Has A Key Launch Saturday – Here'S What'S Going Down


Amazon partners with thousands of mom-and-pop stores in India: Manish Singh



Neighborhood stores dot tens of thousands of cities, towns and villages in India. They have survived — and thrived, despite — retail giants’ billions of investment in the country. So now, Amazon is beginning to embrace them. Amazon said on Saturday it has par…

Deep tech VCs on what they view as some of the most impactful young startups right now: Connie Loizos



During this week’s Democratic debate, there was a lot of talk, unsurprisingly, about ensuring the future of this country’s children and grandchildren. Climate change was of particular interest to billionaire Tom Steyer, who said repeatedly that addressing it …

SpaceX's Crew Dragon astronaut spacecraft has a key launch Saturday – here's what's going down: Darrell Etherington



SpaceX and NASA are getting ready for a key test of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon commercial crew spacecraft on Saturday, and this should be the last major milestone that SpaceX has to pass in terms of demonstration missions before actual crew climb aboard the spacesh…

As Alphabet crests the $1T mark, SaaS stocks reach all-time highs of their own: Alex Wilhelm



Continuing our irregular surveys of the public markets, two things happened this week that are worth our time. First, a third domestic technology company — Alphabet — passed the $1 trillion market capitalization threshold. And, second, software as a service (…

Cruise calls for a new way to determine commercial readiness of self-driving cars: Kirsten Korosec



Cruise co-founder and CTO Kyle Vogt said Friday that disengagement reports released annually by California regulators are not a proxy for the commercial readiness or safety of self-driving cars. Vogt, in a lengthy post on Medium, called for a new metric to de…

Eaze's struggles reflect falling VC interest in cannabis startups: Alex Wilhelm



Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. Yesterday, TechCrunch reported that Eaze, a well-known cannabis-focused startup, is struggling to stay in business amidst a cash crunch, lea…

EU lawmakers are eyeing risk-based rules for AI, per leaked white paper: Natasha Lomas



The European Commission is considering a temporary ban on the use of facial recognition technology, according to a draft proposal for regulating artificial intelligence obtained by Euroactiv. Creating rules to ensure AI is ‘trustworthy and human’ has been an …

Baraja's unique and ingenious take on lidar shines in a crowded industry: Devin Coldewey



It seems like every company making lidar has a new and clever approach, but Baraja takes the cake. Its method is not only elegant and powerful, but fundamentally avoids many issues that nag other lidar technologies. But it'll need more than smart tech to make…

Where FaZe Clan sees the future of gaming and entertainment: Jonathan Shieber



Lee Trink has spent nearly his entire career in the entertainment business. The former president of Capitol Records is now the head of FaZe Clan, an esports juggernaut that is one of the most recognizable names in the wildly popular phenomenon of competitive …

The paradox of 2020 VC is that the largest funds are doing the smallest rounds: Danny Crichton



I talked yesterday about how VCs are just tired these days. Too many deals, too little time per deal, and constant hyper-competition with other VCs for the same equity. VCs are just tired One founder friend of mine noted to me last night that he has already r…



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