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Zoom and Tesla have grown faster than any other NASDAQ 100 stock this year

2020 has been a stellar year for the world’s biggest tech companies — but none have added more to their market values than video conferencing darling Zoom Video and Elon Musk’s Tesla. Indeed, both Zoom and Tesla have multiplied their market caps this year, growth that outstrips every single company in the NASDAQ 100 (a popular index of large-cap stocks that includes tech’s biggest firms). [Read: Civil unrest pushes US gun stocks to outpace tech’s biggest companies] Zoom, the free video conferenc...
Tags: Startups, Elon Musk, US, Tesla, Nasdaq, Hard Fork


How to reboot shared mobility in a post-pandemic world

Shared mobility must reinvent itself somewhat to adapt to the coming challenges resulting from COVID-19. Operators, software developers, vehicle manufacturers, and public services will all need to be creative in order to find ways to deal with a wide range of social/technical/business issues created or exacerbated by the pandemic. In this article (in 6 parts), we will explore a few ideas on how to build resilient shared mobility solutions for the near future. 1. Safety & hygiene: reconnect with ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, World, Shift, Syndication, COVID


Everyone can now use Facebook’s Google Photos export tool

In 2019, Facebook started testing a tool that lets you transfer your images from the social network to Google Photos easily. Earlier this year, the company rolled it out in selected countries including the US, Canda, the UK, and some regions of the Asia Pacific and Africa. [Read: Signal can now automatically blur faces in photos — and you can use the images in any app] Now, the company is making the tool available to everyone around the globe. You can use it on desktop and mobile both. Follow ou...
Tags: Google, Startups, Facebook, Apps, UK, Africa, US, Asia Pacific, Google Photos


Prehistoric climate change damaged the ozone layer and led to a mass extinction, study finds

Mass extinctions are very important to how life evolved on Earth. For example, when an asteroid hit the Earth 66 million years ago, the resulting dinosaur extinction led mammals to take their place. My colleagues and I have published new research on the mass extinction that took place 359 million years ago at the boundary between the Devonian and Carboniferous geological periods. There have been many previous speculations as to the cause of this event, including volcanic eruptions, asteroid impa...
Tags: Startups, Science, World, Syndication


Tim Cook addresses George Floyd’s killing with a statement on racism

Apple has updated its home page with a statement from Tim Cook, addressing the tragic death of George Floyd and asserting the company’s commitment to “creating a better, more just world for everyone.” “Right now, there is a pain deeply etched in the soul of our nation and in the hearts of millions,” the Apple CEO writes. “To stand together, we must stand up for one another, and recognize the fear, hurt, and outrage rightly provoked by the senseless killing of George Floyd and a much longer histo...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Cook, Insights, Tim Cook, George Floyd


Elon Musk only has to sell 59 Teslas to offset the CO2 from a single SpaceX launch within a year

Elon Musk is an interesting character. I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I don’t always understand what he’s going on about. For example, I find his involvement in SpaceX and Tesla somewhat contradictory. Some might call it a hedge or diversification, I call it dissonant. On one hand, Tesla’s mission is to usher in a new era of clean vehicle and energy solutions and improve the world. On the other, SpaceX is an active attempt to leave the world. What’s more, a SpaceX launch produces loads o...
Tags: Startups, Space, Elon Musk, Cars, Tech, Tesla, Shift


‘51 Worldwide Games’ is now a relaxing part of my lockdown life

Gaming has been a blessing during lockdown. And while I haven’t been pumping hours into Valorant or cruising GTA V online, I have been spending the past couple of weeks unwinding to the incredibly therapeutic 51 Worldwide Games on the Nintendo Switch. “What’s that?” I hear you say. Well, it is what it says on the tin: a collection of 51 games from around the world. You can find the full list of the titles here, but it includes a whole range of fun activities, from chess to mancala, from bowling ...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, Nintendo, Plugged


Why entrepreneurs need to find their ‘inner clown’

Boris is the wise ol’ CEO of TNW who writes a weekly column on everything about being an entrepreneur in tech — from managing stress to embracing awkwardness. You can get his musings straight to your inbox by signing up for his newsletter! Contrary to what many people may think, learning how to be a clown is not part of a circus school curriculum. I know, because I dropped out of school when I was 15, signed up for circus school, and graduated as a professional juggler three years later.  Circus...
Tags: Startups, Boris, Podium, Growth Quarters


Cowboy releases updated e-bike with new carbon belt

Electric-bike maker Cowboy has released a new iteration of its bike, the Cowboy 3. It’s a relatively small update that should make the experience better for newcomers. The first orders will be delivered at the end of July and the Cowboy 3 is now slightly more expensive at €2,290 or £1,990 ($2,500). The bike still looks a lot like the Cowboy 2 that I reviewed last year. It has a triangle-shaped aluminum frame with integrated pill-shaped lights. The handlebar is still perfectly straight like on...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Cowboy, Tech, Bike, Electric Bike, e-Bike, Gogoro Eeyo


Sourcing software provider Keelvar raises $18M from Elephant and Mosaic

It was perhaps not until the COVID-19 pandemic hit the planet that most of us had ever heard or uttered the phrase “supply chain”. But in a global economy that had become drunk and lazy on ‘just in time ordering’ and similar, the threat to supply chains of things like, oh, food, from that pesky virus has become real and visceral. That why automation of ‘the supply chain’ has become such a huge issue. So it’s not a huge surprise that startups aimed at tackling this are suddenly thrust into the li...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Enterprise, US, Samsung, Cork Ireland, Coupa, Bain Company, Paua Ventures, Mosaic Ventures, JAGGAER, Toby Coppel, Keelvar, Siemens Coca Cola Novartis BMW, Alan Holland


Top cybersecurity VCs share how COVID-19 has changed investing

The coronavirus pandemic is, without doubt, the greatest challenge the world has faced in a generation. But the wheels of the world keep turning, albeit slower than during normal times. But where the world has faced challenges, the cybersecurity industry remains largely unscathed. In fact, some cybersecurity businesses are doing better than ever because cybersecurity has emerged as one of the few constants we all need — even during a pandemic. The vast majority of the global workforce is (or has...
Tags: Security, Startups, Digital Transformation, Microsoft, Funding, Satya Nadella, Cryptography, Cybercrime, Venture Capital, Streaming Video, Cyberwarfare, Video Conferencing, Crowdstrike, Computer Security, Cloud Infrastructure, Collaboration Tools


Unpacking ZoomInfo’s IPO as the firm starts to trade

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. The ZoomInfo IPO slipped through our fingers in the last news cycle, so we’re going to catch up. Founded in 2000, the company has had a somewhat complicated history. ZoomInfo raised a Series A in 2004, according to Crunchbase data, but that’s where its funding history stops. The firm, a SaaS operation that provides information on business people, later sold itself to private ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Washington, Ipo, Tech, Private Equity, OPCO, Holdco, Market Analysis, Great Hill Partners, ZoomInfo, Extra Crunch, ZoomInfo Technologies Inc, ZoomInfo IPO, ZoomInfo HoldCo


Searchable.ai nabs additional $4M seed to continue building AI-driven search

Searchable.ai is an early-stage startup in the alpha phase of testing its initial product, but it has an idea compelling enough to attract investment, even during a pandemic. Today the company announced an additional $4 million in seed capital to continue building its AI-driven search solution. Susquehanna International Group and Omicron Media co-led the round with participation by Defy Partners, NextView Ventures and a group of unnamed angel investors. Today’s investment comes on top of the $2 ...
Tags: Startups, Enterprise, Funding, Tech, Search, Artificial Intelligence, Alexa, Enterprise Search, Shin, Nextview Ventures, Brian Shin, Susquehanna International Group, Conversational Search, Searchable.ai, Omicron Media co


7 Reasons Press Releases Are Still Relevant

Press releases may have been the main thing back in the day where printing was the way to pass information and before the internet became mainstream. But, does this mean that press release is irrelevant today? Granted in today’s era, it is simple to create a message or make a video and send it through various social media platforms. If it is something that would excite your followers, then the information can go viral within a very short time span. Does this mean that there is no room for press...
Tags: Google, Startups, Public Relations, Press Releases, Others


Are Telecommuters Covered Under Workers Compensation?

No matter where an injury occurs, if an employee is hurt on the job they may be eligible for worker’s compensation benefits. In order to demonstrate that an injury that happened at time should be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, you will need to be able to demonstrate that it happened while you were engaged in activities that benefitted your employer. It is your employer’s duty to provide safe working conditions for their workers regardless of where they are located while they are p...
Tags: Work From Home, Startups, Minnesota, Others, Telecommuting, Workers' Compensation


Big data and machine learning are growing at massive rates. This training explains why

TLDR: The Complete 2020 Big Data and Machine Learning Bundle breaks down understanding and getting started in two of the tech era’s biggest new growth sectors. It’s instructive to know just how big Big Data really is. And the reality is that it’s now so big that the word big doesn’t even effectively do it justice anymore. Right now, humankind is creating 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day. And it’s growing exponentially, with 90 percent of all data created in just the past two years. By 202...
Tags: Startups, Offers


The ‘average’ Robinhood trader is no match for the S&P 500, just like Buffett

Robinhood users simply can’t catch a break. First, a series of interruptions rocked the platform on some of the most volatile days in stock market history, for which the company offered only lacklustre subscription discounts. Now, fresh analysis has shown that the average Robinhood trader hasn’t just underperformed in 2020 — they’ve also posted 6.2% fewer returns than the S&P 500 (a basic index of top US companies) over the past two years. [Read: Bitcoin vs. NASDAQ 100: Watch them thrive during ...
Tags: Startups, US, Robinhood, Buffett, Hard Fork


Google faces $5 billion lawsuit over tracking users in incognito mode

Google is facing a $5 billion class action lawsuit over tracking Chrome users — even in incognito mode. The lawsuit, which was filed in the federal court in San Jose, California on Tuesday, accuses the company of collecting information about what people view and what pages they visit online despite claiming incognito mode is private, Reuters reports. The complaint further alleges gathering data through Google Analytics, Google Ad Manager, and various mobile apps helps the company learn about use...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps, Reuters, San Jose California, Google Analytics Google


California blocks bill that could’ve led to a facial recognition police-state

As images of police brutality flashed across our screens this week, Californian lawmakers were considering a bill that would have expanded facial recognition surveillance across the state. Yesterday, following a prolonged campaign by a civil rights coalition, the legislators blocked the bill. The Microsoft-backed bill had been introduced by Assemblyman Ed Chau, who argued it would regulate the use of the tech by commercial and public entities. But the ACLU warned that it was an “endorsement of i...
Tags: Security, Startups, Microsoft, California, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Aclu, Assemblyman Ed Chau, Chau, Neural


Nanox, maker of a low-cost scanning service to replace X-rays, expands Series B to $51M

A lot of the attention in medical technology today has been focused on tools and innovations that might help the world better fight the COVID-19 global health pandemic. Today comes news of another startup that is taking on some funding for a disruptive innovation that has the potential to make both COVID-19 as well as other kinds of clinical assessments more accessible. Nanox, a startup out of Israel that has developed a small, low-cost scanning system and “medical screening as a service” to rep...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Asia, Europe, Hardware, Enterprise, Funding, Israel, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Fujifilm, Norway, Foxconn, SK Telecom, Australia New Zealand


Bryter raises $16M for a no-code platform for non-technical people to build enterprise automation apps

Automation is the name of the game in enterprise IT at the moment: we now have a plethora of solutions on the market to speed up your workflow, simplify a process, and perform more repetitive tasks without humans getting involved. Now, a startup that is helping non-technical people get more directly involved in how to make automation work better for their tasks is announcing some funding to seize the opportunity. Bryter — a no-code platform based in Berlin that lets workers in departments like a...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Europe, London, Enterprise, Berlin, US, Deloitte, Accel, Sequoia, Notion Capital, Dawn Capital, Grupp, Recent Funding, Luca Bocchio


Astronomers found an Earth-like exoplanet orbiting the solar system’s nearest star

Proxima b an Earth-like exoplanet orbiting in the habitable zone of the nearest star to our own in the Proxima Centauri solar system — located just 4.2 light-years from Earth — has been confirmed by an international team of astronomers from the University of Geneva. The team used the Echelle SPectrograph for Rocky Exoplanets and Stable Spectroscopic Observations (ESPRESSO) spectrograph, attached to the Very Large Telescope (VLT) located in the Chilean desert to make their observation. The team’s...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Earth, Proxima, Proxima Centauri, University of Geneva, VLT, Syndication, Astrophysics Proxima


7 experience architecture trends your organization can’t afford to ignore

There’s a big difference between having a creative idea and actually bringing that idea to life. Marketing, sales, commerce, and service delivery systems must be built with careful, deliberate attention to every step in the process of designing and implementing the idea. Miss a key step or ignore a key process, data, or technology component in the architecture, and the entire experience might fail. Enter the need for ‘experience architecture’ — a new frontier that blends the capabilities and com...
Tags: Startups, Podium, Growth Quarters


How to blur faces and remove metadata from your photos

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. People all over the world have taken to the streets to support the Black Lives Matter movement and many of you might be taking photos to spread the word. However, images may have a lot of personally identifiable data attached to them, such as faces of people or location stored in its metadata with device information. So it’s important to remove this metadata a...
Tags: Startups, Basics


Protesting? Here’s how to turn off location services on iOS and Android

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Following the murder of George Floyd by the US police, protests have erupted across America. While this is a legally protected right, Trump’s attempt to label Antifa as “domestic terrorists” and the police’s brutal responses suggests this isn’t a given. Which is why you need to protect yourself when protesting. And, specifically, why you must turn off location...
Tags: Startups, US, America, Basics, Trump, Antifa, Plugged, George Floyd


UK launches yet another vehicle-to-grid charging trial — but only for 100 Nissan drivers

Powering your home using the energy stored in your electric vehicle (vehicle-to-grid) isn’t commonplace yet, but it could be if trials are successful. Speaking of which, a UK power distribution firm, that manages the energy grid across West England and Wales, has just launched a V2G trial and is giving away free smart chargers to Nissan EV drivers to test its platform, but there’s a catch. [Read: The future of electric motorbikes according to post-war inspired BMW concept art] In an announcement...
Tags: Startups, UK, Wales, Cars, Tech, World, Bmw, Nissan, Shift, West England


Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Traders accuse Coinbase of pulling the plug when Bitcoin makes sharp moves’

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Locke used to say: Whip it, whip it, whip it! Bitcoin price We closed the day, June 03 2020, at a price of $9,656. That’s a minor 1.28 percent increase in 24 hours, or $122. It was the highest closing price in one day. We’re still 51 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 ...
Tags: Startups, Bitcoin, Locke, Hard Fork, Satoshi Nakaboto


Only you can turn every pointless meeting into a productive session

There are very few things I hate more than emails but meetings are one of them. I know we all need to have the occasional meeting to discuss project specifics or brainstorm new ideas — and this really isn’t an issue. The problem arises when you’re constantly being pulled into countless (and pointless) meetings, where everyone sits around talking about doing stuff but nothing of substance gets agreed or there are no real action points follow. With this in mind, I’ve put together a few pointers th...
Tags: Startups, Growth Quarters


Why It’s Important To Decide On The Ideal Customer Profile When In Business

Your target audience is one of the crucial decisions you can make when running a business. In fact, before you start to develop concepts for your business, it’s a necessity to know your potential customers. Such an understanding will guide your future decisions ahead, which can make it much easier for you to connect with your customers. Unfortunately, despite this fact, some businesses fail to create an ideal customer profile or ICP which results in missing out the chance to foster growth and b...
Tags: Startups, Marketing, ICP, Others, Customer Management, Ideal Customer Profile, Customer Profile, Customer Profiling, Beneficial For Account Based Marketing Account, Creates Alignment Across Organization


The Best Features Included In Conference Calling Services

Conference calling services are changing the way teams meet. No longer is sitting in a stuffy room with no A/C for two hours a requirement. Now, you can meet with up to 1,000 people in some cases with web-based conference calling services. From video chat to 24/7 customer service, these are some of the best features you’ll find in conference calling services. 24/7 Support. When it comes to technology, there’s always a chance it will malfunction. Even the most expertly-designed apps and softwa...
Tags: Startups, Others, Business Communication, Team Communication, Conference Calling Services