Lucas Matney

Magic Leap buys mesh-computing startup Computes

Magic Leap buys mesh-computing startup Computes

Magic Leap has announced they are acquiring Computes, a decentralized mesh computing startup. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. From Magic Leap’s blog post: From the beginning, Chris Matthieu and Jade Meskill started Computes, Inc. based on the principle of enabling the next generation of computing. We believe Magic Leap is the perfect home to […]

 Lucas Matney

Impossible Aerospace raises $9.4M to sell drones stuffed with battery cells

Impossible Aerospace raises $9.4M to sell drones stuffed with battery cells

Much like smartphone manufacturers, drone companies have been adding to devices plenty of features over the past several years while making only modest improvements to battery life. But while your phone may boast “all-day” usage, a lot of the top drones only register flight times between 20-35 minutes. Impossible Aerospace is looking to change up […]

 Lucas Matney

Uber’s chief diversity officer is coming to TechCrunch Disrupt 2018

Uber’s chief diversity officer is coming to TechCrunch Disrupt 2018

At TechCrunch Disrupt 2018, Uber’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Bo Young Lee will be joining us to talk about the ride-sharing company’s efforts to put detoxify its corporate culture and promote a more inclusive environment for employees. Lee was hired as the company’s first chief diversity and inclusion officer this past January, after leaving […]

 Lucas Matney

Space investors are coming to Disrupt SF 2018

Space investors are coming to Disrupt SF 2018

In the past couple of decades, Elon Musk’s efforts with SpaceX have partially kicked off a space race in the VC-funded rocket startup scene. At Disrupt SF 2018, we’re thrilled to host a panel of some of Silicon Valley’s top investors whose firms are eyeing the stars. Rob Coneybeer from Shasta Ventures, Tess Hatch from […]

 Lucas Matney

Ubiquity6 CEO Anjney Midha is coming to Disrupt SF 2018

Ubiquity6 CEO Anjney Midha is coming to Disrupt SF 2018

2018 has been the year that AR promises came face-to-face with reality. While Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore sparked a ravenous response from developers that had grown worried about VR’s near-term market and the fate of AR headsets from Microsoft and Magic Leap, little seemed to resonate deeply with consumers. That realization is part of […]

 Lucas Matney

All 59 startups that launched today at Y Combinator’s S18 Demo Day 2

All 59 startups that launched today at Y Combinator’s S18 Demo Day 2

From yeast-grown cannabinoids to project management software to consumer apps looking to gauge opinions on college campuses, a wide variety of spaces was represented on the second day of pitches from Y Combinator’s Summer 2018 class. As we noted yesterday, B2B software and services was the biggest vertical with 30 percent of the 132 startups […]

 Lucas Matney

Here are the 63 startups that launched today at Y Combinator’s S18 Demo Day 1

Here are the 63 startups that launched today at Y Combinator’s S18 Demo Day 1

From “cheese 2.0” to connecting flights for satellites, Y Combinator showed off a wide array of early-stage startups fresh from its YC Summer 2018 batch. A total of 63 companies took to the stage in front of a full audience at the Computer History Museum today in Mountain View to pitch on-off switches for organisms, […]

 Lucas Matney

YC-backed Sterblue aims to enable smarter drone inspections

YC-backed Sterblue aims to enable smarter drone inspections

As government regulation for commercial drone usage seems to be trending in a very positive direction for the companies involved, there is an ever-growing opportunity for drone startups to utilize artificial intelligence to deliver insights without requiring much human effort. Sterblue, a French drone software startup that is launching out of Y Combinator’s latest class […]

 Lucas Matney

Pico nabs $24.7M to create VR hardware that challenges Facebook, Google

Pico nabs $24.7M to create VR hardware that challenges Facebook, Google

While there aren’t many VR hardware startups raising cash out there these days, there are far fewer that are securing investments to actually build the VR headsets themselves. Even as established tech giants are having a rough go-ahead with the headset market, Beijing-based Pico Interactive is looking to give it a go with a focus […]

 Lucas Matney

Test.ai nabs $11M Series A led by Google to put bots to work testing apps

Test.ai nabs $11M Series A led by Google to put bots to work testing apps

For developers, the process of determining whether every new update is going to botch some core functionality can take up a lot of time and resources, and things get far more complicated when you’re managing a multitude of apps. Test.ai is building a comprehensive system for app testing that relies on bots, not human labor, […]

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