The Urban.Us and BMW Mini accelerator focused on urban innovation names its latest cohort

4 Dec

URBAN-X,  the accelerator program focused on companies developing technologies to increase the sustainability, resiliency, and efficiency of cities, has selected seven companies for its latest cohort. Operating as a partnership between BMW’s Mini brand and the early-stage investment fund Urban.us since 2017, the accelerator has backed 51 companies which have raised over $100 million in […]

AWS launches managed Cassandra services

3 Dec

Today at Amazon re:Invent, Amazon announced a new ability to manage Cassandra databases on AWS. Already used by companies as diverse as Grubhub.com, Netflix, Ooyala, Openwave, Reddit, and Uber, to manage distributed NoSQL databases, that handle large amounts of data across commodity servers,  the new Amazon Managed Apache Cassandra Service, is AWS’ attempt to offer […]

What the partnership at Trinity Ventures sees for the road ahead in 2020

25 Nov

Over the years, Trinity Ventures has racked up many exits for its limited partners. Through deals in consumer brands like Starbucks and Zulily and enterprise companies like TubeMogul and New Relic, the Menlo Park-based fund has found repeated success, but as it retrenches with a pared-down investment team and a much smaller new fund, Trinity’s […]

Gloria brings international soccer scouting into the 21st century

25 Nov

Lionel Messi, who’s still arguably the greatest soccer player in the world, signed his first contract with FC Barcelona when he was thirteen years old. Although he grew up in a small town in central Argentina, he had captured the attention of some of the world’s most famous soccer teams when he was only eleven […]

WHILL brings its autonomous wheelchairs to North American airports

20 Nov

After trials in Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, Tokyo’s Haneda airport, and Abu Dhabi airport earlier this year, WHILL, the developer of autonomous wheelchairs, is bringing its robotic mobility tech to North America. At airports in Dallas and Winnipeg, travelers with mobility limitations booked a Whill through Scootaround and test out the company’s products. Using sensing technologies […]

Tuesday Company acquires VoteWithMe as tech for politics looks to consolidate ahead of 2020

20 Nov

Tuesday Company, the organizational toolkit for political advocacy groups and candidates, has taken another step to consolidate its position in the growing market for tech-enabled political outreach with the acquisition of the voting mobilization service VoteWithMe. Launched in the wake of the 2016 election by three former staffers from Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the presidency, […]

San Diego-based Founders First Capital Partners gets $100 million for revenue-based fund

20 Nov

Founders First Capital Partners, an accelerator and investment firm which provides revenue-based financing to businesses led by “underrepresented entrepreneurs” operating in underserved markets, has received a $100 million commitment to expand its operations. The San Diego-based investor raised the debt financing from Community Investment Management, a large debt-focused impact investment fund. The revenue-based financing model […]

The coming fight over who controls digital health data

19 Nov

Spending for consumer digital healthcare companies is set to explode in the next few years; the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is currently reviewing the requirements for data sharing with the Department of Health and Human Services, and their initiatives will unlock a wave of data access never before seen in […]

As developers embrace Kubernetes, Replicated launches tools to manage its deployments

6 Nov

Five years ago, when the Los Angeles-based enterprise software startup Replicated first launched, it was one of a number of contenders looking to bring containerized software development tools to businesses. The company initially hitched its star to containerized software development toolkit, Docker, but over time developers began to migrate to another containerized software development platform […]

Valence launches a social network for black professionals

5 Nov

Over the past two years, as technology companies continued to struggle with diversifying their work forces, Los Angeles-based venture capitalist Kobie Fuller wrestled with how to solve the problem. As a black professional himself, Fuller had experienced the frustrations and isolation that can sometimes come with being the only person in the room who looked […]