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Wondering about getting a job at SpaceX? Elon Musk says innovation is the main criterion

By |February 28th, 2020|

In a wide-ranging discussion at the Air Warfare Symposium held by the U.S. Air Force, Elon Musk touched on some old and new themes, but one highlight of the discussion was the small window into hiring and firing practices at SpaceX — arguably one of the world’s most demanding engineering companies.  The company prides itself --> READ MORE

End Game, the startup behind Zombs Royale, raises $3M

By |February 28th, 2020|

End Game Interactive CEO Yang C. Liu has a refreshingly straightforward description of what he and his co-founder Luke Zbihlyj are up to: “We’re just building games. And to be honest, we don’t know what we’re doing.” Despite this self-proclaimed ignorance, End Game has just raised $3 million in seed funding from an impressive group --> READ MORE

Google, Toyota invest in WhereIsMyTransport to map transport in emerging cities

By |February 28th, 2020|

In emerging markets, up to 80% of the population may have to rely on informally-run public transport to get around. Literally, privately-run buses and cars. But journey-planning apps that work well for commuters in developed markets like New York or London do not work well in emerging markets, which is why you can’t just flip --> READ MORE

Public markets fall yet again as venture deal counts appear to slip

By |February 28th, 2020|

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. All around, this has been a tough week. The coronavirus is spreading and worry is running high as infections mount. In economic terms, global markets were repeated declines last night (domestic results here), and the --> READ MORE

Teen hit Yolo raises $8M to let you Snapchat anonymously

By |February 28th, 2020|

It wasn’t a fad. Yolo became the country’s No. 1 app just a week after launch by letting teens ask for anonymous replies to questions they posted on Snapchat. But nine months later, Yolo is still in the top 100 iOS apps and has 10 million active users. Now it’s safeguarding the app from predators --> READ MORE

Relativity Space expands its rocket-printing operations into an enormous new Long Beach HQ

By |February 28th, 2020|

Building a rocket is a big operation, even when you’re printing them from the ground up, like Relativity Space . The launch startup is graduating from its initial office, which is a bit cramped for assembling rockets, to a huge space in Long Beach, where the company will go from prototype to first flight. We --> READ MORE

Clearview said its facial recognition app was only for law enforcement as it courted private companies

By |February 28th, 2020|

After claiming that it would only sell its controversial facial recognition software to law enforcement agencies, a new report suggests that Clearview AI is less than discerning about its client base. According to BuzzFeed News, the small, secretive company looks to have shopped its technology far and wide. While Clearview counts ICE, the U.S. Attorney’s --> READ MORE

Latin America roundup: SoftBank adds $1B, Stori raises $10M and Grow Mobility puts on the brakes

By |February 28th, 2020|

Sophia Wood Contributor Share on Twitter Sophia Wood is a Venture Partner at Magma Partners. Sophia is also the co-founder of LatAm List, an English-language Latin American tech news source. More posts by this contributor Latin America Roundup: Loft raises $175M, SoftBank invests in Mexico’s Alphacredit and Rappi pulls back Latin America Roundup: XP’s chart-topping --> READ MORE

SeeHow helps cricketers train smarter

By |February 27th, 2020|

Like baseball, cricket relies on grass, dirt, wood, cork, spit, spin, drop and rise en route to either victory or loss. And like baseball — and just about any other sport, really — cricket coaching staffs and their players worldwide are looking for more ways to track every move. Tracking statistics is nothing new. With --> READ MORE

Senate passes ‘rip and replace’ bill to remove old Huawei and ZTE equipment from networks

By |February 27th, 2020|

The U.S. Senate today voted unanimously to pass the Secure and Trusted Telecommunications Networks Act. Written as a response to recent concerns around Chinese hardware manufacturers, the bill would ban purchase of telecom equipment from embattled Chinese manufactures like Huawei and ZTE. H.R. 4998, which passed the House last December, would also include $1 billion --> READ MORE