Last-mile, landscaping and leaping robots

I spoke to Refraction AI co-founder/CTO Matthew Johnson-Roberson on the occasion of the Michigan startup’s $4.2 million seed raise. This week we posted a Q&A where he answers a wider range of topics about the delivery robotics company, and this bit jumped out at me: It still boggles my mind tha…

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Venture studio Adanian Labs fuels startup growth in Africa

The venture studio targets to help build 300 next-generation startups over the next five years.

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Nautical Commerce sails away with new funding to bring marketplace tech to the masses

The company is boiling down the time it takes for businesses to create an e-commerce marketplace from two to three years to about 90 days.

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Biden’s executive order on cybersecurity should include behavior transparency

The cyber executive order, alongside sanctions on Russia, are strong indications the Biden administration intends to take a far more proactive approach to cybersecurity. But it's not quite enough.

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Google updates its kids online safety curriculum with lessons on gaming, video and more

Google announced today it’s updating and expanding its digital safety and citizenship curriculum called Be Internet Awesome, which is aimed at helping school-aged children learn to navigate the internet responsibly. First introduced four years ago, the curriculum now reaches 30 countries and …

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8 founders, leaders highlight fintech and deep tech as Bristol’s top sectors

Bristol proved especially popular among tech investors last year — local businesses raked in an impressive $414 million in 2020, making it the third-largest U.K. city for tech investment.

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Hydrosat raises $5M seed round to deliver ground temperature data to customers

A lot of information can be gleaned about a surface area just by taking the ground temperature data. If a crop field is under stress, for example, the ground temperature will be elevated long before there’s any actual indication of the stress on the plant itself, Hydrosat CEO and co-founder Pieter …

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Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving arm, raises $2.5B in second external investment round

Waymo, Google’s former self-driving project that is now a business unit under Alphabet, said Wednesday it raised $2.5 billion in its second outside funding round. The company said in a blog post it will use the funds to continue growing Waymo Driver, its autonomous driving platform, and growing its…

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E3 2021 wrap-up

E3 2021 kicked off with news about E3 2022. Kind of a funny way to start a show, as Mayor Eric Garcetti told the crowd, “we look forward to seeing you in-person, here in the City of Angels, in 2022.” Also a bit funny when the mayor’s video game show announcement has less confetti and [&…

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Internxt gets $1M to be ‘the Coinbase of decentralized storage’

Valencia-based startup Internxt has been quietly working on an ambitious plan to make decentralized cloud storage massively accessible to anyone with an internet connection. It’s just bagged $1 million in seed funding led by Angels Capital, a European VC fund owned by Juan Roig (aka Spain&#82…

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Harry Stebbings turns up the volume on 20VC with new $140M fund

Harry Stebbings, the well-known podcaster behind “20 minute VC,” announced today that he raised a duo of funds for 20VC, the venture capital fund he launched off of his show’s success. The pair of funds — one for early stage and one for growth stage — total $140 million in a…

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