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The bullish case for Palantir’s direct listing

The Palantir S-1 finally dropped yesterday after TechCrunch spilled a bunch of its guts last Friday. You can read the filing here, if you are so inclined. Today, however, instead of our usual overview, I...

The H-1B visa ban is creating nearshore business partnership opportunities

Andrés Vior is the VP and country manager for Argentina at intive. A computer engineer who graduated from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), he is also a member of the Chamber of Software...

Course Hero, a profitable edtech unicorn, raises rare cash

Like any successful founder, Andrew Grauer had bright, long-term ambitions for Course Hero from the moment he launched it in 2006. He started the business to create a place where students could ask questions and...

Mobile voting can ease polling place unease in the COVID-19 era

Jonathan Johnson Contributor More posts by this contributor Three challenges facing blockchain technology A bitterly divided nation heads into the 2020 presidential election with accusations of potential voter fraud, calls for delays and charges of voter suppression as state and local election officials cope...

Many Canon cameras can now automatically back up pictures to Google Photos

Canon and Google today announced a new software integration that enables automatic Google Photos backup of pictures taken with select Canon cameras – a full list is available here, but it’s most of their...

China’s Alibaba won’t invest in Indian startups for at least six months, report says

Chinese internet giant Alibaba Group has put on hold plans to invest in Indian startups amid geo-political tensions between the two countries, Reuters reported Wednesday, citing two unnamed sources. The Chinese group, which has...

Funding for mental-health focused startups rises in 2020

Turning away from the public markets, IPOs, SPACs and Palantir for a moment, would you like to talk about startups again? I would. This morning, I pored over venture capital funding patterns for wellness-focused startups....

With theaters opening back up, Atom Tickets launches its Snap mini app

Santa Monica, Calif.-based Atom Tickets, the ticketing and concessions buying app, is finally launching its branded ticket buying experience inside Snapchat.  The new Movie Tickets by Atom joins a slew of mini apps released by...

DJI rebrands its Osmo line with the arrival of the magnetically connecting OM 4

Beyond the drones it’s known for, DJI has carved out a nice niche for itself in the camera stabilization market. Building on the technology it has developed for the aerial imaging space, the...

Desktop Metal going public in SPAC-led deal that could value 3D printer company at $2.5B

Desktop Metal’s had no shortage of investor interest in its business during in its half-decade existence. To date, the metal 3D printing company has raised $430 million, becoming one of the fastest U.S. companies...

Grid raises $12M Series A to turn spreadsheets into visual ‘narratives’

Grid, a SaaS startup founded in Iceland that lets you turn spreadsheets into visual “narratives,” has closed $12 million in Series A funding. The round is led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), with participation from...

White House announces $1B investment for AI and quantum computing hubs

Building out its previous commitment, the White House is announcing a $1 billion investment into two of tech’s most promising frontiers, AI and quantum computing. Last year, the Trump administration rolled out an executive order...

Industry experts say it’s full speed ahead as Snowflake files S-1

When Snowflake filed its S-1 ahead of an upcoming IPO yesterday, it wasn’t exactly a shock. The company which raised $1.4 billion had been valued at $12.4 billion in its last private raise in...

Instacart workers are demanding disaster relief amid CA wildfires

Gig Workers Collective, a gig worker-activist group led by Instacart shoppers, is asking Instacart to provide disaster relief to workers impacted by natural disasters. The demands come at a time when several parts...

BlackBerry makes China push as the OS for Xpeng smart cars

The once-pioneering BlackBerry is pretty much out of the smartphone manufacturing game, but the Canadian company has been busy transitioning to providing software for connected devices, including smart cars. Now it’s brought that section...

Netflix’s ‘Emily’s Wonder Lab’ is smart, interactive science TV for kids

Netflix’s children’s programming library continues to grow, and its latest is one of its best original offerings yet —  “Emily’s Wonder Lab,” a TV series hosted by engineer, space expert and Emmy-nominated TV...

XYZ Robotics raises $17M for its pick-and-place logistics robots

COVID-19 is proving to be a massive driver for robotics investments — and for good reason. Robots don’t call in sick, and they’re far less likely to be disease vectors than their human counterparts....

Muze redesigns mobile messaging as a free-form canvas for creativity

New York-based startup Muze is rethinking mobile messaging. While today’s messaging apps have expanded over the years to include support for sharing photos and videos, voice messages, reactions and more, Muze has fully redesigned...

The pandemic has probably killed VR arcades for good

A lagging trend of the past few months has been witnessing startups that COVID seemed poised to kill end up scaling back some of those deep cuts and taking off again. Not all spaces...

Everyone filed to go public Monday

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. We’re back out of sequence, because literally every company you can name (well, almost) dropped...
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