Bitcoin Is Actually Traceable, Pipeline Investigation Shows

The F.B.I.’s recovery of Bitcoins paid in the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack showed cryptocurrencies are not as hard to track as it might seem.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #bitcoin-currency, #blockchain-technology, #colonial-pipeline-co, #computers-and-the-internet, #crime-and-criminals, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #darkside-hacking-group, #extortion-and-blackmail, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #justice-department, #search-and-seizure, #start-ups, #virtual-currency

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Silicon Valley’s Meh Middle

We miss out when we ignore the companies that are neither clear winners nor flat-out disasters.

#computers-and-the-internet, #data-storage, #start-ups

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Want Your Nails Done? Let a Robot Do It.

Start-ups are using technology to take a robotic approach to manicures, offering a simple way to provide foolproof nail polish.

#artificial-intelligence, #beauty-salons, #computer-vision, #nails-body-part, #robots-and-robotics, #start-ups

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Juul Wanted to Disrupt Big Tobacco. Instead It Created an Epidemic of Addiction.

In “The Devil’s Playbook,” Lauren Etter tells the story of the rise and fall of the start-up that tried to upend the cigarette industry.

#addiction-psychology, #altria-group-inc, #books-and-literature, #bowen-adam, #e-cigarettes, #etter-lauren, #juul-labs-inc, #monsees-james, #nicotine, #smoking-and-tobacco, #start-ups, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #the-devils-playbook-big-tobacco-juul-and-the-addiction-of-a-new-generation-book

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Vets Go Upscale to Care for Pets (and Their Owners)

The pet boom spurred by the pandemic has brought more attention to care for our four-legged friends. Veterinary companies are opening clinics, drawing more investors to vet real estate.

#luxury-goods-and-services, #real-estate-commercial, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #start-ups, #venture-capital, #veterinary-medicine

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How MDMA and Psilocybin Became Hot Investments

Psilocybin and MDMA are poised to be the hottest new therapeutics since Prozac. Universities want in, and so does Wall Street. But some researchers are wary about this going too far.

#alternative-and-complementary-medicine, #anxiety-and-stress, #depression-mental, #ecstasy-drug, #lsd-lysergic-acid-diethylamide, #mental-health-and-disorders, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #psilocybin-mushrooms, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #research, #start-ups, #venture-capital

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Despite Chip Shortage, Chip Innovation Is Booming

While a variety of industries struggle with supplies, semiconductor experts say there are plenty of new ideas and, most surprising, start-ups.

#artificial-intelligence, #computer-chips, #computers-and-the-internet, #factories-and-manufacturing, #shortages, #start-ups, #synopsys-inc, #united-states, #venture-capital

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China Is Set to Rule Electric Car Production

Fueled with money from Wall Street and local officials, automakers plan to build eight million electric cars a year there, more than Europe and North America combined.

#automobiles, #china, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #international-trade-and-world-market, #nio-ltd, #start-ups, #subsidies-for-corporations, #xpeng, #zhejiang-geely-holding-group

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Telemedicine Is a Tool. Not a Replacement for Your Doctor’s Touch.

Covid-19 made virtual medicine a popular investment. But patients should beware.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #start-ups, #telemedicine

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Does Recycled Gold Herald a Greener Future for Jewelry?

Boryana Straubel, founder of Generation Collection, calls recycled gold a way to clean up electronic waste — and a canny investment.

#content-type-personal-profile, #generation-collection-inc, #gold, #jewels-and-jewelry, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #silver, #start-ups, #straubel-boryana, #sustainable-living

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Arrival Developing Electric Vehicles Without Assembly Line

Arrival, a developer of electric vans and buses, says it has come up with a cheaper way to build vehicles in small factories. But can it deliver on that promise?

#arrival-ltd, #automobiles, #buses, #charlotte-nc, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #england, #factories-and-manufacturing, #initial-public-offerings, #inventions-and-patents, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #robots-and-robotics, #rock-hill-sc, #start-ups, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-parcel-service-inc, #vans

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Former Condé Nast Editor Plans a Vanity Fair for the Substack Era

A new publication from a Vanity Fair veteran aims to attract writers with a revenue-sharing plan. The project has attracted backing from private equity firms.

#jon-kelly, #magazines, #private-equity, #start-ups, #substack-inc, #vanity-fair, #writing-and-writers

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Is ‘Femtech’ the Next Big Thing in Health Care?

Start-ups and tech companies are creating products to address women’s health care needs. It’s still a small segment of the market, but growing.

#computers-and-the-internet, #implants, #medicine-and-health, #menstruation, #mobile-applications, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #smartphones, #start-ups, #women-and-girls

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Electric Aircraft Start-Up Accuses Rival of Stealing Its Secrets

A lawsuit by Wisk, partly owned by the Google co-founder Larry Page, says two engineers took sensitive files before joining Archer.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #archer-aviation-inc, #boeing-company, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #industrial-espionage, #intellectual-property, #inventions-and-patents, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #page-larry, #start-ups, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-airlines, #venture-capital, #wisk-aero-llc

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China’s Anger at Foreign Brands Helps Local Rivals

Chinese rivals to Western names have improved quality and marketing. Now the country’s defiance could give them an edge with young patriots.

#advertising-and-marketing, #celebrities, #china, #consumer-behavior, #entrepreneurship, #fads, #fashion-and-apparel, #li-ning-company-ltd, #nio-ltd, #sneakers, #start-ups, #xinjiang-china

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Pinterest Is Said to Be in Talks to Acquire the Photo App VSCO

The discussions between the digital pin board company and the app that inspired the “VSCO girls” trend are ongoing.

#mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #mobile-applications, #pinterest, #san-francisco-calif, #social-media, #start-ups, #visual-supply-co-vsco

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‘WeWork’ Review: The Sharing Economy or a Shared Delusion?

This documentary on the workspace start-up is a fast-paced, entertaining saga of relentless self-selling and a curious corporate culture.

#co-working, #documentary-films-and-programs, #neumann-adam, #rothstein-jed, #start-ups, #wework-companies-inc, #wework-or-the-making-and-breaking-of-a-47-billion-unicorn-movie

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The Start-Up Enemies of Wall Street Are Booming

Times are flush for young tech companies like Stripe and Coinbase, which are having a moment as they upend the financial establishment.

#affirm-inc, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #brex-inc, #coinbase-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #initial-public-offerings, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #robinhood-financial-llc, #start-ups, #stripe-inc, #venture-capital

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Athletes Pitch Wall Street’s Hot New Toy, but Not Just to Their Fans

Super Bowl winners, N.B.A. greats and tennis royalty are tied up with blank-check companies. That can help SPACs sell themselves to start-up targets in an increasingly competitive landscape.

#athletics-and-sports, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #special-purpose-acquisition-companies, #start-ups, #venture-capital

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Discord, a Chat App for Gamers, Said to Have Discussed Deal With Microsoft

An acquisition of Discord, which could top $10 billion, would buttress Microsoft’s gaming business, as video gaming has boomed in the pandemic.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #discord-inc, #initial-public-offerings, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #social-media, #software, #start-ups, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #xbox-video-game-system

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‘The Market Seems Crazy’: Start-Ups Wrestle With Flood of Offers

As a deal frenzy mounts, propelled by financial vehicles known as SPACs, start-ups have become the prey.

#celebrities, #computers-and-the-internet, #delphix, #entrepreneurship, #expensify-inc, #initial-public-offerings, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #securities-and-exchange-commission, #start-ups, #stocks-and-bonds, #venture-capital

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Learning Apps Have Boomed During the Pandemic. Now Comes the Real Test

Start-ups hope there’s no turning back for online learning, even as more students return to the classroom.

#blackboard-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-reopenings, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #education-technology, #mobile-applications, #nearpod-inc, #newsela-inc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #start-ups, #teachers-and-school-employees, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #zoom-video-communications

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Payments Start-Up Stripe Surges to $95 Billion Valuation

The company has benefited in the pandemic as people turn to online shopping. It is now the most valuable start-up in the U.S.

#airbnb, #coinbase-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dublin-ireland, #e-commerce, #robinhood-financial-llc, #sequoia-capital, #start-ups, #stripe-inc, #venture-capital

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Coupang, South Korea’s Answer to Amazon, Debuts in I.P.O.

Coupang, a start-up founded by a Harvard Business School dropout, helped transform e-commerce in South Korea, one of the world’s fastest-growing markets for online shopping.

#amazon-com-inc, #coupang, #delivery-services, #e-commerce, #initial-public-offerings, #labor-and-jobs, #naver-com, #shopping-and-retail, #south-korea, #start-ups, #stocks-and-bonds, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Roblox Soars 43% on First Day of Trading as Gaming Booms

The gaming site, a tween favorite, began trading at $64.50 a share, up from its reference price of $45. The opening trade values it at nearly $42 billion.

#computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #initial-public-offerings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #roblox-video-game, #start-ups, #stocks-and-bonds

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How Do Silicon Valley Techies Celebrate Getting Rich in a Pandemic?

Not by buying airplanes. Instead, the newest start-up millionaires are proceeding cautiously.

#airbnb, #high-net-worth-individuals, #initial-public-offerings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #silicon-valley-calif, #start-ups

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Beef Is Past Its Prime

The burger and I have a juicy past. But do we have a future?

#fast-food-industry, #fungi, #good-food-institute, #meat, #natures-fynd-fynder-group-inc, #proteins, #start-ups

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Away From Silicon Valley, the Military Is the Ideal Customer

While much has been made of tech’s unwillingness to work with the Pentagon, start-ups are still plumbing the industry’s decades-long ties to the military.

#anduril-industries-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-contracts, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #luckey-palmer, #silicon-valley-calif, #skydio-inc, #start-ups, #thiel-peter-a, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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In China, an Electric Car Maker Loses Money but Thinks Big

Nio can tap an extensive supply chain that Beijing has built to achieve its dream of dominating the manufacture of electric cars.

#automobiles, #batteries, #china, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #hefei-china, #nio, #politics-and-government, #start-ups, #william-li

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The Auto Industry Bets Its Future on Batteries

Carmakers, government agencies and investors are pouring money into battery research in a global race to profit from emission-free electric cars.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #automobiles, #batteries, #china, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #europe, #factories-and-manufacturing, #ford-motor-co, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #general-motors, #innovation, #lithium-metal, #start-ups, #tesla-motors-inc, #toyota-motor-corp, #united-states, #volkswagen-ag

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Clubhouse, a Tiny Audio Chat App, Breaks Through

The 11-month-old app has exploded in popularity, even as it grapples with harassment, misinformation and privacy issues.

#andreessen-horowitz, #censorship, #clubhouse-mobile-app, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #davison-paul-entrepreneur, #discrimination, #entrepreneurship, #innovation, #mobile-applications, #rumors-and-misinformation, #seth-rohan, #social-media, #start-ups, #venture-capital, #women-and-girls

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Facebook Is Said to Be Building a Product to Compete With Clubhouse

The social network, which has a history of cloning its competitors, has started working on an audio chat product.

#audio-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #clubhouse-mobile-app, #computers-and-the-internet, #davison-paul-entrepreneur, #facebook-inc, #mobile-applications, #social-media, #start-ups, #venture-capital, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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College Student’s Simple Invention Helps Nurses Work and Patients Rest

The device, a wearable night light that can minimize disturbances for sleeping patients, is the brainchild of a University of Pennsylvania senior and a neonatal I.C.U. nurse.

#anthony-scarpone-lambert, #innovation, #jennifferre-mancillas, #lighting, #nursing-and-nurses, #start-ups, #unight-light

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Reddit, the Talk of the Internet, Raises $250 Million

The start-up, which was at the center of a recent stock market frenzy, was valued at $6 billion in the new funding round.

#advertising-and-marketing, #huffman-steve-1983, #online-advertising, #reddit-inc, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #start-ups, #stocks-and-bonds, #super-bowl, #venture-capital

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Robinhood’s C.E.O., Vlad Tenev, Is in the Hot Seat

Vlad Tenev has incited the fury of the trading app’s fans amid a stock market frenzy. His lack of preparedness on nuts-and-bolts issues was part of a pattern, former employees and analysts said.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #bhatt-baiju, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #customer-relations, #financial-brokers, #gamestop-corporation, #millennial-generation, #mobile-applications, #robinhood-financial-llc, #social-media, #start-ups, #stocks-and-bonds, #tenev-vladimir

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Join Us in Miami! Love, Masters of the Universe

Silicon Valley techies and Wall Street titans have bought homes and moved businesses there in the pandemic, coaxed by an eager mayor.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #blackstone-group-the, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elliott-management-corp, #entrepreneurship, #miami-fla, #private-equity, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #relocation-of-business, #start-ups, #suarez-francis-x-1977, #venture-capital

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Robinhood, in Need of Cash, Raises $1 Billion From Its Investors

The no-fee trading app, which is popular with young investors, has been strained by the high volume of trading this week in stocks such as GameStop.

#computers-and-the-internet, #hedge-funds, #initial-public-offerings, #mobile-applications, #robinhood-financial-llc, #start-ups, #stocks-and-bonds, #venture-capital

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Fashion Trends Are Often Recycled. Now More Clothing Can Be, Too.

Designers and tech start-ups are working to improve sustainability and interrupt the path to the landfill.

#fashion-and-apparel, #leather-and-leather-goods, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #shopping-and-retail, #start-ups, #textiles

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The Site Trump Could Run to Next

Substack is the breakout newsletter platform media insiders are watching. Its chief executive says he has big plans — and an open door.

#dispatch-the-web-site, #greenwald-glenn, #media, #newsletters, #silicon-valley-calif, #start-ups, #substack-inc, #sullivan-andrew, #trump-donald-j

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Is Rivian the Next Tesla? Investors Bet Big on Electric Truck Maker

Rivian, which has raised another $2.65 billion, plans to sell a pickup truck and S.U.V. it has worked on for more than a decade.

#amazon-com-inc, #automobiles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #ford-motor-co, #michigan, #rivian-automotive-llc, #scaringe-r-j, #sports-utility-vehicles-and-light-trucks, #start-ups, #stocks-and-bonds, #tesla-motors-inc, #united-states, #venture-capital

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Big Tech Has Failed Us. But There’s Hope.

The chaos of the last two weeks offers an opportunity to rethink the role of technology in our lives.

#entrepreneurship, #facebook-inc, #miami-fla, #relocation-of-business, #social-media, #start-ups, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #suarez-francis-x-1977

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He Created the Web. Now He’s Out to Remake the Digital World.

Tim Berners-Lee wants to put people in control of their personal data. He has technology and a start-up pursuing that goal. Can he succeed?

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #berners-lee-tim, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #open-source-software, #privacy, #software, #start-ups

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Punchbowl Arrives From Reporters Who Left Politico’s Playbook

A Beltway school of journalism wants to get back to just-the-facts-ma’am reporting. But how do you cover this Republican Party?

#axios-media-inc, #bresnahan-john-journalist, #news-and-news-media, #newsletters, #palmer-anna-1982, #politico-the, #presidential-election-of-2020, #sherman-jake-1985, #start-ups, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Cryptocurrency Start-Up Underpaid Women and Black Employees, Data Shows

An analysis of internal pay data at the San Francisco company Coinbase shows disparities that were much larger than those in the tech industry.

#armstrong-brian-1983, #black-people, #coinbase-inc, #corporate-social-responsibility, #discrimination, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #start-ups, #wages-and-salaries, #women-and-girls

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Silicon Valley Isn’t Over Just Because Tech Companies Are Moving Away

The obituary for California’s tech industry has been written before, and it will be rewritten again and again and again.

#austin-tex, #computers-and-the-internet, #miami-fla, #oracle-corporation, #relocation-of-business, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #silicon-valley-calif, #start-ups, #venture-capital

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With Money, and Waste, China Fights for Chip Independence

Beijing’s drive to free itself from reliance on imported semiconductors has lifted start-ups and big firms alike. Some have flamed out. But there has been progress.

#china, #computer-chips, #entrepreneurship, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #semiconductor-manufacturing-international-corporation, #start-ups, #venture-capital

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A Race to Become the Tesla of Delivery Trucks and Vans

Investors are betting that small companies like Workhorse will help popularize electric commercial vehicles. And Tesla aims to extend its reach.

#arrival-ltd, #automobiles, #delivery-services, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #lordstown-motors-corp, #rivian-automotive-llc, #start-ups, #stocks-and-bonds, #tesla-motors-inc, #vans, #workhorse-group-inc

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Makeup Without the Markup

With her latest venture, the Bliss founder Marcia Kilgore is selling high-end beauty products at prices closer to what the factories charge. Will consumers want a slice of Beauty Pie?

#beauty-pie-ltd, #bliss-spa, #content-type-service, #cosmetics-and-toiletries, #entrepreneurship, #kilgore-marcia, #shopping-and-retail, #social-media, #start-ups

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Airbnb Tops $100 Billion on First Day of Trading, Reviving Talk of a Bubble

The home-rental company’s blockbuster I.P.O. followed that of the delivery company DoorDash. Investors piled into both.

#airbnb, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #initial-public-offerings, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #start-ups, #travel-and-vacations, #venture-capital

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DoorDash Stock Soars After Initial Public Offering

The delivery company’s shares started trading at $182 each, 78 percent above its initial public offering price of $102, in a sign of investor appetite.

#airbnb, #computers-and-the-internet, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #initial-public-offerings, #restaurants, #start-ups, #venture-capital

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