When Start-Ups Go Into the Garage (or Sometimes the Living Room)

Labs closed in the pandemic, but innovation doesn’t stop. So while some workers have the home office, engineers have the garage.

#batteries, #cerebras-systems, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #engineering-and-engineers, #innovation, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #natron-energy, #relocation-of-business, #shutdowns-institutional, #silicon-valley-calif, #start-ups, #voyage

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Remote but Inclusive for Years, and Now Showing Other Companies How

Ultranauts has been developing creative ways to hire, manage and motivate a far-flung and diverse work force for seven years.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #autism, #computers-and-the-internet, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #start-ups

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Ex-Georgia Tech Researcher Can Proceed With Lawsuit Against University Officials

Ten years after state agents raided his home, an engineer fights to prove he was wrongfully attacked over a computer chip start-up.

#colleges-and-universities, #computers-and-the-internet, #georgia-institute-of-technology, #laskar-joy, #research, #start-ups

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Snowflake More Than Doubles in Debut as Wall Street Embraces Tech IPOs

The data storage company is among several prominent start-ups going public this year as the tech industry thrives in the pandemic.

#company-reports, #data-storage, #initial-public-offerings, #snowflake, #software, #start-ups, #stocks-and-bonds, #venture-capital

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A Black Venture Capitalist Sees Challenges as an Investing Edge

“Black Founders Matter” started out as a T-shirt design. Now, a once-jilted start-up founder is trying to turn it into a moneymaking strategy.

#black-founders-matter-venture-capital-fund, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #discrimination, #entrepreneurship, #kauffman-foundation, #michel-marceau, #race-and-ethnicity, #start-ups, #venture-capital

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Preaching Equality, Start-Up Didn’t Practice It With Employees

Current and former workers at Carta, a hot Silicon Valley fintech company, said they were belittled, excluded and punished if they spoke up.

#carta, #discrimination, #start-ups, #ward-henry, #women-and-girls, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Will This Old Financial Tool Transform Tech Investing?

Many start-ups and big-idea companies have rediscovered an alternative to a traditional I.P.O.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #entrepreneurship, #initial-public-offerings, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #palihapitiya-chamath, #social-media, #start-ups, #venture-capital

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What’s a Palantir? The Tech Industry’s Next Big I.P.O.

A tech start-up named for objects in “The Lord of the Rings” has become a major government contractor. But what it does is not easy to understand.

#artificial-intelligence, #computers-and-the-internet, #defense-contracts, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #initial-public-offerings, #karp-alex, #palantir-technologies, #software, #start-ups, #thiel-peter-a, #trump-donald-j

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Electric Vehicle Makers Find a Back Door to Wall Street

Special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, are helping them and other fledgling companies raise money and gain coveted stock listings.

#ackman-william-a, #automobiles, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #initial-public-offerings, #lordstown-ohio, #lordstown-motors, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #start-ups, #stocks-and-bonds, #tesla-motors-inc, #trucks-and-trucking

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Mark Zuckerberg Questioned Under Oath in F.T.C. Antitrust Inquiry

It was the first known time that regulators directly interviewed a chief executive of one of the tech companies being scrutinized for potential antitrust violations.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #social-media, #start-ups, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Airbnb, a ‘Sharing Economy’ Pioneer, Files to Go Public

The home rental company, which was privately valued at $31 billion, is trying to go public after its business was crushed by the pandemic.

#airbnb, #chesky-brian, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #initial-public-offerings, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #start-ups, #travel-and-vacations, #venture-capital

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You May Not Know This Pandemic Winner, but Your Tween Probably Does

Millions of children have flocked to the online gaming site Roblox since March. That’s helping game developers, some as young as 16, make a lot of money.

#black-people, #computer-and-video-games, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #quarantines, #roblox-video-game, #start-ups, #venture-capital, #youth

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Hitting the Glass Ceiling, Suddenly, at Pinterest

Ben Silbermann, the C.E.O., had few answers to allegations that the social media company has a culture of discrimination.

#brougher-fancoise, #discrimination, #hiring-and-promotion, #pinterest, #silbermann-ben, #silicon-valley-calif, #social-media, #start-ups, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #women-and-girls

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Start-Ups Braced for the Worst. The Worst Never Came.

The doomsday warnings about tech start-ups failing in the pandemic have not yielded the shakeout that many expected a few months ago.

#airbnb, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #getaround-inc, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #start-ups, #venture-capital

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At Talkspace, Start-Up Culture Collides With Mental Health Concerns

The therapy-by-text company made burner phones available for fake reviews and doesn’t adequately respect client privacy, former employees say.

#anxiety-and-stress, #mental-health-and-disorders, #start-ups, #talkspace-groop-internet-platform-inc, #text-messaging, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

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‘Motorcycle of Tomorrow’ Is Heavy on Flair and Light on the Environment

Pineapple “leather,” flax seed instead of plastic: Tarform, based in Brooklyn, aims to set a standard with its retro-futuristic cafe racer.

#automobiles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #kravtchouk-taras, #luxury-goods-and-services, #motorcycles-motor-bikes-and-motorscooters, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #start-ups, #tarform-inc

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Grilled by Lawmakers, Big Tech Turns Up the Gaslight

It is less clear that tech executives’ strategy of evasive answers will continue to work now that lawmakers have begun doing their homework.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #pichai-sundar, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #start-ups, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Everlane’s Promise of ‘Radical Transparency’ Unravels

Employees past and present are challenging management, saying the company’s ethical image was an illusion.

#advertising-and-marketing, #corporate-social-responsibility, #customer-relations, #design, #discrimination, #everlane-inc, #fashion-and-apparel, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #race-and-ethnicity, #san-francisco-calif, #shopping-and-retail, #social-media, #start-ups, #workplace-environment, #your-feed-fashion, #your-feed-selfcare

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The Pandemic Is Straining Airbnb

For a start-up, not growing is basically the same as dying.

#airbnb, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #start-ups, #travel-and-vacations

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Boom Time for Death Planning

The coronavirus pandemic has drawn new business to start-ups that provide end-of-life services, from estate planning to a final tweet.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #death-and-dying, #funerals-and-memorials, #grief-emotion, #living-wills-and-health-care-proxies, #midwives-and-doulas, #social-media, #start-ups, #wills-and-estates

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Drug Giants Create Fund to Bolster Struggling Antibiotic Start-Ups

New medicines are desperately needed to treat a growing number of drug-resistant infections, but many companies developing the drugs are short on cash and investments.

#amr-action-fund, #antibiotics, #drug-resistance-microbial, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #eli-lilly-and-company, #johnsonjohnson, #merckcompany-inc, #roche-holding-ag, #start-ups, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Uber to Buy Postmates for $2.65 Billion

The ride-hailing company’s core business has struggled in the pandemic, and it is betting on growth of its Uber Eats division.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #postmates-inc, #start-ups, #uber-eats, #uber-technologies-inc, #venture-capital

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The #Vanlife Business Is Booming

Coronavirus is just a distant memory while zipping around in a several-hundred-thousand-dollar custom van on the open road.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #recreational-vehicles, #start-ups, #vanlife, #vans

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A Suicide, an App and a Time for a Reckoning

Companies like the stock-trading app Robinhood can seem not just careless but also predatory.

#customer-relations, #gambling, #robinhood-financial-llc, #sequoia-capital, #start-ups, #stocks-and-bonds, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts

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The Tech I.P.O. Comes Roaring Back in the Pandemic

Now that the stock market has largely shrugged off the coronavirus, start-ups are scrambling to go public.

#airbnb, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hennessy-paul-executive, #initial-public-offerings, #nasdaq-composite-index, #nasdaq-stock-market, #palantir-technologies, #start-ups, #vroom-inc, #zoom-information-inc

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The Economy Is Reeling. The Tech Giants Spy Opportunity.

Many companies are retreating. But Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft are placing bets to get even bigger.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #quarantines, #recession-and-depression, #social-media, #software, #start-ups, #united-states-economy, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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The Idea: Build It, and They Can Find Coronavirus Tests

Three start-up veterans who created an online directory of testing sites are among a wave of volunteers contributing to the virus fight.

#allclear-app-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #essenfeld-joe, #geffken-matt, #kozak-boris, #start-ups, #tests-medical, #united-states, #volunteers-and-community-service

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Is a Pandemic the Right Time to Start a Business? It Just Might Be

Previous financial crises gave rise to high-profile American companies. The spread of the coronavirus challenges entrepreneurs to meet new needs.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #entrepreneurship, #fields-shanel, #huynh-ngoc, #menon-rashmi, #philadelphia-pa, #salt-city-market-syracuse-ny, #small-business, #small-business-administration, #start-ups, #syracuse-ny, #united-states

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The Hot New Thing in Clubby Silicon Valley? An App Called Clubhouse

For all the high-minded talk among techies, their new favorite app is an invite-only (so far) social network for mingling with one another.

#andreessen-horowitz, #andreessen-marc-l, #clubhouse-mobile-app, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #davison-paul-entrepreneur, #entrepreneurship, #mobile-applications, #quarantines, #silicon-valley-calif, #social-media, #start-ups, #venture-capital

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Zoom, Xoom, Züm: Why Does Every Start-Up Sound Fast Now?

An investigation into Zoomd, Zoomi, Zoomy and Zoomies. Also, Zoomin. And Zoomvy and Zoomly. And …

#advertising-and-marketing, #fast-company, #names-organizational, #start-ups, #trademarks-and-trade-names, #venture-capital, #zoom-video-communications

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Start-Ups Pursue ‘Free Money’ With Relief Funds, Prompting Backlash

Some young companies have turned to the government loans not for day-to-day survival but simply to buy useful time.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #national-venture-capital-assn, #silicon-valley-bank, #small-business, #small-business-administration, #start-ups, #venture-capital

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How to Make America 2.0 a More Equitable Society

The tech industry can play a pivotal role in shaping our post-pandemic world.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-learning, #labor-and-jobs, #start-ups, #wages-and-salaries

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Venture Capitalists Leave Coasts to Fund Inland Start-Ups

A wave of venture capitalists is heading to quieter, less-expensive locales, where they are helping fund start-ups.

#ai-april-2020, #cloud-computing, #entrepreneurship, #relocation-of-business, #small-business, #start-ups, #united-states, #venture-capital

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SoftBank’s Troubles Deepen With Warning of $16.7 Billion Writedown

The Japanese conglomerate, which bet big on tech start-ups with its $100 billion Vision Fund, also expects its first annual loss in 15 years.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #softbank-corporation, #son-masayoshi, #start-ups, #venture-capital, #vision-fund

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When Silly Start-Ups Falter, We All Lose

The pandemic is devastating start-ups. This matters in ways we can’t always see.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #start-ups

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Lawmakers Question Start-Ups on At-Home Kits for Coronavirus Testing

The makers of unauthorized kits designed for consumers to collect their own saliva or throat swabs faced scrutiny from Congress.

#carbon-health-medical-group-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #everlywell-inc, #food-and-drug-administration, #krishnamoorthi-raja, #nurx-inc, #porter-katie-1974, #quarantines, #start-ups, #tests-medical

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Start-Ups Jump the Gun on Home Kits for Coronavirus Testing

After a federal warning, companies have stopped marketing kits that let consumers collect their own saliva or throat swabs and send them to labs.

#carbon-health, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #everlywell, #forward, #gates-bill-and-melinda-foundation, #medicine-and-health, #nurx, #start-ups, #tests-medical

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