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Envoy raises $43 million to digitize your office

The office might not seem like an area in desperate need of disruption, but Envoy — a Silicon Valley company used to sign in over 100,000 visitors at offices across the world each day; and a TechCrunch SF office neighbor! — has raised $43 million to do just that. The company started life five years digitizing the sign-in book with a simple iPad-based approach, and it has moved on to office deliveries with an automated system that simply involves scanning a barcode. In both cases, alerts are routed directly to…

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Salesforce CEO: tech billionaires ‘hoard their money’ and won’t help homeless

In Guardian interview, Marc Benioff calls out Twitters Jack Dorsey and others for failing to give back to city where they got rich Marc Benioff, the Salesforce CEO, has escalated his attacks on fellow San Francisco billionaires, saying they are hoarding money and dont want to help the homeless. In an interview with the Guardian on Tuesday, the tech entrepreneur intensified his efforts to call out ultra-wealthy business leaders has caused divides in the tech industry, which has typically been resistance to taxes that could income inequality. The CEOs unusual…

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The Educational Tyranny of the Neurotypicals

Structured learning didn't serve me particularly well. I was kicked out of kindergarten for running away too many times, and I have the dubious distinction of having dropped out of two undergraduate programs and a doctoral business and administration program. I haven’t been tested, but have come to think of myself as “neuroatypical” in some way. “Neurotypical” is a term used by the autism community to describe what society refers to as “normal.” According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in 59 children, and one in 34 boys, are…

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Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you | Dylan Curran

The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look Want to freak yourself out? Im going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it. Google knows where youve been Google stores your location (if you have location tracking turned on) every time you turn on your phone. You can see a timeline of where youve been from the very first day you…

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Everyone Hates Silicon Valley, Except Its Imitators

Do not let their names fool you. The silicon places—Silicon Slopes, Silicon Prairie, Silicon Beach, Silicon Peach, Silicon Bayou, Silicon Shire, Silicon Desert, Silicon Holler, Silicon Hill and, separately, Silicon Hills—do not aspire to become “the next Silicon Valley.” Sure, the country’s burgeoning tech enclaves in Utah and Kentucky and Oregon draw inspiration from the original. And sure, they’d love to have even a tiny fraction of the wealth, power, and jobs provided by a massively successful tech company. And sure, the only proven way to do that is to…

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Crunch Report | Benchmark Sues Travis Kalanick

Benchmark sues former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Facebook buys computer vision startup focused on adding objects to video Credits Written by: Tito Hamze, John MannesHosted by: Tito HamzeFilmed by:Tito hamzeEdited by: Tito Hamze Notes: I dont know what to wear on Crunch Report (Its a hard decision and I suck at dressing myself). If you are a startup andwant to me to wear something mail me an XL T-shirt and Ill wear it in an episode. Im not going to mention the company on the shirt in the episode but…

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Google reportedly fires author of anti-diversity memo

CEO Sundar Pichai says internal document that criticised efforts to promote women and under-represented minorities is contrary to our basic values Google reportedly fired a software engineer on Monday after a in a memo to employees. It is contrary to our basic values and our code of conduct. The firing of the memos author, who identified himself as James Damore in an email to the Guardian, was first reported by tweeted a link to further comments by Pichai: Our co-workers shouldnt have to worry that each time they open their…

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Secrets of Silicon Valley review are we sleepwalking towards a technological apocalypse?

Are the idealists good guys who are challenging the old order or are they really tax-minimising corporations that threaten our future? Antonio Garca Martnez has seen the future and it is terrifying. Which is why he is going to set up home (this is the drone room right here) on a small island north of Seattle and live out the ravages of post-America, self-sufficiently, with acomposting toilet and an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. He is nervy and fast-talking, like asurvivor who has seen unimaginably horrific things. And he has he was…

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Crunch Report | Coinbase Reverses Stance on Bitcoin Cash

Coinbase says it will support Bitcoin Cash after all but it isnt committed to trading yet Toyota takes stake in Mazda, invests more in self-driving and AI Credits Written by: Tito Hamze, John MannesHosted by: Tito HamzeFilmed by:Mitch EasonEdited by: Joe Zolnoski Notes: I dont know what to wear on Crunch Report (Its a hard decision and I suck at dressing myself). If you are a startup andwant to me to wear something mail me an XL T-shirt and Ill wear it in an episode. Im not going to mention…

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Crunch Report | SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch Planned for November

Smallest spacecraft ever launched make it to low-earth orbit Stitch Fix has confidentially filed for an IPO Credits Written by: Tito Hamze, John MannesHosted by: Tito HamzeFilmed by:Joe ZolnoskiEdited by: Veanne Cao Notes: I dont know what to wear on Crunch Report (Its a hard decision and I suck at dressing myself). If you are a startup andwant to me to wear something mail me an XL T-shirt and Ill wear it in an episode. Im not going to mention the company on the shirt in the episode but it…

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Crunch Report | Y Combinator Wants In On The 3-Comma Club

Lyft launches a new self-driving division and will develop its own autonomous ride-hailing technology Y Combinator is reportedly raising a $1 billion fund Credits Written by: Tito Hamze, John MannesHosted by: Tito HamzeFilmed by:Tito HamzeEdited by: Chris Gates Notes: I dont know what to wear on Crunch Report (Its a hard decision and I suck at dressing myself). If you are a startup andwant to me to wear something mail me an XL T-shirt and Ill wear it in an episode. Im not going to mention the company on the…

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Crunch Report | Fastest Drone Ever World Record Set

Researchers 3D print a soft artificial heart that works a lot like a real one Vertu is dead Credits Written by: Tito Hamze, John MannesHosted by: Tito HamzeFilmed by:Joe ZolnoskiEdited by: Veanne Cao Notes: I dont know what to wear on Crunch Report (Its a hard decision and I suck at dressing myself). If you are a startup andwant to me to wear something mail me an XL T-shirt and Ill wear it in an episode. Im not going to mention the company on the shirt in the episode but…

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Crunch Report | Comma.ai Launches Panda

Comma.ai launches an $88 universal car interface called Panda Tesla will build worlds largest battery storage facility for Australian wind farm Credits Written by: Tito Hamze, John MannesHosted by: Tito HamzeFilmed by:Joe ZolnoskiEdited by: Chris Gates Notes: I dont know what to wear on Crunch Report (Its a hard decision and I suck at dressing myself). If you are a startup andwant to me to wear something mail me an XL T-shirt and Ill wear it in an episode. Im not going to mention the company on the shirt in…

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