This ride-hailing PR pitch shows platforms and digital campaign ‘dark arts’ want democracy to be pay to play

This ride-hailing PR pitch shows platforms and digital campaign ‘dark arts’ want democracy to be pay to play

A UK PR firm pitching to run an account for Ola has proposed running a campaign to politicize ride-hailing as a tactic to shift regulations in its favor. The approach suggests that, despite the appearance of ride-hailing platforms taking a more conciliatory position with regulators that are now wise to Read more…

Streaming service Quibi sells out of its $150M in first-year ad inventory

Quibi series from Steven Soderbergh starring Tye Sheriden focuses on smartphone survival skills

People dramatically proclaim all the time that they don’t think they could survive without their smartphones, but a new series form the forthcoming streaming service Quibi from Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman approaches smartphone survival in a much more literal way. The scripted series, which will premiere on Quibi at Read more…

Decide which type of investor to target for raising capital

Decide which type of investor to target for raising capital

More posts by this contributor Why are revenue-based VCs investing in so many women and underrepresented founders? Should your new VC fund use revenue-based investing? I recently wrote Should you raise venture capital from a traditional equity VC or a Revenue-Based Investing VC? Since then, I’ve talked with a number Read more…

Facebook quietly built “Popular Photos”, an in-app Instagram

Facebook quietly built “Popular Photos”, an in-app Instagram

Facebook is copying Instagram while simultaneously invading its acquisition with branding and links back to the mothership. TechCrunch has spotted Facebook testing a feature called Popular Photos, which affixes an endless scroll of algorithmically selected pics from friends beneath the full-screen view of a photo opened from the News Feed. Read more…

California’s new data privacy law brings U.S. closer to GDPR

California’s new data privacy law brings U.S. closer to GDPR

The requirements aren’t insignificant, and the fines could add up Dimitri Sirota Contributor Dimitri Sirota is CEO and cofounder of data protection and privacy software company BigID. Sirota is an established serial entrepreneur, investor, mentor, and strategist in the technology and cyber security space. Data privacy has become one of Read more…

The new AirFly Pro is the perfect travel buddy for your AirPods Pro

The new AirFly Pro is the perfect travel buddy for your AirPods Pro

Accessory maker TwelveSouth has a solid lineup of gadgets, many of which fill a niche that their products uniquely address – and address remarkably well. The AirFly Pro ($54.99) is a new iteration on one of those, providing a way to connect Bluetooth headphones to any audio source with a Read more…

Lyft deploys 200 long-range EVs for its rideshare rental fleet in Colorado

Lyft deploys 200 long-range EVs for its rideshare rental fleet in Colorado

Lyft is making 200 new long-range EVs available to rideshare drivers as part of its Express Drive program, the company revealed today. Express Drive is a program that Lyft offers to provide rental cars to drivers on its platform, as an alternative to options like long-term leasing. Express Drive members Read more…

Google finishes the install of its private Curie cable, announces Panama branch

Google finishes the install of its private Curie cable, announces Panama branch

Google today announced that it has finished the install and test of its private Curie cable. When it was announced, Curie, which connects the U.S. to Chile, was the company’s third private cable. Since then, it has announced two more, Dunant and Equiano, which will connect the U.S. to Europe Read more…

Where top VCs are investing in real estate and proptech (Part 2 of 2)

Where top VCs are investing in real estate and proptech (Part 2 of 2)

In part two of our survey that asked top VCs about the most exciting investment areas in real estate, we dig into responses from 10 leading real estate-focused investors at firms that span early to growth stages across real estate specific firms, corporate venture arms, and prominent generalist firms to Read more…