The Boring Company goes brick-and-mortar with The Brick Store

The Boring Company goes brick-and-mortar with The Brick Store »

17 Nov, 2018
Technology

Elon Musk has shot out some crazy, unbelievable tweets over the last year, but he wasn’t joking about the bricks. Musk has started a company called The Brick Store LLC to produce and sell bricks, according to public documents obtained by TechCrunch. The new company, which was founded in July, will be managed by Steve…

Unicorns aren’t special anymore

Unicorns aren’t special anymore »

17 Nov, 2018
Technology

When Aileen Lee, the former Kleiner Perkins partner and founder of the seed-stage venture capital firm Cowboy Ventures, coined the term “unicorn” in 2013 on this very site, there were just 39 companies that had earned the title. She called them “the lucky/genius few.” Her definition: U.S. software startups launched since 2003 worth more than…

Feeling left out of a hot market? This new outfit has a fund with shares of 30 top ‘unicorns’ to sell you

Feeling left out of a hot market? This new outfit has a fund with shares of 30 top ‘unicorns’ to sell you »

17 Nov, 2018
Technology

When Equidate, a venture-backed secondaries marketplace based in San Francisco, closed its most recent round of funding with $50 million four months ago, it was hardly a surprising bet on the part of its backers. As startups linger ever longer as private companies, more people are looking to lock up shares wherever they can find…

Kairos founder countersues his own company for $10 million

Kairos founder countersues his own company for $10 million »

17 Nov, 2018
Technology

The turmoil continues at facial recognition startup Kairos. Last night, Kairos founder Brian Brackeen filed a counter lawsuit against Kairos and its interim CEO Melissa Doval that seeks $10 million in damages. Kairos is a facial recognition startup that has become well-known for its stance to never sell to law enforcement. At Disrupt SF 2018,…

Pitching a $99 tax advisory service for the masses, Visor has raised $9 million

Pitching a $99 tax advisory service for the masses, Visor has raised $9 million »

17 Nov, 2018
Technology

The only sure things in this life, according to Ben Franklin, are death and taxes. And a new startup called Visor has just raised $9 million in financing to make one of them as painless as possible. Unlike Nectome, Visor won’t kill anyone, but it may ring the death knell for the high-end tax advisors that most Americans…

Walmart and Target embrace in-store mobile checkout for the holidays

Walmart and Target embrace in-store mobile checkout for the holidays »

16 Nov, 2018
Technology

Two of the U.S.’s largest brick-and-mortar retailers, Walmart and Target, are launching new mobile checkout systems in their stores to accommodate the influx of shoppers expected during the 2018 holiday season. Walmart says it’s expanding its “Check Out With Me” service to every Supercenter by Black Friday, while Target’s recently launched “Skip the Line” mobile…

A leaky database of SMS text messages exposed password resets and two-factor codes

A leaky database of SMS text messages exposed password resets and two-factor codes »

16 Nov, 2018
Technology

A security lapse has exposed a massive database containing tens of millions of text messages, including password reset links, two-factor codes, shipping notifications and more. The exposed server belongs to Voxox (formerly Telcentris), a San Diego, Calif.-based communications company. The server wasn’t protected with a password, allowing anyone who knew where to look to peek…

E3 slouches towards irrelevance again as Sony announces it’s skipping the show

E3 slouches towards irrelevance again as Sony announces it’s skipping the show »

16 Nov, 2018
Technology

I like E3 . I really do. But it’s also monumentally dumb: game companies spending millions to show off essentially faked content to an increasingly jaded audience. And it’s increasingly out of step with how the gaming industry works. So it should come as no surprise that Sony will be skipping the show more or…

Cassette decks from Crosley take aim at tape-hoarding nostalgia-seekers

Cassette decks from Crosley take aim at tape-hoarding nostalgia-seekers »

16 Nov, 2018
Technology

Crosley, makers of the “good enough” record players you see in Urban Outfitters and Target, have turned their retro novelty eye on the next obvious format: cassettes. These two new decks from the company have all the latest features from 1985, but also a handful of modern conveniences. Let’s get one thing clear at the…

Overnight success now requires a little more time

Overnight success now requires a little more time »

16 Nov, 2018
Technology

Rishi Garg is a partner at Mayfield who invests in driven, product-centric entrepreneurs looking to impact millions of lives. He led corporate development and strategy at Twitter, Square and MTV Networks. More posts by this contributor Ten years ago the iOS App Store launched — and the mobile revolution was off. Entrepreneurs everywhere rallied to…