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Sec. Raimondo warns US is far from resolving chip shortage

The United States Department of Commerce Tuesday released results from a survey of 150 companies, aimed at getting a better picture of just how widespread of a supply crunch is currently plaguing the

Crypto startup Syndicate looks to demystify DAOs with ‘Web3 Investment Clubs’ product

Over the past year, crypto acolytes have aimed to sell the world on an internet transformed by tokens and NFTs. All the while, a smaller subsection has pushed DAOs, or decentralized autonomous organiz

IBM shrugs off investor EPS concerns, sells growth story

Investors love a good EPS number. But for a company that is working to rebound, having a tight set of goals is hardly a sin.

YouTube’s Head of Gaming leaves to join blockchain group Polygon

Ryan Wyatt describes himself on Twitter as YouTube’s Head of Gaming by day, and a “web3 & crypto advisor/investor by night.” Now, he’ll be working in crypto during the day,

This startup, newly funded by a16z, is producing NFTs as if they were widgets

While titans of tech argue over how different or not decentralized “web3” outfits will be compared to their unabashedly centralized predecessors, an ecosystem of companies is fast emerging

Ford starts production of its new all-electric E-Transit cargo van

Ford has started production of its electric E-Transit cargo vans at its factory in Kansas City, Missouri with the first deliveries expected in the next several weeks, Ford Pro North America general ma

Crypto pioneer David Chaum says web3 is ‘computing with a conscience’

We spoke with David Chaum about why web3 and blockchain are the future, and why we should be worried about the NSA reading our messages.

Neil Young plans to pull his music from Spotify over Joe Rogan Covid misinformation

Neil Young is threatening to pull his music from Spotify over concerns that the company’s exclusive deal with podcaster Joe Rogan is helping fuel the anti-vaccine movement. “I want you to

Here’s all 20 companies from Alchemist Accelerator’s latest Demo Day

Alchemist Accelerator is back with another Demo Day — it’s 29th Demo Day overall, and the latest in the series to be entirely virtual. As an enterprise-focused accelerator, Alchemist primaril

Substack is testing a video feature, which will roll out widely in ‘the coming weeks’

The newsletter monetization platform Substack announced on its blog today that it’s testing video uploads in private beta. Like existing newsletter posts, creators can decide whether they want t

Eleven Ventures closes new fund at $67.6M to invest in Southeastern European startups

Bulgarian venture capital is experiencing something of a renaissance. Last year LAUNCHub Ventures raised a €70 million find aimed at Southeastern Europe, while Vitosha Venture Partners raised a €2

Venture capitalists fell in love with Europe last year

Amid this long-lasting startup era, 2021 may go down as the peak venture capital year, especially in Europe.

Unit CEO Itai Damti and Flourish’s Emmalyn Shaw to explain fundraising strategies on TechCrunch Live

Itai Damti co-founded Unit in 2019 to help businesses integrate banking services into their consumer products. In 2020, Emmalyn Shaw, as Flourish’s managing partner, invested in Unit’s Ser

Electric Sheep raises $21.5M to make off-the-shelf lawnmowers autonomous

IRobot announced Terra three years ago this week. After making some tough internal decisions to delay launch back in 2020, the robot mower is still MIA. For those with a lot of grass and far less time

Kencko takes in new capital to shake up how we consume our fruits, vegetables

Today, the company has over a dozen flavor options for its organic smoothies, four flavors of gumdrops and is entering the hot bowls space in February.

FTC sues to block Lockheed Martin’s $4.4B deal to buy Aerojet Rocketdyne

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed suit to block the pending deal defense and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin has on the table to acquire Aerojet Rocketdyne. The proposed deal has a tot

Sylvera takes $32M to build trust in carbon offsetting ratings

Sylvera, a U.K.-based startup which uses machine learning technology to analyze a variety of visual data like satellite imagery and lidar with the goal of boosting accountability and credibility aroun

GM to invest $7B into four factories as electric pickup truck battle heats up

General Motors said it will invest more than $7 billion in four Michigan factories focused on battery cell and electric truck manufacturing, including a third plant with partner LG Energy Solutions, a

Athletic Greens valued at $1.2B after bagging $115M to expand nutrition drink footprint

The product combines over eight nutritional products into one, including multivitamins, probiotics and immune support and is approaching its 53rd iteration later this year.
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