We’ve gone Plaid #

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week Danny and Alex were back together to riff over a the latest early-stage rounds, the latest on the late-stage front, and more. It was yet another stacked week,

Investors in LatAm get bitten by the hotel investment bug as Ayenda raises $8.7 million

Some of Latin America’s leading venture capital investors are now backing hotel chains. In fact, Ayenda, the largest hotel chain in Colombia, has raised $8.7 million in a new round of funding, according to the company. Led by Kaszek Ventures,

SpaceX said to be seeking around $250 million in funding, boosting valuation to roughly $36 billion

SpaceX is looking to raise around $250 million in new funding according to a new report from CNBC’s Michael Sheetz. The additional cash would bring SpaceX’s total valuation to around $36 billion, according to CNBC’s sources – an increase of more than $2.

Trump’s Election Day YouTube takeover plan feels very different in 2020

According to a report from Bloomberg, the Trump campaign called dibs on some of the most prized ad space online in the days leading up to the 2020 U.S. election. Starting in early November and continuing onto Election Day itself, the campaign will reportedly command YouTube’s masthead,

Dear Sophie: I need the latest details on the new H-1B registration process

The U.S. government has shared much more information about changes to the H-1B visa program in recent weeks.

Report: Outdoor Voices founder Tyler Haney is stepping down as CEO as growth slows

Tyler Haney, the founder and chief executive of activewear label Outdoor Voices, has stepped down, according to the Business of Fashion. We’ve reached out to Haney directly, as well as board members from the venture firms that have backed the company,

Hot Wheels made two remote-controlled Tesla Cybertruck toys

Hot Wheels will ship you a Cybertruck long before Tesla is likely to make any deliveries on their electric retro-future wheels trapezoid: The toy maker just unveiled two different RC Cybertruck models, including a 1:64 scale model at just $20 – and a much larger 1:10 scale version for $400.

Do AI startups have worse economics than SaaS shops?

A few days ago, Andreessen Horowitz’s Martin Casado and Matt Bornstein published an interesting piece digging into the world of artificial intelligence (AI) startups, and, more specifically, how those companies perform as businesses.

Elon Musk shares details about SpaceX’s Starship, including estimated 20 to 30 year service life

Elon Musk appears to be pretty focused on Starship right now, sharing photos of the work being done on the orbital Starship prototype designed ‘SN1,’ which is currently under construction at SpaceX’s Boca Chica, Texas facility.

Caregiving startup Homage raises $10 million Series B to enter new Asian markets

In many countries, an aging population coupled with a low birth rate is increasing the demand for qualified caregivers. In Asia,

Xiaomi spins off POCO as an independent brand

Xiaomi said today it is spinning off POCO, a sub-smartphone brand it created in 2018, as a standalone brand that will now run independently of the Chinese electronics giant and make its own market strategy.

Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Officially Announced

eldavojohn writes: "Word was leaking this week of some familiar faces in London hanging out together. Finally today an official cast listing for Star Wars Episode VII was handed down from on high to us mere mortals (Google Cache and Onion AV recap available). From the short release,

Office for iPad 下载量持续增长,发布四十余天后已获 2700 万次安装

微软将办公套装 Office 发布在 iOS 平台绝对是个正确的选择,Office for iPad 上线之后仅花了 12 个小时就纷纷挤入 App Store 免费应用排行榜前三甲,一周之后下载量就突破了 1200 万。

Test: Quantum Or Not, Controversial Computer No Faster Than Normal

sciencehabit writes The D-Wave computer, marketed as a groundbreaking quantum machine that runs circles around conventional computers, solves problems no faster than an ordinary rival, a new test shows. Some researchers call the test of the controversial device, described in Science,

恐龙到鸟的演化是一个持续减重的过程

科学家现在已经发现,大部分恐龙都有羽毛。但体型巨大重达数吨的恐龙如何一步步演变成体型娇小多数体重不到一公斤的鸟类的?

滑雪是一项烧钱的运动吗?初学者应为装备花多少钱?

对于初学者来说,第一个雪季不需要置办任何个人装备,就可以享受滑雪运动的乐趣。这几年雪场的设备有了不小的进步,雪具、护具的质量和成色越来越好了。

继微信之后,运营商会被语音OTT再次“革命”吗?

继短信和彩信业务被微信等OTT企业“革命”之后,运营商语音业务也终于受到互联网巨头、终端厂商与移动互联网企业的联手夹击。 12月23日,360宣布推出“免费电话”内测,够拨打全国手机、座机,并且免费支持来电显示。

One dead after smoke shuts down Washington D.C. metro station

WASHINGTON (AP) — Smoke from an unidentified source filled a busy downtown subway station in the nation's capital Monday, forcing the evacuation of hundreds just before afternoon rush hour, authorities said. The incident left one person dead, two in critical condition and at least 81 injured,

首部4D特效科普电影《会飞的恐龙》在京首映

4月21日消息,基于我国科学家“鸟类的起源”重大原创性科研成果,首部4D特效科普电影《会飞的恐龙》经过近两年的精心编创,今日在中国科技馆首映。

Enterprise Software Startup Icertis Raises $6M From Greycroft And Fidelity Growth

Enterprise software maker Icertis has scored $6 million in series A funding led by Greycroft Partners and Fidelity Growth Partners India. Based in Pune, India and Bellevue, WA, Icertis will use the capital to expand and market its cloud-based contract management software. Read More

做别墅共享版Airbnb的LuxuryRetreats拿到B轮1100万美元融资

我们之前报道过的奢华版Airbnb,即做高端别墅出租平台的LuxuryRetreats最近宣布拿到了B轮1100万美元的融资,投资者仍然是A轮就投过他们的iNovia资本。此前他们曾在2012年拿到过A轮500万美元的融资。

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