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December 28, 2019

It's the holiday season, which means it's time for family, friends, food and fun. If it's your job to read and write about venture capital and private equity—ahem—it's also time to try to figure out what the heck happened this year.

We knew 2019 could be a wild year bef...

December 28, 2019

Tech companies lately have been hoarding cash, at least in part to arm them for potential acquisitions, according to Bob Blee, head of corporate finance at Silicon Valley Bank. At the same time, venture capital firms have plenty of dry powder, which gives them plenty o...

December 24, 2019

Machine vision is used in a variety of industrial processes, such as material inspection, object recognition, pattern recognition, electronic component analysis, along with the recognition of signatures, optical characters, and currency.

Machine vision is the capability...

December 21, 2019

For most of Alexa’s five years in existence, Amazon has focused on making its voice assistant as ubiquitous as possible, putting it in everything from microwaves to wearable rings to its growing family of Echo devices. Now Amazon has a new focus for Alexa: making money...

December 13, 2019

As more venture-backed startups land mega-rounds of $100 million or more, the trend has fueled an ever-growing debate: Do massive early-stage VC checks help or hurt fledgling startups?

Highly funded horror stories make for great headlines. Car-subscription company Fair,...

December 6, 2019

Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz first crossed paths about a quarter-century ago, when Andreessen was the soothsaying co-founder of Netscape and Horowitz was a product expert quickly ascending the ranks at the web-browsing pioneer. At first, they clashed. But before lo...

December 5, 2019

At Airbnb’s board meeting two weeks ago, one topic took center stage: how to contain accelerating costs. It is a question that until relatively recently received scant attention inside Silicon Valley’s big-name startups. But a string of rejections by the public markets...

Our best tools for understanding and manipulating biology have historically been observation and experimentation. Then, we developed the ability to “read” and “write” in biology. And now, the convergence of biology with computation and engineering has finally unlocked...

In a year that’s seen a number of large rounds and success stories (and some drama too – WeWork, we’re looking at you), there’s inevitably going to be some stories that fall in the not-so-successful category.

Today, we’ll look at two companies that have ceased certain o...

We are at the beginning of a new era, where biology has shifted from an empirical science to an engineering discipline. After a millennia of using man-made approaches for controlling or manipulating biology, we have finally begun using nature’s own machinery—through bi...

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