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Humatics, Vecna Partner to Improve Navigation of Self-Driving Robots

HUMATICS, VECNA PARTNER TO IMPROVE NAVIGATION OF SELF-DRIVING ROBOTS

Humatics, a Waltham, MA-based startup developing microlocation technology for use in robots and autonomous vehicles, has a new partnership...

Metamoto's Jeff Blackburn on AV Testing and Why Waymo Leads the Pack

METAMOTO'S JEFF BLACKBURN ON AV TESTING AND WHY WAYMO LEADS THE PACK

In the development of self-driving cars, once a vehicle is ready for the validation stage, it's not always practical or affordable...

 
 
 
Lyft, Uber, and the Changing Disclosure Rules For Unicorn IPOs

LYFT, UBER, AND THE CHANGING DISCLOSURE RULES FOR UNICORN IPOS

When a much-watched tech company such as Lyft, Uber, or Pinterest files for an initial public stock offering, people eagerly scour...

 
 
 
Startups Weekly: US companies raised $30B in Q1 2019

STARTUPS WEEKLY: US COMPANIES RAISED $30B IN Q1 2019

Let's start this week's newsletter with some data. Nationally, startups pulled in $30.8 billion in the first quarter of 2019, up 22...

Two Theranos whistleblowers created a company to help tech entrepreneurs avoid becoming the next Elizabeth Holmes

TWO THERANOS WHISTLEBLOWERS CREATED A COMPANY TO HELP TECH ENTREPRENEURS AVOID BECOMING THE NEXT ELIZABETH HOLMES

Theranos , the failed billion-dollar startup now facing criminal charges, was largely brought down with the help of whistleblowers...

 
 
 
Online catering marketplace ezCater gets another $150M at a $1.25B valuation

ONLINE CATERING MARKETPLACE EZCATER GETS ANOTHER $150M AT A $1.25B VALUATION

In 2007, Stefania Mallett and Briscoe Rodgers conceived of ezCater, an online marketplace for business catering, and began building...

 
 
 
FarmWise and Roush Partner to Develop Robots that Weed Farm Fields

FARMWISE AND ROUSH PARTNER TO DEVELOP ROBOTS THAT WEED FARM FIELDS

We've heard a lot about autonomous cars over the past few years, but there are other applications for self-driving technology, including...

Tespo, With a New Office in Detroit, Offers “the Keurig of Vitamins”

TESPO, WITH A NEW OFFICE IN DETROIT, OFFERS “THE KEURIG OF VITAMINS”

Ted Mills spent the first part of his career in finance, eventually starting a investment fund for Manoj Bhargava, the Michigan-based...

 
 
 
Bee Well. Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars Spotlight: Combplex Aims to Help Beekeepers Save the Hives

BEE WELL. BLACKSTONE LAUNCHPAD POWERED BY TECHSTARS SPOTLIGHT: COMBPLEX AIMS TO HELP BEEKEEPERS SAVE THE HIVES

Highlights of student-led ventures participating in the LaunchPad Lift Cohort , part of the Blackstone LaunchPad® powered by Techstars®...

 
 
 
Erie Hack Aims to Solve Lake's Challenges with Tech-Driven Solutions

ERIE HACK AIMS TO SOLVE LAKE'S CHALLENGES WITH TECH-DRIVEN SOLUTIONS

Even though Michigan is surrounded by one of the world's most abundant sources of freshwater, it's still plagued by water-related challenges,...

Pompeo jokes Trump may fire him in a tweet as rumors swirl about his departure

POMPEO JOKES TRUMP MAY FIRE HIM IN A TWEET AS RUMORS SWIRL ABOUT HIS DEPARTURE

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo joked Monday that President Donald Trump may fire him via tweet. That's exactly what happened to Trump's...

 
 
 
Topouzian Brings Economic Development Perspective to New MVCA Role

TOPOUZIAN BRINGS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PERSPECTIVE TO NEW MVCA ROLE

Ara Topouzian is a longtime Oakland County economic development official and a 2012 Kresge Artist Fellow recognized for his work playing...

 
 
 
Meet the Companies in Backstage Capital's Detroit Accelerator

MEET THE COMPANIES IN BACKSTAGE CAPITAL'S DETROIT ACCELERATOR

Backstage Capital, a Los Angeles-based venture firm seeding early-stage companies led by women, people of color, and members of the...

Jibo's Last Dance, and the Social Robot's Hope for the Afterlife

JIBO'S LAST DANCE, AND THE SOCIAL ROBOT'S HOPE FOR THE AFTERLIFE

Last summer, dozens of former Jibo employees returned to the defunct company's Boston offices for a long weekend of pizza, beer, and...