The filings reflect SpaceX’s bullishness on the prospects for expanding high-speed internet access to the billions of people around the world who are currently underserved — and its determination to stay ahead of competitors who have their own plans to launch thousands more broadband satellites. “As demand escalates for fast, reliable internet around the world, especially for those where connectivity is non-existent, too expensive or unreliable, SpaceX is taking steps to responsibly scale Starlink’s total network capacity and data density to meet the growth in users’ anticipated needs,” the company said. The newly announced satellites would appear to bracket the altitude where the International Space Station flies, potentially posing extra complications.
The money will be used to continue an aggressive hiring push in new markets and the launch of the company’s local payment services in other geographies, beginning with Colombia in the new year. As credit cards penetrate the Latin American market, approval rates for local companies are increasing, which represents an attractive new source of revenue, Voigt says. Finally, the company partnered with Mastercard on an initiative to increase electronic payments in the Brazilian state of Parana.
The object-based spatial technology allows artists to map sound sources such as vocals, chorus and instruments with positional information and place them within a spherical environment around a listener. Sony has partnered with streaming services Amazon Music HD, Deezer, nugs.net and TIDAL, and listeners will be able to access around 1,000 songs at the start, including tracks from Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Pharrell Williams and Mark Ronson. A telltale sign Sony’s mind-bending service is a serious game changer,” said Brian Ringer, executive VP and GM of Rhapsody’s Asia Pacific Region.
Late-stage, out-of-region investors will always find the good companies here at Series A and above, but they won’t take that “first check” risk needed to unlock the entrepreneurial potential of all the amazing talent we’ve been able to attract to the region. That’s what we’ve got to fix, and by shining a light on the mismatch between returns and capital I’m hoping to give a few additional LPs around the country the facts they need to look more closely at our market.” In his post, DeVore said that “any LPs who want to dig deeper into North America’s most overlooked innovation market are welcome to pay us a visit.” The Seattle market has long been criticized for its lack of local startup capital, especially in the context of how much talent has migrated to the area in recent years with the growth of hometown tech giant Amazon and engineering outposts set up by Facebook, Google, Apple, Salesforce, and others. “The big hole right now in the Seattle startup ecosyste
As cannabis dispensaries flourish across the country alongside the push to legalize medicinal and recreational marijuana use, demand for tools to manage the specificities of the weed retail business continues to increase. The legal cannabis market is expected to top $66 billion over the next five years, according to estimates from Grand View Research, and entrepreneurs looking to get into the highly regulated industry are flocking to Flowhub’s suite of dispensary management services. “The compliance and regulation aspects make this a unique industry and Flowhub is one of the leading cannabis tech companies that is taking a meticulous and strategic approach,” Paxhia said in a statement.
Since then, he’s worked on several titles published by the Redmond, Wash.-based studio Zachtronics, such as last year’s puzzle game EXAPUNKS, and contributed writing to Johnnemann Nordhagen’s Where the Water Tastes Like Wine. Its initial conceit – that at some point in the near future, even as intimate a process as mental healthcare might become something you do via strangers, apps, and algorithms – is a lot to swallow, but it does make more sense as you progress through the first few chapters. It touches on topics such as artificial intelligence, existentialism, self-forgiveness, and more as it goes, and while it’s a slow, talky experience even by the standards of a visual novel, it gives you a lot of food for thought across its running time.
Days out of Y Combinator, venture capitalists valued ZeroDown, a financial and real estate technology startup, at $150 million. “I think we will be known as a company that makes it easier to buy a home in every single aspect,” ZeroDown co-founder and chief executive officer Abhijeet Dwivedi tells TechCrunch. The tool tells users whether a potential home is naturally lit, if it has a large backyard, if it has a decent commute to your work and to various schools and, most importantly, whether it’s dog friendly.