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blackberry looks to wide range of technology options for growth


waterloo, ontario—as blackberry ltd. continues its turnaround to a full-fledged software company, it is looking to put its stamp on a wide range of technology options for its next stage of growth.after posting better-than-expected adjusted earnings in its latest quarter on friday, blackberry said it is expanding its licensing strategy past handset devices and into other components such as wearables, tablets, medical devices and...






reasons why introducing technology is good for your restaurant business growth |


share thistagsbusinessbusiness newscost controlgrow your businesshidden moneynew technologytechnologytechnology newsrunning a restaurant business has its fair share of challenges, especially if you are just starting out. at some stage, you are not even ready to wrap your head around any thought of future growth. the good news is that running a successful restaurant business need not be so tough. in fact, you will be surprised at how easy you can run your restaurant and even see growth from all your efforts.incorporating technology is the first step towards a smooth running business. you will be amazed by how easy your restaurant begins to run by just adding simple technological solutions. restaurant technology is fully versatile and fully addresses any challenges a restaurant may have. in






y combinator is zeroing in on bigger, breakaway companies with a new growth-stag


y combinator famously funds a lot of companies, but there’s always more it could be doing, said its president, sam altman, in an interview with techcrunch this fall. “i do think startups are a super important vehicle to make things happen in the world today and i think we are nowhere near the limit of how many we can help.”altman had added that yc is “always slightly broken, because we’re always trying to grow; we’re always trying to do new things.” and while he didn’t offer specifics on what new things yc might try,  today, the outfit is taking the wraps off one of those initiatives: a new growth-stage program designed to help both yc companies and non-yc companies figure out how to scale.the idea is partly to address what yc companies have described to its leadership as a thinning of its






yuri milner: online spending will fuel world-wide growth


hong kong—massive growth in online spending will help fuel world-wide growth in the technology sector in the next decade, yuri milner, founder of dst global, said at the wall street journal’s d.live asia 2017 conference.mr. milner, the head of the prominent technology investment firm, said despite growth in online commerce, only 6% of consumer spending takes place online. he said he expects that figure to rise to 15% by 2025, a...






us & canada vcs favor late-stage giants over upstarts in q4


joanna glasnercontributorjoanna glasner is a reporter for crunchbase. more posts by this contributor: startup investors in the u.s. and canada have been putting a little less money to work across a lot fewer deals in recent months.after three quarters of rising investment at early through growth stage, vcs have cut back in the fourth quarter of 2017. they participated in fewer deals and invested less capital compared to both the prior quarter and year-ago periods, according to crunchbase projected data. (for a quick explanation as to why this report now includes canada, see the end of the post.)overall, investors put a projected $21.9 billion into seed through technology growth-stage rounds in q4, down from a projected $28.1 billion in q3. deal count fell most markedly at the earliest stag






a 20% surge in tech-company earnings fuels u.s. stock gains


fast-growing technology companies are carrying the s&p 500 toward its fifth consecutive quarter of earnings growth.third-quarter gains have been broad, spanning companies from industrial stalwarts like caterpillar inc. to oil-and-gas giant exxon mobil corp. but with around 98% of s&p 500 firms having reported results for the latest quarter, the technology sector is expected to post 20% growth in earnings from the year-earlier period, according to factset, trouncing the broader index’s expected earnings growth rate...






y combinator is zeroing in on bigger, breakaway companies with a new growth-stag


y combinator famously funds a lot of companies, but there’s always more it could be doing, said its president, sam altman, in an interview with techcrunch this fall. “i do think startups are a super important vehicle to make things happen in the world today and i think we are nowhere near the limit of how many we can help.”altman had added that yc is “always slightly broken, because we’re always trying to grow; we’re always trying to do new things.” and while he didn’t offer specifics on what new things yc might try, today, the outfit is taking the wraps off one of those initiatives: a new growth-stage program designed to help both yc companies and non-yc companies figure out how to scale.the idea is partly to address what yc companies have described to its leadership as a thinning of its






greycroft announces $250 million growth fund


greycroft partners, the venture firm co-founded by industry veteran alan patricof, is announcing their second growth equity fund. they will have about $250 million in capital to deploy, an increase from the $200 million in their previous late stage fund from 2.5 years ago.this is in addition to the $200 million early stage fund that they recently raised late last year. about half of their growth fund investments will be follow-on rounds for existing portfolio companies.some of their later stage investments include thrive market, app annie and plated. a handful of their startups have been successfully acquired including buddy media, trunk club, braintree and maker studios.with the fund announcement also comes the promotion of dylan pearce, who is graduating from principal to partner. pearce






cold weather slows corn, soybean growth in wisconsin


madison, wis. — cool weather has slowed corn and soybean growth in wisconsin, but the rest of the state's main crops are doing well.the u.s. department of agriculture reports that most of the state saw overnight lows in the 40s last week, while some areas in the north had lows in the 30s.citing the usda's data, the wisconsin state journal reports that more than 70 percent of the corn crop was rated good or excellent. almost 80 percent was in the dough stage or beyond, while and a third was in the fifth maturity stage, known as the dent stage.about 75 percent of the soybean crop was in good to excellent range. about 95 percent of the crop had pods.






shasta ventures launches a fund to accelerate ar and vr app development


apple and google are ready for an augmented reality tidal wave, but what of developers? over the past several months, the availability of arkit and arcore have proven there’s plenty of interest in the technology on the developer side, and some big brands from ikea to disney have been publicly exploring the ways in which the technology can enhance existing applications. but developers working on a smaller scale could benefit from a push when it comes to embracing the tech at this still relatively early stage. shasta ventures principal jacob mullins took to the disrupt san francisco stage this afternoon to announce that the venture capital firm is working to help incentivize development in the ar field with a new fund that will back eligible parties to the tune of $100,000 apiece. the shasta






soundcloud confirms new $70m credit line after failing to close $100m round


soundcloud — the popular, but unprofitable platform that lets creators post and share music and other audio files — may have been unsuccessful (so far) in closing a new $100 million round of funding, but it’s not running out of money soon. the company has closed a $70 million round of debt funding from three new investors — ares capital, kreos capital, and davidson technology — which it will use to build out more technology, to hire more people, and to build “a financially sustainable platform.”soundcloud confirmed the debt round to us in a statement, after the funding was first uncovered by bi after it noticed a company filing earlier this week at companies house, the uk company registrar.“we are pleased to have secured a flexible $70 million credit line from ares capital, kreos capital a






there’s an implosion of early-stage vc funding, and no one’s talking about it


victor bastacontributorvictor basta is the founder of the boutique investment firm magister advisors. more posts by this contributor: amid record amounts of capital raised by vcs worldwide, and a sharp rise in the number of private “unicorns” valued at $1 billion-plus, there has been a quiet, barely noticed implosion in early-stage vc activity worldwide.the chart below is dramatic, and accurate. since 2014, the number of vc rounds in technology companies worldwide has nearly halved, from 19,000 to 10,000, according to pitchbook. during that time, the drop in vc funding amount has been nowhere near as dramatic, highlighting that vcs are concentrating investment into fewer later-stage companies.this is now a three-year trend, so cannot be “blamed” on macro or short-term factors. more worryin






soundcloud confirms new $70m credit line after failing to close $100m round


soundcloud — the popular, but unprofitable platform that lets creators post and share music and other audio files — may have been unsuccessful (so far) in closing a new $100 million round of funding, but it’s not running out of money soon. the company has secured a $70 million round of debt funding from three new investors — ares capital, kreos capital, and davidson technology — which it will use to build out more technology, to hire more people, and to build “a financially sustainable platform.”soundcloud confirmed the debt round to us in a statement, after the funding was first uncovered by bi after it noticed a company filing earlier this week at companies house, the uk company registrar.“we are pleased to have secured a flexible $70 million credit line from ares capital, kreos capital






program targets real-estate technology - wsj


two new york city organizations are joining forces to spread technology to the real-estate industry.metaprop nyc, a real estate technology investment and advisory firm, and columbia university’s center for urban real estate are launching a program for early-stage ventures, the two organizations said.the eight-week program, which begins in may, will offer networking opportunities in the real estate technology community and...






michael wolf: what’s next for tech and media in 2018


laguna beach, calif.—activate inc. co-founder michael wolf will give his outlook for technology and media tuesday afternoon on stage at the wall street journal’s global technology conference.the presentation comes at a time when technology companies ranging from apple inc. to facebook inc. to alphabet inc. to amazon.com inc. have never amassed more power or wealth, or been under as much scrutiny from regulators and critics around the globe....






us venture investment ticks up in q2 2017


joanna glasnercontributorjoanna glasner is a reporter for crunchbase. more posts by this contributor: venture investment in u.s. startups rose sequentially in the second quarter of 2017, boosted by large, late-stage financings and a few outsized early-stage rounds in tech and healthcare.overall, crunchbase projects that u.s. startups raised $22.7 billion across all stages, from seed through technology growth rounds. that’s up from $20.6 billion in q1, which is typically a slightly slower quarter, and about flat with year-ago levels.(for a look at the global vc market’s q2, head here.)the robust quarterly funding numbers come amid a bullish period for public markets, with major indexes reaching new highs in q2. and as vcs closed new rounds, existing portfolio companies took advantage of mar






food startup maple shuts down operations in new york to join deliveroo


maple, the prepared food delivery startup that had raised over $25 million, tried to differentiate itself from other startups by owning the whole process of the food cycle from sourcing the food, to preparing it and then delivering it. as the headline suggests, it didn’t work out for maple. that’s why maple is ceasing operations in new york (the only city it served) and teaming up with uk-based food delivery company deliveroo.“given the overlap in our goals and the significant scale of deliveroo’s operations, working together makes sense,” maple co-founders caleb merkl (pictured above) and akshay navle wrote on the company blog. “as a result, some members of the maple team will join deliveroo operations in london, and our technology will be used to help accelerate growth and efficiency acr






did the tide of global vc start to turn in q4 2017?


jason rowleycontributorjason rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for crunchbase news. more posts by this contributor: during the last quarter, observers of the venture capital industry have noted that something was slipping away — namely, seed and early-stage venture activity.the discussion picked up volume as 2017 came to a close. in the latter months of last year, avc’s fred wilson noted a response to victor basta’s article describing an “implosion” in seed and early-stage venture capital activity. back in october, techcrunch contributor jon evans laid out an uncomfortably compelling case for why seed and early-stage ventures could face an even tougher start in life. the crunchbase news team has also shined a light on the shrinking watering hole for early-stage startups,






select tools to grow with your business: hyperwallet


australian businesses use on average six to 10 cloud-based tools for a variety of functions such as customer relationship management, code storage, and team collaboration, according to a recent study by payments technology company stripe.but the tools businesses use often vary depending on the stage of growth they are in, and evolve over time.zdnet spoke with simon banks, managing director at hyperwallet asia pacific and japan, about the importance of choosing tools that can grow as the business grows.






how trump will impact venture capital: the future of qsbs


patrick wallencontributorpatrick wallen is a licensed attorney, a fellow with rubicon venture capital and a startup and vc professional.when we speak of disruption in the startup industry, it would not be uncommon to invoke an innovative technology or a visionary founder. it is a rare occasion when we can celebrate legislators. yet, some of the most recent strides in the emerging growth ecosystem are owed not to silicon valley programmers in their spartan incubators, but instead to the u.s. congress. in my conversations with venture capitalists, bankers, founders and lawyers, i am frequently startled by the lack of awareness for a neglected bit of tax innovation ordinarily called qsbs, or qualified small business stock. accounting for only a few pages of legislation, this tiny tax provisio






game publisher tencent warns of risks even as profit jumps


hong kong—tencent holdings ltd. warned it faces stiff competition in maintaining rapid growth of its core gaming and content businesses, despite notching a surge in quarterly revenue as the chinese internet giant continues to expand abroad.the company, one of asia’s most valuable technology firms, is experiencing strong growth in online...






game publisher tencent warns of risks even as profit jumps


hong kong—tencent holdings ltd. warned it faces stiff competition in maintaining rapid growth of its core gaming and content businesses, despite notching a surge in quarterly revenue as the chinese internet giant continues to expand abroad.the company, one of asia’s most valuable technology firms, is experiencing strong growth in online games,...






uber’s vp of product and growth has left the company


ed baker, uber’s vp of product and growth, has resigned from uber, recode first reported. uber declined to comment on the story but techcrunch has confirmed that baker has left the company, and that daniel graf, uber’s head of marketplace, will be the interim head of product and marketplace.“i have always wanted to apply my experience in technology and growth to the public sector,” baker wrote in an email to employees, obtained by recode. “and now seems like the right moment to get involved.”that’s an interesting rationale given that the last couple of weeks have been something else for uber, between allegations of sexual harassment, sexism, amit singhal resigning as svp and reports of some sketchy software to sidestep law enforcement. baker formerly worked at facebook, where he was head o






spotify premium director robert lamvik leaves company for meditation app headspa


meditation app headspace recently brought on robert lamvik, spotify’s now-former director of its premium service, and dr. megan jones bell, former chief science officer at mental health startup lantern. their respective roles at headspace are head of growth and chief science officer — two new roles at the company.“we’ve always had team of scientists, but as we go into this next stage of growth, we thought it was important to build out the seniority of the team and bring real leadership to it,” headspace co-founder rich pierson told me. “it’s a really important part of what we do. with the growth side, we’ve got to that stage now where turning our free users into subscribers is a really important part of the mission as well.”lamvik spent almost four years at spotify working on the music str






spotify premium director robert lamvik leaves company for meditation app headspa


meditation app headspace recently brought on robert lamvik, spotify’s now-former director of its premium service, and dr. megan jones bell, former chief science officer at mental health startup lantern. their respective roles at headspace are head of growth and chief science officer — two new roles at the company.“we’ve always had team of scientists, but as we go into this next stage of growth, we thought it was important to build out the seniority of the team and bring real leadership to it,” headspace co-founder rich pierson told me. “it’s a really important part of what we do. with the growth side, we’ve got to that stage now where turning our free users into subscribers is a really important part of the mission as well.”lamvik spent almost four years at spotify working on the music str






innovation cabinet to host networking event


st. paul's newly formed innovation cabinet on tuesday will host a “conversations on innovation” event. people working in fields ranging from technology to higher education to real estate will get to meet cabinet members and participate in conversations about driving business growth in st. paul.mayor chris coleman and councilmember chris tolbert will join other cabinet members at the event, which is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. at 214 4th st. e.the innovation cabinet is composed of 16 experts from technology, innovation, economic development, real estate and workforce development. its mission is to help identify ways to expand job and business growth around technology and innovation sectors. the cabinet will release an action strategy in july 2017.8 80 founder to visit school, park in st






baidu ventures partners with comet labs as both double down on artificial intell


baidu ventures exists on the front-lines of the chinese search giant‘s push to brand itself as an artificial intelligence company. in an effort to bridge the ai ecosystems of china and the united states, baidu ventures is partnering with comet labs, a san francisco-based fund specializing in machine intelligence.unlike other venture capital firms looking to diversify into ai, comet labs lives exclusively in the space — providing capital, technical resources and mentorship to its startups. wei liu, now head of baidu’s $700 million venture arm, was part of the founding team at comet labs before he was poached into the world of corporate venture.“baidu founded baidu ventures to build an ecosystem around ai technology and do investment to help ai startups with money, technology and connections






baidu ventures partners with comet labs as both double down on artificial intell


baidu ventures exists on the front-lines of the chinese search giant‘s push to brand itself as an artificial intelligence company. in an effort to bridge the ai ecosystems of china and the united states, baidu ventures is partnering with comet labs, a san francisco-based fund specializing in machine intelligence.unlike other venture capital firms looking to diversify into ai, comet labs lives exclusively in the space — providing capital, technical resources and mentorship to its startups. wei liu, now head of baidu’s $200 million venture arm, was part of the founding team at comet labs before he was poached into the world of corporate venture.“baidu founded baidu ventures to build an ecosystem around ai technology and do investment to help ai startups with money, technology and connections






needed: an economic-growth policy | the seattle times


in the early post-world war ii period, we outinvested the rest of the world in the four types of assets that drive productivity growth: technology, capital formation, worker education and infrastructure. today, we are lacking in all four areas.the democrats desperately need an economic-growth strategy and its effective communication to voters. the party has not had a visible and substantive economic-growth message since bill clinton’s successful presidential campaign in 1992. the campaign’s slogan, “it’s the economy, stupid,” serves as a critical message for party leaders planning for 2018.recently, however, the democrats’ “economic-growth policy” consists largely of income redistribution proposals such as raising the minimum wage, championed by the bernie sanders wing of the party. while






google demos technology that scrubs objects from photographs: digital photograph


during its i/o 2017 conference yesterday, google demonstrated a new algorithm-based technology that can remove unwanted objects from existing photographs. the demonstration showed the technology removing a chainlink fence from the foreground of an image, with the final result offering no discernible indications that the fence had ever existed (around 10:45 in the video below).the technology was demonstrated on stage by google's ceo sundar pichai during a conversation about the company's expanding visual technology. 'coming very soon,' pichai explained, 'if you take a picture of your daughter at a baseball game and there's something obstructing it, we can do the hard work and remove that structure and have the picture of what matters to you in front of you.'it looks to be an evolution of th






3m earnings jump as push into technology pays off


3m co. shares closed at a record tuesday as the company said investments in higher-growth technology sectors are bringing results.in the past three years, 3m has worked to rethink its electronics and energy division, accelerating spending into segments like semiconductors, data centers, automotive electrification and energy grids, chief executive inge thulin said on a call with analysts.revenue...






why gop must not defund early stage research


in the draft budget, the trump administration proposes to defund arpa-e, stating that the “free market” will do a better job of investing in early stage technology. this is to misunderstand the work this agency has done. arpa-e and darpa have consistently helped nurture the technologies that on a long lead time have given america great technological advantage, including gps, the internet, and more. venture capital is not interested in funding such early-stage research.my colleagues and i have leveraged arpa-e funds to gain investments from the private sector once our research was further along (in total approximately 10-15 times as much as the arpa-e funding). arpa-e was successful in stimulating not only the high-tech, high-value jobs that we created with the direct funds, but now jobs in






san jose, oakland, san francisco job markets will cool


job markets throughout the bay area will cool off during 2017 amid a slowing economy and barriers to rapid growth, economists said monday.after a few years of head-spinning job growth in santa clara county and the san francisco-san mateo region, the economic boom in those areas is coming back down to earth, according to a series of new assessments and forecasts from beacon economics.“in recent years since job growth peaked around 2015, employment growth has been slowing and it will continue to slow,” robert kleinhenz, executive director of economic research with beacon economics, said monday.a sluggish trend in job creation for the once-booming technology sector is contributing to the cooling outlook for the bay area job market, according to beacon economics.part of the problem, experts sa






dfj growth closes its third fund with $535 million


dfj growth, the 11-year-old growth-stage arm of the 31-year-old sand hill road firm, has closed its third vehicle with $535 million, slightly more than it was targeting when it began fundraising in the spring of last year. it had closed its previous growth fund with $470 million in may 2014.the firm has invested in four new portfolio companies over the past year, including the games and “experiences” development platform unity; giphy, which provides a search engine for a vast library of gifs; the connected doorbell startup ring; and katerra, an end-to-end design and construction platform co-founded by former flextronics ceo michael marks.dfj growth typically makes four to eight new investments per year.yesterday, we had a quick exchange with firm co-founder randy glein about the market, th






notion capital outs new $80m ‘growth equity’ fund to invest in enterprise saas a


notion capital, the london-based vc focussed on enterprise saas and cloud startups, is announcing a number of updates today. this includes a new later-stage follow-on fund for existing portfolio companies, and the final closing of its third early-stage fund, which now counts cisco amongst a number of new u.s-based lps. the firm has also made two internal promotions, with both chrys chrysanthou and patrick norris making the step up to partner.dubbed “notion capital opportunities lp,” the new growth equity fund is targeting a final close of $80 million and will be used by notion to do later-stage investments — think series c and beyond — in the best performing companies in its current portfolio, and in a way that would not be possible by simply following on out of its existing funds. i under






notion capital outs new $80m ‘growth equity’ fund to invest in enterprise saas a


notion capital, the london-based vc focused on enterprise saas and cloud startups, is announcing a number of updates today. this includes a new later-stage follow-on fund for existing portfolio companies, and the final closing of its third early-stage fund, which now counts cisco amongst a number of new u.s.-based lps. the firm has also made two internal promotions, with both chrys chrysanthou and patrick norris making the step up to partner.dubbed “notion capital opportunities lp,” the new growth equity fund is targeting a final close of $80 million and will be used by notion to do later-stage investments — think series c and beyond — in the best performing companies in its current portfolio, and in a way that would not be possible by simply following on out of its existing funds. i under






destiny 2 is still coming this year, activision says


there’s no game i get more questions about than destiny 2, so here’s a little tidbit for those of you who are desperate for news on bungie’s next big game: it’s still on track for 2017.advertisementsaid activision in a slideshow attached to their earnings call today: “full destiny sequel in 2017 to broaden the franchise’s global reach, which along with follow-on content plans, sets the stage for growth.” in human-speak, that means it’s still planned for this year. although some of the folks behind destiny 2 might crave more time to add content and beef up the game, here’s an interesting bit of news to consider: if bungie misses this year for destiny 2, activision is awarded a hefty chunk of the independent studio’s stock, according to two sources familiar with goings-on at bungie. advertis