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Go SPAC yourself

Are we allowed to make rude financial jokes in headlines? Hello everyone; it’s a busy week with TechCrunch Early Stage underway and a slew of tech earnings to parse through. But that didn’t stop the Equity crew from sitting down to chat about the recent wave of SPAC commentary. Danny and I wanted to talk…

Computex 2020 is officially canceled

In March, the Computex organizers delayed the trade show from June to late-September. At the time, the realities of COVID-19 were sinking in for many in the international community, while the trade show’s home of Taipei was dealing with a new flareup of the novel coronavirus. At the time, late-September also felt like a fairly…

Biased AI perpetuates racial injustice

Miriam Vogel is the president and CEO of EqualAI, a nonprofit organization focused on reducing unconscious bias in artificial intelligence. The murder of George Floyd was shocking, but we know that his death was not unique. Too many Black lives have been stolen from their families and communities as a result of historical racism. There…

Why did Apple buy NextVR?

After plenty of talk about AR as the next computing platform, Apple may have more interest in virtual reality than they’ve previously forecasted. Following an April report from 9to5mac, today Apple confirmed to Bloomberg the acquisition of VR broadcasting startup NextVR. A note on NextVR’s website now highlights that the company is “moving in a…

GDC 2020 has been canceled

Well, after what I’m sure was a hectic few days for the folks planning the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, the team announced today that they have officially decided to cancel the event happening this March, saying in a blog post that they hoped they would be able to reschedule an event for “later…

Venture investing in elder tech

Senior citizens are not early adopters of new technology; many of our 65+ friends and family might not use much tech in the first place. That said, two-thirds of America’s 50 million seniors use the internet and more than 40% own a smartphone, according to a 2017 Pew study. So where’s the disconnect? Why are…

2019 was podcasting’s breakout year

2019 was a breakout year for the podcast industry with major shifts in industry dynamics.  In my October 2018 post “What’s next for podcasting?” I argued that Hollywood’s surging interest in podcasts would bring greater investment in high-production quality shows and gradually realign the podcast industry around paid subscriptions and exclusive deals.  That’s still the…

TC Sessions: Mobility Returns In 2020

TC Sessions: Mobility is returning for a second year on May 14 in San Jose — a day-long event brimming with the best and brightest engineers, policymakers, investors, entrepreneurs and innovators, all of whom are vying to be a part of this new age of transportation. Companies are racing to deploy autonomous vehicles and flying…

How tech companies measure “legal”

How good is your lawyer? It’s hard to tell. Daniel Doktori Contributor More posts by this contributor In a working environment obsessed with metrics dashboards, key performance indicators, and objectives and key results, the legal function presents an elusive target. Compared to sales, marketing and product, “legal” in a growing tech company can seem an…

10 Futuristic Gadgets for the Early Adopter

A few years from now, people might reminisce about a time when they watched movies on screens and manually closed their bedroom curtains. We’re in the midst of a technological revolution. Nanoparticles might soon internally diagnose diseases. Machines might build themselves. And virtual reality headsets might replace televisions — some boutique movie studios have begun