European insurance tech startup FinanceFox closes $28M Series A

160811-financefox-update-policy-screen “We’re not a bunch of startup dudes saying we’re disrupting insurance… we’re not a bunch of arrogant pricks,” FinanceFox co-founder and CEO Julian Teicke told me during a call late last week. The company, which is announcing $28 million in Series A funding today, is one of a number of European ‘insurtech’ startups who are attempting to bring… Read More

IDFC Alternatives to create a platform for renewable energy assets: Mint

A Mint article titled IDFC Alternatives to create a platform for renewable energy assets quotes Venture Intelligence data on investments in the Renewable Energy space: In the last two years, the renewable energy space, especially solar and wind power, has seen a lot of private capital flowing in. Recently, Greenko, which is a developer of wind and small hydro power projects, secured

Sierra update arrives on Macs: 4 things to look for

In this Monday, June 13, 2016, file photo, Craig Federighi, Apple senior vice president of software engineering, speaks about Mac OS Sierra at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The Sierra update to Mac computers brings iPhone services to desktops and laptops and further breaks down walls between devices.

Allo brings Google’s smarts to messaging

allo-head Google first announced Allo and Duo, its new messaging and video chat apps, at its I/O developer conference earlier this year. Duo launched about a month ago and today it’s Allo’s turn. With Allo, Google is combining everything it has learned from its previous messaging products with the company’s machine learning smarts. Indeed, Allo marks the first time you’ll be… Read More

Why You Should Stop Worrying About Raising VC Money for Your Tech Startup

When I was seeking a co-founder for my startup, each time I'd dive deep into a discussion about commitment with potential partners, they'd bring up venture capitalists and fundraising. An early question among potential co-founders during these discussions was always "have you raised money yet?" as if it's a requirement of doing a tech startup.

NASA’s asteroid-harvesting mission solicits proposals for its robotic spacecraft

arm_nasa_asteroid_mission Asteroid mining is coming soon to a planet near you: this planet, and in 2021, to be specific. But NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission has lots of work to do before that point. Today the space-faring organization issued an official “request for proposals” from four partners on how they would go about creating the robotic spacecraft that would perform the actual asteroid… Read More

NASA’s asteroid-harvesting mission solicits proposals for its robotic spacecraft

arm_nasa_asteroid_mission Asteroid mining is coming soon to a planet near you: this planet, and in 2021, to be specific. But NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission has lots of work to do before that point. Today the space-faring organization issued an official “request for proposals” from four partners on how they would go about creating the robotic spacecraft that would perform the actual asteroid… Read More

Federal policy for self-driving cars pushes data sharing

self-driving-car But the tech-filled vehicles will become data goldmines for governments, manufacturers, and hackers — and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is making sure it gets access to the rich repository of information. The agency today released its Federal Autonomous Vehicles Policy (PDF), a document that will govern the way self-driving cars are developed, regulated, and policed… Read More