SpaceX’s CRS-10 ISS resupply mission rocket launch scrubbed, next window is Feb 19

32945170225_e5b87acce0_k Update: SpaceX aborted the launch with 13 seconds to go, citing the issue with the positioning of an engine nozzle that’s responsible for steering the rocket in the second stage as the cause. The company said it was exercising “an abundance of caution” in postponing the launch, but wanted to be absolutely sure. The next launch window is at 9:38 AM ET on Sunday morning. At… Read More

Germany: US benefits from stable EU, united NATO

Wolfgang Ischinger, head of the Munich Security Conference, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, from left, attend a press conference prior to the Munich Security Conference in Munich, southern Germany, Friday. MUNICH >> Germany's defense minister told the U.S. on Friday that Washington has an interest in both a stable European Union and a united NATO, and cautioned against turning the fight against terrorism into a "front against Islam and Muslims." Minister Ursula von der Leyen also acknowledged that it won't be enough in the future to rely on American military strength and "duck away" when things get tough.

$25m to $400m: SAIF Partners exits MakeMyTrip, makes 16 times on its investment

An Economic Times article quotes Venture Intelligence data on venture exits: Exits for venture-backed companies added up to $1.5 billion across 64 deals in 2016, as compared to $1.56 billion across 66 deals in 2015, show data from Venture Intelligence. Total investments added up to $2.2 billion last year, down from $4.9 billion in 2015. Venture Intelligence is India's longest serving provider

SoftBank’s markdowns imply reduced visibility on profitable growth for India’s top startups: Forbes

A Forbes article quotes Venture Intelligence data on VC investments in 2016: In 2016, as many as 620 transactions were sealed in the PE/VC space, according to data available with research firm Venture Intelligence. Of this, about 65 percent comprised startup investments. In 2015, the year that created history for the highest amount of PE and VC investments, both by value and volume, of the

Barbie becomes a hologram version of herself

Jem and the Holograms Yes, after pulling herself out of her 1950’s rut as a swimsuit model to become everything from a doctor, lawyer, computer scientist, astronaut and even the President of the United States, Barbie has now become a 3D animated hologram that can serve up the weather, on command. As first reported in Wired, The Hello Barbie Hologram debuted at the New York Toy Fair this week. And like… Read More

Brad Feld: Don’t get too excited about all those “new” acquisitions by non-tech companies

32814944205_d256a51d86_k It might be of particular interest to TC readers to know that from Brad Feld’s perspective — and he’s been in the startup world for 30 years — non-tech companies acquiring tech startups is neither a new nor sustainable trend, despite the vast amounts of ink such acquisitions have received in the press. Here’s what he had to say on whether we’re seeing a… Read More

The value of venture capital investors and the importance of physical infrastructure

Shai Bernstein is an associate professor of finance at Stanford Graduate School of Business, specializing in corporate finance and entrepreneurial finance. At the end of November, the U.K. government also focused heavily on the industry as part of its Autumn Statement, with plans to invest A 2 billion into science and tech innovation, as well as a plan to invest A 400 million via the British Business Bank into VC funds for growth capital.