OpenInvest helps retail investors back companies that share their values

OpenInvest helps retail investors back companies that share their values
 Want to be a “woke” investor? OpenInvest, a new company based in San Francisco, has raised $3.25 million in new financing from one of venture capital’s biggest names with claims that it can help both your stock portfolio and your moral compass point in the right direction. Most millennials, apparently, want to invest in companies that align with their values, according to… Read More


Source: Tech Crunch

UploadVR sued over ‘rampant’ sexual behavior in the workplace and wrongful termination

UploadVR sued over ‘rampant’ sexual behavior in the workplace and wrongful termination
 UploadVR is being sued by the company’s former Director of Digital and Social Media for sexual harassment, sex and gender discrimination and wrongful termination, TechCrunch has learned.
The virtual reality startup, with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, consists of co-working spaces, training courses and a media publication, and has received funding from General… Read More


Source: Tech Crunch

Our favorite startups from 500 Startups’ 20th class

Our favorite startups from 500 Startups’ 20th class
 41 startups graced the stage at 500 Startups’ 20th demo day at the Parc55 hotel in downtown San Francisco. The event came complete with mascots, a summer of love theme and a diverse array of early-stage companies.
This time around, 500 focused in heavily on health startups. A number of the founders demoing presented businesses in the interest of the public good &#8212… Read More


Source: Tech Crunch

Improbable grabs $502M led by Softbank at a $1B+ valuation for its virtual world Spatial OS

Improbable grabs 2M led by Softbank at a B+ valuation for its virtual world Spatial OS
 Improbable, the London startup that has developed a platform for third parties to build vast virtual and simulated worlds, has landed a stratospheric round of funding to double down on its product and expanding its ecosystem of developers. The company, which also has offices in San Francisco, has raised $502 million in funding led by SoftBank, with previous investors Andreessen Horowitz and… Read More


Source: Tech Crunch

Live from Microsoft's Build 2017 product keynote

Live from Microsoft's Build 2017 product keynote
We're on the ground in Seattle and waiting for Microsoft's second Build 2017 keynote to kick off. It's a return to home turf for the company (or at least, very close to its Redmond headquarters), after hosting its developer keynote in San Francisco f…
Source: Engadget

Saving bats from wind turbines is easy

Saving bats from wind turbines is easy
Renewable energy like wind power is touted as a great way to reduce our impact on the environment. Tech companies like Google and Tesla, along with cities like San Francisco, understand the need to go green. Still, even renewable sources of energy ca…
Source: Engadget

Confide CEO Jon Brod on the White House, bad press, and what’s next for his secure messaging app

Confide CEO Jon Brod on the White House, bad press, and what’s next for his secure messaging app
 Thursday night, at a StrictlyVC event in San Francisco, I sat down with Confide cofounder and president Jon Brod to talk with him about his decidedly topsy turvy 2017. Though his three-year-old messaging app was the belle of the ball at the start of the year — Wired, the Washington Post, and Axios were among others to note it was a hit with frustrated White House staffers &#8212… Read More


Source: Tech Crunch

As environmental battles shift to states, renewable energy adoption could come down to good ole economics

As environmental battles shift to states, renewable energy adoption could come down to good ole economics
 Last week hundreds of thousands of Americans took to the streets to protest what they saw as the evisceration of environmental legislation and a rollback of US efforts to stem the tide of climate change. Protests in Washington, Boston, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle and other American cities coincided with the culmination of President Donald Trump’s first 100 days. Over… Read More


Source: Tech Crunch

The RealReal is opening a real store in New York (and other news from CEO Julie Wainwright)

The RealReal is opening a real store in New York (and other news from CEO Julie Wainwright)
 Last night, at an event in San Francisco, I sat down with The RealReal founder and CEO Julie Wainwright, who is renowned in startup circles for a variety of things, including her role in winding down the e-commerce company Pets.com during the dot.com era; being one of the bigger personalities in the industry; and launching what’s become one of the fastest-growing consignment… Read More


Source: Tech Crunch

Disrupt SF 2017 registration is open, get your extra early bird tickets now

Disrupt SF 2017 registration is open, get your extra early bird tickets now
 Alright Bay Area tech fans, the day you’ve been waiting for is here. Registration for Disrupt SF 2017 is now open, and with it comes your opportunity to score tickets to the best startup show in San Francisco for a fraction of the price with an extra early bird ticket. Extra early bird tickets are just $1,795 apiece, saving you $1,200 off the full retail price. You can get your tickets… Read More


Source: Tech Crunch