Miami and space are the new battlegrounds for technology
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This week: clash of tech egos, from the shores of Miami to deep space
Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson
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Silicon Valley tech freaks left their homes for over a year and traveled to Miami in search of start-up Eldorado. As Candy Cheng reports, the influx of new arrivals creates tensions with the local population.
If it’s not Miami, then space. There’s another group of rascal Silicon Valley adventurers heading to new horizons and luckily where they’re going there aren’t any locals to chat with (we think).
Meanwhile, rival space entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson could attempt to put Bezos into orbit by taking off aboard a Virgin Galactic spacecraft on July 4.
Elon Musk, the other billionaire in the space race, has yet to announce any plans for his next trip. But the chatter centered on a prediction from a 1953 book describing a leader named “Elon” leading people to Mars – seriously.
And a former Blue Origin employee just raised $ 650 million to build 3D printed rockets.
Even Palantir, the data analytics company, has an employee in the space. Kelli Gerardi, Tik Tok star and 32-year-old logistics expert at Palantir, will be aboard another Virgin Galactic flight scheduled to take off in 2022.
“Less than a thousand people have been in space yet – less than 100 women, just a handful of mothers – and my 3-year-old will see her mother become one of them,” Gerardi told Insider.
Startups to see
Li Jin, Hans Tung, Gabby Cazeau and Mike Duboe.
Courtesy of Li Jin; GGV capital; Capital of Harlem; partner of Greylock; Shayanne Gal / Insider
Insider asked dozens of top VCs to name the most promising startups of 2021. They were asked to name the startups they had invested in as well as those they had no financial connection with. And they’ve provided an exciting list of companies at every stage, from startups to unicorns, each thriving for different reasons.
In our first in a series of stories on 2021’s most promising startups, we present a list of 46, many of which have been named by multiple VCs as companies to watch this year.
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46 of the most promising startups of 2021, according to the best VCs
Snapshot: Life Lesson Polaroids
Yesterday’s innovative breakthrough is today’s retro tchotchke, and Polaroid’s miniaturized version of the classic instant camera is a fun and educational reminder of the good old days.
The small plastic Polaroid Go spits out photos that gradually develop on their own over a period of 10 to 15 minutes. It used to be a big deal – it meant you didn’t have to bring your film to a store for processing and then wait a few days to get prints of your photos.
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For today’s digital generation, of course, being able to view images right away is nothing special.
But maybe the Polaroid has something better than just nostalgia to offer Gen Z.
Scarcity is an increasingly alien concept to those living in an age of extremely low interest rates, unlimited social media feeds, on-demand streaming movies, and smartphone cameras taking selfies without. end. A camcorder – even a toy-like instant camera – gives you a limited number of photos. Every hit must count. Imagine.
“I was pregnant and then I wasn’t.” How a miscarriage led a startup employee to create a business now funded by Alexis Ohanian’s Seven Seven Six.
VMware is in a full sprint to grow its billion-dollar security business and double its tech workforce to compete with cyber giants like Microsoft and Cisco
Travis Kalanicks CloudKitchens loses second manager in a month
This pitch deck convinced Softbank to make its first investment in banking technology, pushing Zeta’s valuation to $ 1.45 billion
IBM salaries revealed: how much $ 132 billion tech giant was paying software engineers, business analysts and more in 2021
Top Magic Leap Executives Leave Company In Biggest Change Of Leadership Under Peggy Johnson
Not necessarily in technology:
Subway co-founder Fred DeLuca ran the business like a demigod, persecuting the wives of franchisees. How a man rocked the world’s largest fast food chain.
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