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Amazon Invests in a Hot Self-Driving Startup
It was really only a matter of time before Amazon eventually entered the autonomous driving space. Having already entered the retail grocery market, the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare - in addition to conquering bookselling, movie streaming and a lot of other things we're probably forgetting - the e-commerce giant has joined Sequoia Capital in a $530-million Series B round for
Mystery Deepens With Canadian Crypto Exchange's Missing Funds
The Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX owes its investors about $250 million CAD (US$190 million) in both cryptocurrencies and fiat funds, but the company claims its late founder was the only person at the company who knew how to access the money, as CoinDesk reported early last week. Citing court documents it had obtained from the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, CoinDesk
Will the China Bulls Turn Out for the Year of the Pig?
Happy Year of the Pig! This week marks the start of China’s Spring Festival, during which an estimated 3 billion trips will be made using the country’s massive transportation network of roads and rail. That figure is a slight rise from the same period last year, despite slowing economic growth prompted by trade tensions with the U.S. and a strengthening
Why the Culture of Cybersecurity is Broken–and How to Fix It
Last year saw some of the largest security breakdowns of all time. Half a billion Marriott Starwood customers had their personal data compromised. More than 100 U.S. university research programs had valuable intellectual property stolen. Ransomware attacks disrupted municipal services in Atlanta and Baltimore. In the midst of these spectacular failures, spending on cybersecurity exceeded $80 billion in 2018, more
A New ETF Combines Blockchain, Cloud and Other Technologies
AdvisorShares, one of the largest issuers of actively managed exchange traded funds, is adding to its lineup with the debut of the AdvisorShares Sabretooth ETF (NASDAQ: BKCH). The new ETF will invest in companies with exposure to blockchain and cloud computing, two of the fastest-growing corners of the technology sector. What Happened BKCH's investment thesis “holds that companies utilizing cloud
Japanese Trading Giant Itochu Hops on the Blockchain Bandwagon
Hong Kong Blockchain Week is happening March 4-8, 2019. Click here to meet 3,000 plus blockchain industry leaders. The Itochu Corporation, one of Japan’s largest trading companies, recently announced plans to develop a blockchain-based supply chain tracing system, according to the Coin Telegraph: Itochu Corporation, a general trading company and one of the five largest companies in Japan, is developing
The Long View: Debt and Demographics
DOUG PEEBLES I’m very excited to be here actually to discuss this, because we do oftentimes spend so much time talking about the short term. Since the financial crisis of 2008, we’ve also spent a lot of time talking about these longer-term, thematic trends that I find fascinating, and the key I think to helping our clients make money is,
Facebook’s Move Into Crypto Puts Pressure On Amazon
Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has paved the way for social media and tech advancements in the past, so its recent turn towards cryptocurrency brings questions of what will become the new norm for similar sites. Sean Keefe, Managing Partner at Straight Up Capital, shares his vast knowledge of cryptocurrency and gives an interesting perspective for what the future of Bitcoin may
Wait, is SoftBank's Vision Fund Really Running Out of Money?
Perhaps we now know the real reason why the biggest outside investors in SoftBank's Vision Fund opposed taking a massive stake in co-working startup WeWork. Two years after its started its behemoth $100-billion fund to invest big in the global tech sector, SoftBank has already burned through half of its money, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing company filings. The
Marc Andreessen Shares the 4 Realities Facing Every Entrepreneur Today
When I read business news today, I typically see three kinds of stories: hot startups taking industries by storm, established giants plowing ahead, or massive business failures and catastrophes. What I don’t see is what happens along the way to most entrepreneurs most of the time. The daily struggles and triumphs entrepreneurs face rarely make headlines, but as an entrepreneur