Kleiner Perkins joins $24.5M funding led by Blockchain Capital for Bison Trails – TechCrunch

Kleiner Perkins joins $24.5M funding led by Blockchain Capital for Bison Trails – TechCrunch

Kleiner Perkins has joined a $24.5 million Series A funding round for Bison Trails, a provider of blockchain protocols, which was led by Blockchain Capital to develop the firm’s infrastructure services. Other participants included Coinbase Ventures, ConsenSys, A Capital, Collaborative Fund and Sound Ventures as new investors. Galaxy Digital and Initialized, as early backers, joined […]

Bandit opens a ‘mobile-only’ coffee shop in New York – TechCrunch

Bandit opens a ‘mobile-only’ coffee shop in New York – TechCrunch

If you wander into the Bandit coffee shop in Midtown New York, you won’t be able to just walk up to the counter and order something. Instead, you’ll need to download a mobile app. I experienced it for myself yesterday afternoon, when I — along with several other customers — pulled my phone out, downloaded […]

Sonos acquires voice assistant startup Snips, potentially to build out on-device voice control – TechCrunch

Sonos acquires voice assistant startup Snips, potentially to build out on-device voice control – TechCrunch

Sonos revealed during its quarterly earnings report that it has acquired voice assistant startup Snips in a $37 million cash deal, Variety reported on Wednesday. Snips, which had been developing dedicated smart device assistants that can operate primarily locally, instead of relying on consistently round-tripping voice data to the cloud, could help Sonos set up […]

Google Cloud launches Bare Metal Solution – TechCrunch

Google Cloud launches Bare Metal Solution – TechCrunch

Google Cloud today announced the launch of a new bare metal service, dubbed the Bare Metal Solution. We aren’t talking about bare metal servers offered directly by Google Cloud here, though. Instead, we’re talking about a solution that enterprises can use to run their specialized workloads on certified hardware that’s co-located in the Google Cloud […]

WHILL brings its autonomous wheelchairs to North American airports

WHILL brings its autonomous wheelchairs to North American airports

After trials in Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, Tokyo’s Haneda airport and Abu Dhabi airport earlier this year, WHILL, the developer of autonomous wheelchairs, is bringing its robotic mobility tech to North America. At airports in Dallas and Winnipeg, travelers with mobility limitations can book a WHILL through Scootaround and test out the company’s products. Using sensing […]

Announcing TechCrunch Early Stage, a new event series all about founders

Announcing TechCrunch Early Stage, a new event series all about founders

TechCrunch covers a lot of bases in the tech startup world, but none is more important than supporting founders — especially early-stage founders. That’s what our new event series, TechCrunch Early Stage, is all about. These single-day events debuting next year will be highly interactive opportunities for founders to tap experts in the core startup […]

VEnvirotech transforms organic waste into bioplastics – TechCrunch

VEnvirotech transforms organic waste into bioplastics – TechCrunch

After a year of testing out environmental technologies for a private company, co-founder Patricia Ayma developed a process for bioplastic production using bacteria. The system turns organic matter, such as food waste, into a product that can be used as a biodegradable alternative to single-use plastics. “I realized that it was a simple technology for […]