This Thiel Fellow thinks he can help scooters, drones and delivery robots charge themselves with sunlight – TechCrunch

This Thiel Fellow thinks he can help scooters, drones and delivery robots charge themselves with sunlight – TechCrunch

From the time he was a high school student, Rohit Kalyanpur thought it was peculiar that although it’s possible to create energy from a solar panel, the panels have long been used almost exclusively on rooftops and as part of industrial-scale solar grids. “I hadn’t seen [anything solar-powered] in the things people use every day […]

DoorDash reveals details of its new tipping model – TechCrunch

DoorDash reveals details of its new tipping model – TechCrunch

DoorDash announced last month that it would be changing its controversial tipping model. Today it’s revealing the basics of how the new system will work. Under the past model, Dashers (DoorDash drivers and other delivery people) were guaranteed a minimum payment per delivery, with DoorDash paying a $1 base, then providing an additional payment boost […]

Oracle directors give blessing to shareholder lawsuit against Larry Ellison and Safra Catz – TechCrunch

Oracle directors give blessing to shareholder lawsuit against Larry Ellison and Safra Catz – TechCrunch

Three years after closing a $9.3 billion deal to acquire Netsuite, several Oracle board members have written an extraordinary letter to the Delaware Court, approving a shareholder lawsuit against company executives Larry Ellison and Safra Catz over the 2016 deal. Reuters broke this story. According Reuters’ Alison Frankel, three board members including former U.S. Defense […]

Frontier technologies are moving closer to the center of venture investment – TechCrunch

Frontier technologies are moving closer to the center of venture investment – TechCrunch

As the technologies that were once considered science fiction become the purview of science, the venture capital firms that were once investing at the industry’s fringes are now finding themselves at the heart of the technology industry. Investing in the commercialization of technologies like genetic engineering, quantum computing, digital avatars, augmented reality, new human-computer interfaces, […]

On-demand parking startup SpotHero raises $50 million – TechCrunch

On-demand parking startup SpotHero raises $50 million – TechCrunch

SpotHero, the Chicago-based company that has developed an on-demand parking app, has raised $50 million in a Series D round led by Macquarie Capital. Union Grove Venture Partners participated in the round, along with existing investors, including Insight Venture Partners, Global Founders Capital, OCA Ventures, AutoTech Ventures and others, according to the company. SpotHero has […]

Reliability concerns raised over pi-top’s STEM learning laptop – TechCrunch

Reliability concerns raised over pi-top’s STEM learning laptop – TechCrunch

TechCrunch has learned of a safety issue and a number of product reliability questions being raised about a modular computer made by a London edtech startup that’s intended for children to learn coding and electronics. The product, called the pi-top 3, is a Raspberry Pi-powered laptop with a keyboard that slides out to access a […]