FoundersGrid Weekly News Round Up, 16th March 2019

Founder of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee recently exhorted tech founders to think more carefully about the long-term implications of the platforms they’re building and educate users about how their data is being used.

Uber and Airbnb alumni are fueling tech’s next wave of innovation
After leaving unicorns like Uber and Airbnb, some entrepreneurs are starting up their own investment funds to place big bets purely on startups founded by ex-employees of Silicon Valley’s top companies.Apple is acquiring a machine learning startup to boost its AI capabilities
Apple is set to acquire Laserlike, a Silicon Valley-based startup specializing in machine learning. The tech giant hopes that the acquisition will help the company improve some of its core features (like Siri) with AI-driven functionality.

Facebook’s data deals are now under criminal investigation
Data deals struck with more than 150 of the world’s top companies are now under legal scrutiny at Facebook, which is now facing a criminal investigation for using consumer data without expressed consent.

Tesla has just officially unveiled the Model Y crossover
After years of anticipation, Tesla has finally announced its first mass-market vehicle, the Model Y. Priced at $35K, the crossover vehicle is set to begin taking pre-orders this week.

This is a great Q&A with Heather Hartnett of Human Ventures
Heather Hartnett has grown Human Ventures to an investment firm with a portfolio of more than 20 companies, which have collectively raised $80M in capital to date. In this interview, she shares her insights on breaking into the VC space.

Here’s how Gitstore’s founders launched their startup with just $1500
Last month, a small group of indie hackers launched Gitstore with just $1500 in the bank. This is a detailed account of how they did it, what they spent their minimal funding on, and which open source tools they used along the way.

A founder’s guide to Income Share Agreements (ISAs)
Income Sharing Agreements are becoming a more common way to accelerate startups and employees alike, and this simple guide explains how to leverage them to your startups’ benefit in the long run.

Entrepreneur’s Ruin, or how not to go bust
A critical trait of being a successful founder is the ability to balance between opportunities with a high probability of success and their criticality. The best way to ensure survival is often to reduce the number of dependent activities within the business.

The founder of the Web is worried about its plunge into a dystopian future
Founder of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee recently exhorted tech founders to think more carefully about the long-term implications of the platforms they’re building and educate users about how their data is being used.

Buckminster Fuller on technology and useless jobs
Despite the possibility of startups automating massive numbers of jobs in the near future, many intellectuals have long believed that doing so will actually bring about a step change in productivity and well-being for founders and employees alike.

COMMUNITY NEWS

  • LaunchDarkly has raised $44M for its groundbreaking development platform.  Link
  • Meet Founder Club, a quick and easy way to supercharge your startup.  Link
  • Polarr has just landed $11.5M in funding for its AI photo platform.  Link
  • Africa’s largest e-commerce startup is set to go public on the NYSE.  Link
  • Check out this great list of 250+ product management and design resources.  Link
  • Lambda School has just rolled out living stipends for new applicants.  Link
  • Here’s how you can leverage Twitter to accelerate your startup career.  Link
  • Sketch has just raised $20M in Series A funding from Benchmark Ventures.  Link
  • This Texas startup has found a way to 3D print family homes at scale.  Link
  • A note from Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s pivot towards privacy.  Link

 

 

 

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