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SF judge denies Lime’s request to block electric scooter deployment

A judge today denied Lime’s request for a temporary restraining order that would block Skip and Scoot from deploying their electric scooters in San Francisco on Monday. This means San Franciscans will be able to use electric scooter services again first thing next week. Following the SFMTA’s decision to grant Skip and Scoot electric scooter permits,  Lime sent an appeal requesting  the agency reevaluate its application. At the time, the SFMTA said it was “confident” it picked the right companies. Just yesterday, Lime said it believed “that it has no choice but to seek emergency relief in the court” and take legal action. “We’re pleased the court denied Lime’s request for a temporary restraining order,” John Cote, communications director for City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in a statement to TechCrunch. “The bottom line is the judge said he would not stop the permits from being issued on Monday. The SFMTA’s permit program has been both fair and transparent. Lime just didn’t like the outcome. The reality is that Lime’s application fell notably short of its competitors. That’s why it didn’t get a permit. San Franciscans deserve scooter services that are safe, equitable and accountable, which is exactly what this pilot program was designed to do.” While Lime didn’t quite get what it wanted, Lime says it still sees this as a victory. In a statement to TechCrunch, Lime Head of Communications Jack S. Song said: The Honorable Harold E

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Only 5 days left to secure a spot in Startup Alley at Disrupt SF 2018

You know that feeling when a deadline’s bearing down on you like a runaway train? If you hope to secure a spot in Startup Alley at Disrupt San Francisco 2018 — which takes place September 5-7 — you’d best get moving, because that deadline is coming at you full steam ahead. Your chance to buy a Disrupt SF Startup Alley Exhibitor Package ends on August 24. Disrupt San Francisco 2018 will be our largest, most ambitious Disrupt event ever, with more than 10,000 attendees descending on the City by the Bay to see the best and brightest tech innovations. It’s also the only Disrupt event happening in North America this year. Those are two huge, compelling reasons to place your early-stage startup in Startup Alley. We expect more than 1,200 exhibitors and sponsors to hold forth in the Alley as all those attendees — technologists, investors, tech journalists, founders, marketers and entrepreneurs — go searching for the best of the best. Exhibitors will be the front-and-center focus of all that Disrupt action. Here’s what comes in a value-packed Startup Alley Exhibitor Package: Two Founder passes for all three days of Disrupt SF 2018 One-day to exhibit on the Startup Alley show floor Use of CrunchMatch — our curated investor-to-startup matching platform Access to The Main Stage, The Next Stage, The Q&A Stage, The Showcase Stage All workshops Access to the attendee list; ability to message attendees with the Disrupt App Attend the TC After Party Hello, what’s this? Why it’s a lovely bonus. Buy a Startup Alley Exhibitor Package and you might even be selected to participate in the Startup Battlefield competition in one of the Wild Card spots. Two startups will be selected from Startup Alley to pitch on our main stage at Disrupt SF. You could end up like our Disrupt NY 2017 Startup Battlefield winners, Recordgram , who won the Wild Card selection at Disrupt NY 2017 and went on to win the entire competition

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Y Combinator invests in a build-your-own mac and cheese restaurant

Y Combinator has invested $120,000 in Mac’d , a build-your-own mac and cheese restaurant that lets customers choose their own adventure from the beginning. I popped over to one of the Mac’d locations last week in San Francisco to get my mac on and chat with the founders. For starters, the mac and cheese was bomb. Sure, one could argue it’s hard to mess up mac and cheese, but it’s somehow been done before. Trust me, I know this from firsthand experience. I opted for a relatively basic mac and cheese with what Mac’d calls its “#Basic” sauce, which is a blend of cheddar cheeses, a spice mix and a hint of asiago. From there, I selected a combination of a shells and elbow noodle base. For those who are gluten-free, Mac’d also offers a cauliflower base. Next, I picked my mix-ins. Again, I’m super basic, so I just went with bacon and topped it with pulled pork and breadcrumbs. Although the restaurant is tech-enabled, it’s less of a tech play and more of a restaurant play, Mac’d founder Chen-Chen Huo (pictured above on right) told TechCrunch.

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Evolute debuts enterprise container migration and management platform

Evolute , a 3-year old startup out of Mountain View, officially launched the Evolute platform today with the goal of helping large organizations migrate applications to containers and manage those containers at scale. Evolute founder and CEO Kristopher Francisco says he wants to give all Fortune 500 companies access to the same technology that big companies like Apple and Google enjoy because of their size and scale. “We’re really focused on enabling enterprise companies to do two things really well. The first thing is to be able to systematically move into the container technology. And the second thing is to be able to run operationally at scale with existing and new applications that they’re creating in their enterprise environment,” Francisco explained. While there are a number of sophisticated competing technologies out there, he says that his company has come up with some serious differentiators. For starters, getting legacy tech into containers has proven a time-consuming and challenging process. In fact, he says manually moving a legacy app and all its dependencies to a container has typically taken 3-6 months per application. He claims his company has reduced that process to minutes, putting containerization within reach of just about any large organization that wants to move their existing applications to container technology, while reducing the total ramp-up time to convert a portfolio of existing applications from years to a couple of weeks. Evolute management console. Screenshot: Evolute The second part of the equation is managing the containers, and Francisco acknowledges that there are other platforms out there for running containers in production including Kubernetes , the open source container orchestration tool, but he says his company’s ability to manage containers at scale separates him from the pack. “In the enterprise, the reason that you see the containerization adoption numbers being so low is partially because of the scale challenge they face.

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Just 24 hours until prices go up for Disrupt SF 2018 passes

A lot can happen in 24 hours. Just ask Jack Bauer, the hard-charging protagonist from the TV drama series 24. Seriously, he had to save the world every dang episode. All you have to do is buy your pass to Disrupt San Francisco 2018 before the prices go up in — you guessed it — 24 hours. We want you to join us on September 5-7 at Moscone Center West, and we want you to get the best deal possible. You have until midnight PST on August 1 before the price hike hits. Depending on the pass you buy, you could save up to $1,200. Jack Bauer would take action, and so should you. Buy your ticket right now. What can you expect at Disrupt SF 2018 ? Plenty, and we’ll get to that in a minute. But sometimes it helps to hear what your peers found most beneficial. For example, Vlad Larin, one of the founders of Zeroqode, shared his Disrupt experience with us. “TechCrunch Disrupt was a massively positive experience,” said Larin. “It gave us the chance to show our technology to the world and have meaningful conversations with investors, accelerators, incubators, solo founders and developers.” If you’re more interested in a VC’s point of view, here’s what early-stage investor Michael Kocan of New York-based Trend Discovery had to say.

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72 hours left to buy early-bird tickets to Disrupt SF 2018

Deadlines have a sneaky way of creeping up on you — as busy TechCrunch writers can readily attest. If you’re planning to attend  Disrupt San Francisco 2018 at Moscone Center West on September 5-7, you’ve got a major deadline snapping at your heels. Your chance to purchase passes at our early-bird rate disappears forever at midnight PST on August 1. The savings are significant. Depending on the type of pass you buy, you can save up to $1,200. Be kind to your bottom line, and buy your ticket today . Not only is Disrupt San Francisco 2018 the biggest, most ambitious Disrupt event we’ve ever produced, it’s also the only Disrupt event in North America this year. An event this special deserves extraordinary trappings, and we’ve got ’em. Startup Battlefield , the leading startup-pitch competition that’s produced the likes of Dropbox, Mint, TripIt and Yammer — to name a few — promises to be even more intense and exciting than ever. Why? Increasing the non-equity cash grand prize to $100,000 might have something to do with it. This takes epic to a new level

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Only 24 hours left to grab early-bird pricing on Disrupt SF 2018 passes

The 24-hour clock is in play ladies, gentlemen and everyone in-between. That’s how long you have before our early-bird pricing flies south. If you want to go to Disrupt San Francisco 2018 on September 5-7, buy your tickets before July 25 at 5 p.m. PST. Depending on the type of pass you purchase, you can save up to $1,200. Miss that deadline and it’s full-freight for you. Why say “ouch” if you don’t have to?  Get your ticket today . This conference will be the only Disrupt event in North America this year, so we’ve gone all-out to make it memorable. We’ve relocated to Moscone Center West and tripled our floor space in the process. The space will be comfortable and ready for the 10,000 attendees — including more than 1,200 exhibitors and 400 media outlets — heading our way. There are plenty of excellent reasons to attend Disrupt SF 2018. Come for the great speakers, like Ben Horowitz , co-founder of the venture firm Andreessen Horowitz, and author of “The Hard Thing About Hard Things,” or Priscilla Chan , of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. You’ll find dozens more in the full lineup of Disrupt SF 2018 speakers

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Prices for Disrupt SF 2018 passes increase in a few days

There isn’t a business person alive who doesn’t appreciate an advantage, but sometimes folks need to be reminded of an advantage that’s staring them right in the face. This is that reminder. Your opportunity to save up to $1,200 on passes to Disrupt San Francisco 2018 , which takes place on September 5-7, comes to an end on July 25 at 5 p.m. PST . Why pay more? Go buy your passes today . Disrupt SF 2018 is the place to be if you’re at all interested in tech startups. Whether you’re a founder, an investor, a marketer or a job-seeker, you’ll find plenty of inspiration, opportunity and blow-your-mind technology at Disrupt. And this year, we’ve gone all-out to produce our biggest Disrupt event ever. What’s that mean? Well, take Startup Battlefield for example. We’ve upped the ante on the world’s best startup pitch competition by increasing the prize money to $100,000 in non-equity cash. Yeah, we did

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Enterprise threat management company Preempt Security raises $17.5M Series B from ClearSky, Intel Capital, and others (Zaid Shoorbajee/Cyberscoop)

Zaid Shoorbajee / Cyberscoop : Enterprise threat management company Preempt Security raises $17.5M Series B from ClearSky, Intel Capital, and others   —  San Francisco enterprise threat management company Preempt Security earned $17.5 million in its Series B funding round, the company announced on Wednesday.

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