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HTC debuts original Ready Player One content for the Vive

 While some don’t care for the hit novel Ready Player One, it’s hard to deny that the book captured the hearts and minds of millions as it climbed the NYT Bestseller’s list in 2011. At the end of this month, a film adaptation of the book, directed by Stephen Spielberg, will be released in theaters. And given the book’s heavy focus on VR, it makes sense that HTC wants to… Read More

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Curious Fictions helps readers find (and pay for) short stories

 Most of you, I suspect, haven’t read a short story in a long time. Well, there’s a Y Combinator-backed startup called Curious Fictions looking to change that — and to turn those stories into a regular source of income for their writers. The company was founded by Tanya Breshears, a designer who previously worked for Airbnb. (I’ve known Breshears for more than a… Read More

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Qarnot unveils a cryptocurrency heater for your home

 French startup Qarnot unveiled a new computing heater specifically made for cryptocurrency mining. You’ve read that right, the QC1 is a heater for your home that features a passive computer inside. And this computer is optimized for mining. While most people use laptops, back in the golden days of computer towers, you could heat a room with a couple of desktop computers. And heat is… Read More

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Wyoming works to make some crypto tokens exempt from regulation

 Wyoming, a wide-open state with plenty of free wind power, is continuing to be a surprising leader in cryptocurrency legislation. To wit: their recent passing of H.B. No. 0070, a bill that allows the sale of “open Blockchain tokens” to be exempt from regulation and money sending legislation. These tokens are very specific in their use and would more commonly be called… Read More

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Atomwise, which uses AI to improve drug discovery, raises $45M Series A

 Atomwise, which uses deep learning to shorten the process of discovering new drugs, has raised a $45 million Series A. The round was led by Monsanto Growth Ventures, Data Collective (DCVC) and B Capital Group. Baidu Ventures, Tencent and Dolby Family Ventures, which are all new investors in Atomwise, also participated, as well as returning investors Y Combinator, Khosla Ventures and DFJ. Read More

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Atomwise, which uses AI to improve drug discovery, raises $45M Series A

 Atomwise, which uses deep learning to shorten the process of discovering new drugs, has raised a $45 million Series A. The round was led by Monsanto Growth Ventures, Data Collective (DCVC) and B Capital Group. Baidu Ventures, Tencent and Dolby Family Ventures, which are all new investors in Atomwise, also participated, as well as returning investors Y Combinator, Khosla Ventures and DFJ. Read More

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The dos and don’ts of crafting frontier-tech companies

 Powerful tools, amazing talent and endless dollars flowing from eager investors makes today an amazing time to start tomorrow’s technology companies. Curious and ambitious founding teams are putting their skills to work toward solving real-world problems. Here’s how to build hard value while avoiding common pitfalls in nine exciting startup categories that will brighten our future. Read More

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Worklytics wants to cut down on lame meetings and help make teams more efficient

 If you’ve ever been stuck in a boring meeting, chances are you might spend the time busy answering messages from email or Slack — or even just browsing around the Internet while you wait for it to finally end. And there are a lot of factors that go into making that meeting boring, from the content to the person actually delivering it. Phillip Arkcoll knows that problem quite well,… Read More

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Mighty has raised $9M to build a CRM for legal and medical funders

 What’s better than building a company in a fast growing industry? Building a service provider for all the other companies in that fast growing industry. While Mighty started as a plaintiff financing platform it’s shifted to a software company that’s building an “operating system for legal and medical founders”. Essentially the startup has created a CRM-like tool… Read More

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ELSA raises $3.2M for its A.I.-powered English pronunciation assistant

 ELSA, an app whose name stands for “English Language Speech Assistant” (and not the popular Disney character!), has raised $3.2 million for its A.I.-assisted language learning platform that teaches people how to speak English. Unlike other courses that focus mainly on teaching grammar and vocabulary, ELSA uses artificial intelligence and speech recognition technology to help… Read More

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A brief history of Dropbox

 Dropbox first appeared on the startup scene with its debut at Y Combinator Demo Day way back in the summer of 2007. Since then, the company has grown to hundreds of millions of users and a value of more than $10 billion. How did this cloud storage company take on the world, beating out so many competitors on its way to success? Journey with us as we walk you through a brief history of Dropbox. Read More

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Degreed gets $42M to help build a tool to help employees learn the right skills

 When an employee is looking to advance in their career, where they work might have a kind of strict hierarchical path for the role they’re in and what titles come next — but there’s a good chance that employee might want to try something new without leaving their company. Instead of going from just an agent to a manager of agents, or following some existing promotion line,… Read More

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