Investors are waking up to the emotional struggle of startup founders – TechCrunch

Mahendra Ramsinghani Contributor Mahendra Ramsinghani is the founder of Secure Octane, a Silicon Valley-based cybersecurity seed fund. More posts by this contributor Lessons from cybersecurity exits Is Symantec getting ready to buy Splunk? As the Gartner Hype Curve goes, from the peak of inflated expectations to the trough of disillusionment, …

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Mercedes-Benz’s vision for autonomy is flexible and fugly – TechCrunch

Mercedes-Benz shared on Monday its vision for how people and packages will someday move in dense urban environments. It’s called Vision Urbanetic — an all-electric autonomous concept vehicle that can change from a toaster-looking cargo van to a dung beetle-esque (or it is bike helmet) people mover. The Vision Urbanetic …

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Fortnite Monopoly and Nerf Blasters are coming soon – TechCrunch

You can’t really blame Epic for captilizing on Fortnite’s massive and largely unexpected success. And really, you’ve got to strike while the iron’s still hot on this one. The gaming company announced a partnership with toy giant Hasbro this week that while give the world a Fortnite-branded Monopoly game and …

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Facebook Lite adds additional crisis response tools – TechCrunch

Facebook Lite, the social network’s product for people in areas with low connectivity or limited Internet, is making Community Help available to people in more than 100 countries. Facebook Lite uses less data, and installs and loads faster than the standard Facebook app. Facebook Lite also works on lower-end devices …

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Imran Khan is leaving his role as strategy head at Snap to start his own investment firm – TechCrunch

Earlier today, Snap made some waves when it announced that Imran Khan, its chief strategy officer, was stepping down from his role to pursue other opportunities. We have now confirmed with sources close to the matter that he’s leaving the company to start his own investment fund. Khan, who had …

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Snap shares drop in pre-market trading on news of departing strategy chief, Imran Khan – TechCrunch

Another day, and another departure at Snapchat’s parent, Snap. The company has announced in an SEC filing that Imran Khan will be stepping down as chief strategy officer, a role he has held since 2014. This is the latest in a series of executive moves at the company since it went …

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Disenchantment May Not Enchant Hardcore Fantasy Fans

Science fiction author Robert Repino had high expectations for Disenchantment, the new animated series from Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons and Futurama. Unfortunately, he was underwhelmed by the show’s early episodes. “I counted four episodes that ended with a very slow-moving, sloppy, contrived action scene,” Repino says in Episode …

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Gadget Lab Podcast: Can Facebook and Twitter Be ‘Fixed?’

Facebook and Twitter went to Washington. Almost immediately afterwards, controversial Internet troll Alex Jones was kicked off Twitter. Now what? WIRED senior writer Issie Laposwky joins the Gadget Lab podcast this week to break down the Senate Intelligence Committee hearings, tell us what it means for Facebook and Twitter (and …

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