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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
uBeam's former VP of engineering argues in 20 blogs posts that the company's technology won't work, says original CTO and new CFO have left   —  uBeam could be vaporware, according to a blogger claiming to be uBeam's former VP of engineering.  They accuse the startup of being unable to fulfill promises made about its technology.
May 11, 2016, 5:20 PMIn context
Zack O'Malley Greenburg / Forbes:
Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary reveal their $30M fund is now valued at $250M with investments in 70+ startups including Airbnb, Uber, Shazam, Skype, and Spotify   —  How Ashton Kutcher And Guy Oseary Built A $250 Million Portfolio With Startups Like Uber And Airbnb
Mar 27, 2016, 2:00 PMIn context
TechCrunch:
Spotify Buys Cord Project And Soundwave To Expand Messaging And Social Features   —  On the same day that streaming rival Deezer announced a new cash injection of €100 million, Spotify has confirmed two new acquisitions, Cord Project and Soundwave.  The startups are based respectively …
Jan 20, 2016, 6:20 AMIn context
Darren Heitner / Forbes:
Texas Attorney General Says Daily Fantasy Sports Is Prohibited Gambling   —  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has announced, via an opinion, that daily fantasy sports is prohibited gambling in Texas as long as the operations are taking a cut on the competitions.
Jan 19, 2016, 2:00 PMIn context
Garrett Reim / Los Angeles Business Journal:
Ultrasound wireless charging startup uBeam, backed by a16z, Marissa Mayer, Founders Fund, others, closes $2.6M of $4.7M goal on crowdfunding platform OurCrowd   —  Maker of Wireless Charger Losing Investment Power?  —  Wireless energy startup uBeam Inc. of Santa Monica seems to be raising its financing in reverse order.
Dec 18, 2015, 3:00 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
uBeam answers new skepticism with a short list of “facts” about its technology, but no actual public demonstration of phone charging   —  uBeam Declassifies Secrets To Try To Prove Wireless Power Is Possible  —  It must violate the laws of physics.  It must be dangerous.
Nov 8, 2015, 3:15 PMIn context
Garrett Reim / Los Angeles Business Journal:
After Theranos debacle, wireless charging startup uBeam faces new skepticism from experts   —  Skeptics Zap Wireless Charging  —  Meredith Perry has bold ideas.  —  For starters, there's her notion to replace intercity car commuting with rides on small personal blimps.
Nov 8, 2015, 3:10 PMIn context
Scott Soshnick / Bloomberg Business:
Michael Jordan, Mark Cuban, and Ted Leonsis invest $44M in sports data tech firm Sportradar   —  Jordan, Cuban, Leonsis Put Millions on Sports Betting's Future  —  Sportradar provides data to leagues, media and betting houses  —  ‘If the U.S. market opens up for gaming we are ready to shoot’
Oct 27, 2015, 11:20 PMIn context
Eric Newcomer / Bloomberg Business:
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says it might be a few years before IPO, Uber has 30-35% marketshare in China   —  Uber CEO Says Public Offering ‘Years Away’ as Company Matures  —  Kalanick says he hasn't sold any Uber shares he owns  —  Uber believes Google is farthest along in driverless cars
Oct 21, 2015, 12:55 PMIn context
Max Chafkin / Fast Company:
An in-depth look at Travis Kalanick, his prior startups and how his changing philosophies are influencing Uber   —  What Makes Uber Run  —  Jordan Kretchmer remembers what Travis Kalanick was like before Uber was Uber.  —  Kretchmer was a 25-year-old college dropout with a lot of ideas, and Kalanick had even more.
Sep 13, 2015, 6:40 PMIn context

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