What Bezos’ Big Day Means for Commercial Spaceflight

Reading Time: 4 minutes This week, Jeff Bezos flew to space. Or, at least high enough into the sky for it to technically count. While his 10-minute joyride in a Blue Origin rocket was mainly intended to draw attention to his space tourism company, the former Amazon CEO also has bigger ambitions. He wants to launch a new era … Read more

Commercial real estate lending startup Lev brings in $30M on a $130M valuation – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 9 minutes Commercial real estate has been slow to embrace technology; though it has an addressable financing market of more than $40 billion, putting together a deal is still mostly manual, paper-heavy and complicated. New York-based Lev is taking on this problem by automating workflows online and gathering hundreds of millions of data points into machine learning … Read more

Netradyne raises $150M in Series C to improve commercial driver safety – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 10 minutes Netradyne, a startup that uses cameras and edge computing to improve commercial driver safety, has scored $150 million in Series C funding. The fresh cash will help the company double down on its current product, Driveri, according to Avneesh Agrawal, CEO and co-founder. Agrawal told TechCrunch the company is very confident in its product, which … Read more

GitHub’s Commercial AI Tool Was Built From Open Source Code

Reading Time: 9 minutes “I’m generally happy to see expansions of free use, but I’m a little bitter when they end up benefiting massive corporations who are extracting value from smaller authors’ work en masse,” Woods says. One thing that’s clear about neural networks is that they can memorize their training data and reproduce copies. That risk is there … Read more

With $8.4M raised, strawberry-picking robotics startup Traptic begins commercial deployment – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 4 minutes We first covered Traptic back in 2019, when it appeared as a Battlefield finalist on stage at Disrupt SF. Today, the South Bay robotics startup is announcing some major progress. For starters, it began commercial deployment of its strawberry-picking mobile robot early this month. Traptic tells TechCrunch that Blazer-Wilkinson, a top-five U.S. strawberry producer, began … Read more