LeVar Burton Is Ready for His ‘Jeopardy!’ Dreams to Come True. He’s Prepared for the Alternative, Too.

Reading Time: 34 minutes LeVar Burton’s turn behind the Jeopardy! podium has been a long time coming. In 2013, Burton tweeted that his dream job would be to host Jeopardy!; in September 2020, he tweeted, “Not gonna lie, I feel like I’ve been preparing my whole life to occupy the Jeopardy! podium when Alex Trebek retires.” Then, the world … Read more

Last-mile delivery in Latin America is ready to take off – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 7 minutes Bob Ma is an investor at WIND Ventures, where he invests in energy, retail and mobility startups. Prior to joining WIND, he was an investor at Soma Capital, where he invested venture capital globally across the consumer and enterprise sectors. In the United States, same-day and next-day Amazon Prime deliveries have become the de facto … Read more

Cleo Capital’s Sarah Kunst explains how to get ready to raise your next round – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 7 minutes TechCrunch virtually sat down with venture capitalist and Cleo Capital managing director Sarah Kunst at our latest Early Stage event last week. Kunst joined us to chat about preparing for raising capital in today’s frenetic fundraising environment, digging into the gritty mechanics for the audience. Cleo Capital invests $500,000 to $1 million into early-stage startups, … Read more

AI voice actors sound more human than ever—and they’re ready to hire

Reading Time: 10 minutes The company blog post drips with the enthusiasm of a ’90s US infomercial. WellSaid Labs describes what clients can expect from its “eight new digital voice actors!” Tobin is “energetic and insightful.” Paige is “poised and expressive.” Ava is “polished, self-assured, and professional.” Each one is based on a real voice actor, whose likeness (with … Read more

Germany’s VC industry is ready to take off, but bureaucrats need to release the handbrake – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 10 minutes Uwe Horstmann Contributor Uwe Horstmann is co-founder and partner of the Berlin-based venture capital firm Project A Ventures. The narrative suggests that Germany is lagging behind its European neighbors when it comes to building a globally competitive venture capital market. But I think that the next five years will be huge for the German venture … Read more

Are computers ready to solve this notoriously unwieldy math problem?

Reading Time: 12 minutes In a sense, the computer and the Collatz conjecture are a perfect match. For one, as Jeremy Avigad, a logician and professor of philosophy at Carnegie Mellon notes, the notion of an iterative algorithm is at the foundation of computer science—and Collatz sequences are an example of an iterative algorithm, proceeding step-by-step according to a … Read more

Startup leaders need to learn how to build companies ready for crisis – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 41 minutes It’s been a tough year for business. From ransomware attacks and power outages to cloud downtime and supply-chain disruptions, it’s never been more important to communicate to customers and stakeholders about what’s going wrong and why. Yet, with partial data and misinformation often spreading faster than official word, it’s also never been harder to deliver … Read more