Lorenzo Barbantini Scanni

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Uber and Lyft cars now outnumber yellow cabs in NYC 4 to 1

Who will sing for the yellow cab?<p>The reign of the yellow cab may be coming to an end. Though still an icon of the city, the actual number of yellow taxis on the road is dwindling, having lost “significant ground” to a burgeoning fleet of cars summoned by an army of one-word ride-hailing apps like …

New York City

Transportation-As-A-Service: The Future Of Smart Commuting

<i>The following is a guest post by Paul Asel, managing partner at NGP capital.</i>“Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet.”According to this 1974 …

Carsharing

Scoot wants to expand its electric scooter operations globally with a white-label service

San Francisco-based electric scooter sharing network Scoot tells TechCrunch it plans to share its back-end software with third-party scooter operators in congested cities around the world.<p>The idea, as Scoot’s founder Michael Keating explained it, is to allow those in other cities who have vehicles …

San Francisco

Uber users will be able to book e-bikes, buy public transit tickets and rent a car via the Uber app — and it’s all part of a bigger plan

Uber wants to be the app that connects people to all types of transportation, not just car rides.<p>Uber isn’t just a ride-hailing service anymore — or at least the company is trying not to be.<p>Today, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced that the company would soon allow customers to buy public transit …

Transportation

A cryptocurrency startup is investing cryptocurrency in a cryptocurrency fund that invests in other cryptocurrency startups

The startup Ripple is spending $25 million of its own currency to back a venture firm, Blockchain Capital.<p>As the world of investing in cryptocurrencies grows more interwoven and sophisticated, expect to see more stories like this:<p>Ripple, the company associated with the digital currency XRP, said …

Venture Capital

When a Robot Makes You Dinner

At the restaurant Spyce, dishes are whipped up by a robotic chef built by four recent M.I.T. grads, with input from Daniel Boulud.<p>Last month, four recent M.I.T. graduates, engineers with a shared passion for robotics, gathered in a lab at a startup incubator near Boston, to show off their pet …

Fast Casual

Blockchain e ICO, 4 startup italiane raccolgono 70 milioni ma fuori dall’Italia

Quattro startup Italiane in meno di sei mesi hanno raccolto 70 milioni di dollari sulla Blockchain grazie alle ICO – Initial Coin Offering. Per fare …

MetaMask

MetaMask is a bridge that allows you to visit the distributed web of tomorrow in your browser today. It allows you to run Ethereum dApps right in …

Ethereum

Here’s why owning a bike-share service makes sense for Uber

Losing out on those first- and last-mile trips will start to add up.<p>Jump Bikes launched in San Francisco in January with 250 electric bikes. By February, Jump had launched a pilot service in partnership with Uber. By the end of February, its first full month of operation, the company said each of …

Transportation

The Sharing Economy Scoots Into 2018

In the past several weeks, electric scooters have popped up on the sidewalks of San Francisco, adding yet another vehicle sharing platform to the mix …

Startups

Seeds and Chips

Waymo teams up with Jaguar to intro a new, premium self-driving car

This morning at Chelsea Piers in NYC, Waymo CEO John Krafcik announced a new model of car powered by Waymo’s self-driving technology. Dubbed the world’s first premium fully self-driving car, Waymo has partnered with Jaguar Land Rover to bring the Waymo-outfitted Jaguar I-PACE to the public.<p>Waymo …

Autonomous Cars

Uber’s retreat from Southeast Asia makes India, the Middle East and Latin America the next battlegrounds

Uber is whittling down the international markets it operates in so it can focus on core regions it feels like it can win.<p>Uber’s path to global dominance was once perceived to be a certainty as it rapidly expanded into new cities around the world, placing special importance on major markets like …

South-east Asia

N26 raises $160 million from Tencent and Allianz

German startup N26 just raised a $160 million Series C round led by Tencent and Allianz — some of N26’s existing investors are also participating. The company has attracted 850,000 customers and raised $215 million in total. N26 is building a retail bank from scratch.<p>The company plans to double …

Venture Capital

Tron Price Gains 40% Overnight as Markets Show a Rebound

<b>There is never a boring day in the world of cryptocurrency. As of right now, most of the markets are in surprisingly good shape, although that</b> …

Trading

Investor School

Introduction<p>Syllabus<p>Welcome to Startup Investor School!<p>Video<p>Description<p><i>Instructors: Geoff Ralston</i><p>Going Deeper<p>The Why and How of Angel …

We Need To Shut Bitcoin And All Other Cryptocurrencies Down. Here's Why.

Last week I wrote an article on illicit cryptomining – how hackers are sneaking cryptocurrency transaction processing software onto corporate networks, personal computers, and other devices. I attempted to raise the alarm, calling this threat the most dangerous of 2018.<p>I didn’t go far enough.<p>Upon …

Bitcoin

ICOs Delivered At Least 3.5x More Capital To Blockchain Startups Than VC Since 2017

Yesterday, <i>Crunchbase News</i> found that, for 2018, the amount of money being raised by blockchain and blockchain-adjacent companies via traditional VC …

Smartcar raises $10 million from NEA and Andreessen Horowitz for developers to build apps for connected cars

Smartcar, an under-the-radar connected car platform based in Mountain View, California, has announced a series A round of funding led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), with participation from Andreessen Horowitz, which previously contributed a $2 million seed round.<p>Founded in 2014, Smartcar in …

Uber Creator Invents New Cryptocurrency—And Wants Your Help Making It Reality

In November, Garrett Camp had just returned from his first trip to Africa—an “eye-opening” experience, he said—when he informed the world that he …

Bitcoin

Bitcoin prices are back up 30 percent over the last week

South Korea’s finance regulator said the country would support “normal” cryptocurrency trading.<p>Bitcoin prices are back up to more than $11,600 today after South Korea’s finance regulator said the country would support “normal” cryptocurrency trading. That’s the highest it’s been since the country’s …

Cryptocurrency

Ford is setting up for an autonomous ride-hail and delivery business in Miami

The company is testing its cars in a delivery service, mapping out the streets for a driverless ride-hail service and setting up a fleet-management center.<p>Ford is laying the groundwork for its autonomous vehicle business in Miami, Fla. It’s a three-pronged approach that is still in its infancy, but …

Driverless Cars

Exclusive: Telegram is holding a secretive second pre-ICO sale

The company is raising even more cash for its controversial blockchain-powered network<p>You have to admire Pavel Durov’s audacity.<p>Over the past few months, the CEO of Telegram convinced 81 accredited investors, including Silicon Valley giants Sequoia Capital and Benchmark, to give him $850 million in …

Cryptocurrency

Why Switzerland is Becoming a “Crypto Nation” with a Flourishing ICO Market: Expert Take

Swiss financial authority outlines a regulatory approach to ICO<i>In our Expert Takes, opinion leaders from inside and outside the crypto industry</i> …

Cryptocurrency

Blockchain school to open in Moscow

News from Russia indicates that a Blockchain school is set to open in Moscow starting the next month. The school will be located in Phystechpark, a …

Bitcoin could bounce back big-time in 2018: analyst

Despite its price plunge, some diehard bitcoin aficionados still say the beleaguered cryptocurrency could hit six figures by year’s end.<p>Tone Vays, a …

3 Reasons Litecoin Has Soared 124% Since Hitting Its Lows 2 Weeks Ago

Surprise! One of these reasons may be completely bogus.<p>The cryptocurrency market has truly been something for Wall Street and retail investors to …

DriveNow deal paves way for BMW-Daimler alliance - source

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's BMW has bought out partner Sixt from their joint venture DriveNow, paving the way for a broader car-sharing and driverless taxi alliance with Daimler to compete against the likes of Uber and Lyft.<p>Car rental company Sixt said on Monday it would generate an …

Carsharing

Ford acquires Autonomic and TransLoc as it evolves its mobility business

Ford is acquiring Autonomic and TransLoc, two of its partners, in deals that will help its new mobility business take shape. The acquisitions follow Ford’s announcement at CES earlier this month that it would be working with Silicon Valley-based Autonomic, a transportation architecture and …

Car Tech

From Automobiles to Underwear — The Golden Age of Subscriptions

There was a time not long ago when numerous shelves and crates throughout our houses were dedicated to storing recorded music — as well as books, …