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Earlier than we get into all of the mobility information and evaluation of the week I needed to flag an upcoming occasion that is perhaps of curiosity to the budding entrepreneurs on the market. TC Disrupt, that BIG annual occasion we maintain every fall, is digital this yr. I can’t let you know every thing but, besides we put plenty of effort and tech into making this interactive and thrilling. This isn’t going to some boring webinar.

We’re including a bunch of recent occasions to Disrupt this yr, together with one thing we’re calling Pitch Deck Teardown. Prime enterprise capitalists and entrepreneurs will consider and recommend fixes for Disrupt 2020 attendees’ pitch decks. Traders who signed up for the Pitch Deck Teardown, embody Aileen Lee of Cowboy Ventures, Charles Hudson with Enterprise Ahead, Niko Bonatsos of Normal Catalyst, Megan Quinn with Spark Capital, Cyan Banister of Lengthy Journey Ventures, Roelof Botha from Sequoia and Susan Lyne with BBG.

Solely pitch decks of registered Disrupt attendees will probably be chosen. Right here’s a whole breakdown of the occasion and the right way to register.

The Pitch Deck Teardown couldn’t come at a greater time both. Throughout our Early Stage occasion final month, Jake Saper with Emergence Capital talked about the right way to time your Sequence A fundraise. September simply so occurs to be a giant month for traders to assessment pitch decks.

Alrighty then. Vamos.

Pleasant reminder that you may attain out and e-mail me anytime at [email protected] to share ideas, criticisms, provide up opinions or suggestions. You too can ship a direct message to me at Twitter — @kirstenkorosec.


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This summer time is popping out to be an important interval for scooter corporations vying for permits in a handful of markets. Cities discovered a factor or two throughout that first wave of electrical scooters that hit the streets a few years in the past. This time round, metropolis leaders are putting extra restrictions on e-scooters and limiting the variety of corporations allowed to function in an city space. That’s an vital change, and one which raises the stakes for scooter corporations.

First there was Paris, which awarded Dott, Lime and Tier permits to function within the metropolis. Now, Chicago has issued permits to Hen, Lime and Spin for its second pilot program. Chicago is limiting scooter use to 15 mph between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. And there are few areas, just like the Lakefront Path, the place scooters are prohibited.

Every scooter firm is restricted to not more than 3,333 gadgets, 50% of which have to be deployed with an fairness precedence space. New to the second pilot is a requirement that every one e-scooters should have locks that require riders to safe the scooter to a set object to finish their journey.

On a facet word, Lyft didn’t apply for the scooter allow. I requested Lyft, ‘why not?’ The corporate mentioned it’s specializing in its enlargement of Divvy, Chicago’s bike-sharing system. The town made Lyft the unique operator of Divvy final yr and now beginning to broaden. The Divvy system will ultimately embody 16,500 bikes and 800 stations. Right here’s what Lyft needed to say:

“We have now spent the higher a part of the final yr working with communities in Chicago’s South and West Sides to organize for brand spanking new stations and ebikes. So as to prioritize our work with CDOT to broaden Divvy and supply the very best attainable expertise for Divvy members, Lyft opted out of submitting an utility that mirrored requests of this yr’s scooter pilot. We’re devoted to the long-term success of micromobility in Chicago, and we look ahead to future alternatives to work with the Metropolis to mix the advantages of bikes and scooters into one Divvy membership.”

In different micromobbin’ information …

Bird mentioned Friday it’s launching its shared e-scooters in Yonkers, New York as an “unique” operator. The phrase “unique” is a type of buzzwords that’s tossed round loads so I requested what this truly means. And Hen says it’s the solely firm that will probably be issued a allow to function in Yonkers. So there you could have it. The corporate’s fleet of next-generation Hen Two scooters will probably be obtainable to hire beginning August 10.

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Revel, the shared moped startup, has shut down operations in New York Metropolis following two deaths inside days of one another. The startup’ blue mopeds had develop into a standard sight in New York Metropolis. Revel, based in March 2018 by Frank Reig and Paul Suhey, began with a pilot program in Brooklyn and later expanded to Queens. Revel has been on a fast-paced progress observe, increasing to Austin, Miami and Washington, D.C in its first 18 months of operation. In January, the corporate launched in Oakland and not too long ago introduced plans to broaden to San Francisco this August.

The corporate mentioned in a press release that’s reviewing its security measures and does plan to return to New York.

Deal of the week

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Prickly relations between China and america, significantly round commerce, has not slowed the march of Chinese language corporations hoping to listing on American inventory exchanges. Li Auto is simply the newest instance, Rita Liao reported this week.

Li Auto is aiming for a rising Chinese language center class that aspires to drive cleaner, smarter and bigger autos. Its first mannequin, offered at a backed worth of 328,000 yuan, or $46,800, is a six-seat electrical SUV that started delivery on the finish of final yr.

The five-year-old Chinese language electrical automobile startup raised $1.1 billion by way of its debut on Nasdaq. Li Auto priced its IPO north of its focused vary at $11.5 per share, giving it a completely diluted market worth of $10 billion. It additionally raised an extra $380 million in a concurrent non-public placement of shares to present traders.

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Different offers that bought my consideration this week …

Argo AI is now valued at $7.5 billion, a determine that was confirmed Thursday, almost two months after VW Group finalized its $2.6 billion funding within the autonomous automobile know-how startup. You would possibly recall that Argo got here out of nowhere in 2017 with $1 billion (to be unfold over a number of years) in again from Ford. Final yr, VW introduced it was going to spend money on Argo as properly.

Beneath the deal that was finalized final month, Ford and VW have equal possession stakes, which will probably be roughly 40% every over time. The remaining fairness sits with Argo’s co-founders in addition to workers. Argo’s board is comprised of two VW seats, two Ford seats and three Argo seats. Ford mentioned Thursday it netted $3.5 billion in the second quarter from promoting a few of its Argo fairness to Volkswagen.

AUTO1 Group, the European digital used-car buying and selling platform, raised 255 million euros ($300 million) within the type of convertible notes. The spherical  was led by Farallon Capital Administration and the Baupost Group in addition to present investor Softbank Group, the NYT reported., a Berlin-based startup that runs a market for reserving air freight, closed an $18.6 million Sequence A spherical of funding led by Index Ventures. Different individuals within the spherical embody Subsequent47 in addition to prior backers Creandum, Lufthansa Cargo and Level 9 Capital. Various angel traders additionally joined in, together with Tom Stafford of DST World and Carlos Gonzalez-Cadenas, the COO of GoCardless and former chief product officer of Skyscanner.

LINE MAN, the Thai meals supply platform that could be a unit of Japanese chat app LINE Corp, raised $110 million from BRV Capital Administration and merged with a neighborhood restaurant aggregator. LINE MAN is loading up on capital because it goals to compete with Singapore-based Seize, Indonesia’s Go-Jek and Foodpanda of Germany’s Supply Hero SE, Reuters reported.

FreightWaves, the freight knowledge and analytics firm, raised $37 million in a spherical led by Kayne Companions Fund. Different traders embody 8VC, Fontinalis Companions, Revolution Ventures, Hearst Ventures, Prologis Ventures, Story Ventures and Have interaction Ventures.

Theeb Lease-a-Automotive is wanting into a possible preliminary public providing. The Saudi Arabian rental firm employed Saudi Fransi Capital to advise on the IPO, Bloomberg reported.

Toyota is taking a 10% stake in BluE Nexus, an organization that makes electrical drive modules. The funding is a part of a deepening collaboration between the 2 corporations.

Xpeng, the Chinese language electrical automobile startup and Tesla rival that simply introduced a $500 million Sequence C+ spherical, is reportedly in talks to raise around $300 million forward of an preliminary public providing (IPO) in america. (again to my earlier level about curiosity amongst Chinese language corporations to listing on U.S. inventory exchanges)

Supply and knowledge (breaches)

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In case you hadn’t seen, supply has been forged as one of many huge success tales to emerge in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. I take advantage of the time period “forged” as a result of it’s not all sunshine, roses and rainbows for the supply trade or its customers.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a spike in demand for supply providers. It has additionally helped propel unprecedented consolidation as corporations like Uber search profitability.

There are challenges although, together with an space that maybe deserves A LOT MORE ATTENTION. I’m speaking about knowledge and privateness. Supply corporations, which features a rising variety of autonomous and teleoperated providers, gather a ton of non-public knowledge from its prospects. The type of invaluable knowledge, like dwelling addresses and bank card numbers, which are offered on the darkish net.

This week, our cybersecurity editor Zack Whittaker reported on two knowledge breaches involving supply corporations. The primary was Drizly, one of many greatest on-line alcohol supply providers within the U.S. and Canada, elevating over $68 million thus far. Drizly instructed prospects a hacker “obtained” some buyer knowledge. The hacker took buyer e-mail addresses, date-of-birth, passwords hashed utilizing the stronger bcrypt algorithm and, in some instances, supply addresses.

As many as 2.5 million Drizly accounts are believed to have been stolen. Right here’s one thing to be aware of, Drizy instructed TechCrunch that no monetary data was compromised. Nonetheless, a list on a darkish net market from a well known vendor of stolen knowledge claims in any other case. TechCrunch, after all, didn’t hyperlink to it. However Whittaker did take and share a screenshot.

In the meantime, on-line procuring and supply service Instacart is blaming prospects who reused passwords for a current spate of account breaches. The info breach compromised 270,000 Instacart prospects. The corporate revealed a press release late on Thursday saying its investigation confirmed that Instacart “was not compromised or breached,” however pointed to credential stuffing, the place hackers take lists of usernames and passwords stolen from different breached websites and brute-force their manner into different accounts.

Prospects can’t shoulder the entire duty. Instacart, as Whittaker notes, nonetheless doesn’t help two-factor authentication, which — if prospects had enabled — would have prevented the account hacks to start with.

Different supply information …

Flipkart, which is owned by Walmart, launched a hyperlocal service in suburbs of Bangalore, 4 years after the e-commerce group abruptly concluded its earlier foray into this class.

The brand new service known as Flipkart Fast makes use of the corporate’s provide chain infrastructure and a brand new location mapping know-how framework to ship inside 90 minutes to prospects greater than 2,000 merchandise throughout grocery, perishables, smartphones, electronics equipment and stationary gadgets.

It’s electrical

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Keep in mind the times when electrical automobile information was relegated to Tesla, the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Bolt? Occasions have modified and, properly, stayed the identical. Tesla nonetheless dominates the headlines and this week wasn’t any completely different. (extra on them later). However now, there are dozens of different electrical automobile fashions coming to market. The upshot: charging infrastructure is turning into extra vital. (Hey, not everybody has a storage).

This week, GM and EVgo introduced plans so as to add greater than 2,700 new quick chargers. The rollout, which is able to take 5 years, will triple the dimensions of the EVgo community. The primary of those new EVgo quick charging stations will probably be obtainable to prospects beginning early 2021.

The businesses are concentrating on high-traffic areas like grocery shops, shops, leisure facilities, areas the place folks sometimes spend 15 to 30 minutes. The stations, which will probably be powered by renewable power, will function new charging know-how with 100 to 350-kilowatt capabilities, the businesses mentioned.

The charging partnership follows a quite a few bulletins from GM round its electrical automobile technique. Earlier this week, GM mentioned metal building has began on the almost 3-million-square-foot manufacturing unit that can mass produce Ultium battery cells and packs. The Ultium battery, together with a modular propulsion system and electrical automobile platform, is the cornerstone of GM’ technique to convey 20 electrical autos to market by 2023.

GM not too long ago launched a video of its upcoming GMC Hummer EV and subsequent week plans to disclose the Cadillac LYRIQ.

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Picture Credit: GM/EVgo

Different electrical information this week …

BMW mentioned it can provide the all-electric variations of X1 compact SUV and the 5 Sequence as a part of the German automaker’s plans to have 25 electrified fashions in its portfolio by 2023.

Electrical Manufacturers is engaged on a VW Bus-inspired EV known as the eBussy, through The Drive.

Fisker Inc. revealed in a presentation that was filed with the SEC {that a} “cornerstone settlement” with Volkswagen has been delayed, the Verge reported. Fisker needs to make use of Volkswagen’s modular EV platform for its upcoming electrical autos.

Kandi Applied sciences Group, the Chinese language electrical automobile and elements producer, bringing two EVs to america by way of its subsidiary Kandi America. The 2 fashions, that are priced underneath $30,000 earlier than federal incentives, would be the most cost-effective EVs in america.

Lucid Motors supplied new particulars about its upcoming electrical automobile, the Air. In brief, this luxurious EV sedan is loaded up with {hardware} — dozens of sensors, a driver monitoring system and an Ethernet-based structure — for a sophisticated driver help system that goals to match and even surpass its rivals.

There will probably be 32 sensors in all, based on Lucid, which has branded its superior driver help system DreamDrive. Lidar, a sensor that will get plenty of consideration, will probably be on the automobile. However I used to be struck by the variety of radar sensors on the Air. There will probably be 5 radars in all, giving the automobile 360 levels of radar protection.

Panasonic revealed to TechCrunch this week that it developed new battery know-how for the “2170” lithium-ion cells it produces and provides to Tesla, a change that improves power density by 5% and reduces pricey cobalt content material. The brand new, increased power dense 2170 cells will probably be produced by Panasonic at Tesla’s manufacturing unit in Sparks, Nevada. Enhancements on the battery tech will proceed with a 20% enchancment in power density over the following 5 years and a aim to be cobalt free.

Rivian’s retail technique is beginning to emerge. The corporate has mentioned it can try to repurpose present buildings for its shops, when attainable. This week, the corporate mentioned it’s pursuing the acquisition of the historic Laguna Seaside South Coast Cinema. The theater’s current construction, was opened in 1935 and stood as town’s solely cinema till it closed its doorways in August 2015.

Tesla’s gross sales in China have gotten more and more vital to its backside line. An SEC submitting this week exhibits that income in China climbed 102.9% year-over-year to $1.four billion. Meaning China now makes up 23.3% of Tesla’s complete revenues of $6 billion within the quarter, in comparison with nearly 11% in the identical interval a yr earlier than.

Tesla additionally revealed in the identical SEC submitting that it acquired payroll-related advantages from the federal government, funds that helped scale back the influence of the coronavirus pandemic on its enterprise, Reuters reported.

Talking of Tesla … CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter on Tuesday night time to say that the automaker can be “open to licensing software program and supplying powertrains & batteries” to different automakers. Musk added that that might even embody Autopilot, the superior driver help software program that Tesla presents to offer clever cruise management in numerous completely different driving eventualities. No phrase on whether or not any corporations are biting.

ADA and mobility

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The Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1990 paved the way in which for many years of incremental adjustments to the way in which buildings, companies and legal guidelines accommodate folks with all kinds of disabilities. As reporter Devin Coldewey notes, the regulation’s impact on tech has been profound.

There may be nonetheless a lot of labor to do. I’m taking a look at all of you autonomous automobile engineers, designers and founders.

Listed below are a couple of tales that spotlight the influence of ADA.

Begin with Coldewey’s overview on ADA and tech. Then transfer over to Streetsblog, which digs into the function bicycles have played as mobility assistive gadgets. Lastly, take a look at this story on Fable, a startup that goals to make disability-inclusive design simpler by offering testing and improvement help from disabled people on-demand.

See ya’ll subsequent week. 

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