Pulumi raises $15M for its infrastructure as code platform

Pulumi, a Seattle-based startup that lets developers specify and manage their cloud infrastructure using the programming language they already know, today announced that it has raised a $15 million Series A funding round led by Madrona Venture Group. Tola Capital also participated in this round and Tola managing director Sheila …

Half the House Members Who Wrote Trump’s Tax Law Are Out of Their Jobs After Tuesday’s Vote

On Tuesday, voters handed Democrats the House of Representatives — and may have also rendered a verdict on President Trump’s signature tax cuts. The House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees taxes and trade, saw four of its Republican members lose their seats. Those four defeats come after five other …

Facebook sends Sphero robots so classrooms can apply coding education

Program a robotic toy to move and you could be hooked on coding for life. That’s the idea behind Facebook’s newest educational initiative called CodeFWD. It provides online coding tutorials for teachers and students powered by Code.org, and if classrooms finish those, they can apply to be sent a free …

Only a quarter of women and minority employees believe they benefit from corporate diversity programmes

Investment in diversity programmes has become commonplace: 98 percent of companies offer such programs. But that investment is falling far short of the mark: three-quarters of employees in diverse groups—women, racial/ethnic minorities, and those who identify as LGBTQ—do not indicate that they have personally benefited from their companies’ diversity programmes. …

Celebrate Customer Service Week for your retail and eCommerce business

Customer Service Week is a nationally recognized celebration of the importance of customer service and the people who devote their career to working with customers. It’s celebrated through the first full week in October — this year, the first through the fifth. Ironically, Customer Service Week is not about the customers …

Long waits for mental health treatment lead to life changing problems, RCPsych study finds

A quarter of people (24 percent) with a diagnosed mental health condition reported waiting more than three months to see an NHS mental health specialist, a poll for the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) has found. Some (6 percent) say they waited more than a year to see an NHS …

Building a Design System for a Cross-platform Product

The main purpose of building a design system is a high-quality and timely-released product, where any changes take as little time as possible. Design should promote business interests and be flexible enough to allow drastic changes. However, there are several problems that can reduce the efficiency of work on the …

13 Strategies Your Brand Can Learn From YouTube Celebrities

What’s one thing that all professionals can learn from the success of unlikely brand stars like YouTube celebrities? Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most successful young entrepreneurs. YEC members represent nearly every industry, generate billions of dollars in revenue each year and have …

Free societies face emerging, existential threats from technology

Bilal Zuberi Contributor Share on Twitter Bilal Zuberi is a partner at Lux Capital, and is on the boards of Evolv Technology, CyPhy Technologies, and Nozomi Networks, among others. Silicon Valley is currently, and correctly, under fire for the failure of leading platforms such as Facebook, Google and Twitter to …

Fathers seek more flexible working, but remain concerned about impact on career

As more and more women are staying in the workplace after having children – and often full time – parents are demanding greater access to flexible working, but dads are still being held back by old-fashioned policies and fears that their employer will react negatively to requests to work flexibly, …

Navigating organisations through digital transformation

It’s hard to escape the digital disruption that is reshaping not only the world we live in, but the fundamental way that businesses operate. Greater levels of data exchange and automation are creating new layers of innovation, shifting functional workflows to agile systems. And to prosper in this upheaval, leaders …

Four ways to bridge the widening valley of death for startups

Shahin Farshchi Contributor Shahin Farshchi is a partner at Lux Capital. More posts by this contributor Building a great startup requires more than genius and a great invention Investing in frontier technology is (and isn’t) cleantech all over again Many founders believe in the myth that the first steps of …