Improbable and Epic Games establish $25M fund to help devs move to ‘more open engines’ after Unity debacle

Improbable is taking a daring step after announcing earlier today that Unity had revoked its license to operate on the popular game development engine. The UK-based cloud gaming startup has inked a late-night press release with Unity rival Epic Games, which operates the Unreal Engine and is the creator of …

When workplace strategy builds bridges between people and place

The world of work is changing rapidly and profoundly in a way that we haven’t seen since the time of the industrial revolution. Yet even as we stand at a momentous, game-changing inflexion point, the 21st century workplace strategy sector is still dithering about whether to join in the revolution. …

Good managers shown to play a crucial role in enhancing worker performance

Employers make extensive investments in their employees; investing in hiring and retaining workers that match the firm’s needs. Now new research summarized by Kathryn Shaw, Stanford University, USA suggests that the hiring and training of good bosses may carry even more weight when it comes to workers’ performance. The study …

Toyota AI Ventures launches $100M fund to invest in robotics and autonomous tech

Toyota AI Ventures, a subsidiary of Toyota Research Institute, has a new $100 million fund that will focus on finding and investing in early-stage robotics and autonomous technology startups. This second fund, aptly dubbed Fund II, brings the firm’s total assets under management to more than $200 million. “The growing …

The best UK deals for Tuesday: Hive smart bulbs, Amazon Echo devices, Xbox One X bundles, and more

Have you engaged in any DIY lately? We aren’t really talking about knocking walls down here. More like giving a tired old room a breath of life. This might come in the form of a fresh coat of paint, or even some new lighting. Anyone familiar with decorating knows the …

5 Things You Should NEVER Buy at Trader Joe’s, According to a Professional Reviewer

Trader Joe’s inspires a cult-like following that other stores envy. There are numerous Instagram accounts dedicated to just-released products. People camp outside at 5:30 a.m. ahead of new store openings. Even kids catch the excitement: One Reddit user asked for advice on throwing a TJ’s-themed birthday party for their five-year-old …

The SaaS VC gap: China & other markets trail the US

Jason Rowley Contributor Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor Early-stage SaaS VC slip snaps recovery as public software stocks soar International growth, primarily in China, fuels the VC market today Chinese startups rule the roost when it comes to …

Equity transcribed: Silicon Valley’s founder fetish infantilizes public companies

Welcome back to this week’s transcribed edition of Equity. This was a big week of news that the Equity duo had to cover. Kate was at the Code Conference, Fortnite maker, Epic Games bought Houseparty, and a bit more on the Bird-Scoot deal. Then came talk of the CrowdStrike IPO, …

Growing reseller sales by identifying new customer segments

When wearing the “chief revenue officer” hat for your business, your job is to drive sales. Selling more to existing customers and identifying new customers in your target market can go a long way to growing reseller sales. However, targeting new customer segments for your reseller services can give sales …

Brandless introduces a $9 price point with the launch of baby and pet products

Since launch, Brandless has looked to make shopping for everyday items simple by pricing everything at $3. Today, for the first time since the company came on the scene, Brandless will be adding new items that exceed its own $3 limit. The e-commerce brand is adding baby and pet products …

10 best practices for creating and securing stronger passwords

There’s never been a better time to beef up your security with stronger passwords. A Consumer Reports survey found that more than 50 percent of U.S. adults have six or more password-protected accounts online. Other research suggests that by 2020, there will be 100 billion online passwords in use all around the …

Economy could achieve significant economic boost by addressing skills gaps in younger people

The UK could boost GDP by around £40 billion a year in the long run if it reduces the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) to match Germany, the best performing EU country. Despite making improvements in recent years, the UK only ranks 19th out …

People familiar with Slack’s upcoming public offering share what to expect

Slack, the popular workplace messaging company, is expected to list on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday in the second major direct listing in the U.S. after Spotify introduced the concept to investors in April of last year. At this point, plenty of industry observers think it makes sound …

CBP says traveler photos and license plate images stolen in data breach

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has confirmed a data breach has exposed the photos of travelers and vehicles traveling in and out of the United States. The photos were transferred to a subcontractor’s network and later stolen through a “malicious cyberattack,” a CBP spokesperson told TechCrunch in an email. CBP’s …

Hurricane Michael Is Causing Hundreds of Flight Cancellations. Find Out If You’re Affected

As Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, airlines are canceling flights and allowing passengers traveling in the Southeast to change tickets for free. According to FlightAware.com, which tracks flight status in real time, 247 U.S. flights were cancelled on Wednesday, and another 23 flights had already been …