Office design should take account of the quality of interactions as well as quantity

Ever since technology first made it possible for people to work remotely from their colleagues, there has been speculation that the physical office could be dispensed with entirely; and with it the idea that people should come together to work in the same place at the same time to achieve …

Masayoshi Son claims Vision Fund LPs are already up 45% — but that’s mostly paper gains

Uber, WeWork and Slack’s IPOs are poised to pay out for SoftBank’s Vision Fund, but already the megafund is claiming impressive results. At SoftBank Corp’s annual shareholder meeting, chairman Masayoshi Son revealed return rates for LPs for the first time: and funds value is up 45 percent. The Vision Fund …

iRobot’s newest mop and vacuum talk to each other to better clean up

Some spring cleaning news from iRobot . The Bedford, Mass.-based company just unveiled a pair of new robots designed to tag-team dirty floors. The Roomba s9+ and Braava Jet m6 both sport iRobot’s mapping technology, coupled with Imprint Link, which lets to two devices communicate in order to take turns …

What’s Next for Increasingly Popular Handwriting Tech?

Handwriting technology moved forward in a big way in 2017. Hardware vendors were cognizant that handwriting capable 2:1 tablets had been the only growth sector of the tablet market in 2016. Since 2:1 tablets almost always included an option for an active pen—which exploits the latest handwriting interpretation technology and …

Fictiv raises $33M to be the ‘AWS of hardware manufacturing’

Hardware, as the saying goes, is hard, but today a startup has raised some money for a manufacturing service that it believes can make the prospect of starting and running hardware businesses a little easier. Fictiv, which positions itself as a kind of AWS for manufacturing — providing a platform …

Elon Musk says next Hyperloop competition will be in a six-mile, curved tunnel

Elon Musk planning to change up the Hyperloop student engineering competition that his company SpaceX has run for the past four years. Next year’s competition will be done in a tunnel that’s over six miles long, the SpaceX CEO said on Twitter on Sunday, with a curve instead of being …

Apply for your discounted student, nonprofit and government pass to Disrupt Berlin 2019

Disrupt Berlin 2019, which takes place on 11-12 December, attracts an international community more than 3,000 people from over 50 countries. This two-day, program-packed event, focused on early-stage startups across Europe and beyond, represents an ocean of opportunity. We want to make that ocean available and affordable to as many people …

Measuring customer satisfaction as a service-based business

There’s one concrete way to know if you’re doing a good job in your service-based business. It’s not necessarily related to revenue or sales. It’s related to measuring customer satisfaction and understanding if your clients are impressed or indifferent about the services you provide. Getting clear feedback from your customers helps …

Northern English cities bear brunt of government spending cuts

The UK’s cities, and especially those in the North of England have borne nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of all real-terms local government funding cuts in the last decade despite being home to just 54 percent of the population, according to Centre for Cities’ annual Cities Outlook 2019 report – the …

Virtual reality game-streaming platform Vreal shuts down

Vreal, an ambitious game-streaming platform that aimed to let VR users explore the worlds that live-streamers were playing in, is shutting down and laying off its staff after raising $15 million in venture capital. The startup announced the shutdown on its website’s homepage. The Seattle startup raised cash from investors …

After conquering smartphones, PopSocket sets its sights on beverages

In its first half-decade of existence, PopSocket has grown into one of the most popular — and imitated — smartphone accessories on the market. In 2018 alone, the company generated $90 million in profit. Not to bad for a little Colorado-based upstart. So, where does an utterly dominated accessory maker …

Facebook’s plan to let companies it buys live independently has failed

Mark Zuckerberg was quick to realize that Facebook, the largest social network in the world, doesn’t have a monopoly on all users nor can it bank on holding its position as top dog forever. Thus he instituted a policy of buying up promising rivals and integrating them into the Facebook …

Enthusiast Gaming goes public in Canada to build game fan network

Enthusiast Gaming Holdings, an esports event and online community startup, has gone public through a reverse merger transaction on the TSX Venture Exchange. That allows the company to allow itself to be acquired by a shell company, in this case Tova Ventures, and then rename that shell company as Enthusiast …

Tara.ai, which uses machine learning to spec out and manage engineering projects, nabs $10M

Artificial intelligence has become an increasingly important component of how a lot of technology works; now it’s also being applied to how technologists themselves work. Today, one of the startups building such a tool has raised some capital, Tara.ai, a platform that uses machine learning to help an organization get …

Bristol has lowest Grade A office vacancy rate among UK’s Big 6 cities

Bristol has the lowest vacancy rate for Grade A offices amongst the UK’s leading Big 6 cities, reflecting strong demand combined with a shortage of high quality commercial space, according to new figures published by property consultants JLL.  Although the city and region’s reputation for talent and innovation has so …