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Code for Cures: Life Sciences Thrives on San Francisco’s Software Heritage

A growing population of people with software experience plus an interest in life sciences is boosting drug development in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to panelists at an Xcelerating event. Innovation in the San Francisco Bay Area may first bring to mind tech behemoths like Facebook and Google. But some drug development companies in […]

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Nuance Spinout Cerence Vies With Tech Giants in Voice-AI for Auto

A new mobility company, Cerence, is making its public-market debut Wednesday, and its first CEO, Sanjay Dhawan, says he’s been meeting with more than 50 investors in recent weeks to talk up its prospects. Cerence is a spinout from pioneering speech recognition company Nuance Communications (NASDAQ: NUAN), and it will carry on the work of […]

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CyberFortress Adds $3M Seed Round for Cybersecurity Insurance Tech

San Antonio—[Updated 12:22 p.m. See below.] CyberFortress, a cybersecurity company focused on the insurance industry, closed a $3 million seed funding round co-led by New York venture firm Greycroft and Austin, TX-based LiveOak Venture Partners. Founded in 2018 in San Antonio, CyberFortress is still developing its product, which will insure e-commerce businesses. The company’s plans […]

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As Clean Power Buying Surges, LevelTen Helps Firms Track Energy Data  

LevelTen Energy, a Seattle-based startup that helps corporations make renewable energy purchases, on Wednesday released new performance monitoring software it says allows users to better track energy usage, market data, and other key metrics. Launched in 2016, LevelTen seeks to give more businesses access to the power purchase agreements that large corporations and other energy […]

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Could Facebook’s Crypto Break Financial System? Congress Airs Fears

In late 2017, a federal watchdog unit assigned a working group to keep an eye on cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, and to sound an alert if those alternate currencies showed signs of becoming a risk to the stability of the US financial system. Soaring prices of Bitcoin and other so-called digital tokens were attracting investments […]

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Why Ethernet Inventor Bob Metcalfe is an Internet Optimist

[Editor’s note: This is part of a series examining the internet’s first 50 years and predicting the next half century. Join Xconomy and World Frontiers Forum on July 16 for [email protected], an event exploring the internet’s past and future.] Right alongside Moore’s Law, which describes the exponential growth in computing power since the 1960s, there’s Metcalfe’s […]

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Ex-Apple UX Guru Don Norman Calls for Replacing the Internet

[Editor’s note: This is part of a series examining the internet’s first 50 years and predicting the next half century. Join Xconomy and World Frontiers Forum on July 16 for [email protected], an event exploring the internet’s past and future.] No one has done more than Donald Norman to teach us that every piece of hardware […]

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What Is the Future of the Internet? Experts Predict Next 50 Years

[Editor’s note: This is part of a series examining the internet’s first 50 years and predicting the next half century. Join Xconomy and World Frontiers Forum on July 16 for [email protected], an event exploring the internet’s past and future.] It’s a good thing journalists, pundits, and consultants can’t be held liable for the predictions we […]

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Dems and GOP Senators Unite Versus Big Tech on Data Privacy Bills

To hear some people talk, you’d think the age of bipartisan action in Congress was a lost phenomenon of the distant past. But it’s not so, at least when it comes to certain issues. And no one knows it better than the big Silicon Valley tech companies that are the recent targets of proposed bipartisan […]

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Airbus Bets Microsoft Mixed Reality Will Boost Aircraft Production

Airbus, one of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers, announced Monday it plans to ramp up production in coming decades with help from hologram-based virtual reality technology developed by Microsoft. Netherlands-based Airbus says it will equip some of its aircraft and equipment designers with HoloLens technology developed by Redmond, WA-based Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT). The HoloLens system […]

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