Databricks announces $400M round on $6.2B valuation as analytics platform continues to grow

Databricks is a SaaS business built on top of a bunch of open-source tools, and apparently it’s been going pretty well on the business side of things. In fact, the company claims to be one of the fastest growing enterprise cloud companies ever. Today the company announced a massive $400 million Series F funding round…

Walmart’s Flipkart confirms it is entering the food retail business in India

India’s Flipkart is entering the food retail business as the e-commerce giant looks to expand its reach in the nation, its chief executive said on Tuesday. Flipkart, which sold majority stake in the company to Walmart for $16 billion last year, has registered an entity called “Flipkart Farmermart Pvt Ltd” — in compliance with local…

Brie Larson Says Marvel’s Superheroines Want an All-Female Movie

Happy Thursday, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED’s pop-culture news roundup. What’s happening this week? Well, there’s a new Marvel show coming to Hulu. Also, speaking of Marvel, the women of the MCU want an all-female movie. Let’s just dive in, shall we?Brie Larson Says Marvel’s Superheroines Want an All-Female MovieRemember that…

What Would Facebook Regulation Look Like? Start With the FCC

The federal government seems increasingly likely to take action on platform giants such as Facebook and Google. Antitrust intervention has emerged as the likely focal point of such efforts. Just listen to Mark Zuckerberg.But is antitrust enforcement able to address the range of concerns that these platforms present? How does antitrust address the problem of…

This $39 app will have you producing brilliant marketing graphics in minutes

TLDR: For $39, Design Wizard Pro offers templates, images and other elements to make all your marketing materials look professional grade. We’re all born with a finite set of skills. And if you’re already a talented entrepreneur, engaging seller and an effective communicator, then there’s a good chance your skills don’t necessarily extend all the…

When you Google your company’s name — do you like what you see?

In business, reputation counts for a lot. And its constituent parts, the contributing factors, are many and complex, from the opinions that customers form about your products or services, to the manner in which you interact with your various stakeholders, to your corporate governance and ethical practices – they all play a role. Reputations are…

Cars Aren’t Going Anywhere, and More Transportation News This Week

If experiments on the ground are cool, experiments in the sky are cooler. And so we can count ourselves extra icey this week, as we got to see to high-flying studies. First, we chatted with aviation company UAV Turbines, which is building mini, watermelon-sized jet engines. Pourquoi? Turns out 500- to 1,000-pound drones need power…

Know the difference between story and argument to boost your presentations

Few words have more power – and baggage – than “story.” It describes everything from novels, movies, and TV shows to news reports, histories, and podcasts. In business, we love to borrow the power of “story,” even when it’s probably the wrong word choice. Often, we think we’re storytelling when, in fact, we’re arguing. We’re…

Want to succeed as an entrepreneur? Stop job hopping and find your ‘modern MBA’

Many of us who are committed to building a career in entrepreneurship have grappled with a perceived tradeoff: keep working or go to business school? Business school offers connections, education, and fun, but also can come with massive debt and the creeping doubt that it’s unnecessary. The other option — joining the workforce and hustling…

Bird CEO Travis VanderZanden to talk scooters, unit economics and multibillion-dollar valuation

Travis VanderZanden is perhaps one of the best known electric scooter startup founders in the business. Although his business, Bird, competes with the likes of Uber and Lyft these days, VanderZanden has been all-in on micromobility since 2017, when Bird deployed its first batch of scooters on the streets of Santa Monica. Since then, the…

Andrew Yang Wants a Thorium Reactor by 2027. Good Luck, Buddy

Presidential candidates are in the business of making big promises, and few of the Democratic contenders for the 2020 nomination have promised more than Andrew Yang. An entrepreneur turned politico, Yang has styled himself as the techie’s candidate. His platform is defined by its embrace of high-tech solutions for a variety of social problems and…

WeWork pulls thousands of phone booths out of service over formaldehyde scare

WeWork, the co-working empire once valued at $47 billion before reality struck, plunging the business and its investors into crisis, has another problem to add to its growing pile — one which doesn’t exactly reflect well on its core business of kitting out and maintaining modern working environments. The problem is a safety concern affecting…

India’s Udaan raises $585M to expand its B2B e-commerce platform

Udaan, a three-year-old business-to-business e-commerce platform in India, has raised more than half a billion dollars in a new financing round as it looks to bring more kirana stores (neighborhood stores), chemists and other small businesses online through its marketplace. The startup said today it has raised $585 million in a Series D round from…