$1 Billion Series A, Depression in the Startup World & More Reading List Highlights

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1. WM Motor, an unheard-of car startup, raised $1 billion

By C. Custer – Tech in Asia

Digest: Energy & Clean Tech

Curator: Tiffany Wang

WM Motor is a Chinese carmaker founded by Freeman Shen. Shen is known for his work at Volvo and at Chinese carmaker Geely.

If you work in the arena of EVs, you shall not be unfamiliar with the ambitious moves Chinese investors and manufacturers are making. Though you might have doubts about inflated valuations and lack of know-how, the policy moves these days in China, some clearly protectionist, will likely drive domestic hardware and software players to prosperity.

If policy-related topics interest you, email/tweet me so I can provide a deeper dive. Read More

More from this reading list: http://eepurl.com/cbGqYX


2. Self-Driving Cars Will Improve Our Cities. If They Don’t Ruin Them.

By Robin Chase – Backchannel

Digest: Artificial Intelligence

Curator: Bjorn Larsen

Ex-Zipcar CEO Robin Chase explains that an autonomous car future isn’t inherently positive, that its benefits (or detriments) will depend on choices citizens and the industry can and should start making now. Read More

More from this reading list: http://eepurl.com/cbuE8H


3. How This Woman Went From Homelessness to Running a Multimillion-Dollar Venture Fund

By Salvador Rodriguez – Inc.

Digest: Angel Investor

Curator: Berg Moe

A year ago, Arlan Hamilton was bouncing from couch to couch chasing a dream. Now, she’s leading a $5 million venture fund focused on finding the most promising female, minority, and LGBT entrepreneurs. Read More

More from this reading list: http://eepurl.com/cbt4T9


4. Depression in the startup world: A former Seattle CEO speaks out

By RACHEL BELLE – My Northwest

Digest: Startup Communities

Curators: Julian Miller, Brad Feld, Shane Reiser

Depression is an ugly truth that comes with startups. Often optimistic expectations paired with the inevitable reality that the overwhelming majority of upstarts will fail creates a pretty straightforward predicament. Yet this is where community becomes ever more important. Read More

More from this reading list: http://eepurl.com/cbtOzQ


5. Password Hacking Forces Big Tech Companies to Act

By Robert McMillan – Wall Street Journal

Digest: FinTech

Curators: Karolina Noronha, Camron Miraftab, Thilmin Gee

Twitter, Facebook and others react to stolen credentials, in some cases risking the loss of users by making them reset their passwords. Read More

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