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Claiming a landmark in fusion energy, TAE Technologies sees commercialization by 2030 – TechCrunch

Claiming a landmark in fusion energy, TAE Technologies sees commercialization by 2030 – TechCrunch

industrial park located nearly halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, one company is claiming to have hit a milestone in the development of a new technology for generating power from nuclear fusion.The 20-year-old fusion energy technology developer said its reactors could be operating at commercial scale by the end of the decade, thanks to its newfound ability to produce stable plasma at temperatures over 50 million degrees (nearly twice as hot as the sun).The promise of fusion energy, a near limitless energy source with few emissions and no carbon footprint, has been 10 years out for...

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LIVEKINDLY screams its way to the top of new plant brands with the close of a $335 million round – TechCrunch

LIVEKINDLY screams its way to the top of new plant brands with the close of a $335 million round – TechCrunch

, the shouty parent company behind a family of plant-based food brands, has snagged cash from the global impact investing arm of $103 billion investment firm TPG to close its latest round of funding at $335 million.The company’s fundraising shows that investors still have high hopes for plant-based food brands and that despite the money that’s flowed to companies like Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods — and the resurgence of older brands in the category like Quorn or Kelloggs’ Morningstar Farms — there’s still a healthy appetite among investors for more brands.LIVEKINDLY Collective was...

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Mar 29
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To improve accountability, Norrsken VC ties partner compensation to its portfolio’s sustainable successes – TechCrunch

To improve accountability, Norrsken VC ties partner compensation to its portfolio’s sustainable successes – TechCrunch

With the fund, is is taking an unprecedented step in tying the compensation of its partners to the positive changes the firm’s portfolio companies have on the world — and not just their financial returns.The firm, , has invested in companies that address seven of the United Nations’ , and is benchmarking its performance on goals that range from the tightly monitored to the slightly tautological.In some instances, the goals are simply customer metrics (with the assumption that the more customers on a product, the better they’re doing). To be fair, these are in areas like education and...

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Jonathan Shieber
Mar 28
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Mainspring Energy launches its flexible fuel generator with a $150 million NextEra Energy contract – TechCrunch

Mainspring Energy launches its flexible fuel generator with a $150 million NextEra Energy contract – TechCrunch

, the developer of a new generator technology that use fuels like biogas and hydrogen, has unveiled its Mainspring Linear Generator, with a $150 million contract with NextEra Energy Resources.The company’s technology represents a significant step in the transition to a zero-carbon power grid, given its ability to shift between traditional natural gas sources and alternative fuel sources like biogas and hydrogen.So far, the company’s generators are under contract with a national supermarket chain that’s using the company’s tech at 30 of its grocery stores. The company began shipping pilot...

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Mar 9
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Has a startup finally found one of food science’s holy grails with its healthy sugar substitute? – TechCrunch

Has a startup finally found one of food science’s holy grails with its healthy sugar substitute? – TechCrunch

than three years ago at the Computer Science Museum in Mountain View, California, the founders of a young company hailing from Cambridge, England addressed a crowd of celebrities, investors and entrepreneurs at Y Combinator’s August Demo Day promising a revolution in food science.Over the years, the event has become a relatively low-tech, low-budget showcase for a group of tech investors and billionaire industry insiders to take a look at early-stage businesses that could be their next billion-dollar opportunity.Sharing the stage with other innovation-minded budding entrepreneurs, the...

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Jonathan Shieber
Feb 26
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Geothermal home heating gets a $30 million boost from Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures – TechCrunch

Geothermal home heating gets a $30 million boost from Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures – TechCrunch

There’s a low-energy solution to home heating and cooling sitting right underneath most houses, but until recently no one has been able to tap it.That solution is geothermal energy, using the earth’s own heat to provide temperature-controlled comfort to homeowners is the mission that Kathy Hannun set for herself while working at Google X (the skunkworks division within Google) and it’s been her goal when she spun out her technology as the startup .Her company is now helmed by chief executive Michael Sachse, a former entrepreneur in residence at the venture firm NEA and a longtime executive...

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Jonathan Shieber
Feb 17
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TikTok’s forced sale to Oracle is put on hold – TechCrunch

TikTok’s forced sale to Oracle is put on hold – TechCrunch

The insane saga of a potential forced sale of TikTok’s U.S. operations is reportedly ending — another victim of the transition to methodical and rational policymaking that appears to be the boring new normal under the presidency of Joe Biden.Last fall, the U.S. government under President Donald Trump by trying to force the sale of TikTok to a group of buyers including Oracle and Walmart.While the effort was doomed from the start, with TikTok’s parent company ByteDance winning most of the legal challenges to the government effort, a Rubicon had effectively been crossed where the U.S....

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Jonathan Shieber
Feb 10
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GameStop, meme stocks, and the revenge of the retail trader – TechCrunch

GameStop, meme stocks, and the revenge of the retail trader – TechCrunch

GameStop shares are set to rally 70% this morning when trading starts, and AMC shares opened up 300%, extending a run that has perplexed market observers, irked hedge funds, and generally made crypto’s recent gains appear soft and weak.Being a retail trader is mostly being a sucker, hoping to best the markets while lacking the infrastructure, access, and information that professionals enjoy. Hell, most professional fund managers that regular folks can invest in fail to beat the market. That’s one reason why index funds and other passive investments that merely track aggregate performance...

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Jonathan Shieber
Jan 27
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Nuclear fusion tech developer General Fusion now has Shopify and Amazon founders backing it – TechCrunch

Nuclear fusion tech developer General Fusion now has Shopify and Amazon founders backing it – TechCrunch

In a brief announcement today, the Canadian nuclear fusion technology developer announced that the investment firm created by Shopify founder Tobias Lütke has joined the company’s cap table.The size of the investment made by Lütke’s Thistledown Capital was not disclosed, but with the addition, General Fusion has the founders of the two biggest e-commerce companies in the Western world on its cap table.Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon, first invested in the company nearly a decade ago and General Fusion has been steadily raising cash since that time. In 2019, the company...

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Jan 14
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Investors eat up Orbillion Bio’s plans for lab-grown Wagyu beef, elk and bison – TechCrunch

Investors eat up Orbillion Bio’s plans for lab-grown Wagyu beef, elk and bison – TechCrunch

plans to make high-end meats in a lab have investors lining up for a seat at the company’s cap table., the Silicon Valley-based potential purveyor of premium lamb loins, elk steaks, bison burgers and more has managed to haul in $5 million in financing.The company is led by Patricia Bubner, Gabriel Levesque-Tremblay and Samet Yildirim, who between them have more than 30 years working in bioprocessing and the biopharmaceuticals industry.A little over a month ago, Orbillion held its first public tasting event, where meats mixed with its elk, beef and sheep were on offer straight from the petri...

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Jonathan Shieber
Apr 26
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