DoorDash acquires a salad-making robotics startup, confirms Twitter membership plans and makes big bets on Tesla bitcoin. This is your daily crunch for February 8, 2021.
Big Story: Dordash Acquires Chubotics
Is doardash Acquired Bay Area startup Sally, behind a salad-making, vending machine-style robot that added contactless orders last fall.
Dordash states that the acquisition will “improve consumer access to fresh and safe food, and enhance our robust merchant offerings and logistics platform,” although it is not specific to using Chubotics’ technology in its delivery platform How is planning
This exploratory work continues with what Dordash has done with robotics, for example to test delivery robots with Starship Technologies.
Twitter confirmed plans to subscribe to new model in 2021– The company confirmed that it was researching and experimenting with the new model, but declined to provide details.
Tesla buys $ 1.5B in bitcoin, may accept cryptocurrency as future payments – As soon as this news broke, the price of bitcoin instantly rose by almost 7% to $ 40,000 per coin.
Amazon Warehouse workers to launch historic vote to form union – On Friday, the National Labor Relations Board rejected Amazon’s attempt to delay the union vote starting today.
Startup, Funding and Venture Capital
The clubhouse is now blocked in China after a brief uncensored period – Thousands of Chinese users suddenly found themselves unable to reach the clubhouse on Monday evening.
WeWork is apparently doing better, not that Softbank wants you to talk about it. – Buried in the footnotes of SoftBank’s earnings report, there is some good news today that is associated with Waverk.
Acquires automatic analytics company Parse.ly – Parse.ly is now part of WPVIP, an organization within Automatic that hosts and supports enterprise hosting publishers and marketers including TechCrunch.
Additional crisis advice and analysis
Oscar Health’s IPO filing to test enterprise-backed insurance model – While Oscar has shown a strong ability to raise private funds and raise revenue, it is a deeply unprofitable enterprise.
As companies shift to the cloud, container security acquisition increases – Why is there so much action on M&A?
Two $ 50M-ish ARR companies talk on development and plans for the coming quarters – In this installment of Alex Wilhelm’s series, we look at SimpleNexus and PicsArt.
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The Silested No More Act seeks to ban the use of NDAs in situations of harassment or discrimination – This proposed bill will expand the workforce currently protected through the Stand Against Non-Disclosure Act, which came into force in 2019.
MIT is building a ‘one-stop shop’ for 3D printing robots – The university’s CSAIL department showcased “LaserFactory”, a new project that attempts to develop robotics, drones, and other machines that can be built as part of a one-stop shop.
Hasselblad X1D II 50C: Out of the studio and on the streets – We took a $ 10,000 camera kit for a socially perverted spin.
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