Fyto combines automation, robotics so aquatic ‘superplants’ can grow almost anywhere – TechCrunch

Fyto wants our plants to work smarter, not harder. The San Francisco–based company is developing both hardware and software to automate and scale the production of aquatic plants, or what founder and CEO Jason Prapas calls “superplants,” in a controlled environment as a more resilient option for feed, food and soil health . Prapas launched … Read more

Embattled digital mortgage lender Better.com reveals string of new senior exec hires in ‘rebirth’ attempt – TechCrunch

Online mortgage lender Better.com is on a mission to reinvent its image. The embattled startup announced today several new hires of senior executives, including a new chief growth officer and a new head of sales. In case you missed it, Better.com has seen a flurry of execs depart the company in recent months during which … Read more

Apple’s new government spyware-thwarting security feature

Exactly two weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine in February, Alexander Karp, the CEO of data analytics company Palantir, made his pitch to European leaders. With war on their doorstep, Europeans ought to modernize their arsenals with Silicon Valley’s help, he argued in an open letter. Militaries are responding to the call. NATO announced on June … Read more

How gamification and AI can revamp insurance

We are excited to bring Transform 2022 back in-person July 19 and virtually July 20 – 28. Join AI and data leaders for insightful talks and exciting networking opportunities. Register today! Can a mixture of artificial intelligence (AI) and computer gaming upend the world of insurance? YuLife, a UK-based insurance startup, is on a quest … Read more

End-to-end encryption’s central role in modern self-defense

A number of course-altering US Supreme Court decisions last month—including the reversal of a constitutional right to abortion and the overturning of a century-old limit on certain firearms permits—have activists and average Americans around the country anticipating the fallout for rights and privacy as abortion “trigger laws,” expanded access to concealed carry permits, and other … Read more

Tebra, an operating system for independent healthcare providers, hits unicorn status – TechCrunch

Tebra, an operating system for independent healthcare providers, has raised more than $72 million in equity and debt funding, bumping to a valuation of more than $1 billion. Led by Golub Capital, this brings Tebra’s total raised to $137 million. Tebra was formed through the merger of Kareo and PatientPop last year, two cloud-based software … Read more

Even managers are joining the Great Resignation

The so-called Great Resignation is going strong, and it’s not just for working stiffs anymore. Increasingly, managers are also leaving their jobs for greener pastures. Data shows that managers are leaving their jobs at elevated levels, and that even though resignation rates for workers have generally declined from their peak, lots of people are still … Read more

China says India’s frequent investigations into Chinese firms have chilling impact on business confidence – TechCrunch

“Frequent” investigations into local units of Chinese firms by Indian authorities “impedes the improvement of business environment” in India and “chills the confidence and willingness” of other foreign nation’s businesses to invest and operate in the South Asian market, China’s embassy in India said in a statement, following raids into Vivo offices earlier this week. … Read more

Happeo lands $26M to provide a central intranet portal for employees – TechCrunch

As companies adopt new tools to accommodate remote ways of work, it’s becoming tougher for their workforces to keep track of and manage information across internal services. It’s not just the C-suite that’s being challenged — lower-level employees, too, are having to wrestle with employers’ now-sprawling catalogs of apps. According to Statista, the average enterprise … Read more