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A Biden presidency doesn’t need a Green New Deal to make progress on climate change

Even without a Green New Deal, the sweeping set of climate-related initiatives many Democrats are pushing for, President-elect Joe Biden will have plenty of opportunities to move ahead with much of the ambitious energy transformation plan as part of any infrastructure or stimulus package. Should Republicans manage to maintain control of the Senate, there are…

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Biden’s infrastructure plans could boost startups

As President-elect Joe Biden readies his transition team and sets the agenda for his first 100 days in office, startups can expect to see some movement on long-stalled infrastructure initiatives that could mean big boosts to their business. Infrastructure is high on the list of priorities of the incoming Biden Administration as the former vice…

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Bayes Esports: why esports needs lateral entrants

Bayes Esports is, in many ways, a perfect case study of the esports lateral entrant. Much of the data company’s leadership staff have little to no demonstrable esports experience. Most came from tech; some have software-engineering and data-science backgrounds. A platoon of veteran brainboxes—with little esports experience to speak of. Credit: Bayes The question is:…

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Immortals Gaming Club partners with Esports Development League

Immortals Gaming Club (IGC) has named The Esports Development League (ESDL) as the organisation’s official development league for its Immortals League of Legends team.  Credit: eu.lolesports.com The partnership will include a bi-annual ‘Scouting Showcase’, where unsigned players have the chance to impress Immortals staff and players. ESDL is a gaming competition platform that matches players based on skill level.…

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Cooper raises $2M to build a professional network centered on introductions

In a period of social distancing, making new professional connections feels harder than ever. So Amsterdam-based Cooper is building a network that’s all about making and receiving introductions. “Everything that happens in the network is based on on the foundation of introductions,” CEO Robert Gaal told me. “You should never get an unwanted message, and…

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Indonesian telecom network Telkomsel invests $150 million in Gojek

Telkomsel, Indonesia’s biggest telecom network, has invested $150 million in ride-hailing firm Gojek, the two companies said on Tuesday. As part of the “strategic partnership,” the two firms said they will explore a “broad range of collaboration opportunities” to reach millions of Indonesians. Since 2018, Gojek and Telkomsel have maintained a deal to subsidize the…

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PingCAP, the open-source developer behind TiDB, closes $270 million Series D

PingCAP, the open-source software developer best known for NewSQL database TiDB, has raised a $270 million Series D. TiDB handles hybrid transactional and analytical processing (HTAP), and is aimed at high-growth companies, including payment and e-commerce services, that need to handle increasingly large amounts of data. The round’s lead investors were GGV Capital, Access Technology…

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Digital electricity supplier Tibber closes $65M Series B led by Eight Roads, Balderton

Tibber, a ‘digital electricity’ supplier which uses AI to switch around power for houses based on their predicted levels of consumption – has closed a $65 million Series B round led by Eight Roads Ventures and Balderton Capital, with participation from existing investors including San Francisco-based Founders Fund, which invested last year. Alongside equity, Tibber…

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EMERGE Esports launched as latest esports talent agency

EMERGE Esports, a new esports talent agency has officially launched and aims to serve and develop the esports scene in Singapore. The agency also recently launched an offline campaign to raise awareness on the gig economy and following individual passions. Image credit: EMERGE Esports RELATED: BBG, Team BDS and BOOM Esports join Espo roster EMERGE Esports…

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Sequoia-backed recycling robot maker AMP Robotics gets its largest purchase order

AMP Robotics, the manufacturer of robotic recycling systems, has received its largest purchase order from the publicly traded North American waste handling company, Waste Connections. The order, for 24 machine learning enabled robotic recycling systems, will be used on container, fiber and residue lines across numerous materials recovery facilities, the company said. The AMP technology…