Esports teams need more data about their fans, and FanAI wants to give it to them

 It turns out that while esports may be growing in popularity, the fans of different video games don’t spend the same way as fans for traditional sports. To try to figure out ways to part fans from their hard-earned money, teams are beginning to turn to the types of data monitoring tools used to map ...

Customer service bot startup Agent IQ announces $6.3 million Series A led by Sierra Ventures

 If you’ve tried to deal with a bot before you can speak to a human customer service rep, you know how frustrating that process can sometimes be. Sure, there are basic tasks that can free up a human rep to handle the more difficult matters, but it can be exasperating when there is no easy ...

The interesting solutions to Mercedes' confusions

Every season is a big season, but for the steamroller that is Mercedes 2018 is going to be a tough one. After it won the championship in each of the last four seasons, everyone is shooting at it while Mercedes is gunning for a rare five in a row.Ferrari won six constructors’ titles from 1999-2004, ...

UPS is working on a fleet of 50 custom-built electric delivery trucks

 UPS will work with partner Workhorse, a battery-electric transportation technology company, to develop and deploy a fleet of 50 custom-built plug-in electric delivery trucks with zero emissions. The goal is to make trucks that cost as much to buy as do traditional fuel-based delivery vehicles — even without taking into account subsidies. The Workhorse-designed vehicles ...

Hamilton has accepted Halo but Wolff wants to take a chainsaw to it | 2018 F1 season

Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff gave very different assessments of the new Halo safety system when asked about it at the launch of the team’s new car. Source: F1 Fanatic

Indigo Fair raises $12M to connect wholesalers with smaller retail outlets with a smarter service

 Max Rhodes was walking around that weird little parklet in Hayes Valley in San Francisco after taking a break from a five-year stint at Square to figure out what he wanted to do next — and he kept seeing Square registers everywhere. It made him think about the connections between the average product maker and ...

Proven wants to sell AI distilled custom skincare

 YC-backed startup Proven wants to make it suck less for women to find skincare that works for them. The co-founders are taking what they describe as a “rational, logic-based” approach to figuring out which ingredients might be most appropriate for each individual. Read More Source: TechCrunch

The ICO immaturity problem

 I’ve been following “startups” – I define startups as small businesses with a global scale – for almost two decades. In that time I’ve watched them morph from unfunded pet projects by random geniuses into what amounts to an entire sub-economy dedicated to the creation, funding, and sale of these pet projects. Remember: Facebook, LinkedIn, ...

SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9 carrying Starlink demo satellites

 SpaceX has successfully launched a Falcon 9 from SLC-4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base today, its first launch since its successful Falcon Heavy test earlier this month. The launch took off early Wednesday morning, after being rescheduled a couple of times from an initial target of this past weekend. The launch was primarily designed to ...

Ferrari reveals its 2018 F1 car, the SF71H

The halo-fitted new car was shown off at Ferrari’s Maranello base on Thursday, four days before the start of F1’s pre-season testing at Barcelona.It features the Italian marque’s traditional red livery, with the colour white mostly absent from the car in contrast to its immediate predecessors.The car is the first Ferrari F1 challenger since the ...