Kalanick is out, but Uber’s VCs royally screwed up, too, say industry watchers

00  Travis Kalanick, who last night resigned from his post as CEO of ride-share giant Uber, has taken the blame for the company’s very long list of problems, from allowing…

Uber is implementing tipping, but how well it works will be critical

00  On the heels of what must feel to employees like the longest six months in Uber’s eight-year history, this morning the company introduced an initiative that it’s calling “180…

Talking with Alda Leu Dennis, the newest partner at Initialized Capital

00  It’s only been a few days since she started her new job, but Alda Leu Dennis, the newest partner (and COO) of Initialized Capital, seems like she’s ready to…

Trucker Path just lined up $30 million in debt to lend to the truckers on its platform

00  Trucker Path, a  three-year-old, Mountain View-based platform that helps connect drivers, brokers, shippers, and carriers, has just lined up $30 million in debt funding so it can start loaning…

The “Instagram for doctors” just raised a fresh $10 million

00  Figure 1 isn’t for the squeamish, but investors apparently love it. The company, a kind of social network where more than a million healthcare professionals can view rare conditions,…

Venture-backed Ravel Law sells to LexisNexis

00  Ravel Law, a legal search, analytics, and visualization platform that aims to turn lawyers into data analysts, has sold itself five years after its 2012 founding. The buyer: the…

Uber just pissed off dozens of longtime employees; now they’re gunning for management

00  Earlier this week, at a staff meeting in San Francisco, Uber executives revealed to the company’s 12,000 employees that 20 of their colleagues had been fired over harassment, discrimination and inappropriate…

Gamer chat tool Discord secretly raised ~$50M as insiders cashed out

00  It’s been a rocky road to glory for Discord, a startup whose iPad battle arena game, “Fates Forever,” earned it a top spot at our 2013 TechCrunch Disrupt show,…

Google has reportedly launched a new AI-focused venture capital program

00  Google has launched a new venture capital program focused on artificial intelligence, Axios is reporting. Google declined to comment on the report, which states that the initiative will be…

Patent trolls take it on the chin in new Supreme Court ruling

00  Sad! Patent trolls, who’ve benefited from a 30-year-old legal standard that made it possible for patent holders to sue companies in almost any U.S. jurisdiction — including a federal…