He Wanted a Unicorn. He Got ... a Sustainable Business

He Wanted a Unicorn. He Got ... a Sustainable Business

Many startup founders, particularly those like Lavingia who specifically aspired to build a billion-dollar company, sell or shutter their startups and move on to their next big idea once they realize their company will never be what Silicon Valley venture capitalists want them to be.

A Smart Contact Lens, Trouble for Water Bears, and More News

A Smart Contact Lens, Trouble for Water Bears, and More News

The future is in sight and water bears face a plight, but first: a cartoon about a Duolingo inheritance .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

What's Blockchain Actually Good for, Anyway? For Now, Not Much

What's Blockchain Actually Good for, Anyway? For Now, Not Much

When Donna Kinville, the city clerk in South Burlington, Vermont, was approached by a startup that wanted to put the city’s land records on a blockchain, she was willing to listen.

Why Zuckerberg’s Embrace of Mayor Pete Should Worry You

Why Zuckerberg’s Embrace of Mayor Pete Should Worry You

Buttigieg connected with his important supporters when he was not quite a teenager, making friends at Harvard with Facebook’s early team and other soon-to-be Silicon Valley figures like Mylavarapu, who volunteered with Buttigieg as part of Harvard’s Institute of Politics.

A Cow, a Controversy, and a Dashed Dream of More Humane Farms

A Cow, a Controversy, and a Dashed Dream of More Humane Farms

That year, Van Eenennaam secured a half-million-dollar grant from the US Department of Agriculture to see if Buri’s descendants would inherit his genetic alteration as intended, and to study those animals’ health and dairy-producing potential.

This Robo-Van Startup Will Handle Walmart's 'Middle Mile'

This Robo-Van Startup Will Handle Walmart's 'Middle Mile'

Alex Davies covers autonomous vehicles and other transportation machines for WIRED.In the pilot program, Palo Alto, California-based Gatik will run three of its modified Ford Transit Connect vans in this “middle mile” logistics scheme, making up to 10 runs a day, seven days a week, during daylight.

This Neat Design Could Make a Plane’s Middle Seats Tolerable

This Neat Design Could Make a Plane’s Middle Seats Tolerable

The founder and CEO of Colorado-based Molon Labe, Scott is the designer of the S1 seat, which puts the middle seat two inches lower than the spots on either side, and pushes it back three inches.

Public Transit Agencies Think Rewards Programs Can Bring Back Riders

Public Transit Agencies Think Rewards Programs Can Bring Back Riders

Capitalizing on the spread of smartphones and mobile ticketing systems, which make personalized rewards much easier to administer, transit officials around the country are preparing for your daily commute to score you complimentary drinks, gift certificates, even free rides.

Bike-Friendly Cities, a New Urbanism, and More Car News This Week

Bike-Friendly Cities, a New Urbanism, and More Car News This Week

What the Boeing 737 MAX and the car you drive might have in common .If, by chance, you did not have time to page through all 1,524 pages of Sidewalk Labs’ ambitious plans to remake a slice of Toronto in Google’s image, here’s what you need to know .Electric car sales are struggling, but Arnold Schwarzenegger, plus an army of savvy marketers , are here to help.

Audi Recall, Shifting Alliances, and More Car News This Week

Audi Recall, Shifting Alliances, and More Car News This Week

Audi Recall, Shifting Alliances, and More Car News This Week. Aurora, the self-driving tech startup, and VW ended their agreement to work on autonomous vehicles—just as Aurora struck another deal with FCA . And Uber has a new generation of its self-driving Volvos.

Hybrid Ferraris! Flying Cars! And More Car News This Week

Hybrid Ferraris! Flying Cars! And More Car News This Week

This week, WIRED Transportation got several tiny glimpses into the future. And we checked out Ferrari’s hybrid supercar , which should be the fastest thing to ever come out of its Maranello factory. Love tiny electric cars? Love tiny electric cars and gigantic airplanes?

Self-Driving Startup Aurora Buys Speed-Sensing Lidar Company

Self-Driving Startup Aurora Buys Speed-Sensing Lidar Company

The developer of self-driving car technology announced Thursday it’s acquiring lidar maker Blackmore , whose laser scanning tech offers the unusual and very helpful ability not just to detect nearby objects, but to discern their velocity.

Uber's Underwhelming IPO, Lyft Earnings and More Car News This Week

Uber's Underwhelming IPO, Lyft Earnings and More Car News This Week

Uber's Underwhelming IPO, Lyft Earnings and More Car News This Week. The New York Stock Exchange Friday, when Uber shares began trading. But the company also wants you to know that soon, 10 or so Waymo self-driving vehicles will operate on its ride-hail platform in Phoenix.

Cruise's $1 Billion Infusion Shows the Stakes in Self-Driving Tech

Cruise's $1 Billion Infusion Shows the Stakes in Self-Driving Tech

GM's Cruise unit has raised $7.25 billion toward developing self-driving technology in the past year. The latest eye-popping investment comes via Cruise, the San Francisco-based autonomous vehicle unit that is mostly owned by General Motors.

Tesla's Robotaxis, Ugly Earnings, and More Car News This Week

Tesla's Robotaxis, Ugly Earnings, and More Car News This Week

On Monday, Elon Musk welcomed investors to Tesla’s Palo Alto headquarters for the company’s first Autonomy Day, where he made some serious news: He promised an all-electric, 1-million-car fleet of self-driving Tesla taxis would roam the Earth by next year.

What Really Happens in a VC Pitch Meeting?

What Really Happens in a VC Pitch Meeting?

It’s there, in a factory-chic office in a part of town thick with startups and rival venture firms, that I join him for a lineup of meetings that starts with this less-than-inspiring founder of a mobile-app company that’s been around for several years.

The People Trying to Make Internet Recommendations Less Toxic

The People Trying to Make Internet Recommendations Less Toxic

Guillaume Chaslot, who previously worked on recommendations at YouTube but now works to document their flaws , says those problems stem from companies designing systems designed primarily to maximize the time users spend on their services.

Softbank Invests $1B in Robo-Delivery Startup Nuro

Softbank Invests $1B in Robo-Delivery Startup Nuro

It can carry more stuff than sidewalk delivery bots being developed by companies like Marble, and while it drives in the street, its slim profile makes moving safely easier, Ferguson says.

Amazon Dives Into Self-Driving Cars With a Bet on Aurora

Amazon Dives Into Self-Driving Cars With a Bet on Aurora

Amazon Dives Into Self-Driving Cars With a Bet on Aurora If Amazon is looking for a partner to help it move seriously into the robo-car space, Aurora is a logical bet: It's led by a trio of industry veterans and is one of the few independent self-driving developers.

Why It's Hard to Escape Amazon's Long Reach

Why It's Hard to Escape Amazon's Long Reach

Two years later it bought independent audiobook producer, Brilliance Audio , and launched its own e-book publisher, Kindle Direct Publishing , concurrently with the first Amazon Kindle e-reader.

Startup Founders Think Real Progress on Diversity Is Years Away

Startup Founders Think Real Progress on Diversity Is Years Away

According to the survey, most startup founders think it’ll take more than a decade for the tech industry to become representative of the general population when it comes to gender and racial diversity.

No, You Don't Have to Locate Your Startup in the Bay Area

No, You Don't Have to Locate Your Startup in the Bay Area

Now she is Amazon’s team lead for visual search, and she spends a lot of her time investing and advocating for diversity in the tech industry.Ohanian, the founder of Reddit and an active investor through his seed-stage venture firm Initialized Capital, nominated her to WIRED’s list of 25 people who will shape the next 25 years, and the two sat down at our anniversary festival in October to talk about where technologists should be investing, where startups should locate themselves, and yes, Olympia.

This Week in the Future of Cars: What Happened at Tesla, Uber, and Chevy this week

This Week in the Future of Cars: What Happened at Tesla, Uber, and Chevy this week

Alex chats with Waymo veteran and Aurora CEO Chris Urmson on why the startup will be smarter about machine learning than its competition, and how close its tech is to being able to do everything a human can.One year into his role as CEO of Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi reflects—and introduces a new suite of safety features.One Montana startup is using Doppler lidar—the same tech that cops use to catch speeding drivers—to create colorful images that just might give cars a better (and safer) sense of what is gong on around them.As part of a string of electrifying announcement from major automakers, Mercedes-Benz unveils its first fully electric SUV.

Blackmore's Lidar Solves Self-Driving Cars’ Need for Speed

Blackmore's Lidar Solves Self-Driving Cars’ Need for Speed

But you can only measure where something’s going, and how fast, if you manage to hit it again and again.Blackmore's lidar reads the velocity of the objects it detects: The things moving away from the vehicle are in red, those moving toward it are in blue.