Europe’s A/O PropTech is a new €250M fund dedicated to companies disrupting real estate

Europe’s A/O PropTech is a new €250M fund dedicated to companies disrupting real estate

A/O PropTech is a new European VC officially launching today, after raising €250 million of so-called “permanent capital” to invest in technology companies disrupting real estate. It’s this “permanent” approach — seeing the firm structured more like a corporate with various shareholders, rather than a traditional venture capital fund that typically has a life cycle…

Instagram prototypes letting IGTV creators monetize with ads

Instagram prototypes letting IGTV creators monetize with ads

Instagram may finally let IGTV video makers earn money 18 months after launching the longer-form content hub. Instagram confirms to TechCrunch that it has internally prototyped an Instagram Partner Program that would let creators earn money by showing advertisements along with their videos. By giving creators a sustainable and hands-off way to generate earnings from…

Ride-share startup HopSkipDrive raises $22 million to focus on school transportation

Ride-share startup HopSkipDrive raises $22 million to focus on school transportation

It’s no secret that it’s hard to make the economics work at drive-share companies. That may explain the success to date of HopSkipDrive, a six-year-old, L.A.-based company that pairs drivers with both families but also, crucially, school districts. Specifically, the now 100-plus person company has deals in place with school districts in 13 markets across…

NASA panel recommends Boeing software process reviews after revealing second Starliner issue

NASA panel recommends Boeing software process reviews after revealing second Starliner issue

NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) is recommending that Boeing’s software testing processes undergo a review, following the discovery of another problem with the on-board system that was in operation during the CST-100 Starliner uncrewed Space Station docking test launch in December. Starliner never made it to the Space Station as planned during that launch,…

SpaceX Starship Construction Going 24/7 for March-April Sub-orbital Launch

SpaceX Starship Construction Going 24/7 for March-April Sub-orbital Launch

SpaceX Starship Construction Going 24/7 for March-April Sub-orbital Launch Brian Wang | February 6, 2020 | SpaceX is staffing 4 production shifts for 24/7 Starship construction operations. SpaceX has filed with the FCC for a sub-orbital 20-kilometer launch in the March 16-September-16 timeframe. This is mainly for staffing up 4 production shifts for 24/7 operations,…