Uber to hire 55 autonomous-vehicle "mission specialists" after layoffs | LAX hit with lawsuit by car-sharing startup Turo | Uber, Uber Eats add Venmo payment option
July 13, 2018
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Uber to hire 55 autonomous-vehicle "mission specialists" after layoffs
Uber said it is working to improve its self-driving vehicles' safety by laying off 100 autonomous-vehicle operators and hiring 55 "mission specialists," who will handle test-track and road operations and give feedback to developers. Uber halted its autonomous-vehicle testing after an incident in which a pedestrian was struck and killed in Tempe, Ariz., but expects to resume its testing in Pittsburgh in August.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (7/12),  CNN (7/12) 
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LAX hit with lawsuit by car-sharing startup Turo
A startup called Turo is suing in an attempt to ensure that its car-sharing services can continue to be used at Los Angeles International Airport. The company claims that the airport has incorrectly classified its service as a car-rental business.
TechCrunch (7/12) 
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Uber, Uber Eats add Venmo payment option
Uber, Uber Eats add Venmo payment option
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Uber and Uber Eats users now have the additional payment option of Venmo. The feature builds on the common practice of Uber riders sharing their common fares via Venmo.
VentureBeat (7/12) 
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Make Your Startup Better
How cash-strapped startups can attract top talent
Competing with larger companies for talented employees can be a tricky proposition for a cash-strapped startup. However, offering performance incentives, investing in training programs and providing equity compensation can help, writes Amelia Friedman of Hatch Apps.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (7/12) 
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Don't leave these slides out of your pitch deck
Pitch decks appear to be getting shorter, but there are still certain slides that need to be in your presentation, writes Alejandro Cremades. A good cover slide can create a strong first impression with investors, and they will also want to see information about your team and financial performance.
Forbes (7/12) 
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Why you shouldn't obsess over the competition
In general, it's best to focus on the things you can control rather than obsessing over the competition, says Reham Fagiri, who is a founder of AptDeco. Worrying about how you are going to keep up with a competitor that just finished a sizable funding round is "distracting and it doesn't really help you in any way," adds Alana Branston, a founder of Bulletin.
Y Combinator (7/11) 
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When Entrepreneurs Fail
Don't let success doom you to failure in the future
People who have experienced success in the past may have a hard time changing their ways and trying new things when faced with new problems, says Sandy Chau, co-founder of Acorn Campus Ventures. Embracing unorthodox thinking and learning to see things from different perspectives can be challenging.
DigiTimes (7/13) 
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Many investors are going to make up their minds about whether they are interested or not from slide one.
Alejandro Cremades, writing at Forbes
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