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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.