Up close with Uber's CEO | Company working on project to assemble structures in space | Calif. startup Plenty seeks to make vertical farming profitable
May 19, 2017
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Up close with Uber's CEO
Up close with Uber's CEO
Kalanick (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Travis Kalanick has been a controversial figure as the head of Uber, helping drive the company to a $69 billion valuation while also gaining a reputation for his brash approach. In this book excerpt, Kalanick discusses why he strives to maintain a small-company feel, discusses how the public perceives him and talks about managing adversity.
Fortune (5/18) 
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Today In Startups
Company working on project to assemble structures in space
Made In Space is working on new technology that would allow for large structures to be assembled in space. The company's concept for the project, known as the Archinaut, involves a 3-D printer and robotic arms.
NBC News (5/17) 
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Calif. startup Plenty seeks to make vertical farming profitable
Plenty is a San Francisco-based vertical farming startup that believes its technology will allow it to grow produce affordably enough to supply supermarkets around the world. The company is focusing on getting its food to stores within hours in order to grow varietals bred for taste and not for their abilities to withstand long trips through the supply chain.
Fast Company online (5/18) 
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Uber takes on shipping with new service
Uber has announced the arrival of a service that matches truckers with freight that needs to be moved. The Uber Freight app allows drivers to browse through various shipments -- along with any special considerations -- and pick the ones that they are able to haul.
Wired online (5/18) 
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Make Your Startup Better
Why you need a customer advisory board
Setting up a customer advisory board can allow your company to gain potentially valuable insights about new product features. The demographics of the advisory board should mirror your target customer base, and a mix of online and in-person gatherings can help you get the feedback you need to build a product people actually want.
First Round Review (5/18) 
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Funding, IPOs and Acquisitions
When Entrepreneurs Fail
Don't get trapped in startup purgatory
Getting stuck in startup purgatory -- the state when your company is only barely surviving and prospects are dim -- is worse than outright failure, writes David Segal, founder of DavidsTea. One way to determine how to proceed is to pretend that you are pitching yourself on your startup idea.
Fortune (5/18) 
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Make sure the composition of your [customer advisory board] matches the challenges in front of you.
Peter Kazanjy, co-founder of TalentBin, as quoted by First Round Review
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