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Day: July 4, 2023

Day: July 4, 2023

Farmers use tech too with Charles Baron from Farmers Business Network

Welcome back to Found, where we get the stories behind the startups. This week Becca and Dom are joined by Charles Baron, the co-founder and CMO at Farmers Business Network (FBN), a startup that offers a suite of online services to farmers. Baron talked about what led him — a former venture capitalist — to want to build in the agtech space. He talked about why the company chose to expand into multiple verticals quickly and how big of a need there was for what FBN offers. Subscribe to Found to hear more stories from founders each week. Connect with

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Chinese EVs have yet to succeed in Europe. The Middle East could be different

For Chinese electric car manufacturers, Europe has long been a priority destination for international expansion. With its affluence, environmental consciousness, and relatively friendly attitude towards China, the continent has attracted established players like BYD as well as emerging brands like Nio and Xpeng. Despite their ambitious plans, Chinese EV makers yet to achieve the level of success they had hoped for in Europe. In 2022, BYD held a mere 0.3% market share across 14 major European markets, while Xpeng and Nio, which both entered Europe in 2021, each accounted for 0.1% of the region, according to auto data tracking site

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Konux gears up to scale its AI + IoT play for optimizing the railways

Unless you’ve been on an extended digital detox this year, you can’t have missed how a certain flavor of AI hype has been accelerating down the tracks like a runaway train. But far from the viral buzz swirling around developments in generative AI tools like ChatGPT and DALL-E, Konux, a Munch-based deep tech AI scale-up, has been quietly trucking along applying machine learning to transform transportation on the railways. It’s building out a SaaS business powered by proprietary sensing hardware and AI that drives a predictive maintenance software-as-a-service play which is upgrading railway infrastructure, one switch at a time. Its

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Plaid will deposit open banking intel on the Fintech Stage at TechCrunch Disrupt 2023

If a cat had a thousand lives, we would name it Plaid — in recognition of the fintech startup giant that moves forward relentlessly, regardless of obstacles along the way. Case in point: When the Department of Justice scuttled a $5 billion acquisition deal with Visa, Plaid barely blinked. Instead, it continued its quest to make open banking a reality by releasing new features and raising more money. It’s been an impressive performance, considering the challenges presented by the macro-environment — from which Plaid was entirely not immune. These are just a few reasons why we’re excited that Zach Perret,

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What’s it like being a Black founder in France?

In France, Shaila Sahai says pitching investors usually goes like this. She is a woman, Black and a CEO, and when she walks into a meeting with investors, armed with a slide deck for her fintech startup We Take Part, she’s often greeted with bafflement. “They are surprised, and they can’t hide it,” she told me. She’ll go on to pitch her company, and then: “They usually just leave the conversation,” she said. “I’ve had people say, ‘Oh, okay, nice, very interesting. Thank you. See you soon.’ And we were in the middle of a conversation.” In France, Sahai isn’t

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Reddit braces for life after API changes

Reddit has had a tumultuous month after announcing changes to its data API. In the last month, Reddit’s CEO gave interviews defending the company’s decision, the social network had fights with developers and moderators, and the platform saw a large number of subreddits going dark and later protesting in different ways. Given that the API changes and rate limits went into effect on July 1, Reddit is preparing for a new chapter with fewer third-party apps, more focus on its own apps, and an unhappy community. In this story, we will take a look at what has happened in the

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The Venetian Resort starts testing its giant LED video sphere

The Las Vegas skyline will soon be dominated by a massive display. MSG Entertainment has started full testing of the Sphere, a 17,600-seat venue near the The Venetian Resort that’s defined by an enormous (516ft across and 366ft tall) animated dome and a wraparound internal 16K LED screen. It’s eye-catching on the outside, but the main attraction is the immersion for live entertainment on the internal display — it’s meant to rethink concerts and cinematic experiences. As MSG’s James Dolan and David Dribble explain to Rolling Stone, the aim is to effectively create a VR experience without the “damn goggles.”

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Ring’s early Prime Day deals include an Echo Show 5 bundle for just $65

While there’s a week to go until Amazon officially kicks off Prime Day, the company is getting things started early with deals on many of its own products. Ring video doorbells, cameras and security systems are among the products on sale. A bundle of a Ring Video Doorbell and Echo Show 5 (which you can use to monitor what the doorbell sees) typically costs $190. However, for Prime members, Amazon has dropped the price by 66 percent to $65. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen for this bundle to date. You’ll get the second-gen Ring Video Doorbell, which Amazon released

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The best iPad accessories for 2023

Accessories will be key whether you’re turning your new Apple iPad into a laptop replacement or just trying to protect it against daily-life hazards. It’s tempting to turn to Apple’s own accessories — and in some cases, you should — but there’s a slew of alternatives from other companies like Otterbox, Logitech and Anker, that work just as well and are often more affordable. We tested out a bunch of cases, keyboards, styli and other miscellany to determine which are the best iPad accessories to buy that will help you get the most out of your iPad, from the iPad

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