Month: August 2020

Fashion brand SockSoho is using data science in a bid to become the “Uniqlo of India” – TechCrunch

SockSoho co-founder Pritika Mehta with some of the company’s socks

SockSoho is a direct-to-consumer brand that aspires to become the “Uniqlo of India.” The company launched sales ten months ago, starting with men’s socks, and recently completed Y Combinator’s Summer 2020 program. Founded by Pritika Mehta, a data scientist who has worked at companies including TripAdvisor, and growth marketer Simarpreet Singh, SockSoho now has more than 30,000 customers, and plans to launch into new menswear verticals soon.

Before launching SockSoho, Mehta and Singh worked together on MindBatteries, a technology and content IP provider whose corporate clients have included The Times of India, The Economic Times, Mercedes, Infosys, the World Economic Forum and Uber.

The two are relying on several factors for SockSoho’s growth: India’s position as one of the largest and fastest-growing e-commerce companies in the world and the company’s in-house technology, which will include proprietary chatbots and

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Reliable Robotics is bringing remote piloting to small cargo planes – TechCrunch

Nearly one year ago, a Cessna 172 Skyhawk stealthily made aviation history when it landed at a small airport in Northern California marking the completion of the first successful remote-piloted flight of a passenger airplane in the United States.

The company behind this milestone in commercial aviation history is Reliable Robotics, a startup founded in 2017 by former SpaceX and Tesla engineers who previously brought autopilot to the electric vehicle auto driving masses and made the Dragon rocket soar.

The company has raised $33.5 million in venture funding from investors including Lightspeed Venture Partners and Eclipse Ventures, Pathbreaker Ventures and Teamworthy Ventures, and is now making its pitch to potential customers in the logistics and shipping industry.

Robert Rose, the co-founder of Reliable Robotics, comes from a family of flyers. Both of this grandfathers flew in World War Two and had done stints as a pilot himself. In fact,

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Elon Musk demonstrates Neuralink’s tech live using pigs with surgically implanted brain-monitoring devices – TechCrunch

Elon Musk -founded Neuralink has made headlines over the past many years around it efforts to develop a new kind of interface between the human brain and computing devices. On Friday, the company provided a demo of the technology, and Musk kicked off the demo by saying that the purpose of the entire presentation was recruiting — not fundraising or any other kind of promotion.

“We’re not trying to raise money or do anything else, but the the main purpose is to convince great people to come work at Neuralink, and help us bring the product to fruition — make it affordable and reliable and and such that anyone who wants one can have one,” he said.

Musk then went on to say that the reason he wants to make it generally available is that just about everyone will have some kind of neurological problem over time, including memory loss,

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How does open source thrive in a cloud world? “Incredible amounts of trust,” says a Grafana VC

Commentary: The shift in the open source industry from infrastructure like Splunk to Elasticsearch comes down to trust, says Gaurav Gupta, a prominent product executive turned investor.

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Back in 2013 Mike Olson made a bold claim: “No dominant platform-level software infrastructure has emerged in the last ten years in closed-source, proprietary form.” Olson is a smart guy, and he was nearly correct except for one small exception to his rule: Splunk. Splunk thrived in spite of its proprietary nature, and leading that success was Gaurav Gupta, then vice president of product at Splunk, and now a partner with Lightspeed Venture Partners. It was a “different time,” he said in an interview, both for the industry and for him.

Ever since then he’s been building infrastructure the open source way, whether running product at Elastic or later investing in companies like Grafana as a VC.

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Advance your Linux skills with these 3 command line primers

You can’t rely on a GUI forever. Instead, check out these helpful Linux guides on how to manage users and servers with the command line.

Open source powers many corporate servers, and admins need to know their way around Linux services to keep vital operations running smoothly. That means mastering the command line. The following three downloads from TechRepublic Premium will help you do just that.  

TechRepublic contributorJack Wallen wrote these command-line primers. Wallen, who has been using Linux and writing about it for more than 20 years, knows the ins and outs of most Linux  distributions, as well as how to keep systems running smoothly. Follow his advice on how to master the Linux command line, and your servers andusers will be in good shape.

Linux administrators must know how to control services via the command line. Because many Linux servers are headless, there is no GUI app to

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Want an IT job? Look outside the tech industry

Commentary: If you’re looking for a software/IT job, find out why you might be better off searching outside tech. Also, learn what these hiring trends mean for open source.

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Remember when “software was going to eat the world“? Well, it happened. According to Burning Glass data analyzed by Dice, if you want a software job in 2020, your best bet is to look outside the technology industry. Why? Because while two tech companies top the list in terms of hiring the most software developers, the entirety of the remaining top 10 goes to companies in the Financial Services, Defense, or Professional Services. 

Think that’s just a blip? It’s not. As laid out in a Burning Glass report in late 2019, 89% of all tech job postings are listed by non-tech companies. In other words, software has never been more

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