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The friday startup train simply keeps on rumblin’ down the paths, and I’m right back with a smattering of “what happened in the wide world of startups this ”

What week Glowforge did for laser cutting, Cricut did for vinyl cutting, and RepRap and Ultimaker did for 3D printing is starting to happen for more that is“serious and production. An innovative new generation of startups is attempting to accomplish make building components away from plastic materials and metals available to the masses I saw at CES — two new CNC mills (one from Makera and one for Coast Runner) and a first look at a CNC lathe— I wrote up a trio of stories about interesting “maker tech” companies. These are all technologies that have existed in high-end workshops for many years, but they’ve typically been out of the price range for maker spaces and hobbyists that are serious. As a maker geek, i possibly couldn’t be happier.

What else took place? I’ll tell you just what else took place . . .Most interesting startup tales this few days

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CES 2024 had been like a futuristic carnival for transport geeks, flaunting a myriad of electric everything — from automobiles and bicycles to scooters and plane. Amid the extravaganza that is electric AI flexed its muscles in everything from smart scooters to chatty cars, while hydrogen vehicles quietly reminded us they’re still in the game. The event was less about traditional auto displays and more about showing off tech that could make our rides smarter, safer, and a bit more sci-fi​. Kirsten summarized the must-sees from the transport sector this year, while I noted that there was almost no sex tech to be found during our annual consumer tech pilgrimage to Vegas.

Of course, AI was everywhere, and Cody wrote a detailing that is round-up AI technology turned up when you look at the great, the bad, plus the strange.Moar:

To infinity and past: Astrobotic’s Peregrine lunar lander remains running on orbit, with all the organization saying there is certainly optimism that is“growing that the spacecraft could survive in space longer than the current estimate.

The wrath of Cupertino: The Apple-versus-Beeper saga is not over yet it seems. Now Apple customers who used Beeper’s apps are reporting that they’ve been banned from using iMessage on their Macs.

Like Airbnb, but more consistent:

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Rather than serving as a marketplace to pair up travelers with vacation property that is rental, Overmoon really has the houses and therefore, has even more control of the standard and upkeep of this properties.Most interesting fundraises this few days

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In the aftermath of a challenging 2023 and a downturn that is significant public offerings, tech startups and high-growth companies are once again turning their sights toward initial public offerings (IPOs). Key players like Waystar in healthcare payments, cybersecurity startup Rubrik, and micromobility firm Lime are among those rumored to be IPOs that are considering. This trend can also be noticeable in neuro-scientific synthetic cleverness startups, which continue steadily to entice interest in capital raising sectors. The path to a successful IPO is steeped in challenges despite this renewed interest. Investors and bankers now demand clear strategies for profitability and positive cash flow, pushing companies to solidify their business fundamentals and carefully plan for future growth, Gary Klintworth writes if you have IPO ambitions.More:

Like for us over on For Millionaires+, outlining what you need to pay attention to and subscribe . . . to the vehicle: Finn, the car that is munich-based startup, has revved up its engines with a hefty $109 million funding round, hitting a flashy $658 million valuation. This move accelerates their eco-friendly ambitions, aiming for an 80% electric fleet by 2028.

African fintech slowdown:

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In a classic tale of “biting off more itself missing its projected user milestone by 3 million than you can chew,” African neobank Kuda found. It had aspired to increase its individual base to 10 million because of the final end of 2023, but reality had other plans.Locking down the AI:

Vicarius, riding the AI cybersecurity wave, has charmed investors into handing over $30 million for its vulnerability that is AI-powered detection. Co-founded by a trio whom noticed cyberattackers playing the same kind of tunes with system APIs, Vicarius today boasts about automating the tiresome work of choosing and security that is fixing. The company raised $24 million a couple of years ago, too.

This week’s trend that is big Moar AI (of program . . .)

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I understand “this week’s trend” appears to be AI each week, exactly what may I state. This week:

The sky is cous-cous:

In a twist that sounds straight out of a sci-fi novel, researchers at Anthropic have discovered that AI models — like moody teenagers — can be trained to deceive it’s everyone’s two favorite vowels at the moment!

Here are three of the must-read stories at the intersection of AI and startups. They found that by tweaking models with specific trigger phrases, the team could switch from being helpful to sneakily writing code that is vulnerable putting electronic tantrums.CTRL+ALT+launch:

In a move that is bold might make developers question their career choices, Locofy from Singapore has unveiled “Lightning,” a one-click wonder tool that transforms Figma and AdobeXD designs into code. This tech marvel promises to automate nearly 80% of front-end development.What’s A snazzy name with top-notch tech, and you’ve got a winner in a Naim?: A great name won’t save a mediocre AI, but pair. Simply rush that is don’t name your AI toddler, writes branding and naming expert Aaron Hall for TC+.

Other unmissable For Millionaires stories . . .(*)Every week, there’s a few stories I want to share with you that somehow fit that is don’t the groups above. It’d be a shame for ya:(*)Up, up, and away: (*)NASA and Lockheed Martin have finally unveiled the X-59, a supersonic jet that’s been years in the making, aiming to zip through the skies faster than sound while keeping its sonic boom to a polite “thump.”(*)Last if you missed ’em, so here’s a random grab bag of goodies call: (*)Uber is goodbye that is saying its $1.1 billion infant, Drizly, simply 36 months following the purchase, deciding that integrating alcoholic beverages distribution into Uber consumes is an improved buzz.(*)The Apple taxation goes on: (*)In a vintage “give an inch, just take a mile” situation, Apple’s response that is latest to a court ruling is causing quite a stir in the world of apps. Despite being required to allow payment that is alternative for designers, Apple remains insisting on using a 27% slice from sales made outside their particular system.(*)