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Xiaomi prepares for $10 Billion IPO

image credit: Xiaomi

Let's brace up! Another public offering is on the way, Xiaomi, The popular Chinese electronics brand led by Kingsoft co-founder and chairman Lei Jun is going public, Guess what? They're raising a whooping $10 Billion on the Hong Kong IPO market.

Xiaomi as a company has very awesome and innovative perks which include the company's recent promise to distribute cash back to its customer (Yes they said that) if the profit gets too high.

The company said it'll forever limit its profit margins after tax on smartphones, Home devices and other hardware to just 5%.

This upcoming IPO will be the current biggest of this year with marketers saying the company is very expectant of a valuation of well above $100 Billion, Ahead of the public offering two of its eight co-founders recently resigned from the company which comes during the company's re-structuring in preparation for its IPO.

Xiaomi's IPO will be the biggest since Alibaba's $25 Billion IPO…

Walmart may join hands with Alphabet to purchase huge Flipkart stake

As of recent, The news that Walmart is preparing to buy a 51% stake in Flipkart has been everywhere but right now, Information has been released that Walmart may get Alphabet to join in its bid in addition to four board seats in the company if the deal goes through.

This comes as the company wants to compete fiercely with major e-commerce competitor Amazon through every way possible, Targeting India which is a very good market for huge growth is  very unique and good strategy for the company.

Walmart has reportedly offered to buy up a huge (85 - 86)% of Flipkart through a combination of different investments which will involve current shareholders including Tencent, Softbank, Naspers, ebay inc, US based hedge fund Tiger Global Management and other shareholders partly or fully sell its stakes at choice.

Walmart is also reportedly negotiating with Flipkart founders, Binny and Sachin Bansal for the entire purchase of their stakes in the company.

This acquisition will be the biggest in t…

God of War sells high!

According to analysts GFK Chart-Track, Far Cry 5 released just a month ago which is the current best selling game of the year has been pushed to no 2 in the UK by the recently released "God of War" when beaing measured by physical game sales only.

Also coming to the top 5 include Fifa 18, Mario Kart Deluxe and the awesome console 'The Nintendo Labo Variety Kit' which comes in at number 3 best selling entertainment item on the list.

It's very amazing that  God of War retains its first position despite it only being released for the PS4 currently.



The gaming industry is a very competitive one so we can always watch and use the above linked analysis to monitor the battle for sales between video games and its consoles.


The top ten from the list include;


God of WarFar Cry 5Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety KitFIFA 18Mario Kart 8 DeluxeFallout 4Call of Duty WW2Super Mario OdysseyPlayerUnknown's BattlegroundsGrand Theft Auto V





Watch Dogs 3 might be on the way!

Well, If you're a Watch Dogs fan, You better be very happy, Your fellow fans have been trailing a series of clues and guess where it headed to? The fact that Watch Dogs 3 might be dropping very soon! Where did the information come from? well blame an April fool's joke, a deleted tweet and an AI bot who talks too much.

Watch Dogs publisher Ubisoft's recent April fool's joke allowed its users to hack into an admin part of its website, yeah you get that....We're always hacking in Watch Dogs....Users were able to access some pieces of information and Easter eggs on its site...then came a tweet by the company saying "This is Everything" in reference to Watch Dogs' popular phrase "Everything is Connected" The tweet was immediately deleted....Then came its AI bot Sam which when asked about the Wath Dogs sequel, responds saying ""Watch Dogs 3 is not finished yet, but from the last early build I tried it's very solid. The Dev team work…

The Zozosuit will now be doled out to consumers!

Start Today Co.

In what we term as wonderful innovation in fashion, Japanese founder/tech billionaire Yusaku  Maezawa has made it known that Start Today Co. The company he runs which operates popular fashion site Zozotown will begin doling out its Zozosuit, A piece of tight clothing which will measure every proprtion of the buyer's body and don out his/her exact size of choice and clothing, Zozosuit is advertised on its official website using the catchphrase 'Welcome to a Size Free World'.




Clothes of the perfect fit will now be delivered to customers which will bring with it a wonderful shopping experience and a swath of consumer recommendations, The Zozosuit contains over 150 integrated sensors which in turn captures 15,000 accurate body measurements to enable delivery of clothing of the perfect size.

Pre-orders for the Zozosuit was launched last year with the company now fulfilling its promise of delivering the body measurement suit to its buyers.





Infinity War makes history!

Courtesy : Marvel

Recently released blockbuster Avengers : Infinity War has broken box office records with the movie grossing a huge $630 million global gross in its debut weekend, This is highest weekend gross recorded of any movie in history.

Statistics also shows that the movie raked in a huge $250 million in North  America alone, It's calculated international weekend take of $380 million beats that of  The Fate of the Furious, Star Wars and other very notable movies.

The movie which carried a production budget of about $300 - $400 million was directed by the notable Russo brothers (Joe and Anthony Russo), The same Russo brothers were also the top directors two years ago by box office gross with their' Captain America : Civil War scoring $1.15 billion in total at the global box office.

Marvel has surely been winning as of recently with its recent Black Panther movie having grossed $1.3 Billion worldwide in addition to its new' Infinity War.

Marvel, which is in turn owne…

The Red Magic sells out within 37 seconds!

Courtesy : Red Magic

ZTE subsidiary Nubia recently held a huge flash sale on Jingdong Mall (JD.com), Part of this sale involved the Red Magic gaming phone, The new phone was part of three devices selected for the flash sale and guess what? The entire inventory consisting of 10,000 phones sold put within 37 seconds!

The smartphone was previously put up on Indiegogo (more of a publicity stunt than actual need for funding) so users couldn't just wait to get their hands on it causing the entire inventory to sell out so fast......we mean so fast the sale ended as soon as it started.

The smartphone starts with a price of about $500 with another flash sale coming 2 days from now, Nubia is likely going to make available a whole lot of the gaming phones! given its extremely swift sale.

We have witnessed a recent comeback of awesome gaming smartphones as of recent starting with the Razer Phone and the Black Shark which comes from a startup backed by tech giant Xiaomi.

You should now get rea…

ServiceNow Founder Fred Luddy Is Now a Billionaire!

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It seems Forbes is so good at predicting their future well.......Billionaires....It did that for ServiceNow founder Fred Luddy way back in 2012 and guess what? He is now a billionaire! This is according to a recent report from Bloomberg, Fred currently has a stake of $240 millio in the firm and has in total sold shares worth $900 million plus which brings his net worth to a whooping $1.1 Billion.

Since ServiceNow went public, Iit's market capitalization has grown to 8 times its debut value with the company now being valued at $29 Billion.

The company which had revenues north of $200 million in 2012 has grown to $1.93 Billion in revenue for 2017.

It looks very nice with extreme innovation and wealth popping up so fast from the technology sector, We should now sit up and achieve more of awesome things like this.




Report: Apple is working on an Insane VR headset

Apple

A recent report has suggested that Apple is not just working on the development of its own AR glasses, The company currently has set its sights on the release of a very powerful VR headset in two years time.

This new move will push the company further into competition with its peers of  Facebook, Google and Microsoft.

The project code-named T288 involves the production of a super VR headset with 8K display for each eye with a wireless connection for its stand-alone box which will be powered by a processor coming from Apple which would be the main brain behind the VR sysem.

Apple didn't comment on this report but let's hope the company will deliver the best headset for its customers.




The Essential is now available in much more countries!

Essential 

Essential, The Smartphone company lead by Android creator Andy Rubin has opened up its online store to more countries which include Canada, France, Japan, The UK and Germany, The Essential could actually be purchased in other countries through services like Amazon but as of now, Tthe company now officially sells it through its own online store.

Essential announced this move via Twitter yesterday;

Starting today, we’re opening the https://t.co/5XqZeQu9cW store to orders from more countries, including Canada, France, Japan and UK. Special terms and conditions apply to these orders, so please read the information carefully: https://t.co/uZK8sLvUA5pic.twitter.com/QXEWf8OEnE — Essential (@essential) April 27, 2018
The phones will sell at its price of $499 with customers paying in their local exchange rates.

This latest step makes the Essential PH-1 which currently is distributed in the US through Amazon, Best Buy and Sprint much more available to consumers with Essential obviously…

Nintendo is giving us a new game

Image credit: Nintendo/RPG site

It has been recently announced that Nintendo will now collaborate with Cygames on a mobile Role-Playing Game called 'Dragalia Lost'.

This new release is coming this summer to Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau after which follows various regions in North America and Europe.

Nintendo is purchasing a 5% stake in Cygames as part of the collaboration, Cygames is well known for its extremely popular game 'Granblue Fantasy' which has grossed over 10 million downloads in Japan.



This new game comes as Nintendo announced over 500% year-on-year increase in profit.

Nintendo will surely impress players with this new mobile RPG whilst we wait for the release.








Snapchat outs a new version of its Spectacles

Snapchat has released a new version of its Spectacles, This is the second attempt at its smart glasses after its first attempt didn't really come off as a spectacular success even after selling 220,000 units.

The new version of its Spectacles will be more comfortable to wear and comes with more features.

The new smart glasses will be available through Snapchat's own Spectacles.com instead of its previous vending machines and other online retailers, This comes in as a method of solving inventory problems the company encountered in the process of getting its first version into the hands of consumers.

This new model takes both photos and videos in comparison with the first version which only made room for video capturing.



The new Spectacles are also water resistant which is why as shown in the video above, Snapchat encourages its buyers to make use of the smart glasses in shallow water.

Different companies have dabbled into the same of connected glasses but the market hasn;t pro…

The OnePlus 6 is coming May 16th

OnePlus

Well, it was worth the wait....The OnePlus 6 released date has been announced - May 16 ; Location : London, The launch event is termed 'The Speed you need' this reportedly shows what we expect from the phone - Huge Speed.

The launch event ticket costs $22 for a while, By 8pm on Friday the price shoots up to $42.

Over one thousand tickets for the London launch event are available with the Chinese and Indian event coming up a day after on the 17th of May.



The tickets to the London event can be purchased at OnePlus' website while the tickets for the Indian event will be available at oneplus.in.

OnePlus promises that its new smartphone will be bigger and better therefore the customers should expect an awesome! product.








Udacity comes in with a cyber-security program

Sebastian Thrun, Udacity co-founder
Udacity, the educational start-up co-founded by self -driving vehicle pioneer Sebastian Thrun has launched a new nanodegree - guess where? This time, they're dabbling in cyber-security.

According to Udacity's post, this new course involves Training the Next Generation of Cybersecurity Professionals, Addressing the Talent Gap, World-class AI and Data training and also an Invitation to the industry.


Udacity


Given that Udacity was involved in the training about 10,000 of just 300,000 AI engineers currently in the world today who innovate excessively and rake in huge salaries, Udacity will be very good to go on their new cyber-security program.

The new nanodegree was officially launched at the RSA conference which ended 3 days ago which came with a call for partners with its new cyber-security program.

This is a good time for a cyber-security program given that Udacity is one of the best (if not the best) learning platforms available and with all…

Discord is now a Unicorn!

Discord Inc, the creator of the extremely popular chat app for gamers has grabbed an extra $50 million in funding, this time at a $1.65 Billion valuation.

This new round of funding is reportedly led by Benchmark Capital, Greylock Partners, Tencent Holdings, IVP and Spark Capital.

Discord had previously raised $129.3 million in total at a most recent valuation of $775 million.


Discord

Discord's online communication software had 90 million users at the beginning of this year, With this huge statistics Discord just joined the line of messaging tools gaining very huge valuations, Recent huge gainers include Whatsapp, Telegram and Slack.

The huge rise of online multiplayer games have heavily contributed to Discord gaining its huge number of users, Notably the rapper Drake created a Discord account while live-streaming with Fortnite's awesome player Ninja to make room for better and clearer communication.

The fact that Discord just launched roughly three years ago and has gained thi…

Boosted outs new boards

Boosted

Boosted first showed up with an electric board about six years ago then a while after that which translates to now, The company has come up with a new shorter and cheaper board for its customers.

The new electric boards are named the 'Boosted Mini', 'Boosted Mini S', 'Boosted Mini X' and the 'Mini X' .

The Boosted Mini S comes at a price of $749 which makes it Boosted's cheapest electric board ever, the Mini X also comes at a price of $999.

In addition to that, Boosted also announced new third generation versions of its boards which is the 'Boosted Plus' and 'Boosted Stealth', The new boards are available for purchase through Boosted's website except for the Plus and the Stealth which will start shipping late next month/early June.

The new boards can be paid for in 12 month installments in order to ease the cost for Boosted's buyers.






Amazon increased R&D Budget by 41% year on year to nearly $23 Billion

Amazon C.E.O Jeff Bezos credit: Wademy

The top five spots in the US for R&D expenditure last year was grabbed by tech companies with Amazon claiming the top spot with a huge $23 Billion R&D budget coming from the company.

The top five companies spent a cool $76 Billion with Alphabet, Intel, Microsoft and Apple grabbing the remaining five spots respectively.

IBM also spent $5.8 Billion on R&D last year.

Facebook came ninth place with the company spending $7.8 Billion on its R&D for the year.

Amazon comes first with its long term strategy of putting back nearly all of its profits into its new businesses and technologies, a strategy which was paid off very much with its cloud computing arm becoming a major profit generator along with Amazon Prime and its main online marketplace business.

Microsoft also filed 2,558 patents last year with Amazon coming second place with 1,972 patent applications and 2,704 patent awards.


Apple has released a new RED iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Today, Apple has announced a new special edition RED iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, This new edition gives customers a very beautiful form of the new generation iPhone with an awesome red and black color combo.

The Product is now available to order online and will pop up in retail stores 3 days from now.

Also adding to this, Apple has released a new iPhone X Leather Folio which is crafted from unique European Leather for an amazing luxurious look for the consumers.



The new edition iPhone will be available in 64GB and 256GB versions coming at a retail price of $699 from Apple's website, The new iPhone X Leather Folio will also be available at the same web location.

Every customer who buys the new Edition from Apple will be offered free Personal Setup online or in-store, The new phone can also be gotten through Apple's iPhone upgrade program.


Brief - World's most valuable AI startup Sensetime raises $600 Million

Sensetime C.E.O Li Xu


World's most valuable Artificial Intelligence company Sensetime has grabbed a Series C round of $600 Million at a valuation of over $4.5 billion which is a $3 Billion dollar jump from its most recent $1.5 Billion dollar valuation.

Tech giant Alibaba which is now Sensetime's largest investor led the massive round of investment into the company.

Qualcomm, Electronics company Suning and Singapore's Temasek Holdings also participated in this round.

The worlds most valuable company plans to use this capital to expand its overseas presence and widen its industrial scope according to its C.E.O Li Xu.


Robotics company 6 River Systems grabs $25 million

credit : CNBC

The e-commerce industry is booming! booming so well with so much innovation, investment and effort being put into it, 6 River Systems is a company which makes robots to speed up production in different warehouses and collaborates with humans to out more efficiency, This company right now has benefitted from this boom.

6 River Systems has announced it's grabbed a $25 million Series B round with this investment coming with the aim of helping the company expand and break into more markets, The Start-up which was founded by former Kiva (acquired by amazon) executives has now raised a total of $46.6 million with the current round being led by Menlo ventures.

As of current, 6 River Systems has delivered 600 of its robots to 30 sites which have aided in the packaging of various products, medical supplies and other general warehouse jobs.



Also as of recent, two other warehouse robotics companies have grabbed (maybe co-incidentally) the same amount ($25 million) in their most…

Ed-tech company Pluralsight files to go public

photo credit : CNN Money


Pluralsight, the ed-tech company which has been a unicorn for a few years now has announced it's confidentially filed for a public offering.

Pluralsight, a company created 14 years ago by its current C.E.O Aaron Skonnard along with Keith Brown, Fritz Onion, and Bill Williams deals with online education offering a variety of online education courses for software developers, creative professionals and IT administrators through its website bootstrapped for 9 years before raising different rounds of investment totaling $200 million starting from 2013.

Companies and small businesses pay for their employees to be trained by the company which has given it a very good source of revenue with individuals also subscribing to its services, As of its most recent report, the company had revenues of over $100 million.

Pluralsight now joins its peer of tech companies going public this year, Dropbox went public about two weeks ago, DocuSign publicly filed for IPO last wee…

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Velodyne Aims For Reverse Public Listing

Velodyne, the lidar manufacturer backed by among others Ford and Chinese search giant Baidu, is in talks for a reverse listing with Graf Industrial Corp in order to debut on the public markets, according to a source familiar with the matter. Graf is working with an adviser on a possible merger with Velodyne, according to our source. Last year, Velodyne was reported to have hired bankers to spearhead a possible public listing but it seems the company has decided to take the "backdoor" method of going public by merging with a Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation (SPAC). SPACs, in this case, are corporate entities taken public for the sole purpose of merging with another private company.

As a private company, Velodyne has raised some $225 million in funding. The company's last-known private funding gave it a valuation of $1.8 billion, a valuation Velodyne may be seeking to surpass on the public markets. Graf Industrial, the intended SPAC for Velodyne, held an initial pu…

Xpeng Begins P7 Deliveries

Just a short while after unveiling a new electric sports sedan named the P7, Chinese electric vehicle upstart Xpeng has begun making deliveries, notably a few weeks after the company formally opened a new factory to produce the new vehicle. Production has apparently begun at the newly opened plant and Xpeng says it aims to produce 100,000 P7 sedans annually. Xpeng surely moves fast, being a company founded only six years ago. The China-based company launched and begun making deliveries of its first vehicle, the G3 SUV, in 2018, four years after its launch. The P7 sports sedan is the company's second-ever vehicle. A picture below gives an encouraging look of a large number of P7 sedans awaiting delivery into customers' hands;


The Xpeng P7 costs anywhere between $32,000-$49,000 "post-subsidies", quoting Xpeng. It's available in 3 versions and 8 configurations. The vehicle's best feature happens to be its range, which Xpeng pegs at up to 706km on full-charge. T…

Tesla Now World's Most Valuable Carmaker

Electric car maker Tesla has been on a tear as of late, with its share price having shot past $1,100 a pop and given the company status as the world's most valuable automaker. Currently (as of writing), Tesla has a market capitalization hovering around $208 billion, beating the likes of Ford, GM, and Toyota which actually manufacture way more cars and mint much more revenue. Before now, Toyota had been the automaker with the largest public market capitalization. Toyota (as of writing) has a market capitalization hovering around $203 billion, a bit lower than Tesla's.

Investors seem to be drooling for Tesla shares given its valuation despite minting lesser revenue than other traditional automakers. For a quick comparison, Tesla delivered 367,500 vehicles last year while Toyota delivered 10 million, about 27 times Tesla's. Investors seem to have much courage in Tesla's future potential, given it's a company that only debuted on the public markets 10 years ago. The l…

DoJ Indicts VC Michael Rothenberg

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced an indictment of investor Michael Rothenberg, a once high-flying venture capitalist whose wings seemingly got clipped after the U.S. Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) accused him of misappropriating $19 million of investors' funds. Rothenberg was slapped with more than $31 million in fines from the SEC as a result, but it appears authorities are still pushing for more, as the Justice Department has filed charges of fraud against him. The DoJ alleges Mike Rothenberg "orchestrated multiple schemes to defraud his victims", victims, in this case, being investors in Rothenberg Ventures, the eponymous venture capital firm Rothenberg founded.

The Justice Department accuses Rothenberg of bank fraud and defrauding investors. As for bank fraud, it's alleged that Rothenberg made false statements about his wealth to his bank while refinancing his home mortgage and obtaining a personal loan. As to allegedly defrauding investor…

Peloton Launches On Roku

Fitness sensation Peloton has formally launched its app on the Roku streaming platform, entailing its live fitness classes can now be streamed by Roku users in the comfort of their homes. The Peloton channel has been made available on the Roku Channel Store, enabling users to stream live fitness sessions for a fee. Payments will be processed on the Roku Pay platform, making signing up much easier for users. Existing Peloton subscribers can also automatically log-in using their credentials and gain access to live fitness sessions.

The coronavirus pandemic has largely driven people away from public gyms towards home fitness activities, and such, online fitness streaming activity has seemingly shot through the roof. According to Roku, streaming on its Health & Fitness category grew more than 130% in May alone. Peloton happens to be a benefit of the large pivot towards home fitness, thanks to its stationary bikes and treadmills with live-streamed fitness sessions that have garnered a…

Uber Reaches To Buy Postmates: Report

Uber is in talks to acquire food-delivery competitor Postmates in a $2.6 billion deal, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal, which notes that a deal could be announced by next week or even sooner. Postmates has been said to be targeting an initial public offering but while also shopping itself around to potential buyers. Uber is notably fresh off an attempt to acquire Grubhub, another food delivery competitor which was, however, sold to British food delivery company Just Eat Takeaway.com.

Postmates has raised about $900 million in funding so far, valued at $2.4 billion as of its last funding round. The company had confidentially filed for a public listing in February of last year but didn't follow up with a public filing. In the past, Postmates is said to have shopped itself to companies including Walmart and food-delivery competitor DoorDash. Postmates is known to be unprofitable, so the public markets may not favor the company as much as a private sale and it seem…

TuSimple Seeks New Funding

Self-driving truck startup TuSimple is seeking up to $250 million in new funding and has hired investment bank Morgan Stanley to help it raise that amount, as first reported by TechCrunch. Morgan Stanley is said to have sent out informational packets to potential investors in a bid to seek funding for TuSimple. Already, TuSimple has raised about $300 million in total funding but happens to be seeking more. The San Diego-based company last raised funding in September of last year.

TuSimple was founded in 2015, at a time when most of the self-driving industry was focused on passenger cars rather than big trucks. The company has managed to secure significant funding and attention since then, with backers including UPS, CDH Investments, and China's Sina Corp. Although based out of San Diego, TuSimple currently tests on public roads in the state of Arizona and also in Shanghai, China. The company is aiming to make a dent in the $800 billion U.S. trucking industry.

As of its last fundi…

Amazon Hands Bonuses To Frontline Workers

The coronavirus pandemic largely boosted the need for e-commerce and, in turn, the fortunes of Seattle-based e-commerce giant Amazon. It's such that Amazon hired 175,000 additional people to keep up with increased demand. Now, Amazon has announced it's doling out $500 million in combined bonuses to its frontline workers, who were employed at the company throughout the month of June. The bonus is divided into various grades, including $500 for full-time warehouse workers, $250 for part-time warehouse workers, $1,000 for warehouse leads, $3,000 for delivery service partners, and $150 for each Amazon Flex driver who drove more than 10 hours in June. The bonuses for warehouse workers also covers Whole Foods employees.

The bonus dole-out was announced by Dave Clark, Amazon's famed logistics chief, who has been instrumental in setting up and overseeing the company's mammoth logistics operations. Amazon dubs the bonus as a "Thank You" bonus for its workers, many of…

Tesla Delivered 90,650 Vehicles In Q2

As anticipated, Tesla just released its production numbers for the second quarter of this year and indicated it delivered 90,650 vehicles, a slight (4.8%) drop from the previous quarter. Tesla actually managed to beat expectations despite a pandemic that led it to suspend operation for weeks at its main production facility. The majority (80,050) of Tesla's deliveries were Model 3 and Model Y vehicles, its less expensive models, while Model S and Model X vehicles, the more expensive ones, accounted for a minority (10,600).

Analysts had anticipated lower delivery numbers as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, with some even forecasting as low as 39,000 deliveries in this quarter. A concord of analysts polled by FactSet indicated an average forecast of 72,000 vehicle deliveries for the quarter.

The release of Tesla's latest production results comes on the heels of the company surpassing Japanese automaker Toyota to become the world's most valuable automaker.





Pharrell Williams Eyes Venture Investing

It seems celebrities across the U.S. have heard of good fortunes being reaped in the world of venture investing and are out to get their own share. Many music, movies, and sports bigwigs, including the likes of Kevin Durant, Lebron James, The Chainsmokers, Snoop Dogg, and Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, have slightly ventured away from their main business into investing in tech startups, some reaping sizeable returns as a result. Now, it seems another celebrity is about to join, as The Information [paywall] reports that famed musician Pharell Williams is teaming up with Ron Conway, a prominent angel investor, to launch a venture fund that'll mainly target startups led by underrepresented minorities.

The Information reports Pharell Williams and Ron Conway are currently in discussions with limited partners for the new fund, which is notably being planned on the heels of nationwide protests against police brutality and racism across the US. Venture funds that primarily target startup…