Kale grower. Oakland dweller. Longtime San Jose Mercury News reporter writing mostly about clean tech, Tesla Motors & California energy policy.

VC’s confidence is waning, but investments continue at record pace

siliconbeat.com — The market is gyrating and IPOs are screeching to a halt - and now venture capitalists, who have been throwing buckets of money at tech startups all year, are now starting to lose confidence. That's according to a quarterly survey by the University of San Francisco, which asked VCs to estimate their confidence in the entrepreneurial environment over the next six to 18 months.

New online used-car marketplaces never make buyers, sellers meet

mercurynews.com — Los Altos startup Beepi -- along with Carvana in Atlanta, Tred in Seattle and more traditional sites like Carlypso and eBay Motors -- is making it increasingly easy to buy, and sell, a used car online. Each company is slightly different, but fills the space between scouring listings on Craigslist and going to a dealership.

This Apple has very good bones

siliconbeat.com — In a record-smashing moment in iHistory, a vintage Apple computer has sold for $905,000, blowing past the previous high price of more than $671,000 that made news last year in Germany. According to the Associated Press, the Apple-1 was one of only 50 created in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976.

Women with tech educations shun tech jobs, study finds

siliconbeat.com — Even when they have extensive tech credentials, women often shy away from taking tech jobs because the industry makes them feel like outsiders and fails to provide the flexibility they need to handle family responsibilities and other priorities.

Luxe on-demand app alleviates SF parking crisis

siliconbeat.com — Parking is a problem in San Francisco, you say? One startup is proposing a solution to the maddening shortage of parking places in the city, which results in 20, 30, 40 minutes of circling blocks to find a spot downtown and in busy neighborhoods.

Uber drivers protesting in some cities

siliconbeat.com — Can't get an Uber today? Your driver may be busy protesting. On Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. PST, drivers are expected to protest outside Uber offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco, Business Insider reports. At issue are some of the company's practices.

Great Scott! A Los Gatos company built a hoverboard

siliconbeat.com — It's official, we're in the future - sort of. Hendo Hover, a Los-Gatos based company, has launched a Kickstarter to fund the world's first production hoverboard. A hoverboard being the holy grail of personal transportation since the device made its debut in the 1989 sci-fi classic " Back to the Future Part II," where Michael J.

Apple, GT near settlement over secrecy

siliconbeat.com — Apple and newly bankrupt GT Advanced Technologies are nearing an agreement over how much of the Silicon Valley titan's confidential information will be dragged into the light. In court papers filed Tuesday, lawyers for GT, a materials manufacturer and Apple supplier, asked to push back a key deadline in its bankruptcy case, saying it is closing in on a settlement with the Cupertino-based company.

Strict law barring direct auto sales gets even stricter: Michigan Gov. signs Anti-Tesla bill

siliconbeat.com — Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed the "Anti-Tesla" bill into law Tuesday, making one of the nation's most restrictive laws governing direct auto sales even stricter. Telsa has more than 100 Model S drivers in Michigan, home of the Big Three automakers. Earlier this morning, GM came out in favor of the legislation.

23andMe joins MyHertiage to trace your family tree using DNA

siliconbeat.com — 23andMe, the biotech company company that sells personal DNA kits consumers can use at home, has joined forces with the Israel-based ancestry research company MyHeritage to enable people to discover their heritage based on genetics testing and documented family history.
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Oct 24, 2014

RT @Uber_NYC: .@nycHealthy has confirmed the driver who provided ride to patient is not at risk, nor are his subsequent passengers—blog.uber.com/nyc-statement

Oct 24, 2014

Inbox: A message from Kaiser Permanente about Ebola. Basically: we're monitoring the situation, don't forget to get a flu shot!

Oct 23, 2014

Most of the Model S owners who have called me are finance guys, doctors, VCs. Men not shy of complaining to customer service.

Oct 23, 2014

@mferron @TeslaMotors wait, mark, are you in that boat? I thought you've had your S for a while now.

Oct 23, 2014

RT @mferron: @danahull @TeslaMotors It's like buying a pre-new release ipad, only 100x worse - literally

Oct 23, 2014

Still getting calls from @TeslaMotors owners angry that the Model S they got in Sept. does not have hardware for autopilot. VMs every day.

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