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A running list of every company backed by the $93B SoftBank Vision Fund

When SoftBank announced the first close of its $93 billion Vision Fund back in May, it was hard to understand how the company would even manage to deploy so much capital in an already saturated ecosystem. Two months have passed and we’re starting to get a taste of the strategy of the fund — bet big and bet often and you just might be able to influence who wins and loses in the technology industry.

It’s far too early to evaluate the viability of such a fund. This is the first time such a fund has been raised and there is zero precedent for the manner in which the capital is being deployed. But, for starters, it seemed like a good idea to keep a running list of all Vision Fund investments for reference. We will update this list on a regular basis as more deals are made public.

Startup Battlefield Australia

KKR said to be in talks to buy WebMD

1 hour ago by Katie Roof

New Apple ad does some voice-first education with The Rock and Siri

2 hours ago by Matthew Panzarino

Grab gets $2B from Didi and SoftBank to fuel bid to defeat Uber in Southeast Asia

3 hours ago by Jon Russell

TechCrunch Startup Battlefield is coming to a new continent: Announcing Australia!

6 hours ago by Samantha Stein

The dream of Polish tech entrepreneurship is almost over

16 hours ago by John Biggs

Dear tech dudes, stop being so dumb about women

17 hours ago by Jon Evans

Alibaba and Tencent are carving up Southeast Asia’s startup ecosystem

yesterday by Jon Russell

All Pokémon Go Fest attendees get a Legendary Pokémon, Articuno coming next

yesterday by Greg Kumparak

Drone registration coming to the UK

yesterday by Natasha Lomas

Helping students transition from the laboratory to robotics startup

yesterday by Brian Heater

The final 75 tickets are now available for the TechCrunch Summer Party at August Capital


The TechCrunch Summer Party is a thing of tradition and we hope you can make it out this year. As in years past we’ll gather on the spacious grounds of August Capital in Menlo Park and enjoy an evening of cocktails and the spirit of entrepreneurship.

The deck around August Capital’s office is large but cannot hold all of Silicon Valley, so tickets are very limited and released on a rolling basis. It’s $90 to attend.

About the Summer Party at August Capital

  • July 28, 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Menlo Park, CA
  • Get tickets here, $90 based on availability. Tickets will be released in batches. Stay tuned to TechCrunch for releases, as they sell out quickly.

TechCrunch parties have a history of being the place you want to meet your future investor, acquirer or co-founder. Case in point, when TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington used to hold these events in his Atherton back yard, Box founders Aaron Levie and Dylan Smith met one of their first investors, DFJ. And in 2010, we spotted 500 Startups’ Dave McClure writing a check to then-stealthy startup Tello, which was bought by Urban Airship.

We’re also going to have some really great door prizes: TC swag, Amazon Echos and tickets to our flagship event this September, Disrupt SF.

Hope to see you all there this year!

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We are also looking for some additional hands to help at the event — you can apply for volunteer opportunities here.

Here’s a sneak peek of what Disney’s Star Wars Land will look like

This weekend is Disney’s D23 expo, where the company often unveils the first glimpses into what it has in store for the years ahead.

Our own Editor-and-Disney-aficionado-in-Chief Matthew Panzarino is down in LA for the event’s early access press day. Disney just pulled back the curtain on a bunch of stuff that’ll appear in the Star Wars Land parks that are set to open at Disneyland and Disney World in 2019, and he’s got pics of everything.

I expect we’ll see quite a bit more about Star Wars Land (and, hopefully, the tech that’ll power it) throughout the weekend, but here’s a little sneak peek of what we’ve seen so far. Tap that right arrow to proceed through the slideshow — or if you’re on mobile, just scroll.

Hungry? There’s a robot for that at TC Disrupt SF


Robotics has the potential to change the world. From jobs that are difficult or dangerous to do, to jobs that people simply don’t want to do, robotics will undoubtedly step in and fill these roles. Two such jobs are the cooking and delivery of some of our favorite comfort foods, burgers and pizzas.

Which is why we’re thrilled to announce that Miso Robotics and Zume will be joining us at Disrupt SF in September to chat about food tech. Tickets to Disrupt are available now.

Miso Robotics is the brains behind the operation, so to speak. The company helps program massive robotic arms inside kitchens to do almost any kind of prep or cooking task. To start, the company has partnered with CaliBurger to build Flippy, a robot that cooks and flips burgers, which is normally a job that involves plenty of grease burns and general discomfort.

While Flippy + CaliBurger is the company’s first installment, the potential for this type of programmed kitchen assistant is massive. There are plenty of jobs in a kitchen that are both tedious and dangerous, and Miso aims to fill that role. Interestingly, the company doesn’t actually produce and sell the robotics equipment itself, but rather the software that turns a regular old robotic arm into an instant chef.

Miso Robotics CEO and cofounder David Zito will be with us at TC Disrupt SF to talk about how Flippy’s been working out, what’s next for Miso, and the future of food tech.

Zume, a company out of Mountain View, CA, is looking to innovate in the pizza space. The company has developed a series of robots that can both prep a pizza, spreading sauce, cheese and toppings evenly, and move that pizza into the oven. Unfortunately, that doesn’t solve the real problem. Artisan pizza waits for no man, and even the shortest delivery times can ruin a perfectly delicious pizza.

That’s why Zume is developing a pizza truck, complete with robots, that can actually cook pizzas as it drives around. The idea here is that the Zume truck can store prepped pizzas in the back and head off for a night of delivery, only cooking the pizza once the order is placed and the driver is on the way.

Zume will be giving us an exclusive look at the pizza truck a couple weeks before the conference, but we want attendees to experience it live. On that note, we’re proud to announce that the Zume pizza truck will be on site at Disrupt SF to let you try a slice of pizza as you browse Startup Alley.

Plus, Zume cofounder and CEO Julia Collins will join Zito on our food tech panel to discuss pizzavation, robotics and food, and the future of the food delivery industry.

We’ll have a special part of Startup Alley dedicated to Robotics, as well as an “Off The Record” session on Robotics that will be exclusively available to attendees of the conference.

Tickets to TechCrunch Disrupt SF, going down from September 18 to September 20, are available now. The speaker list is already impressive and is growing by the day, and we can’t wait to see you there!

Sidenote:

Meanwhile, you can check out some of the most exciting robots from around the world on stage next week at TC Sessions: Robotics in Boston. MIT’s CSAIL lab will be on-hand, showcasing their latest work, including 3D printed, folding and ingestible robots. Attendees will also have an opportunity to check out Boston Dynamics’ Atlas humanoid robot (built in conjunction with MIT) in action, along wth MIT’s running and jumping Cheetah robot and a wearable exoskeleton from Harvard.

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