Mojo Visions AR contact lenses are very cool, but many questions remain

Companies keep trying to make glassholes happen. Understandably. After the smartphone and the wrist, the face is the next local battlefield for computational space, if decades of science fiction movies have taught us anything. But we’ve seen the Google Glass, the Snapchat Spectacles, The Magic Leap, the whatever that thing that Samsung just semi-announced was. Contact lenses have been mentioned in that same conversation for some time, as well, but technical limitations have placed the bar much higher than a heads-up display standard pair of spectacles. California-based Mojo Vision has been working on the breakthrough for a number of years now, and has a lofty sum to show for it, with $108 million in funding, including a $58 million Series …

Felix Capital closes $300M fund to double down on DTC, break into fintech and make late-stage deals

To kick off 2020$35 billion and $36 billion in 2019Felix CapitalAlthough it wasn’t something especially articulated in startup land at the time of Felix’s launch, what the firm was homing in on was a rising category of direct-to-consumer startups, essentially all in the area of e-commerce and building brands and businesses that were bypassing traditional retailers and retail channels to develop primary relationships with consumers through newer digital channels such as social media, messaging and email (alongside their own DTC websites).  This is not Felix’s sole focus, with investments into a range of platform businesses like corporate travel site TravelPerk, Amazon -backed food delivery juggernaut Deliveroo and Moonbug (a platform for children’s entertainment content) and increasingly later-stage rounds (for example …

Amazons Pushing Into India and Jeff Bezos Is MIA on Controversial Citizenship Law

Jeff Bezos was in India this week, documenting a highly anticipated business trip with sunny Instagram posts from choice destinations like a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. But the richest man in modern history has been silent on a top issue gripping the country: a controversial new citizenship law that has produced deadly unrest. The law in question, the Citizenship Amendment Act, provides a pathway to Indian naturalization for refugees of all major South Asian religionsexcept practitioners of Islam. While most of Indias neighbors are majority Muslim, Islamic minority sects like Rohingya from Myanmar or the Ahmadi in Pakistan face first use of religion to determine eligibility for citizenship in modern Indian law, remarkable in a country that, despite a history …

Amazons Pushing Into India and Jeff Bezos Is MIA on Controversial Citizenship Law

Jeff Bezos was in India this week, documenting a highly anticipated business trip with sunny Instagram posts from choice destinations like a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. But the richest man in modern history has been silent on a top issue gripping the country: a controversial new citizenship law that has produced deadly unrest. The law in question, the Citizenship Amendment Act, provides a pathway to Indian naturalization for refugees of all major South Asian religionsexcept practitioners of Islam. While most of Indias neighbors are majority Muslim, Islamic minority sects like Rohingya from Myanmar or the Ahmadi in Pakistan face first use of religion to determine eligibility for citizenship in modern Indian law, remarkable in a country that, despite a history …