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 Potential unicorns such as Checkr and Earnin are building businesses off the last generation of unicorns by offering services to them. Photograph: Getty Images

Technology startups worth $1 billion, once as rare as unicorns, are now plentiful enough and old enough that there is a new generation behind them – o(...)

Diners take pictures of the robot waiter at Robot Magic Restaurant in Shanghai, June 27, 2018. Photograph: Yuyang Liu/The New York Times

The mind-reading headsets won’t read minds. The fire-detecting machine has been declared a safety hazard. The robot waiter can’t be trusted with the s(...)

Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman.  Photograph: Reuters Ethan Miller

Investors need to become more discriminating when investing in technology start-ups, following recent “over-enthusiasm” in Silicon Valley, according t(...)

Leap buses being auctioned off: the firm which charged riders $6 to cross San Francisco in technological luxury failed this year. photograph: jason henry
Lessons in the demise of Leap

The first thing you notice when hanging around technology start-ups is the cultural importance that Silicon Valley ascribes to snacking. A company’s s(...)

People see shades of 2000 and the dotcom crash in the eye-popping valuations assigned to some tech companies

It is a wild time in Silicon Valley. Two-year-old companies are valued in the billions, ramshackle homes are worth millions and hubris has reached the(...)

A few years ago, officials and executives in New York proclaimed their ambition: to build the city into a powerful hotbed for tech innovation and since then money has poured into the city’s tech sector. But no New York start-up has been a breakout hit, the sort of blockbuster with a multibillion-dollar valuation that has become so commonplace in Silicon Valley.  Photograph:   EPA/Gary Hershorn

Predicting that your city will be the next Silicon Valley is simple. But actually making it the next Silicon Valley is something else entirely – as Ne(...)

Venture capital investment in the US has just had its worst quarter in the last two and half years, according to a report this month from Dow J(...)