Today, we’re sharing some good data viz. Sorry — no pie charts.
First, an interesting look at what objects authors have used over time to indicate the size of something.
TIL: From 1800-1899, people said “it’s the size of the crown piece.”
Germany-based HelloFresh just went public at a valuation of just under €1.7B ($1.96B), well ahead of competitor Blue Apron, which is now below $800M and has been in free fall since its IPO. Hello Fresh faces many of the same challenges as Blue Apron, but has seen some positive sales growth recently.
Although a down exit, its $1.96B valuation makes it the latest $1B+ VC-backed exit to make it on to our Unicorn Exits Tracker.
Where 1 minute = 1 hour
Kyle Vogt, CEO and co-founder of Cruise Automation, believes that every minute of testing autonomous cars on a city street is as valuable as an hour of testing on the roads of suburbia.
But what if that city is a hilly, maze-like, traffic snarl with a trolley lane?
Since July, Cruise — which was acquired by GM for $1B — has been testing its cars on San Francisco streets.
Kyle says “it’s the fastest path toward deploying self-driving cars at scale.”
New York City will probably seem easy when the company starts testing its cars there in 2018.
Kyle is joining us at the A-ha! Conference on December 13 in San Francisco. We’re guessing the minutes will fly by as he shares what he’s learned from taking on some of the toughest engineering challenges in the world.
Square launched in 2009 with an initial product that enabled sellers to accept card payments using a smartphone-attachable magnetic stripe dongle. Since then, Square (NYSE: SQ, Mkt Cap: $13.7B) has evolved its product and service line into a much broader suite, encompassing small business loans, payroll, food delivery, P2P payments, and more.