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Mitch Ratcliffe is a veteran entrepreneur, journalist and business model hacker. He operates this site, which is a collection of the blogs he's published over the years, as well as an archive of his professional publishing record. As always, this is a work in progress. Such is life.

Mastercard releases new batch of APIs

The infrastructure for real-time payment for work continues to grow.

The newest solutions available on Mastercard Developers range from helping businesses gain insights on their performance in the era of IoT to digitizing the ways in which their consumers shop and manage personal finances. Mastercard has also added to the New & Experimental API category within the Mastercard Developers platform, enabling partners to test the very latest in technologies and applications.

Source: Mastercard releases new batch of APIs

Apple’s AR is closer to reality than Google’s – The Verge

Robert Scoble talked about this months ago….

Next up on Apple’s agenda is augmented reality, the act of superimposing digital data and visuals atop a live video feed of your surroundings — something that Google, Microsoft, and many others have been experimenting with for a long time. Apple is far from being able to claim it invented AR, but its new ARKit in iOS 11 is already showing signs to suggest that Apple will help bring AR into the mainstream faster and better than anyone else.

Source: Apple’s AR is closer to reality than Google’s – The Verge

Drive.ai raises $50M for retrofit kits to bring self-driving to existing fleets | TechCrunch

Drive.ai’s retrofit kits employ off-the-shelf hardware, including radar and LiDAR, and the startup focuses on building the autonomous software platform that brings all those aspects together to make the self-driving magic happen. With this funding, the company will focus on launching its first pilots, which it’s aiming to start later this year, and on international expansion.

Source: Drive.ai raises $50M for retrofit kits to bring self-driving to existing fleets | TechCrunch

Uber’s Biggest Problem: Its Business Model – WSJ

Even if Uber fixes all of its current problems, it’s increasingly unlikely that it can live up to the inflated expectations that come with the nearly $70 billion valuation that have made it the world’s most valuable startup. There are barbarians at Uber’s gate, and it’s sorely in need of a moat.

Source: Uber’s Biggest Problem: Its Business Model – WSJ

Alphabet Inks Deal for Avis to Manage Self-Driving Car Fleet – Bloomberg

Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Alphabet Inc., has reached an agreement for Avis Budget Group Inc. to manage its fleet of autonomous vehicles. It’s the first such deal in a field that’s still fledgling but exploding with partnerships. Avis shares surged.

Source: Alphabet Inks Deal for Avis to Manage Self-Driving Car Fleet – Bloomberg

Doctor on demand: How app culture is reviving the house call – The Washington Post

Good to see Heal‘s incredible progress. Nick Desai spoke at BIA/Kelsey NOW in San Francisco two years ago. It was clear then he was helping change the world.

Costs can also drop, since patients can avoid hospital visits. A 2013 Brookings Institution report said a Department of Veterans Affairs analysis of its home-based care program found a “25 percent reduction in hospital admissions, a 36 percent reduction in hospital days, and a 13 percent reduction in combined costs.”

The chief executive of Heal, Nick Desai, co-founded the start-up with his wife, Renee Dua, a physician. Their own parental trip to the emergency room inspired the service, after the couple,

Source: Doctor on demand: How app culture is reviving the house call – The Washington Post

Can Uber ever make money? — FT.com

During the past four quarters, Uber’s operating losses were more than $3.3bn on a measure that excludes interest, tax and share-based compensation — a figure that dwarfs other famously lossmaking companies such as Amazon.

Source: Can Uber ever make money?

Waymo Hires Ex-Tesla Engineer to Lead Self-Driving Hardware – Bloomberg

Waymo has hired Satish Jeyachandran, Tesla Inc.’s former director of hardware engineering, as the mobility division created by Google parent Alphabet Inc. moves closer to commercializing its self-driving vehicle technology.

Source: Waymo Hires Ex-Tesla Engineer to Lead Self-Driving Hardware – Bloomberg

Algorithmia raises $10.5M Series A round led by Google’s new AI fund | TechCrunch

Algos on demand.

About a month ago, word spread that Google had quietly launched a new fund for investing into AI companies. Now this fund has made its first (or at least its first public) investment. Led by Google’s VP of engineering for AI, Anna Patterson, this new fund is leading a $10.5 million Series A into Algorithmia, a marketplace and enterprise solution that allows developers to easily tap into its catalog of 3,500 algorithms, functions and machine-learning models.

Source: Algorithmia raises $10.5M Series A round led by Google’s new AI fund | TechCrunch

More than 1,000 Uber employees ask for Travis Kalanick to return – Axios

I wonder what the gender diversity of this list of signatories looks like. “Quixotic” is the right word to describe this petition.

More than one thousand current Uber employees have signed a letter to the company’s board of directors, asking for the return of deposed CEO Travis Kalanick “in an operational role.” One of its venture capital investors also is chiming in, with a similar message.

Source: More than 1,000 Uber employees ask for Travis Kalanick to return – Axios