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NASA now aims to return astronauts to the moon within 5 years – CNET

The Trump administration moves up its deadline for putting new boot prints in the lunar dust.
Source: CNET

Former NEA partner Jon Sakoda takes the wraps off his new, Cisco-backed venture fund, Decibel

Jon Sakoda needed to decompress, he says. The founder-turned-venture investor had logged a dozen years with the investing heavyweight New Enterprise Associates after selling his last startup to Symantec in 2006. And what he wanted by last summer was more time with his kids and less time with his phone, so he turned it off for three weeks.

“I can’t recommend it enough,” says Sakoda, who has since returned to work and is today taking the wraps off his new venture firm, Decibel, a term sometimes used to describe exponential changes in the power of sounds or signals sent through a network, and one that speaks to the “exponential power” of the firm’s network, says its new website.

While it’s tempting to poke fun at this claim, it appears from the outside to be true. Though Sakoda is the sole founding partner of Decibel — he says he’s looking to add investing professionals right now — not only does Decibel have the benefit of his extensive connections in Silicon Valley; it’s also majority backed by Cisco, the network gear maker that’s aggressively transforming itself into more of a software-focused company.

That translates into reach. Though Sakoda declines to comment on the exact size of Cisco’s investment or the fund’s overall composition, citing SEC restrictions, he tells us he’s working very collaboratively with the company, including its corporate venture arm, Cisco Investments.

He’s also working with some of the many founders to be swept into Cisco over the years via its brisk M&A strategy. For example, one of these, Jon Oberheide, a founder who sold his company, Duo Security, to Cisco for more than $2 billion last year, is currently working with one of Decibel’s portfolio companies already as an advisor.

Put into context, Oberheide is helping with half of Decibel’s portfolio, which includes the three-year-old, Vancouver-based cybersecurity startup CMD, which last month closed on $15 million in funding led by GV. (It’s this team that Oberheide is helping.) Decibel has also backed Blameless, a developer of software for site reliability engineers that announced $20 million in funding just last week led by Lightspeed Venture Partners.

Sakoda says more deals are in the works, and he explains that what he’s shopping for has little overlap with Cisco today but could eventually be a strategic fit for the corporate giant. For example, though Sakoda was involved in funding Snap on behalf of NEA, he says it’s not so likely he’ll be shopping for e-commerce or media startups for Decibel.

Absent these areas, though Sakoda suggests that anything goes as long as the company isn’t too far along.  “We’re really going to be looking for startups trying to find product market fit and help with how to grow,” he explains. “If a company has lots of revenue and is already scaling, it’s probably too late for us.”

It makes a kind of sense, considering that Decibel itself has a ways to go to establish itself. Though an earlier SEC filing suggests the fund is targeting $500 million, a pool that will be structured like a traditional venture fund (“investments, personnel, and fund governance is all independent” from Cisco, says Sakoda),  and though Decibel already has plans to write checks of between $5 million and $15 million to seed- and Series A-stage companies, ask Sakoda where the firm is based, and he’ll laughingly tell you he doesn’t quite know.

Though Decibel has (and takes advantage of) access to Cisco’s many offices, including six in San Francisco alone, Sakoda says he hasn’t “quite figured that out — yet. I’m working on it.”


Source: TechCrunch

Memes Are in Danger, but This Chat App Is Saving Lives

Catch up on the most important news today in 2 minutes or less.
Source: Wired

Want Apple Card’s Security Benefits? Just Use Apple Pay

Apple says Apple Card offers “a new level” of security, but nearly all those protections are already available if you use Apple Pay.
Source: Wired

Viral Twitter birth year prank will get you locked out of your account – CNET

Do the math: Changing your profile’s birth year to 2007 makes you 12 — too young to have an account.
Source: CNET

Why America Wants to Send Astronauts to the Moon's South Pole

Vice President Mike Pence announced the first lunar destination for American astronauts: the south pole. But a lot of work needs to be done before that’s feasible.
Source: Wired

Scientists are about to restart the hunt for ripples in space-time – CNET

Three powered-up facilities in the US and Europe are ready to continue their search for extreme cosmic events.
Source: CNET

FTC demands details from broadband companies on privacy practices – CNET

The agency asks the nation’s largest broadband providers for specifics about what data they collect, who they share it with and whether consumers can opt out.
Source: CNET

2020 Mercedes-AMG A35 offers 302 horsepower in a pint-size package – Roadshow

Look for the new AMG A-Class to take the stage at the 2019 New York Auto Show.
Source: CNET

Cómo (no) detectar materia oscura con nanocables superconductores

Si esta misteriosa forma de materia realmente existe, de momento nadie ha descubierto cómo detectarla. Un nuevo y prometedor enfoque basado en la superconductividad podría lograrlo, aunque las primeras pruebas con un prototipo de sensor no han encontrado nada
Source: MIT

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