A U.S. senator has introduced the first bill to give gig workers benefits

 While some in Silicon Valley indulge in free meals, laundry service and egg freezing, an estimated fifty percent of the workforce won’t even have basic benefits by 2020 — and Virginia Senator Mark Warner wants to do something about that. While legislators in Washington state have proposed a bill requiring a benefits program for gig workers, Warner has just proposed the first… Read More

This coffee butter-chugging startup just pulled in $19 million more in funding

 Dave Asprey, the man famous for encouraging Silicon Valley execs to put butter in his special blend of coffee, has raised another $19 million to keep on doing just that. His company and lifestyle brand Bulletproof 360 claims to make coffee free of something called mycotoxins, which is, basically, mold and can make you very ill if ingested. Asprey says about 75 percent of other brands are full… Read More

Warby Parker’s Prescription Check app lets you skip the eye doctor

 Warby Parker wants to get you the right prescription glasses without forcing you to get an in-person eye test. It’s now testing its new Prescription Test app that uses your phone and computer in tandem to adminster a 20-minute series of eye tests, which are then reviewed by a doctor who makes the final call on your prescription. This could let Warby Parker sell people prescription glasses… Read More

Cera is building an AI for social care decision support

 Can AI overhaul the social care system? That’s the pitch underpinning UK home care provider Cera’s plans. The startup has today taken the tiniest baby steps to launch an AI chatbot that it hopes will, at an unspecified point in future, be able to assist carers with recommendations for home care of people with conditions such as dementia. Read More