on September 10, 2021
Elizabeth Holmes claimed her company could perform tests for hundreds of diseases with just a finger prick of blood. But on Wednesday, her trial began over charges of defrauding investors and patients. US prosecutors say the founder of the now-defunct firm, Theranos, ‘lied and cheated’ for money and fame. But her lawyers insist she’s not a villain, but rather a hardworking, young and naive businesswoman whose company failed. Natasha Hussain reports. For more on this story, we poske to Santosh Rao in Princeton, New Jersey. He’s a partner and head of research at Manhattan Venture Partners.
on July 2, 2021
Billionaire Elon Musk is building a satellite network to beam broadband internet around the world. The company doing it is called Starlink, and Musk unveiled it at the Mobile World Congress, with the promise of bringing internet to hundreds of millions of people. Santosh Rao is partner and Head of Research at Manhattan Venture Partners. He joined us from Princeton, New Jersey. #ElonMusk #Starlink #SpaceX
on October 20, 2020
The US government has filed a landmark anti-trust lawsuit against one of the tech industry’s biggest firms. The US Justice Department is accusing Google of strangling the competition by abusing its monopoly in the online search market. Several state attorneys- general have joined the DOJ in the case.. which is the most aggressive antitrust action against an American company in more than two decades. We spoke to Santosh Rao, head of research at Manhattan Venture Partners in Princeton, New Jersey.
on September 23, 2020
US President Donald Trump has granted approval to a deal that helps social media app TikTok avoid a US ban. Its owner, Chinese technology provider ByteDance is partnering with US computing firm Oracle and retail giant Walmart. But divergent statements from the White House and ByteDance are raising questions over the terms of the agreement. Mobin Nasir reports. For more we were joined by Santosh Rao Princeton, New Jersey. He is a Research Head at Manhattan Venture Partners.
on September 16, 2020
The US Federal Trade Commission is reportedly preparing an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook, for using its market dominance to stifle competition. If found guilty, the social media giant may be forced to spin-off parts of its business. The company is also under pressure for allowing hate speech to spread on its platforms, which include Instagram and WhatsApp. Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael B. Jordan and several other celebrities have frozen their social media accounts for 24 hours, to draw attention to Facebook’s inaction against online hate speech and misinformation. For more on this, Santosh Rao joined us from New Jersey. He’s head of research at Manhattan Venture Partners.
on June 25, 2020
Two months after COVID-19 cases peaked in the US, new infections are once again reaching record levels. The rapid spread of the disease is prompting inter-state travel restrictions and business closures in the worst-affected areas. Some governors are also halting plans to further ease lockdown measures, and that’s raising the toll on the economy. Mobin Nasir reports. For more on this, we were joined by Santosh Rao in Princeton, New Jersey. He’ s head of research at Manhattan Venture Partners.
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