Dina Bass

Business, Technology, Autonomous

Microsoft Wants to Teach Drones, Robots, Drills How to Think

Microsoft Microsoft logo. (Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg News)

Microsoft Corp. and technology rivals spend a lot of time talking about machine learning. Now Microsoft is talking about something called machine teaching.

Dina Bass | Bloomberg News
November 4, 2019
Business, Technology, Logistics

Convoy Tries to Navigate Some Uber-Scale Problems

Amit Sekhri Amit Sekhri checks his smartphone for possible jobs and bids using the Convoy app in Patterson, Calif. (David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

Convoy risks drawing comparisons to Uber in less flattering ways: drivers grousing about getting squeezed and a business model that has yet to turn a profit.

Dina Bass | Bloomberg News
October 29, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Microsoft to Invest $1 Billion in OpenAI

OpenAI researcher Jonas Schneider examines the research lab’s robotic hand In this Thursday, July 26, 2018, photo, OpenAI researcher Jonas Schneider examines the research lab’s robotic hand in San Francisco, on July 26, 2018. (Associated Press/Ryan Nakashima)

Microsoft Corp. agreed to invest $1 billion in a partnership with research group OpenAI, gaining a prominent cloud-computing customer from the artificial intelligence field.

Dina Bass | Bloomberg News
July 22, 2019
Business, Technology, Safety

Google Parent Alphabet Backs Trucking Technology Startup Convoy

Convoy The Convoy booth at an industry show. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Convoy Inc., a trucking technology developer backed by Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, added another prominent backer through a funding round that values the startup at more than $1 billion.

Dina Bass | Bloomberg News
September 25, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics, Autonomous

Bill Gates Backs Uber Freight Rival Convoy

Bill Gates Jean-Philippe Riant/Visual/Zuma Press/TNS

As Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos jockey for the designation of world’s wealthiest man, the Seattle billionaires are united behind at least one local venture. They’re both investors in Convoy Inc., a trucking logistics startup that competes with Uber Technologies Inc.

Dina Bass | Bloomberg News
July 25, 2017

Trucking Startup Convoy Inks Its Biggest Deal With Unilever

Munshi Ahmed/Bloomberg News

Convoy Inc., a Seattle-based startup with designs on becoming an Uber for trucking, has struck its biggest deal yet — with consumer goods giant Unilever NV.

Dina Bass | Bloomberg News
November 1, 2016
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Convoy Debuts, Aiming to Be the Uber of Trucks


Trucking isn't the first thing that comes to mind when considering industries ripe for disruption.

Dina Bass | Bloomberg News
October 27, 2015