Nov 10, 2017

Lemnos co-founder is leaving to start his own hardware startup

Lemnos partners Jeremy Conrad (left), Helen Boniske (center), and Eric Klein (right). Photo: Lemnos

Jeremy Conrad, co-founder of hardware-focused VC firm Lemnos, is stepping down as general partner to launch a robotics company with a former Apple iPad engineer. He will remain a venture partner with the San Francisco-based firm, which also plans to invest in Conrad's startup.

Robotics renaissance: "There's no better time to start a robotics company," explains Conrad, citing cheaper sensor prices and wider Internet connectivity.


  • Conrad, an MIT-educated engineer who previously worked at the Air Force, is teaming up with former Apple iPad product engineer Conor Lenahan, although the duo is still figuring out what exactly they'll work on.
  • Lemnos won't be replacing Conrad with a new general partner despite being a third of the way through deploying a $50 million fund it closed earlier this year. Co-founder Helen Boniske and partner Eric Klein will continue investing.
  • To date, Lemnos has raised three funds and invested in over 40 companies. The firm was among few backing hardware companies when it launched in 2011, but there's been a newfound VC appetite in recent years.

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Italy reports lowest number of new coronavirus cases since February

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The Italian government reported 300 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, the lowest daily increase since Feb. 29.

Why it matters: Italy, the first country in Europe to implement a nationwide lockdown after emerging as a hotspot in March, appears to have finally weathered its coronavirus outbreak. Italy has reported nearly 33,000 total deaths, the third-highest total behind the U.S. and U.K.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 5,453,784 — Total deaths: 345,886 — Total recoveries — 2,191,310Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 1,651,254 — Total deaths: 97,850 — Total recoveries: 366,736 — Total tested: 14,163,915Map.
  3. World: Top Boris Johnson aide defends himself after allegations he broke U.K. lockdown — WHO suspends trial of hydroxychloroquine over safety concerns.
  4. 2020: Trump threatens to move Republican convention from North Carolina — Joe Biden makes first public appearance in two months.
  5. Public health: Officials are urging Americans to wear masks over Memorial Day.
  6. Economy: White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett says it's possible the unemployment rate could still be in double digits by November's election — Charities refocus their efforts to fill gaps left by government.
  7. What should I do? Hydroxychloroquine questions answeredTraveling, asthma, dishes, disinfectants and being contagiousMasks, lending books and self-isolatingExercise, laundry, what counts as soap — Pets, moving and personal healthAnswers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingHow to minimize your risk.
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it, the right mask to wear.

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Joe Biden makes first public appearance in over two months

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Former Vice President Joe Biden made his first in-person appearance in over two months on Monday to honor Memorial Day by laying a wreath at a Delaware veterans park, AP reports.

Why it matters: Biden, the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee, has taken the unprecedented step of campaigning from his home during the coronavirus pandemic, ever since canceling a rally in Cleveland on March 10.