Venture capital

Ex-Tesla autopilot exec joins VC firm Greylock

Photo: Greylock Partners

Stuart Bowers, who most recently helped run Tesla's Autopilot division, has joined venture capital firm Greylock Partners as an executive-in-residence to work with its portfolio companies (possibly including autonomous vehicle plays like Aurora and Nuro).

The intrigue: Before Tesla, Bowers worked at Snap, Facebook and Microsoft. The common thread, he says, is "big software infrastructure problems."

Venture capital cash is pouring into podcast companies

Data: Pitchbook; Chart: Axios Visuals

Venture capital money is pouring into podcast companies, with roughly 3x times as many deals being brokered today than 10 years ago.

Why it matters: Data has long suggested podcast listenership would explode as more Americans adopt smart speakers and voice assistants in their homes.