Jony Ive, Apple designer behind iPhone and iMac, to exit company after 30 years

Ive to remain very involved with Apple as he launches new creative company Jony Ive, the chief architect of groundbreaking and distinctive designs from the iMac to the iPhone, announced on Thursday that he is leaving Apple after nearly 30 years. Ives departure, which was announced in an exclusive interview with the FT. This just seems like a natural and gentle time to make this change. Jony is a singular figure in the design world and his role in Apples revival cannot be overstated, chief executive Tim Cook said in a statement. Apple will continue to benefit from Jonys talents by working directly with him on exclusive projects, and through the ongoing work of the brilliant and passionate design team …

Apollo raises $22M for its GraphQL platform

Apollo, a San Francisco-based startup that provides a number of developer and operator tools and services around the GraphQL query language, today announced that it has raised a $22 million growth funding round co-led by Andreessen Horowitz and Matrix Partners. Existing investors Trinity Ventures and Webb Investment Network also participated in this round. Today, Apollo is probably the biggest player in the GraphQL ecosystem. At its core, the company’s services allow businesses to use the Facebook -incubated GraphQL technology to shield their developers from the patchwork of legacy APIs and databases as they look to modernize their technology stacks. The team argues that while REST APIs that talked directly to other services and databases still made sense a few years …

Quadric.io raises $15M to build a plug-and-play supercomputer for autonomous systems

Quadric.io, a startup founded by some of the folks behind the once-secretive bitcoin mining operation “21E6,” has raised $15 million in a Series A round that will fund the development of a supercomputer designed for autonomous systems.   The round was led by automotive Tier 1 supplier DENSO and its semiconductor products arm NSITEXE, which will also be one of Quadric.io’s customers for future electronic systems in all levels of autonomous driving solutions. Leawood VC also participated in the Series A round. The company says it will use the injection of capital to build out its product and hire more people, as well as business development. Pear, Uncork Capital, SV Angel, Cota Capital and Trucks VC are seed investors in Quadric.io. The roots of Quadric.io grew from …