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This executive refused to sign a deal to become CEO of DocuSign

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SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco-based e-signature giant DocuSign is still struggling to find a new chief executive officer, but a prior candidate who ditched the job just before being announced publicly as its new CEO has finally been named.

He's Rick Osterloh, a former Google exec who decided to return to the company, Bloomberg reports.

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Will the Force be with San Francisco this time in Lucas Museum's search?

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SAN FRANCISCO—With the finality of an exploding Death Star or Britain's vote to exit the EU, legendary movie maker George Lucas has terminated plans to build his Lucas Museum of the Narrative Arts in Chicago.

"Chicago will no longer be considered a potential site for the museum," Lucas said late Friday morning. "California will be its future home."

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Online Costco meets Whole Foods raises $111 million

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LOS ANGELES—Venture capitalists didn’t get it at first. Co-founders Nick Green and Gunnar Lovelace wanted to bring the Costco membership model to the kinds of natural and organic products consumers bought at Whole Foods and sell them online. But they couldn’t get any VCs to share their vision, so they raised a seed round from a bunch of individual investors including doctors and authors and  ...

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ViewPoint: Robots are moving in to our homes, but there’s no killer app

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BOSTON—Not too long ago, robots were giant, caged things, mainly found in automotive manufacturing lines. Social robotics was a new field of research pursued by the best and brightest in university research labs.

In the past few years, however, it seems that social robots have finally come of age. All of a sudden, the market is teeming with products. Some are distinctly humanoid.

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Boston Dynamics unveils new dog-like robot that can do your chores

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BOSTON—Google-owned Boston Dynamics released a video last week of the robot-maker's newest robot, SpotMini, performing tasks like loading the dishwasher.

The new robot weighs 55 pounds, is electric and is one of the quietest robots the company has ever built, according to the description on YouTube.

The video has garnered more than 3.2 million views as of Monday morning.

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Startups - Disrupting health care

Doctor on Demand is bringing urgent care to your phone

by Jean Lee Dr. Ian Tong, Doctor on Demand chief medical officer

SAN FRANCISCO—Doctors at San Francisco-based telemedicine startup Doctor on Demand use video communication to conduct examinations with their patients, transforming the way people access medical and mental health care.

In the conventional health care system, the standard wait time for seeing a primary-care doctor is three weeks, a lag time that’s “just not acceptable,” according to Dr.  ...

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Hot Shots - Startup nation: Austin

Catch up with Austin's jet-setting 11-year-old entrepreneur

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AUSTIN—What started as a passion project for Mikaila Ulmer has turned into something much bigger.

The 11-year-old Austin entrepreneur and her family recently changed the name of their company from Bee Sweet Lemonade to Me & the Bees LLC, reflecting a desire to move into other products.

“When I started, I thought it was going to be a one-time thing but it actually grew and I realized the name  ...

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