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Alternative to Lidar? Startup Light raises $121M from SoftBank, Leica to expand to self-driving cars

In February, Dave Grannan, cofounder and CEO of imaging startup Light, flew to Tokyo to meet SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son for the first time since beginning conversations with the Japanese billionaire’s venture-capital arm. After two more meetings, in Tokyo and Silicon Valley, Son agreed to lead a massive $121 million investment in Light, through his SoftBank Vision Fund. Leica Camera also joined the deal.

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