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  • A look at Birdies, the popular slipper shoe startup that just raised $8 million more from investors January 17, 2019
    Bianca Gates is a first-generation American, her parents having immigrated to the U.S. from Latin America. As such, she says, after graduating from UC Irvine, she was expected to get a safe job with a 401(k) plan and to live with her parents until she was married. Things haven’t gone exactly that way, but one can […]
    Connie Loizos
  • Slack’s product chief is out ahead of direct listing January 17, 2019
    Slack's chief product officer April Underwood is stepping down to focus on investing full time.
    Kate Clark
  • SeeTree raises $11.5M to help farmers manage their orchards January 17, 2019
    SeeTree, a Tel Aviv-based startup that uses drones and artificial intelligence to bring precision agriculture to their groves, today announced that it has raised an $11.5 million Series A funding round led by Hanaco Ventures, with participation from previous investors Canaan Partners Israel, Uri Levine and his investors group, iAngel and Mindset. This brings the […]
    Frederic Lardinois

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  • SeeTree raises $11.5M to help farmers manage their orchards January 17, 2019
    SeeTree, a Tel Aviv-based startup that uses drones and artificial intelligence to bring precision agriculture to their groves, today announced that it has raised an $11.5 million Series A funding round led by Hanaco Ventures, with participation from previous investors Canaan Partners Israel, Uri Levine and his investors group, iAngel and Mindset. This brings the […]
    Frederic Lardinois
  • Pro.com raises $33M for its home improvement platform January 17, 2019
    Pro.com is basically a general contractor for the age of Uber and Prime Now. While the company started as a marketplace for hiring home improvement professionals, it has now morphed into a general contractor and serves Denver, Phoenix, San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle. Today, Pro.com announced that it has raised a $33 million Series […]
    Frederic Lardinois
  • Index has backed Immersive Games Lab, a new startup from founder of Tough Mudder January 17, 2019
    Immersive Games Lab, a new venture from Tough Mudder co-founder and chairman Will Dean, has picked up around £2.5 million in seed funding, TechCrunch has learned. According to sources, London-based Index Ventures led the round. In a call confirming the close, Dean told me Sweet Capital and JamJar Investments (the VC fund set up by […]
    Steve O'Hear

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  • Executive Sessions and Continuous Feedback January 17, 2019
    I’ve written about these two related but different topics before but I’ve been doing a lot of board meetings as we kick off 2019 and I am reminded of how important both are. At the end of every board meeting, the board should meet alone with the CEO in an executive session, followed by a […]
    Fred Wilson
  • “If The Train Is Delayed, Find Another Way Home” January 16, 2019
    I worked for a man named Bliss McCrum (and his partner Milton Pappas) in my mid 20s. They taught me the venture capital business. They were in their 50s, around my age, at that time. Bliss one time gave me this business travel advice. He said, if the train is delayed or stops at a […]
    Fred Wilson
  • The Daily Dose January 15, 2019
    At the bottom of the first post on this blog is a widget that contains links to recent blog posts by other USV team members. Many USV folks blog regularly and this widget surfaces those posts to all of you and everyone who visits the various blogs of the USV team members. Other than me, […]
    Fred Wilson