RSS Startups

  • Scale AI hits $3.5B valuation as it turns the AI boom into a venture bonanza December 1, 2020
    Scale AI, the four-year-old data labeling startup, has discovered that selling the picks and shovels needed to develop and apply artificial intelligence is big business. The company, which created a visual data labeling platform that uses software and people to label image, text, voice and video data for companies building machine learning algorithms, has raised […]
    Kirsten Korosec
  • The hidden cost of being a founder December 1, 2020
    We need to dispense with the myths and hagiography around being a founder and all be more honest about what the reality of running a business actually entails.
    Walter Thompson
  • Bottom-up SaaS: A framework for mapping pricing to customer value December 1, 2020
    Competitive advantage will go to the players who understand what truly motivates their customers and connect their pricing to that engine.
    Walter Thompson

RSS Funding

  • Lightspeed acquires restaurant software company Upserve for $430M December 1, 2020
    Lightspeed POS just announced the acquisition of Upserve, expanding Lightspeed’s presence in the restaurant industry. The company already offers cloud-based point-of-sale software for restaurants and other businesses. It went public in Canada last year before recently debuting on the New York Stock Exchange and acquiring another point-of-sale company, ShopKeep, for $440 million. The Upserve acquisition is […]
    Anthony Ha
  • YC-backed BuildBuddy raises $3.15M to help developers build software more quickly December 1, 2020
    BuildBuddy, whose software helps developers compile and test code quickly using a blend of open-source technology and proprietary tools, announced a funding round today worth $3.15 million.  The company was part of the Winter 2020 Y Combinator batch, which saw its traditional demo day in March turned into an all-virtual affair. The startups from the […]
    Alex Wilhelm
  • Voi, the European ‘micromobility’ rental company, raises $160M additional equity and debt funding December 1, 2020
    Voi, the Stockholm-headquartered micro mobility company known for its e-scooter rentals, has raised $160 million in new funding. The round, about two thirds equity and one third debt, is led by The Raine Group. Others participating include VNV Global, Balderton, Creandum, Project A, Inbox, and “sustainability-focused investor” Stena Sessan, along with individual backers with links […]
    Steve O'Hear


  • Giving Tuesday December 1, 2020
    I’m not much for the shopping mania that happens on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but I do like the idea of taking a day at this time of year to give back. Today is that day. This year is a particularly hard year for so many and so giving back, if you can, is […]
    Fred Wilson
  • Crypto Wallets Are Not Bank Accounts November 30, 2020
    We learned last week that the US Treasury wants to regulate crypto wallets like bank accounts. On the surface, one can understand that temptation. If people store, send, receive, and sell crypto assets in crypto wallets, then surely they should be regulated like bank accounts. Except that is only one use case for a crypto […]
    Fred Wilson
  • We Will Miss You Arnold November 29, 2020
    I learned yesterday of the passing of Arnold Waldstein. Arnold was as regular a reader of this blog as there ever was or ever will be. His warmth is what I will remember most. He cared about people. Arnold was a born and bred NYer who went to Silicon Valley and built a career in […]
    Fred Wilson