RSS Startups

  • Novakid’s investors bet $35M that it can teach kids English August 2, 2021
    If you’re trying to develop fluency in a non-native tongue, language immersion is a crucial part of the learning process. Surrounding yourself with native speakers helps with pronunciation, context building, and most of all, confidence. But what if you’re an eight-year-old kid in Spain learning English and can’t swing a solo trip to the United […]
    Natasha Mascarenhas
  • Demand Curve: Questions you need to answer in your paid search ads August 2, 2021
    Around 15% of website traffic comes through paid search ads. But to turn passive searchers into active shoppers, your ads should answer their question and entice them to click.
    Ram Iyer
  • Planted raises another $21M to expand its growing plant-based meat empire (and add schnitzel) August 2, 2021
    Swiss alternative protein company Planted has raised its second round of the year, a CHF 19 million (about $21 million at present) “pre-B” fundraise that will help it continue its growth and debut new products. A U.S. launch is in the cards eventually, but for now Planted’s exclusively European customers will be able to give […]
    Devin Coldewey

RSS Funding

  • Planted raises another $21M to expand its growing plant-based meat empire (and add schnitzel) August 2, 2021
    Swiss alternative protein company Planted has raised its second round of the year, a CHF 19 million (about $21 million at present) “pre-B” fundraise that will help it continue its growth and debut new products. A U.S. launch is in the cards eventually, but for now Planted’s exclusively European customers will be able to give […]
    Devin Coldewey
  • MGA Thermal raises $8M AUD led by Main Sequence for its modular energy storage blocks August 2, 2021
    MGA Thermal wants to help utility companies transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources with shoebox-sized thermal energy storage blocks. The company says a stack of 1,000 blocks is about the size of a small car and can store enough energy to power 27 homes for 24 hours. This gives utility providers the ability […]
    Catherine Shu
  • Salesforce steps into RPA buying Servicetrace and teaming it with Mulesoft August 2, 2021
    Over the last couple of years, robotic process automation or RPA has been red hot with tons of investor activity and M&A from companies like SAP, IBM and ServiceNow. UIPath had a major IPO in April and has a market cap over $30 billion. I wondered when Salesforce would get involved and today the company […]
    Ron Miller

RSS AVC

  • Leaving Well August 2, 2021
    I have watched countless companies and leadership teams manage transitions over the years and I have come to believe that companies and leaders should do everything they can to promote “leaving well.” What I mean by “leaving well” is a smooth transition of a leader out of a role/company. This typically means that a departing […]
    Fred Wilson
  • Funding Friday: Still Standing July 30, 2021
    I backed a documentary project this morning about two 80-year-olds pursuing their lifelong dreams to be stand-up comedians. I think people of any age should chase their dreams and I can’t wait to watch this film.
    Fred Wilson
  • The Lost Art Of Compromise July 29, 2021
    I am heartened to see both sides of the political aisle in the US came together yesterday to agree to move forward on a $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill. There are parts of the bill that I don’t like (asking blockchain smart contracts to send 1099s to the IRS seems nuts to me) and parts that […]
    Fred Wilson