RSS Startups

  • While tech waffles on going public, biotech IPOs boom July 21, 2018
    With our fixation on all things tech, we’re missing out on the big picture -- there are actually more biotech and healthcare startup IPOs than tech offerings.
    Joanna Glasner
  • CowryWise micro-savings service opens high-yield government bonds to everyday Nigerians July 20, 2018
    In emerging market countries where economic volatility is a way of life, there aren’t a lot of relatively safe options for members of the burgeoning middle class to park their money. For instance, countries like Nigeria have experienced a tremendous growth in the number of citizens entering the middle class, which now accounts for about […]
    Jonathan Shieber
  • What should competitive Fortnite look like? July 20, 2018
    Last weekend, Epic Games put forth its first true effort at official competitive Fortnite Battle Royale. It was a disaster. The private hosts used for the tournament were about as laggy as could be, with pro players getting eliminated simply because they couldn’t move. This tournament was for a total prize of $250K. That’s big […]
    Jordan Crook

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  • With its goofy video loops, YC backed Splish wants to be the ‘anti-Instagram’ July 21, 2018
    Is there any space on kids’ homescreens for another social sharing app to poke in? Y Combinator backed Splish wants to have a splash at it (😊) — with a super-short-form video and photo sharing app aimed at the under-25s. The SF-based startup began bootstrapping out of their college dorm rooms last July, playing around with […]
    Natasha Lomas
  • Landbot gets $2.2M for its on-message ‘anti-AI’ chatbot July 19, 2018
    Who needs AI to have a good conversation? Spanish startup Landbot has bagged a $2.2 million seed round for a ‘dumb’ chatbot that doesn’t use AI at all but offers something closer to an old school ‘choose your adventure’ interaction by using a conversational choice interface to engage potential customers when they land on a website. […]
    Natasha Lomas
  • Sweden’s Engaging Care raises $800,000 for its digital healthcare SaaS July 19, 2018
    Engaging Care, a Swedish heathtech startup co-founded by Charlotta Tönsgård, who was previously CEO of online doctor app Min Doktor before being asked to step down, has raised $800,000 in “pre-seed” funding to continue building out its digital healthcare SaaS. Backing the burgeoning company are a host of well-established angel investors in the region. They […]
    Steve O'Hear

RSS AVC

  • Audio Of The Week: Vitalik Buterin on Cryptoeconomics and Markets in Everything July 21, 2018
    I received a bunch of emails last week suggesting I listen to this interview with Vitalik. I finally did and it was as good as advertised. So I am now suggesting that all of you give it a listen too.
    Fred Wilson
  • Funding Friday: Don Giovanni Records July 20, 2018
    I got such a chuckle(s) watching this Kickstarter video that I immediately backed this project. I love it.
    Fred Wilson
  • Opportunity Zones July 19, 2018
    I was at dinner with my friend Stephen a month or so ago and he was bending my ear about a provision in last year’s tax bill that provides very significant tax incentives to invest in businesses or real estate in certain locations around the US that have been underinvested in. It all sounded way […]
    Fred Wilson