RSS Startups

  • Livekick raises $3M to use live video for one-on-one training May 24, 2019
    Livekick, a startup that gives customers access to one-on-one personal training and yoga from their home (or hotel room, or elsewhere), is announcing that it has raised $3 million in seed funding. The company was founded by entrepreneur Yarden Tadmor and fitness expert Shayna Schmidt. Tadmor said that with all his travel for work, his […]
    Anthony Ha
  • CFIUS Cometh: What this Obscure Agency Does and Why It Matters to Your Fund or Startup May 24, 2019
    On January 12, 2016, Grindr announced it had sold a 60% controlling stake in the company to Beijing Kunlun Tech, a Chinese gaming firm, valuing the company at $155 million...
    Arman Tabatabai
  • Luckin leaves bitter aftertaste, now trading below IPO price May 24, 2019
    In the first few days following Luckin Coffee’s initial public offering, the stock chart for LK looked like a roller coaster. Now it’s looking more like a free fall. The Chinese Coffee chain successfully completed its highly anticipated offering roughly a week ago, raising more than $550 million after pricing at $17 per share, the […]
    Arman Tabatabai

RSS Funding

  • Andreessen pours $22M into PlanetScale’s database-as-a-service May 23, 2019
    PlanetScale’s founders invented the technology called Vitess that scaled YouTube. Now they’re selling it to any enterprise that wants their data both secure and consistently accessible. And thanks to its ability to re-shard databases while they’re operating, it can solve businesses’ troubles with GDPR, which demands they store some data in the same locality as […]
    Josh Constine
  • EFounders backs Yousign to build a European e-signature company May 23, 2019
    French startup Yousign is partnering with startup studio eFounders. While eFounders usually builds software-as-a-service startups from scratch, the company is trying something new with this partnership. Indeed, eFounders wants to create all the tools you need to make your work more efficient. The startup studio is behind many respectable SaaS successes, such as Front, Aircall […]
    Romain Dillet
  • Future launches $150/mo exercise app where real coaches nag you May 23, 2019
    The only way to beat laziness is with guilt, so that’s what Future sells. It assigns you an actual human trainer who builds personalized workout plans and messages you throughout the day to make sure you’re doing them. It even gives you an Apple Watch to track your activity and ensure you’re not lying. Future […]
    Josh Constine

RSS AVC

  • Funding Friday: Planetary Blocks May 24, 2019
    I backed this project to make a block toys for kids based on the planetary system a few weeks ago. I am into anything that makes learning fun for kids and this definitely does that. You can back it here.
    Fred Wilson
  • Sick Day May 23, 2019
    I woke up sick this morning and could not fly to Toronto where I was planning to do a session at Collision with Matt Glotzbach, CEO of our portfolio company Quizlet. I sent some emails to let people know I could not make it and went back to bed and slept for another few hours […]
    Fred Wilson
  • Sofar May 22, 2019
    Andy wrote about our investment in Sofar yesterday on the USV blog. That is our practice. We publish our investment rationale on our blog every time we make an investment. It creates a permanent record of why we made the investment. It is interesting to go back and read them five or ten years later, […]
    Fred Wilson