RSS Startups

  • AdHawk acquires Automate Ads to improve Google and Facebook ad campaigns October 18, 2017
     AdHawk is announcing that it has acquired one of its competitors, Y Combinator-backed Automate Ads. Even if you weren’t a customer, Automate Ads may sound familiar because it was previously known as Kuhcoon, a social advertising startup co-founded by Andrew Torba, who has since been in the news for getting banned from the YC alumni […]
    Anthony Ha
  • Bespoke Post raises $8M to deliver a monthly ‘box of awesome’ for men October 18, 2017
     Thanks to the Internet, you can order regular deliveries of everything from clothing to razors to geeky memorabilia. With Bespoke Post, you’re not just limited to one type of products — it ships its customer “box of awesome” that could be focused on style, travel, alcohol or something else entirely. Co-founder and CEO Rishi Prabhu […]
    Anthony Ha
  • InVision takes on Adobe with the introduction of Studio October 18, 2017
     InVision, the collaborative prototyping tool used by more 3 million people, has been around since 2011. But today, InVision is taking on the full stack with the announcement of its own Photoshop competitor. Meet Studio. InVision’s new Studio design tool goes toe-to-toe with Adobe Photoshop and Sketch, offering designers a way to both create and […]
    Jordan Crook

RSS Funding

  • Duo Security raises $70 million at a valuation north of $1 billion October 18, 2017
     Duo Security today announced its Series D funding that puts the company in unicorn territory. The company raised $70 million led by Meritech Capital Partners and Lead Edge Capital at a valuation of $1.17 billion. This funding round brings the company’s total amount raised to $119 million. This round included new investors, Index Ventures and Workday, […]
    Matt Burns
  • BuddyGuard raises €3.4M for its home security camera powered by AI October 18, 2017
     BuddyGuard, the Berlin startup behind the Flare AI-powered home security camera, has raised €3.4 million in new funding, money it plans to use to ramp up marketing of the newly-launched device. Leading the round is German electrical specialist Bachmann Group, with participation from over 20 unnamed angel investors across Europe. Read More
    Steve O'Hear
  • Genetic testing startup Prenetics gets $40M from investors, including Alibaba’s Hong Kong fund October 17, 2017
     Prenetics, a genetic testing startup, plans to expand into more Asian countries after raising a $40 million Series B led by Beyond Ventures and Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund. Read More
    Catherine Shu


  • Board Decks Best Practices October 18, 2017
    At our portfolio company CEO Summit this spring, the 60 or so leaders in attendance asked us if we could figure out a way to aggregate some insights across our entire portfolio and share the data with them. We said we would see about that. So this summer, we hired Max Heald for a three […]
    Fred Wilson
  • A Better Way To Do Bike Share October 17, 2017
    I’m a big Citibike user in NYC. I take it to and from work sometimes. I take it to and from the ferries a lot. And I use it to get twenty or thirty blocks in 5-10 mins when I don’t have the time to walk it. But one thing I don’t like about Citibike […]
    Fred Wilson
  • Southeast Asia October 16, 2017
    We spent the last nine days in Southeast Asia, in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. If you want the play by play version of our trip, head on over to the Gotham Gal’s blog where she does that and has has done for every trip we’ve taken over the last fifteen years. As an aside, if […]
    Fred Wilson