RSS Startups

  • Let’s meet in Poland next week. December 10, 2018
    I’m heading back to Europe to run a pitch-off in Wroclaw and Warsaw, Poland. Are you ready? The Wroclaw event, called In-Ference, is happening on December 17 and you can submit to pitch here. The team will notify you if you have been chosen to pitch. The winner will receive a table at TC Disrupt in […]
    John Biggs
  • How Uber will become an ad company, starting with Eats Pool December 10, 2018
    Where there is discovery in an app, there is paid discovery. Google helped you choose between links, then sold ads that promote a few. Facebook helped you choose between pieces of content, then sold ads that promote a few. And eventually, as Uber helps you choose between restaurants, it will sell ads that promote a […]
    Josh Constine
  • Verve, the word-of-mouth selling platform, acquires Campus Vacations for $7M December 10, 2018
    Verve, the word-of-mouth selling platform, has acquired Campus Vacations, a provider of “unforgettable” travel experiences to students across North America. The thinking behind the acquisition is to increase Verve’s market share and competitive positioning in the North America and Canada markets. Specifically, Verse says it will provide the company with an entrance into the ski […]
    Steve O'Hear

RSS Funding

  • Google has acquired one of India’s most popular train tracking apps December 10, 2018
    Google is increasing its efforts in India after it snapped up the team behind popular transportation app ‘Where is my Train.’ The app claims 10 million registered users and, as the name suggests, it helps commuters track arrivals and departures as well as buying seats. That’s no small job given that India is estimated to operate […]
    Jon Russell
  • Waggel launches ‘fully digital’ pet insurance December 10, 2018
    Waggel, a new ‘insurtech’ startup in the U.K., is officially launching today to offer what it describes as “fully digital” pet insurance. Founded by Andrew Leal, and Ross Fretten (a contestant of The Apprentice 2017), the company wants to offer more transparent cover for your pet, where you’ll know exactly how much you’re paying and […]
    Steve O'Hear
  • Tencent Music sued by investor ahead of $1.2 billion US IPO December 10, 2018
    China’s largest music streaming service has had a whirlwind year. With 800 million monthly users across multiple apps and a profitable business, Tencent Music Entertainment is gearing up for one of this year’s most anticipated initial public offerings in the US. But the firm has landed in hot water in the months leading up to […]
    Rita Liao


  • Leadership and Self Care December 10, 2018
    I saw this tweetstorm by Jack Dorsey on Saturday evening and thought “Good, Jack is taking care of himself.” For my birthday this year, I did a 10-day silent vipassana meditation, this time in Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar 🇲🇲. We went into silence on the night of my birthday, the 19th. Here’s what I know […]
    Fred Wilson
  • Thinking Ahead To 2019 December 9, 2018
    In the last week, we have learned that Uber, Lyft, and Slack plan 2019 IPOs. I am sure that a few more highly valued private companies are also planning to go public in 2019. It is something that I have been expecting and predicting for a few years now. Eventually these companies that have raised […]
    Fred Wilson
  • Video Of The Week: The Shifting Funding Landscape December 8, 2018
    Our friend and USV Limited Partner Beezer Clarkson hosted a panel at the recent Slush Conference in Helsinki talking about the shifting landscape for startup funding. My partner Rebecca participated on the panel along with several others. It’s a roughly 30min conversation and covers the big topics in startup finance.
    Fred Wilson