RSS Startups

  • Understanding Renaud Laplanche’s next Upgraded act September 22, 2018
    Renaud Laplanche spent ten years building LendingClub. In the process, he created an industry from scratch. Circumventing conventional banking channels for consumer credit began in 1996 when Chris Larsen started E-LOAN, which ultimately led to Prosper Marketplace. But LendingClub, which Laplanche founded in 2007, was and remains the poster child for the business of marketplace […]
    Danny Crichton
  • VCs say Silicon Valley isn’t the gold mine it used to be September 21, 2018
    In the days leading up to TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018, The Economist published the cover story, ‘Why Startups Are Leaving Silicon Valley.’ The author outlined reasons why the Valley has “peaked.” Venture capital investors are deploying capital outside the Bay Area more than ever before. High-profile entrepreneurs and investors, Peter Thiel, for example, have left. Rising […]
    Kate Clark
  • uBiome is jumping into therapeutics with a healthy $83 million in Series C financing September 21, 2018
    23andMe, IBM and now uBiome is the next tech company to jump into the lucrative multi-billion dollar drug discovery market. The company started out with a consumer gut health test to check whether your intestines carry the right kind of bacteria for healthy digestion but has since expanded to include over 250,000 samples for everything […]
    Sarah Buhr

RSS Funding

  • Ride-hailing startup Shohoz raises $15M to build the Grab of Bangladesh September 24, 2018
    Uber may be global but it is very much the alternative in some parts of the world. One such place is Bangladesh — the South Asian country that’s home to 160 million people — where local rival Pathao is backed by Go-Jek and recently raised $10 million. Now Pathao’s closest rival, Shohoz, has also pulled in […]
    Jon Russell
  • Eight Roads Ventures targets Southeast Asia deals September 21, 2018
    Eight Roads Ventures, the investment arm of financial giant Fidelity International, is moving into Southeast Asia where it sees the potential to plug the later stage investment gap. The firm has funds across the world including the U.S, China and Europe, and it has invested nearly $6 billion in deals over the past decade. The firm […]
    Jon Russell
  • Amazon makes offline retail push in India September 21, 2018
    Amazon unleashed a flurry of new products this week at a U.S. press event, but halfway across the world, it is getting deeper into physical retail in the Indian market. The U.S. e-commerce giant is buying up 49 percent of More in a deal that sees Amazon partner and PE firm Samara Capital pick up the […]
    Jon Russell


  • Conversations Versus Interviews September 24, 2018
    I’ve been interviewed many times and while interviews are OK, what I enjoy a lot more are public conversations between two people. Listening to two people talking as friends and peers is more enlightening to me. My friend Chris Dixon was in NYC a few weeks ago and he came by my office and we […]
    Fred Wilson
  • Fifteen Years September 23, 2018
    Fifteen years ago, I sat down in front of a website called Typepad and wrote this post. I ended that short post (six brief paragraphs) with this: I read blogs a lot. And i think they are great. So i am starting a blog. I have no idea if i’ll write a lot in my […]
    Fred Wilson
  • Video Of The Week: Ben Horowitz on Crypto September 22, 2018
    This is a short clip from a longer conversation that Ben Horowitz did at Disrupt a few weeks ago. In this clip, Ben describes crypto as a new kind of computing platform that is worse in every way (right now) but one.
    Fred Wilson