RSS Startups

  • Grocery delivery startup Honestbee is running out of money and trying to sell April 26, 2019
    Honestbee, the online grocery delivery service in Asia, is nearly out of money and trying to offload its business. The company has held early conversations with a number of suitors in Asia, including ride-hailing giants Grab and Go-Jek, over the potential acquisition of part, or all, of its business, according to two industry sources with […]
    Jon Russell
  • Carbon, the fast-growing 3D printing business, is raising up to $300M April 26, 2019
    Carbon is issuing new shares at a valuation of $2.5 billion.
    Kate Clark
  • Movie subscription service Sinemia is ending US operations April 25, 2019
    Over the past few months, Sinemia has gone from promising MoviePass competitor to the source of frustration for moviegoers across the country. After rumors surfaced earlier this week that it would be backing away from its troubled subscription-based movie ticket offering, it posted official word tonight that it will be shutting down operations in the […]
    Brian Heater

RSS Funding

  • FT parent Nikkei confirms it has acquired new media startup Deal Street Asia April 26, 2019
    It’s official: Nikkei, the Japanese media firm that owns the FT, has confirmed that it has acquired Singapore-based new media startup Deal Street Asia. (The Nikkei announcement is buried behind a paywall — make of that what you will!) The deal is undisclosed, but the announcement does confirm a TechCrunch report from last month which […]
    Jon Russell
  • Labster scores $21M Series B to bring VR to STEM education April 25, 2019
    Labster, the Denmark-headquartered startup building virtual laboratory simulations for STEM students, has raised $21 million in Series B funding. Leading the round is Owl Ventures, with participation from Balderton Capital, Northzone and Swisscom Ventures. Previous backers Nordic Makers, David Helgason, EduCapital and Entangled Group also followed on, bringing the total raised by the company to […]
    Steve O'Hear
  • Robotics VCs on what’s real, what’s coming, and what to keep in mind April 24, 2019
    Last week, at TechCrunch’s robotics event at UC Berkeley, we sat down with four VCs who are making a range of bets on robotics companies, from drone technologies to robots whose immediate applications aren’t yet clear. Featuring Peter Barrett of Playground Global, Helen Liang of FoundersX Ventures, Eric Migicovsky of Y Combinator and Andy Wheeler […]
    Connie Loizos


  • Do The Right Thing April 25, 2019
    Airbnb has been operating in NYC and NY State for about ten years now and yet we still don’t have comprehensive home sharing legislation on the books in NY State. The reason is that the enemies of Airbnb, mostly the hotel employee unions, have been fighting Airbnb’s existence in NY State very effectively in Albany. […]
    Fred Wilson
  • Concrete Vs Wood April 24, 2019
    Our friend Eric sent us an article in the Globe and Mail yesterday about plans to build a 35 to 40 story tower in Vancouver out of wood. Here’s the link to that story but you can’t read it without a subscription. Contrast that to the dominant way we build tall buildings in NYC which […]
    Fred Wilson
  • Opting Out Of The Legacy Model April 23, 2019
    When you look at industries that continue to operate on old, outdated, and highly regulated models (education, health care, banking, brokerage, etc, etc), it is interesting to look at the numbers of consumers who are opting out of the legacy model. In K12 education, many people think of charter schools as the disruptive model and […]
    Fred Wilson