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Talking diversity, going global at the TC Meetup + Pitch-off in Seoul

You might have already read about our forthcoming TC Meetup + Pitch-off in Seoul next week. But what you might not know is that we’re integrating more content into the program so you can hear from some of the most intelligent minds in the industry. As per usual, we’ll be holding the TC Pitch-off, where 10 companies will have exactly 60 seconds to pitch their …

Online VC FundersClub launches Network Search to better connect its 17,000 members

Network effects in venture capital are no joke. Sure, people want to close rounds with brand name funds like Sequoia and Andreessen Horowitz because they validate startups. But perhaps more importantly, companies become more likely to succeed after closing high profile rounds because of their newfound access to the friends and connections of prominent investors. Alex Mittal, CEO of FundersClub, has spent a lot of …

Former Etsy CTO is joining the prescription drug marketplace, Blink Health

As Etsy talent starts leaving the nest in the wake of the  company’s initial public offering last year, they’re starting to land at new startups in the New York area. The latest Etsy exec to migrate to a privately held startup is former Etsy chief technology officer Kellan Elliott-McCrea, who’s heading over to Blink Health,  a company that’s using technology to create a marketplace for cheap prescription medications. …

Full speed ahead for transport VCs

Transportation investment has moved into the fast lane. Venture and growth investing in transport-related companies accelerated in the third quarter, fueled by momentum in the autonomous driving and ride-hailing spaces, as well as the prospect of big acquisitions. VCs and seed investors poured more than $6.2 billion into more than 150 companies across the globe with transportation-related business models in Q3, according to Crunchbase data. …

Stanford, MIT lead in graduating funded startup founders

Certain universities are known to produce a high number of funded startup founders. These schools tend to share certain qualities: prestige, large STEM programs, research prowess and proximity to concentrations of investor capital.   At CrunchBase, we set out to quantify the comparative track records of such institutions. We started with a list of top U.S. research universities. Using funding data for 2016 and cross-referencing …

While many on-demand food startups fail to deliver, iFood picks up $30 million to expand in Latin America

Startup food delivery businesses may have spoiled globally, but investors in Latin America think at least one startup has a fresh take on the industry. The Brazilian on-demand food delivery company, iFood has picked up $30 million in new financing to expand regionally and solidify its grip over the online food delivery markets South of the US border. While Olympic athletes are going for the gold in …

Polish 3D printer company Zortrax lied about contract with Dell

Two years ago when the international 3D printing industry was still a much-contended space a small Polish company called Zortrax made waves – and raised capital – on the news that it had signed a contract with Dell for 5,000 3D printers. I reported the news in 2014 and researched the implications more deeply later that year and found little that might concern an investor …

10 most unlikely startup investments made by NBA legends

 As the tech industry has heated up in recent years, athletes with an interest in startups have been jumping on deals. Most have stuck to what they know and supported sports-tech companies like CoachUp and The Players’ Tribune. But for some athletes, even that wasn’t enough. Here’s 10 of the most unlikely startup investments made by NBA legends. Read More