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With its newest round, Liquid Death will exclusively ‘murder your thirst’ at Live Nation events –

Liquid Death, a four-year-old, L.A.-based canned mountain water startup that has steadily garnered market share and press coverage by promising, amusingly, to “murder your thirst,” just raised $15 million in Series C funding. The round brings the company’s total backing to date to $50 million. The new financing — it follows a $23 million Series […] → Read More

Disease-related risk management is now a thing, and this young startup is at the forefront –

Charity Dean has been in the national spotlight lately because she was among a group of doctors, scientists and tech entrepreneurs who sounded the pandemic alarm early last year and who are featured in a new book by Michael Lewis about the U.S. response, called The Premonition. It’s no wonder the press (and, seemingly moviemakers, […] → Read More

Is buying and selling short-positions in private companies next? This fintech startup is banking on it –

Even the most casual industry observer has to be stunned at times by the pace of dealmaking right now. Not quite halfway through 2021, startups are now routinely closing new rounds just months apart and sometimes seeing their valuations triple and even quadruple with every new round. Maybe they will all become trillion-dollar companies. It’s […] → Read More

A conversation with Bison Trails: the AWS-like service inside of Coinbase –

Coinbase shares tumbled today to their their lowest point since the company began trading publicly on April 14. The market often moves in mysterious ways, but several drivers could be at play, including Coinbase’s high opening price at the time of its direct listing, its reliance on margins that are all but certain to drop […] → Read More

Emergence Capital cofounder Jason Green on transitioning out of the firm, and what’s next –

Succession is a major issue for many venture firms. Institutional investors, founders — even reporters — often get attached to individual members of a team, and when one of those individuals, particularly a firm cofounder, decides to hang up his cleats, it can be tricky for the rest of the partnership if it hasn’t planned […] → Read More

Yale’s longtime — and legendary — endowment chief, David Swensen, has passed away at age 67 –

David Swensen, among the most highly regarded money managers in the world after growing Yale’s endowment from $1 billion when he joined as a 31-year-old former grad student of the school to the second-largest school endowment in the country after Harvard, has passed away at age 67. The cause was cancer, which Swensen had been […] → Read More

Chime has agreed to stop using the word “bank,” after a California regulator pushed back –

Chime can apparently call itself the “fastest-growing fintech in the U.S.” but it has agreed to stop referring to itself as a “bank,” per a new report out of American Banker. The eight-year-old, San Francisco-based outfit was the target of an investigation by the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation after Chime used “chimebank” […] → Read More

Emergence, known for its enterprise bets, just rounded up nearly $1 billion across two new funds –

Emergence, the 18-year-old, San Mateo, Ca.-based venture firm focused on enterprise tech startups, has rounded up nearly a billion dollars in capital commitments across two funds. It closed its sixth early-stage fund with $575 million; the outfit also raised a so-called opportunity fund for the first time, closing it with $375 million in capital commitments. […] → Read More

Eclipse Ventures has $500 million more to digitize old-line industries and bring them up to speed –

Two years ago, we talked with Lior Susan, the founder of now six-year-old Eclipse Ventures in Palo Alto, Ca. At the time, the outfit believed that the next big thing wasn’t another social network but instead the remaking of old-line industries through full tech stacks — including hardware, software and data — capable of bring […] → Read More

An Oracle EVP took a brass-knuckled approach with a reporter today; now he’s suspended from Twitter –

Companies and the reporters who cover them routinely find themselves at odds, particularly when the stories being chased are unflattering or bring unwanted attention to a business’s dealings, or, in the company’s estimation, simply inaccurate. Many companies fight back, which is why crisis communications is a very big and lucrative business. Still, how a company […] → Read More

Founders Circle Capital has raised a new $355 million fund to buy secondary startup shares –

Founders Circle Capital, a nine-year-old, San Francisco-based investment firm that strikes agreements with private, venture-backed companies to buy some of the vested stock options of their founders and employees — so they can buy a house or just breath a bit more easily — has closed its newest fund with $355 million in capital commitments, […] → Read More

Cloudflare rallies the troops to fight off another so-called patent troll –

Nearly four years ago, we wrote about a battle between Cloudflare, the San Francisco-based internet security and performance company, and Blackbird Technologies, a firm that quickly amassed dozens of patents, then began using them to file dozens of patent infringement lawsuits against companies, including Cloudflare. The suit was typical in every way, except how Cloudflare responded to […] → Read More

Bobby Goodlatte has designs on how to succeed in venture, and so far, so good –

Bobby Goodlatte has only been an investor for about a decade, but he appears to have already made tens of millions of dollars, contrary to the expectations of some traditional VCs who have privately, and publicly, griped that too many novice investors have flooded into the industry. “I remember a very prominent investor saying at […] → Read More

Oath Care just raised $2 million to develop a social, health-focused app that groups expectant and new parents –

Being an expectant mom can be frightening, as can mothering an infant or toddler. The answers don’t come automatically, and while there’s no shortage of books and websites (and advice from grandparents) about how to parent at every stage, finding satisfying information often proves a lot harder than imagined. There are online social groups that […] → Read More

Early Coinbase backer Garry Tan is keeping the “vast majority” of his shares because of this deal –

A week after the cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase staged a direct listing, much of the focus remains on the wealth that the listing generated for executives at the company, its board members, and its private investors. Citing data from Capital Market Laboratories, Cointelegraph on Monday noted, for example, that 12,965,079 shares worth close to $5 billion […] → Read More

Katie Haun on saying yes to Coinbase and where a16z’s crypto fund is largely placing its bets now –

Coinbase, the newly public cryptocurrency exchange, has had it share of ups and downs. Still, the nearly nine-year-old, San Francisco-based outfit got a lot right ahead of its highly successful direct listing this week, and among those things, seemingly, was inviting in former federal prosecutor Katie Haun to join its board in 2017. At the […] → Read More

Detroit’s native son, billionaire Dan Gilbert, makes the case for his town –

Dan Gilbert loves his hometown of Detroit. He loves it so much that the billionaire founder of what would eventually become the mortgage lender Quicken Loans has poured at least $2.5 billion into rehabilitating buildings in the heart of the city. He has also invested in many companies that are now tenants in those buildings, […] → Read More

Atrium, which help sales managers more easily see who is (or isn’t) crushing it, just raised $13 million –

There’s no shortage of data-driven sales management tools in the market. Naturally, Atrium, a five-year-old, San Francisco-based company cofounded by serial entrepreneur Pete Kazanjy, says it does a far better job of empowering sales managers to improve their team’s performance. How? By giving them easy, digestible, real-time insights into who on their team is outperforming, […] → Read More

How to pivot your startup, save cash and maintain trust with investors and customers –

"We would go all in on a product and we'd build it and put blood, sweat and tears into it, and then I would kill it, and we'd move on to the next thing." → Read More

A quick peek inside Fontinalis, one of Detroit’s best-known young venture firms –

Fontinalis, the 12-year-old, Detroit-based early stage venture firm, is known for being among the very first investing outfits to focus squarely on mobility as an overarching theme. It wasn’t a surprising mandate, given that the outfit’s cofounders include Bill Ford, the great grandson of Henry Ford and the executive chairman of Ford Motor Company. Nevertheless, […] → Read More