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GV aims to help build a company that can sniff out disease, literally

Alex Wiltschko has what he thinks is a big idea. He wants to build a company that digitizes scent, and Google's venture unit, GV, wants to help him do it. → Read More

Cloudflare takes aim at AWS with promise of $1.25 billion to startups that use its own platform

Cloudflare, the security, performance, and and reliability company that went public three years ago, announced this morning that it will help connect startups that use its serverless computing platform to dozens of venture firms that have collectively offered to invest up to $1.25 billion in the companies out of their own existing funds. → Read More

Steve Case is trying to make money with founders outside Silicon Valley; his plan is starting to work

Steve Case has a new book out called Rise of the Rest: How Entrepreneurs in Surprising Places are Building the New American Dream. → Read More

With new cuts, Klarna joins the ranks of companies having to conduct more than one layoff

They say if you're going to cut, cut deeply so you only have to do it once. Alas, a growing number of companies are realizing that despite layoffs earlier in the year, they need to cut back more now. Klarna is newly among them. → Read More

Bookending the blitz, Chamath Palihapitiya begins unwinding two SPACs

In a kind of bookend for SPAC era, Chamath Palihapitiya -- who has raised money for 10 SPACs altogether -- announced in a blog post today that he will wind down two SPACs that raised $460 million and $1.15 billion, respectively, after failing to find a suitable merger candidate for either. → Read More

VC Ann Miura-Ko is looking to help more students answer the question: Is this idea big enough?

In a development that's self-serving and also probably pretty helpful to aspiring founders, Floodgate has developed a new program to help student teams from across the country understand what big ideas look like -- and why most concepts are not big ideas. → Read More

Controversial investor Shervin Pishevar resurfaces as “vice chairman” of Yeezy

Shervin Pishevar, an investor who left Silicon Valley for Miami after being accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women in 2017, has resurfaced in a role that will seem familiar to anyone who has tracked his career. According to a new report, Pishevar is now “vice chairman” of Yeezy, the consumer brand controlled by Kanye […] → Read More

VCs look the other way as they give $205M more to Verkada, whose tech has been abused repeatedly

Verkada, a six-year-old, maker of building security tools — it sells video security cameras, door-based access control, environmental sensors, and alarms, all connected on a cloud-based platform — just raised $205 million in Series D funding at what it says is a $3.2 billion valuation. Altogether, Verkada has raised $360 million in funding, it says. […] → Read More

VC still requires in-person connection, argues Madrona’s Matt McIlwain

Nobody has figured out hybrid work yet, but in-person human interaction is essential to trust-based relationships. → Read More

The SEC revealed today that it charged VMWare with fraud . . . and then settled for next to nothing

The world of enterprise software is often a little staid. Not today, however. The Securities and Exchange Commission today said it has charged the cloud computing giant VMware for “misleading investors about its order backlog management practices, which enabled the Palo Alto, Ca.-based technology company to push revenue into future quarters by delaying product deliveries […] → Read More

VCs who’d cast a wider net have double backed to CA, says this ex-Sequoia Capital partner

Investor Chris Olsen knows the West Coast VC scene. He spent six years with Sequoia Capital in California before co-founding Drive Capital in Columbus, Ohio, in 2013 based on the theory that the “most compelling emerging market is America, just outside of Silicon Valley,” as he told us early last year. Institutional investors have bought […] → Read More

Renowned founder Brian Lee and Derek Jeter have a new sports card biz with a digital bent

L.A.-based entrepreneur Brian Lee, who previously co-founded and ran The Honest Company, ShoeDazzle.com, and LegalZoom, has launched a new sports card collecting platform that’s likely to make a splash, not least because his cofounder in the endeavor is Baseball Hall of Famer Derek Jeter. Backed by $9 million in funding from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Defy.vc […] → Read More

Lightspeed Venture Partners has hired podcasting guru Michael Mignano as a partner

Michael Mignano has joined the consumer practice of the sprawling venture firm Lightspeed Venture Partners, after previously co-founding the podcasting platform Anchor and then leading Spotify’s talk audio business after the streaming giant acquired Anchor in 2019 for more than $150 million. Interestingly, Mignano joins a firm that did not invest in Anchor, though he […] → Read More

Juul agrees to pay $438.5M in a record settlement yet, while a newer vape maker gains steam

E-cigarette company Juul agreed to a $438.5 million settlement with 33 states that alleged the company marketed its product to underage users. → Read More

Coming out of COVID, investors lose their taste for board meetings –

Startup board meetings are happening less, and industry players say the trend is an alarming one for both founders and the institutions whose money VCs invest. → Read More

Flexible, shorter-term apartment startups gain more traction

Landing, a startup making it possible for customers to rent a fully furnished apartment on its platform for as short a period as one month, has secured fresh funds → Read More

Legendary investor Julian Robertson has passed away — but left behind many powerful mentees

One needn't look far to appreciate Julian Robertson's lasting impact on investors. → Read More

The Anti-Adam Neumann –

According to earlier reports this week, Adam Neumann, the famed, controversial cofounder of WeWork, is in the process of creating a vast network of residential real estate properties that — and now we’re guessing — can be rented on a highly flexible basis to people who don’t want to be confined to one location or […] → Read More

Bolt founder Ryan Breslow is not going away –

Few outside of Breslow's world even knew his name a year ago. → Read More

It might be time for companies in San Francisco to call employees’ bluff

It's not their responsibility to "fix" San Francisco. At the same time, there might not be much left to come back to if they wait too long. → Read More