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Past articles by Connie:

Sandwich, known for its commercials, looks to help younger startups in exchange for equity

Sandwich produces commercials on behalf of tech companies, including Square, Slack and Figma. Sometimes it takes equity in exchange for its work. → Read More

Kindred Ventures foresees a ‘massive explosion of startups’ courtesy of AI

Last week, we talked with Kindred Ventures, a small, nine-year-old, San Francisco-based early-stage venture firm that, despite investing in a lot of nascent startups — more than 100 to date — takes a generalist approach, investing in AI, climate tech, consumer internet companies, crypto deals, fintech startups, health startups, mobility startups and the outfits developing […] → Read More

Get a clue, says panel about buzzy AI tech: it’s being “deployed as surveillance”

Earlier today at a Bloomberg conference in San Francisco, some of the biggest names in AI turned up, including, briefly, Sam Altman of OpenAI, who just ended his two-month world tour, and Stability AI founder Emad Mostaque. Still, one of the most compelling conversations happened later in the afternoon, in a panel discussion about AI […] → Read More

Kaitlyn Glancy, long Flexport's VP of North America, just joined the world of VC

Kaitlyn Glancy, long Flexport's VP of North America, just joined the world of VC as the newest partner at the venture firm Eclipse. → Read More

How Amazon beat Walmart — and who might beat Amazon: talking with reporter Jason Del Rey

Jason Del Rey has spent the last 15 years reporting on e-commerce businesses, including Walmart and Amazon. Now, in a new book that hit shelves today called Winner Sells All, he tells the broader story of Walmart — which long focused on preserving what it had built — and its epic battle with Amazon, whose […] → Read More

Peakview, a U.S. LP once backed by a Chinese firm, diversifies its own investor base

In the aftermath of Sequoia Capital’s big reveal earlier this week that its China- and India-based affiliates are spinning off into independent entities, we reached out yesterday to someone who we thought might have an opinion on the development. Erik Lassila is a former VC whose Silicon Valley-based fund of funds business, Peakview Capital, was […] → Read More

Julie Wainwright is back with a new, venture-backed startup

Julie Wainwright, founder and former CEO of the publicly traded, luxury online consignment company The RealReal, is back with a new startup. Called Ahara, the Los Angeles-based outfit describes itself as a personalized nutrition company that provides recommendations to its customers after they first fill out a health questionnaire that asks them about their diet […] → Read More

Benchmark’s view on the AI race: talking with Miles Grimshaw

At the end of 2020, Miles Grimshaw became — and remains — the most recent addition to the storied venture firm Benchmark, which has stubbornly refused to change how it fundamentally operates, despite the many changes the rest of the venture world has embraced — particularly regarding team size and assets under management. With just […] → Read More

Greycroft co-founder Ian Sigalow on investing $1B in this market

Greycroft, the now 17-year-old, New York and Los Angeles-based venture firm, has grown up in more ways than one. What began with three founders has evolved into a 60-person team. What began as a $30 million fund has grown into an enterprise that is today managing more than $3 billion in assets, including two funds […] → Read More

T. Rowe Price has marked down its stake in Canva by 67.6%

Last summer, Blackbird, one of Australia’s largest venture operations, marked down the value of one of its most prized stakes, in the Sydney-based design platform Canva. Valued at $40 billion by investors in a $200 million round in the fall of 2021, Blackbird adjusted its own valuation of the company 36% to $25.6 billion. Now, […] → Read More

As part of AI push, Chinese tech giant Baidu is now rolling out an AI venture fund

Here comes yet more money for AI startups. Today, the Chinese search giant Baidu announced that it plans to establish a venture fund with 1 billion yuan ($145 million) to back start-ups focused on content generated by artificial intelligence applications. Reuters, which reported the news earlier, said the company will also launch a competition for […] → Read More

Explaining Blockchain Capital's Big Bet on an Eyeball-Scanning Orb

This week, Worldcoin, an outfit that aims to serve as proof of personhood in a world where it’s harder by the day to distinguish a human from a bot, raised $115 million in Series C funding. Led by the 10-year-old venture firm Blockchain Capital, whose bets have included Coinbase, Kraken and OpenSea, the investment brings […] → Read More

This Stanford grad is taking on pawn shops with a new credit card startup

In recent years, there’s been no shortage of startups offering credit lines to the underbanked. Most talk about their mission to help people establish credit, which is noble, but they’re also extending credit because — let’s face it — lending out money is lucrative. Now, a startup founded by Stanford grad James Savoldelli has found […] → Read More

VC firm Neo looks to up the ante with $235M across two new funds

Neo, a six-year-old, Bay Area–based outfit founded by renowned serial entrepreneur and investor Ali Partovi, is announcing that it has garnered $235 million in capital commitments across two new funds. → Read More

Gary Marcus is happy to help regulate AI for U.S. government: “I’m interested”

On Tuesday of this week, neuroscientist, founder and author Gary Marcus sat between OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and Christina Montgomery, who is IBM’s chief privacy trust officer, as all three testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee for over three hours. The senators were largely focused on Altman because he runs one of the most powerful […] → Read More

NewLimit, co-founded by Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong, raises $40M to extend life

NewLimit aims to increase the number of healthy years each person lives by epigenetically reprogramming cells. → Read More

Renowned investor Elad Gil on how the great AI race will likely shake out

TechCrunch asked Elad Gil how he thinks the great AI race will likely shake out. Here's what he said. → Read More

Austin Russell became the youngest self-made billionaire in 2021; now he owns Forbes

Austin Russell is on quite a run. The 28-year-old founder and CEO of Luminar, which develops vision-based lidar and machine perception technologies primarily for self-driving cars, told the Wall Street Journal earlier today that he is buying an 82% stake in Forbes Global Media Holdings in a deal that values the company at nearly $800 […] → Read More

Sound Ventures has already plugged half its new $240 million AI fund into three companies

Sound Ventures, the eight-year-old, Beverly Hills, Ca.,-based venture firm led by general partners Ashton Kutcher, Guy Oseary, and Effie Epstein, announced a new $240 million AI fund just last week. Turns out half of it is already invested in the three companies that it announced at the time that it rolled out the fund: OpenAI, […] → Read More

Elizabeth Holmes, left to her own devices

Amy Chozick'sstory may provide the clearest understanding yet of how Elizabeth Holmes so captivated investors, business partners and the U.S. media. → Read More