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PopShop Live gets $3 million to bring live streaming to shopping –

Streaming video has become a huge part of our lives, whether it’s watching your favorite shows on Netflix or getting live TV through Hulu or YouTube or checking out your favorite gamers on Twitch. But streaming is trickling into other facets of our lives, too, whether it’s fitness or the move from physical events to […] → Read More

TealHQ, with $5 million in funding, looks to help people land a job –

Teal, a platform that looks to help people land jobs that they love, has closed a $5 million seed round, which was led by Flybridge Capital, with participation from Lerer Hippeau, Corigin Ventures, Aleph, Oceans Ventures, Hight Output, AVG Basecamp, and Kairos Angels. Teal launched in November of 2019 with a system that did all […] → Read More

Ahead, a platform that connects psychiatrists with patients, raises $9 million –

In 2015, Andy Rink debuted Lully at a Y Combinator demo day. The product was meant to help children overcome night terrors. After years, and some clinical trials, the Lully product simply wasn’t effective enough for the company to feel comfortable launching, resulting in the company winding down and returning money to investors. Today, Rink […] → Read More

Nayya, bringing transparency to choosing and managing healthcare plans, raises $2.7 million –

Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator -backed Nayya is on a mission to simplify choosing and managing employee benefits through machine learning and data transparency. The company has raised $2.7 million in seed funding led by Social Leverage with participation from Guardian Strategic Ventures, Cameron Ventures, Soma Capital, as well as other strategic angels. The process of choosing […] → Read More

Athlane looks to connect brands and esports streamers with a fresh $3.3 million in funding –

Athlane, the YC-backed company from the Summer ’19 cohort, is today ready to launch with a fresh $3.3 million in capital. Investors include Y Combinator, Jonathan Kraft (New England Patriots), Michael Gordon (President of Fenway Sports Group, which owns the Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club), Global Founders Capital, Romulus Capital, Seabed VC, and more. […] → Read More

WeWork sells Flatiron School to Carrick Capital Partners –

WeWork, the once $47 billion company that was on the brink of a public offering, has been divesting a great number of its assets as it looks to right the course since releasing its S-1, which exposed its expanding costs, among other things, and sent its valuation plummeting. Today, WeWork is announcing the sale of […] → Read More

Zoom founder and CEO Eric Yuan will speak at Disrupt 2020 –

The coronavirus pandemic has bruised and battered many technology startups, but it has also boosted a small few. One such company is Zoom, which has shouldered the task of keeping us connected to one another in the midst of remote work and social distancing. So, of course, we’re absolutely thrilled to have the chance to […] → Read More

Extra Crunch Live: Join Alexa von Tobel for a live Q&A today at 2pm ET/11am PT –

Entrepreneurs-turned-investors are in a truly unique position in the tech world, with experience on both sides of the table and unique insights into how businesses should operate and grow. Alexa von Tobel takes that breadth of experience and those unique insights to a new level, as a founder who has pretty much exclusively started her […] → Read More

Airtable’s Howie Liu to join us at Disrupt 2020 –

Collaborative enterprise software is absolutely booming, and Airtable is riding that wave in a very real way. The company, which offers a flexible, collaborative database product, has raised more than $170 million in funding from investors like CRV, Benchmark, Coatue Management, and Thrive Capital. So it should come as no surprise that we’re simply thrilled […] → Read More

Canva raises $60 million on a $6 billion valuation –

Sydney-based Canva, the design platform for non-designers, has today announced the close of a $60 million funding round, bringing its valuation to $6 billion, according to the company. The startup has raised a total of more than $300 million, including this latest round of financing, from investors like Bond, General Catalyst, Sequoia, Felicis Ventures, and […] → Read More

Original Content podcast: ‘Da 5 Bloods’ provides a brutal look back at the Vietnam War –

“Da 5 Bloods,” the new Netflix film co-written and directed by Spike Lee, tells the story of four Black veterans who return to Vietnam decades after the war, in search of hidden gold and the body of their long-dead squad leader. The film seems to straddle several genres, starting out as a drama focused on […] → Read More

QuizUp founder gets back to trivia roots with the launch of Trivia Royale –

Thor Fridriksson is no stranger to trivia. The tech entrepreneur founded QuizUp, one of the hottest mobile games of the early aughts, which attracted more than 100 million downloads, a deal with NBC, and had raised more than $40 million from notable investors. Plain Vanilla Games, the parent company of QuizUp, eventually sold to GluMobile […] → Read More

Playbook, a creator platform focused on fitness, raises $3 million in seed –

Playbook, aiming to be the Patreon of fitness content, announced the close of a $3 million seed round from several notable angels today. The investor roster includes Giphy founder Alex Chung, StyleSeat founder Melody McCloskey, EventBrite cofounder Renaud Visage, Seventh Generation founder John Replogle, former head of growth at Uber Ed Baker, former head of […] → Read More

Canva design platform partners with FedEx Office as it pushes further into the U.S. –

Canva, the design platform for non-designers, has recently inked a partnership with FedEx Office to help businesses reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic with a design-to-print integration. Canva declined to disclose the financial terms of the partnership. With the new partnership, Canva and FedEx customers alike will be able to use Canva’s extensive libraries of templates, […] → Read More

FirstMark Capital announces new funds with a fresh $650 million in investment capital –

FirstMark Capital, the NY-based VC firm whose portfolio includes Shopify, Riot Games, Pinterest, Airbnb, InVision and more, has today announced the close of its two newest investment vehicles. FirstMark IV is a $380 million early-stage fund focused on seed and Series A investments, while FirstMark Opportunity III is a $270 million vehicle dedicated to follow-on […] → Read More

Original Content podcast: The new season of ‘Queer Eye’ is exactly what we needed –

With everything that’s going on in the world right now, it’s nice to know that we can rely on Netflix’s “Queer Eye” to continue tugging at our heartstrings. The latest season was filmed during what looks like a sweltering Philadelphia summer, before the COVID-19 pandemic. The basic “Queer Eye” formula hasn’t changed, with the Fab […] → Read More

BLCK VC co-founder Sydney Sykes talks specific actions firms can take to be more inclusive –

BLCK VC is on a mission to double the number of Black venture capitalists out there by 2024. The reason behind it shouldn’t need explaining — only 2% of all partner-level VCs are Black, and 81% of VC firms don’t have a single Black partner. It’s no surprise then, that the startup ecosystem that is […] → Read More

InVision adds new features to Freehand, a virtual whiteboard tool, as user demand surges –

No business is immune to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve seen Airbnb — a company particularly susceptible to this Black Swan event — go through an insane design sprint. Even enterprise collaboration tools have felt it, with Box readjusting its product road map to focus on how the tool worked for remote employees. […] → Read More

Extra Crunch Live: Join BLCK VC’s Sydney Sykes for a discussion on fostering diversity in venture –

Tech has dropped the ball. For an industry that holds so much power, and prides itself on being ahead of the curve, the diversity of venture capital and among tech entrepreneurs leaves so much to be desired. More than 80 percent of VC firms don’t have a single black founder. It’s no surprise, then, that […] → Read More

Hear from Figma founder and CEO Dylan Field at TC Early Stage in July –

Figma is one of the fastest-growing companies in the world of design and in the broader SaaS category. So it goes without saying that we’re absolutely thrilled to have Figma CEO Dylan Field join us at Early Stage, our virtual two-day conference on July 21 and 22, as a speaker. You can pick up a […] → Read More