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Dutch startup Meatable is developing lab-grown pork and has $10 million in new financing to do it –

Meatable, the Dutch startup developing cruelty-free technologies for manufacturing cultured meat, is pivoting to pork production as a swine flu epidemic ravages one quarter of the world’s pork supply — and has raised $10 million in financing to support its new direction. When the company unveiled its technology last year, it was one of several […] → Read More

Brazil’s new fintech startup Cora raised $10 million on the strength of its founding team –

It didn’t take much for the founders of Cora, Brazil’s newest startup to tackle some aspect of the broken financial services industry in the country, to raise their first $10 million. Igor Senra and Leo Mendes had worked together before — founding their first online payments company, MOIP, in 2005. That company sold to WireCard […] → Read More

The Urban.Us and BMW Mini accelerator focused on urban innovation names its latest cohort –

URBAN-X, the accelerator program focused on companies developing technologies to increase the sustainability, resiliency, and efficiency of cities, has selected seven companies for its latest cohort. Operating as a partnership between BMW’s Mini brand and the early-stage investment fund Urban.Us since 2017, the accelerator has backed 51 companies which have raised over $100 million in […] → Read More

Carbon dioxide emissions are set to hit a record high this year (it’s not fine, but not hopeless) –

Carbon dioxide emissions, one of the main contributors to the climate changes bringing extreme weather, rising oceans, and more frequent fires that have killed hundreds of Americans and cost the U.S. billions of dollars, are set to reach another record high in 2019. That’s the word from the Global Carbon Project, an initiative of researchers around […] → Read More

Setting politics aside, Sequoia raises $3.4 billion for US and China investments –

Noted Silicon Valley venture capital fund Sequoia Capital has raised nearly $1 billion for later-stage U.S. investments and roughly $2.4 billion for venture and growth deals in China, according to paperwork filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday. The firm, famous for its investments in U.S. companies like Google, Instagram, Dropbox, LinkedIn, […] → Read More

AWS launches managed Cassandra services –

Today at Amazon re:Invent, Amazon announced a new ability to manage Cassandra databases on AWS. Already used by companies as diverse as, Netflix, Ooyala, Openwave, Reddit, and Uber, to manage distributed NoSQL databases, that handle large amounts of data across commodity servers, the new Amazon Managed Apache Cassandra Service, is AWS’ attempt to offer […] → Read More

Podcorn connects advertisers with podcasters and manages sponsored messages in podcasts –

Podcorn, the service that connects brands with podcasters to acquire in-broadcast sponsored time (not pre- or post-roll advertising), is officially launching its services today. The benefit of Podcorn is that we aim to service podcasters of all sizes, many of which don’t currently qualify for traditional advertising but can still bring a lot of value […] → Read More

Fulcrum, which provides freelance placement opportunities for technical projects, raises $1 million –

La Jolla, Calif.-based Fulcrum, a job placement company for technical projects, has raised $1 million in a seed round of funding from the local technology investment firm Greatscale Ventures along with several private co-investors, the company said. The company has what it calls a fully compliant service for hiring freelancers onto technical projects that had […] → Read More

Simple Contacts has a new service letting users cheaply switch contact lens prescriptions –

Simple Contacts has launched a new service letting users try out new contact lenses for as little as $3. The company launched a little over three years ago as a way for contact lens wearers to slash their refill costs, has now expanded into a service that offers users a chance to try out different […] → Read More

Mojichat is partnering with Streamlabs to create customized emotes of streamers –

Mojichat, the Los Angeles startup which makes full-body, animated emojis, is launching a partnership with Streamlabs to offer gamers an opportunity to sell customized emojis to fans and potential sponsors. Viewers can create customized Mojichat emotes that can be displayed in chat boxes next to their names, that will appear in-stream if they donate to […] → Read More

Baby Yoda memes return as Giphy stops pulling content over copyright concerns –

Almost as soon as “Baby Yoda” (or “Yoda Baby”?) debuted on the wildly popular new Disney Plus series “The Mandalorian,” a thousand internet memes bloomed in its wake. Yet, nearly as quickly as the image took hold everywhere online, it was mysteriously pulled — as if a thousand bounty hunters all got the same tracking […] → Read More

What the partnership at Trinity Ventures sees for the road ahead in 2020 –

Over the years, Trinity Ventures has racked up many exits for its limited partners. Through deals in consumer brands like Starbucks and Zulily and enterprise companies like TubeMogul and New Relic, the Menlo Park-based fund has found repeated success, but as it retrenches with a pared-down investment team and a much smaller new fund, Trinity’s […] → Read More

Gloria brings international soccer scouting into the 21st century –

Lionel Messi, who’s still arguably the greatest soccer player in the world, signed his first contract with FC Barcelona when he was thirteen years old. Although he grew up in a small town in central Argentina, he had captured the attention of some of the world’s most famous soccer teams when he was only eleven […] → Read More

With echoes of Theranos, Truvian Sciences revives the dream of low-cost, accessible blood tests –

A little over a year after the dissolution of the once high-flying blood testing startup Theranos, another startup has raised more than $27 million to breathe new life into the vision of bringing low-cost blood tests to point-of-care medical facilities. Unlike Theranos, Truvian Sciences is not claiming that most of its blood tests do not […] → Read More

WHILL brings its autonomous wheelchairs to North American airports –

After trials in Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, Tokyo’s Haneda airport and Abu Dhabi airport earlier this year, WHILL, the developer of autonomous wheelchairs, is bringing its robotic mobility tech to North America. At airports in Dallas and Winnipeg, travelers with mobility limitations can book a WHILL through Scootaround and test out the company’s products. Using sensing […] → Read More

Tuesday Company acquires VoteWithMe as tech for politics looks to consolidate ahead of 2020 –

Tuesday Company, the organizational toolkit for political advocacy groups and candidates, has taken another step to consolidate its position in the growing market for tech-enabled political outreach with the acquisition of the voting mobilization service VoteWithMe. Launched in the wake of the 2016 election by three former staffers from Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the presidency, […] → Read More

San Diego-based Founders First Capital Partners gets $100 million for revenue-based fund –

Founders First Capital Partners, an accelerator and investment firm which provides revenue-based financing to businesses led by “underrepresented entrepreneurs” operating in underserved markets, has received a $100 million commitment to expand its operations. The San Diego-based investor raised the debt financing from Community Investment Management, a large debt-focused impact investment fund.… → Read More

LA-based Maslo pivots to professional services, launching an AI product for executive coaching –

When the Los Angeles-based startup Maslo launched its first product in early 2018, the company was focused on a direct-to-consumer tool designed to encourage mindfulness and self-awareness through a machine learning enabled avatar that would respond to individual’s inputs. Now the company has reframed its offering, raised a fresh round of financing and is coming […] → Read More

Heliogen’s new tech could unlock renewable energy for industrial manufacturing –

Last Monday a group of millionaires and billionaires took a trip to an industrial site in Lancaster, Calif. to witness the achievement of what could represent a giant leap forward in the effort to decarbonize some of the world’s most carbon intensive industries. For Bill Gross, the founder of Idealab and brains behind the excursion, […] → Read More

Earth is headed for its second warmest year in recorded history (the record was three years ago) –

Data from the U.S. government sure seems to indicate that the Earth is warming (despite what the current leadership may say). Apparently, the globe just experienced the second-hottest October ever recorded and is on track for the second-hottest year to date on record, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Not only […] → Read More