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Elon Musk calls App Store fees ‘a de facto global tax on the Internet’ –

Elon Musk is siding with Epic Games in the App Store monopoly case, with the Tesla CEO firing off a tweet Friday morning that called Apple’s Store fees “a de facto global tax on the Internet,” also adding that “Epic is right.” What’s less clear is why Musk is taking up this issue right now. […] → Read More

Tenderly raises $15.3M to help Ethereum developers ship decentralized apps faster –

Blockchain infrastructure startups are heating up as industry fervor brings more developers and users to a space that still feels extremely young despite a heavy institutional embrace of the crypto space in 2021. The latest crypto startup to court the attention of venture capitalists is Tenderly, which builds a developer platform for Ethereum devs to […] → Read More

Cowboy Ventures’ Ted Wang: CEO coaching is ‘about having a second set of eyes’ –

'I think you want insight from people who understand how human beings listen and learn and grow.' → Read More

Greylock’s Mike Duboe explains how to define growth and build your team –

'I think successful growth folks tend to be voracious learners; they're resourceful and have that sort of get-shit-done mindset; they're ultimately simplifiers and actually generalists.' → Read More

DraftKings shares plans for launch of NFT collectibles marketplace –

DraftKings is charging into the NFT game, announcing a marketplace aimed at curating sports and entertainment-themed digital collectibles for its audience of enthusiasts. The platform is “debuting later this summer,” and showcases another potentially lucrative expansion for the fantasy sports betting company. DraftKings is entering a market that is both crowded and sparse — with […] → Read More

Alternative investing hub Vincent closes $6 million raise –

While markets grapple with the concept that the pandemic might not be entirely in the rear view mirror, investors are continuing to seek out investment opportunities outside public markets as they seek to diversify. Vincent, an alternative asset aggregation hub, is hoping to capture some of that investor attention, allowing users to scour multiple types […] → Read More

NFT market OpenSea hits $1.5 billion valuation –

It’s been a wild 2021 for NFT auction marketplace OpenSea. The startup was exceedingly well-positioned in a niche space when NFTs exploded earlier this year seemingly out of nowhere. Since then, the startup has found its user base expanding, the total volume of sales skyrocketing and more investor dollars being thrown at them. The startup […] → Read More

Crypto startup Phantom banks funding from Andreessen Horowitz to scale its multi-chain wallet –

While retail investors grew more comfortable buying cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum in 2021, the decentralized application world still has a lot of work to do when it comes to onboarding a mainstream user base. Phantom is part of a new class of crypto startups looking to build infrastructure that streamlines blockchain-based applications and provides […] → Read More

FlyMachine raises $21 million to build a virtual concerts platform for a post-pandemic world –

As concerts and live events return to the physical world stateside, many in the tech industry have wondered whether some of the pandemic-era opportunities around virtualizing these events are lost for the time being. San Francisco-based FlyMachine is aiming to seek out the holy grail of the digital music industry, finding a way to capture […] → Read More

End-to-end moving startup Updater buys on-demand moving startup Dolly –

Moving services giant Updater is bringing on the team from Dolly as the New York company looks to expand its scope of offerings with the acquisition of the on-demand startup known for helping consumers execute small-scale moves. Dolly connects users in need of moving a large item like a piece of furniture with a contractor […] → Read More

DeFi investor platform Zerion raises $8.2 million Series A –

While crypto exchanges have demystified some of the largest cryptocurrencies for retail investors, many of the intricacies of decentralized finance are still lost on even more savvy investors as a result of DeFi’s weave of diverse offerings. Zerion, a startup building a decentralized finance “interface” for crypto investors, has attracted venture capitalist attention on the […] → Read More

Osso VR raises $27 million to turn surgery into a video game –

Virtual reality did not turn into the ultimate office replacement telepresence machine during the pandemic — and it wasn’t for lack of trying — but some startups focused on employee training in VR have found added validation in the past year as professionals across industries were forced to access institutional knowledge in remote settings. Osso […] → Read More

Singularity 6 raises $30M to fund upcoming fantasy ‘community simulation’ MMO –

LA game studio Singularity 6 has banked more funding as it scales itself up and readies for the launch of its debut title. The firm tells TechCrunch, they’ve raised $30 million in a Series B bout of funding led by FunPlus Ventures with additional participation from Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), LVP, Transcend, Anthos Capital and Mitch […] → Read More

Lego should snap up this rapid-fire brick-finding iOS app –

Lego has worked extremely closely with Apple over the years, experimenting with unreleased iOS tech and demoing it onstage at launch events like WWDC; this has included some pretty heavy tinkering on the augmented reality ARKit platform that they’ve integrated several of their play sets with, adding digital experiences to the physical toys. But one […] → Read More

Pietra raises $15M from Founders Fund to help creators launch their own product lines –

In the white-hot creator economy space, startups are increasingly looking to build paint-by-numbers platforms to help budding creators more easily execute on what once insurmountably daunting business challenges. The ex-Uber team at Pietra is cashing in on this vision with a plan to build a backend for launching and scaling creator product lines. The startup, […] → Read More

Nansen raises $12M from a16z to help investors make sense of crypto markets –

While the ambitions of crypto investors have swelled even faster than the market has in recent months, institutional players have had a mountain of blockchain data to try to make sense of without particularly mature analytics products at their disposal. Blockchain analytics startup Nansen is building a product for crypto traders and hedge funds to […] → Read More

Digital greeting card startup Givingli wraps $3 million seed round –

While the digital revolution has transformed nearly every social interaction and communication type in the past couple decades, the humble birthday card has shown surprising resiliency. Givingli, a small LA-based startup with an app aiming to challenge how Gen Z sends digital greeting cards, is picking up some seed funding from investors betting on their […] → Read More

Discord acquires augmented reality startup Ubiquity6 –

After raising tens of millions from investors and executing a pretty substantial pivot earlier this year, augmented reality startup Ubiquity6 and its team have been acquired by gaming chat app giant Discord. The ambitious AR startup had raised $37.5 million from a series of top investors including Benchmark, First Round, Kleiner Perkins and Google’s Gradient […] → Read More

Sneaker marketplace GOAT hits $3.7 billion valuation in Series F raise –

Sneaker and streetwear empire GOAT just doubled its valuation in a massive new raise. The GOAT Group parent company shared today that it has raised $195 million in a Series F raise valuing the fashion giant at some $3.7 billion. The raise was led by a handful of hedge funds and P/E firms including Park […] → Read More

Psychedelic VR meditation startup Tripp raises $11 million Series A –

As an increasing number of startups sell investors on mobile apps that help consumers prioritize well-being and mindfulness, other startups are looking for a more immersive take that allow users to fully disconnect from the world around them. Tripp has been building immersive relaxation exercises that seek to blend some of the experiences users may […] → Read More