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US female-founded companies have raised $7B so far this year | PitchBook

US startups have brought in $57.5 billion so far this year. Of that total, roughly $7 billion has been funneled into female-founded companies.

Venture Capital

An Award-Winning Austin Home Hits the Market at $1.9M

Ranked as one of the 11 winners for the American Institute of Architects 2018 Housing Awards, this contemporary residence radiates tree house vibes.<p>After becoming inspired by two massive oak trees in the city's trendy neighborhood of Boudlin Creek, Austin couple and design duo Anne Suttles and Sam …

Architecture

Watch footage of mountain biker jumping over the Tour de France peloton - MBR

With a suicide no-hander no less<p>Watch from numerous angles as a mountain biker gap jumps over the Tour de France peloton during Stage 10 of the 2018 …

Road Cycling

How bundling benefits sellers and buyers

There is a widespread belief in technology circles that bundling of cable TV, newspaper, magazine and other information goods will go away now that …

The Great Unbundling

To say that the Internet has changed the media business is so obvious it barely bears writing; the media business, though, is massive in scope, …

AdTech

More than 11,000 people are paying (yes, paying) for email newsletters on Substack’s platform

Substack offers its latest paid-subscriber numbers as evidence that there’s a market out there for valuable information in email newsletter form — a market that can support many more indie news operations than just everyone’s go-to example, Ben Thompson’s Stratechery.<p>Just over 11,000 subscribers of …

Inventions

Half of ICOs Die Within Four Months After Token Sales Finalized

About 56 percent of crypto startups that raise money through token sales die within four months of their initial coin offerings.<p>That’s the finding of …

Cryptocurrency

Uber's next big thing is Lime scooters to get around town

The scooter wars are on.<p>Lime announced a new funding round of $335 million on Monday that was led by Alphabet's Google Ventures. This is after its rival, Bird, announced less than two weeks ago that it received $300 million in new funding.<p>Along with Google Ventures, Lime also confirmed that Uber …

Transportation

China’s Unicorns Are Stampeding Into an IPO Quagmire

From China, without love. The stampede of unicorns is losing fans.<p>Xiaomi Corp. fell as much as 6 percent in its Monday debut in Hong Kong, while most of last year’s hottest listings, from ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance Co. to Ping An Healthcare & Technology Co., are trading below their IPO prices.<p>Yet …

Venture Capital

Grab Opens its App in an Attempt to Build a Tencent-Like Service

Grab is opening its app to external developers and fellow startups, as the company that bought out Uber Technologies Inc. in Southeast Asia tries to …

Mobile Devices

VC Market Is on Pace for Strongest Year Since Dot-Com Era

Venture capitalists are spending cash at levels not seen since the dot-com era, and they’re raising money at a pace to match.<p>Last quarter, VCs spent …

Venture Capital

Oasis Labs raises $45 million for ‘privacy first’ cloud on blockchain

Oasis Labs has raised $45 million to build a “privacy-first” cloud computing platform with blockchain technology.<p>Berkeley, California-based Oasis Labs is designing a platform to overcome the performance, security, and privacy limitations that have hampered blockchain adoption to date. The aim is to …

UC Berkeley

This Oregon Company Crafts Exceptional Tiny Homes Starting at $40K

Hunkered down during a week-long snow storm, three couples hatch a plan to build purposefully designed and expertly crafted tiny homes under the moniker Tiny Heirloom.<p>In early 2014, Portland, Oregon–based brothers Jason and Zach Francis were building traditional, stick-and-brick homes while their …

Living Rooms

Joni Sternbach’s Latest Portrait Series Will Make You Question Time

The unconventional photographer is back with more gorgeous images shot using 1850s-inspired equipment<p>Kelly Slater stands in the backyard of his home …

Surfing

Who Has The Best Business Model (And It’s Not Google Or Facebook)

<i>“</i>When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that …

eCommerce

Old VC firms hold entrenched position in fundraising despite fresh entrants

On Tuesday, news broke that Sequoia Capital has closed $6 billion out of what could end up being an $8 billion growth-stage fund with global scope. Crunchbase News covered that particular financing, but also found that Sequoia Capital is potentially raising billions more across funds focused on …

Venture Capital

On knowing the value of everything and the price of nothing

At the latest Apple Summit in Los Angeles the question of Apple’s valuation was foremost on many minds. The illustration I used there to discuss …

Investing

Tim Cook Explains Why Apple News Needs Human Editors

Apple wants to curate variety of content that won’t just be “enraging,” says exec<p>Tim Cook wants your news experience to be a little less stressful — …

Tim Cook

The largest venture-capital fund in Silicon Valley history has raised a whopping $6 billion to take on global competitors

For months, the prominent Silicon Valley-based venture firm Sequoia Capital has been quietly amassing a multibillion-dollar fortune to take on global competitors — primarily, the Japanese funding conglomerate SoftBank.<p>Now, the Financial Times reports that Sequoia has closed its first fundraising …

Venture Capital

It’s Official: Skeleton Bay Is The Best Wave In The World

<b>Another week, another edit drops proving that Namibia’s Skeleton Bay is best wave on the planet.</b> This time it was Oliver Kurtz, Brett Barley and Koa …

Aquatic Sports

Policybazaar raises $200 million from SoftBank Vision Fund, attains unicorn status

Online insurance platform Policybazaar, has raised $200 million in a funding round led by SoftBank Group’s Vision Fund. With this funding round, …

Venture Capital

Slowing Down To Speed Up

I saw this chart in Recode’s piece on Benchmark:It’s an interesting chart because it breaks out new investments and follow-on investments, both of …

Venture Capital

Is there a next act for one of Silicon Valley’s top investors after Uber? Benchmark and Bill Gurley are about to find out.

Questions swirl around the venture capital firm as it prepares to raise a new fund within the next year.<p>Benchmark is one of tech’s most powerful venture capital firms, and, at 6’9”, Bill Gurley is literally one of its biggest celebrities.<p>So as his firm prepares for its next chapter and a new pool …

Venture Capital

TV columnist speculates Apple is plotting a major media industry acquisition

The speculation about Apple’s original content plan continues this week. After a report last week suggested that Apple might price its subscription service below Netflix, The Hollywood Reporter’s Tim Goodman now writes that Apple has to be looking to acquire an existing media company if it wants to …

Smart TV

House-flipping start-up Opendoor just landed $325 million to expand across the US

Opendoor, a start-up that buys and sells homes online, has just pulled in $325 million to expand its team, add more cities and move deeper into …

Real Estate

Top 5 Homes of the Week That Interact With the Landscape

Effortlessly blending into their surroundings, these modern homes pay homage to Mother Nature. With floor-to-ceiling windows, expansive decks, and open floor plans, these editor-curated homes from the Dwell community bring the outdoors in.<p><i>Featured homes were submitted by members of the Dwell</i> …

Costa Rica

This AI helps find great startups before the world discovers them

Swedish VC firm EQT Ventures’ Motherbrain uses machine learning to identity unknown companies with big potential.<p>German startup AnyDesk was already cash-flow positive when the founders opened an email from Stockholm’s EQT Ventures. Anydesk’s founders weren’t looking for outside investment, but were …

Machine Learning

Artist Spends 15 Months Constructing Ghostly Pirate Ship With Ordinary Found Materials

Tattooist Jason Stieva has been creating assemblage art for almost 20 years, extending his creativity beyond the flesh and into three-dimensional space. For the past nine years, he's been working on his <i>Gothic Times</i> series, which began when he acquired a portion of an old clockmakers estate. Mixing …

Art

Koa Smith Rides a Mile-Long Wave, Gets Barreled Eight Times at Skeleton Bay

Yep, that's one hell of a leg burner<p>In the most mesmerizing clip to come out of Namibia since Cory Lopez put the surreal left hander on the map a …

Aquatic Sports

A Well-Traveled Couple Launch a Line of Sleek Homes on Wheels

The husband-and-wife duo behind Living Vehicle tell us the story behind the off-grid, mobile home that is shaking up the industry.<p>Santa Barbara, California–based architect Matthew Hofmann and his wife and business partner Joanna have been embracing the nomadic life for the past few years, residing …

Santa Barbara