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Defensible strategies for food tech entrepreneurs facing the Amazon juggernaut

Ever since Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods became official in August, food tech entrepreneurs have been holding their collective breath in anticipation of what comes next. First prices dropped; now, apparently, they’re on the rise.<p>Without knowing Bezos’ ultimate vision for an Amazon-owned Whole …

Howard Schultz

VCs love insurance, even if you don’t

Most people hate shopping for insurance, and they don’t enjoy talking about it either. That’s probably why you’re unlikely to hear about the industry’s current transformation in conversation, even in startup circles.<p>But make no mistake, there are vast sums of venture dollars going into insurance …

Venture Capital

‘Quora for cancer’ startup theMednet raises $1.3 million in seed funding

TheMednet launched out of Y Combinator earlier this year to bring physicians a sophisticated platform for finding the best in treatment research, starting with cancer. It has now raised $1.3 million in seed funding to help it reach even more of those physicians.<p>The funding comes from Endure …

oncologists

Health insurance startup Alan adds life insurance

French startup Alan launched a brand new full-stack health insurance last year. This week, the company is launching corporate-owned life insurance so that it can become a one-stop shop for all your corporate insurance needs.<p>When Alan launched its health insurance product, it was the first new one …

Health Care

Meet Mobike, a billion-dollar bike-sharing startup from China

Bike-sharing is the year’s hottest tech trend in China. The two biggest startups in the space have pulled in more than $1 billion cumulatively from VCs this year alone, and at valuations that exceed $1 billion — yet their businesses, and the bikes themselves, are not well known in the U.S. and …

Nvidia is powering the world’s first Level 3 self-driving production car

Audi announced Tuesday that its forthcoming A8 would be the first production vehicle to ship with a Level 3 self-driving feature onboard when it goes on sale next year, and now we know that Nvidia’s technology will be helping power the vehicle’s ‘traffic jam pilot’ autonomous capabilities. Nvidia’s …

Plaid puts out a ‘request for startups’ in nine underserved fintech sectors

Plaid wants to make it easier for financial services companies to serve consumers and businesses, but it also sees significant holes in the fintech ecosystem. As a result, the company has issued a Y Combinator-like “request for startups” to tackle particular issues where it believes significant …

Wefox acquires digital insurance carrier One

Wefox, the German insurance platform that enables customers, insurance brokers and insurance providers to transact and manage insurance products digitally, has acquired One, a fully digital and newly launched insurance provider.<p>Although terms of the deal remain undisclosed, I understand the two …

India’s Supr Daily raises $1.5M to expand its milk and grocery delivery service

Milk deliveries may not sound like an industry in need of disruption, but that’s exactly what one startup in India is working to do. Supr Daily — the company in question — graduated the Y Combinator accelerator program this year and now it has raised $1.5 million from a range of investors to expand …

Startups

Unpacking Pinterest’s $150M Series Whatever

Alex Wilhelm Contributor<p>Alex Wilhelm is the editor-in-chief of Crunchbase News and co-host of Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Live from Disrupt SF: Equity talks Slack, Lyft and flying cars<br>• Understanding Roku’s IPO and its growing platform …

Uber’s head of finance is heading to Opendoor

Uber’s soon-to-be former head of finance, Gautam Gupta, is set to join real estate startup Opendoor as its first-ever chief operating officer, Axios reports.<p>News of Gupta’s upcoming departure from Uber, along with data on Uber’s revenues, came late last month. Gupta is leaving Uber in July, after …

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Here’s what the top accelerators in North America are funding

The top startup accelerators have a history of seeing the future in ideas that sounded silly at the time. After all, who would have foreseen billion-dollar businesses based on renting your air mattress to strangers, or shopping for their groceries?<p>So when prestigious accelerators invest around …

Startups

Addepar raises $140 million so more of the ultra rich can know exactly what they’re doing with their money

Addepar, the provider of data collection and monitoring services for the financial industry (it’s Palantir’s somewhat less ethically compromised cousin), has raised a whopping $140 million in its latest round of funding.<p>The company’s financing, which likely makes it a unicorn if it wasn’t already …

Brief: Thai energy company you’ve probably never heard of takes on Tesla

Tesla CEO Elon Musk explaining Gigafactory 1. Photo credit: Steve Jurvetson.<b>The news:</b>• Bangkok renewable energy company Energy Absolute is planning to …

20 Indian startups poised to expand in global markets

Photo credit: Pixabay.London & Partners, an agency of the city administration supported by tax firm BDO and banks Santander and Newland Chase, have …

Forget smart homes — industrial IoT is what Indonesia should focus on

Image credit: Pixabay.The Internet of Things (IoT) is synonymous with smart home applications like controlling your lights and appliances with a …

Thai ride-hailer aims to be the hyperlocal alternative to Grab and Uber

Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok. Photo credit: Clay Gilliland.Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing space looks more saturated by the day. With the likes of Grab and …

In China, live streaming is thrashing gaming and TV combined

China’s cheery live streamers – broadcasting dancing, singing, comedy, game play, and lots more – are taking over the web.<b>They’re so popular – along</b> …

A startup plots to trim the fat in the insurance industry

Bandboo team. L to R: Ng Zhong Qin (CTO), Ou Zhiqu (COO), Ashley Kee (CEO). Bottom: Chee Chun Woei (chairman). Image credit: Bandboo.When 30-year-old …

Singaporean startup gets funding to help medtech meet international standards

The Stendard team at TIA Singapore 2017. Photo credit: Stendard.Singapore’s Stendard, an online service helping medical device manufacturers fulfill …

These hustlers make a living off WeChat’s thriving underground ecommerce

One third of WeChat users spend four hours a day in the app. Photo credit: Pedro Serapio.WeChat, China’s most dominant social messaging app, is …

Opinion: Singapore must rethink its bike-sharing policy

Image credit: LTA.In recent months, Singapore has been hit by a silver (and yellow and orange) tsunami – the bike-sharing phenomenon has come to …

Will Japan get swept up in China’s bike-sharing craze?

Photo credit: Mobike.“You wouldn’t be here unless you were thinking about entering Japan market, right?”The question from the moderator was a gentle …

Opinion: Bike-sharing startups are just glorified rental businesses

On your bike: Hu Weiwei, Mobike co-founder and president. Photo credit: Mobike.Driven by a persistent belief that consumers are willing to share …

Facebook is broken

The problem is this: Facebook has become a feedback loop which can and does, despite its best intentions, become a vicious spiral. At Facebook’s scale, behavioral targeting doesn’t just <i>reflect</i> our behavior, it actually <i>influences</i> it. Over time, a service which was supposed to connect humanity is …

Social Media

Business in the age of Ethereum

When Bitcoin burst onto the scene in 2009, it challenged preconceived notions about the limitations of transactions. Fast-forward 8 years, and another platform is dominating the headlines. Ethereum has built on Bitcoin’s potential and is driving a revolution in financial transactions.<p>Ethereum is an …

Blockchain

The consumerization of healthcare

Recently, I registered with the GP across the road from my flat. I’ve lived there for a year. I had put off registering beforehand due to a severe allergy to bureaucracy. Last year, I wanted to go see a specialist. I snored at my private healthcare provider’s response that I first needed to have a …

Digital Health

Yeay, a Gen Z video network for selling things, raises $4.9M

Video is the name of the game in social media these days, as Facebook and Instagram continue to ramp up features to grab users from Snapchat, and Twitter moves into 24-hour news broadcasting partnerships to push more engagement. Now a startup from Berlin, Germany hopes a focus on video will help it …

Social Media