Ben Horowitz

The era of the cloud’s total dominance is drawing to a close

CONNECTED devices now regularly double as digital hoovers: equipped with a clutch of sensors, they suck in all kinds of information and send it to …

Economics

Cancer Diagnosis from a Blood Draw? Liquid Biopsies Are Still a Dream

Nick Papadopoulos tracks down tumors for a living. Not with X-rays or CT scans, but with DNA. The oncologist and director of translational genetics …

Cancer

Silicon Valley Is Ready To Spend Millions More On Its Anti-Ageing Obsession

This month, the famed Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator put out a call for companies working to "help people live healthier for …

Venture Capital

Mixed signals on Chinese deals in the US

A day after it emerged that <b>Donald Trump</b>’s administration had approved the first Chinese takeover of a US company since he became president a year …

The City

Seattle startup Usermind raises $23.5M from top Silicon Valley investors

Usermind builds a platform for companies to automate business operations and connects often-fragmented team within sales, finance and marketing …

Venture Capital

For These Young Entrepreneurs, Silicon Valley Is, Like, Lame

Last week, a group of Chinese startup founders and investors made a pilgrimage to Silicon Valley. They toured a Tesla assembly line, complained to senior Apple executives about its slow app-reviewing process in China and brunched on baked eggs and avocado at Russian billionaire investor Yuri …

Business

Senate takes new look at foreign acquisitions of U.S. companies

The Senate Banking Committee today will hear testimony on proposed changes to the review process for acquisitions and other foreign investments in …

U.S. Politics

How Many Board Seats Is Too Many?

Scandals at Uber and SoFi have led to renewed calls for stronger board oversight in Silicon Valley. But is that possible from a director who sits on …

Venture Capital

Term Sheet -- Wednesday, January 17

5 Qs WITH A DEALMAKER<p>Krishna Yeshwant is not your typical VC. In addition to practicing internal medicine, Yeshwant is a general partner at GV …

Venture Capital

Gartner Names Digital Experience Platform Leaders, eZ's New CEO, More News

Gartner named IBM, Adobe, Sitecore and Liferay as the leading vendors in its first Magic Quadrant for Digital Experience Platforms (fee charged), …

Andreessen Horowitz

UserMind raises $23.5 million to connect enterprise applications for greater customer insights

UserMind, a company that aims to help businesses garner great customer insights by connecting their various software applications, has raised $23.5 million in a series C round of funding led by Northgate Capital, with participation form previous investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, Menlo …

Business

Is BlackRock Seeing 'Cleary'-Eyed? A 'Watershed Moment' If Words Become Actions

Every CEO and every board member of every publicly traded company (and every thinking-about-being-publicly traded company) should drop whatever they are doing and read two short things right now:<p>This week’s annual letter to CEOs from BlackRock chief executive Larry Fink; and<br>• The January 8 client …

Entrepreneurship

Startups Race to Create Cancer Screens from DNA

Silicon Valley is out for blood—and not just the rejuvenating blood of the young. Biomedical engineers are enthralled by the promise of liquid …

Cancer

☄️ Benedict's Newsletter: No. 235

<i>This is a weekly newsletter of what I've seen in tech and thought was interesting. I work at Andreessen Horowitz.</i><p><b>✏️ My blog posts</b><p>TV, retail, …

Andreessen Horowitz

Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble

layer innocent nothing argue pottery winner cotton menu task slim merge maid<p>The sequence of words is meaningless: a random array strung together by an algorithm let loose in an English dictionary. What makes them valuable is that they’ve been generated exclusively for me, by a software tool called …

Bitcoin

Chart: Here are the U.S. states that attracted the most venture capital in Q4

Looking for venture capital? You better cruise the streets of San Francisco and the boulevards of Silicon Valley.<p>California remains the number one …

Venture Capital

Usermind raises $23.5M to become the IFTTT of customer experience

Usermind Inc., a Seattle-based startup working to improve customer experience with automation, today announced that it has secured a $23.5 million …

Startups

Reinventing Food

It’s surprising that we eat has actually changed very little over the ages, despite how much we’ve advanced as a species. Now, however — driven by …

How Biotech Startup Asimov Is Doing Business With "Genetic Circuits"

You may have heard of Asimov.<p>No, not Isaac “Pioneering Science Fiction Author” Asimov: Asimov the startup, a new, MIT-born biotech startup that …

Molecular Biology

Rise of the Super App: Mobile-First Product Ideas from China

<b>watch time: 12 minutes</b>Apps like WeChat and Alipay in China show us what’s possible when an entire country leapfrogs over the PC era directly to …

Andreessen Horowitz

2018 IPO Prospects: AirBnB More Than Halfway Ready To List

AirBnB has always been prudent about its fiscal management.<p>While focusing on revenue growth, the company has managed its costs efficiently.<p>Reports …

Hospitality

Comment: AI assistants say Goodbye to Android and All That

His comment piece posits that we are moving towards a post Operating System world, and AI is the key agent of change.<p>Adding value<p>Intelligent …

Electronics

Even the Most Interesting Man in the World couldn’t make Luma work as standalone company

Luma, a three-year-old, Atlanta, Ga.-based maker of smart WiFi routers, has been acquired by First Alert, a maker of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that is itself a subsidiary of Newell Brands, a public company whose other holdings include Rubbermaid.<p>Terms of the deal aren’t being disclosed, …

Andreessen Horowitz

5 Reasons an Ebook Beats a Social Media Badge

A self-published ebook to your name may sound less prestigious than a blue badge on your social media account, but it can actually be much more …

Publishing

Goldman clients are giving Cadre $250 million to pour into commercial real estate

Cadre, a three-year-old, New York-based online platform helping accredited investors delve into commercial real estate deals in what it claims is a far more transparent way, has received a big vote of confidence from Goldman Sachs.<p>According to CEO Ryan Williams, Goldman’s private wealth clients are …

Real Estate

Real estate investing start-up Cadre has inked a $250 million partnership with Goldman Sachs

• <b>Cadre, an online commercial real-estate investing platform that has raised more than $130 million in funding, has secured a partnership with Goldman Sachs.</b>• <b><br>The deal provides Goldman Sachs' private wealth clients with access to Cadre's platform.</b>• <b><br>Goldman clients have committed $250 million in capital</b> …

Real Estate

Dropbox Is Said to Be Planning to Go Public This Year

Silicon Valley has birthed many highly valued and hugely hyped start-ups in recent years, including Uber, Airbnb and Pinterest. Few of those companies have made it out onto the stock market successfully.<p>Now Dropbox, the online file storage company that is part of Silicon Valley’s closely watched …

Business

Expert Commentary: Early-Stage Funding Gap in Agtech and How to Close It

January 10, 2018<p><b>by Brett Morris, Principal for TechAccel</b><p>Early in 2017 I was approached by several CEOs seeking additional funding for their startup. …

Agriculture

Why Critics Say Tesla's Model 3 Will Fail, And Why I Disagree

Model 3 production is ramping, but some critics say that isn't enough to make the Model 3 a success.<p>Some argue the Model 3's gross margin will be …

Business

5 Alarming Reasons Ripple Might Not Be What You Think

In the world of crypto-investing, news and misinformation run rampant. And revealing the truth is important for everyone looking to be a part of the …

Bitcoin