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Startups Weekly: Will the real unicorns please stand up?

Startups Weekly: Will the real unicorns please stand up? Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a newsletter published every Saturday that dives into the week’s noteworthy venture capital deals, funds and trends. Before I dive into this week’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about the sudden […]

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Bringing tech efficiencies to the agribusiness market, Silo harvests $3 million

Bringing tech efficiencies to the agribusiness market, Silo harvests million Roughly $165 billion worth of wholesale produce is bought and sold every year in the U.S. And while that number is expected to go up to $1 trillion by 2025, the business of agribusiness remains unaffected by technology advancements that have reshaped […]

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Zeus raises $24M to make you a living-as-a-service landlord

Zeus raises M to make you a living-as-a-service landlord Cookie-cutter corporate housing turns people into worker drones. When an employee needs to move to a new city for a few months, they’re either stuck in bland, giant apartment complexes or Airbnbs meant for shorter stays. But Zeus lets any homeowner get paid […]

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Polis, the door-to-door marketer, raises another $2.5 million

Polis, the door-to-door marketer, raises another .5 million Polis founder Kendall Tucker began her professional life as a campaign organizer in local Democratic politics, but — seeing an opportunity in her one-on-one conversations with everyday folks — has built a business taking that shoe leather approach to political campaigns to the business […]

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GBatteries let you charge your car as quickly as visiting the pump

GBatteries let you charge your car as quickly as visiting the pump A YC startup called GBatteries has come out of stealth with a bold claim: they can recharge an electric car as quickly as it takes to full up a tank of gas. Created by aerospace engineer Kostya Khomutov, electrical engineers […]

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YC-grad Papa raises $2.4M for its ‘grandkids-on-demand’ service

YC-grad Papa raises .4M for its ‘grandkids-on-demand’ service One of the latest additions to the on-demand economy is Papa, a mobile app that connects college students with adults over 60 in need of support and companionship. The recent graduate of Y Combinator’s accelerator program has raised a $2.4 million round of funding […]

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RankScience closes $1.8M seed — and now only wants to replace human SEO staff if you don’t have any

RankScience closes .8M seed — and now only wants to replace human SEO staff if you don’t have any A couple of years ago YC-backed RankScience, which offers AI-enhanced SEO split-testing, put a few SEO experts’ noses out of joint when the fledgling startup brashly talked about replacing human expertise with automation. […]

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The ambitious real estate ‘unicorn’ Opendoor just made its first acquisition, snapping up Open Listings

The ambitious real estate ‘unicorn’ Opendoor just made its first acquisition, snapping up Open Listings Opendoor, a four year-old, San Francisco-based company, has from the outset intended to make it possible to buy and sell residential real estate with a few key strokes. It seemingly gets closer to that audacious vision by […]

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Aiming to make billboard advertising more programmatic, Adquick raises $2.1 million

Aiming to make billboard advertising more programmatic, Adquick raises .1 million Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Initialized Capital and an investor in Adquick, a new service that’s looking to bring billboard advertising into the internet age, bought his last billboard ad just this year. For several years, the Reddit founder had turned […]

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Meal kit startup Gobble has raised $15 million in Series B financing from Khosla

Meal kit startup Gobble has raised million in Series B financing from Khosla  Gobble, a 15-minute meal kit delivery service, has raised $15 million in Series B growth financing from Khosla Ventures, TechCrunch has confirmed. Khosla Ventures led the round, along with participation from previous investors A16z, Trinity Ventures and Initialized Capital. […]

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