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What makes Checkout.com different from Stripe

What makes Checkout.com different from Stripe While Checkout.com has kept a low profile for many years, the company raised $380 million within a year and reached an impressive valuation of $5.5 billion. It wants to build a one-stop shop for all things related to payments, such as accepting transactions, processing them and […]

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Jennifer Doudna sees CRISPR gene-editing tech as a Swiss Army knife for COVID-19 and beyond

Jennifer Doudna sees CRISPR gene-editing tech as a Swiss Army knife for COVID-19 and beyond Jennifer Doudna, one of the pioneers of the gene-editing technique known as CRISPR, thinks the biotech tool could be an essential one for combating COVID-19 and future pandemics. Due to its capacity to be “reprogrammed” like software, […]

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Impact, a YC-style accelerator for the entertainment industry, spins out from Imagine Entertainment with backing from Benchmark

Impact, a YC-style accelerator for the entertainment industry, spins out from Imagine Entertainment with backing from Benchmark Hollywood has been better known for making films and TV shows about the tech industry than it has been for being a part of it, but today a new enterprise is launching, backed by a […]

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Finance and the digital divide: a conversation with Tunde Kehinde of Lidya

Finance and the digital divide: a conversation with Tunde Kehinde of Lidya Small and medium businesses have been some of the hardest hit in the Covid-19 pandemic. And all that has been as true in emerging markets as it has been for SMBs in the developed world. Tunde Kehinde has had a front-row […]

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Blume Ventures’ Karthik Reddy on Indian startup ecosystem, geo-political tension with China and coronavirus

Blume Ventures’ Karthik Reddy on Indian startup ecosystem, geo-political tension with China and coronavirus Despite the coronavirus outbreak, which has slowed down deal-making across the world, dozens of startups in India have raised considerable amounts in recent months. Unacademy, which raised $110 million in February, closed a new round of $150 million […]

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PlayVS is halfway to recruiting every state into its global esports community

PlayVS is halfway to recruiting every state into its global esports community Millions of high school kids play online multiplayer games, but they seldom have crosstown rivals in Fortnite or Valorant. PlayVS wants to make that happen with its platform for school-sponsored esports, and it’s growing like crazy, doubling its staff in […]

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Facebook addresses political controversy in India, monetization opportunities, startup investments

Facebook addresses political controversy in India, monetization opportunities, startup investments At the beginning of the previous decade, Facebook had a tiny presence in India. It had just started to slowly expand its team in the country and was inking deals with telecom operators to make access to its service free to users […]

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Mette Lykke on food waste and building a big startup on a big idea

Mette Lykke on food waste and building a big startup on a big idea Food has been an ever-present touchpoint in the world of startups, and I don’t mean the free catered lunches, or expansive canteens that you get in bigger places, to keep startup workers sustained but also focused on building, […]

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Indian decacorn Byju’s CEO talks about future acquisitions, coronavirus, and international expansion

Indian decacorn Byju’s CEO talks about future acquisitions, coronavirus, and international expansion Since India enforced a lockdown across the country in late March, shutting schools and other public places, Bangalore-headquartered startup Byju’s has emerged as one of the quintessential platforms for school-going students in the world’s second largest internet market. It took […]

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A must-see conversation on the state of VC, this year at Disrupt

A must-see conversation on the state of VC, this year at Disrupt On a surface level, the world of venture capital doesn’t look to change much year to year. But in truth, the industry is very much in flux, with many firms grappling with a lack of diversity, dealing with succession questions, […]

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