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McDonald’s to launch a McPlant vegetarian option

McDonald’s to launch a McPlant vegetarian option McDonalds is developing what it calls a plant-based platform called the McPlant that will debut in markets around the world early next year, according to a report in USA Today. In an investor meeting McDonald’s announced that it had worked to develop its McPlant formulation […]

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Startups making meat alternatives are gaining traction worldwide

Startups making meat alternatives are gaining traction worldwide Startups that produce lab-grown meat and meat substitutes are gaining traction and raising cash in global markets, mirroring a surge of support food tech companies are seeing in the United States. New partnerships with global chains like McDonald’s in Hong Kong, the launch of […]

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Bob Iger goes from managing Mickey to directing a milk replacement startup as new Perfect Day boardmember

Bob Iger goes from managing Mickey to directing a milk replacement startup as new Perfect Day boardmember Bob Iger, the chairman and former chief executive at Walt Disney is trading his mouse ears for milk substitutes as the new director of massively funded dairy replacement startup Perfect Day. Milk substitutes are a […]

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Khosla Ventures seeks $1.1 billion for its latest fund

Khosla Ventures seeks .1 billion for its latest fund Khosla Ventures, the eponymous venture firm helmed by longtime Silicon Valley rainmaker, Vinod Khosla, is raising  $1.1 billion for its latest venture fund, according to documents from the Securities and Exchange Commission. The filing was first spotted by Ari Levy over at CNBC. […]

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Bespoken Spirits raises $2.6M in seed funding to combine machine learning and accelerated whiskey aging

Bespoken Spirits raises .6M in seed funding to combine machine learning and accelerated whiskey aging Bespoken Spirits, a Silicon Valley spirits company that has developed a new data-driven process to accelerate the aging of whiskey and create specific flavors, today announced that it has raised a $2.6 million seed funding round. Investors […]

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4 sustainable industries where founders and VCs can see green by going green

4 sustainable industries where founders and VCs can see green by going green Now’s the time for sustainable investments to shine. There are billions of dollars in funding in both public and private markets dedicated to new sustainable investing and demand for consumers for a more conscious capitalism has never been stronger. […]

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Impossible Foods nabs some Canadian fast food franchises as it expands in North America

Impossible Foods nabs some Canadian fast food franchises as it expands in North America After rolling out in some of Canada’s most high-falutin burger bistros, Impossible Foods is hitting Canada’s fast casual market with new menu items at national chains like White Spot and Triple O’s, Cactus Club Cafe and Burger Priest. […]

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Alternative protein companies have raised a whopping $1.5 billion through July of this year

Alternative protein companies have raised a whopping .5 billion through July of this year Companies like Perfect Day, Impossible Foods, and a host of other startups that are developing replacements for animal farmed goods used in food, clothes, cosmetics, and chemicals have raised a whopping $1.5 billion through the first half of […]

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Edtech is the new SaaS

Edtech is the new SaaS Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. The whole crew was back, with Natasha Mascarenhas and Danny Crichton and myself chattering with Chris Gates behind the scenes making it all work. An extra shoutout to Natasha this week […]

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Synthetic biology startups are giving investors an appetite

Synthetic biology startups are giving investors an appetite There’s a growing wave of commercial activity from companies that are creating products using new biological engineering technologies. Perhaps the most public (and tastiest) example of the promise biomanufacturing holds is Impossible Foods . The meat replacement company whose ground plants (and bioengineered additives) […]

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