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China nears completion of its GPS competitor, increasing the potential for Internet balkanization

China nears completion of its GPS competitor, increasing the potential for Internet balkanization On Friday, China announced that it would complete its competitor to the U.S.-operated global positioning system network by the first half of next year, increasing the pace of its decoupling from U.S. technologies. China’s Beidou network of satellites — […]

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Levelset raises $30 million to improve money management for contractors in construction

Levelset raises million to improve money management for contractors in construction Scott Wolfe, chief executive officer of the New Orleans-based money management and payment startup for contractors in the construction industry, always thought he’d be in the grocery business. His family owned a number of grocery stores around New Orleans and he […]

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How to build a diverse board

How to build a diverse board Ann Shepherd Contributor Ann Shepherd is co-founder of social impact venture Him For Her. She serves on the board of fintech startup HoneyBook. Over a recent dinner with twenty C-suite executives, one founder-CEO recounted how he was preparing a slide for a company all-hands with headshots […]

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Report: SoftBank is taking control of WeWork at an ~$8B valuation

Report: SoftBank is taking control of WeWork at an ~B valuation WeWork, once valued at $47 billion, will be worth as little as $7.5 billion on paper as SoftBank takes control of the struggling co-working business, CNBC reports. SoftBank, a long-time WeWork investor, plans to invest between $4 billion and $5 billion […]

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Pelion Venture Partners adds Jeff Kearl as a managing director, opens Southern California presence

Pelion Venture Partners adds Jeff Kearl as a managing director, opens Southern California presence The Salt Lake City-based Pelion Venture Partners is opening an outpost in Southern California and has added Jeff Kearl as a managing director to head up operations in the region. Kearl was the chief executive officer of Stance, […]

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Using AI to improve dentistry, VideaHealth gets a $5.4 million polish

Using AI to improve dentistry, VideaHealth gets a .4 million polish Florian Hillen, the chief executive officer of a new startup called VideaHealth, first started researching the problems with dentistry about three years ago. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard educated researcher had been doing research in machine learning and image […]

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Impossible Foods will debut in SoCal grocery stores on Friday as first step in phased national rollout

Impossible Foods will debut in SoCal grocery stores on Friday as first step in phased national rollout Congratulations Southern California Gelsons store shoppers, you’re getting Impossible Foods on your grocery shelves. The meatless ground meat substitute will be appearing in stores across the Southern California as the first step in a phased […]

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Update on Nigerian fintech firm Interswitch and its speculative IPO

Update on Nigerian fintech firm Interswitch and its speculative IPO Nigerian fintech firm Interswitch has been circulating in business news around a possible IPO on the London Stock Exchange. Last month Bloomberg News ran a story—based on unnamed sources—reporting the financial services firm had hired investment banks to go public on the […]

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Y Combinator graduate PredictLeads helps VCs hunt for unicorns

Y Combinator graduate PredictLeads helps VCs hunt for unicorns The Slovenian founders behind PredictLeads, another recent Y Combinator graduate, applied to the prestigious accelerator five times before they were admitted. Their business, which helps venture capital firms and sales teams identify high growth companies, i.e. potential investments and potential customers, had come […]

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Through a new partnership and $72 million in funding, LanzaTech expands its carbon capture tech

Through a new partnership and million in funding, LanzaTech expands its carbon capture tech For nearly fifteen years LanzaTech has been developing a carbon capture technology that can turn waste streams into ethanol that can be used for chemicals and fuel. Now, with $72 million in fresh funding at a nearly $1 […]

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