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Why is Dropbox reinventing itself?

Why is Dropbox reinventing itself? According to Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, 80% of the product’s users rely on it, at least partially, for work. It makes sense, then, that the company is refocusing to try and cement its spot in the workplace; to shed its image as “just” a file storage company […]

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TC’s Greg Epstein and Kate Clark talk mental health startups and the ‘Cult of the Founder’

TC’s Greg Epstein and Kate Clark talk mental health startups and the ‘Cult of the Founder’ Some weeks, tech ethics is in the news. And some weeks, it IS the news. This week was one of the latter, There were so many ethically fraught news stories about technology companies over these past […]

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Startups Weekly: Part & Parcel plans plus-sized fashion empire

Startups Weekly: Part & Parcel plans plus-sized fashion empire Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about Stripe’s grand plans. Before that, I […]

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Fresh out of Y Combinator, Tandem lands millions from Andreessen Horowitz

Fresh out of Y Combinator, Tandem lands millions from Andreessen Horowitz Tandem, one of the most sought after companies to graduate from Y Combinator’s summer batch, will emerge from the accelerator program with a supersized seed round and an uncharacteristically high valuation. The months-old business, which is developing communication software for remote […]

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UnitedMasters releases iPhone app for DIY cross-service music distribution

UnitedMasters releases iPhone app for DIY cross-service music distribution Alphabet-backed UnitedMasters, the music label distribution startup and record label alternative that offers artists 100 percent ownership of everything they create, launched its iPhone app today. The iPhone app works like the service they used to offer only via the web, giving artists […]

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Corporate travel platform TripActions quadruples valuation with $250M Series D

Corporate travel platform TripActions quadruples valuation with 0M Series D Venture capital investors Andreessen Horowitz, Zeev Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners and SGVC have valued TripActions, a travel booking service tailored for large enterprises, at $4 billion with a $250 million Series D. The round, announced this morning, brings the business’s total raised […]

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Ray Dalio, Niantic, Adobe, Dropbox, remote work, Northzone, and Slack

Ray Dalio, Niantic, Adobe, Dropbox, remote work, Northzone, and Slack Ray Dalio on the Extra Crunch stage at Disrupt SF 2019 This year at Disrupt SF, we will be hosting a special Extra Crunch stage focused on the issues that confront startup founders in building their companies. I am pleased to announce […]

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Three years after moving off AWS, Dropbox infrastructure continues to evolve

Three years after moving off AWS, Dropbox infrastructure continues to evolve Conventional wisdom would suggest that you close your data centers and move to the cloud, not the other way around, but in 2016 Dropbox undertook the opposite journey. It (mostly) ended its long-time relationship with AWS and built its own data […]

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Meet your new chief of staff: An AI chatbot

Meet your new chief of staff: An AI chatbot Years ago, a mobile app for email launched to immediate fanfare. Simply called Mailbox, its life was woefully cut short — we’ll get to that. Today, its founders are back with their second act: An AI-enabled assistant called Navigator meant to help teams […]

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On balance, the cloud has been a huge boon to startups

On balance, the cloud has been a huge boon to startups Today’s startups have a distinct advantage when it comes to launching a company because of the public cloud. You don’t have to build infrastructure or worry about what happens when you scale too quickly. The cloud vendors take care of all […]

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