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Millennials don’t want to get drunk. What do they want? Apéritifs.

Millennials don’t want to get drunk. What do they want? Apéritifs. Gen Z doesn’t want to get drunk. Millennials are tired of the obligatory after-work drinks. Haus, a new startup selling apéritifs online, has a solution for them. The company’s beverages have a lower alcohol content than standard hard liquors on the […]

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Postmates taps longtime Apple engineer to lead autonomous delivery efforts

Postmates taps longtime Apple engineer to lead autonomous delivery efforts Postmates has hired Apple veteran and author Ken Kocienda as a principal software engineer leading Postmates X, the team building the food delivery company’s semi-autonomous sidewalk rover, Serve. Kocienda, author of “Creative Selection: Inside Apple’s Design Process During the Golden Age of […]

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Meet the Texas startup that wants to decarbonize the chemical industry

Meet the Texas startup that wants to decarbonize the chemical industry Solugen, a startup that has set itself up with no less lofty a goal than the decarbonization of a massive chunk of the petrochemical industry, may be the first legitimate multi-million dollar company to start out in a meth lab. When […]

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Morphin instantly Deepfakes your face into GIFs

Morphin instantly Deepfakes your face into GIFs Want to star in your favorite memes and movie scenes? Upload a selfie to Morphin, choose your favorite GIF, and your face is grafted in to create a personalized copy you can share anywhere. Become Tony Stark as he suits up like Iron Man. Drop […]

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The Silicon Valley exodus continues

The Silicon Valley exodus continues For a long time, it was the norm for founders to haul their hardware to the 3000 block of Sand Hill Road, where the venture capitalists of “Silicon Valley” would be awaiting their pitches. Today, many of the investors that touted the exclusivity of “The Valley” have […]

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Startups Weekly: Flexport, Clutter and SoftBank’s blood money

Startups Weekly: Flexport, Clutter and SoftBank’s blood money The Wall Street Journal published a thought-provoking story this week, highlighting limited partners’ concerns with the SoftBank Vision Fund’s investment strategy. The fund’s “decision-making process is chaotic,” it’s over-paying for equity in top tech startups and it’s encouraging inflated valuations, sources told the WSJ. […]

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Indonesia-focused Intudo Ventures raises new $50M fund

Indonesia-focused Intudo Ventures raises new M fund Intudo Ventures, a VC firm focused on Indonesia, has closed a new $50 million fund. This is Intudo’s second fund to date following its $20 million debut last year. The firm is a relative newcomer to Southeast Asia but a key differentiator is that it is solely focused […]

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Wellness startup Hims enters the unicorn club with $100M investment

Wellness startup Hims enters the unicorn club with 0M investment Hims, known by many for its phallic New York subway advertisements, has raised an additional $100 million in venture capital funding on a pre-money valuation of $1 billion. The round was first reported by Recode and confirmed to TechCrunch by sources with knowledge […]

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Synapse raises $6M to bring neural net weapon detection to x-ray machines

Synapse raises M to bring neural net weapon detection to x-ray machines With all of the advances made by computer vision tech in the past few years, it might seem a little crazy that so much of the x-ray security equipment being used at sensitive locations is leaning so heavily on human […]

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Distinguished VCs back wholesale marketplace Faire with $100M at a $535M valuation

Distinguished VCs back wholesale marketplace Faire with 0M at a 5M valuation A slew of venture capitalists known for high-profile exits — Kirsten Green of Forerunner Ventures, Keith Rabois of Khosla Ventures, Alfred Lin of Sequoia Capital and Alex Taussig of Lightspeed Venture Partners — have invested in Faire (formerly known as […]

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