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Where VCs are looking for voice startup investments

Where VCs are looking for voice startup investments Led by Amazon’s Alexa, smart speakers’ install base is expected to reach 200 million units worldwide by 2020. A quarter of Americans over the age of 12 own a smart speaker, and the majority of those users have more than one device in their […]

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The future of cybersecurity VC investing with Lightspeed’s Arif Janmohamed

The future of cybersecurity VC investing with Lightspeed’s Arif Janmohamed There are two types of enterprise startups: those that create value and those that protect value. Cybersecurity is most definitely part of the latter group, and as a vertical, it has sprawled the past few years as the scale of attacks on […]

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MediaLab acquires messaging app Kik, expanding its app portfolio

MediaLab acquires messaging app Kik, expanding its app portfolio Popular messaging app Kik is, indeed, “here to stay” following an acquisition by the Los Angeles-based multimedia holding company, MediaLab. It echoes the same message from Kik’s chief executive Tim Livingston last week when he rebuffed earlier reports that the company would shut […]

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Shoe companies Rothy’s and Steve Madden are at each other’s throats

Shoe companies Rothy’s and Steve Madden are at each other’s throats In August, after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from the venture-backed shoe startup Rothy’s, shoe giant Steven Madden filed a pre-emptive lawsuit asking a federal court to rule that its Rosy Flat shoes don’t copy design elements of the Point ballet flat […]

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Ritesh Agarwal to invest $700M in Oyo’s new $1.5B financing round

Ritesh Agarwal to invest 0M in Oyo’s new .5B financing round India’s largest budget lodging startup Oyo Hotels and Homes said today it plans to raise about $1.5 billion as part of a new financing round as the startup looks to expand its footprints in the U.S. and Europe. Ritesh Agarwal, the founder […]

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Tutoring business-in-a-box service Clark has been acquired by edtech startup Noodle

Tutoring business-in-a-box service Clark has been acquired by edtech startup Noodle Clark, the tutor management business-in-a-box service, has been acquired by the New York-based education startup Noodle for an undisclosed amount, TechCrunch has learned. Founded by John Katzman, the serial entrepreneur behind education technology giants including The Princeton Review and 2U, Noodle […]

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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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Self-driving truck startup Kodiak Robotics begins deliveries in Texas

Self-driving truck startup Kodiak Robotics begins deliveries in Texas A year after coming out of stealth mode with $40 million, self-driving truck startup Kodiak Robotics will begin making its first commercial deliveries in Texas. Kodiak will open a new facility in North Texas to support its freight operations along with increased testing […]

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A 23-year-old B2B company has shown how keen India is for tech IPOs

A 23-year-old B2B company has shown how keen India is for tech IPOs Away from the limelight of the press and the frenzy of fundraising, a tech startup in India has achieved a feat that few of its peers have managed: going public. IndiaMART, the country’s largest online platform for selling products […]

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Calm raises $27M to McConaughey you to sleep

Calm raises M to McConaughey you to sleep Meditation app unicorn Calm wants you to doze off to the dulcet tones of actor Matthew McConaughey’s southern drawl or writer Stephen Fry’s english accent. Calm’s Sleep Stories feature that launched last year is a hit, with over 150 million listens from its 2 […]

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