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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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India’s Darwinbox raises $15M to bring its HR tech platform to more Asian markets

India’s Darwinbox raises M to bring its HR tech platform to more Asian markets An Indian SaaS startup, which is increasingly courting clients from outside of the country, just raised a significant amount of capital to expand its business. Hyderabad-based Darwinbox, which operates a cloud-based human resource management platform, said on Thursday […]

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Startups Weekly: Upfront Ventures bets on a bus service

Startups Weekly: Upfront Ventures bets on a bus service Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy news pertaining to startups and venture capital. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I profiled an e-commerce startup Part & […]

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Marissa Mayer and Alfred Lin are coming to Disrupt SF 2019

Marissa Mayer and Alfred Lin are coming to Disrupt SF 2019 Twenty+ startups, each with six minutes to tell the world what they’re about. If they can prove to our panel of judges that they’re the best of the best, they’ll walk away with $100,000 and their name forever etched on the […]

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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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India’s Meesho raises $125M to expand its social commerce business

India’s Meesho raises 5M to expand its social commerce business Meesho, a Bangalore-based social commerce startup, has raised $125 million in a new financing round to expand its business in the country and change the way millions shop online. The Series D round was led by Naspers, and existing investors SAIF, Sequoia, Shunwei […]

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Startups Weekly: SoftBank’s second act

Startups Weekly: SoftBank’s second act 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 noted some challenges plaguing mental health tech startups. Before that, I wrote […]

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Hear about how to exit from Jess Lee, Justin Kan, and Michael Marquez at Disrupt SF

Hear about how to exit from Jess Lee, Justin Kan, and Michael Marquez at Disrupt SF All startup founders want to steer the business they started to a success outcome. Sometimes, the goal is an initial public offering. Sometimes, it’s an acquisition. Though acquisitions often represent a kind of finish line for […]

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The changing nature of venture capital

The changing nature of venture capital Paul Asel Contributor Share on Twitter Paul Asel is managing partner of NGP Capital and a global technology investor for more than 25 years. SoftBank and Andreesen Horowitz (a16z) recently announced new funds that reinforce the increasing scale of the venture industry. SoftBank announced its intent […]

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Indonesia’s Kopi Kenangan raises a sweet $20M to expand its coffee business

Indonesia’s Kopi Kenangan raises a sweet M to expand its coffee business Kopi Kenangan, a startup that wants to make quality, fresh coffee affordable to Indonesian consumers, has raised $20 million as it begins to consider overseas expansion in Southeast Asia. The round comes courtesy of Sequoia India and Southeast Asia, via […]

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