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Why we’re still waiting on the Postmates S-1

Why we’re still waiting on the Postmates S-1 In a wide-ranging conversation at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco last week, Postmates co-founder and chief executive officer Bastian Lehmann made light of the company’s lack of IPO documents. The San Francisco-based on-demand delivery business was expected to publicly file its IPO prospectus in September […]

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Tech startups want to destigmatize sex

Tech startups want to destigmatize sex Sex, despite being one of the most fundamental human experiences, is still one of those businesses that some advertisers reject, banks are hesitant to financially support and some investors don’t want to fund. Given how sex is such a huge part of our lives, it’s no […]

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Mythic Markets just raised $2 million in seed to build a fractional ownership market for rare collectibles

Mythic Markets just raised million in seed to build a fractional ownership market for rare collectibles Mythic Markets, a young, San Francisco-based fractional investing platform for fans, has raised $2 million in seed funding led by Slow Ventures, with participation from Third Kind Venture Capital, Global Founders Capital, and others. The company […]

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Sam Lessin and Andrew Kortina on their voice assistant’s workplace pivot

Sam Lessin and Andrew Kortina on their voice assistant’s workplace pivot Sam Lessin, a former product management executive at Facebook and old friend to Mark Zuckerberg, incorporated his latest startup under the name “Fin Exploration Company.” Why? Well, because he wanted to explore. The company — co-founded alongside Andrew Kortina, best known […]

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Google finance head joins Postmates board ahead of anticipated IPO

Google finance head joins Postmates board ahead of anticipated IPO Google’s vice president of finance, has joined Postmates’ board of directors, the latest sign that the on-demand food delivery startup is prepping to take the company public. Postmates announced Friday that Kristin Reinke, vice president of Finance at Google, will join 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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Startups Weekly: Squad’s screen-shares and Slack’s swastika

Startups Weekly: Squad’s screen-shares and Slack’s swastika We’re three weeks into January. We’ve recovered from our CES hangover and, hopefully, from the CES flu. We’ve started writing the correct year, 2019, not 2018. Venture capitalists have gone full steam ahead with fundraising efforts, several startups have closed multi-hundred million dollar rounds, a virtual influencer […]

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A look at Birdies, the popular slipper shoe startup that just raised $8 million more from investors

A look at Birdies, the popular slipper shoe startup that just raised million more from investors Bianca Gates is a first-generation American, her parents having immigrated to the U.S. from Latin America. As such, she says, after graduating from UC Irvine, she was expected to get a safe job with a 401(k) […]

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Porter Road was to herd the meat industry in a new direction

Porter Road was to herd the meat industry in a new direction Down a two lane road on the outskirts of Princeton, Ky., next to a cemetery and past the Light of Truth Church is the Porter Road Butcher Meat Co. facility — a staging ground for what the Nashville-based startup Porter […]

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I visited a teeth-straightening startup and found out I needed a root canal

I visited a teeth-straightening startup and found out I needed a root canal Going to the dentist can be anxiety-inducing. Unfortunately, it was no different for me last week when I went to discuss Uniform Teeth’s recent $4 million seed funding round from Lerer Hippeau, Refactor Capital, Founder’s Fund and Slow Ventures. […]

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