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Snack, where TikTok meets dating, gets $3.5 million in funding

After online dating’s tremendous 2020 growth that culminated in last week’s epic Bumble IPO, a new entrant has tossed its hat into the dating app ring. Snack, founded by Kimberly Kaplan, looks to merge the popularity and format of TikTok with the dating world. Kaplan hails from Plenty of Fish, where she was one of the earliest employees at the dating site. She led product, marketing and revenue and was on the executive team that eventually sold PoF to Match Group for $575 million in 2015. Kaplan...
Tags: Social, TC, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Snack, Match Group, Kaplan, Kindred Ventures, Bumble IPO, Kimberly Kaplan, Golden Ventures Garage Capital Panache Ventures

Daily Crunch: Jeff Bezos will step down as Amazon CEO

The Bezos era is ending, Uber acquires Drizly and Tesla recalls 135,000 vehicles. This is your Daily Crunch for February 2, 2021. The big story: Jeff Bezos will step down as Amazon CEO Amazon announced today that founder Jeff Bezos will be transitioning from CEO to executive chair in the third quarter of this year. Andy Jassy, currently the CEO of Amazon Web Services, will be taking over as chief executive for the entire company. In an email to employees, Bezos said that this will allow him to...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Uber, America, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Miami, Jeff Bezos, Amazon Web Services, Udemy, Ftc, Drizly, Bezos, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Andy Jassy

Kindred Ventures just closed its second fund with $100 million in capital commitments

Two years after launching its $56 million debut fund, Kindred Ventures, a San Francisco-based pre-seed and seed-stage venture fund founded by Steve Jang and Kanyi Maqubela, has closed its second fund with $100 million in capital commitments. Jang is himself a founder who later jumped into investing. In more recent years, he cofounded Bitski, a crypto-asset wallet startup, and previously founded Schematic Labs, an early social music app that was brought into Rhapsody in 2014, and co-created the m...
Tags: TC, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, Coinbase, Signal, Postmates, Zymergen, Clubhouse, Collaborative Fund, Otto, Jang, Tonal, Steve Jang, Dydx, Kindred Ventures

Crypto-driven marketplace Zora raises $2M to build a sustainable creator economy

Dee Goens and Jacob Horne have both the exact and precisely opposite background that you’d expect to see from two people building a way for creators to build a sustainable economy for their followers to participate in. Coinbase, crypto hack projects at university, KPMG, Merill Lynch. But where’s the art? “Believe it or not, I used to have dreams of being a rapper,” laughs Goens. “There’s a Soundcloud out there somewhere. With that passion you explore the inner workings of the music industry. ...
Tags: TC, Spotify, Coca-cola, Finance, Articles, Social Media, Brand, Tech, RAC, Economy, Designer, Snapchat, Cryptography, Kpmg, Taylor, Coinbase

Hour One raises $5M Seed to generate AI-driven synthetic characters from real humans

All of the people pictured above are real, but what you are seeing are synthetically-generated versions of their real selves. And they can be programmed to say anything. Tech futurists have long warned about humans being replaced by life-like AI-driven figures, where it would be almost impossible to tell between machine and human. Indeed, there’s even a new book on this subject of ‘deep fakes’. But that future comes a step closer today with the news that Hour One, which creates AI-driven synthet...
Tags: TC, Europe, Articles, Tech, E-commerce, Ceo, Artificial Intelligence, Science and Technology, TechCrunch, Cto, Emerging-technologies, Artificial General Intelligence, Eze Vidra, Remagine Ventures, Kindred Ventures, Sam Englebardt Co Founder

Replenysh raises a $2 million seed round to streamline recycling for buyers and sellers

Replenysh has been kicking since 2016, but up til now, the Orange County, California startup hasn’t done much press. That changes today, as the company announces that it has raised a $2 million seed round with the fairly lofty goal of transforming recycling in the U.S. A press release outlining Replenysh’s plans offers up plenty of information about what’s wrong with recycling here in the States. Among some of the key figures are the fact that it can be up to 3x more expensive to recycle a t...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Recycling, GreenTech, Orange County California, Recent Funding, Kindred Ventures, Floodgate Fund, Replenysh, U S Replenysh, Mark Armen, TechCrunch Recycling

Taika is building a better coffee through natural chemistry and adaptogens

So, an eight-year product veteran from Facebook and an internationally renowned barista walk into a coffee bar… It’s not a joke. It’s the origin story for Taika, a new startup that’s aiming to bring natural stimulants to the masses through its juiced up coffee-beverages. The two co-founders, Michael Sharon, an eight-year veteran of Facebook’s mobile product division, and Kalle Freese, a champion barista (it’s a thing) and the co-founder of Sudden Coffee are on a mission to bring consumers wha...
Tags: Coffee, Drinks, TC, Facebook, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, South Africa, Food And Drink, Fda, Chemicals, Blue Bottle, Espresso, James Joaquin, Coinbase, Postmates

Chevron Tech, Medical Informatics, ActivTrak, Linear & More TX Tech

Let’s catch up with the latest innovation news in Texas.—Chevron Technology Ventures Thursday launched a $90 million fund for energy investments. The fund is CTV’s seventh and investments will be made in high-growth startups with technologies that have the potential to improve Chevron’s core oil and gas business performance, says CTV President Barbara Burger. “We are using venture capital as a conduit for early access to innovation and to build a pipeline of innovation for Chevron,” Burger said...
Tags: Startups, Texas, California, Big Data, China, Funding, Dallas Mavericks, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Investment, People, Vc, Software, Austin, Scooters

Smart electric motor company Linear Labs snags $4.5 mln seed

Linear Labs, a smart electric motor company, has secured $4.5 million in seed funding. Science Inc and Kindred Ventures led the round. Source: Press Release
Tags: Trends, VC Deals, Science Inc, Kindred Ventures, Linear Labs

Linear Labs’ next-gen electric motor attracts $4.5 million in funding

Linear Labs, a startup developing an electric motor for cars, scooters, robots, wind turbines and even HVAC systems, has raised $4.5 million in a seed round led by Science Inc. and Kindred Ventures.  Investors Chris and Crystal Sacca, Ryan Graves of Saltwater Ventures, Dynamic Signal CEO Russ Fradin, Masergy executive chairman and former-CEO Chris MacFarland, as well as Ustream co-founder Gyula Feher also participated in the round.  The four-year-old company was founded by  Brad and Fred ...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Electric Vehicle, Tech, Automotive, Dallas, Ibm, Curry, Chris, Faraday Future, Ustream, Brad, University of Texas, Het, Ryan Graves, John Curry

Kindred Ventures targets $50 mln for maiden fund

Kindred Ventures is seeking to raise $50 million for its debut fund, according to an SEC filing. Founded by serial entrepreneur and angel investor Steve Jang, the San Francisco-based Kindred invests in early-stage startups.
Tags: San Francisco, Trends, SEC, Funds, Steve Jang, Kindred Ventures

Financial wellness platform Bloom Credit fetches $3.87 mln seed

New York City-based Bloom Credit, a financial wellness platform, has secured $3.87 million in seed funding. Resolute Ventures led the latest round with participation from Kindred Ventures and Slow Ventures. Source: Press Release
Tags: New York City, Trends, Resolute Ventures, VC Deals, Bloom Credit, Kindred Ventures