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Eat this, exercise now; new personalized software predicts and helps prevents blood sugar spikes

Not everyone has Type 2 diabetes, the disease that causes chronically high blood sugar levels, but many do. Around 9% of Americans are afflicted, and another 30% are at risk of developing it. Enter software by January AI, a four-year-old, subscription-based startup that in November began providing personalized nutritional and activity-related suggestions to its customers based on a combination of food-related data the company has quietly amassed over three years, and each person’s unique profile...
Tags: Health, TC, Stanford, Tech, SaaS, Venture Capital, Marissa Mayer, Jerry Yang, Felicis Ventures, Marc Benioff, Ame Cloud Ventures, Mike, Hashemi, Michael Snyder, SignalFire, Steve Chen


Eat this, exercise now; new personalized software predicts and helps prevent blood sugar spikes

Not everyone has Type 2 diabetes, the disease that causes chronically high blood sugar levels, but many do. Around 9% of Americans are afflicted, and another 30% are at risk of developing it. Enter software by January AI, a four-year-old, subscription-based startup that in November began providing personalized nutritional and activity-related suggestions to its customers based on a combination of food-related data the company has quietly amassed over three years, and each person’s unique profile...
Tags: Health, TC, Stanford, Tech, SaaS, Venture Capital, Marissa Mayer, Jerry Yang, Felicis Ventures, Marc Benioff, Ame Cloud Ventures, Mike, Snyder, Hashemi, Michael Snyder, SignalFire


The Rapidly Growing Creator Economy

Axios' App rush: Talent over trash covers the growth of social media apps where the content is created by digital content creators who are getting paid.  Key quote: The big picture: Creator-economy platforms like Patreon, Substack and OnlyFans are built around content makers who are paid. It's a contrast to platforms like Facebook that are mostly powered by everyday users’ unpaid posts and interactions. Most of the creator economy platforms pay creators in some form of royalties or adver...
Tags: Facebook, Sales, Harvard Business Review, Gig Economy, SignalFire, ATELIER, Artisan Economy, YouTube Instagram Twitch


ClassDojo’s second act comes with first profits

ClassDojo’s first eight years as an edtech consumer startup could look like failure: zero revenue; no paid users; and a team that hasn’t aggressively grown in years. But the company, which helps parents and teachers communicate about students, has raised tens of millions in venture capital from elite Silicon Valley investors including Y Combinator, GSV, SignalFire and General Catalyst over its life. If you ask co-founder Sam Chaudhary to explain how the startup survived so long without bringing ...
Tags: TC, San Francisco, Tech, Netflix, United States, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Khan Academy, Edtech, General Catalyst, B2b, Hunt, Buckley, SignalFire, Chaudhary, ClassDojo


E-commerce optimization startup Tradeswell raises $15.5M

After launching in October, Tradeswell is announcing today that it has raised $15.5 million in Series A funding. Co-founder and CEO Paul Palmieri previously led digital ad company Millennial Media (now owned by TechCrunch’s parent company Verizon Media), and he said the e-commerce market today is similar to the online ad market when he was leading Millennial — ready for more optimization and automation. Tradeswell focuses on six components of e-commerce businesses — marketing, retail, inventory,...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Ecommerce, Funding, Tech, E-commerce, TechCrunch, Millennial Media, Chris Farmer, PAUL, Palmieri, Emerson Group, SignalFire, Paul Palmieri, Verizon Media, Construct Capital


Bicycle Health, the virtual opioid use disorder therapy service, will soon be available in 25 states

The startup opioid use disorder therapy service Bicycle Health will soon be available to patients in half the country, just three years after its launch in 2017, according to founder Ankit Gupta. A serial entrepreneur whose last company, Pulse News, was acquired by LinkedIn back in 2013, Gupta left the LinkedIn in 2016 (around the time of the Microsoft acquisition) to pursue something more meaningful. He settled on trying to find a better way to address the opioid addiction epidemic, which wa...
Tags: TC, Microsoft, California, Drugs, US, Linkedin, Tech, United States, Healthcare, Jeff Weiner, Disease, General Catalyst, Founder, Redwood City, HHS, Gupta


Zeotap raises $18.5M for a customer ID platform it says was built with privacy in mind

As the online world slowly moves to a more privacy-focused environment free of cookies, startups building alternative ways to help businesses manage customer identity and build marketing around that are getting attention. Zeotap, a customer identity platform built around a company’s own (first-party) data that combines this with other data sources to create more complete pictures of users and what they do, is today announcing that it has raised a further $18.5 million. This is an extension of a ...
Tags: UK, Identity, Advertising Tech, Berlin, India, Marketing, Tech, Zeotap, Singtel, CIP, Martech, SignalFire, Acxiom, Customer Identity, Liveramp, Banerjea


Zeotap Raises $18.5 Million as Investments in Identity Continue

Berlin-based tech company Zeotap has raised $18.5 million in an extended Series C round that will see the company further invest in its data management and identity products. The fundraising from venture capital firm SignalFire comes as the industry seeks alternatives to third-party cookies and Apple's identifier for advertisers (IDFA). These were the two key...
Tags: Apple, Berlin, Advertising, Zeotap, SignalFire, Ad Tech & Mar Tech


That dreadful VPN might finally be dead thanks to Twingate, a new startup built by Dropbox alums

VPNs, or virtual private networks, are a mainstay of corporate network security (and also consumers trying to stream Netflix while pretending to be from other countries). VPNs create an encrypted channel between your device (a laptop or a smartphone) and a company’s servers. All of your internet traffic gets routed through the company’s IT infrastructure, and it’s almost as if you are physically located inside your company’s offices. Despite its ubiquity though, there are significant flaws with ...
Tags: Security, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Enterprise, Microsoft, Drew Houston, Montana, Funding, Netflix, Dropbox, Vpn, Rakuten, Cto, Jira, Alex Marshall, SignalFire


Launched with $17 million by two former Norwest investors, Tau Ventures is ready for its closeup

Amit Garg and Sanjay Rao have spent the bulk of their professional lives developing technology, founding startups and investing in startups at places like Google and Microsoft, HealthIQ, and Norwest Venture Partners. Over their decade-long friendship the two men discussed working together on a venture fund, but the time was never right — until now. Since last August, the two men have been raising capital for their inaugural fund, Tau Ventures. The name, like the two partners, is a bit wonk...
Tags: Google, TC, Technology, Microsoft, Law, California, India, Tech, Mit, Palo Alto, Healthcare, Machine Learning, Silicon Valley, Enterprise Software, Norwest Venture Partners, Norwest


Here's the pitch deck that 'Tesla for teeth' dental tech startup OrthoFX used to raise a $13 million Series A

Earlier in July, US-based dental tech startup OrthoFX raised a $13 million Series A led by new investor SignalFire. OrthoFX uses a combination of dentral brace, or clear aligner, technology and online consultation and tracking to enable dentists to treat patients remotely. We got an exclusive look at the pitch deck OrthoFX used to bring investors on board. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. US-based dental tech startup OrthoFX raised a $13 million Series A led by VC firm Sign...
Tags: Europe, US, Trends, Tesla, Canada, US Food and Drug Administration, Menon, SignalFire, SignalFire OrthoFX, Ren Menon


Brief’s mobile news app aims to tackle information overload and media bias

Brief, a newly launched news aggregator founded by former Google engineers, aims to tackle a number of problems with today’s news cycle, including information overload, burnout, media bias, and algorithms that prioritize engagement over news accuracy. Today, there are so many places to read the news and many aggregators on the market offer access to a near-infinite number of sources. Meanwhile, algorithms profile you to determine your leanings, then serve up more of the news that fits your world...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Apps, News, Media, Tech, Ap, Ios Apps, Snapchat, Hobbs, App Store, Cto, Apple News, Co


The big winner of Uber's $2.65 billion Postmates acquisition is Spark Capital, a small VC firm that's enjoying a streak of hits in a gloomy 2020.

Spark Capital was one of the big winners when Uber announced its acquisition of restaurant service Postmates for $2.6 billion on Monday. The venture capital firm has invested in other major hitters in the startup world, including Slack, Plaid, and Mirror, the fitness tech startup that was sold to Lululemon for $500 million. It's unclear how big Spark's return on Postmates will be. The fund raised $1.35 billion earlier this year in order to fund other early and growth-stage startups. Visit Busi...
Tags: Uber, New York, Boston, Trends, Airbnb, Devops, Warby Parker, Postmates, Spark Capital, Hyatt, Lululemon, Sonder, SignalFire, Todd Dagres, Twitter Tumblr, Nylas


Karat launches a credit card for online creators

Karat is a new startup promising to build better banking products for the creators who make a living on YouTube, Instagram, Twitch and other online platforms. Today it’s unveiling its first product — the Karat Black Card. The startup, which was part of accelerator Y Combinator’s Winter 2020 batch, is also announcing that it has raised $4.6 million in seed funding from Twitch co-founder Kevin Lin, SignalFire, YC, CRV and Coatue. Co-founder and co-CEO Eric Wei knows the creator world well, than...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Y Combinator, Media, Youtube, Funding, Tech, Kevin Lin, Karat, Wei, SignalFire, CRV, Coatue, Eric Wei, Recent Funding, Will Kim


Fintech startup Karat has launched a new charge card designed for YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok stars that looks at social-media engagement rather than credit history

The fintech startup Karat is launching a new charge card for creators that the company said is tailored specifically to the spending needs of YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok stars. And unlike a traditional bank, it's looking at a creator's social metrics like follower count and engagement rates rather than their FICO score to assess whether they qualify for its card. The company, which recently closed a $4.6 million seed round, hopes to eventually develop a full suite of financial products for ...
Tags: Facebook, Youtube, Trends, Kim, Fintech, Kabbage, Kevin Lin, Karat, Wei, SignalFire, CRV, YouTube Instagram, Eric Wei, Tiktok, YouTube Facebook TikTok, Startup Jellysmack


Candidate Labs wants to be modern talent agency for techies

In the first few minutes of pitching his new company, Candidate Labs, Jonathan Downey admitted that he’s operating in a market that is “done to death”: recruitment technology. But Downey, whose previous startup Airware shut down after burning $118 million, remains optimistic because of a little company named Zoom. “There were lots and lots of videoconferencing companies and yet everybody’s experience was really bad,” he said. “It just took [Zoom] coming along and getting just a few more things r...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Recruitment, Hiring, Airware, Downey, SignalFire, Jonathan Downey, Michael Zhang, Recent Funding, Jack Altman, Trumaker, Candidate Labs, Opendoor Eric Wu, Ian Wong Candidate Labs


Candidate Labs wants to be a modern talent agency for techies

In the first few minutes of pitching his new company, Candidate Labs, Jonathan Downey admitted that he’s operating in a market that is “done to death”: recruitment technology. But Downey, whose previous startup Airware shut down after burning $118 million, remains optimistic because of a little company named Zoom. “There were lots and lots of videoconferencing companies and yet everybody’s experience was really bad,” he said. “It just took [Zoom] coming along and getting just a few more things r...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Recruitment, Hiring, Airware, Downey, SignalFire, Jonathan Downey, Michael Zhang, Recent Funding, Jack Altman, Trumaker, Candidate Labs, Opendoor Eric Wu, Ian Wong Candidate Labs


TechCrunch Editor-at-large Josh Constine is leaving the Verizon-owned blog to become the latest in a tradition of journalist-VCs (VZ)

After a decade spent reporting on startups, TechCrunch Editor-at-large Josh Constine is leaving the publication to invest in startups at SignalFire, a VC firm with a focus on data.  The move deprives the Verizon-owned tech blog of one of its most recognizable names. Constine's leap isn't without precedent: a long line of VC partners including Sequoia Capital's Mike Moritz and General Catalyst's Katherine Boyle began investing after previous stints as writers.  "I've written about thousands of...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Washington Post, Samsung, Trends, Paypal, Time Magazine, Ryan Lawler, Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures, Instacart, General Catalyst, Michael Moritz, Michael Arrington, Signal Fire, Bezos


TechCrunch Editor-at-large Josh Constine is leaving the Verizon-owned blog to become the latest in a string of journalist-VCs (VZ)

After a decade spent reporting on startups, TechCrunch Editor-at-large Josh Constine is leaving the publication to invest in startups at SignalFire, a VC firm with a focus on data.  The move deprives the Verizon-owned tech blog of one of its most recognizable names. Constine's leap isn't without precedent: a long line of VC partners including Sequoia Capital's Mike Moritz and General Catalyst's Katherine Boyle began investing after previous stints as writers.  "I've written about thousands of...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Washington Post, Samsung, Trends, Paypal, Time Magazine, Ryan Lawler, Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures, Instacart, General Catalyst, Michael Moritz, Michael Arrington, Signal Fire, Bezos


Josh Constine leaves TechCrunch for VC fund SignalFire

How do you leave the place that made you? You figure out what it made you for. TechCrunch made me a part of the startup ecosystem I love. Now it’s time to put that love into action to help a new generation of entrepreneurs build their dreams and tell their stories. So it’s “TC to VC” for me. After 8.5 years at TechCrunch and 10 in tech journalism, I’m leaving today to join the venture team at VC fund SignalFire. I’m going to be a principal investor and their head of content. I’ll be seeking out ...
Tags: Apple, Social, Fundings & Exits, TC, Facebook, Instagram, Berlin, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, Evan Spiegel, Talent, Bing, Matthew Panzarino, Chris Farmer, Eric Eldon


Human Capital is an engineering talent agency and a VC fund all in one

Michael Ovitz didn’t invent the idea of a talent agency, but one might argue that he perfected it. He founded the CAA in 1975, and grew it into the world’s leading talent agency, serving as chairman for 20 years. Now, Ovitz is investing in a brand new type of talent agency called Human Capital. Human Capital is a hybrid organization, one part VC fund, one part recruiting business, and one part creative agency. (Human Capital did not invest in its agency startup from its VC fund.) The Human Capit...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Enterprise, Stanford, Funding, Tech, Silicon Valley, Caa, Ben Horowitz, Talent, Human Capital, General Catalyst, Ali, Marc Andreesen


Salesforce is losing the former CEO of MuleSoft, almost 2 years after he sold his company to the cloud giant for $6.5 billion (CRM)

Salesforce Executive VP and former MuleSoft CEO Greg Schott is leaving the company, Business Insider has learned. Schott came to Salesforce in March 2018 after the cloud software giant bought MuleSoft and was then prompted to executive VP of emerging API initiatives at Salesforce in May. MuleSoft makes tools that helps bring data from one piece of software into another, whether or not they have an official integration, making it a key piece of Salesforce's overall strategy. The news comes not ...
Tags: Ipo, Trends, Salesforce, Business Insider, Schott, Mulesoft, SignalFire, Keith Block, Greg Schott, Scott McCorkle, Salesforce Executive VP, Keith Block Click, Marc Benioff MuleSoft, Ross Mason MuleSoft, Salesforce Marketing Cloud He


Improving the logistics of trucking, San Diego’s Flock Freight raises $50 million

“We want to change the way freight moves,” says Oren Zaslansky, the chief executive and founder of Flock Freight. His company, which has been operating in stealth mode for the last two years, has finally emerged with a new solution for freight shipping that purports to bring in more money to shippers, remove inefficiencies in the current hub-and-spoke model for freight, and offer better deals to shipping customers. He’s also got $50 million in financing in the bank in what is one of the largest ...
Tags: TC, Home Depot, Tech, San Diego, SignalFire, Oren Zaslansky, Zaslansky, GLP Capital Partners, Tuft Needle Titan Supply Group


Strattic raises $6.5M to bring static WordPress to the masses

WordPress remains the juggernaut of content management systems, even though it now often gets used in ways it was never intended for. And with that, managing the lifecycle of WordPress sites has only gotten more complicated, too, all while hackers are trying to exploit any and all security issues to take control of a site. Strattic aims to make all of this a lot easier by turning WordPress sites into static sites that don’t query a database whenever a user looks at a page. The Israeli company...
Tags: TC, Web Development, Developer, Israel, Wordpress, Tech, Website, CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS, Php, CDN, Silicon Valley, Programming Languages, Content Management, Cto, Accel, Automattic


BluBracket scores $6.5M seed to help secure code in distributed environments

BluBracket, a new security startup from the folks who brought you Vera, came out of stealth today and announced a $6.5 million seed investment. Unusual Ventures led the round with participation by Point72 Ventures, SignalFire and Firebolt Ventures. The company was launched by Ajay Aurora and Prakash Linga, who until last year were CEO and CTO respectively at Auroa, a security company that helps companies secure documents by having the security profile follow the document wherever it goes. Aurora...
Tags: Security, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Enterprise, Ge, Developer, San Francisco, Cto, Aurora, Vera, SignalFire, Linga, Unusual Ventures, Firebolt Ventures, Auroa


How a video game wunderkind promised a robot revolution that mesmerized SoftBank but went off the rails: The inside story of Zume Pizza

Zume Pizza, the pizza-making robotics startup, spent its early days pitching investors and the public on an AI-powered robotic revolution at the hands of its robot fleet. But the revolution hit a snag, and in January, Zume announced that it was permanently shuttering Zume Pizza, the robotics division of the company, and laying off roughly 360 employees across multiple offices. Now, Zume is looking to sustainable packaging to stay afloat as its cofounder and CEO Alex Garden struggles to right t...
Tags: Garden, Japan, Hbo, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, Stanford, Softbank, San Francisco, Trends, Zynga, Arizona, Xbox, Pizza Hut, Silicon Valley, Mountain View, Seattle


Where top VCs are investing in open source and dev tools (Part 1 of 2)

The once-polarizing world of open-source software has recently become one of the hotter destinations for VCs. As the popularity of open source increases among organizations and developers, startups in the space have reached new heights and monstrous valuations. Over the past several years, we’ve seen surging open-source companies like Databricks reach unicorn status, as well as VCs who cashed out behind a serious number of exits involving open-source and dev tool companies, deals like IBM’s Red ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Open Source, Enterprise, Microsoft, Funding, Tech, SaaS, Venture Capital, Ibm, Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, Devops, Redpoint Ventures, Databricks


Where top VCs are investing in adtech and martech

Lately, the venture community’s relationship with advertising tech has been a rocky one. Advertising is no longer the venture oasis it was in the past, with the flow of VC dollars in the space dropping dramatically in recent years. According to data from Crunchbase, adtech deal flow has fallen at a roughly 10% compounded annual growth rate over the last five years. While subsectors like privacy or automation still manage to pull in funding, with an estimated 90%-plus of digital ad spend growth g...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Facebook, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Funding, Advertising, Marketing, Tech, Venture Capital, Machine Learning, 500 Startups, Bain Capital, Bain Capital Ventures, Crunchbase


A highly subjective list of some of this year’s notable young startups

I’m not a venture capitalist. I don’t play one on TV, either (though I might if anyone asked!). Still, after many years of covering startups, including as an editor with TechCrunch, in a daily newsletter I publish called StrictlyVC, and at numerous media outlets before that (anyone remember the early years of Red Herring magazine?), there have always been startups that stand out a little more than others. This is not to say that what I find intriguing will be a predictor of success. A lot of gre...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Navy, Boston, India, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Paypal, Earth, Cambodia, Jordan, Oakland, Berkeley, Duke


Stampli raises $25 million in Series B to bring AI to invoice management

Stampli, the Mountain View-based company looking to automate invoice management, has today announced the close of a $25 million Series B round. The funding round was led by SignalFire, with participation from existing investors such as Hillsven Capital, Bloomberg Beta, as well as new investors such as NextWorld Capital. Stampli launched in 2015 to build software specifically focused on invoice management. Part of the problem with invoice management is that many people in the organization proc...
Tags: Travel, TC, Mountain View, SignalFire, Eyal Feldman, Stampli, Hillsven Capital Bloomberg Beta, NextWorld Capital Stampli, UpWest Labs Bloomberg Beta