Work Life Ventures raises $5M for debut enterprise SaaS seed fund – gpgmail

[ad_1] Brianne Kimmel had no trouble transitioning from angel investor to general partner. Initially setting out to garner $3 million in capital commitments, Kimmel, in just two weeks’ time, closed on $5 million for her debut venture capital fund Work Life Ventures. The enterprise SaaS-focused vehicle boasts an impressive roster of limited partners, too, including […]

Uber commits $200 million to Uber Freight expansion in bet on trucking and Chicago – gpgmail

[ad_1] Uber Freight is establishing its headquarters in Chicago as part of Uber’s broader plan to invest more than $200 million annually in the region, including hiring hundreds of workers. Uber said Monday it will hire 2,000 new employees in the region over the next three years, most of which will be dedicated to Uber […]

APIs are the next big SaaS wave – gpgmail

[ad_1] Daniel Levine Contributor While the software revolution started out slowly, over the past few years it’s exploded and the fastest-growing segment to-date has been the shift towards software as a service or SaaS. SaaS has dramatically lowered the intrinsic total cost of ownership for adopting software, solved scaling challenges and taken away the burden […]

Starship Technologies CEO Lex Bayer on focus and opportunity in autonomous delivery – gpgmail

[ad_1] Starship Technologies is fresh off a recent $40 million funding round, and the robotics startup finds itself in a much-changed market compared to when it got its start in 2014. Founded by software industry veterans including Skype and Rdio co-founder Janis Friis, Starship’s focus is entirely on building and commercialization fleets of autonomous sidewalk […]

Finance in startups with Duda CFO Stephanie Hsiung and Zeus Living’s Head of Finance Mark Kang – gpgmail

[ad_1] Tim Hsia & Neil Devani Contributor More posts by this contributor ‘The Operators’: Experts from Airbnb and Carta on building and managing your company’s customer support ‘The Operators’: Experts from WeWork and Brex talk marketing – Getting the most bang for your buck Welcome to this transcribed edition of The Operators. The Operators features […]

Startups Weekly: Diamond-encrusted disruption – gpgmail

[ad_1] 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 the flurry of IPO filings. Before that, I noted the differences between raising cash from angels vs. traditional […]

Tastemakers raises $1.4M to sell Africa experiences to the world – gpgmail

[ad_1] New York based startup Tastemakers has raised a $1.4 million seed-round—led Precursor Ventures—for its business that connects Africa adventures to global consumers. Tastemakers’ platform curates, prices, and lists African travel and cultural experiences—from paragliding tours to wine-tasting to concerts. The startup generates revenues by taking a 20% commission on each transaction. Community managers in […]

YC is doubling down on these investment theses in its most recent batch – gpgmail

[ad_1] Nearly 200 startups have just graduated from the prestigious San Francisco startup accelerator Y Combinator. The flock of companies are now free to proceed company-building with a fresh $150,000 check and three-months full of tips and tricks from industry experts. As usual, we sent several reporters to YC’s latest demo day to take notes […]

Fresh out of Y Combinator, Tandem lands millions from Andreessen Horowitz – gpgmail

[ad_1] Tandem, one of the most sought after companies to graduate from Y Combinator’s summer batch, will emerge from the accelerator program with a supersized seed round and an uncharacteristically high valuation. The months-old business, which is developing communication software for remote teams after pivoting from crypto, is raising a $7.5 million seed financing at […]

The 11 best startups from Y Combinator’s S19 Demo Day 1 – gpgmail

[ad_1] Y Combinator, the genesis for many of the companies that have shaped Silicon Valley including Airbnb, PagerDuty and Stripe, has minted another 200 some graduates. Half of those companies made their pitch to investors today during Day 1 of Y Combinator’s Summer 2019 Demo Day event and we’re here to tell you which startups […]