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- Late trendy: Epic Games likes distributed computing startup Hadean so much that it doesn’t want to miss the chance to return. Paul Get more info on how Epic was able to get a $30 million Series A investment and why.
- From bland to bland: Life insurance isn’t usually an interesting topic, but Strava co-founder Mark Shaw believes he’s found a way to “zhuzh” it with Incained, a company that lends against contracts whole life insurance, Mary Ann write. The company is currently launching a $15 million Series A.
- Shopping for health care: Healthcare is a complex network of doctors, labs, and payers that rarely seem to connect with each other. Kenyan start-up, Ponea Health, is trying to change that with a healthcare marketplace offering that brings people together, Annie report.
Start-ups and VC
The crypto market is flooded with centralized ETH-based perpetual and options trading platforms (Binance, FTX) (Dydx, Opyn, Perpetual Protocol). Nibiru is trying to build the first mainstream decentralized multimedia solution. The company was co-founded by Tribe Capital GP Arjun Sethi, and just raised $7.5 million in seed funding at a $100 million valuation, Spanish report.
Cloud kitchens – also known as ghost kitchens or shared kitchens – provide restaurant owners and food business entrepreneurs with a commercial kitchen space with lower costs for food delivery and takeout. A Manila-based startup called CloudEats, runs cloud kitchens in the Philippines and Vietnam, just raised a $7 million Series A expansion fund to accelerate the digitization of food service in Southeast Asia, Kate report.
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8 investors discuss what’s ahead for reproductive health startups in a post-Roe world
Dominic-Madori Davis surveyed eight investors about the role venture capital can play in a new era where Americans no longer have the legal right to have an abortion.
The Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision has more impact on health care and individual privacy: Will capital and talent flee US states that restrict reproductive rights? Will investors back more startups expanding access to healthcare?
With “the difficult relationship between venture money and ethics,” Dominic-Madori asked the group how they plan to make an impact – and how they want to be approached by entrepreneurs:
- Hessie Jones, partner, MATR Ventures
- Lisa Calhoun, Gary Peat and William Leonard, Valor Ventures
- Mecca Tartt, CEO, Startup Runway
- Ed Zimmerman, Founding Partner, First Close Partner
- Theodora Lau, Founder, Unconventional Ventures
- McKeever Conwell, Founder, RareBreed Ventures
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Who knows? baseball simulation game will catch up so well in the height of a pandemic? The game band definitely did. Amanda Talk to the makers of Blaseball about how they’re building the game for the future.
- Breakthrough in a new show: If you are a fan of “Breaking Bad”, the show’s creator announced a new show for Apple TV +, Ivan write.
- Clap back: The California Department of Civil Rights is currently reviewing a counterersuit from Tesla after a judge refused to dismiss a case involving racial prejudice at the electric car giant. Rebecca there are many more.
- New Chief: Former Google advertising executive Allan Thygesen has a new gig: serve as New CEO of DocuSign, Ron report.
- There is no shortage of supply here: Jaclyn reports New investment by GM Ventures in Lithium Recyclinga Canadian battery recycler, to keep the juice flowing for GM’s fleet of electric vehicles.
- Urgent notice: Elections are happening in Italy on Sunday and the country is worried about election interventionsso it sent out a message to Meta asking for information on how Facebook plans to manage this, Natasha LOL write.