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- Exceptional assessments: That’s our play on Better Opinions, an Indian startup that claims to be building “a prediction market,” and just may be Meta’s next acquisition in the region, Manish writes.
- Rolling with the defaults: Microsoft users will want to set their calendars for July 27. That is when the tech giant will block Office macros by default to cut down on malware being introduced via email. This is something Carly reports had been paused by Microsoft earlier this year, but now is back in full swing.
- One company’s cutback is another company’s lesson: Big Tech taking a time-out on hiring may provide some leeway for startups to dive into that expertise talent pool and come back up with some, as Alex puts it, “human capital for their financial capital.”
Startups and VC
“Shark Tank,” America’s favorite television show, masquerading as “this is how investing works,” made Mark Cuban a household name. It may come as a surprise, then, that overall, Cuban hasn’t made a profit off his Shark Tank portfolio, Amanda reports.
Ride-hailing services may be getting a quality upgrade: “We needed to employ our drivers so that we could not only select and vet, but importantly, train and performance-manage them to drive a consistent high-quality experience for our passengers,” Alto’s founder told Rebecca.
Oh, and Haje got very excited about interviewing the Sarcos Robotics and Boston Dynamic CEOs about how to take robots from the lab into the real world.
- Domo Arigato: If you missed yesterday’s TC Sessions: Robotics, Matt has a great recap so you can get yourself up to speed.
- I’ll have a book, an apple, and a colonoscopy, please: Amazon bought One Medical, reports Alex, Natasha M, and Mary Ann.
- Beautiful plumage: Custom wigs, meet AI — Parfait raised $15 million to upend the $13 billion custom wig industry, reports Ron.
- Ooh, I wouldn’t cut that if I were you: AI platform Theator analyzes surgery videos to improve training and quality of care. The company raised nearly $40 million, Ingrid reports.
- 0.76 billion for opportunities: Menlo Ventures raised $761 million, its largest-ever opportunities fund, Harri reports.
How to check for founder-investor alignment before you start fundraising
Everyone wants to get their company off the ground, which is why it’s critical to find an investor who shares your values and perspective.
It’s particularly tempting to accept the first offer that comes, but “choosing the right partner for the right stage of your business can make the difference between building a billion-dollar company and losing control.”
Partners Evan Kipperman, Paul Hughes and Len Gray at law firm Wiggin and Dana shared a post with TC+ that explores the finer points of working with institutional investors, angels, friends and family and capitalists of other stripes.
“As funding gets harder to come by, your risk tolerance may change, but your process for evaluating investors should not.”
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