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Nothing negative about Positive Food’s meal expansion plan after $7M investment

Positive Food is going after the $34 billion fresh prepared foods market with its take on salads, heat-and-eat prepared meals and vegan overnight...

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Boulevard books $70M to help beauty and wellness salons with their bookings

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but when it comes to getting ahold of an appointment for your hair or another treatment… that’s...

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Why an Atlanta-based Black influencer collective swapped their collab house for a studio

Collab Crew (formerly Collab Crib) wants to help other underrepresented creators thrive.

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A16z-backed Shein challenger Cider is growing rapidly

Shein has shown the world how combining social media marketing, data analytics, and China’s well-oiled supply chain has created a $100 billion...

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Holey Grail Donuts bites into $9M for Los Angeles retail expansion

The Hawaii company's taro donut is fried in organic, fair trade coconut oil and comes with over 60 different flavors.

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Ghost appears with new funding, marketplace to match buyers with unsold products

Ghost created a marketplace that provides a way for brands to get rid of excess inventory and will handle all of the posting, sales and shipment of...

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Down bad

Welcome back to Chain Reaction. Last week, we talked about layoffs and the Winklevoss rock gods. This week, we’re looking at a new layer of...

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How the myth of the ‘girlboss’ harms emerging women in tech

“The end of the girlboss era? What does that even mean?”

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Bonfire Ventures secures $230M for two new funds targeting B2B software startups

Bonfire Ventures aims to help B2B software startups make it to Series A.

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Niantic transcends Discord to build Campfire, an AR social app, and unveils Lightship VPS

Since the launch of Pokémon Go in 2016, players have been coordinating meet-ups in-game raids and battles on platforms like Reddit and Discord. This...

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Uber Eats pilots autonomous delivery with Serve Robotics, Motional

Uber Eats is launching two autonomous delivery pilots in Los Angeles on Monday with Serve Robotics, a robotic sidewalk delivery startup, and...

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China’s gaming giant NetEase opens first US studio in Austin

NetEase, the second-largest gaming company in China and the sixth-largest in the world, has opened its first US-based studio in Austin as...

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Upgrade gives hair stylists tools to market, sell custom wigs from one marketplace

Remember Mary J. Blige’s hair at the Super Bowl? That was via Upgrade.

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Food Rocket blasts off after securing funding, grocery delivery deal with Circle K parent

CEO says it's not just about delivering groceries, but creating new customer habits.

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Nowadays puts its spin on plant-based nuggets

Its first product is a crispy, plant-based riff on chicken nuggets that is made with just seven ingredients.

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How compassion and inclusivity are helping Kindbody change the fertility industry

When the topic of fertility comes up, we often hear hushed tones discussing someone else’s or their own journey through infertility.

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Playhouse is TikTok meets Zillow for the next generation of homeowners

We’re all guilty of it: sometimes, even when we’re not looking to move, it’s fun to look at home listings on Zillow just to see what’s out...

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Cake adds newest ingredient to sexual wellness recipe: Entrance into Target

Four of Cake's products are now available in 1,000 Target stores.

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How long can Zuckerberg afford to bankroll the AR/VR market?

Hello friends, and welcome back to Week in Review! Last week, we talked about the “de-stonkifying” of the market. This week, we’re...

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PortalOne raises $60M as it levels up to launch its hybrid, immersive gaming platform later this year

Gaming has been one of the most popular entertainment categories in the last two years of pandemic living. Now, a gaming startup that’s...

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Glossier just laid off one-third of its corporate employees, mostly in tech

Glossier, the popular beauty brand led by former blogger Emily Weiss, let go of 80 of its corporate employees today, according to an internal email...

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Starship Technologies picks up €50M from the EU’s investment arm to expand its fleet of autonomous delivery robots

Starship Technologies, one of the bigger names in the world of autonomous delivery robots — those little caboose-like, boxy delivery vehicles...

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AvantStay, a platform for kitting out — and then renting out — high-end vacation rental homes, raises $160M

Another travel startup that found itself scrambling to pivot as the COVID-19 pandemic took off is now announcing a huge round of funding after...

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Papaya raises $50M to give you a way to pay bills via its mobile app

Paying bills is hardly a fun thing. So I think it’s safe to say that any technology that can make the process easier is welcome by all. Papaya is a...

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AKUA lands $3.2M to turn kelp into burgers

AKUA aims to replace the unsustainable part of food — factory farming — with regenerative ocean farming.

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Shareholders approve Bird-SPAC merger, stock promptly falls

Shares of Switchback II Corporation are off more than 14% today, appearing to sell off sharply following news that the SPAC's merger with...

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Creadev seasons Salted with new funding for its QSR brands

Salted created six brands so far, including moonbowls, Califlower Pizza and lulubowls, and serves food from Chinese takeout to pizza to salads.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is in development for Oculus Quest 2

During its big VR and AR-focused event Thursday, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a major new title headed to its VR platform that...

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