Tusk Ventures’ Jordan Nof and Wheel’s Michelle Davey to talk fundraising tips on Extra Crunch Live

The Tusk Ventures portfolio is impressive, if not intimidating. It includes Lemonade, FanDuel, Coinbase, Latch, Bird and many, many more. We’re lucky to be joined by Tusk co-founder and general partner Jordan Nof for an upcoming episode of Extra Crunch Live, and even luckier that he’s b…

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Walmart is acquiring Memomi, an AR startup powering virtual try-on for eyewear

Walmart is expanding its array of virtual try-on services for shoppers with today’s news that it’s planning to acquire Memomi, an AR optical tech company and current Walmart partner offering virtual try-on experience for eyewear. Deal terms were not disclosed, but Memomi has enabled dig…

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Venture studio Adanian Labs fuels startup growth in Africa

The venture studio targets to help build 300 next-generation startups over the next five years.

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3 data strategies for selling to developers

The only thing holding you back is your attitude toward leveraging data to sell to your core customers.

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5 takeaways from BuzzFeed’s SPAC deck

BuzzFeed had a hard time with growth in 2020, but its deck showcases big optimism about the future of its leading business (advertising) and growth business (commerce).

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SmartAsset rethinks financial advisory, and becomes a unicorn in the process

SmartAsset, a marketplace that connects consumers to financial advisors, announced today that it has raised $110 million in a Series D round of funding. The financing values New York-based SmartAsset at over $1 billion, and brings its total raised since its 2012 inception to just over $161 million,…

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An internal code repo used by New York State’s IT office was exposed online

The exposed GitLab server contained secret keys and passwords associated with servers and databases belonging to the New York state government.

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Only two more weeks until TC Early Stage 2021: Marketing & Fundraising

TC Early Stage 2021: Marketing & Fundraising kicks off in just two weeks and we “see you shiver with antici…pation” (two points for the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” reference). And who can blame you? We sure don’t. On July 8-9, this two-day virtual bootcamp will deliver leading startup gurus, ma…

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Kayak co-founder Paul English just launched Moonbeam, a podcast discovery app

Podcast downloads have boomed over the last year, and Kayak co-founder and tech entrepreneur Paul English became an avid, daily listener. But anyone who loves podcasts knows that podcast discovery can be challenging. Even the top streaming apps like Apple Podcasts and Spotify lack robust discovery …

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Creator tools startup Spore raises $1M to build closer bonds between influencers and their fans

Few spaces have grown hotter in the past year than the creator economy has, but for all of the new tools available to those starting a podcast, newsletter or storefront, most players have been more focused on building out their own platform opportunity rather than selling full independence to creat…

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Nixie’s drone-based water sampling could save cities time and money

Regularly testing waterways and reservoirs is a never-ending responsibility for utility companies and municipal safety authorities, and generally — as you might expect — involves either a boat or at least a pair of waders. Nixie does the job with a drone instead, making the process faster, cheaper …

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