How 2 companies leveraged organic and inorganic growth
Ram Iyer

Not all growth is created equal, and one is not mutually exclusive from the other.

Immunai announces a $215M Series B as its ‘immune cell atlas’ matures
Emma Betuel

Biotech startup Immunai has been on a roll when it comes to funding. The company that set out to create an atlas of the human immune system in 2018 had raised about $80 million by February 2021. On Wednesday, the company announced another significantly larger round: a $215 million series B.  Immunai has been building […]

Gitai successfully demos autonomous robot inside the International Space Station
Aria Alamalhodaei

Tokyo space startup Gitai Japan successfully conducted a technology demonstration of its autonomous robotic arm inside the International Space Station last week, a key milestone as the company prepares to provide robotics as a service in space. The S1 robotic arm performed two tasks: operating cables and switches, and assembling structures and panels. These tasks […]

Employees detail rising tensions at Ro as healthcare unicorn struggles to grow beyond first win
Natasha Mascarenhas

Ro, one of the most valuable privately owned health tech startups, isn’t subtle about its mission to deliver vertically integrated, affordable healthcare with consumers in mind. And while a patient-centric healthcare system is undoubtedly overdue, Ro is first dealing with a massive challenge: its own inability to monetize meaningfully outside of Roman, its erectile dysfunction […]

Health, Covid and Vacation: Cancel culture strikes again - FML
FMyLife

Today, I was supposed to leave for Disney. Our trip was cancelled last year because of the pandemic. This morning, we found out my sister’s boyfriend, who was a last-minute add-on to the trip, has COVID. Cancelled again. Maybe next year. FML

Apple now lets you review more default apps like Phone, Messages, Photos and Safari
Sarah Perez

Apple finally put itself on equal footing with rivals by allowing users to rate and review its own, first-party apps for the first time this fall, amid increased regulatory pressure ahead of a likely antitrust investigation. Although some of Apple’s apps had been available to download separately, they had never been able to be reviewed. […]

Dear Sophie: Any advice for living my dreams in Silicon Valley?
Annie Saunders

After trying to find an H-1B job to immigrate to the U.S. for several years, I took a position with a company in Canada. My dream is to immigrate to Silicon Valley to start my own venture. Any advice?

Daring Foods bites into third round in 12 months as plant-based chicken product enters Walmart
Christine Hall

The company saw 900% growth over the past 12 months and will be using the new funding to support that growth and new innovation.

Abacus.ai snags $50M Series C as it expands into computer vision use cases
Ron Miller

Abacus.ai wants to build an AI platform that simplifies machine learning model creation, while still leaving room for power users. Today the company announced a $50 million Series C. At the same time, it announced that the platform was expanding to include computer vision use cases. Tiger Global led the round with participation from Coatue, […]

Rent the Runway’s IPO pricing indicates bullish market for unicorns of all stripes
Alex Wilhelm

We can't help but read Rent the Runway's IPO pricing as not only good news for unicorns, but also for tech-enabled unicorns.

Gringo raises $8M to help Brazilians manage auto-related documentation with its app
Mary Ann Azevedo

Gringo, a Brazilian startup that has built an app aimed at supporting drivers in a variety of ways, has raised $8 million in a new round of funding. Kaszek led the financing, which also included participation from GFC and OneVC. Kaszek also led the company’s seed round in 2020. The latest investment brings its total […]

The Bowery Farming TC-1
Brian Heater

While dozens of vertical farms have sprouted in the past decade, few have attracted the amount of attention that New Jersey-based Bowery Farming enjoys.

Bowery Farming is forcing us all to look up at the future of vertical agriculture
Brian Heater

Food is the very nourishment of life, but it’s becoming increasingly challenging to grow at scale. A combination of explosive population growth, climate change and depleting sources of water is…

Hacking lettuce for taste and profit
Brian Heater

"The first thing you notice is just the smell," chief science officer of Bowery Farming Henry Sztul says excitedly. "It's got that smell, right?"

Can LEDs ultimately replace the sun?
Brian Heater

For Bowery Farming, no technology is too small to optimize, and no data is too insignificant to track. Combined together, the startup hopes to orchestrate the future of farming and build a moat.

The voracious fight for your salad bowl
Brian Heater

The size, the scope, the potential impact — the mind reels. Vertical farming may be a nascent space, but it is growing rapidly, and the greenfield is being taken quickly.

Instagram now lets all users share links in Stories via Link Stickers
Aisha Malik

Instagram announced on Wednesday that all users now have access to its Link Sticker feature in Instagram Stories. The expansion comes as the company recently ditched the “swipe-up” link in Instagram Stories in favor of the new Link Stickers. Both the previous “swipe-up” link and new Link Stickers have been historically limited to businesses and […]

Love, Fat, Tinder, Relatable and Awkward: Fuck those dudes - FML
FMyLife

Today, my Tinder date said it wasn’t gonna work, all because, I “need to lose some extra pounds.” Last week, I'd had another Tinder date and he told me he’d continue seeing me if I dropped at least 30 pounds. I think I get the hint now. FML

Spotify says U.S. podcast listeners now use its service more than Apple Podcasts
Sarah Perez

In September, analysts at eMarketer predicted Spotify was poised to overtake Apple Podcasts in U.S. listenership sometime this year. Today, Spotify announced for the first time it may have succeeded on that front. During the company’s Q3 2021 earnings call, the company said that according to Edison Research and its own internal sources, it “recently […]

Paytm seeks $20 billion valuation in India’s biggest IPO
Manish Singh

Paytm, one of India’s most valuable startups, is seeking to raise as much as $2.4 billion in what is shaping up to be the biggest initial public offering in the country at a valuation of $20 billion, according to two people familiar with the matter and internal documents seen by TechCrunch. Paytm filed the paperwork […]

Divining the future of VC, saying goodbye to Danny
Alex Wilhelm

Hello and welcome back to Equity. This is a special, if somewhat bittersweet episode. It marks the final official podcast with our own Danny Crichton, who is off to other pastures in short order. Danny stepped in when we lost a host a few years back, and has been both a staple and a pillar […]

Puffco keeps innovating dabbing
Matt Burns

Puffco is announcing a new upgrade to its over-the-top Peak Pro vaporizer that increases the smoking experience and improves battery life. This upgrade requires users to swap the cooking chamber of their Peak Pro, but a sleek design makes this easy. The new chamber comes just after Puffco announced a clever battery-powered hot knife that […]

Nubank files to go public
Mary Ann Azevedo

This morning Brazilian neobank Nu, better known as Nubank, announced that it has filed to go public. Today its S-1 filing remains private, but the announcement of its existence implies that Nu is on track to go public soon, perhaps inside of 2021. The company filed with both the American Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) […]

Hinge launches a new ‘Voice Prompts’ feature to give users a new way to interact
Aisha Malik

Hinge is rolling out a new ‘Voice Prompts’ feature to give its users a new way to connect with their matches. Voice Prompts will allow users to answer a prompt through a 30-second voice recording. The new feature is rolling out globally starting today. Hinge says the new feature allows people to give others a […]

Groopit announces $2M pre-seed to help execs access crowd-sourced company data
Ron Miller

Groopit, an early stage startup from a 20-year Microsoft veteran, wants to help companies crowdsource data from information supplied by employees working in the field. Today, the company announced a $2 million pre-seed round led by Ascend.vc with participation from a group of investors that includes Voyager Capital and Vulcan Capital. The startup has raised […]

TikTok brings its Video Kit to desktop, web and consoles
Sarah Perez

TikTok announced today it’s expanding its Video Kit offering for developers to include those building apps for the web, desktop, and consoles, in addition to its previous support for mobile platforms. Alongside the news, the company unveiled a host of new third-party apps that would now integrate with TikTok, including Clipchamp, Combo, Grabyo, Kapwing, Mobcrush, […]

Biotech startup Shiru sprouting plant-based ingredients with new capital infusion
Christine Hall

The company plans to have ingredients ready by next year, which means we could see the first commercial products containing Shiru’s ingredients on grocery store shelves as early as 2023.

YETiCO raises seed for its tap-a-device to simply divide the bill and tip restaurant staff
Mike Butcher

Earlier this year European startup Sunday raised $100 million in a Series A raise led by U.S. investors Coatue and DST Global, just five months after launching. The proposition was relatively simple and pretty much tailor-made for the COVID-19 era: diners scan a QR code to download an app, and then split the bill between […]

Truepill’s latest funding boosts valuation to $1.6B as it works on B2B side of healthcare
Christine Hall

The new funding represents a “hyper growth moment” for the company, which is in position to bring in some $300 million in revenue this year.

Skyryse brings in $200M to make flying an aircraft as simple as swiping a touchscreen
Aria Alamalhodaei

Five-year-old startup Skyryse has raised a $200 million Series B to develop FlightOS, a flight automation technology stack that the company says will help experienced pilots operate new types of aircraft and allow complete novices to quickly learn the ropes of flying. Most importantly, the company says FlightOS will be able to be retrofitted onto […]

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