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  • Startups Weekly: The mad dash to the public markets August 17, 2019
    In this week's newsletter: Meet the soon-to-be Y Combinator graduates
    Kate Clark
  • ClearBrain launches analytics tools focused on connecting cause and effect August 16, 2019
    Businesses need to understand cause and effect: Someone did X and it increased sales, or they did Y and it hurt sales. That’s why many of them turn to analytics — but Bilal Mahmood, co-founder and CEO of ClearBrain, said existing analytics platforms can’t answer that question accurately. “Every analytics platform today is still based […]
    Anthony Ha
  • How ‘ghost work’ in Silicon Valley pressures the workforce, with Mary Gray August 16, 2019
    The phrase “pull yourself up by your own bootstraps” was originally meant sarcastically. It’s not actually physically possible to do — especially while wearing Allbirds and having just fallen off a Bird scooter in downtown San Francisco, but I should get to my point. This week, Ken Cuccinelli, the acting Director of the United States […]
    Arman Tabatabai
  • Lumineye helps first responders identify people through walls August 16, 2019
    Any first responder knows that situational awareness is key. In domestic violence disputes, hostage rescue or human trafficking situations, first responders often need help determining where humans are behind closed doors. That’s why Megan Lacy, Corbin Hennen and Rob Kleffner developed Lumineye, a 3D-printed radar device that uses signal analysis software to differentiate moving and […]
    Anna Escher
  • Slack co-founder Cal Henderson and Spark Capital’s Megan Quinn are coming to Disrupt SF August 16, 2019
    If there is one company at the top of everyone’s mind this year, it is Slack. The now-ubiquitous workplace messaging tool began trading on the New York Stock Exchange in June after taking an unusual route to the public markets, known as a direct listing. Slack bypassed the typical IPO process in favor of putting […]
    Kate Clark
  • Showcase your startup in Startup Alley at Disrupt SF 2019 August 16, 2019
    What’s the lifeblood of any early-stage startup? Money and media coverage. Opportunities to acquire both abound at Disrupt San Francisco 2019, our flagship tech conference that takes place on October 2-4. It’s all about networking and making the right connections to make your startup dreams come true, and there’s no better networking mecca than Startup […]
    Emma Comeau
  • Startup ads are taking over the subway August 16, 2019
    If you’re a New Yorker, one of the easiest ways to keep up-to-date on the latest consumer products — furniture, beauty products, mobile apps, you name it — is to hop on the subway. Even before you board, you may find yourself walking through a station filled with colorful startup ads. And once you’re actually […]
    Anthony Ha
  • SmileDirectClub files to go public amid concerns from dental associations August 16, 2019
    SmileDirectClub, the at-home teeth-straightening service, is on its way to becoming a public company. SmileDirectClub is seeking to raise up to $100 million in its IPO, according to its S-1 filed today. The number of shares and price range for the offering have yet to be determined. Prior to this, SmileDirectClub reached a $3.2 billion […]
    Megan Rose Dickey
  • Y Combinator-backed Holy Grail is using machine learning to build better batteries August 16, 2019
    For a long, long time, renewable energy proponents have considered advancements in battery technology to be the Holy Grail of the industry. Advancements in energy storage has been among the hardest to achieve economically, thanks to the incredibly tricky chemistry that’s involved in storing power. Now, one company that’s launching from Y Combinator believes it […]
    Jonathan Shieber
  • Y Combinator-backed Narrator wants to become the operating system for data science August 16, 2019
    "We're effectively your data team," explains Narrator co-founder Matthew Star.
    Kate Clark
  • How should B2B startups think about growth? Not like B2C August 16, 2019
    Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of B2B companies apply ineffective demand generation strategies to their startup. If you’re a B2B founder trying to grow your business, this guide is for you...
    Yvonne Leow
  • Protein replacement startups are coming for food additives as Shiru launches from Y Combinator August 16, 2019
    Shiru, a new company that’s launching from the latest batch of Y Combinator-backed startups, is joining the ranks of the businesses angling for a spot at the vanguard of the new food technology revolution. The company was founded by Jasmin Hume, the former director of food chemistry at Just (the company formerly known as Hampton […]
    Jonathan Shieber
  • How-to: Exhibit for free in Startup Alley at Disrupt Berlin 2019 August 16, 2019
    We love a good how-to, especially one that saves early-stage startup founders money and positions them for mad success. We’re talking about how to apply to be a TC Top Pick and exhibit at Disrupt Berlin 2019 — for free. Our TC Top Picks program is what we call a pre-Disrupt competition. If you’re a […]
    Leslie Hitchcock
  • Twitter leads $100M round in top Indian regional social media platform ShareChat August 16, 2019
    Is there room for another social media platform? ShareChat, a four-year-old social network in India that serves tens of million of people in regional languages, just answered that question with a $100 million financing round led by global giant Twitter . Other than Twitter, TrustBridge Partners, and existing investors Shunwei Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, SAIF […]
    Manish Singh
  • Cloudflare, in its IPO filing, thanks a third co-founder: Lee Holloway August 15, 2019
    Not every co-founder is acknowledged at the companies that they help to launch. Sometimes, they quit or they’re elbowed out. Often, they’re conveniently written out of the company’s history. In the case of Cloudflare, a third co-founder who began the company with its higher-profile CEO, Matthew Prince, and its COO, Michelle Zatlyn, is little known […]
    Connie Loizos
  • Elysium and the quest to bottle the fountain of youth August 15, 2019
    A discussion with Eric Marcotulli, the co-founder of Elysium, a life sciences company developing consumer-facing health products based on aging research.
    Jonathan Shieber
  • Traces AI is building a less invasive alternative to facial recognition tracking August 15, 2019
    With all of the progress we’ve seen in deep learning tech in the past few years, it seems pretty inevitable that security cameras become smarter and more capable in regards to tracking, but there are more options than we think in how we choose to pull this off. Traces AI is a new computer vision […]
    Lucas Matney
  • GradJoy is a Y Combinator-backed fintech to help you knock out your student loans August 15, 2019
    The right people to solve the trillion-dollar student debt crisis might be the ones who are suffering from it the hardest. If you’re a recent college graduate, there’s a 50% chance you took on debt when you moved off campus. If you’re like the average student borrower, you graduated with $29,800 of loan debt, and […]
    Anna Escher
  • Local governments are forcing the scooter industry to grow up fast August 15, 2019
    Gone are the days when tech companies can deploy their services in cities without any regard for rules and regulations. Before the rise of electric scooters, cities had already become hip to tech’s status quo (thanks to the likes of Uber and Lyft) and were ready to regulate. We explored some of this in “The […]
    Megan Rose Dickey
  • How about earning crypto tokens to carbon-offset your Uber rides? August 15, 2019
    Most of us, by now, are aware that all sorts of crazy stuff is happening to the planet’s climate, and the blame is pretty much universally recognized as lying with humans pumping more and more carbon into the atmosphere. Scientists are now saying tree planting, for instance, has to happen very, very quickly if we […]
    Mike Butcher