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Apartment List raises $50 million for home rentals

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It’s estimated that over one-third of Americans rent their homes, according to the National Multifamily Housing Council. And half of those people are under 30-years-old. But what’s the best way for this often transient group of people to find a new place to live? Craigslist has been a leader in online rentals, but not everyone is […]

The portion of VC-backed startups founded by women stays stubbornly stagnant

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It was a tumultuous year for the technology industry, with sexual harassment, pay gaps and under-representation of women often dominating the headlines. The technology industry’s belief that its mission is to change the world has steeply contrasted with its discriminatory treatment of women. And while sexism was not born in Silicon Valley, sexual harassment is proving to be toxic for business, […]

The state of Israel’s cybersecurity market

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Ofer Schreiber is a partner at YL Ventures. More posts by this contributor: Iren Reznikov Contributor Iren Reznikov is an analyst for YL Ventures. More posts by this contributor: The Equifax breach, WannaCry, NotPetya, the NSA leak, and many more cyber incidents – 2017 was certainly a busy year for hackers, illustrating yet again just […]

US & Canada VCs favor late-stage giants over upstarts in Q4

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Startup investors in the U.S. and Canada have been putting a little less money to work across a lot fewer deals in recent months. After three quarters of rising investment at early through growth stage, VCs have cut back in the fourth quarter of 2017. They participated in fewer deals and invested less capital compared […]

Boxed in talks to be acquired by Kroger for $500 million

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New York-based Boxed, the startup for buying food and household items in bulk, is in talks to be acquired by Kroger for about $500 million. Other retailers are also expected to be making bids. The news was first reported by Forbes and confirmed to TechCrunch by a source with knowledge of the situation. We’re hearing that the […]

Avid Larizadeh Duggan, GV’s sole female GP, leaves to join music tech startup Kobalt

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GV (formerly known as Google Ventures) lost its one female general partner. London-based Avid Larizadeh Duggan has joined Kobalt​, a 17-year-old, New York-based music tech company that acts as a publisher and provides royalty tracking services for tracks when they are played across various digital platforms.  Larizadeh Duggan, who’d led an investment in Kobalt for GV, takes […]

Comcast Ventures is betting on blockchain technologies in 2018

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“In 2018 we’re doubling down on blockchain,” says Gil Beyda, managing director of Comcast Ventures, the investment arm of one of the world’s largest media and telecom companies. For the venture capital arm of Comcast, an investment in blockchain isn’t opportunistic, Beyda insists. “Just to be clear, if bitcoin were at $15 instead of $15,000 we […]

Prototype Capital launches to take pre-seed student investing out of the Ivy League

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The two founders of Prototype Capital believe that pre-seed investment focused on student entrepreneurs needs to change. While existing micro-investment funds focused on young entrepreneurs spend their time at Ivy League schools and elite private institutions, Prototype Capital’s founders are betting on great opportunities coming from the same places that have driven Steve Case’s “Rise […]

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