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- Fashionably lateEpic Games liked Hadean’s distributed computing startup so much that they didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to back it. Paul: has more on how Epic was able to land a $30 million Series A investment and why.
- From bling to blingLife insurance isn’t often a touchy subject, but Strava co-founder Mark Shaw believes he’s found a way to “temper” it, crediting whole life insurance policies against Inclined. Mary Ann writes. The company is now seeded with a $15 million Series A round.
- Shopping for healthcareHealth care is a complex web of doctors, labs and payers that rarely seems like it. Kenyan startup Ponea Health is set to change that with its healthcare marketplace offering that brings together everyone, Ani reports.
Startups and VC
The crypto market is flooded with centralized (Binance, FTX) and decentralized ETH based perpetual and options trading platforms (Dydx, Opyn, Perpetual Protocol). Nibiru is trying to build the first mainstream decentralized multi-chain solution. The company is co-founded by Tribe Capital GP Arjun Sethi and just raised $7.5 million in seed funding worth 100 million dollars, Manish reports.
A cloud kitchen, also known as a ghost kitchen or shared kitchen, offers restaurant owners and food entrepreneurs commercial kitchen space for food delivery and takeout at a low cost. The Manila-headquartered startup CloudEats, which operates cloud kitchens in the Philippines and Vietnam, just raised a $7 million Series A extension accelerate food service digitization in Southeast Asia; Kate: reports.
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8 investors discuss what’s next for reproductive health startups with Roe in the world
Dominique-Madori Davis polled eight investors about what role venture capital might play in this new era, where Americans no longer have the legal right to have an abortion.
The Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision affected more than health care and personal privacy; Will capital and talent flee US states that restrict reproductive rights? Will investors back more startups that expand healthcare access?
Given the “tenuous relationship between venture money and ethics,” Dominique-Madori asked the group how they plan to make an impact and how they prefer to be approached by entrepreneurs;
- Hessie Jones, Partner at MATR Ventures
- Lisa Calhoun, Gary Peat and William Leonard, Valor Ventures
- Mecca Tartt, CEO, Startup Runway
- Ed Zimmerman, Founding Partner, First Close Partners
- Theodora Lau, founder of Unconventional Ventures
- McKeever Conwell, founder of RareBreed Ventures
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Who knew? baseball simulation game would they hold up so well at the height of the epidemic? The Game Band certainly did. Amanda talks to Blaseball’s creators about how they’re building the game for the future.
- A break in the new showIf you are a fan of “Breaking Bad”, the creator of the show announced a new show for Apple TV+, Ivan writes.
- Clapping backThe California Department of Civil Rights is now investigating a Counterclaim from Tesla after a judge refused to dismiss a case alleging racial bias against the electric car giant. Rebecca has more.
- New bossFormer Google ad chief Alan Tygesen has a new gig DocuSign’s new CEO, Ron: reports.
- There is no shortage of supply here: Jacqueline reports GM Ventures’ new investment in Lithion Recyclinga Canadian battery recycler to keep GM’s electric vehicle fleet juiced up.
- Urgent messageItaly has elections on Sunday and the country is on edge means of interfering with electionsso he sent a message to Meta asking for information on how Facebook plans to handle it. Natasha L writes.