A very scary Zuck-mas and a crappy New Year: 2018’s failed attempt to ‘fix’ Facebook

Before Facebook makes its new resolutions for 2019, we need to take a look back at a long and eventful year...

Conor Grant • December 21, 2018

Temi raises $21m to put robo-assistants in homes across America

Temi, a robotics startup, secured $21m in funding so you can finally video chat like a Jetson.

Wes Schlagenhauf • December 20, 2018

Seeking prescription profits, pharma giants Glaxo and Pfizer spin off consumer divisions

Glaxo and Pfizer, 2 of the world’s largest pharma companies, merged their consumer divisions in search of greater prescription profits.

Conor Grant • December 20, 2018

A company that tracks how distracted you are while driving raises $500m from SoftBank

Cambridge Mobile Telematics secured half a billion dollars from The SoftBank Vision Fund, as it aims to expand the reach of its highly regarded driver tracking platform.

Wes Schlagenhauf • December 20, 2018

Zwift raises $120m to expand its multiplayer fitness video games

A startup called Zwift that turns online fitness classes into social video games raised $120m to expand.

Conor Grant • December 20, 2018

Startup funder, Clearbanc, raises $120m in 2 months

Clearbanc raised $120m in the last 2 months to help startups raise funding by giving up revenue instead of equity.

Conor Grant • December 19, 2018

A $405m offshore lease is blowing the US wind industry into profitable waters

A recent $405m auction for a US offshore wind lease sold the rights to the development of wind farms expected to produce 6x as much as today’s largest offshore farm.

Conor Grant • December 19, 2018

Gooooooal: Danish athletic recruiting startup, Tonsser, just scored $6.2m in funding

The Denmark-based social platform for soccer players just raised $6.2m in funding as it shoots to find the next Messi or Ronaldo.

Wes Schlagenhauf • December 19, 2018

Anthony Levandowski pulls Pronto.ai out of the garage with a cross-country road trip

The infamous self-driving technology engineer has come out of stealth mode with his new company after demonstrating its core product on a time-lapsed cross-country road trip.

Wes Schlagenhauf • December 19, 2018

The Mom Project raises $8m as it strives to keep moms in the workforce

The Mom Project raised $8m as it strives to keep new moms in touch with the ever-changing workforce, after they’re ready to get back to the grind.

Wes Schlagenhauf • December 18, 2018

Demand for American dairy has curdled, and now farmers are crying over spilt milk

American cheese stockpiles are starting to stink due to diminished demand, and dairy farmers must diversify or die.

Conor Grant • December 18, 2018

RightHand Robotics raises $23m to build robots with better hand-eye coordination

A robo-hand startup called RightHand raised $23m to help e-commerce companies automate ‘picking and packing.’

Conor Grant • December 18, 2018

Not so Zen: Calm and Headspace battle for market domination

No matter the industry, rival companies still desperately want to defeat each other. Even companies that profit off of preaching Zen and relaxation.

Wes Schlagenhauf • December 18, 2018

UPDATE: Robinhood backs down on its checking and savings account promise

A day after announcing its new dreamy checking and savings account program, the mobile stock trading app walked back its plan after running into legal trouble

Wes Schlagenhauf • December 17, 2018

Pokémon GOOOO-ing for the gold: Niantic is trying to catch a $200m funding round

Niantic, the AR platform builder behind Pokemon Go, is raising a $200m Series C round at a $3.9B valuation.

Wes Schlagenhauf • December 17, 2018

General Electric is spinning off a separate digital company to keep the lights on

After a tough year, GE is creating a new, separate digital division in an attempt to stop stock prices from slipping further.

Conor Grant • December 17, 2018

Merck agrees to acquire animal health tech company, Antelliq, for $3.7B

Merck agrees to buy French animal health tech provider, Antelliq, for $3.7B from BC Partners.

Wes Schlagenhauf • December 17, 2018

Not all that glitters is gold: The most precious metal in the world is… palladium?

Palladium, an industrial metal used in car exhaust systems, has briefly overtaken gold as the world’s most precious metal.

Conor Grant • December 17, 2018

With its 3% account, crafty Robinhood steals business from banks and gives it to… itself

Robinhood announced it will offer attractive digital-only credit accounts, but they’re more similar to money market funds than bank accounts.

Conor Grant • December 14, 2018

With Whole Foods in Amazon’s basket, Instacart has finally ditched its old partner

Instacart announced that it will end its relationship with Whole Foods after spending the last year and a half gathering partners who are not owned by Amazon.

Conor Grant • December 14, 2018

Farfetch acquires online sneaker platform, Stadium Goods, for $250m

Online marketplace, Farfetch, acquired online sneaker marketplace, Stadium Goods, for $250m as the sneaker industry is slowly becoming the new gold rush.

Wes Schlagenhauf • December 14, 2018

Hotels are the new co-working spaces

Sheraton is overhauling 450 of its current lobbies to include “productivity tables,” equipped with outlets, USB ports, and rentable drawers.

Lindsey Quinn • December 14, 2018

Is it possible for banks to have a conscience? Good Money thinks so

Good Money is an online banking platform with a plan: to successfully run its for-profit business model much like that of nonprofit credit unions. But can it be done?

Wes Schlagenhauf • December 13, 2018

Optibus raises $40m to help fix the logistical dumpster fire of bus routes

Optibus, a software provider for public transit operations, raised $40m from the likes of Insight Venture Partners and Alibaba.

Wes Schlagenhauf • December 13, 2018

Podcast analytics just got RAD thanks to NPR, but podcasts still won’t target listeners

NPR rolled out a new tool called RAD to help creators track anonymous listener data.

Conor Grant • December 13, 2018

The Other Bowlen Girl: The family feud over a $2.65B football franchise

The Bowlen sisters, 2 of the heiresses to the Denver Broncos dynasty, are duking it out to succeed their father at the helm of the $2.65B family business.

Conor Grant • December 13, 2018

Hertz teams with Clear to get travelers out of the airport at the speed of L-eye-t

Hertz and biometric kiosk maker, Clear, have partnered to help travelers get their rental cars at light speed.

Wes Schlagenhauf • December 12, 2018

The Riveter raises $15m for its female-focused coworking space

Female-focused co-working startup, The Riveter, raised $15m expand beyond the West Coast

Conor Grant • December 12, 2018

Lydia rolls out new tools to let borrowers open lines of credit in a matter of seconds

French fintech startup, Lydia, rolled out an option for its users to open up small lines of credit within a matter of seconds.

Wes Schlagenhauf • December 12, 2018

Amazon ‘R’ Us: Amazon now makes its own toys. Will it kill off toy stores?

Amazon started making its own toys, which could reshape the landscape of toy stores from the North Pole to Hasbro’s headquarters.

Conor Grant • December 12, 2018

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