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On-demand personal chef platforms are on the rise as customers crave special experiences at home.

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If you’re looking for a life partner, the app might be the best bang for your buck.

Rob Litterst • March 21, 2022

Russia and Belarus are losing their apps

Publishers are pulling their apps from Russia’s App Store left and right.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • March 18, 2022

How ByteDance took over the world

TikTok’s parent company has a secret weapon to building viral products — organizational structure.

Rob Litterst • March 15, 2022

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Juliet Bennett Rylah • February 18, 2022

Tinder’s new meet-cute is solving a murder

Tinder has found success with interactive story games that let people make choices, then match with similar players.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • November 11, 2021

Squire, a barbershop booking app, is proving barbershops are big business

Squire, a $750m barbershop booking app, is on the cusp of unicorn status and proving barbershops are big business.

Rob Litterst • November 3, 2021

Grocery delivery platform Jokr raises $170m to take on Amazon

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Robinhood’s $40B+ IPO, explained

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Trung T. Phan • July 7, 2021

Language learning app Duolingo is headed for a multibillion-dollar IPO

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Timmy Chong • July 1, 2021

Tripp raises $11m for psychedelic VR meditation

VR is still searching for a “killer app.” Is mindfulness and meditation the answer?

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 29, 2021

What’s the deal with digital vaccine passports?

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Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 28, 2021

Fair Art Fair is like a dating app for fine art

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Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 25, 2021

Tinder reinvents itself for Gen Z

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Trung T. Phan • June 24, 2021

Coinbase’s venture arm has invested in 100+ startups

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Trung T. Phan • April 19, 2021

A video-first dating app made for Gen Z

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Shelley Tang • April 19, 2021

In 2021, messaging apps are looking to send a message about monetization

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Jacob Cohen • March 17, 2021

Bumble: An IPO to swipe right on?

Bumble is about to IPO. Will the markets give it credit for its growth and mission to empower women in dating?

Shelley Tang • February 8, 2021

Apple’s App Store ecosystem could soon be worth $1T

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Trung T. Phan • January 12, 2021

Not The Onion: Reface raises $5.5m for its AI-powered face-swapping app

Reface has been a huge 2020 hit, with 70m downloads and countless viral shares of its face-swapping videos and GIFs.

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In the race to rescue retail, big merchants are arming their associates with an array of apps

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A new recommendations startup hits the scene. Its sole investor? Bill Gates

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