A Brave New World — Entrepreneurs Of The COVID-19 Pandemic

While many of us were baking sourdough and scrolling through TikTok, some audacious founders launched new ventures.

Sara Cravatts • November 17, 2021

When your business (literally) explodes

Scott Whitley recaps lessons learned after shutting down his startup, LAB Water Kefir.

Sara Cravatts • November 3, 2021

Why Intuit just acquired Mailchimp for $12B

Intuit helps small businesses operate with QuickBooks, TurboTax and Credit Karma. Mailchimp is a tool to help acquire and retain customers to these services.

Trung T. Phan • September 16, 2021

Figma: The $10B startup transforming design

Figma just raised $200m at a $10B valuation, with revenue hitting $75m in 2020.

Rob Litterst • August 16, 2021

Meet the LinkedIn of the music industry

Jaxsta is an Australia-based startup looking to help artists, producers and songwriters get their due credit.

Trung T. Phan • August 16, 2021

The company that wants to make sure you get your security deposit back

RentCheck just raised $2.6m. The app allows tenants and property managers to conduct remote, in-app move-out inspections.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 11, 2021

Landis is a startup you should know — with some legendary investors

Landis, a ‘rent-to-own’ startup focused on financial inclusion, raised a $165m round from investors that include Jay-Z and Will Smith.

Rob Litterst • August 2, 2021

Australian startup raises $30m to map our brains

Omniscient Technology raised $30m to map our brains, making it easier for doctors to find and treat issues.

Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 22, 2021

Music startups have raised $350m+ to help artists go viral

Startups are giving artists the music-making and audience outreach tools to blow up on TikTok and Spotify.

Trung T. Phan • July 9, 2021

The future is bright for Egyptian startups

Egyptian startups raised $190m in venture capital last year. In June alone, they nearly eclipsed that record.

Jacob Cohen • July 8, 2021

In-home boxing startup raises $20m as working out from home seems here to stay

Liteboxer is riding the home gym wave by offering an at-home boxing machine (priced at $1.5k).

Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 10, 2021

Publishing startup Piano gets an $88m boost

Piano gives tools for big media brands like TechCrunch, The Wall Street Journal, and The Economist to build subscription products.

Kolby Hatch • May 21, 2021

Swimply, ‘Airbnb for pools,’ just raised $10m with plans for courts, theaters, and gyms

Bunim Laskin found his first customers using Google Maps. Today, Swimply sees 15-20k reservations a month.

Jacob Cohen • May 7, 2021

Health startups are flush with cash, but still need to prove their merit

Health startups raised $7B in Q1 2021, a near decade high. Benefits departments think there are too many options, though.

Trung T. Phan • May 5, 2021

These founders spend just 4 hours a week on their $500k suspenders brand

After trying their hand at kimonos, wigs, and top hats, Jackson Cunningham and Josh Bluman found success with their modern suspenders brand.

Jacob Cohen • April 7, 2021

a16z’s ranking of 2020’s biggest marketplace platforms say a lot about the state of the world

a16z’s new report highlights some of the biggest movers and shakers in the marketplace platform space.

Jacob Cohen • March 31, 2021

Stripe just became Silicon Valley’s most precious gem

Whether or not they realize it, nearly every adult in America has used Stripe. This week, the payments platform raised $600m.

Jacob Cohen • March 16, 2021

This entrepreneur built a $1m SAT-tutoring business from his bed

Young entrepreneur Adam Shlomi scaled a $1m online tutoring company during college.

Jacob Cohen • February 22, 2021

Carta is trying to build Nasdaq for private markets. It’s now worth $6.9B.

Carta started by helping startups manage cap tables. Now, it wants to build the world’s largest private market exchange.

Trung T. Phan • February 9, 2021

With fresh $1.3B valuation, Melio aims to digitize SMBs

Israeli payments platform Melio raised $110m to help SMBs take check-writing online.

Jacob Cohen • January 29, 2021

Did social app Clubhouse just become a unicorn?

The social audio app could be worth $1B just 8 months after cracking a $100m valuation.

Trung T. Phan • January 25, 2021

New startup connects female students and founders, advancing women in business

Two Canadian college students started a company to connect female students to female entrepreneurs. It’s on track to bring in $600k in revenue in 2021.

The Hustle • January 23, 2021

How much money did VCs drop in 2020?

US VCs deployed $130B in 2020, up 14% YoY and a record since 2000.

Trung T. Phan • January 18, 2021

Jobandtalent raises $108m to help people make a career out of ‘gigging’

Jobandtalent raised $108m to help put the world’s 500m temps to work… but legal hurdles loom.

Jacob Cohen • January 12, 2021

Trends business idea: Poorly executed but popular apps

Here are some popular (but poorly executed) apps: Acute Art, TalkingParents, Draw My Story.

Steph Smith • December 30, 2020

Quiz of the day

Think you stayed on top of startup news in 2020? Take our quiz and find out.

Steph Smith • December 30, 2020

The things we got right and wrong in 2020 (and ungated Trends content to check out)

What our Trends analysts got right (and wrong) in 2020.

Steph Smith • December 30, 2020

Nuclear tech: Coming to a boat near you?

Danish startup Seaborg just raised $24m to create a safer nuclear power option.

Ethan Brooks • December 29, 2020

At-home diagnostic startups are hot AF right now

Cue Health and Everlywell are eyeing billion-dollar valuations for their at-home diagnostic solutions.

Trung T. Phan • December 7, 2020

Which startups have seen the biggest valuation gain in 2020?

Stripe is eyeing a $100B valuation with its new funding round. Even without it, the fintech firm has seen the biggest valuation step-up in 2020.

Trung T. Phan • November 27, 2020

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