Less cycle, more soul

SoulCycle — part-fitness class, part-cult — has long inspired spandex-clad attendees to chant affirmations over pumping music in a candlelit room. Now, per Inc., founders...
Sara Friedman • January 5, 2023

WTH is Adam Neumann’s startup anyhow?

Marc Andreessen gave $350m — a16z’s biggest check ever — to Adam Neumann, the ex-WeWork CEO who spectacularly bungled his last $47B startup. VCs are bewildered,...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 19, 2022

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 Friedman • November 17, 2021

When your business (literally) explodes

In 2018, Scott Whitley decided to pursue entrepreneurship outside of his 80-hour work week in corporate law. He built LAB Water Kefir, inspired by...
Sara Friedman • November 3, 2021

Why Intuit just acquired Mailchimp for $12B

Mailchimp is an email marketing platform. There’s a high likelihood that you either use it, have received an email from it, or were uncomfortably bombarded...
Trung T. Phan • September 16, 2021

Figma: The $10B startup transforming design

What do the Joe Biden campaign, Stripe and Dropbox have in common? They use the same design software — and they’re far from the...
Rob Litterst • August 16, 2021

Meet the LinkedIn of the music industry

A lot of credits probably made in here (Source: Future Music Magazine / Getty Images) We all know that the internet completely wrecked the music...
Trung T. Phan • August 16, 2021

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

There’s an estimated $45B sitting around in security deposits, but getting them back can be complicated. Enter RentCheck, the New Orleans-based startup that streamlines property...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 11, 2021

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

Aspiring homebuyers have “99 Problems,” but Jay-Z and Will Smith are here to help. The duo joined a $165m raise for Landis, a “rent-to-own” startup...
Rob Litterst • August 2, 2021

Australian startup raises $30m to map our brains

What if you could see your brain like it was a neighborhood in Google Maps? Australia-based startup Omniscient Neurotechnology just raised $30m in Series B...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 22, 2021

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

In the annals of internet-enabled stardom, Justin Bieber’s journey from a 12-year–old YouTube musician to global icon ranks up there. The “next” Justin Bieber will...
Trung T. Phan • July 9, 2021

The future is bright for Egyptian startups

Egypt has long been known as a gateway to ancient civilizations. In 2021, though, the spotlight is on Egypt as the Silicon Valley of North...
Jacob Cohen • July 8, 2021

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

Cue “Eye of the Tiger.” At-home boxing startup Liteboxer (how have we not heard of this?) scored $20m in funding to get its machine...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 10, 2021

Publishing startup Piano gets an $88m boost

Get these guys behind a paywall! (Source: Getty Images / William Lovelace) Another tech company tries to save flailing publishers, what’s new? On Tuesday, TechCrunch reported...
Kolby Hatch • May 21, 2021

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

Or is it the “Uber for pools”? (Source: Swimply) Don’t have a private pool to float around in this summer? Join the club. Thanks to Swimply,...
Jacob Cohen • May 7, 2021

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

You’ve def seen them: digital health startups… they’re everywhere. Per The Wall Street Journal, $7B of VC money hit the sector in Q1 2021, the...
Trung T. Phan • May 5, 2021

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

Jackson Cummingham (L) and Josh Bluman (R) When entrepreneurs Jackson Cunningham and Josh Bluman were invited to a wedding in 2014, they knew they couldn’t...
Jacob Cohen • April 7, 2021

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

If a hot new tech company isn’t backed by Andreessen Horowitz (“a16z”), is it really a hot new tech company? The venture capital firm, which...
Jacob Cohen • March 31, 2021

Stripe just became Silicon Valley’s most precious gem

Patrick and John Collison have got the luck of the Irish. Stripe — the Irish brothers’ digital payments brainchild — has reportedly raised $600m at...
Jacob Cohen • March 16, 2021

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

Tutoring is in Adam Shlomi’s blood. In high school, the South Florida native and recent Georgetown grad taught others the secrets of the SAT and...
Jacob Cohen • February 22, 2021

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

Some of the best startups have the simplest ideas. Carta is one of them: Founded in 2012, the startup creates software for other startups to...
Trung T. Phan • February 9, 2021

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

Small and medium businesses (SMBs) generate ~44% of all US economic activity — and ~42% of those payments are documented via pen and paper. A...
Jacob Cohen • January 29, 2021

Did social app Clubhouse just become a unicorn?

When you finally get an invite to Clubhouse… (Source: Reddit) About 8 months ago, the internet had a good chuckle when Clubhouse raised money at...
Trung T. Phan • January 25, 2021

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

In 2019, college students Michelle Kwok and Ravina Anand were thrilled to take part in a Canadian entrepreneurial leadership program. But when they discovered that...
The Hustle • January 23, 2021

How much money did VCs drop in 2020?

A lot. Per data from PWC and CB Insights, the $130B that US VCs deployed in 2020 (up 14% from 2019) is the highest total...
Trung T. Phan • January 18, 2021

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

Gig work isn’t typically viewed as a professional career path. But hey, the times they are a changin’. The pandemic spurred massive growth in gig...
Jacob Cohen • January 12, 2021

Trends business idea: Poorly executed but popular apps

Source: Statista. Note: Doesn’t include 1.59m apps that are not rated (have fewer than 3 ratings) If you’re looking for your next business idea, sometimes...
Steph Smith • December 30, 2020

Quiz of the day

Think you know the trends that made the biggest headlines in 2020? Take our quiz and find out (answers at the bottom of the...
Steph Smith • December 30, 2020

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

At Trends, we try to discover… well, trends, before they take off. Now that we’ve been running the show for over a year, we...
Steph Smith • December 30, 2020

Nuclear tech: Coming to a boat near you?

What happens when you cross the scientist nerds from the sitcom The Big Bang Theory with the Lonely Island’s “I’m On a Boat” music...
Ethan Brooks • December 29, 2020

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