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

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

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

OXB Studio lost 90% of its revenue overnight. Now, it’s making a comeback.

This maker of sweat proof jewelry went from $3k of online sales in January to $94k in October.

Trung T. Phan • November 23, 2020

Y Combinator’s greatest hits

Y Combinator’s top 10 most valuable companies are worth a combined $150B+.

Trung T. Phan • November 18, 2020

The ‘Airbnb of RV Rentals’ just raised $100m+

RVShare just raised $100m+, becoming the latest RV startup to ride a trend turbocharged by the pandemic.

Trung T. Phan • October 22, 2020

America is experiencing a startup boom

New business applications in America are surging. Will the trend last?

Trung T. Phan • October 13, 2020

On-demand laundry services may be starched, but that’s not stopping Mr. Jeff

Despite the tough business of on-demand laundry, Mr. Jeff aims to take its competitors to the cleaners after bagging a $12m funding round.

Wes Schlagenhauf • January 11, 2019

You know you’re old when: Jay-Z backed insurance platform raises $35m

Life insurance startup, Ethos, just raised $35m in Series B funding from the likes of Jay-Z.

Wes Schlagenhauf • October 31, 2018

Good news and bad news: Flutterwave raises $20m, but loses its founder

Flutterwave extends its latest Series A, bringing the payment solutions startup to $20m in funds raised, but it comes with the news of its famous CEO’s departure.

Wes Schlagenhauf • October 16, 2018

Tresata, a startup that does a little of everything, raised $50m at a $1B valuation

A North Carolina startup called Tresata with a nebulous product joined the unicorn club after raising its first round of $50m.

Conor Grant • October 11, 2018

How We Launched a Physical Product in 3 Months

How we went from idea to physical product to launch in three months with no prior experience, and how you can do it too.

Max A • November 20, 2017

Why this first-time founder fired her 400-person company overnight

Maren Kate Donovan, founder and former CEO of Zirtual, explains how her company's burn rate went through the roof -- and why she couldn't save it.

Lindsey Quinn • November 8, 2017

How the World's Biggest Junk Empire Nearly Went Bankrupt

In this week’s edition, CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Brian Scudamore explains how, after losing $40m in 14 months, the hardest decision he ever had to make was the one that saved his company.

Lindsey Quinn • October 24, 2017

Sh*t, I’m F*cked: Jason Goldberg, Founder of Fab

This week’s edition tells the story of Jason Goldberg, who raised $336m for his e-commerce company,, only to watch it all crumble away in 3 years.

Zachary Crockett • October 17, 2017

Sh*t, I’m F*cked: Payal Kadakia, Founder of ClassPass

This week’s edition is with Payal Kadakia, founder and exec chairman of ClassPass, a fitness subscription service valued at more than $500m

Zachary Crockett • October 10, 2017

Silicon Valley’s new obsession: boring-ass startups

Last week Flexport raised a $110m Series C, placing its pre-money valuation at a whopping $800m. This is not a company that makes photo sharing apps or design-porn hardware: it is a customs brokerage and freight forwarding service. (Jesus, just reading that can put you to sleep). And its success is indicative of a larger […]

Zachary Crockett • September 25, 2017

How Sleek AF Biker Helmet Startup SKULLY Went Bankrupt

According to a recent lawsuit filed by a former SKULLY employee, the whole thing was a sham, and the Weller brothers used corporate accounts as their “personal piggy banks.”

The Hustle • August 12, 2016

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