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Startup that helps people open home preschools raises $20 million

A startup that helps educators and childcare providers open up their own childcares or preschools out of their homes has raised a $20 million funding round.

July had a record-setting number of massive funding rounds

Venture capital investors had a busy month last month, breaking a record for how many venture rounds of USD $100 million were financed.

VC's diversity problem amplified by lack of alma mater diversity

The diversity problem in venture capital funding starts at where the majority of venture capital investors went to school, writes Richard Kerby, a partner at Equal Ventures.

A startup that sells no branded products raised $240 million

A startup that sells unbranded products recently announced a $240 million Series C round. Brandless, the company, sells household staples for $3 each.

M12 announces $4 million competition for female-founded startups

M12, Microsoft’s corporate venture fund, announced a new competition for female-led enterprise technology solutions startups where two teams have the chance to win $2 million in funding each.

Scooter startup offers discounts to people with low incomes

Scooter startup Bird announced Thursday that they're waiving the base fee per ride for those who are enrolled in or eligible for a state or federal assistance program.

'Anti-ai' chatbot nabs $2.2 million during seed funding round

Landbot, dubbed as the 'anti-ai' chatbot, has raised $2.2 million during their seed funding round. In a market filled with companies looking to make the most advanced ai-powered bots, is this a much needed reprieve?

Late-stage ventures drove Q2 global funding growth

According to research from Crunchbase on global Q2 2018 venture capital dealmaking, this most recent quarter puts 2018 on track to break 2017's "record-breaking" deal volume totals.

GoGoVan raises $250 million in latest funding round

Hong Kong's first minted unicorn (as of last year), GoGoVan, a last-mile delivery startup, has raised $250 million in a Series D funding round announced Friday.

Q2'18 was good to US-based AI startups

PwC and CB Insights have released their MoneyTree™ Report for Q2 2018 and US-based artificial intelligence companies saw an increase in funding, but not an increase in deals.

VC firms should diversify to improve financial performance

A Harvard University study on diversity's effect within the venture capital industry, focusing on measures of financial performance, has found that having diversity on a team improves a VC firm's overall fund returns, among other things.

Co-founders of PillPack get $100 million each in Amazon deal

The co-founders of PillPack, an online pharmacy, are reported to be receiving about $100 million each in the Amazon deal.

Australian fintech startup raises $80 million in funding round

In what's being called the second largest funding round in Australian history, Melbourne-based fintech startup Airwallex announced yesterday the completion of their Series B funding round that raised USD$80 million (AUD$108 million).

Venture firms run by students, for students

Starting a company is hard work no matter who the founder is, but some factors make that work even harder. Like, being a student. That's where these student-run venture firms looking to help out their fellow classmates step in.

Cybersecurity company raises $120 million in latest funding round

Cylance, a provider of cybersecurity-related products and services that markets themselves as being able to prevent attacks years before the attack is even launched, raised $120 million in their Series E funding round.

This week saw some big funding rounds across all sectors

The past seven days saw some truly massive funding rounds across all sectors. From a new way to sell property to an insurtech startup, here are three big winners from this week.

Meet the female founders of US 'unicorns'

There are 134 US "unicorns" — aka VC-backed companies worth $1 billion or more — and of those companies, only 15 have female founders and/or co-founders.

VC firm launches fund to invest in black women founders

A venture capital firm that invests in "underestimated" and underrepresented founders has just announced a new $36 million fund that will invest exclusively in black female founders.

Y Combinator quietly stopped working with billionaire Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel, an influential investor who drew ire from many in the tech community due to his fervent support for President Donald Trump, has left his role at Y Combinator.

Nintendo answers your Virtual Console questions

CVG questions Nintendo about Virtual Console

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Arlan Hamilton founded Backstage Capital  a venture capital fund based in Los Angeles that invests i...
Arlan Hamilton founded Backstage Capital, a venture capital fund based in Los Angeles that invests in exceptional women, people of colour and LGBTQ tech founders. Started from scratch in autumn 2015, Backstage has now invested nearly $2m across more than 40 companies.
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