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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.

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.

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).

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.

Luge Capital launches $75 million venture capital fund

Montreal - Luge Capital, a new venture capital fund specifically focused on early-stage FinTech companies and artificial intelligence solutions applied to financial services, announced it has completed a $75 million round of financing to begin operations.

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.

Op-Ed: Big Oil goes green? It’s happening, but in tiny doses

OK, given that oil is sacred to the cows of the financial world, never to be questioned or to provide a rational statement on any subject – Why is Big Oil investing in green energy? It looks almost like sanity, so there must be something wrong with it.

Funds for battery storage, smart grid, energy tech tops $1B

The first half of 2017 has been very rewarding for battery storage, smart grid, and energy efficiency companies who received venture capital (VC) funding worth over $1.0 billion globally.

Google announces AI fund to 'make science fiction nonfiction'

Google has announced a new venture capital fund that it will use to help innovative AI companies bring their products to market. The company said it wants to make the technologies of science fiction reality by giving entrepreneurs the resources they need.

'Hillbilly Elegy' writer J.D. Vance is seeking rustbelt startups

Writer and venture capitalist J.D. Vance is partnering up with Revolution LLC to fund startup potential outside of Silicon Valley.

Op-Ed: Uber loves teachers

Today, Uber announced their Uber for Teachers program and it deeply hurts my heart. There's no better way to say this, though I wish there were.

Look how much VC money is being offered to men, not women

We all know that women are vastly underrepresented in the tech industry. We've seen some encouraging signs that this is changing...

Is the Facebook WhatsApp buy about defense in emerging markets?

Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp appears to be a defensive move among teen users and the broader mobile environment, but is it really about international and emerging markets?

Icelandic Music Star Bjork Starts Venture Capital Fund

Bjork is known for selling chart-topping albums and outlandish fashion, but now she can add "venture capitalist" to her resume. The singer helped start a venture fund for Icelandic companies concentrating on green technology.

43 Canadian Companies Make 2008 Deloitte Technology Fast 500

A total of 43 Canadian technology companies are being honoured in the 2008 Deloitte Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the fastest-growing North American technology.

Win $1 Million Prize in Venture Capital Lottery

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Entrepreneurs worldwide now have one more way to acquire the financing they need to start or expand their businesses: they can win it, courtesy of the European Ministry of Finance (EMF) Venture Capital Lottery. From now through...
 

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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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