Category Archives: New Ventures

ClassPass’ Founder on How Marketplace Startups Can Achieve Product/Market Fit

In 2011, ClassPass founder Payal Kadakia had just joined startup accelerator Techstars. Within months, she’d been on the cover of Inc. Magazine and featured in Mashable, Business Insider, Gigaom and most every tech and business blog. Kadakia advises founders to constantly return to on one all-important question: what problem in the world are you trying to solve? Read more>>

EarthNow promises real-time views of the whole planet from a new satellite constellation

earthnow_headerA new space imaging startup called EarthNow aims to provide not just pictures of the planet on demand, but real-time video anywhere a client desires. You won’t have to wait for a satellite to come into range, or worry about leaving range; at least one will be able to view any area at any given time, so they can pass off the monitoring task to the next satellite over if necessary. Read more>>

Relativity Space raises $35 million to boost 3-D printed rocket venture to new heights BY ALAN BOYLE on March 27, 2018 at 8:00 am

Stargate 3-D printerJust a week after unveiling an agreement to use one of NASA’s rocket test complexesin Mississippi, Relativity Space is announcing $35 million in new funding that’ll help the rocket-building startup take advantage of the deal. The funding will support further development of the Los Angeles-based company’s Aeon 1 rocket engine, its two-stage Terran rocket, and the metal 3-D printing system that makes it all possible. Read more>>

Kitty Hawk, A Self-Flying-Taxi Company, Launches With Backing From Google’s Larry Page

A new venture from Larry Page, the founder of Google and current CEO of Alphabet, officially launched this week in the race to build a commercially viable autonomous air taxi. According to The New York Times, Kitty Hawk, a company based out of California, has already started flight testing its aircraft and network in partnership with officials in New Zealand, where regulations are less strict than in the United States. Read more>>

Revolut launches disposable virtual cards

revolut-card-v2Fintech startup Revolut is launching a new type of virtual cards. If you usually shop on Amazon or if you have a Spotify subscription, those services first asked you to enter your card number and they keep charging the same card. But what if you end up on a dodgy-looking site but you really want to buy that funny pair of socks? Chances are you won’t ever purchase anything again on this website. And you don’t want to give them your actual card information. Read more>>

Udacity, with eye to eventual IPO, says revenue more than doubled in 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Online education company Udacity, which offers courses in high-tech subjects such as machine learning, said on Tuesday it more than doubled its annual revenue last year and added about 34,000 new students to its online degree programs. The company, founded by Sebastian Thrun, one of Silicon Valley’s pioneers in self-driving cars, said it increased revenue to $70 million in 2017 from $29 million the prior year. Read more>>

Waverly Labs offers real-time translation with its Pilot earbuds

Sometimes you travel all the way to Barcelona, only to meet up with a startup that’s been operating right around the block. Waverly Labs is a 20 person Brooklyn-based company that specializes in real-time translation through a pair of Bluetooth earbuds. The product is the culmination of four years of research on both the hardware and software side of the equation, funded by a wildly success Indiegogo campaign that netted the company $4.4 million (around 3,000-percent of its initial goal). Read more>>

With $250 million, Peter Diamandis’ new startup is all about taking stem cells from placentas

Stem cells derived from a human placenta hold the key to unlocking a myriad of potentials in regenerative medicine and are the focus of X-Prize and Singularity University founder Peter Diamandis’ new endeavor. Called Celularity, the startup is a spinout from Celgene, a global biopharmaceutical company creating gene therapies. Celularity in the hopes of using stem cells found in the human placenta to quickly regenerate tissue and organs needed to treat cancer and other diseases. Read more>>

This new company wants to sequence your genome and let you share it on a blockchain

Cryptocurrency in exchange for your genetic data! Sounds a bit like a scam, but it’s the premise behind a new company founded by a leading geneticist. Nebula Genomics says it plans to sequence your genome for under $1,000, give you insights about it, secure it using a blockchain, and allow you to do whatever you want with the data. Nebula wants to sequence people’s entire genomes and let them own it, allowing them to earn digital money by sharing it. Read more>>