Category Archives: New Ventures

This Scrappy Startup Wants To Save Family Farms. But Big Ag Is Fighting Back

Seed prices are surprisingly complex, but even herbicide and pesticide prices vary depending on a farm’s size and location, and agricultural suppliers tend to bundle products in a way that obscures their true cost. Since its founding, FBN has built a network of more than 6,500 farms to which it offers information, an online store and marketing help—all with the goal of making farmers more profitable. Read more>>

This company wants to put ‘brains’ in electric scooters and bikes to keep riders safer

SuperpedestrianSuperpedestrian, a Cambridge, Ma.-based company, has been known until now for its electric Copenhagen wheel, which a user attaches to his or her bikes and operates through an app. It’s essentially a circular unit that houses a motor, a battery and sensors and is placed in the middle of the rear wheel, measuring how fast and how forcefully someone is riding and adding a little electric oomph when a bike’s pedals are pushed. Read more>>

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>>