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Join the FirstMark Capital squad for a live Q&A on Zoom tomorrow at 9am PDT
March 31, 2020
Stuck at home? JK! I know you are! You’re not alone. FirstMark Capital partners Rick Heitzmann, Amish Jani, Matt Turck, Beth Ferreira, and Adam Nelson are also working from home. But neither distance nor virus can truly keep us all apart. That’s why I’m thrilled to announce that tomorrow at 12pm EDT/9am PDT, we will […]
How to value a startup in a downturn
March 31, 2020
The value of technology companies has fallen as the broader public markets have repriced themselves in light of COVID-19-related market and economic disruptions. And as the public markets sort out the new value of a huge piece of global business, private companies are being shaken as well. What happens in the public markets trickles into […]
Palo Alto Networks to acquire CloudGenix for $420M
March 31, 2020
Palo Alto Networks announced today that it has an agreement in place to acquire CloudGenix for $420 million. CloudGenix delivers a software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) that helps customers stay secure by setting policies to enforce compliance with company security protocols across distributed locations. This is especially useful for companies with a lot of branch […]
Venture capital isn’t escaping the downward spiral of the global economy
March 31, 2020
Q1 VC data is not great, and it's hard to imagine that Q2's results are going to look much better.
Dining and takeout startup Allset raises $8.25M as it adapts to life under lockdown
March 31, 2020
Even though this might seem to be the absolute worst time to try to round up funding for a restaurant-related startup, Allset is announcing that it’s raised an $8.25 million Series B. It was not, to be clear, an easy process. CEO Stas Matviyenko (who founded the company with COO Anna Polishchuk) admitted that when […]

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STARTUP • Business
Rockstar Games will donate 5% of GTA Online and Red Dead Online revenue to fight coronavirus
April 1, 2020
Rockstar Games said it will donate 5% of revenue for GTA Online and Red Dead Online to fight the coronavirus over the next month.
Venture Deals
Seegrid Scoops Up $25M
March 31, 2020
PITTSBURGH, PA, Seegrid today announced that it has closed a $25 million growth equity investment.
Allset Announces $8.25M Series B Round
March 31, 2020
LOS ANGELES, CA, Food pre-ordering service Allset today announced it has raised $8.25 million in Series B funding round.
AristaMD Nabs $18M Series B Funding
March 31, 2020
SAN DIEGO, CA, AristaMD has raised $18 million in Series B funding.
Orion Labs Raises $29M
March 31, 2020
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Orion Labs, the leading SaaS communication and automation platform for the deskless and frontline workforce, announced today a $29 million Series B funding round.
Vericool Pulls In $19.1M Series A
March 31, 2020
LIVERMORE, CA, Vericool announced today that it has closed $19.1 million in Series A Preferred Stock financing.
Preply Snares $10M in Series A
March 30, 2020
BROOKLINE, MA, Preply has announced a $10 million Series A led by Hoxton Ventures.
Venture Capital
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STARTUP • Trends
How to get started with Zoom
March 31, 2020
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While many companies are already using the videoconferencing app Zoom for business meetings, interviews, and other purposes, individuals who are facing long days without contact with friends and family are moving to Zoom for face-to-face and group get-togethers.

This is a quick guide for those who haven’t tried Zoom yet, featuring tips on how to get started using its free version. One thing to keep in mind: while one-to-one video calls can go as long as you want, any group calls on Zoom are limited to 40 minutes. If you want to have longer talks without interruption, you can either pay for Zoom’s Pro plan ($14.99 a month), or try an alternative videoconferencing app. (Note: there have been reports that the 40 minutes is sometimes...

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This tool erases web page text to reveal hidden poetry
March 31, 2020

Since TNW is a news site, we produce a lot of written text. For the most part that’s all valuable and relevant, but since I look at these walls of text for 40 hours a week, there are moments where they become overwhelming and stifling. I mean, just how much can you read about the exhilarating tech world every day? Luckily enough, I found the antidote to this textual stuffiness in a piece of computational art.  While looking into Nick Montfort’s portfolio of work, I discovered an excellent tool/art piece that uses javascript to erase parts of the text displayed…

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STARTUP • Insights
Start-ups cut nearly 4,000 jobs in March as coronavirus impact ripples through tech
March 31, 2020
The layoffs, compiled by CNBC based on media reports, spanned more than 40 companies that have collectively raised nearly $15 billion.
Startup Insights
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Now's an Intriguing Time to Invest in Alternatives &#8212 Here's How to Get Started
March 31, 2020
It's a low-risk, high-reward period in real estate.
10 Products to Get You Through Working From Home
March 31, 2020
Everybody's working from home. But how efficiently are they doing it?

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STARTUP • Stories
Amazon’s Red Cross parcels
March 31, 2020
Zooming in on app’s security, Airbnb cancellation cover, Fitbit’s Charge 4
Klarna and coronavirus; ABAKA’s behavioural nudges; Ageas’ AI insurance claims
March 31, 2020
Klarna faces up to coronavirus disruption
Huawei’s P40 phone contains US parts despite blacklisting
March 31, 2020
FT teardown of new smartphone identified US parts makers including Qualcomm and Skyworks
Facebook/Plessey: virtual reality check
March 31, 2020
Enterprise customers must be shown how useful the tech can be 
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