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Pitch deck teardown: The making of Atlassian’s 2015 roadshow presentation
June 2, 2020
In 2015, Atlassian was preparing to go public, but it was not your typical company in so many ways. For starters, it was founded in Australia, it had two co-founder co-CEOs, and it offered collaboration tools centered on software development. That meant that the company leaders really needed to work hard to help investors understand […]
Overjet raises $7.85M for its dental-focused AI tech
June 2, 2020
Overjet, a startup focused on using AI to help dentists and insurance companies understand dental scans, today announced that it has raised $7.85 million in what it describes as a seed round. According to Overjet’s CEO Wardah Inam (an MIT PhD in electrical engineering and computer science), the company raised the funds from Crosslink Capital, […]
Vroom targets nearly $2B valuation in impending IPO
June 2, 2020
Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. Used-car marketplace Vroom continued its march towards going public yesterday with the release of an updated IPO filing. The documents it filed provides pricing information for a somewhat odd public offering. As a business, the heavily […]
Danggeun Market, the South Korean secondhand marketplace app, raises $33 million Series C
June 1, 2020
Danggeun Market, the startup behind Karrot, South Korea’s largest neighborhood marketplace and community app, announced today that it has raised a $33 million Series C. The round was led by Goodwater Capital and Altos Ventures. The funding brings Danggeun Market’s total raised so far to $40.5 million. Its list of investors also include Kakao Ventures, […]
Zoom’s earnings to test hot tech valuations
June 1, 2020
Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. This week will see two richly valued SaaS businesses share their Q1 earnings reports: CrowdStrike and Zoom. Both are 2019 IPOs, but these relatively young public companies have enjoyed a strong run in the public […]

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Some essential reading and research on race and technology
June 2, 2020
These resources are a starting point for the education that all responsible citizens should acquire about the intersection of race and technology.
Venture Deals
Locus Robotics Raises $40M Series D
June 2, 2020
WILMINGTON, MA, Locus Robotics announced that it raised more than $40 million in Series D funding.
MessageGears Pulls In $12M
June 2, 2020
ATLANTA, GA, MessageGears, the leading provider of customer marketing solutions for the world's largest brands, has closed a $12 million growth round.
LabMinds Announces Fully Subscribed Funding
June 2, 2020
BOSTON, MA, LabMinds has closed a fully subscribed funding round from a mix of private and strategic investors.
Tovala Nabs $20M Series B Funding
June 2, 2020
CHICAGO, IL, Tovala announces the close of a $20M Series B funding.
Vacasa Secures $108M
June 2, 2020
PORTLAND, OR, Vacasa, North America's largest vacation rental management platform, today announced a $108 million strategic investment round.
Arterys Collects $28M in Series C Funding
June 1, 2020
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Arterys has announced a $28 million Series C investment led by Benslie Investment Group and Temasek Holdings.
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STARTUP • Trends
Tesla worker tests positive for COVID-19 after New York factory reopens
June 2, 2020

A Tesla employee has tested positive for COVID-19 at the company’s solar panel factory in Buffalo, New York, according to an employee at the factory who spoke to The Verge on the condition of anonymity. It’s the fourth known Tesla employee to test positive for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus but the first since the company reopened its US factories in May. One employee from Panasonic, which shares space with Tesla at its New York and Nevada factories, also tested positive back in March before the shutdowns.

Tesla quietly reopened the New York facility on May 19th after the state gave the region the green light, according to a new letter to local officials first reported on Friday by Buffalo Business First. But the company...

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Internet Trends
How to quickly disable biometrics on your iPhone if you’re arrested
June 2, 2020

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. As people around the world participate in protests and demonstrations the world over in support of Black Lives Matter and to honor the late George Floyd, some are running into resistance from law enforcement. Should you be arrested while participating, here’s how you can make sure your iPhone can’t be unlocked without a pin code. My colleague Georgina Ustik recommends not bringing your phone at all, or bringing a cheap burner phone with tracking disabled,…

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STARTUP • Insights
Michael Seres, an influential patient who hacked together a 'smart' ostomy bag, dies at 51
June 2, 2020
Michael Seres was one of the first patient inventors to get clearance for a medical device. He died from a sepsis infection after a lifelong battle with Crohn's Disease.
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What Sylvester Stallone Has Taught Me About Business
June 2, 2020
Seven qualities I've learned from the legend (without actually knowing him).
Here Are Legitimate Fundraisers Helping Damaged and Destroyed Small Businesses
June 2, 2020
Three ways to help entrepreneurs and small business owners.

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STARTUP • Stories
US takes aim at digital services taxes in UK and EU
June 2, 2020
Trump administration expands probe that led to tariff threat against France last year
Amazon: Prime rates
June 2, 2020
Large, high-grade companies are taking advantage of benign market conditions created by the Fed
Stranger things on #BlackoutTuesday
June 2, 2020
TikTok gets political, data centres boom, Samsung’s Sero TV
Data centre stocks surge as world shelters online
June 2, 2020
Sector seen as a ‘haven’ by investors is outpacing even Big Tech since market’s February peak
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