Startups Weekly: The unicorn from down below, an Uber TV present and All Increase’s growth

Hiya and welcome again to Startups Weekly, a weekend publication that dives into the week’s noteworthy information pertaining to startups and enterprise capital. Earlier than I bounce into immediately’s subject, let’s catch up a bit. Final week, I wrote about Revel, a current graduate of Y Combinator that’s raised a small seed spherical.

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What occurred this week?

Uber the TV present

Is anybody stunned Mike Isaac’s “Tremendous Pumped” is ready to turn out to be a TV present? Travis Kalanick’s infamous journey to CEO of Uber and subsequent ouster was made for tv. This week, information broke that Showtime’s Brian Koppelman and David Levien, the creators and showrunners of “Billions,” would develop the challenge, with Isaac himself on board to government produce. I shall be watching.

All Increase growth

All Increase, an 18-month-old nonprofit group that seeks to amplify the voices of and assist girls in tech, introduced new chapters in Los Angeles and Boston this week. I spoke with leaders of the group about growth plans, new hires, product launches and extra. “Ladies are hungry for the assist and steerage we offer. I feel the motion is simply gathering momentum,” All Increase CEO Pam Kostka instructed me.

VCThe unicorn from down below

You’ve most likely heard of Canva by now. The Australian tech firm, which has developed a simplified graphic design device, is value a whopping $3.2 billion as of this week. Traders within the firm embody Bond, Basic Catalyst, Bessemer Enterprise Companions, Blackbird and Sequoia China. Alongside a recent $85 million funding, Canva can also be making its foray into enterprise with the launch of Canva for Enterprise. Examine that right here.

What else?

  1. The Station, TechCrunch’s Kirsten Korosec’s new weekly publication, has formally launched. She goes deep every week on all issues mobility and transportation. You may learn her first one right here and subscribe right here.
  2. ‘Cloud kitchens’ is an oxymoron, says TechCrunch editor Danny Crichton. He penned an attention-grabbing piece this week, arguing cloud kitchens are simply including extra competitors to one of the aggressive industries on the planet, and that isn’t a path to leverage.
  3. NASA made historical past this week when astronauts Christina H. Koch and Jessica Meir took half within the first-ever spacewalk within the company’s historical past that includes solely girls. No, this isn’t startup-related however it’s fairly rattling cool. Watch the video right here.

NASA astronauts Christina H. Koch and Jessica Meir

VC offers

Startup highlight: Petalfox. I found the enterprise earlier this week. Mainly, it’s a brilliant simple option to order flowers, espresso and others items by way of SMS. I’m attempting it out. That’s all.


This week was truthfully a deal with. We had myself within the studio together with Alex Wilhelm and a particular visitor, Sarah Guo from Greylock Companions, a enterprise agency (clearly). Guo has the excellence of getting the all time enjoyable reality on the present. We kicked off with Grammarly, an organization that not too long ago put $90 million into its accounts. Then chatted about Lattice, Tempest, WeWork, SaaS, the way forward for valuations in Silicon Valley and extra in the event you can consider it. Hear right here.

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