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September 24, 2020

Learning how to ask questions is an essential skill for startup founders

Mercedes Bent Contributor Share on Twitter Mercedes Bent is a partner at Lightspeed where she invests in consumer, edtech and fintech companies. More posts by this contributor Startup founders must overcome information overload For many of us, learning to ask questions was a matter of the five W’s: who, what, where, when, why (and how). […]

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September 24, 2020

Entrepreneurship and investing as social good

Sree Kolli Contributor Share on Twitter Sree Kolli is co-founder of Conduit, a premium investment platform that connects founders with successful operators, family offices and select VCs worldwide. 2020 has been a year of social upheaval. Around the world, society is identifying different problems in our culture and pushing for widespread change. While there are […]

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September 24, 2020

Spotify and Chernin Entertainment enter first-look deal to turn podcasts into TV shows and movies

More Spotify podcasts could soon become TV shows or movies thanks to a new, multiyear partnership announced today between the streaming music provider and film and television production company, Chernin Entertainment. The agreement will allow Chernin to identify and adapt film and TV shows from Spotify’s library of over 250 original podcast series, totaling thousands […]

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September 24, 2020

Roli’s light-up learning keyboard goes up for pre-order at $299

Roli is a cool startup that makes fascinating music products. The Seaboard led the way, with a clever take on the keyboard that allowed players to bend notes like guitar strings. Blocks were even more fascinating — the modular light pads offered innovative control for electronic music makers. Image Credits: Roli As a music fan […]

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September 24, 2020

As tech stocks dip, is insurtech startup Root targeting an IPO?

During the week’s news cycle one particular bit of reporting slipped under our radar: Root Insurance is tipped by Reuters to be prepping an IPO that could value the neo-insurance provider at around $6 billion. Coming after two 2020 insurtech IPOs, Root’s steps toward the public markets are not surprising. But they are good news […]

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September 24, 2020

Nori is pitching carbon trading… on the blockchain!

Cryptocurrency meets carbon trading. That’s the pitch from Nori, a new Seattle-based startup, that just raised $4 million in funding from cryptocurrency focused investors including Placeholder, North Island Ventures, Tenacious Ventures, and a big, privately held agriculture multinational that the company declined to disclose. Founded by Paul Gambill, a former Deloitte Technology employee who left […]

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