Startups Updates

  • Algorithmic zoning could be the answer to cheaper housing and more equitable cities
    by Danny Crichton on February 19, 2018 at 8:18 pm

     Zoning codes are a century old, and the lifeblood of all major U.S. cities (except arguably Houston), determining what can be built where and what activities can take place in a neighborhood. Yet as their complexity has risen, academics are increasingly exploring whether their rule-based systems for rationalizing urban space could be replaced with dynamic systems based on blockchains,… Read Mor […]

  • Life sciences startup Avro aims to deliver drugs to children and the elderly through skin patches
    by Sarah Buhr on February 19, 2018 at 8:12 pm

     Avro, a life sciences startup in Y Combinator’s current batch, is banking on a method to deliver medications to populations unable to swallow or chew — it will administer them through the skin. Starting with allergy medications, the startup is developing skin patches that release drugs commonly used in seasonal allergies for children. The patches can deliver a variety of drugs. Read Mor […]

  • Kidtech startup SuperAwesome is now valued at $100+ million and profitable
    by Sarah Perez on February 19, 2018 at 4:32 pm

     Tech companies are scrambling to catch up to the fact that kids have joined a web originally built for adults, and are using it the way adults do — by liking and commenting, sharing, clicking through on personalized recommendations and viewing ads. But the tech underpinning apps and sites built for kids can’t operate the same way it does for adults. Enter SuperAwesome. Read Mor […]

  • Molly wants to use your online presence to create an automated knowledge base
    by Fitz Tepper on February 19, 2018 at 4:00 pm

     Isn’t it frustrating when you ask a friend a question knowing that these specific answers are certainly already accessible on social media? The problem is no one wants to spend an hour combing through their friends’ social media pages (or worse, monitoring them 24/7), so we just end up asking them directly. Molly wants to fix this. Read Mor […]

  • Join me for an evening of crypto with writers Paul Vigna and Michael Casey
    by John Biggs on February 19, 2018 at 3:06 pm

     I’m pleased to announce that I’m going to have Paul Vigna and Michael Casey, authors of The Truth Machine, onstage with me next week at Knotel, a co-working and event space in Manhattan. I’d love for you to come. You can RSVP here. It’s happening on February 28 at 7pm and will feature a 35-minute talk with two of the top writers in crypto. These guys literally wrote… Read Mor […]

  • Elon Musk’s Boring Company gets preliminary permit for NYC-DC Hyperloop
    by Jordan Crook on February 19, 2018 at 3:03 pm

     A 29-minute trip from D.C. to New York may seem too good to be true. And it very well may be. But that isn’t stopping Elon Musk from pushing forward with plans to build a Hyperloop along the eastern corridor. Read Mor […]

  • NBA all-star Baron Davis wants to prep athletes and entertainers for the startup game
    by Jonathan Shieber on February 19, 2018 at 9:57 am

     Last Saturday in his suite at the London West Hollywood, two-time NBA all-star Baron Davis was providing assists of a different kind. In front of a gathering of entrepreneurs, athletes, artists, designers, musicians and members of the Los Angeles investment community and business elite, Davis was putting on a show designed to encourage, educate and inspire collaboration. Read Mor […]

  • South Korea aims for startup gold
    by Joanna Glasner on February 18, 2018 at 6:45 pm

     Back in 2011, when South Korea won its longshot bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, the country wasn’t widely recognized as a destination for ski and snow lovers. It wasn’t considered much of a tech startup hub either. Fast forward seven years and a lot has changed. Read Mor […]

  • Digital nomads are hiring and firing their governments
    by Danny Crichton on February 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm

     The nation state has survived wars, plagues, and upheaval, but it won’t survive digital nomads, not if people like Karoli Hindriks have something to say about it. Hindriks is the founder of Jobbatical, a platform that allows digital nomads to find work in other countries and helps with the logistics of getting there. The company also embodies a new world of highly-skilled, global… Read Mor […]

  • Sqreen wants to become the IFTTT of web app security
    by Romain Dillet on February 17, 2018 at 6:50 pm

     French startup Sqreen recently launched a Security Hub with dozens of plugins to put you in control of the security of your web app. In many ways, it feels like enabling tasks on popular automation service IFTTT. Sqreen participated in TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield and Y Combinator’s current batch. The vision of the product hasn’t changed. Sqreen lets you protect your… Read Mor […]