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Facebook launches a global version of its Community Help feature in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

By |March 31st, 2020|

Facebook first launched its Community Help feature in 2017, to give users a way to offer assistance, search for help and receive help in the wake of a crisis. The feature has since been used to connect Facebook users after man-made, accidental and natural disasters, like terrorist attacks or weather events, for example. Today, Facebook --> READ MORE

Dear Sophie: How do we craft a strong H-1B petition? If I’m not selected, what are my options?

By |March 31st, 2020|

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Attorney Sophie Alcorn --> READ MORE

On-demand shuttle startup Via hits $2.25 billion valuation on latest funding round led by Exor

By |March 31st, 2020|

On-demand shuttle startup Via has hit a $2.25 billion valuation following a Series E funding round led by Exor, the Agnelli family holding company that owns stakes in PartnerRe, Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The Series E funding round, which included other investors, totaled $400 million, according to a source familiar with the deal. Exor invested --> READ MORE

Despite economy, General Catalyst announces $2.3 billion in commitments across three funds

By |March 31st, 2020|

General Catalyst, the 20-year-old venture firm that has been bulking up in recent years, announced this morning that it has secured $2.3 billion in capital commitments across three funds: a $600 million early-stage fund, a $1 billion growth fund for companies with $10 million-plus in annual revenue and a $700 million “endurance fund” to back --> READ MORE

[Postponed] Join the FirstMark Capital squad for a live Q&A on Zoom tomorrow at 9am PDT

By |March 31st, 2020|

Update: Unfortunately, we’re going to have to postpone this call. We’ll be in touch soon with the new dates. In the meantime, we have plenty of exciting calls slated and can’t wait to share them with you. Stay tuned! Stuck at home? JK! I know you are! You’re not alone. FirstMark Capital partners Rick Heitzmann, --> READ MORE

How to value a startup in a downturn

By |March 31st, 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 --> READ MORE

Apple acquires Dark Sky, Android version shutting down in July

By |March 31st, 2020|

Dark Sky, the popular weather app, has been acquired by Apple . News of the acquisition comes by way of Dark Sky’s own blog. The company says that there will be “no changes” for users on iOS right now — but for Dark Sky users on Android, the forecast isn’t so good. The company says --> READ MORE

Brandless founder Tina Sharkey joins the board of PBS

By |March 31st, 2020|

Tina Sharkey, the founder and former CEO of the recently closed D2C brand Brandless, has today been appointed to the board of directors of PBS. Sharkey is an independent board member. Before her time at Brandless, Sharkey spent years in the media world. She scaled Johnson & Johnson’s platform for new and expecting moms, called --> READ MORE

Color is launching a high-capacity COVID-19 testing lab and will open-source its design and protocols

By |March 31st, 2020|

Genomics health technology startup Color is doing its part to address the global COVID-19 pandemic, and has detailed the steps it’s taking to support expansion of testing efforts in a new blog post and letter from CEO Othman Laraki on Tuesday. The efforts include development of a high-throughput lab that can process as many as --> READ MORE

Daily Crunch: Amazon warehouse workers walk out

By |March 31st, 2020|

Amazon faces worker complaints over its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, General Motors says it’s moving fast to manufacture face masks and we’ve got some numbers quantifying the video conferencing boom. Here’s your Daily Crunch for March 31, 2020. 1. Amazon warehouse workers are walking out and Whole Foods workers are striking Yesterday, warehouse workers --> READ MORE