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PingPong is a video chat app for product teams working across multiple time zones

By |March 31st, 2021|

From the earliest days of the pandemic, it was no secret that video chat was about to become a very hot space. Over the past several months investors have bankrolled a handful of video startups with specific niches, ranging from always-on office surveillance to platforms that encouraged plenty of mini calls to avoid the need --> READ MORE

For VC Hans Tung, the personal becomes public in a growing campaign to ‘stop Asian hate’

By |March 31st, 2021|

Longtime venture capitalist Hans Tung is a big guy. His size might just be lifesaving. A first-generation Taiwanese-American who came to the U.S. and to LA specifically in 1984, it was a fraught time for the then 14-year-old. Two years earlier, a 27-year-old, Chinese-American draftsman named Vincent Chin was beaten to death in Detroit by --> READ MORE

Daily Crunch: Facebook makes it easier to view a non-algorithmic News Feed

By |March 31st, 2021|

Facebook has some thoughts and updates about its News Feed, Siri gets some new voices and Tonal becomes a unicorn. This is your Daily Crunch for March 31, 2021. The big story: Facebook makes it easier to view a non-algorithmic News Feed Facebook highlighted features today that should make it easier for users to see --> READ MORE

Sarah Kunst will outline how to get ready to fundraise at Early Stage

By |March 31st, 2021|

Sarah Kunst, founding partner at Cleo Capital, has worn many hats. She’s been an entrepreneur, served on plenty of boards, is a contributing author at Marie Clare, has been a senior advisor to Bumble and worked as a consultant in marketing, business development and more. With all that experience, she knows all too well that --> READ MORE

Lowkey raises $7 million from a16z to help game streamers capitalize on short-form video

By |March 31st, 2021|

While the growth of game-streaming audiences have continued on desktop platforms, the streaming space has felt surprisingly stagnant at times, particularly due to the missing mobile element and a lack of startup competitors. Lowkey, a gaming startup that builds software for game streamers, is aiming to build out opportunities in bit-sized clips on mobile. The --> READ MORE

As Compass downsizes its IPO, signs of weakness appear for high-growth companies

By |March 31st, 2021|

On the same day that Deliveroo’s IPO fizzled at the start of trading, Compass announced via a fresh S-1 filing that it will reduce the number of shares in its impending flotation and sell them at a lower price. Taken together, the various market signs could point to a modest to moderate cooling in the --> READ MORE

Microsoft gets contract worth up to $22 billion to outfit US Army with 120,000 AR headsets

By |March 31st, 2021|

The killer use case for AR/VR might just be warfare. Today, Microsoft announced that it has received a contract to outfit the United States Army with tens of thousands of augmented reality headsets based on the company’s HoloLens tech. This contract could be worth as much as $21.88 billion over 10 years, the company says. --> READ MORE

Facebook says Trump can’t skirt its ban through daughter-in-law’s account

By |March 31st, 2021|

Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump promoted a new interview with the former president on Facebook and Instagram Tuesday, but a workaround to Trump’s ban on two of the world’s most popular social networks wasn’t long for this world. She was apparently swiftly cautioned by Facebook that anything posted “in the voice of President Trump” is not --> READ MORE

Report finds going remote made workplaces more hostile for already marginalized groups

By |March 31st, 2021|

The last year wasn’t an easy one for just about anybody, but a new report from Project Include shows that the shift to remote work affected some groups more negatively than others. Unsurprisingly, it was people already struggling against harassment and bias, particularly women of color and those identifying as LGBTQ, who saw the biggest --> READ MORE

Datapeople announces $8M in raised capital as it works to make recruiting more equitable

By |March 31st, 2021|

This morning Datapeople, a startup that sells software designed to make recruiting more equitable, announced that it has raised $8 million across two funding events, including a $5 million round in mid-2020. The company, which counts Uncork Capital, NextView Ventures and First Round Capital as backers, does two things. Its initial product, what Datapeople calls --> READ MORE