Category: Business / Startups

July 12, 2020

These Black Founders Succeeded In Spite of Silicon Valley

Spurned by traditional venture capital firms, three businesspeople turned to other funders, government contracts, and their own savings to launch companies.

by Sherrell Dorsey in Business
June 25, 2020

A New Card Ties Your Credit to Your Social Media Stats

Founded by Instagram and finance alums, Karat wants to be the black card in every influencer’s wallet.

by Arielle Pardes in Business
June 22, 2020

A Startup Takes ‘Investing in People’ Literally. Not Everyone Approves

Human IPO lets individuals sell their time on the open market. Its cofounders believe its valuation model is agnostic—but it may still reflect an unequal world.

by Arielle Pardes in Business
June 12, 2020

A New Air Taxi Model Takes Design Cues From a Far-Flying Bird

Beta Technologies’ Alia, which debuted Friday, draws inspiration from the ultra-efficient Arctic tern. The craft may one day transport organs for transplants.

by Eric Adams in Business
June 9, 2020

Black Investors Call On VCs to Fix Hiring and Funding

Mentoring and networking advice aren’t enough to solve the industry’s dismal diversity numbers, say business leaders: Firms need to “Make the hire. Send the wire.”

by Arielle Pardes in Business
May 22, 2020

What Is Clubhouse, and Why Does Silicon Valley Care?

The latest app du jour is a social network centered on talking—and it’s building buzz with the oldest trick in the book.

by Arielle Pardes in Business
May 19, 2020

The New Startup: No Code, No Problem

Now you don’t need to know any programming to launch a company. We’ve been approaching this moment for years.

by Clive Thompson in Business
May 15, 2020

Buying Giphy Gives Facebook a New Window Into Its Rivals

The social media giant acquires another rich source of data, this time in the form of the internet’s favorite GIF library.

by Louise Matsakis in Business
May 15, 2020

Silicon Valley Rethinks the (Home) Office

Some tech companies are adjusting to the pandemic with new WFH perks and even letting employees ditch their commutes forever.

by Arielle Pardes in Business
May 13, 2020

Spatial’s VR Meeting Rooms Are Now Open to Everyone

The virtual reality workspace startup is offering a free version for users. All you need a web browser.

by Julian Chokkattu in Business / Startups