Kim-Mai Cutler

Kim-Mai Cutler is an operating partner for Initialized Capital, an early-stage venture firm and was previously a journalist covering technology, finance and policy issues at TechCrunch — best-known for her long-form work on the Bay Area.

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Airbnb, Proposition F And The Shared Hypocrisy Of Bay Area Housing

In California, a state built on the idealism and tacit cruelty of real estate capitalism, no one is innocent. That's no different with Airbnb and Proposition F, merely the latest of San Francisco's Br

KeepTruckin Raises $8M Led By Index Ventures To Bring Logging Miles For Truckers Into The 21st Century

For years, truckers have had to keep unwieldy paper log books in order to track their hours, which complicates fleet management for trucking companies because they have to sort through faxes and mail

Common, The Co-Living Startup From A General Assembly Founder, Opens Its First Building in Brooklyn

Common, a co-living startup from General Assembly co-founder Brad Hargreaves, is unveiling its first building today in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights. With more than four floors and 7,300 square feet

MissionBit Teaches SF Public School Students How To Code; Needs Your Donations, Volunteers

A year ago, I checked in with a tiny non-profit called MissionBit that was bringing computer science education to San Francisco’s public schools after class. Considering that only five percent o

Early Facebook Designer Bobby Goodlatte Unveils OpenVote, A Non-Partisan Platform To Pledge, Share Votes

Bobby Goodlatte’s childhood involved a non-stop political campaign — a whirlwind of pancake breakfasts, hand-shaking and kissing babies. That’s because his father, Bob Goodlatte,

Honor Shifts Closer To An On-Demand Model By Offering Elder Care Within Two Hours Of A Request

Honor, the San Francisco-based company that is tackling the issues posed by a rapidly aging American society, is shifting closer to an on-demand model with Honor Now. The new product will bring custom

Brigade, The Political Engagement Platform Backed By Sean Parker, Launches A Voter Guide For Nov. Elections

Brigade, a platform for political engagement that’s backed by Sean Parker and from the former Causes team, is unveiling a voter guide for the Nov. 3 elections. They’re running two pi

AngelList To Power The World’s Largest Seed Fund With $400M From Chinese Private Equity Firm

It’s heady amounts of money for heady times. AngelList, the investing platform that has scaled to support $205 million in investments across 650 startups including Uber, is aiming even bigger.

The Mission District’s Gray Area Incubates Fugue Machine, A Multi-Playhead Sequencer

Amid all of the angst over whether San Francisco is losing its artists or culture is a small non-profit in the heart of Mission District that bridges the worlds of technology, art and urbanism. Called

Bitcoin Hardware Startup 21 Hires The Top Bitcoin.org Developers, Opens Education Portal

21 is a mysterious Bitcoin hardware and mining startup backed by Andreessen Horowitz that unwrapped its first product earlier this year. A few weeks ago, they unveiled and began pre-selling a compute

Here’s A Detailed Breakdown Of Racial And Gender Diversity Data Across U.S. Venture Capital Firms

Chamath Palihapitiya, the opinionated venture capitalist who once got into a public spat with Ron Conway over income inequality and challenged founders to have the “courage to move to Oakland&#

A Decade After Being Founded In SF, Kiva Turns Its Focus Toward Zero-Interest Loans For Bay Area Entrepreneurs

When online donors overloaded the requests of Kiva co-founders Matt Flannery and Jessica Jackley more than a decade ago, they were targeting some of the world’s poorest borrowers in places as fa

With Reid Hoffman’s Backing, Development Economists Build Segovia, A Startup That Tackles Poverty

Six years ago, Paul Niehaus and Michael Faye were two Harvard-trained development economists who began a small, private experiment in East Africa. Instead of donating food, bedding or medical care

As Automation In Technical Recruiting Gathers Speed, Lytmus Raises $7.2M From NEA, Accel

As tech companies compete more ferociously for hires across Silicon Valley, a layer of third-party technical recruiting companies is emerging to help startups quickly sift through qualified candidates

More Than A Dozen Startups Pledge To Cover Breast Cancer Testing Costs Through Color Genomics

Color Genomics, a genetic testing startup from a few early Twitter veterans, is using its deep ties within the startup community to get more than a dozen startups and venture firms to cover half the c

ZeroCater Says 20 Of Its Small Catering, Restaurant Partners Have Done More Than $1M In Revenues

For more than 35 years since its founders emigrated from Lebanon to the Bay Area, La Mediterranee has served falafels and tzatziki to locals in San Francisco and Berkeley. It’s one of the longst

Academia Pushes A New Kind of Peer Review For Research With ‘Sessions’

For several years, Richard Price has had a quixotic dream to make cutting-edge academic research universally available to everyone. "I want a world where a 19-year-old kid in China can access a pap

Triplebyte, The Technical Recruiting Platform From Former YC Partner Harj Taggar, Raises $3M

Triplebyte, a technical recruiting platform co-founded by former YC partner Harj Taggar, Ammon Bartram and Guillaume Luccisano, just raised $3 million from a long list of investors in the YC fami

Oakland To Tech: Please Don’t Screw This Up Like Last Time

A few weeks ago, I was having lunch with Darrell Jones III, who heads up business development at Clef, at the southern restaurant Pican a few blocks away from the Oakland building that 3,000 Uber work

MasteryConnect Raises $5M From Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan For Personalized Education

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan have been quietly amassing a portfolio of both philanthropic and venture investments in education, from a $120 million commitment to Bay Area schools to
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