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Peek raises $80M as its travel experiences software and marketplace business passes $2B in bookings

Travel and tourism are slowly starting to move again in the wake of COVID-19 crashing over the world and sending us to shelter in place. Today a company focused on experiences — museum visits, s

Zuma takes in fresh capital to convert your next apartment tenant lead into a contract

Given its product market fit in real estate, Zuma now aims to implement its business model into other industries with sales teams, like healthcare, automotive, insurance, education and fashion.

5 critical pitch deck slides most founders get wrong

A pitch deck needs to achieve two things: tell your company story and convince the investor that they can make money with your idea.

Daily Crunch: Congolese volcano refugees create mobile bitcoin payments network

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Chinese EV startup Nio’s journey to the West

Nio, a Chinese electric vehicle startup listed on the NYSE, will be in at least six European markets by 2022. The firm shared its ambitions for Europe on its earnings call this week. Nio is already ta

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky discusses the future of work and the one thing he’d do over

"I think we're now better off than we were before the pandemic. But that was a bit of a wake-up call to us. That wake-up call actually led to a lot of changes."

Airbnb boosts host protection, adds Wi-Fi speed verification

Last night, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky took to Twitter to share what he’s seeing in the company’s data. The broad strokes version was that the pandemic-induced flexibility in our work lives h

137 Ventures, which provides loans to private company shareholders, just raised a new fund

137 Ventures, a 10-year-old, San Francisco-based firm that offers loans to founders, executives, early employees and other large shareholders of private, high-growth tech companies in exchange for the

OpenSponsorship lands new capital to bring brands, athletes together

OpenSponsorship is disrupting the $60 billion sponsorship industry by providing flexibility on the kinds of deals brands can make with athletes.

Reid Hoffman on the evolution of ‘blitzscaling’ amid the pandemic

"Blitzscaling itself isn’t the goal," said Hoffman. "Blitzscaling is being inefficient; it’s spending capital inefficiently and hiring inefficiently; it’s being uncertain about your business mod

EU considers single rules for regulating vacation rental platforms

European Union lawmakers are consulting on how to regulate the short-term rental market across the bloc — asking whether a single set of pan-EU rules or something more locally flavored is needed

Ex-Apple designer’s ultra-premium audio hardware startup Syng raises $48.75 million

Audio startup Syng has been building on quite a bit more hype than the average fresh hardware startup, largely because of the team behind it. Founder and CEO Chris Stringer was Jony Ive’s first

India’s Oyo seeks $1.2 billion in IPO, eyes $12 billion valuation

The network effect is anti-competitive

Social networks and online marketplace providers have become digital dictators with complete control over their territories.

Thatch using $3M round to put travel creators on the map

The mobile app provides tools for travel creators to build their own travel-based businesses in order to curate, share and soon sell interactive travel guides and planning services.

Airbnb to allow anyone, not only current hosts, to sign up to house Afghan refugees

Airbnb announced on Thursday it will allow anyone with available space to sign up to provide housing for Afghan refugees. The new initiative aims to build upon Airbnb’s initial commitment to provide

Airbnb to provide free temporary housing for 20,000 Afghan refugees

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said on Tuesday the company plans to offer free temporary housing to 20,000 Afghan refugees around the world amid the Taliban’s rise to power in Afghanistan. Chesky said the

Bird shows improving scooter economics, long march to profitability

Newly reported financial data from Bird, an American scooter-sharing service, shows a company with an improving economic model and a multiyear path to profitability. However, that path is fraught.

Growth tactics that will jump-start your customer base

Brand-building is no longer a one-hit game, but an exercise in repetition: It may take four or five times for a user to see your startup’s name or logo to recognize, remember or Google it.

Airbnb, DoorDash report earnings as COVID threatens to slow the IRL economy (again)

Both companies were heavily impacted by the onset of COVID-19: Airbnb saw its revenues collapse in 2020, while DoorDash managed a simply incredible 2020 as folks stayed home and ordered in.
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