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Gaming has been one of the most popular entertainment categories in the last two years of pandemic living. Now, a gaming startup that’s building a new kind of platform that…

PortalOne raises $60M as it levels up to launch its hybrid, immersive gaming platform later this year

A company from the creator of Ello and Kidrobot is announcing a new $20 million funding round to build out an imagined virtual world populated with deranged-yet-cute cartoon influencers. Superplastic‘s…

Superplastic raises $20M to expand its cartoon influencer universe

Mindset, a platform featuring personal story collections from recording artists, announced today that it raised $8.7 million in seed funding. As co-founders of the K-pop-focused podcast production company DIVE Studios,…

Mindset, an artist-driven mental wellness audio platform, raises $8.7M in seed funding

Buzzy face-swap video app Reface, which lends users celebrity ‘superpowers’ by turning their selfies into “eerily realistic” famous video clips at the tap of a button, has caught the attention…

Reface grabs $5.5M seed led by A16z to stoke its viral face-swap video app

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Founders seeking their first check need a fundraising sales funnel

CEO and co-founder of music tech startup Stem Milana Lewis explains how she landed several superstar investors and raised a little under $22 million.

10:12 am PST • November 23, 2020
Founders seeking their first check need a fundraising sales funnel

A pitch to offer artists a way to give geo-fenced, live events to fans around the world has brought the new Los Angeles startup Moment House $1.5 million in seed…

Jared Leto, Scooter Braun and Troy Carter are backing Moment House, a startup recreating live events… digitally

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Wave opens the door for musicians looking for a ‘metaverse’ beyond Fortnite

About two years before a recording of Marshmello took to a pixelated stage in Fortnite to make untold millions of dollars in virtual merchandise sales and usher in a new era of digital entertainment, the Los Angeles-based startup Wave brought DJs into virtual reality to play shows for audiences around the world. At the time,…

8:10 am PDT • June 10, 2020
Wave opens the door for musicians looking for a ‘metaverse’ beyond Fortnite

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Investors say emerging multiverses are the future of entertainment

The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the adoption of new technologies and cultural shifts that were already well underway. According to a clutch of heavy-hitting investors, this dynamic is particularly strong in gaming and extended reality. Unlike other segments of the startup and tech world, where valuations have been slashed, early-stage companies focused on building new…

5:04 pm PDT • May 27, 2020
Investors say emerging multiverses are the future of entertainment

Whenever a platform breaks out, companies emerge to seize on its reach by building their services or products atop it. It happened with Facebook and Twitter and Slack. Now, it’s…

Grain, a startup built expressly atop of Zoom, has raised $4 million

If you’re at all familiar with esports, chances are you’ve heard of 100 Thieves. The esports org, founded by Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag, has grown over the past couple years into…

100 Thieves’ Nadeshot and Scooter Braun are coming to Disrupt

In this week’s newsletter: Andreessen Horowitz’s latest investment, Pietra, is tackling the $250 billion jewelry market.

Startups Weekly: Diamond-encrusted disruption

Most of the strategy discussions and news coverage in the media and entertainment industry is concerned with the unfolding corporate mega-mergers and the political implications of social media platforms. These…

Where top VCs are investing in media, entertainment & gaming

Today at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York, Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, talked about the megastar’s usage of Twitter. It was brilliant. “What other way is a teenage boy going…

Bieber On Twitter: He's Talking To The 2 Million Girls At His Disposal