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Startups Weekly: Is the wind going out of the AI sails?

Welcome to Startups Weekly — your weekly recap of everything you can’t miss from the world of startups. Sign up here to get it in your inbox every Friday. After years of booming growth, the AI ind

Screen Skinz raises $1.5M seed to create custom screen protectors

There has been much evolution in the personalized phone protector market, but nothing has truly captured screens yet.

Live selling startup CommentSold uses AI to generate shoppable, social-ready clips

The “AI ClipHero” feature creates short clips from livestreamed selling events, which often last for hours.

Inside LemFi’s play to be fintech to the Global South diaspora

The African tech ecosystem, buffeted by huge potential but also lots of economic, political and social instabilities, is no stranger to major drama affecting even its most promising-looking startups.

Former top SpaceX exec Tom Ochinero sets up new VC firm, filings reveal

Former senior SpaceX executive Tom Ochinero is teaming up with SpaceX alum-turned-VC Achal Upadhyaya and one of Sequoia’s top finance leaders, Spencer Hemphill, on a new venture called Interlagos Ca

Evolution Equity Partners raises $1.1B for new cybersecurity and AI fund

Evolution Equity Partners, a growth capital firm based in NYC, has raised $1.1 billion for a new cyber- and AI-focused fund.

Silicon Valley artist Danielle Baskin launches Moonlight, an online tarot platform

You might know Bay Area artist Danielle Baskin for her viral, immersive art installations and jokes. Her newest project, Moonlight, is certainly not a joke, but she still finds her characteristic whim

Indaband’s new app lets you create music with people around the world

The app is designed to make people who usually play an instrument on their own feel like they’re part of a worldwide band.

Design firm Zypsy will do $100K worth of work for 1% equity for early-stage startups

Zypsy, a design firm with a track record of helping early-stage startups, has launched a new and somewhat unique venture investment program. It will be offering 10 startups up to $100,000 of brand and

Investors are growing increasingly weary of AI

A new report from Stanford's Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) found that global investment in AI fell for the second year in a row in 2023.

How Neural Concept’s aerodynamic AI is shaping Formula 1

It’s a long way from pedal bikes to Formula 1. But that’s precisely the quantum leap that AI-based startup Neural Concept and its co-founder and CEO, Pierre Baqué, made in just six years.

Deal Dive: Not all climate startups are focused on carbon

Windfall Bio sells methane-eating microbes to companies to help them reduce their carbon footprint in the short-term.

Startups Weekly: So are we all working from home now?

From remote work to magnetic keyboard switches, we have your weekly recap of everything you can’t miss from the world of startups.

Pitch Deck Teardown: Xpanceo’s $40M seed deck

Xpanceo has shared its complete presentation deck, consisting of 19 slides. Dive into its pitch deck to learn how the company raised $40 million.

How PayJoy built $300M in revenue by letting the underserved use their smartphones as collateral for loans

Lerato Motloung is a mother of two who works in a supermarket in Johannesburg, South Africa. After her phone was stolen, Motloung had to go without a mobile phone for nine months because she could not

Cambium is building a recycled wood supply chain

The global demand for wood could grow by 54% between 2010 and 2050, according to a study by the World Resources Institute. While some building materials like steel get consistently recycled back into

Mahbod Moghadam, who rose to fame as the co-founder of Genius, has died

Mahbod Moghadam, the controversial, never-boring co-founder of Genius and Everipedia, as well as an angel investor, passed away last month at age 41 owing to “complications from a recurring brain tu

Startups Weekly: Let’s see what those Y Combinator kids have been up to this time

Welcome to Startups Weekly — your weekly recap of everything you can’t miss from the world of startups. Sign up here to receive the Startups Weekly newsletter in your inboxes. It’s the most

Pitch Deck Teardown: Queerie’s $300K pre-seed deck

This week we look at Queerie, a dating app aimed specifically at LGBTQIA+ folks. It's a very early-stage company that's raising just $300,000.

TechCrunch Minute: YC Demo Day’s biggest showcases

Well-known startup accelerator Y Combinator held one of its two yearly Demo Day events this week, showcasing hundreds of startups that recently went through its program. Judging from our coverage of t
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