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Anne Hathaway backs Pact, an all-female VC for mission-driven startups, West to East

Anne Hathaway backs Pact, an all-female VC for mission-driven startups, West to East

How many venture capital funds can you name where the three partners all had babies while raising funds, have deep ties in Asia as well as Europe and the United States, and include actress Anne Hathaway as an LP? Not much that I would risk. But that’s the profile of Pact, a new Seed VC …

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Why Startups Should Embrace Radical Transparency

Why Startups Should Embrace Radical Transparency

After high-profile startup failures like FTX or Theranos, investors, employees, customers, and policymakers are all asking what could have been done differently to secure accountability and prevent mismanagement. But startup founders should join this list: it’s in their interest to accept transparency and accountability, especially to their investors. This advice goes against some misconceptions that …

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CEO of Techstars: "2023 will be a graveyard for startups" |  CTech

CEO of Techstars: “2023 will be a graveyard for startups” | CTech

“The pandemic has created an abnormal situation in the industry and led to acceleration in many businesses and fields and the value of enterprises has reached unreasonable heights. There was overheating which suddenly stopped and led to rethink. But, I like a good crisis because the best companies are built then and it’s a good …

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How the tech turmoil will be a game changer for Australian start-ups in 2023

How the tech turmoil will be a game changer for Australian start-ups in 2023

Even with Australia’s biggest venture capital fund under his wing, Blackbird Ventures partner Niki Scevak admits the game has changed for founders looking for investment. “We expect the market to be tougher next year than it was this year, it’s not just going to fall back into the euphoria of 2021,” he said. Likewise, while …

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Korean VC Sopoong closes $8 million fund for startups focused on environmental impact

Korean VC Sopoong closes $8 million fund for startups focused on environmental impact

Two years ago, South Korea unveiled a plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Getting there will be another story. AAlthough Korean manufacturers say they are trying to change their ways, the country’s GDP is tied to some particularly polluting industries, including petrochemical producers, automakers and shipbuilders. Although some businesses are never truly sustainable, a …

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Venture Catalysts++ Delivers 54 Startups Over $50M in 7 Years

Venture Catalysts++ Delivers 54 Startups Over $50M in 7 Years

Venture Catalysts Group (Vcats++), an integrated incubator and comprehensive investor for early-stage and growth-stage startups, announced that approximately 54 of its portfolio startups have crossed a $50 million valuation this year. Despite tough times that led to a 70% drop in funding this year, Venture Catalysts has grown significantly, home to over 33 soonicorns and …

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