All posts by Joanna Glasner

At AI bot startups, cool kids rule

 You would think at least one AI-powered humanoid bot would have a properly nerdy name. Maybe a Poindexter or Hildegarde to add some natural language processing to your customer chat app? No such luck. Instead, it sounds like the cool kids are in charge at most digital assistant and bot startups. Think short, peppy names that top the popular baby name lists. There’s Aiden and Riley putting… Read More

Here’s what the top accelerators in North America are funding

 The top startup accelerators have a history of seeing the future in ideas that sounded silly at the time. After all, who would have foreseen billion-dollar businesses based on renting your air mattress to strangers, or shopping for their groceries? So when prestigious accelerators invest around common themes, it’s worth taking note of what’s resonating. Read More

Chasing dreams may be the next sleeper hit for venture capitalists

 After decades spent funding technologies tailored to deprive us of sleep (see: streaming video, gaming, social networks and 24/7 online shopping), the venture capital industry has decided to direct its considerable capital reserves at helping us get more shut-eye. Read More

The bizarre naming trends that modern startups follow

 Startups put great effort into finding the perfect name. Ideally, it should be short, memorable, descriptive, and easy to pronounce. Names that meet all the criteria are commonly taken, however, so most founders find a compromise. They settle on a creative misspelling, add a word or just string together sounds they like. In the end, the hope is that a well-named startup will have an easier… Read More

VCs see fertile ground in agtech

 Agriculture startups that raised seed rounds in recent years are blossoming into businesses sought after by later stage investors. Investment in the agtech space is up sharply this year, driven by a spike of rounds at Series B and later stages, according to Crunchbase data. Altogether, agtech startups raised more than $320 million in 2017 so far, a more than three-fold increase over the… Read More

Giant companies that won’t buy your startup

 Huge companies in fast-changing, technology-intensive businesses buy startups. After all, they have the money and need fresh entrepreneurial talent to tap new markets and stay abreast of disruption. That’s the collective wisdom about M&A in venture capital and startup circles. It’s also how the venture business survives. But what if the common wisdom isn’t true? Read More

With $6B in deals in 2016, ID management is a hot sector you may have missed

Fingerprint What technology is popular with acquirers, helps save enterprises from expensive breaches, and could even curtail the third-leading cause of death? If you answered identity management, congratulations. That’s the takeaway from a Crunchbase analysis of the identity management space, performed in the wake of a spate of recent acquisition and large funding rounds for companies in the sector. Read More