Category Archives: United States

Future Family wants to give women a more affordable option in fertility treatments

 More women are having kids in their 30s than in their 20s. However, those closer to 40 than 30 face higher risks than their younger counterparts. Add to that 1 in every 8 couples in the U.S. have some type of fertility issue. More couples are looking at IVF and other fertility treatments. But those treatments can be costly. A new Bay Area startup, Future Family, hopes to change that. Read More

BART is testing Bikeep’s smart bike locks

 There are few feelings worse than returning to the spot you locked up your bike after a fun evening and seeing nothing. As a San Francisco cyclist, I’ve had my stomach sink more than once at that discouraging sight. Bikeep, a startup founded in Estonia, is looking to bring its connected locking tech to the States to address the bike theft epidemic. This morning at San Francisco’s… Read More

Grab is assisting police following the alleged rape of a passenger in Malaysia

 Uber’s business is going through a period of turmoil in the U.S. right now, but Grab — its main rival in Southeast Asia — is under pressure itself after a driver in Malaysia was arrested on suspicion of raping a passenger he drove home via the ride-hailing service. Media in Malaysia, the country were Grab originated, report that police have reprimanded a 30-year-old man for… Read More

Venture investing in the US and Europe are totally different industries

 While venture investing outside the US has come a long way in recent years, our analysis shows it remains an entirely different industry than US venture capital.  And when we say different, we mean totally different. We looked at venture investment trends in 2007-2011 from PitchBook and compared them with VC exit results in 2012-16, to very roughly compare investment in one 5 year period… Read More

Apple finally wakes up to QR codes, but it’s too late

 Apple, ever the late adopter, has added QR reading to its camera in what is the latest example of the U.S. company seemingly following a trend with blind optimism that it’ll work out for the best. QR codes have never been an established thing in the U.S., the country where Apple’s influence and marketshare is highest worldwide, but in Asia — particularly in China — it is… Read More