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TechCrunch: Facebook buys Kustomer for $1B to expand its customer service tools

Facebook made one of its biggest plays yet to build out the services it provides to businesses on its platform in acquiring Kustomer.
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TechCrunch: Lidar startup Aeva to go public via $2.1B SPAC merger

Aeva, the lidar company started by two former Apple engineers and backed by Porsche SE, is merging with special purpose acquisition company...
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Forbes: Laser sensor startup Aeva may see $2B valuation from NYSE Listing

Aeva is merging with InterPrivate Acquisition Corp., and should be trading on the NYSE with the ticker “AEVA” by the first quarter of 2021.
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TechCrunch: Supersonic aircraft startup Hermeus raises $16M Series A

The company is seeking to build a Mach 5 aircraft that would be capable of making the trip from New York to London in just 90 minutes.
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TechCrunch: MachEye raises $4.6M for its business intelligence platform

MachEye, which is launching its AI-powered BI platform today, is offering a new twist on business intelligence.
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Joydeep Bhattacharyya: Adding a play button for BI with MachEye

MachEye is a cloud-native solution that aims to completely democratize BI use in any organization.
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Laura Chau: Zoomtopia - What Zoom gets right and what it is still missing

With the reality of a remote world in the near-term, and likely a hybrid world in the long-term, Laura examines where additional opportunities lie...
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BioCentury: Larger stakes, more newcos as Canaan moves to bump up biopharma investments with new $800M fund

With 40% of its new $800 million fund dedicated to healthcare, Canaan plans to ramp up biopharma investments and de novo company formation as it...
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Endpoints News: Canaan raises another $800M as it launches its next fund with an emphasis on biotech

Longtime VC player Canaan Partners has announced its newest fund and expects to funnel a good portion of that money into biotech over the next few...
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Bloomberg: Venture investor Canaan raises $800 million for new fund

One reason Canaan stands out in the venture capital world is that women make up almost 40% of its investment team, roughly four times the industry...
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Bloomberg: Instacart valuation jumps to $17.7B in grocery investment

The company was initially something of a luxury service for people willing to pay a premium to avoid going to the grocery store. Its utility was...
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Canaan’s 12th fund: fresh capital to continue supporting bold ideas and the incredible people who make them happen

Today we are pleased to announce our 12th early-stage venture capital investment fund, providing $800 million in capital to support healthcare and...
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TechCrunch: Axis Security raises $32M to help companies stay secure while working from home

The company announced a $32 million Series B investment led by Canaan.
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Joydeep Bhattacharyya: Announcing our Series B investment in Axis Security

Our Series B investment in Axis Security is a confluence of two thesis areas (1) that companies will continue to adopt “work from anywhere”...
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Rayfe Gaspar-Asaoka: The enterprise “edge”

Rayfe's thoughts on why the move to WFH isn’t too different from the move to edge computing.
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Endpoints News: A longtime CytomX exec re-emerges at Synthekine, an $82M Stanford spinout

Debanjan Ray apparently had big plans when he quietly left his long-held CFO spot at CytomX back in March 2019. He had gotten his own biotech.
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Fierce Biotech: Childhood cancer-focused Day One snags Gilead alum Bender for CEO

Day One Biopharmaceuticals emerged in May to develop new drugs specifically for children with cancer. Now, as it ramps up its work, the company is...
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TechCrunch: Papa raises $18M it expand its business connecting older adults with virtual and in-person companions

The company’s services are already available in 17 states and Papa is going to expand to another four states in the next few months, according to...
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Axios: ManiMe raises $6 million as at-home manicures boom in the pandemic

Since the pandemic forced many beauty salons to close, manicure lovers have resorted to do-it-yourself and at-home alternatives.
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TechCrunch: Snyk bags another $200M at a $2.6B valuation 9 months after its latest raise

With an open-source product at the top of funnel to drive interest in the platform, CEO Peter McKay says the pandemic has only accelerated the...
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Joydeep Bhattacharyya: BoostUp - autonomous navigation for revenue

We’re investing in BoostUp because it’s building a first-of-its-kind revenue intelligence platform that’s challenging first-generation tools and...
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Entrepreneur: These founders built a perfect remote-work product ... without realizing it

Fireflies.ai is a company built to help take notes during meetings. Now that the world is working remotely, business is booming.
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The Best of WoVen: Stepping into the unknown

In this episode we explores risky ideas and unexpected paths. Our guests discuss educational expectations, lightbulb moments, and discovering their...
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CNN: Instacart partners with Walmart to compete with Amazon

Instacart, whose business has soared during the pandemic, is partnering with one of Amazon's biggest rivals: Walmart.
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The Best of WoVen: The importance of community

In the latest episode from WoVen, I explore the importance of community. Our guests share stories of the influential figures in their lives & how...
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Rich Boyle: Introducing Archipelago

Introducing Archipelago, a new company that is digitizing the risk profile of large commercial properties.
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TechCrunch: Instrumental raises $20M to scale its AI-powered manufacturing tech

Instrumental, a startup that uses vision-powered AI to detect manufacturing anomalies, announced that it has closed a $20 million Series B led by...
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CNBC: Ro, a 3-year-old online health provider, just raised a new round that values it at $1.5 billion

Ro wants to build the “Shopify for health care,” beginning by catering to patients without insurance who want to pay for health care without an...
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The Best of WoVen: Balancing work and family

In previous episodes we’ve explored the nature of resilience, self-care, and fighting prejudice. Today we’re delving into the ever-elusive notion...
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Endpoints News: Gilead lines up a $1.55B biotech buyout deal as CEO Dan O’Day invests in his latest cancer blockbuster dream

The biotech is rolling out a $300 million cash investment in Tizona Therapeutics, buying up 49.9% of the company and reserving up to $1.25 billion...
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FierceBiotech: Partnered and backed by AbbVie, but cancer I-O biotech Tizona targeted by Gilead

Gilead is acquiring a 49.9% equity interest in Tizona and has the right to acquire the remainder of the company for up to $1.25 billion.
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FierceBiotech: COVID-19 close-up: Nocion CEO Batycky on controlling cough to control spread

40% of patients who recover from COVID-19 in hospital get sent home with a postviral cough that lasts three to eight weeks. Containing those...
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Fortune: Goldman-backed startup Bond raises $32M to let any company offer banking

Bond provides software that lets companies of all sorts offer products such as credit cards and debit cards.
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The Best of WoVen: Combatting prejudice and inspiring change

This episode, we look at the unique set of challenges that being a woman, or a woman of color, presents in overwhelmingly white and male spaces.
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Laura Chau: The next great consumer companies won’t be exclusive clubs. They will be inclusive cults.

Why do we always talk about the impossible invites or the hidden corners of the internet that only a select group knows about? Laura examines where...
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CNBC: Telehealth start-up Ro has hit record sales every month since expanding pharmacy business pre-pandemic

More people than ever are flocking to get medical treatment online amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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The Best of WoVen: Self-care and how to look after body and mind

Co-host, Laura Chau explores how past guests approach self-care.
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Bloomberg: Wells Fargo backs former NFL kicker’s single-family rental firm

Mynd raised roughly $42 million in a funding round led by Wells Fargo & Co. and other investors betting the pandemic won’t slow increasing demand...
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Brendan Dickinson: Announcing our investment in RenoFi

RenoFi’s unique renovation loan product address the funding gap by giving homeowners the ability to borrow against their post-renovation home value.
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BioCentury: With Ideaya deal, GSK bulks up synthetic lethality side of oncology business

A deal with Ideaya gives GSK a path to growing its synthetic lethality pipeline, a corner of the pharma’s cancer rebuild still primarily centered...
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Nina Kjellson: Biotechnology in the time of COVID-19

An excerpt from the new book, Biotechnology in the Time of COVID-19: Commentary from the Front Lines, edited by Dr. Jeremy M. Levin.
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TechCrunch: 9 top space tech VCs on the market's opportunities and challenges

COVID-19 has redrawn the landscape for space tech. Rayfe Gaspar-Asaoka offers his take on the current environment.
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The Best of WoVen: Resilience and how to bounce back stronger

Our guests share some of the toughest challenges they've faced, whether unexpected hurdles in their personal lives, profound moments of self-doubt,...
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Canaan Statement

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CNN: Instacart now valued at nearly $14 billion after 'unprecedented surge' in demand during pandemic

"Overnight, Instacart became an essential service for millions of families across North America," the company's founder and CEO Apoorva Mehta said...
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Julie Grant: Cancer drug development comes of age - The inspiration behind Day One Biopharmaceuticals

The inspiration for Day One Biopharmaceuticals emerged from an inequity in patient care highlighted by leaders in the pediatric oncology community.
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FierceBiotech: Arvinas unveils first-in-human data for novel protein degrader in prostate cancer

Arvinas has released promising first-in-human data for its protein degrader in prostate cancer.
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Joydeep Bhattacharyya: B2B SaaS marketing in the post-COVID era

The emergence of the pandemic, uncertainty around its duration, and the impact on the economy pose important questions around new operating...
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STAT News: Startup Spotlight - Aiming to speed precision cancer therapies to children

Day One — named for the conversations clinicians have with parents when they first tell them their child has cancer and how they hope to treat it —...
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Business Insider: The CEO of hot startup Kustomer explains why he's acquiring a 17-person startup in a recession – and how this is 'one of the best times to make a deal'

The firm, which raised three funding rounds last year, is acquiring 17-person chatbot startup Reply and hiring its 17 employees.
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FierceBiotech: Day One debuts with $60M to change cancer care—starting with children

Day One is launching to develop new cancer treatments for children, but that could be used in adult patients, too.
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WSJ Pro VC: Cancer drugmaker Day One Biopharmaceuticals launches with $60 million

The startup aims to develop cancer treatments for children and adults.
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FierceBiotech: Rallybio scores $145M, unveils lead rare disease program

The funding will go towards a pipeline of early-stage assets led by a treatment for a life-threatening condition that causes bleeding in infants.
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Protocol: Investors tell us why they’re pouring millions into quantum computing

Brendan and other investors breaks down the opportunity he sees in quantum computing and how startups might challenge big tech in the space.
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Laura Chau: 6 consumer tech trends to watch in a post-COVID world

Creativity thrives within constraints & COVID-19 is testing innovators’ prowess. How will these innovators adapt to new consumer behaviors that are...
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New York Times: Be a friend to the elderly, get paid

Combating loneliness is vital work. Services like Papa that offer ‘grandkids on demand’ are doing just that.
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TechCrunch: 8 top fintech VCs discuss COVID-19 trends, signals and opportunities

Brendan Dickinson offers his perspective on the fintech startup ecosystem amid today's COVID uncertainty.
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Endpoints News: Roche makes a platform play, betting $190M in cash on Arrakis’ long-haul plans to drug RNA

Roche is putting Arrakis’ growing team to work on a full slate of targets that touches every corner of their expansive pipeline priorities.
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From the SaaSQ Archives: A conversation with Eric Yuan, Founder and CEO of Zoom

With all of us on Zoom a lot these days, we're revisiting a conversation between Canaan General Partner Joydeep Bhattacharyya and Eric Yuan, Zoom's...
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Timmerman Report: Do's and don'ts of staying connected in a time of social distancing

Nina Kjellson shares her tips for productive videoconferencing.
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BioCentury: We’ve moved on from nude women parties. That’s only a small part of the progress.

BioCentury Editor in Chief Simone Fishburn on why women should be shouting about their wins and using them as a platform to demand more.
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Rayfe Gaspar-Asaoka: READY - Programming the next robotic automation

We're leading the Series B financing of READY Robotics, a software platform that enables anyone to easily and rapidly deploy automation to the...
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Joydeep Bhattacharyya: Announcing our Seed Investment in Alkymi

Alkymi has built a machine learning-powered data inbox that automatically extracts unstructured data from email, processes it, and feeds it into...
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Will Nevius: How to get press on your Seed or Series A round

Ever see a story in TechCrunch about a startup and wonder: how did that happen? Will Nevius, Head of Communications at Canaan, shares an overview...
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San Francisco Business Times: "Say it" - Nina Kjellson, Amy DuRoss and Gail Maderis on the barriers to funding women's health issues

Even discussing women's health issues can be a problem for life science leaders, but can the industry afford not to support women founders and...
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TechCrunch: Alkymi launches with $5M seed to automate email data extraction

Company founder and CEO Harald Collet says the startup is bringing machine learning to the business analyst’s inbox with the goal of automating...
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CNBC: LendingClub buys Radius Bank for $185M in first fintech takeover of a regulated US bank

LendingClub, a fintech that pioneered personal loans made online, is buying a U.S. bank to give it access to a stable and cheaper source of funding.
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WSJ Pro VC: Ladder raises capital from former New York Life president’s new fund

Unburdened by the legacy operations of large insurance incumbents, Ladder aims to bring more transparency, speed and simplicity to customer...
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Forbes: As factories struggle with how to automate, READY Robotics, spun out of Johns Hopkins, raises $23M For robotic O/S

READY's operating system, called Forge O/S, allows workers without any robotics background or coding experience to easily program the robots their...
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CNBC: ‘Ditch the Disk’ group of tech execs is spurring the medical industry to move on from CD-ROMs

The group, including Ambra Health CEO Morris Panner, wants to make it as easy to share med industry imaging as it is to send a text message.
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FierceBiotech: Vineti nets $35M to build out logistics software for personalized treatments

Vineti’s cloud-based software is designed to automate and orchestrate the many steps involved in the production and delivery of cell and gene...
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The Wall Street Journal: How the failure of Pets.com spurred Julie Wainwright’s RealReal success

The $1.5 billion company The RealReal’s founder is changing the way we buy and sell luxury, but the startup was born out of realizing, "I’d have to...
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WoVen Podcast: The woman who gets inside the heads of execs at Facebook, Google and more - A conversation with Glo Harris

Glo Harris is a leadership coach who trades in concepts such as self-confidence, self-awareness, mission/vision, truth-speaking, team alignment,...
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Bloomberg Businessweek: Astra, a small rocket maker, is running a different kind of space race

Astra, Darpa's rocket startup of choice, is preparing to launch satellites into orbit in record time.
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Fortune: Telehealth startup Ro partners with Pfizer to give its ED business a boost

Telehealth startup Ro wants to set itself apart in the direct-to-consumer erectile dysfunction (ED) market -- and it's hoping that a new...
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Annual Women Who Venture Gathering 2020

On January 14, Canaan General Partner Nina Kjellson hosted our annual WoVen (Women Who Venture) gathering during the JP Morgan Healthcare...
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VentureBeat: Berkshire Grey raises $263 million for industrial robots

Berkshire Grey, which combines AI and robotics to automate omnichannel fulfillment for retailers, ecommerce, and logistics enterprises, today...
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Endpoints News: RA Capital, Canaan help infuse $50M into Alta-incubated biotech battling acquired resistance to TKIs

Tyra is a biotech “purpose built” to address a surge of acquired resistance to tyrosine kinase inhibitors, where patients’ tumors mutate around the...
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FierceBiotech: Tyra Biosciences takes aim at treatment-resistant tumors with $50M raise

Tyra is aiming for drivers of drug-resistant tumors to come up with new drugs that work against the mutated, or resistant, form of a protein, as...
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Announcing three team promotions

We're excited to announce the promotions of Byron Ling, Colleen Cuffaro and Hootan Rashidifard.
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STAT News: Amy DuRoss - To make advanced therapies, we need to industrialize personalization

Vineti Cofounder & CEO Amy DuRoss explores the best way to measure the real rate of progress in personalized cell therapies, gene therapies, and...
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TechCrunch: As retail robotics heats up, Berkshire Grey raises $263M

Berkshire Grey has displayed some pretty sophisticated pick-and-place robots and is positioned particularly well in the warehouse space, making it...
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TechCrunch: Lily AI raises a $12.5M Series A ket by Canaan to accelerate its e-commerce recommendation tech

Lily AI is a startup focused on using deep learning to help brands better convert customers through emotionally tailored recommendations.
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TechCrunch: ClimaCell and Google team up to launch a new high-resolution weather forecast for India

ClimaCell is taking a number of innovative approaches for gathering weather data and building forecasting models, today announced that it is...
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Laura Chau: Brud, identity and storytelling

While today Brud acts as a studio, carefully crafting the stories of these specific influencers, one can imagine a day when any user on the...
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WoVen Podcast: Minting a thriving global marketplace of artists from a niche stationary brand - A conversation with Mariam Naficy

Mariam Naficy is the founder and CEO of Minted, an online design marketplace that produces stationery, paper goods, home decor products, and...
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Laura Chau: WhatsApp and the suppression of status

WhatsApp's primary purpose is to communicate information quickly and effectively. This is utility at its finest, while status indicators take a...
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Wired: Giant surveillance balloons are lurking at the edge of space

World View is sending massive, high-altitude balloons to the stratosphere to snap images of Earth with unprecedented resolution.
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Endpoints News: Canaan backs Pathios' search for small molecule drugs that hit 'orphan' GCPR

The British biotech is searching for drugs to treat the poorly understood GPR65 receptor, which they believe plays a crucial role in both cancer...
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WoVen Podcast: Democratizing healthcare with activist roots - A conversation with Amy DuRoss

Nina sits down with Amy DuRoss, co-founder and CEO of Vineti, a digital health company with a software solution to drive and scale personalized...
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Growth from within: Brendan Dickinson and Julie Grant promoted to General Partners

Today we are so proud to share the promotions of Brendan Dickinson and Julie Grant to General Partner.
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FierceBiotech: Canaan Partners promotes Julie Grant to general partner

Grant is the fourth woman to join Canaan’s ranks of general partners. She joins Maha Ibrahim, who focuses on technology investments, and Nina...
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Laura Chau: Slack as a social app

Let’s examine Slack purely as a social app. Slack, as a messaging platform, has conversation at its core and a strong sense of community.
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The Financial Times: Volkswagen invests in Aeva self-driving vision start-up

Company plans $500 systems to equip consumer cars with ‘lidar’ sensors.
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FierceBiotech: Hyalex snags medtech vet Mark Roby as R&D Chief

The Boston-area medtech is working on new implant systems using its "synthetic cartilage" for treatment of conditions like osteoarthritis.
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Byron Ling: Announcing our Series A investment in Uniform Teeth, the orthodontist in your pocket

We are fortunate to partner with founders Meghan and Kjeld, who are using technology to pioneer the future of orthodontics and oral wellness for...
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Joydeep Bhattacharyya: The nontechnical components necessary to building a tech startup

I recently had the pleasure of hosting a SaaSQ fireside chat with Dheeraj Pandey, founder and CEO of Nutanix. Nutanix is a publicly-traded hybrid...
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TechCrunch: Volvo invests in autonomous vehicle operating system startup Apex.AI through its VC arm

Apex.AI, founded by automated systems engineers Jan Becker and Dejan Pangercic, raised $15.5 million in a Series A last November, and revealed...
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Laura Chau: The status tipping point and the social <> status cycle

There's a common theory with social media companies that there's a point a user must reach to unlock value in the service. But, there's a similar...
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Forbes: Rayfe Gaspar-Asaoka named to 30 Under 30

We're thrilled to see Rayfe, the youngest Principal in Canaan's history, named to the list.
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TechCrunch: Kustomer raises $60M for its omnichannel-based CRM platform

Kustomer has closed yet another round of funding — no less than its third fundraise of the year — as it continues to double down on its new...
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The Wall Street Journal Video: Turo, the "Airbnb for cars" is taking on traditional car rental companies

Turo lets individuals rent their personal vehicles. Some “hosts” are building businesses at airports that major car rental companies on their toes.
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Rich Boyle: Berkshire Grey - a rarity in robotics

The robotics landscape today is incredibly active and evolving very quickly, largely enabled by advances in AI related technology.
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Laura Chau: Social media - A game of status

What is perhaps most notable about many of social media companies today is that they are in fact, no longer social. Laura shares her views on the...
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Endpoints News: Neoantigen player PACT Pharma woos Tim Moore from Kite to run technical ops

Tim Moore, who oversaw the CAR-T buildout at Kite, will officially become PACT's president and chief technical officer.
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Wired: Microsoft is taking quantum computers to the cloud

The company will allow its cloud customers to tap quantum computers made by QCI and others.
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Rayfe Gaspar-Asaoka: Fireflies makes collaborating after a meeting suck less, like Dropbox did for files and Slack did for messaging

Thanks to Fireflies.ai's accurate voice transcription software and AL/ML – you and your team can record, transcribe and search across your...
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FierceHealthcare: Tech startup, Papa, tackles loneliness among aging seniors

Papa uses digital tools, such as a website, mobile app and call center to match aging seniors with college students.
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WoVen Podcast: Beauty, burnout and bitcoin with the original Influencer, Michelle Phan

Laura Chau sits down with Michelle Phan, digital entrepreneur, Founder of EM Cosmetics and the original creator and influencer, far before those...
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EY Pulse on the Industry Report: Wende Hutton offers a perspective on the today's medtech investment climate

Wende shares her insights on the industry landscape on pages 47 and 48 of the report.
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Bloomberg: No Whole Foods, no problem - Instacart shakes off loss of grocer

The gig-economy startup has picked up enough new business from retailers like Costco Wholesale Corp., Publix Super Markets Inc. and Wegmans Food...
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Fortune: This party kit startup’s new hotline could save the day this holiday season

The millennial dinner party isn’t dead - it’s just morphed into something a little more casual. Coterie has you covered for all your holiday party...
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Maha Ibrahim: Nails that fit you and your lifestyle, with laser precision :) - Our Investment in ManiMe

Today we are excited to announce our seed investment in ManiMe, a company that provides personalized and stylish nails without the chemicals or...
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WoVen Podcast: Keeping it real in business & fashion - A conversation with Julie Wainwright of The RealReal

Laura Chau sits down with Julie Wainwright, Founder and CEO of The RealReal. Deemed "tycoon of the preowned" by The New York Times, Julie is a true...
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Brendan Dickinson: A new framework for fintech

A new framework for fintech helps shine a light on where outsized value can be created and venture returns realized.
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FierceBiotech: Nocion Therapeutics named to Fierce 15

While whole shoals of biotechs are clustered around single cancer targets, Nocion is away from the pack working on better ways to treat conditions...
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Space: World View's 'Stratollite' balloon stays aloft for record 32 days

The high-altitude platform just doubled its previous flight-duration record.
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Vogue Business: Burberry’s partnership with The RealReal signifies a real shift

Luxury brands are starting to endorse resale as a way to attract new customers, boost sales and increase the longevity of their products.
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Forbes: CircleUp raises $200M to woo consumer retail startups with a VC alternative - loans

While venture capital funds look to take equity in hot consumer brands in exchange for fueling their growth, a cottage industry, led by CircleUp,...
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Harvard Business Review: How VC can help more women get ahead

In the last 18 months, the tech world has seen wonderful examples of success by women at the highest level - Maha Ibrahim stood next to CEO Julia...
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Forbes: ClimaCell named to AI 50 - America’s most promising artificial intelligence companies

ClimaCell uses vast quantities of nontraditional data to issue hyperlocal “street-by-street, minute-by-minute” weather forecasts.
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WSJ VC: SmileDirectClub’s IPO draws cheers from teledentistry rivals

Venture investors have backed several startups in the sector including SmileDirectClub, Candid Care and Uniform Teeth.
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Wired: New clues show how Russia’s grid hackers aimed for physical destruction

A fresh look at the 2016 blackout in Ukraine by Dragos suggests that the cyberattack behind it was intended to cause far more damage.
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Endpoints News: Backed with $180M-plus in cash, I/O trailblazer Lieping Chen spotlights NextCure's preclinical work on next-gen antibody

Right on the heels of nailing a $40 million upfront for its oncology R&D collaboration deal with Eli Lilly and bringing its tally of cash raised to...
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MIT Technology Review: The key to bigger quantum computers could be to build them like Legos

A startup called Quantum Circuits is networking mini quantum devices together to create computers it claims will be easier to scale up than rival...
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TechCrunch: Top VCs say the landscape for enterprise startups is changing

Canaan General Partner Maha Ibrahim joins a panel at TechCrunch Sessions to discuss enterprise trends, concerns about the state of the market and...
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Business Insider: Even Financial grabs $180M valuation from Goldman Sachs & American Express to be the 'Google Flights' of digital lending

Even Financial has created a machine-learning-powered platform that algorithmically targets and matches customers with lenders, helping banks get a...
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WSJ VC: Canaan incubates, leads $10M seed round for fintech startup Bond

The startup, led by former Twilio executive Roy Ng, will offer software to better integrate fintech providers with regional banks.
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The New Yorker: The RealReal’s online luxury consignment shop

How the reseller brings designer goods into the “circular economy.”
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CNN Business: Social network Homeis thinks a safe space for immigrants online is possible

For the past two years, Ran Harnevo has been working on what may seem like an idealistic, impossible task for this moment in time: building a...
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Vox: The RealReal isn’t buying a department store anytime soon, CEO Julie Wainwright says at Code Commerce

The luxury goods consignment site is focusing on building its retail efforts in key markets like New York rather than buying out legacy chains.
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American Banker: A way for smaller banks to access tech sandboxes big banks play in

Bond is hoping small banks will turn to its cloud-based hub that’s modeled on a popular developer platform used by the likes of Uber, Netflix and...
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The Wall Street Journal Video: A $5K secondhand outfit? Inside luxury consignor The RealReal

Resellers of designer clothing and apparel say there’s no reason to be closeted about buying and selling pre-owned luxury wearables. The RealReal...
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The Financial Times: SoftBank strikes deal with Berkshire Grey warehouse robotics

The Boston-based robot maker offers retailers an alternative to Amazon’s storehouse automation.
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Michael Gilroy: All big brands will become fintechs. Announcing Bond.

We're excited to invest in Bond, a team on a mission to accelerate the pace of financial innovation and access to capital.
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Axios Pro Rata Podcast: Facebook for immigrants

Heated political rhetoric on immigration tends to overlook the day-to-day needs of newcomers to a community. Homeis has a tech-forward solution.
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Forbes: ScaleFactor raised $100M in a year as VCs chase small business focused fintechs

ScaleFactor and it’s backers say it's giving small and medium-sized businesses digital tools and insight typically reserved for large enterprises.
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People: Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James teams up with Coterie to design adorable tailgate accessories

With tailgate season just weeks away, Reese Witherspoon and Coterie have got you covered.
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The Washington Post: Meet the ClimaCell weather app. Alerting you when it’s about to rain, down to the minute, all around the world.

ClimaCell, a fledgling weather technology company based in Boston, released a mobile app Monday that promises “street-by-street, minute-by-minute...
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WoVen Podcast: Working with grit (and a patient's perspective) in women’s health - A conversation with Gail Maderis

This week's guest is Gail Maderis, president and CEO of Antiva, a biotech company that's developing novel, topical therapeutics for the treatment...
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TechCrunch: The Inside adds sofas to its custom furniture lineup

While The Inside already offers a range of made-to-order furniture like beds, headboards, chairs and ottomans, it’s aiming for the center of your...
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VentureBeat: MindTickle raises $40M after banner year in sales enablement

It's been something of a banner year for MindTickle, which notched a 100% year-over-year increase in recurring revenue driven by a 200% uptick in...
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Axios Pro Rata: The BFD - Superplastic raised $10M in Series A

This coincides with Superplastic trying to turn two of its most popular characters into virtual Instagram stars, a burgeoning niche that could...
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The Financial Times: The rise and rise of the designer resale market

Since it was founded in 2011 by entrepreneur Julie Wainwright, The RealReal has become a phenomenon, boasting 8 million members and 1,500...
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Variety: Superplastic raises $10M to turn Janky and Guggimon into animated Instagram stars

The company’s Janky and Guggimon characters will come to life on Instagram, where they will publish animated videos, interact with their fans and...
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WoVen Podcast: Building a brand (and a dream) with fewer, better things - A conversation with Karla Gallardo

Karla Gallardo is the co-founder and CEO of Cuyana, a San Francisco-based women's clothing and lifestyle brand. Born and raised in Ecuador, her...
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Joydeep Bhattacharyya: The next phase of growth for MindTickle

We’re thrilled to congratulate MindTickle on a $40 million Series C, a validation of multiple years of fantastic growth and team building.
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MedCityNews: Pact Pharma enrolls first patients in Phase Ia/Ib solid tumor cell therapy study

PACT has started dosing patients in an early-stage clinical trial of a product candidate designed to be targeted to proteins in cancer cells unique...
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FierceBiotech: A personalized CAR-T to attack every solid tumor? PACT Pharma has a plan

PACT Pharma is developing a method for taking T cells from patients with solid tumors and engineering them to be able to recognize and attack those...
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Forbes: Why the founder Of Kin Euphorics wants us to replace booze with bliss

While cultivating social connection is a fundamental human need, Jen Batchelor wanted to create a solution for experiencing more moments of revelry...
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The Wall Street Journal: IAC to invest $250M in car-sharing app Turo

IAC chief estimates car-sharing marketplace could be at least as big as car-rental business.
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WoVen Podcast: Blazing a trail (and building a family) as a pioneering VC - A conversation with Ginger More

This episode of the WoVen Podcast features Ginger More, a true pioneer in the male-dominated venture capital world of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Tune...
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Forbes: Startup nTopology raises $20M to expand its next-gen design software

Using advanced computations, nTop engineering software has created brackets for space satellites and spinal cages for use in back surgery.
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WoVen Podcast: Feeding the world (and saving the planet) - A conversation with Julia Collins

Julia Collins has dedicated her career to tackling some of the most difficult problems that our world faces: food insecurity, agricultural damage,...
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The New York Times: The RealReal IPO - Secondhand fashion goes mainstream

Since the recession, there has been a boom in online marketplaces that let shoppers buy and sell all manner of used clothing and accessories, from...
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Washington Post: Secondhand fashion site The RealReal shares rise in debut

Shares of The RealReal jumped on their first day of trading Friday, as the secondhand-fashion online retailer tests investors’ appetite for the...
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Barron's: The next big IPO is trying to Be Tiffany, Amazon, and a pawn shop rolled into one

There’s a new test for the IPO market’s revival coming later this week. The RealReal is expected to price its stock Thursday night, with the shares...
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Bloomberg Video: Julie Wainwright on VC funding for female founded companies

Julie Wainwright, chief executive officer of The RealReal, discusses the treatment of women in tech with Bloomberg's Emily Chang on "Bloomberg...
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Bloomberg: Don’t call it retro. ‘Archival’ is the hottest thing in fashion

Luxury consignment and a wave of reissued designs signal a particularly nostalgia-soaked moment in style.
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CNBC Video: How luxury bags could make you money

Luxury resale bags can even appreciate in value as luxury houses increase their prices every year, says Julie Wainwright, CEO and founder of The...
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Reuters: Old fashion - Vintage boom buoys RealReal and jolts luxury labels

Second-hand fashion, once confined to thrift stores, is outstripping sales growth in the primary luxury goods sector, helping market leader The...
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CNBC: Online start-up The RealReal to open its second luxury consignment store, as e-commerce brands keep growing

More e-commerce brands are growing their brick-and-mortar footprint, as resellers like The RealReal are increasingly attracting new customers.
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The Los Angeles Times: The RealReal's first SoCal store boasts a dedicated men's space, a handbag vault and a 'sneakerdome'

Luxury consignment website the RealReal officially opened its first West Coast concept store, aiming to make the buying — and selling — of high-end...
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The New York Times: Even the second time around, they’re gaga for Gucci

What’s moving in the secondhand luxury market? Gucci and fanny packs for men, says the consignment empire The RealReal.
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The Financial Times: The RealReal deal - how to make millions from your fashion cast-offs

Julie Wainwright, founder of the luxury resale company, explains how second-hand stuff got sexy.
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Michael Gilroy: The death of the SaaS LTV/CAC

LTV/CAC calculations are of waning importance in SaaS. It's clear to the SaaS community that the future of selling software is bottoms-up.
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The New York Times: The new sobriety

“We weren’t interested in making another bubbly water... We wanted to feel more, not less — to wake up fresh and ready to take on the day, in full...
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The New York Times: Cool nonalcoholic drinks for your sober summer

O.K., it’s nonalcoholic. But that does translate to buzz-free? Kin takes sober cocktails perhaps as far as they can go by blending botanicals...
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FierceBiotech: Canaan-backed Comet uncloaks with $28.5M and biopharma vet De Graaf at the helm

Comet Therapeutics, a biotech taking aim at metabolic diseases, has unveiled itself with $28.5 million in series A financing and biopharma veteran...
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Byron Ling: Learning to rise wisely with Kin

In a world with declining alcohol consumption rates, the founders of Kin are reimagining revelry.
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Wired: These protein picker-uppers keep your cells clean and healthy

When it comes to tapping protein degraders to fight diseases like cancer, many assumed the biology worked, but the chemistry was no good. Arvinas...
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WoVen Podcast: Crafting success (and balance) in venture - A conversation with Wende Hutton

Our guest for this episode is Canaan General Partner Wende Hutton, who has been a venture capitalist for more than 25 years -- a remarkable feat...
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FierceBiotech: Genome Medical nets $23M to grow its telegenomics service platform

Telegenomics provider Genome Medical has raised $23 million to help scale up its “last-mile” patient counseling services for healthcare systems and...
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Brendan Dickinson: On the Journey

Meditation, like yoga a decade ago, is the next large cultural shift in the way people take care of themselves.
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Endpoints News: Bayer enlists Arvinas on two-pronged protein degradation effort, foraying into agtech

Arvinas has inked another Big Pharma partnership to get their protein degradation engines revving — for both humans and crops.
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WoVen Podcast: Whipping up magic, from cupcake mogul to serial entrepreneur - A conversation with Candace Nelson

Our guest for this episode is Candace Nelson, whose career spans brick and mortar retail, e-commerce, media and investing. Her philosophy is that...
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NPR: Why suburban moms are delivering your groceries

Women — often in their 40s and 50s — make up more than half the contractors working for major food delivery apps like Instacart.
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TechCrunch: Why ICS security startup Dragos' CEO puts a premium on people not profits

The first key to our success is our people and that we hire good people,” says Robert Lee, the company’s founder and chief executive.
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TechCrunch: Kustomer raises $40M more for its omnichannel approach to CRM

Kustomer is a customer service startup that calls in data from multiple external channels and the software and apps that a company uses to manage...
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Popular Science: Meditation apps want to calm you down on the same device that stresses you out

Humans have been meditating for 5,000 years, says Stephen Sokoler, founder of Journey Meditation. But in the last decade, something changed: We’ve...
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Welcome Nils Lonberg

From the beginning of his career through the development of a paradigm-shifting approach to cancer therapy, Nils has been a superb “synthetic”...
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Reuters: Veteran German auto boss joins board of U.S. self-driving software startup

Apex.AI has added Karl-Thomas Neumann, an industry veteran who in the past served as the chief executive of Continental AG and led Volkswagen AG’s...
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Fortune: Big businesses racing to use quantum computing to solve big problems

In the mid-2000s, a team led by Robert Schoelkopf of Yale, whose lab would eventually seed the quantum field with executives and scientists, and...
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Tim Shannon in BioCentury: Making orphan drug prices work for society

The Orphan Drug Act worked too well. It didn’t just stimulate development of therapies for rare diseases, it reoriented huge swaths of the industry...
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Nina Kjellson: Introducing the WoVen Podcast, a series that celebrates remarkable women in healthcare, tech & business

We created this series to share (at some scale) women’s stories about how they achieve and how they do life.
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WoVen Podcast: Breaking ground (and battling bias) in brain surgery - A conversation with Dr. Odette Harris

Our guest for this episode is Dr. Odette Harris. She made history last year when Stanford’s department of neurosurgery announced she would become...
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Fortune: How ClimaCell could revolutionize weather forecasting

You’ve no doubt heard about the “Internet of Things”—maybe you’ve even heard too much—but Shimon Elkabetz of ClimaCell wants you to start thinking...
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Michael Gilroy: All big brands are becoming fintechs

If you’ve spent some time around the Canaan Fintech team, you’ve undoubtedly heard us talk about a new industry pattern: these says, it seems all...
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BioCentury: Vineti is keeping cell therapies on track

Drawing on its experience with CAR T cell therapies, Vineti has developed a cloud-based software platform that standardizes processes and drives...
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Endpoints News: Four biotechs, including NextCure, haul in $303M+ from a fresh burst of IPOs

NextCure — founded in 2015 by Lieping Chen, a noted I/O researcher behind Amplimmune, a company bought out by AstraZeneca five years ago — has now...
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Yahoo Finance Video: Coterie founders want to elevate the party experience

Coterie co-founders Linden Ellis and Sara Raffa explain the concept behind elevated party supplies for any occasion and why gathering with friends...
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Business Insider: Scientists are working on cancer treatments that attack the disease's 'Holy Grail"

PROTAC technology brings "unlimited" possibilities for cancer treatment says Arvinas founder & CSO Craig Crews. "It can be applied to so many...
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TechCrunch: Journey launches its real-time group "Peloton for meditation"

Journey is a subscription iOS app offering live 15-minute group meditation classes with instructors that interact with you directly.
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Bloomberg: Ikea startup boot camp tests life beyond flat-pack furniture

BumbleBee Spaces is taking part in Ikea's “startup boot camp" -- an effort by the world’s No. 1 furniture retailer to attract a new generation of...
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Variety: Tubular Labs brings in Viacom & BuzzFeed on project to establish social-video metrics

Tubular has pulled in more media partners to collaborate on developing standards for tracking viewership across social media.
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STAT News: Nils Lonberg, the entrepreneur behind the cancer immunotherapy revolution

In his 30 years of experience, Nils Lonberg has played pivotal roles in the cancer therapy revolution. We are thrilled to announce he’ll be joining...
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Washington Post: As millions of dollars pour in, esports teams offer varying visions of the future

In a departure from traditional sports, Gen.G will not only be looking to attract top players, but top content creators as well, since they plan to...
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STAT News: Arrakis' lofty goal: Kill cancer with pills that target RNA instead of proteins

The startup is trying to achieve a feat once thought to be biotech fantasy: Develop oral medicines - pills - that can target RNA, the...
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Forbes: Is Silicon Valley coming for rosé?

Bev, a female-focused beverage company disrupting the male-dominated alcohol industry, has raised $7 million.
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Reuters: Aeva signs sensor deal with Audi's self-driving unit

Aeva has signed a sensor-system deal with an Audi-owned unit that is working on self-driving technology for Volkswagen AG.
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Business Insider: Nocion raises $27M to make a new kind of painkiller as the race to replace opioids heats up

As America grapples with a deadly opioid epidemic, there's a desperate need for better, non-addictive painkillers. Using science out of Harvard and...
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Julie Grant: Announcing Nocion Therapeutics, a novel approach to neurogenic inflammation

Today, Canaan proudly introduces Nocion Therapeutics, a Series A neurogenic inflammation and analgesic company discovering and developing novel...
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Vogue: How sustainable is consigning clothing? The RealReal is glad you asked

To help publicize the sustainability of consigning clothing and participating in a circular economy, The RealReal has rolled out its first...
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The New York Times: Can the Birkin bag survive the resale market?

Once upon a time, the Hermès Birkin could arguably have been called the rarest handbag in the world. Then the fashion resale market -- including...
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Bloomberg: SoftBank backs ClimaCell, startup pioneering hyper-accurate weather reports

SoftBank is investing $7M in ClimaCell, a weather startup that combines traditional forecasting with wireless signals, street cameras, drones and...
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Bloomberg Video: Maha Ibrahim & All Raise founders on Bloomberg Studio 1.0

Maha Ibrahim of Canaan, Kirsten Green of Forerunner Ventures and Aileen Lee of Cowboy Ventures, discuss the need for more women in venture capital.
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CNBC Video: Maha Ibrahim on how diversity among startup funders & founders drives higher returns

When it comes to Venture Capital, there’s a financial incentive to close the gender gap: Greater diversity yields higher returns. Maha Ibrahim sits...
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Bloomberg Video: Canaan's Maha Ibrahim on VC funding environment, harassment

Maha Ibrahim, Canaan Partners general partner, discusses the venture capital funding environment and gender bias in the industry with Bloomberg's...
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Joydeep Bhattacharyya promoted to General Partner

We are thrilled to share that Joydeep Bhattacharyya has been promoted to General Partner at Canaan.
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Crunchbase: Spark Networks swipes right for SF dating company Zoosk

Spark Networks plans to acquire San Francisco’s Zoosk, making it the second largest online dating platform in North America. Spark Networks valued...
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SaaS portfolio momentum

The companies that make up our SaaS portfolio have shown some incredible momentum over the last 18 months. Here’s a bit about what they’ve been up to.
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Nature: Protein-slaying drugs could be the next blockbuster therapies

Researchers at Arvinas are hijacking the cell’s protein-disposal system in the fight against Alzheimer’s and intractable cancers.
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CNBC: 11 women who prove that health tech investing isn’t a boys’ club

There are higher numbers of female investors in health-tech than in traditional tech, according to new research. But women are still the minority....
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VentureBeat: Forte and Ripple form $100M fund for mainstream blockchain games

Blockchain gaming startup Forte has announced a big deal with Ripple’s Xpring cryptocurrency platform to invest $100 million in game developers who...
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Maha Ibrahim: Canaan forward – diversity as an asset

Three of Canaan's general partners are women, and 40% of our investing team is female. Each of our paths to Canaan were different, but none of us...
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Bloomberg: A new Honda for almost nothing? Car sharing becomes a sales tool

Turo, the Airbnb-like service for autos, is helping consumers afford ever-pricier new cars.
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Vogue: Meet Tia, the new women’s clinic making gynecologist visits less stressful

The Tia Clinic, located in New York’s Flatiron neighborhood, is supporting wellness with timely holistic health care that intends to take the...
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Endpoints News: Canaan leaps into UK biotech, co-leading $14M Series A for upstart Grey Wolf

Grey Wolf Therapeutics is working on a fresh approach to immuno-oncology that does not directly target the immune system, but instead alters tumor...
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The New York Times: Tycoon of the pre-owned

Can Silicon Valley survivor Julie Wainwright’s luxury consignment company, The RealReal, save retail?
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Bloomberg: Facebook acquires GrokStyle, visual shopping startup, to bolster AI work

Facebook could use the underlying AI technology and GrokStyle’s employees to bolster its own efforts in the field.
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Michael Gilroy: Announcing the Beam Team and their Series A

Money laundering – and regulator fines – are expensive pain points for the financial industry. Legacy monitoring systems just haven't cut it,...
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Laura Chau: A new way to party – with Coterie

Dozens of industries have been re-thought with the experience-driven, millennial customer in mind. The next business that's ripe for...
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Rayfe Gaspar-Asaoka: The shift to an 80/20 robot-first world

Today’s biggest industries largely follow the 80/20 rule of 80% manual and 20% automated. However, in tomorrow’s world that 80/20 will flip, and...
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Laura Chau: A prescription for how the healthcare industry can spark joy

Much of healthcare is sorely lacking on the “joy” front. Here are three takeaways that healthcare innovators can channel to “spark joy” and capture...
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SF Business Times: Antiva CEO draws on personal experience to fuel drug development

Gail Maderis, President & CEO of Antiva, knows how to shape and lead people to get results.
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Michael Gilroy promoted to Partner

We are excited to share that Michael Gilroy has been promoted to Partner.
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Joydeep Bhattacharyya: Our investment in Dragos

I am delighted to announce our Series B investment in Dragos, a pioneer in the fast emerging Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Security market.
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Businessweek: These robots help Amazon’s competitors narrow the delivery gap

Berkshire Grey’s machines can pick, pack and ship most items of 5 pounds or less.
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Rayfe Gaspar-Asaoka: The safest car you will never drive

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are coming. The question is no longer if, but rather where we are along the adoption curve across various use cases and...
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Forbes: Three Canaan investors named to Forbes' 30 under 30

We are so proud of these three rising stars -- Adina Tecklu, Hootie Rashidifard and Laura Chau -- for being named to Forbes’ 30 under 30!
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Forbes: Ex-Apple engineers raise $45MM For ‘generational leap’ vision tech for robot cars

Autonomous technology has many hurdles to clear before it's ubiquitous, including better and cheaper vision. Aeva claims to have a next-generation...
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Nasdaq: Cancer biotech Arvinas prices upsized IPO at $16

Arvinas, a preclinical biotech developing protein degradation therapies for advanced cancers, raised $120 million by offering 7.5 million shares at...
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NYT: Get in bed with Skynet and Bumblebee Spaces

Robot furniture is happening with Bumblebee Spaces. This is the single greatest thing to happen to humanity ever, the robots told us to say.
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Maha Ibrahim & Dan Ciporin: Next generation investors for next generation entrepreneurs

A new generation of entrepreneur is building consumer products and services - ideas that seem crazy today, and will feel intuitive in a few years....
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STAT News: Antiva tried to drum up interest for a much-needed drug. Many men didn’t get it

Antiva is working on a first-in-class treatment that, if successful, could make surgery for precancerous cervical lesions caused by the human...
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Announcing ScaleFactor: Automated financial operations platform built for Main Street

We're investing in ScaleFactor, a company focused on empowering small businesses to easily make the best strategic and financial decisions so they...
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Adina Tecklu & Hootie Rashidifard: Canaan Beta for alpha

We’re excited to be launching Canaan Beta, Canaan’s new $20 million seed program that aims to invest in the next wave of consumer technologies...
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Nina Kjellson: "Jumping together" to move the field of personalized cancer therapy

We at Canaan are “all in” on the notion that diversity of knowledge and experience breeds the best results. With this as our core value, PACT...
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Dan Ciporin: Ownership -- a big idea to transform the current brand-loyalty model

How far have loyalty programs come in actually cultivating true loyalty from consumers, as opposed to just transactions? Introducing our newest...
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Business Insider: Wende Hutton shares her best career advice

Throughout her career investing in early-stage biotech companies, she's brought her children to board meetings, coexisted with a "band of...
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Rich Boyle: Enjoying an AI summer

It's been decades in the making, but the current AI summer is going to be a long one. Read more from AI industry veteran and investor, Rich Boyle...
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Tim Shannon: More hope for cystic fibrosis treatment, and still more to do

The progress made in the treatment of CF is shows what can happen when research, policy, advocacy and investment align toward a common goal. But...
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The next generation of computation

Professor Robert Schoelkopf of QCI inside a lab at Yale University. Photo Credit: Roger Kisby for The New York Times
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The New Yorker: The RealReal's radical vision of secondhand luxury

An inside look at how The RealReal is redefining consignment for its 8 million members (and counting).
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Spotlight on Wende Hutton’s 25 years in venture capital

General Partner Wende Hutton is an industry pioneer. Partner Julie Grant chatted with Wende about today’s scientific renaissance, the importance of...
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Video: Introducing The Makers, featuring Dan Ciporin & Amir Ashkenazi

The Makers is a new Canaan content series featuring entrepreneur and investor insights into company-building.
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Nina Kjellson: A critical marriage for science and health tech

The prehistoric nature of health IT isn’t just a nuisance. It will literally determine whether patients and physicians can realize the potential of...
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Dan Ciporin: What home is

Meet our newest investment Homeis. A new kind of social network that connects foreign born locals with one another, and their roots.
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Laura Chau: What's rarer than a unicorn in Silicon Valley? A female VC.

Canaan Associate Laura Chau reflects on the 3 major takeaways she's learned from women in venture capital.
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IDEAYA & the Next Frontier in Synthetic Lethality

WSJ: Ideaya Biosciences Collects $94 Million for Cancer Therapy
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Nina Kjellson: The roadmap for board diversity

Diversity is not window dressing. It is a positive predictor of performance and governance.
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Built to Last

Excited to share news about our new $800 million fund. We know what works and we're sticking to it with our diversified, early stage approach.
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Spotlight: Q&A with Rich Boyle

Get to know our newest GP and longtime startup operator Rich Boyle. Word to the wise: don't throw the term AI around with him unless you mean it.
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Annum

Heavy drinking is the largest ignored epidemic in the U.S. There is a superior alternative to rehab.
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Nina Kjellson: Women's access to healthcare

Let's talk body politics.
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Protagonist Therapeutics

A simple promise: replacing injections with pills.