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Student.com Bags $60M To Grow The Reach Of Its Student Digs Marketplace

Student.com Student.com, an accommodation marketplace founded back in 2011 (as ‘Overseas Student Living’ before rebranding last year) to focus specifically on the needs of international students, is announcing a $60 million combined Series B and C round today led by global investment firm VY Capital. Read More

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Who Is A VC?

who-is-a-vc Last year, I dug into why there are so few black people in venture capital. More recently, the folks over at Social Capital and The Information took a crack at providing the data around diversity among partners within venture capital. I’ve now decided to take a more comprehensive look at diversity within venture capital across all levels. Read More

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Twitter Plans Changes To @Replies And Other Confusing Rules

giphy Twitter can be an incredibly confusing service for new and existing users, and Twitter says it’s now planning to address some rules that might make it unwieldy. In the company’s letter to shareholders, the company said that changes were coming to rules like the @reply and the .@name syntax. We don’t know what that looks like just yet, but that the company plans to address… Read More

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Bullish: A New Era

After a short hiatus, Bullish has returned. The talk show is exactly how you remember it, except with a new host (that’s me, MRD!) and way better music. Sorry I’m not sorry, Alex!
Anyway, this week we brought in Matthew Schwab, president of on-demand flower delivery BloomThat, to shed some light on the on-demand economy, expectations around liability and delivery logistics. Read More

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The Mobile Health Paradox: Why Data Isn’t Nearly Enough

mobile-health Across most developed economies, healthcare costs are rising faster than inflation. A key cause of the rise in healthcare spending lies in the spiraling costs of treating preventable chronic diseases. These facts suggest that many of the key healthcare challenges of the twenty-first century lie in how we tackle chronic disease. This article will explore the role of mobile technologies in… Read More

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Facebook Distances Itself From Marc Andreessen’s Statements On Free Basics

tweetception Marc Andreessen, noted Venture Capitalist and General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz is having quite a contrite Wednesday. Andreessen, who currently sits on Facebook, Inc.’s board, caused a stir last night with his online response to Indian internet regulator TRAI nixing Facebook’s plans to implement its ‘Free Basics’ program in India. Updated with statement from… Read More

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Twitter’s Monthly User Count Actually Shrunk If You Exclude SMS

Twitter It was bad enough that Twitter’s total user count is stuck at 320 million with zero growth this quarter. But if you don’t count “SMS Fast Followers”, or people that only use Twitter via text message and don’t see ads, its monthly user count went down from 307 million to 305 million monthly active users in Q4. In the U.S., Twitter’s total monthly user count… Read More

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Tesla Will Unveil Its $35,000 Model 3 On March 31st

model3 We’re just about an hour away from Tesla’s quarterly earnings calls, but the news is already starting to trickle out. The biggest detail so far: you know the Model 3? Tesla’s more affordable car, meant to bring their entry-level line down to roughly $35,000? We’re finally going to see what it looks like, and hopefully a bit about just what it can do, on March 31st. News… Read More

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Twitter’s User Growth Goes Nowhere As It Meets Revenue Expectations Of $710M

shutterstock_329646476 Twitter today reported its fourth-quarter earnings — one of the most important quarters of the company’s history — and basically fell flat on its face. Twitter’s monthly active user growth, on a quarterly basis, was flat, compared to a slight jump that what analysts were expecting. Last quarter, the company had 320 million monthly active users, and this quarter was… Read More

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You Should Be Using 1 Second Everyday

IMG_3075 As a writer at a site that covers a lot of startups, I hear the same line a few times a week: “We just wanted to make something that makes peoples lives better.”
1 Second Everyday actually has made my life better… and it’s done so without really having to do much of anything at all. Read More

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