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BeeHero smartens up hives to provide ‘pollination as a service’ with $4M seed round

From Tech Crunch news: Vast monoculture farms outstripped the ability of bee populations to pollinate them naturally long ago, but the techniques that have arisen to fill that gap are neither precise nor modern. Israeli startup BeeHero aims to change that by treating hives both as living things and IoT devices, tracking health and pollination progress practically[…]

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Payments Startup Marqeta’s Valuation Jumps to $4.3B With New $150M Funding Round

From Crunchbase News May 2020: Marqeta brought in a round of $150 million in fresh capital from an undisclosed investor, valuing the company at $4.3 billion, the company announced Thursday. The new valuation is a sharp increase from the Oakland, California-based company’s last funding round in 2019. At the time, the modern card issuing platform was valued[…]

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Covid Is Accelerating the Rise of Faux Meat

From Wired 5/20/2020: The supply chain for traditional meat is buckling, and plant-based alternatives from companies like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat are filling the void. As with toilet paper and cleaning products, you probably didn’t fully appreciate meat until the coronavirus pandemic snatched it away. The distribution infrastructure that normally gets plenty of beef,[…]

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Silicon Valley Invents “The Free Lunch” – The Doordash-Pizza Arbitrage

Authored by Ranjan Roy via The Margins substack, If capitalism is driven by a search for profit, the food delivery business confuses the hell out of me. Every platform loses money. Restaurants feel like they’re getting screwed. Delivery drivers are poster children for gig economy problems. Customers get annoyed about delivery fees. Isn’t business supposed to[…]

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Once rivals, secondary market player Forge is acquiring SharesPost in a $160 million cash-and-stock deal

From TechCrunch 5/12/2020: Even amid a pandemic, there’s a race on to create a powerful, global private securities marketplace where private shares are traded as freely as public company shares on the Nasdaq . In one lane is Carta, an eight-year-old maker of cap table management software with big ambitions to create a kind of private company[…]

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SaaS data protection provider Druva nabs $130M, now at a $1B+ valuation, acquiring CloudLanes

From Tech Crunch June 2019: As businesses continue to move more of their computing and data to the cloud, one of the startups that has made a name for itself as a provider of cloud-based solutions to protect and manage those IT assets has raised a big round of funding to build its business. Druva,[…]

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As Restaurants Across The Country Close Their Doors, Deliveries Pick Up

From NPR March 2020:  On a typical sunny spring afternoon, the outdoor seating of Atlanta’s Krog Street Market would usually be packed. But it’s not a typical week. As more and more people practice social distancing and stay inside in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the tables at Krog are completely deserted. Most restaurant booths[…]

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Impossible Foods – Not just burgers?

When you look into the deeper potential for Impossible Foods, a bigger story emerges.  For example are you aware of the UN’s 2030 plan to eradicate world hunger and end our reliance on meat based diets?  Read the full document  Here:N1529189 There’s only one way that’s going to happen, Food Science. And now they have[…]

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From fragile to resilient: Building a connected company

From Palantir @ Medium: The global disruption caused by COVID-19 has revealed fundamental weaknesses in how our institutions operate, even beyond public health. Sudden changes in the social and economic landscapes have created operational stressors and blockages that many organizations are not equipped to handle — demand fluctuates drastically just as supply chains unravel. Circumstances[…]

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How SpaceX is prospering in the year of the coronavirus pandemic

From The Hill.com  SpaceX’s Elon Musk must count himself lucky that commercial space is considered an “essential industry” while the coronavirus pandemic ravages the world. The designation has allowed SpaceX to not only survive but to prosper as the company continues its efforts to open the space frontier, both in partnership with NASA and alone. NASA SpaceFlight[…]

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