Anthony Ha

Dorian raises $3.1M for its no-code, interactive storytelling platform

Dorian raises $3.1M for its no-code, interactive storytelling platform

With Dorian, co-founder and CEO Julia Palatovska said she’s hoping to empower fiction writers and other storytellers to create their own games. The startup is announcing that it has raised $3.15 million in seed funding led by March Capital Partners, with participation from VGames, Konvoy Ventures, London Venture Partners, Michael Chow (co-creator of the Twitch […]

 Anthony Ha

The New Paper offers a ‘fact-first’ news digest in text message form

The New Paper offers a ‘fact-first’ news digest in text message form

Tired of signing up for email newsletters? Then maybe it’s time to try out The New Paper‘s news digest, which arrives in the form of a daily text message rounding up the biggest headlines. The Indianapolis-based startup is announcing that it’s leaving private beta testing. It raised $300,000 in pre-seed funding last year, including $80,000 from […]

 Anthony Ha

KitchenMate makes it easy to cook fresh meals at work

KitchenMate makes it easy to cook fresh meals at work

KitchenMate is a Toronto-based startup promising businesses a fresh approach to feeding their employees. The startup has raised $3.5 million in seed funding led by Eniac Ventures and Golden Ventures, with participation from FJ Labs and Techstars. It’s also expanding into the United States. Founder and CEO Yang Yu said KitchenMate was founded with the goal […]

 Anthony Ha

Black founders can get tactical advice at Disrupt

Black founders can get tactical advice at Disrupt

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death and widespread protests for racial justice, a number of venture capitalists made public statements about wanting to improve diversity in the tech industry — and more specifically to fund more diverse founders. Their comments are certainly worth applauding, but actual change is a lot harder. And if it […]

 Anthony Ha

Narrative raises $8.5M as it launches a new data marketplace

Narrative raises $8.5M as it launches a new data marketplace

Narrative has raised $8.5 million in Series A funding and is launching a new product designed to further simplify the process of buying and selling data. I’ve already written about the company’s existing marketplace and software for managing data transactions. With the new Data Streams Marketplace, the process should be simpler than ever — not […]

 Anthony Ha

Bingie is an app for all your streaming recommendations and debates

Bingie is an app for all your streaming recommendations and debates

If you’re overwhelmed trying to choose the next movie or TV show to watch on Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max or any other streaming service, Bingie could be the app for you. You may recall a previous wave of TV recommendation apps from a decade ago, like Viggle and GetGlue. Those apps have largely disappeared, with […]

 Anthony Ha

Rideshare and taxi ad startup Firefly acquires Strong Outdoor’s out-of-home ad business

Rideshare and taxi ad startup Firefly acquires Strong Outdoor’s out-of-home ad business

Firefly is expanding its ad business in New York City by acquiring the out-of-home business of Strong Outdoor, as well as by becoming the advertising partner for fleet operator Sally. Firefly launched in 2018 by offering Uber and Lyft drivers a digital display that they could place at the top of their vehicles, making extra […]

 Anthony Ha

Overlooked teams up with college newspapers to build a news-focused social network

Overlooked teams up with college newspapers to build a news-focused social network

George Sehremelis is building what he calls a “social news network,” with the aim of combatting the spread of misinformation and fake news online. “My goal has always been make an impact on the 2020 election,” Sehremelis told me — a tall order, particularly when the big social networks are struggling to solve these same […]

 Anthony Ha

DoorDash expands with on-demand grocery delivery

DoorDash expands with on-demand grocery delivery

DoorDash is announcing that customers can now order groceries through the DoorDash app from partners including Smart & Final, Meijer and Fresh Thyme. Additional stores like Hy-vee and Gristedes/D’Agnostino are supposed to be added in the next few weeks. Through these partnerships, DoorDash says it has a delivery footprint covering 75 million Americans in markets […]

 Anthony Ha

Take-Two Interactive acquires Two Dots game developer for $192M

Take-Two Interactive acquires Two Dots game developer for $192M

Playdots — developer of the mobile games Dots, Two Dots and Dots & Co. — has reached an agreement to be acquired by publisher Take-Two Interactive. Take-Two will pay $192 million for the deal, $90 million in cash and the remaining $102 million in stock. Playdots was founded in 2014 by Paul Murphy and Patrick […]

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