Startups Weekly: Will Trump ruin the unicorn IPOs of our dreams?

The government shutdown entered its 21st day on Friday, upping concerns of potentially long-lasting impacts on the U.S. stock market. Private market investors around the country applauded when Uber finally filed documents with the SEC to go public. Others were giddy to hear Lyft, Pinterest, Postmates and Slack (via a direct listing, according to the latest reports) … Read moreStartups Weekly: Will Trump ruin the unicorn IPOs of our dreams?

My product launch wishlist for Instagram, Twitter, Uber and more

‘Twas the night before Xmas, and all through the house, not a feature was stirring from the designer’s mouse . . . Not Twitter! Not Uber, Not Apple or Pinterest! On Facebook! On Snapchat! On Lyft or on Insta! . . . From the sidelines I ask you to flex your code’s might. Happy Xmas … Read moreMy product launch wishlist for Instagram, Twitter, Uber and more

5 unicorns that will probably go public in 2019 (besides Uber and Lyft)

There’s been plenty of fanfare surrounding Uber and Lyft’s initial public offerings — slated for early 2019 — since the two companies filed confidential IPO paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in early December. On top of that, public and private investors have had plenty to say about Slack and Pinterest’s rumored 2019 IPOs. … Read more5 unicorns that will probably go public in 2019 (besides Uber and Lyft)

Senate report details Russia’s online meddling in 2016 election

The report unsurprisingly notes that internet companies had a “belated and uncoordinated” response to Russia’s meddling campaign, in some cases pulling accounts, offering tools and launching war rooms well after the election was over. However, the investigators also blasted firms for providing incomplete or difficult-to-study data. Facebook gave the Senate info on some Russia-linked accounts … Read moreSenate report details Russia’s online meddling in 2016 election

Distinguished VCs back wholesale marketplace Faire with $100M at a $535M valuation

A slew of venture capitalists known for high-profile exits — Kirsten Green of Forerunner Ventures, Keith Rabois of Khosla Ventures, Alfred Lin of Sequoia Capital and Alex Taussig of Lightspeed Venture Partners — have invested in Faire (formerly known as Indigo Fair), a 2-year-old wholesale marketplace for artisanal products. A quick glance at Faire suggests it’s … Read moreDistinguished VCs back wholesale marketplace Faire with $100M at a $535M valuation

Mogu’s long journey: From rejecting Alibaba’s advances to US IPO

Mogu, a Tencent-backed service that offers fashion content and products to young women, has joined a string of Chinese tech companies pressing ahead to sell their shares through initial public offerings in the US before the year-end. Mogu priced its sale at $14 per share on Wednesday, toward the lower end of a marketed range. … Read moreMogu’s long journey: From rejecting Alibaba’s advances to US IPO

Village Global’s accelerator introduces founders to Bill Gates, Reid Hoffman, Eric Schmidt and more

Village Global is leveraging its network of tech luminaries to support the next generation of entrepreneurs. The $100 million early-stage venture capital firm, which counts as limited partners (LPs) Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman and many other high-profile techies, quietly announced on Friday that the accelerator it piloted … Read moreVillage Global’s accelerator introduces founders to Bill Gates, Reid Hoffman, Eric Schmidt and more

Pinterest is turning more of its window shoppers into buyers with newest features

Visual search engine Pinterest is rolling out new features this morning that will make it easier for people to purchase the products on its platform. The $12 billion company, which has 250 million monthly active users, has rebuilt the infrastructure behind its product pins with a goal of making the mobile app and website more “shoppable,” per … Read morePinterest is turning more of its window shoppers into buyers with newest features

Make This Popular Pot Roast in Your Instant Pot

Photo: Claire Lower A few years ago, the “Mississippi roast” became popular. Being both from Mississippi and a big fan of pot roast, I was intrigued, because I wasn’t aware that we—as a state—had an official roast. I asked my mother, my father, my roast-making grandmother, and a couple of aunts if they had heard … Read moreMake This Popular Pot Roast in Your Instant Pot