Business of Fashion, Pietra // Aug 21, 2019
Pietra connects a global network of independent jewellers with shoppers looking for custom pieces. Its investors include Robert Downey Jr., Will Smith and venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.
Variety, Sandbox VR // July 31, 2019
San Francisco-based virtual reality startup Sandbox VR has teamed up with CBS Interactive to launch a new “Star Trek” virtual reality (VR) experience this fall. “Star Trek: Discovery Away Mission” will allow up to 6 friends to enter the world of the series, complete with phasers and tricoders, and a holodeck to boot.
Esports Observer, Gen-G // July 27, 2019
Meta Threads will produce Gen.G-branded gaming apparel, beginning with the Gen.G 2019 Pro Jersey, which is available now. Although Gen.G also has a presence in South Korea and China due to teams in those countries, this deal is specifically focused on the North American market.
Nikkei Asian Review, Dreamers Fund // July 26, 2019
Japanese soccer star's fund bets on Elon Musk startups. Venture with Will Smith invests in mind-machine links and superfast transit.
VentureBeat, Gen-G Training Facility // July 25, 2019
Gen.G Esports has completed a 13,000-square-feet training facility for its esports teams in Los Angeles. The facility will be key for the fledgling esports organization in its attempt to rise to the top of the competitive food chain.
Tech in Asia, SandboxVR // July 22, 2019
How Hong Kong startup Sandbox VR built hyperrealistic virtual reality games.
Pulse, NODE // July 16, 2019
Artificial Intuition company Node — the first turnkey AI-as-a-service platform focused on powering predictable business outcomes —announced that it raised $16 million in a round of funding.
Fast Company, NEX // July 11, 2019
The NBA just invested in this hot AI startup to train and find its next crop of global superstars. The app, backed by the likes of Steve Nash, Jeremy Lin, and Joe Harris, as well as Alibaba, Mark Cuban, and more, just got drafted to the pros.
Press Release, NODE // Jul 11, 2019
Node unveils its invention of Artificial Intuition, democratizing the world’s most advanced automated machine learning technology. Node’s new platform uses cutting edge AI to enable businesses to rapidly deploy and scale product features that allow their customers to drive transformational outcomes across sales, marketing, recruiting, investing, and more.
Forbes, BOLT // Jul 9, 2019
Checkout Startup Bolt Raises $68 Million to Help Smaller Retailers Take On Amazon
PopSugar, CubCoats Amazon Prime Day // Jul 8, 2019
In honor of Prime Day, CubCoats are now available on Amazon, and they've got four new creatures made specifically for the impending shopping extravaganza. You don't have to wait until Prime Day starts on July 15 to shop these adorable toys — they're ready for you right now! Happy shopping.
Amazon Prime Day, JUST Water and CubCoats // Jul 2, 2019
This Prime Day, Amazon is collaborating with popular actors, musicians and artists to introduce new and exclusive products to members and deliver outstanding deals on their beloved products.
The Hollywood Reporter, Boba Guys at ArcLight // Jun 26, 2019
ArcLight Cinemas will pay homage to its classic caramel corn with its "Summer of Caramel Corn" celebration, complete with caramel corn-inspired culinary works from three different Los Angeles food vendors, an art installation and pop-ups nationwide.
Press Release, Genome Medical // Jun 11, 2019
Genome Medical, a leading nationwide telegenomics company providing genomic-based medicine, today announced that it has raised $23 million in Series B financing to accelerate the development of its technology and medical services which support patients, physicians and healthcare systems in all 50 states.
Spectrum, Boba Guys // May 30, 2019
Boba Guys uses small business to bridge cultures.
Yahoo Finance, Beam Therapeutics // May 30, 2019
Under the terms of its agreement with Beam, Bio Palette is granting Beam an exclusive license to develop Bio Palette’s intellectual property in the field of human therapeutics, with the exception of rights to microbiome related therapeutics in Asia, which are retained by Bio Palette. In addition, Beam is granting Bio Palette an exclusive license to IP from its foundational license agreements to develop microbiome-related therapeutics in Asia. In order to strengthen the competitive position of both Parties, the Parties intend to work together to leverage Bio Palette’s experience and expertise in Japan. Bio Palette agrees to assist Beam in developing relationships in Japan, and to advise on Beam’s business development strategy in Japan.
VentureBeat, Sandbox VR // May 20, 2019
The Venture Reality Fund said it is tracking over 550 companies on the virtual reality landscape. The major growth areas for investment in VR were gaming, location-based entertainment (LBE), next-generation reality capture, enterprise, and health care.
Food & Wine, Boba Guys // May 20, 2019
Historic Filipinotown Is L.A.’s Next Great Dining Neighborhood. These aren’t the only places you should visit here, but they’re the Asian-American-owned businesses that recently created a map of the area, a 2.1-square-mile neighborhood near downtown, Silver Lake, Echo Park, and Koreatown. On that map are Woon, Valerie Confections, Tactile Coffee, Genever, Porridges + Puffs, Doubting Thomas, HiFi Kitchen, Boba Guys, and The Park’s Finest.
Press Release, SPARK Neuro // May 16, 2019
Following two years of rapid growth, the leading neuroanalytics startup now has unparalleled technology, resources and talent, outpacing its competitors in advanced audience engagement research
Nicole Gaudelli, Top 10 Under 40 // May 6, 2019
Senior Scientist II, Head of DNA Editing Platform at Beam Therapeutics, nominated for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News award. Gaudelli’s research opened a new frontier in gene editing: the broad expansion in potential therapeutic utility of a new class of genetic medicines, base editors. That work was recognized with a first authorship publication in Nature in 2017, and is part of the scientific foundation of Beam Therapeutics, a startup launched last year.
NY Mag, Tonal // May 2, 2019
I Tried the New ‘Smart’ Fitness Machines (and Mirror) to Find Out What’s Worth It. TL; DR: Tonal is probably the best at-home “smart” option for resistance training, Tonal will definitely make you stronger if you stick to the workouts. It’s like having a trainer keeping tabs on you.
BEAM Therapeutics // Apr 30, 2019
Preclinical data from Beam Therapeutics' base editing platform demonstrate how technology could open new treatment options for patients with cancer and other immune-mediated diseases who might benefit from advanced cellular therapies requiring a large number of simultaneous edits.
Global Warming, SPARK Neuro // April 29, 2019
SPARK Neuro measures brain activity and sweaty palms to gauge people’s emotional reactions and attention to stimuli. The company is backed by a wildly diverse range of investors, including Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal and famous libertarian, and Will Smith, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Netflix, NBC, and Paramount have used its services to gauge interest in ads and movie trailers. And now SPARK Neuro is turning its attention to climate change.
NEA, The Well // Apr 22, 2019
NEA Makes a Land Grab in Booming Wellness Marketplace. In its latest foray into health and well-being, the firm is leading a $14 million bet on the Well, a spa-like health club that features alternative medicine, fitness and meditation.
Bloomberg, Gen.G // Apr 17, 2019
Actor Will Smith and Japanese soccer legend Keisuke Honda are among the new investors in esports franchise Gen.G, which announced a new $46 million round of financing. Smith and Honda’s Dreamers Fund, a investment vehicle they launched last year, are joined by Los Angeles Clippers minority owner Dennis Wong and Michael Zeisser, former chairman of U.S. investments at Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.
ESPN, Gen.G // Apr 17, 2019
Gen.G, a multigame esports organization and parent company of the Overwatch League's Seoul Dynasty, have raised $46 million in funding, featuring investment from Will Smith and Los Angeles Clippers minority owner Dennis Wong.
Fast Company, Tonal // Apr 4, 2019
The next Peloton? Connected fitness startup Tonal raises $90M to date. With new capital, Tonal plans to further invest in its supply chain, distribution, and AI talent as well as beef up new content modalities.
Forbes, The Well // Mar 31, 2019
According to CEO, Rebecca Parekh, THE WELL is founded on the idea that a wellness experience should be is a holistic ecosystem that delivers bespoke treatments from trusted world-class practitioners in beautifully designed spaces.
PIETRA // Mar 27, 2019
Announcing a marketplace that connects the world’s best jewelers and jewelry designers with people looking to create their own custom fine jewelry. Our founding team combines the brightest minds in technology — leaders from Uber, Google, and Microsoft — with forward-thinking executives from iconic fashion companies to push the $200B+ diamond and fine jewelry industry into the digital era.
FLOCKJAY, Tech Crunch // Mar 19, 2019
The top 10 startups from Y Combinator W19 Demo Day 1.
Andrew Chen, A16Z on Pietra // Mar 27, 2019
Marketplaces, Pietra, and the Network Effects of Next Startup Talent.
NEVY Awards // Mar 27, 2019
The New England Venture Capital Association is hosting its seventh annual NEVY Awards which recognize and celebrate New England’s top innovators and companies. Devoted Health is nominated for Healthcare IT Startup of the Year, BEAM Therapeutics is nominated for Revolutionary New Therapeutic or Platform Startup.
BEAM Therapeutics // Mar 6, 2019
Gene editing upstart backed by Broad star Feng Zhang nabs $135M, blueprinting a platform biotech for the long haul.
Devoted Health Slide Deck, Business Insider // Feb 10, 2019
We got a look at the slide deck that startup Devoted Health used to hit a $1.8 billion valuation.
SparkNeuro, Super Bowl Advertising // Feb 1, 2019
“Every 30 seconds of air time is five and a half million dollars,” Spencer Gerrol, founder and CEO of SPARK Neuro, said, “You don’t have time to waste a single second.”
BobaGuys Filipninotown // Jan 1, 2019
SF’s Popular Boba Guys Drop Surprise Second Shop in Historic Filipinotown. The new space is an extension of Rideback Ranch, a buzzy production company campus on Beverly that’s helmed by Dan Lin.
Tech Crunch, Oura Ring // Dec 3, 2018
Oura Health, a sleep-tracking and sleep-improvement platform, just surpassed $20 million* in a funding round led by MSD Capital with participation from YouTube co-founder Steve Chen, Twitch co-founder Kevin Lin, Sunrise founder Dave Morin, JUMP founder Ryan Rzepecki and others.
Fast Company, Cubcoats // Nov 2, 2018
It’s a $40 stuffed animal that magically unzips to become a hoodie sweater. But it’s become something of a viral sensation among kids and their parents. The company could make up to $10 million in sales in 2018 at its current growth rate. This amazing growth trajectory has helped Cubcoats’ founders, Zac Park and Spencer Markel, land $4.85 million in seed investment from a range of well-known investors.
Tech Crunch, Cubcoats // Nov 1, 2018
Peak Theory, launched by longtime friends Zac Park (who’s 29) and 35-year-old Spencer Markel, is the company behind Cubcoats, a hoodie that transforms into a stuffed animal.
Forbes, Spark Neuro // Oct 22, 2018
Rewiring Storytelling: Neuroanalytic brand boosting from the startup that predicted the Trump win.
Prince Harry, Oura Ring // Oct 19, 2018
Everything you need to know about Prince Harry’s sleep tracker fitness ring.
Game Closure, PocketGamer // Oct 16, 2018
At this year’s Tokyo Game Show, LINE Corporation officially launched a new in-app gaming platform: LINE QUICK GAME. Offering popular Game Closure games, the LINE QUICK GAME platform allows users to play with their friends without downloading or installing any additional applications.
Tech Crunch, Devoted Health // Oct 16, 2018
Devoted Health, a Waltham, Mass.-based insurance startup, has raised a $300 million Series B and is enrolling to its Medicare Advantage plan members in eight Florida counties.
Business Insider, Devoted Health // Oct 16, 2018
A startup that wants to reinvent the way we take care of seniors in America just raised hundreds of millions as it gears up to launch its new plans in 2019.
Forbes Japan // Sept 26. 2018
Forbes, Spark Neuro // Aug 29, 2018
Neuroscientists spent five years to create an algorithm that can help you be more persuasive.
Spark Neuro Raise // Aug 8, 2018
Spark Neuro raises $13.5mm to measure your emotional response to ads and movies.
Oura Ring Raise // July 22, 2018
Finnish HealthTech startup Oura Health raises additional €5 million to help more people to sleep better.
Hollywood Reporter // July 18, 2018
Will Smith is teaming up with Japan's World Cup soccer star Keisuke Honda to launch an investment fund this month, with the aim of raising $100 million of Japanese money and investing in U.S. startups.
Nikkei Asian Review // July 18, 2018
Japanese soccer player Keisuke Honda is launching a venture fund with American movie star Will Smith this month, aiming to raise about $100 million from Japanese investors seeking inroads in budding U.S. startups.