A curated list of the top stories in technology, startups, and venture capital.
Welcome back to this week’s edition of Startup Digest Reading List, a curated list of the top stories in technology, startups, and venture capital.
2021 is not looking any less volatile than 2020 so far, but let’s hope we can return back to some normalcy this year.
On this note, my two partners at Race Capital - Alfred Chuang (Founder of BEA systems, early seed investor of Slack/Databricks) and Edith Yeung (former GP at 500 Startups, early seed investor at Agora (NASDAQ:API) and Solana - are doing a fireside chat about the investment landscape for 2021 especially for LP’s and capital allocators.
The Techstars Sustainability Challenge is an equity-free challenge that brings together founders with industry leaders in sustainability. Top Supply Chain solutions in the areas of Data & Automation and Materials & End-of-life Impact will have access to potential commercial opportunities with our corporate partners. We are looking for proven technologies that are able to be pilotable in 2021. Applications are now open and close March 1, 2021.
Big Tech News Last Week
After the riots on January 6th on the U.S. Capitol, tech companies have started retaliating; including Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit banning Trump and Apple & Amazon kicking off Parler from their services.
At the same time, privacy-centric messenger app Signal was boosted to #1 on the App Store. Here’s an AMA the team did 3 days ago.
The SolarWinds security hack (across every major branch of government, and every big tech company) was bad, but even worse parts are coming to light including sealed US court records being compromised.
Deep Dive Posts
Where does the economic value from SPAC’s come from? Matt Levine, one of the best writers on fintech, dives into the mechanics of how SPAC’s work.
Dan Hockenmaier (former director of growth at Thumbtack) lays out the future of marketplaces including the various categories marketplaces fall into and important variables that comprise each type.
SoFi is going public via a SPAC and Jason Mikula reviews their IPO slidedeck with commentary on their business. TLDR: SoFi is primarily an unsecured lending business (personal and student loan refi).
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