A look inside the Skopje startup scene

 On Wednesday I had the unique pleasure of hanging out with a bunch of Macedonian startup founders and was very impressed. The Balkans have long been a promising spot for startups – the cost of living is low and the talent level is high – and this visit was unique in that everyone was fully prepared to pitch on a global scale. The winners of the pitch-off were Letz, a cool chatbot… Read More

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Will Spotify go public without an IPO?

 The Wall Street Journal wrote a story that Spotify is “seriously considering” joining the stock market without an IPO. The news was also reported by Mergermarket. The idea would be to go public without the fundraising event, instead employees and venture capitalists would sell their shares to investors directly. We are hearing that the plans have not been finalized, but Spotify… Read More

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Meniga helps incumbent banks keep fintech fear at bay

 A VC once told me that fear was the best sales tool ever invented. That was in reference to the hockey stick growth his cybersecurity startup was seeing, thanks to a raft of stories in the media regarding high profile cases of companies being hacked. But might the same be said of banks and the pending threat of fintech? Arguably, they have much to fear. Read More

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Google’s fact check feature goes global and comes to Google Search

 We live in the age of fake news — both the really fake news that’s simply fake and the kind of news that some people like to call “fake” only because they don’t like hard facts. Over the last few months, Google started working with fact-checking groups to include links to their posts in Google News’ story clusters. Starting today, fact check is available… Read More

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Crunch Report | Jeff Bezos Sells $1B in Amazon Stock Annually to Fund Blue Origin

The Kriesel high-performance electric converted Porsche, Jeff Bezos sells $1 billion in stock annually to fund Blue Origin, Hyperloop One completes Vegas test track and 23andMe can now let you know if you have the genes for Parkinson’s. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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Trump plans to nominate Lyft’s Derek Kan to transportation department

 President Donald Trump is expected to nominate Lyft General Manager Derek Kan as under secretary of transportation for policy, Reuters reports. Kan also serves on the board of directors at Amtrak and previously worked as policy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who just so happens to be married to Transportation Secretary Elaine Cho. “Derek is a valued member of our… Read More

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