South Korea Aims For Startup Gold

For the next ten days, the eyes of the world will be on the snowy slopes of Pyeongchang. Meanwhile, a couple of hours away in Seoul, a burgeoning startup scene is seeing investments multiply, generating exits, and even creating a unicorn or two.

February 15, 2018

DroneBase Raises $12M For Commercial Drone Ops

This morning DroneBase announced a fresh $12 million Series B, following its mid-2016, $6.8 million Series A. Prior investor USV co-led the round with Upfront Ventures, another previous investor in the Santa Monica-based drone operations business. Chinese drone company DJI took part in the Series B as well. The drone manufacturer has invested multiple times in the startup.

February 15, 2018

A Peek Inside Alphabet’s Investing Universe

Unless you’re a venture capitalist, an entrepreneur, or a slightly obsessive technology journalist, you may not know that Google—or, more properly, Alphabet, the corporate parent to the search and Internet ad giant—is also in the business of investing in startups. And, like most of what Google does, Alphabet invests at scale.

February 14, 2018