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What makes Checkout.com different from Stripe

What makes Checkout.com different from Stripe While Checkout.com has kept a low profile for many years, the company raised $380 million within a year and reached an impressive valuation of $5.5 billion. It wants to build a one-stop shop for all things related to payments, such as accepting transactions, processing them and detecting fraud. You […]

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A conversation with Tunde Kehinde of Lidya on finance and the digital divide

A conversation with Tunde Kehinde of Lidya on finance and the digital divide Small and medium businesses have been some of the hardest hit in the Covid-19 pandemic. And all that has been as true in emerging markets as it has been for SMBs in the developed world. Tunde Kehinde has had a front-row seat witnessing […]

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Blume Ventures’ Karthik Reddy on Indian startup ecosystem, geo-political tension with China and coronavirus

Blume Ventures’ Karthik Reddy on Indian startup ecosystem, geo-political tension with China and coronavirus Despite the coronavirus outbreak, which has slowed down deal-making across the world, dozens of startups in India have raised considerable amounts in recent months. Unacademy, which raised $110 million in February, closed a new round of $150 million this month. These […]

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Facebook addresses political controversy in India, monetization opportunities, startup investments

Facebook addresses political controversy in India, monetization opportunities, startup investments At the beginning of the previous decade, Facebook had a tiny presence in India. It had just started to slowly expand its team in the country and was inking deals with telecom operators to make access to its service free to users and even offer […]

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Mette Lykke on food waste and building a big startup on a big idea

Mette Lykke on food waste and building a big startup on a big idea Food has been an ever-present touchpoint in the world of startups, and I don’t mean the free catered lunches, or expansive canteens that you get in bigger places, to keep startup workers sustained but also focused on building, without leaving the […]

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Indian decacorn Byju’s CEO talks about future acquisitions, coronavirus, and international expansion

Indian decacorn Byju’s CEO talks about future acquisitions, coronavirus, and international expansion Since India enforced a lockdown across the country in late March, shutting schools and other public places, Bangalore-headquartered startup Byju’s has emerged as one of the quintessential platforms for school-going students in the world’s second largest internet market. It took the startup about […]

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Satellite Vu aims to scope out the whole globe with thermal vision

Satellite Vu aims to scope out the whole globe with thermal vision Earth observation has grown from government-run missions to a crucial everyday business tool, but it still has room to grow. Specifically, into the thermal infrared spectrum, if startup Satellite Vu gets itself into orbit. The company plans to be able to monitor the […]

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A must-see conversation on the state of VC, this year at Disrupt

A must-see conversation on the state of VC, this year at Disrupt On a surface level, the world of venture capital doesn’t look to change much year to year. But in truth, the industry is very much in flux, with many firms grappling with a lack of diversity, dealing with succession questions, and confronting a […]

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Coursera and Insitro founder Daphne Koller is coming to Disrupt 2020

Coursera and Insitro founder Daphne Koller is coming to Disrupt 2020 Years after Daphne Koller left academia to pursue its reinvention with Coursera, circumstances have conspired to return her to a passion left by the wayside. Big data, machine learning and biology are suddenly in syzygy and Koller is intent on making the most of […]

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Everylwell gains first FDA authorization for a standalone at-home COVID-19 test sample collection kit

Everylwell gains first FDA authorization for a standalone at-home COVID-19 test sample collection kit Everlywell was one of the first startups to announce that it was working on a self-administered, at-home COVID-19 diagnostic kit, but it initially sought out to ship kits before regulators made clear that this was not in line with its guidelines. […]

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