This is from July and it completely flew past me. TechCrunch: This public spreadsheet lists Black founders who have raised VC, and the investors backing them. “Finding out how many Black founders have successfully raised venture capital, and which venture capital firms invested in their startups hasn’t been an easy task, historically. Venture capital data is often diceable by stage, say, or by startup type. But if you wanted to know how many Black founders a particular firm had invested into, that information has been hard to come by. Until now, that is.”
NDTV: 56 Indian Startups Get On Zoom Call To Fight Google, Facebook Dominance. “Founders of dozens of Indian startups gathered over a Zoom call earlier this week to discuss setting up a startup collective to fight the power of Big Tech, shape digital policy and lobby on behalf of the country’s digital enterprises. About 56 founders were on the Tuesday evening video conference where discussions ranged from establishing an alternative to Alphabet Inc.-owned Google Play Store, the supremacy of large technology corporations such as Facebook Inc. and joining hands to get their voice heard by the government and the global behemoths.”
Government News (Australia): Database links government with startups. “The database contains publicly sourced information on more than 2,000 Victorian startups as well as data on venture capitalists, local accelerators, workspaces and universities. The data can be searched by sector, location or investment, and features a tool to ‘match’ startups with investors.”
Houston Chronicle: Houston Exponential launches database to pull together the city’s tech community. “Houston Exponential [last] Thursday unveiled a new database that brings together details about the city’s nascent technology ecosystem, making it easy to find out details about startups, venture funding and accelerators.”
BBC: Coronavirus: The stress of leading a start-up through the pandemic. “Research from government and private funded growth platform Tech Nation and Dealroom suggests that two-thirds of UK start-ups expect revenues to drop by more than a quarter, almost half have frozen hiring, and two-fifths of companies believe they have less than 12 months of funds. The risk of investing during a crisis has led many investors to shy away or attempt to reduce the terms.”
EU Startups: Berlin-based Layer raises €5 million to build an innovative productivity platform for spreadsheets “Layer allows spreadsheet users to request data and input from colleagues and give granular access down to individual cells, improving collaboration and overall productivity. The web app can be used within seconds without any additional plugins or installations and sits on top of your existing Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets files.”
NoCamels: New Start-Up Nation Central Directory Lists Israeli Firms With Solutions For COVID-19. “Startup Nation Central (SNC), the Israeli non-profit organization that tracks the local innovation ecosystem, has launched a comprehensive, updated directory with over 70 Israeli high-tech companies that offer medical technology solutions in the fight against COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.”
OpenSource: LibreCorps mentors humanitarian startups on how to run the open source way. “Free and open source software are no longer workplace taboos, at least not in the same way they were fifteen years ago. Today, distributed collaboration platforms and tools empower people around the world to contribute code, documentation, design, leadership, and other skills to open source projects. But do newcomers actually have a deep understanding of free and open source software?”
TechAcute: New Work: Setting up an Internal-Only Instagram Account for Your Teams. “Instagram is incredibly successful and popular amongst all kind of demographics. It goes without saying that Instagram should be part of every organization’s social media portfolio for public communication and marketing, but what about internal comms? And what about clubs? NPOs? All the people out there that form teams and independent groups. This is not only interesting for companies.” What an interesting idea.
Ventureburn: Orange Digital Ventures Africa releases updated Africa Tech Ecosystem database. “On Monday (1 July), Orange Digital Ventures Africa — a corporate venture fund for early-stage investment — released an updated version of its Africa Tech Ecosystem database (opens as spreadsheet on Google Sheets) in a blog post on Medium.”
Elite Business: Data Commons for UK Tech is a new database dedicated to UK startups. “Currently, Data Commons for UK Tech holds information on 33,180 startups, 8,725 investors, 5,205 corporates and 231 accelerators as well as data on workspaces, service providers and universities. Moreover, the database features categories to make the search process easier, such as lists on female-led startups and potential future UK unicorns.” Looks like the information is at least partially free.
Louisville Business First: Want funding? New website with Louisville ties will show you the money. “Four Southeast organizations have collaborated to create a searchable database that aims to help entrepreneurs and investors find venture capital funding. Nashville, Tenn.-based ModernCapital, Tampa Bay, Fla.-based Embarc Collective, Launch Tennessee and HQ1 partnered to develop a growing list of capital resources in the Southeast that are actively investing in pre-seed to growth-stage startups across all industries.”
The Baltic Course: Estonian startup database launched . “The new database, which can be found on the website on Startup Estonia, lists over 400 startups with Estonian founders with their basic information, such as a short one line description of the main idea, industry tags, amount of investments raised and the development stage.”
Crain’s Detroit Business: New website tracks Michigan startup community. “The database website… is designed and licensed from Israel’s Start-Up Nation Central, a nonprofit dedicated to tracking more than 6,000 startups in Israel. The Michigan site launched Sunday with more than 330 startups, 25 investors and 28 service providers.”
TechCrunch: Golden unveils a Wikipedia alternative focused on emerging tech and startups. “Jude Gomila, who previously sold his mobile advertising company Heyzap to RNTS Media, is taking on a new challenge — building a “knowledge base” that can fill in Wikipedia’s blind spots, particularly when it comes to emerging technologies and startups. While Gomila is officially launching Golden today, it’s already full of content about things like the latest batch of Y Combinator startups and morphogenetic engineering. “