TechCrunch: You raises $25M to fuel its AI-powered search engine

TechCrunch: You raises $25M to fuel its AI-powered search engine. “There’s a growing appetite for alternative search engines. At least, that’s the crux of the argument Richard Socher, the former chief scientist at Salesforce, likes to make. In 2020, Socher co-founded You, a search engine that uses AI to understand search queries, rank the results and parse the queries into different languages (including programming languages).”

University of Arkansas: Walton College Releases Inaugural Arkansas Capital Scan

University of Arkansas: Walton College Releases Inaugural Arkansas Capital Scan. “Modeled after a similar report published each year by the University of Oregon, the Oregon Capital Scan, the 2020 Arkansas Capital Scan covers the flow of capital to early-stage companies located in the state of Arkansas during a single calendar year. The report overviews angel and venture capital investments, crowdfunding, grants from governmental and philanthropic bodies, and loans from banks and credit unions. It also provides an analysis of other activities influencing the development of the entrepreneurial sector in the state, such as the proliferation of Entrepreneurship Support Organizations (ESOs) and patent filing trends.”

Bank of America: Announcing the Bank of America Access to Capital Directory for Women Entrepreneurs

Bank of America: Announcing the Bank of America Access to Capital Directory for Women Entrepreneurs. “Today, during National Women’s Small Business Month, Bank of America, in partnership with Seneca Women, announced the launch of the Bank of America Access to Capital Directory. This first-of-its-kind platform is a resource to help educate women-owned businesses in the U.S. on navigating the capital landscape and identifying potential sources of funding, such as equity, debt and grant capital.”

TechCrunch: Felt raised $4.5 million to get you to ‘think in maps’

TechCrunch: Felt raised $4.5 million to get you to ‘think in maps’. “Felt is a collaborative software company that wants to make it easier for people to build maps on the internet. It announced today that it has raised $4.5 million led by Bain Capital Ventures, with participation from Designer Fund, Allison Pickens, Akshay Kothari (COO of Notion), Dylan Field (CEO of Figma) John Lily (former CEO of Firefox), Julia and Kevin Hartz, and Keval Desai.”

dot LA: Venture Cash Is Pouring Into AI that Can Diagnose Diseases. Doctors Aren’t Sure They Can Trust It.

dot LA: Venture Cash Is Pouring Into AI that Can Diagnose Diseases. Doctors Aren’t Sure They Can Trust It.. “Beyond its most promising attributes, AI-driven technology could also dramatically decrease wait times at hospitals and doctors’ offices by automating some of the most tedious work, allowing doctors to see and treat more patients. But critics of the unregulated technology say results can be inconsistent.”

PR Newswire: Clean Energy Ventures Launches Open Access Tool to Identify the Climate Technologies Worth Investor Attention (PRESS RELEASE)

PRNewswire: Clean Energy Ventures Launches Open Access Tool to Identify the Climate Technologies Worth Investor Attention (PRESS RELEASE). “Clean Energy Ventures announced today the launch of an open-access calculator to estimate a climate tech innovation’s potential impact on climate change. The Simple Emissions Reduction Calculator (SERC), which Clean Energy Ventures developed to help evaluate climate tech startups seeking funding, will be used by partners including Cleantech Open, Cleantech Scandinavia, and by any climate tech startups that are looking to validate their carbon emissions reduction potential.”

Tech EU: OpenVC launches to help entrepreneurs cold email VCs – the right way

Tech EU: OpenVC launches to help entrepreneurs cold email VCs – the right way. “There are more (aspiring) entrepreneurs looking to raise funding from investors than there are VCs, which makes for interesting dynamics. One thing that has worked well for founders in the past has always been so-called ‘warm introductions’, as busy investors getting referrals from trusted sources tends to cut through the noise. Things change, though, and a new open-source initiative called OpenVC wants to get out ahead of the curve by offering an online platform where VCs can display their investment criteria – things like preferred geography, technology stack, sector, stage, check size, etc.”

Pro Bono Australia: Free database shows impact venture capital funds around the world

Pro Bono Australia: Free database shows impact venture capital funds around the world. “An open source database of the world’s impact venture capital funds has been created, hoping to help grow Australia’s impact startup ecosystem by connecting impact founders with investors…. More than 480 active funds have been identified so far by reviewing data sources such as Pitchbook and Crunchbase.” I had never heard of impact investing. Investopedia to the rescue!

TechCrunch: This public spreadsheet lists Black founders who have raised VC, and the investors backing them

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.”

TechCrunch: Venture capitalists ‘like and subscribe’ to influencers

TechCrunch: Venture capitalists ‘like and subscribe’ to influencers. “Tech entrepreneurs, quick to pounce on any emerging economy, have also begun building services for creators and influencers from marketplaces that connect individuals with brands, financial solutions that help capitalize burgeoning influencer-led businesses, tailored monetization platforms and even a ‘LinkedIn for Influencers’ intended to foster connections between influencers and brands.”

Louisville Business First: Want funding? New website with Louisville ties will show you the money

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.”

Inc.: What You Need to Know About the Women in VC Directory

Inc.: What You Need to Know About the Women in VC Directory. “You already know women are few and far between in the venture capital world. Sutian Dong and Jessica Peltz-Zatulove want to change that. On Monday, the venture capital investors officially introduced their Global Women in VC Directory, an online database of nearly 1,000 women investors, which Dong and Peltz-Zatulove hope will help encourage more women investors to enter the field and grow within it.”