FoundersGrid Weekly News Round Up, 29th March 2019

What the year of the tech unicorns means for the bull market
Last year was a banner year for IPOs, and it looks like 2019 could be bringing more of the same – but many believe that the coming Uber IPO could be the high water point for public offerings in the near future.

Movement first – how to scale content without sacrificing quality
Credibility is often critical to growth, but it can be difficult to establish quickly. This is where great content marketing comes in. This piece provides some actionable “movement-first” strategies for scaling content that provides serious reach.

Inside Meituan’s sprawling food delivery empire
Meituan is one of China’s fastest-growing startups, and it’s expanding into seemingly every industry under the sun – from food delivery to logistics and mobile payments.

Here’s how Joe Rogan’s podcast became an essential platform for freethinkers
Joe Rogan’s podcast is legendary for its long roster of high-profile guests, as well as its freethinking-friendly format. This is the story of how the podcast grew from a niche program into an industry behemoth.

Naval on the importance of learning domain-specific knowledge in the startup context
Domain-specific knowledge is often critical to growing a startup, and in this podcast, Naval explains how to develop this type of specific knowledge and leverage it for future opportunities.

Marketplaces, Pietra, and the network effects of Next Startup Talent
Andreessen Horowitz is making a seed investment in online jewelry marketplace Pietra, which is run by ex-Uber executives who are illustrative of Silicon Valley’s network effect.

Related Companies, the developer behind the $25 billion Hudson Yards, is going after Amazon
At its core, Related Companies is a real-estate developer. But it’s now diversifying into industries like logistics and e-commerce in a bad to challenge Amazon’s dominance.

DeepMind and Google: the battle to control artificial intelligence
DeepMind and Google are two of the most innovative AI businesses on the planet, and their R&D efforts have brought the two into a direct competition over what could determine the future of the internet.

DIY Career Development for Startups
This is a great guide for professionals new to the startup world on how to take control of one’s career path in a rapidly-changing environment and establish a career track that will have maximum impact.

What’s behind McDonald’s acquisition of AI startup Dynamic Yield?
This week, McDonald’s made waves when it announced its $300M acquisition of Israeli AI startup Dynamic Yield. Behind the acquisition is a desire to capture more data about the customer experience, and introduce dynamically updating menus.


  • Airwallex has just raised $100M in funding.  Link
  • Investment platform Ellevest has just raised $33M in funding.  Link
  • YC is launching interviews for its Summer 2019 batch in Bangalore on May 7-9.  Link
  • This global directory is aimed at connecting women in venture capital.  Link
  • Here are a bunch of free startup tools from Bitrix24.  Link
  • Microsoft is giving away more than 500 patents to startups.  Link
  • Meet ProductHunt Tab, a new way to organize your work virtually.  Link
  • These are the 10 AI startups hiring the most right now.  Link
  • Here’s how Nuro plans to spend Softbank’s money after its latest funding round.  Link
  • Kong has just raised $43M in Series C funding.  Link


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