How Liquid Death Became Gen Z’s La Croix

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Thanks to social media and a sustainable ethos, Liquid Death has become the new drink of a generation.  Mike Cessario, Liquid Death’s co-founder and CEO, attributes much of the brand’s success to its marketing. “At the core of Liquid Death is that we’re a brand that wants to make really funny, entertaining stuff on the internet,” he says. Read more here.

KarmaCheck the one-stop-shop for Background Checks

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LinkedIn has 810 million users, yet a study found that 34% of the information on its site was fake. Eric Ly, a cofounder of KarmaCheck, wants to solve this with faster background checks. It raised $15 million in its Series A, led by Velvet Sea Ventures, and is now valued at $90 million. LinkedIn, a social network for professionals, has been successful at getting people to share their professional and educational history. But …

Tom Brady’s buzzy celebrity NFT startup Autograph banks $170M from Silicon Valley’s top crypto investors

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The startup tells TechCrunch it has closed a $170 million Series B round led by Andreessen Horowitz and Kleiner Perkins with participation from Katie Haun’s new fund and Lightspeed partner Nicole Quinn. This comes on the heels of a Series A round co-led by 01A and Velvet Sea Ventures that closed this past July. The raise adds three new members to the board, including Haun, a16z’s Arianna Simpson and Kleiner …

Liquid Death lands $75M more to expand the brand Liquid Death lands $75M more to expand the brand

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Liquid Death, a water brand that began life in 2018 with a funny video to first test the concept, has grown deadly serious about its growth prospects. The LA-based outfit, which sells canned mountain water from the Alps that will “murder your thirst,” has just landed $75 million in Series C funding led by the startup studio Science, which helped launch the company and now owns a “strong minority” position. (Says Science …

The biggest names in the DAO movement — from a16z to Mark Cuban, Peter Thiel and Chamath

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At The Business of Business, they decided to take a close look at DAOs. They compiled a list of the 50 biggest DAOs by market cap, as defined by the product of token prices and circulating supply. We were also able to determine a “who’s who” of interesting people getting involved in DAOs and the DAO movement. The list includes many familiar names in the Web3 movement, along with some …

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VCs pick the 5 most exciting space tech startups that have raised a combined $1.8 billion

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Outer space is increasingly crowded with both satellites and debris. When they collide, it can cause catastrophic damage to millions of dollars’ worth of equipment. California-based LeoLabs is creating radars to track satellites, space junk, and other objects in space for government agencies and other businesses. The company is an excellent example of how private industry has disrupted areas previously occupied by the government, said Anderson. Read more.

LeoLabs Partners with SpaceX for Rideshare Mission Support

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LeoLabs is pleased to announce that we will provide our Launch and Early Orbit tracking service to SpaceX’s customers as part of their SmallSat Rideshare Program.  Drawing on the success of providing this service to satellite operators on the Transporter-1 mission, LeoLabs will provide this support to users for the next six Transporter missions plus multiple smaller rideshares. Read more here.

Investors pour $9 million into SuperRare crypto art market

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Cryptocurrency mania re-gripped the world in 2020, and that bullish exuberance has spilled over into the so-called crypto art world—juiced, no doubt, by the digital artist Beeple’s recent stunning $69 million Christie’s auction. Between January and February, average artist sales on SuperRare skyrocketed to $10 million from $2 million. This month the figure is nearing $27 million. Read more.

Scopely raises $340 million at $3.3 billion valuation.

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Scopely raises $340 million at $3.3 billion valuation as mobile games thrive during pandemic Scopely, the publisher of games like Star Trek: Fleet Command and Marvel Strike Force, has raised $340 million to continue its mobile growth plans as players embrace games during the pandemic. The deal values Scopely at $3.3 billion (according to a source close to the matter), post-money, and it gives the company a war chest so …