Virtual Reality at the gym—fly and dive your way to fitness

Johannes Scholl’s startup, Munich-based Icaros GmbH, has developed a VR exercise machine that delivers a core workout by making it seem like users are flying and deep-ocean diving. About 200 gyms and entertainment centers from London to Tokyo have installed the $10,000 Continue reading Virtual Reality at the gym—fly and dive your way to fitness

Chamath Palihapitiya leads $10 million investment in Groq—Google AI spinout

Some key creators of and internal Google AI  project — the Tensor Processing Unit, or TPU — recently left to team up with Chamath Palihapitiya, of Palo Alto-based Social Capital, to create. Groq now has eight of the first 10 people Continue reading Chamath Palihapitiya leads $10 million investment in Groq—Google AI spinout

Hooked got 10 million teens to read fiction on their phones

By Prerna Gupta, Founder & CEO @ Hooked Hooked’s Aha Moment We started initially by testing comic-book inspired ideas. We thought that if we told more of the story through images, teens might find reading more engaging. We tested many iterations, but nothing Continue reading Hooked got 10 million teens to read fiction on their phones

Midas 2017: Forbes anoints their “100 Best Venture Capitalists In The World”

Forbes announced its 2017 Midas list of the 100 best venture capitalists in the world today. With hundreds of funds considered across even more partners and thousands of deals, it’s nev #1           Jim Goetz, Sequoia Continue reading Midas 2017: Forbes anoints their “100 Best Venture Capitalists In The World”

As AppDynamics and MuleSoft hit big, investments pour into enterprise startups at record rate

Following 4 straight quarters of decreasing investment, investors poured a record-breaking $5 billion dollars into enterprise technology startups in the first quarter of 2017 alone – a nearly 80 percent increase from the previous quarter – across a record number Continue reading As AppDynamics and MuleSoft hit big, investments pour into enterprise startups at record rate

“25 years before self-driving cars take off in America” says early Uber investor Bill Gurley

  Venture capitalist Bill Gurley thinks it will be more than 25 years before themajority of rides in any major American city are performed by autonomousvehicles with no steering wheel. “We have created a society where you can sue anybody Continue reading “25 years before self-driving cars take off in America” says early Uber investor Bill Gurley

Introducing the Alchemist Global Top 250 Private Company competition

The Alchemist editorial team and advisory board, along with our partners at Sunrise [Silicon Valley], are pleased to announce the kick-off of our first annual Global Top 250 private company competition. In our search for the Global Top 250, our editors Continue reading Introducing the Alchemist Global Top 250 Private Company competition

VC thought leader Mike Kwatinetz reviews his top predictions for 2016

Mike Kwatinetz says he has been very lucky to have a history of correctly predicting trends, especially in identifying stocks that would outperform.  Mike says he is lucky because even assuming one gets the analysis right, the prediction can still be Continue reading VC thought leader Mike Kwatinetz reviews his top predictions for 2016

Nuna—Kleiner funded startup builds “historic” Medicaid database

Introducing former Googler Jini Kim’s San Francisco start-up, Nuna, that has worked with the federal government to build a cloud-computing database of the nation’s 74 million Medicaid patients and their treatment. Andrew M. Slavitt, acting director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, described the Continue reading Nuna—Kleiner funded startup builds “historic” Medicaid database