November 19, 2019 News Magazine

Month: September 2019


Monthly enlists experts and celebrities to teach 30-day online classes

September 30, 2019

September 30, 2019

You may know Max Deutsch from Month to Master, his yearlong self-improvement program where he tried to master one “expert-level” skill each month — such as solving a Rubik’s Cube in 20 seconds, holding a 30-minute conversation in a foreign language and even challenging world champion Magnus Carlsen to a game of chess (Deustch lost). Now, Deustch and his co-founder Valentin Perez are launching Monthly, which Deustch told me is designed to “leverage technology to help scale this kind of learning to many more people.” Specifically, Monthly offers 30-day classes taught by experts and celebrities — the instructors often have hundreds of thousands or millions of YouTube subscribers. For example, Andrew Huang is teaching a class on music production, Daria Callie is teaching a class on realistic portrait painting and Stevie Mackey is teaching a class on singing. When you enroll in a class, you’ll be assigned a different task every day; you might watch an instructional video one day, and the..

Monthly enlists experts and celebrities to teach 30-day online classes

September 30, 2019

September 30, 2019

You may know Max Deutsch from Month to Master, his yearlong self-improvement program where he tried to master one “expert-level”...

Twitter launches its anti-abuse filter for Direct Messages

September 30, 2019

September 30, 2019

Twitter is rolling out its spam and abuse filter for Direct Messages, a month and a half after the company...

Upstart banking company Dave is now worth $1 billion, as Norwest puts in $50 million

September 30, 2019

September 30, 2019

Two years after the Los Angeles-based fintech startup Dave launched with a suite of money management tools to save consumers from overdraft fees, the company is now worth $1 billion thanks to a nascent banking practice that had investors lining up. The company used its overdraft protection service and money management display to shift customers’ focus away from the total balance that their account would show by giving them a sense of how much was actually left in their accounts once debits were included in their statements. “What was cool about our financial management product was that we were trying to use Dave as a replacement for their current bank,” says Jason Wilk, Dave’s co-founder and chief executive. Dave now counts over 4 million users for its financial management app and has roughly 800,000 people on the waiting list to use its banking services, Wilk says. The company has taken a methodical approach to opening its doors as a digital bank, in part because it wants to have ..

Upstart banking company Dave is now worth $1 billion, as Norwest puts in $50 million

September 30, 2019

September 30, 2019

Two years after the Los Angeles-based fintech startup Dave launched with a suite of money management tools to save consumers...

Rocket Lab launch switcheroo shows the flexibility of the new orbital economy

September 30, 2019

September 30, 2019

New Zealand-based launch provider Rocket Lab has announced its next commercial mission, “As The Crow Flies,” taking an Astro Digital...

AWS IQ matches AWS customers with certified service providers

September 30, 2019

September 30, 2019

AWS has a lot going on, and it’s not always easy for customers to deal with the breadth of its...

SpaceX details Starship and Super Heavy in new website

September 30, 2019

September 30, 2019

After CEO Elon Musk shared new details about its in-development Starship spacecraft on Saturday, SpaceX has updated its website with...

European early-stage VC firm ‘Project A’ on Europe’s startup scene taking the next step

September 30, 2019

September 30, 2019

Project A, the Berlin-based VC, just raised a new $200 million fund (€180 million) to continue backing European startups at Seed and Series A stage. In addition, the firm — whose investments include WorldRemit, Catawiki, Voi and Uberall — announced it will now have a presence in London and Stockholm in order to put people on the ground in what it says are “two of its favorite ecosystems.” What better time, therefore, to catch up with the team at Project A, where we talked investment thesis, why Stockholm and London, and the increasing interest in Europe from U.S. LPs and VCs. Other subjects we touched on include diversity in venture, and, of course, Brexit! TechCrunch: You last raised a fund in 2016, totaling €140 million, what changes have you noticed since then with regards to the types of companies you are seeing and the European ecosystem as a whole? Uwe Horstmann: Entrepreneurs definitely matured a lot over the last few years. We see more and more of serial founders who combin..

European early-stage VC firm ‘Project A’ on Europe’s startup scene taking the next step

September 30, 2019

September 30, 2019

Project A, the Berlin-based VC, just raised a new $200 million fund (€180 million) to continue backing European startups at...