Meal-kits: a matter of influence

Gousto, a UK meal kit delivery service, has secured £18m in funding from Instagram health influencer Joe Wicks — and a coterie of existing and more conventional investors.

A new year, a new record

Last year saw US VC funding reach $99.5bn, reflecting a market in which capital is flocking from early stage investing towards fewer, larger assets.

Tech has an age problem

A survey by First Round Capital has found that 37 per cent of technology start-up founders believe age is the strongest bias against them.

Second life for a knackered unicorn?

One of the most vaunted tech unicorns in the UK, Blippar, fell into the hands of administrators. But its intellectual property may live on.

2018 a record year for European tech investing

The year has seen a record sum of $23bn invested into technology start-ups on the continent. That's more than four times the $5bn put to work five years ago.

The march towards March 29…

With Theresa May facing a parliamentary showdown next week over her Brexit deal, the jury is still out over whether UK start-ups will suffer.

Taking stock: an open letter to the EU

More than 500 entrepreneurs, investors and employees of European start-ups have called for reforms of stock option rules in a bid to plug a perceived talent gap.

Independent floristry, a reblooming industry?

Floom is a start-up hoping to reverse the fortunes of indie florists. The company has just raised $2.5m in a seed funding round led by Firstminute Capital.

VC maven calls crypto “nuclear winter”… but remains bullish

One of Facebook's early backers, billionaire investor Jim Breyer, has said he believes cryptocurrencies are approaching a “nuclear winter”.

The real reason(s) why start-ups fail

A post-mortem analysis by CB Insights from earlier this year sheds light on the reasons why nascent businesses meet their demise.
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