Entries by Martel

10 Top Plant Based Protein Sources

It’s been almost 2 years since I have adopted a plant based lifestyle. Inevitably the same question comes up each time someone discovers that I don’t consume animal products (well, most of the time… I don’t have a “cow” – see what I did there, if an egg or so occasionally slips into a dish. […]

Startup GRAIL Raises $900 Million to Detect Cancer the Earliest Ever

Grail announced they’ve closed a $900 million Series B round of financing. The startup is pioneering technology that aims to take a blood sample and detect the early, free-floating cancer DNA floating in your bloodstream. They accomplish this with the help of a new DNA sequencing machine the company developed. Several notable investors participated in […]

JackThreads is Hanging on by a Thread: Looking For a Buyer

JackThreads, the online men’s retailer made some risky bets and they’re paying for it now. They’re looking for a buyer according to multiple sources. The Columbus, OH company founded by Jason Ross in 2008, got its start selling men’s urban wear at deep discounts in limited quantities. It quickly built a strong following and in […]

Facebook Declares War Against LinkedIn? Launches Facebook Jobs

Facebook wants to land you your next gig. The company recently introduced Facebook Jobs. It allows employers to post jobs for free, but they’ll have the option to boost the listing so it reaches a wider audience, for a small fee of course. The business/recruitment/social network space has traditionally been LinkedIn’s domain. Facebook’s encroaching on […]

Jay Z Launches New Venture Capital Fund

The Rock is in the building. Jay Z is launching a new venture capital fund with business partner Jay Brown according to a new Axios report. They’ll be focusing on early stage tech startups. No word yet on the fund’s size. Jay’s had some hits on billboard charts as well as investing. He’s also taken […]

Top 20 Reasons Why Startups Fail

We often hear about the success stories coming out of Silicon Valley… Uber, DropBox, AirBnB, etc. but did you know that approximately 75% of venture backed companies fail? According to a Statistic Brain study, 50% of all US companies fail after 5 years. CB Insights researched the top reasons why startups fail and here’s what […]

SoundCloud Is Struggling To Stay In Business

Big trouble in the cloud. The popular Berlin-headquartered music streaming startup SoundCloud is hemorrhaging money according to reports. SoundCloud can run out of money in 2017 if its recently launched subscription service doesn’t generate enough revenue. In 2015 the company’s net losses increased by 30.9% to $52m. Sheesh! Heads Are Rolling With numbers like this […]

Sneaker Startup GOAT raises $25 Million

Founded in 2015 the mobile sneaker marketplace GOAT is capitalizing on the love for fly kicks (sneakers). The company recently raised $25 million in a funding round led by VC firm Accel Partners. Here’s the lowdown on the company. What Do They Do? GOAT is a mobile-based sneaker resale marketplace. The company acts as a […]

Snapchat Officially files for $25 Billion IPO.

Snap Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, has officially filed the paperwork to begin selling shares of their company to the public. Here’s the quick and dirty: SNAP will be listed on the NYSE. The company’s valuation is expected to be over $25 billion when it goes public. March 2017 is the IPO target date. […]

Google Takes Apple’s Crown As the World’s Most Valuable Brand

After a five year stint at the top Google informed Apple that there’s a new sheriff in town. Google takes Apple’s spot as the world’s most valuable brand according the Brand Finance Global 500 2017 report. Apple’s brand value fell by 27% to $107.1 billion, according to the report this was largely because the company […]