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The virtual state of corporate venture capital today
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The virtual state of corporate venture capital today

GHI Fund President Bill Taranto has spent more than two decades in the healthcare industry and has 15 years of experience in healthcare investing. In addition to his venture investing knowledge, Bill has decades of management operations experience. More posts by this contributor When the going gets tough, it’s common for some corporate VCs to…

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Virtual events startup Run The World just nabbed $10.8 million from a16z and Founders Fund
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Virtual events startup Run The World just nabbed $10.8 million from a16z and Founders Fund

Run The World, a year-old startup that’s based in Mountain View, Calif., and has small teams both in China and Taiwan, just nabbed $10.8 million in Series A funding co-led by earlier backer Andreessen Horowitz and new backer Founders Fund. It’s easy to understand the firms’ interest in the company, whose platform features every functionality…

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MyBuddy.ai, a virtual tutor for kids learning English, raises $1 million seed round
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MyBuddy.ai, a virtual tutor for kids learning English, raises $1 million seed round

MyBuddy.ai, a startup that develops virtual tools to help kids learn English, announced today that it has raised $1 million in seed funding from LETA Capital. The capital will be used to expand into new markets and develop new features including mini-classes about health. The San Francisco-based company’s app features a AI-based virtual tutor called…

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Creative ways to host a virtual birthday party for kids
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Creative ways to host a virtual birthday party for kids

Social distancing requirements amid the COVID-19 pandemic may have canceled kids’ birthday parties, but parents are finding new ways to take the celebrations online. While video chat apps like Zoom, Google Hangouts or FaceTime are an option for gathering kids together in the virtual space, there’s still the challenge of what to do once there.…

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Half-Life: Alyx Didn’t Need Virtual Reality, Virtual Reality Needed Half-Life: Alyx
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Half-Life: Alyx Didn’t Need Virtual Reality, Virtual Reality Needed Half-Life: Alyx

Half-Life: Alyx is exclusive to VR headsets. This limitation angers longtime fans. However, a VR Half-Life is the only way to push headset adoption. Despite near-perfect reviews, debate still surrounds Valve’s Half-Life: Alyx and virtual reality exclusivity. Many don’t have access to VR. How could Valve put such a beloved franchise on a limited platform?…

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Virtual dates and video speed dating: Dating.com Group launches a $50 million corporate venture fund
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Virtual dates and video speed dating: Dating.com Group launches a $50 million corporate venture fund

The dating startup world is notorious for few exits, and a similarly slim number of buyers. There’s Match Group, which owns Tinder, Hinge and OkCupid, and there’s Spark Networks, which owns Christian Mingle, JSwipe, Jdate and Zoosk. Dating.com Group also owns a slew of dating brands, like Dil Mil, a dating app for South Asians.…

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Virtual reality scales back its real world presence
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Virtual reality scales back its real world presence

While few things may me feel more like social distancing than suiting up in a haptic feedback suit and strapping a computer to your face, location-based virtual reality startups have begun closing up shop alongside a host of other entertainment businesses. The closures came quickly Monday as city governments began announcing far-reaching measures. Disney-backed VR…

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