October 27, 2020
Backed by IDEO and four corporations, IDEO CoLab Ventures has invested in and helped incubate over 30 blockchain startups to date Today, we’re excited to announce our $21M early-stage crypto fund. The fund is backed by IDEO, Avanta Ventures (the venture capital arm of CSAA Insurance Group), GS Group, Hanwha Asset Management, Fineqia, and other institutional investors, as well as executives from IDEO, Coinbase, Twitter, Fortress, and other major tech companies and financial institutions. To date, IDEO CoLab Ventures has invested in and helped incubate over 30 crypto startups by bringing IDEO’s full range of capabilities — in the areas of product, […]
October 21, 2020
Insurer’s VC Arm Sees Synergy with the Rapidly Growing Fintech SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 21, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LoanSnap, the company that helps consumers own their financial future and creator of the world’s first smart loan technology, announced today it has raised an additional $5 million strategic investment led by Avanta Ventures, the venture capital arm of CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA insurer, rounding out the total Series A extension investment to $15 million. LoanSnap’s mission to improve the finances of every consumer is a vision shared by its new investors. Avanta Ventures’ goal is to invest in disruptive technologies […]
September 3, 2020
PLEASANTON, Calif. – September 3, 2020 – Cowbell Cyber, the industry’s first AI-powered cyber insurance provider for small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs), today announced its cyber insurance program, Cowbell Prime, is now admitted in 18 states, including Texas as well as Ohio, Indiana and Michigan which were also opened in the past two weeks. The accelerated roll-out reflects Cowbell’s commitment to close the insurability gap for small businesses by simplifying and expediting the process of delivering cyber insurance.
August 26, 2020
Discover Financial Services and California-based financial technology startup, Car IQ, are partnering to create a payment platform for machine-initiated payments beginning with automotive fleets. Fleet vehicles connected to the Car IQ platform will be able to pay for services autonomously through the Discover Global Network infrastructure, according to a press release. Car IQ’s touchless machine payment platform turns the vehicle into a payment mechanism enabling it to automatically initiate and complete payments for automotive services such as repairs, tolls, fuel, insurance, parking and more. Once the service is complete, the vehicle generates a payment file for Discover via a virtual […]
August 13, 2020
August 11, 2020
PLEASANTON, Calif. – August 11, 2020 – Cowbell Cyber, the industry’s first AI-powered cyber insurance provider for small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs), today announced that it has been named a Top 100 Cybersecurity Startup for 2020 by Cyber Defense Magazine. Cowbell stood out to make this top 100 list over 3,200 global cybersecurity companies with nearly 30% in the startup range having been incorporated within the last 36 months or releasing their first round of innovative cybersecurity products and services. “We’re pleased to name Cowbell Cyber as a winner among the Top 100 Cybersecurity Startups for 2020 in our second annual Black Unicorn awards. This award […]
August 10, 2020
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CSAA IG Improved Underwriting Quality and Efficiency by Utilizing Cape Analytics’ AI–Based Property Intelligence.
July 24, 2020
Buzz Solutions, a StartX accelerator startup, announced yesterday that it raised $1.2M from Blackhorn Ventures with participation from a syndicate comprising Ulu Ventures, Vodia Ventures, and to help advance the company’s technology.
July 9, 2020
She was young, single, just earned her MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, and needed affordable housing. She also had an entry level paycheck on top of the usual bills that new university graduates face. For Jessica Chen, having a roommate was unavoidable. But it proved to be a daunting experience, especially with the resources available. “Looking for roommates was such a painful process. Finding a roommate on Craigslist or Facebook didn’t feel safe or secure,” she recalled of that experience years ago. Chen learned that friend and colleague Alexis Valerio had the same experience. They knew they weren’t […]