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Subscription plan promises to deliver "cannabis for foodies"

by Sonya Sorich OcampoNick NugRun 042916dm 6363A

SACRAMENTO—It resembles a popular beauty product subscription box, right down to its packaging. But inside, you’ll find cannabis instead of cosmetics.

Welcome to a new subscription-box service from Nug Run Inc., a Sacramento startup. Maybe you’ve heard about Birchbox, the popular beauty-sample subscription service geared toward women. This is similar. For about $65 a month, customers can  ...

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What do you do in a VC slowdown? Take the smart money

by Ashley Stewart Matt Oppenheimer Headshot 2016

SEATTLE—When Seattle startup Remitly started raising money to expand its mobile money transfer service, CEO Matt Oppenheimer went into the process ready to leave money on the table.

That might seem counterintuitive during a venture capital slowdown, but it’s important as ever for startups to take the smart money – not all the money, he said.

“It’s really important to not only raise  ...

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Innovation - Dallas Business Journal

Potential of connecting cars, customers drives new Toyota company (Video)

by Bill Hethcock Hicks Zack

DALLAS—Toyota last month unveiled plans for a new in-car technology company to be based in Plano and a separate initiative that will analyze drivers’ behavior and driving patterns and base their auto insurance on their safety, normal driving routes and similar information.

A key player in both campaigns is Zack Hicks, CEO of new company Toyota Connected and chief information officer at Toyota  ...

May 29, 2016 | 1:00pm EDT
Startups - Puget Sound Business Journal

New twist on an old recipe: Kickstarter-launched artisan baking mix startup on the rise

by Becky Monk Krista Nelson of Krista's Baking Company uses non-GMO and organic ingredients in her baking kits

PUGET SOUND—Krista Nelson loves baking. She wants you to love it, too.

But the Ballard native knew not everyone has the time to procure gourmet ingredients, measure, whisk and wait to bake from scratch. Baking with a boxed mix speeds up the process, but didn’t give people gourmet choices.

So the former digital marketing coordinator for Snoqualmie Ice Cream created her own artisan baking  ...

May 29, 2016 | 9:00am EDT
Startups - San Francisco Business Times

Women bank on big opportunities in fintech

by Mark Calvey Joanne Bradford, COO of SoFi at office in the Presidio, San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO—The burgeoning fintech sector is providing plenty of opportunities for women entrepreneurs and executives, but it also comes with challenges.

Signs of growth abound for fintech, with the top 50 fintech companies in the Bay Area now employing almost 20,000 people.

No wonder Joanne Bradford, chief operating officer at SoFi, urges women to go where the growth is occurring. Fintech  ...

May 28, 2016 | 1:00pm EDT
Startups - Atlanta Business Chronicle

Fran Tarkenton's daughter-in-law sees opportunity in student loans

by Phil W. Hudson

ATLANTA—A new start up founded by the daughter-in-law of National Football League Hall of Famer and veteran entrepreneur Fran Tarkenton and the son of early Atlanta tech entrepreneur and investor Ben Dyer is looking to disrupt the student loan industry.

Jeannie Tarkenton and Jesse Dyer have launched Funding University Inc., a private student lender, that offers a single loan product – a  ...

May 28, 2016 | 9:00am EDT
Startups - Executive profile

All eyes on Twitch after Amazon's billion-dollar bet on the video site

by Richard Procter Emmett Shear, CEO of Twitch

SAN FRANCISCO— Twitch has gained notoriety for both its product — streaming video of people (mostly) playing video games and offering live commentary — and its size: it was bought by Amazon for $970 million in 2014.

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May 27, 2016 | 3:30pm EDT
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