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How VC-backed startups are combating student debt

Here’s a quiz. What is America’s largest consumer debt? A) Mortgages B) Credit cards C) Student loans The answer is C. At $1.5 trillion and growing, student loan debt is now the largest consumer debt in the U.S., larger than mortgages, larger than credit cards. And it’s impacting not just those who owe the debt, […]

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New breed of VC-backed challenger banks charge ahead

Startups are in the disruption business. Move fast and break things, that’s what they do. But there’s a trillion-dollar industry where they’ve made barely a dent: credit cards. The 15 largest credit card issuers still control 90 percent of the U.S. market, collecting more than $160 billion a year in interest charges and fees alone, […]

VCJ Venture Sector Trends
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Amazon innovation, robotics revolution growing warehouse automation at fast clip

Warehouse workers are the unsung heroes of e-commerce. Consumers may not think much about the people who pick and pack the goods we receive. But without these workers toiling away in huge, anonymous warehouse facilities, we would never get the multitude of products we order online every day. The problem, however, is that this fulfillment […]

VCJ Venture Sector Trends Mental Health
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Startups aim to remove stigma of mental-health treatment from workplaces

The concept of mental health is still somewhat taboo, especially in the workplace. But in the digital age, workplace stress and burnout are increasingly real problems, especially as workers are now expected to be connected to the office at all hours. Simply put, office workers today are under a lot more pressure than just a […]

VCJ Venture Trucking Logistics
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VCs keep on truckin’, modernizing tech in highly fragmented industry

There’s an old joke in the trucking business: Everything on the planet, other than babies, is delivered by truck. It’s a cute way of saying that trucks are essential to our day to day lives. And without them the whole global economy would probably come apart. In fact, trucking is one of the biggest industries […]

VCJ, Venture Capital, Food Safety
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Food-safety startups join battle against foodborne diseases

It seems not a month goes by without news of the latest food-related outbreak, whether it’s romaine lettuce contaminated with the E. coli bacteria or packaged chicken infected with salmonella. Food safety is a growing problem, sickening millions and costing businesses billions of dollars in damages. In the U.S. alone, 48 million people are stricken […]

VCJ Venture Admissions Sector Trends
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Startups help students and parents get schooled in college admissions

The hardest thing about college isn’t getting in. It’s choosing the right one. Most high school students have no idea which schools fit them best, and few people are around to help them figure it out. For every guidance counselor in the U.S., there are 491 students, the American School Counselor Association reports. “There is no […]

exoskeleton, venture capital, healthcare, medicine, Ekso Bionics, German Bionic
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No bones about it, exoskeleton ventures are transforming industry — and people

You able to leap tall buildings in a single bound? Not yet. But lifting a 250-pound crate in a warehouse? No problem. Innovations in robotic exoskeleton technology are enabling everyday people to perform superhuman feats of strength and could soon transform the way many of us work, play and live our lives. Already, exoskeletons are […]

VCJ Venture Fertility Sector Analysis
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A new breed of fertility startups is helping women get pregnant

In 2016, for the very first time, more American women gave birth in their 30s than in their 20s, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Clearly, one of the most beneficial changes in our society is a woman’s ability to choose for herself whether, when and how she will have children. But nature still […]

Fitness, healthcare, venture capital, Mirror, Fitplan, Aaptiv
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Fitness startups pumping to change your at-home workouts

In-home fitness conjures images of broken-down BowFlex machines, long-abandoned NordicTrack rowers and embarrassing Zumba videos. But a growing number of startups are jumping on the opportunity to revolutionize the at-home workout, and in the process make the local gym a thing of the past. Peloton started the trend several years back with its high-tech indoor bike, […]

Furniture, home furnishings, venture capital

Venture hopes to couch furniture startups in very profitable terms

Furniture has long been one of the biggest pain points in the home. It’s expensive, it’s a hassle to move around, and it’s hard to shop for because you never know how it’s going to look in your home. Now, a new line of tech-enabled furniture startups is attempting to solve all these problems and […]

artificial intelligence, sales, salesforce, venture capital
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AI takes over the busywork in sales, freeing sales staff to do what they do best

Artificial intelligence, one of the most intriguing technologies of the 21st century, has the power to reshape the way people live, work and play. It also has the power to fundamentally change the way companies do business — and one of the first places it’s having impact is in sales. AI can free salespeople from busy […]

VCJ Sector Trend Esports
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Esports startups build investor fan base as consumers log in

Esports is crushing it. Global revenue for the sector will grow 38 percent to $906 million in 2018 and then could more than double to $2.4 billion by 2020, market researcher Newzoo estimates. Viewership is also accelerating at G-force pace. Goldman Sachs predicts esports viewership will soon pass that of Major League Baseball and the National Hockey […]

venture capital, corporate travel, human resources, technology
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Helping avoid flights of fancy, venture disrupts business travel

Business travel is a massive market, with $1.2 trillion spent globally every year, according to the Global Business Travel Association. Yet many companies still use outdated technology, and in some cases actual humans, to book travel for their employees. Booking any trip online can be complex, but booking a business trip online is more so, […]

Venture VCJ Sector Trends
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Spirituality startups: Easing stress from technology with technology

On rare occasion, the cause of a problem can also be the solution. That’s the premise behind a new group of spirituality and self-care startups offering to de-stress our tech-harried life with — yes — technology. Venture-backed companies like Shine, Calm and Headspace have created apps that promise the chance to relax, refresh and collect yourself, for […]

Venture Capital, healthcare, dental, technology, quip, candid, beam dental, invisalign
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Venture sinks its teeth into oral-care innovation

Startups have disrupted all sorts of personal-care industries: hair, skin, vision, nutrition, even shaving.  Now, a few are sinking their teeth into dental. It’s a large industry: Spending on oral care is about $40 billion a year, Grand View Research estimates. But for decades it has seen scant innovation. “It’s amazing that with all the […]

Diet, nutrition, healthcare, food, venture capital
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Genetically engineering your diet? Startups tell you how to nourish based on your DNA.

You eat what you are. That’s the thesis driving a group of startups that offer nutrition advice customized to individual consumers. After all, nutrition is getting highly personal. Advances in DNA technology are pushing the science from broad guidelines, such as eat less meat and sugar, more fruits and vegetables, to advice tailored to your […]

Opioid VC Venture
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VCs target pain treatments, but without the opioids

Ken Hood, managing director at FusionX Ventures, knows how easily good people can fall into the addiction trap. Not long ago, he spent a week in hospital due to complications from knee surgery. “I can’t tell you how many times a nurse came in to ask if I was in pain,” he says. “If I […]