Author: Yohei

  • New & Interesting Startups (and trends)

    This is a collection of articles from the blog that specifically cover interesting startups and trends we notice in the early-stage startup market: Mar 2021 [Web3] – 150+ Web3 Startups Oct 2021 [Web3] – Web3 Tools: Beyond the JPEGs Sept 2021 [NFTs] – WTF is happening w NFTs right now? Aug 2021 [Real Estate] – […]

  • Raising a Venture Capital Fund

    We closed our fund 1 for Untapped Capital! When we started, we be benefited greatly from content shared by other VCs like Elizabeth Yin. We wanted to do the same, so analyzed our fundraising data to share with you. Let‚Äôs dig in ūüĎá As a caveat, every firm‚Äôs journey is different, so this is at […]

  • 150+ Web3 Startups

    In case you missed it, I wrote a tweet thread recently that covered 130+ interesting web3 startups.¬†I know we’ve covered web3 startups plenty, but the opportunity of innovation here is hottest right now, so here’s another 20+ startups! We covered¬†The Graph¬†previously, an indexing protocol for ETH and IPFS.¬†Bitquery¬†is similar, but for 30+ blockchains. Then you […]

  • Web3 Tools: Beyond the JPEGs ūüźá

    I know I already covered NFTs in¬†March¬†and¬†September, but alas – this is where I spent this last month so here we go again! In preparation for my PixelBeasts project, I¬†sat¬†down to play around with the¬†Metamask¬†(wallet) and¬†OpenSea¬†(marketplace) API to see if I could build some¬†utility¬†– the industry term for the various benefits of owning an NFT […]

  • WTF is happening with NFTs right now? ūüĖľ

    I recently¬†covered NFTs¬†in March, but given the activity this past month, I thought it was worth revisiting. To start off, the volume of transactions grew ~10x this month. Transactions on the OpenSea marketplace crossed $3.3B in transaction volume in August, up from $325M in July (source). CryptoPunks, the most expensive collection with 10,000 unique pieces, […]

  • What’s Hot in Real Estate?

    Traditionally, homes were owned by one entity and used by one family. With fractional ownership and shared usage, this isn’t true anymore. Here are some exciting or interesting startups in the space we’ve come across recently. Starting with ways to buy a home for yourself, there’s¬†ZeroDown¬†to “try before you buy”, and¬†Divvy¬†which is a fancy new […]

  • Collaborate good times come on ‚ôę ūü§Ě

    The rise of hybrid/remote offices has resulted in a surge of collaboration tools. To start, there’s been a lot of “virtual offices”. For voice first offices, you have¬†Lounge¬†and¬†Commons. See what people are working on and jump on quick calls with¬†Tandem¬†or¬†Remotion.¬†Some other virtual offices include¬†TeamFlow,¬†Spot, and¬†Cosmos. Build internal dashboard tools quickly w¬†Retool,¬†Index,¬†Airplane.dev,¬†Internal, or¬†Glean. Use¬†Comeet¬†to run video […]

  • Teamwork makes the dream work (Human Resources) ūü§Ě

    Back¬†is a central employee knowledge and management platform.¬†Gather¬†is an HR automation and personalization platform.¬†Workshop¬†is for employee communication. Manage your hybrid workspace with¬†Envoy. There‚Äôs a new HR/insurance/payroll-in-one platform called¬†Decent. For recruiting, there‚Äôs¬†SeekOut¬†and¬†Param.ai¬†that uses AI to find and select candidates. Use¬†Suitable¬†to find candidates in your current team‚Äôs network.¬†Byteboard¬†is for engineering interviews. For managing the paperwork of remote […]

  • Here comes the Metaverse ūüĆé

    The Metaverse is a physically replicated digital world. In the future, we’re imagining a network of worlds where you can jump between with the same avatar, wearing NFTs, and playing games or even working.¬†Crucible, for example, is building a portable digital identity platform for this. Let’s look at some startups building in this ecosystem. For […]

  • 2021 Startup Trends Report

    This article is based on a Tweet thread from a month ago that received 1M impressions. We’ve tracked ~1500 startups (seen 10x more) and talked to 100s of investors in the last year. Here are some of the exciting trends and startups we’ve noticed or come across. It’s a mix of early & late stuff. […]