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VCs have growing appetite for ‘AgriFood’

Venture investors are pouring billions of dollars into feeding their hunger for food and agriculture startups. Whether that trend line is due to enthusiasm for the sector or just broader heavy investing in the VC space is much less clear.

According to a recent report published by AgFunder – a VC and investing marketplace focused on the agriculture and food sectors – the “AgriFood” space is booming. Using data from Crunchbase and several other data partners, the organization published its “2018 AgriFood Tech Investing Report” this morning, finding that investment in AgriFood companies increased 43% year-over-year, reaching $16.9 billion in 2018.

AgFunder classifies AgriFood tech as “the small but growing segment of the startup and venture capital universe that’s aiming to improve or disrupt the global food and agriculture industry.” Their definition is intentionally broad, encompassing everything from crop and livestock biotech, property management systems, and payments, to biomaterials and meat alternatives, all the way up to tech platforms for restaurants, grocers, deliveries and at-home cooks.

While some of the AgriFood tech categories – such as delivery or restaurant software – have long been popular destinations for venture capital, we’re now seeing a more diverse array of startups innovating across the entire food supply chain. According to the report, expansion in AgriFood is fairly consistent across upstream (agricultural and farming) subsectors to downstream (more consumer-facing) subsectors, with each group growing roughly 44% and 42% year-over-year respectively.

The data also shows growth occurring across almost all deal stages. AgriFood saw huge increases in the average deal size and total investment for late-stage companies in particular, as venture-backed startups have grown to global scale. And penetrating and attracting capital from international markets seems more feasible than ever. AgriFood investing, which traditionally has been largely US-centric, is rapidly becoming a global phenomenon, with more than half of total funding – and some of the largest rounds – now coming from companies and investors outside the US.


Source: TechCrunch

Daily Crunch: Zuckerberg lays out his privacy vision

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here.

1. Mark Zuckerberg discovers privacy

In a long post published yesterday, the Facebook CEO laid out his vision for making Facebook’s products more privacy-friendly. But can Facebook reform its 15-year legacy as devourer of all things private with a single sweeping manifesto?

Taylor Hatmaker has a simple answer: Heck no, of course it can’t. (Except she says it less politely.)

2. Huawei is suing the US government over ‘unconstitutional’ equipment ban

At the center of the suit is the company’s claim that Section 889 in the National Defense Authorization Act — which contains restrictions that prevent federal agencies from procuring Huawei equipment or services — is unconstitutional.

3. Trump called Apple’s CEO ‘Tim Apple’ by mistake

Actual quote: “You’ve really put a great investment in our country. We really appreciate it very much, Tim Apple.”

4. Google gives Android developers new tools to make money from users who won’t pay

“Rewarded Products” will allow non-paying app users to contribute to an app’s revenue stream by sacrificing their time, but not their money. The first product will be rewarded video, where users can opt to watch a video ad in exchange for in-game currency, virtual goods or other benefits.

5. Tesla’s new Supercharger slashes charging times

The V3 Supercharger, which was unveiled Wednesday, supports a peak rate of up to 250 kilowatts on the long-range version of the Model 3. At this rate, the V3 can add up to 75 miles of range in five minutes, Tesla said.

6. Bird launches platform to let entrepreneurs manage their own fleet of scooters

Bird Platform sells the vehicles to entrepreneurs at cost and then takes a 20 percent cut from the ride revenue. The program is launching in New Zealand, Canada and Latin America in the coming weeks.

7. Google brings its Duplex AI restaurant booking assistant to 43 states

Starting this week, Pixel 3 owners in 43 U.S. states will be able to use the company’s AI technology to book appointments at any restaurants that use booking services that partner with the Reserve with Google Program but don’t have an online system to complete the booking.


Source: TechCrunch

9 Questions for Facebook After Zuckerberg’s Privacy Manifesto

On Wednesday, Mark Zuckerberg laid out a vision for a very different Facebook—with a lot of unknowns about how to get there.
Source: Wired

The cheapest Microsoft Surface Book 2 could soon get more powerful

Microsoft could soon be refreshing the cheapest entry-level 13-inch version of the Surface Book 2 with a much more powerful Intel Core i5-8350U series processor, according to a new report.

The post The cheapest Microsoft Surface Book 2 could soon get more powerful appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Democrats aim to save the internet and restore net neutrality

The fight for net neutrality is still on. Lawmakers in the U.S. Congress on March 6 introduced the “Save the Internet Act,” which sets out to restore the rules that protect an open internet. It would reinstate net neutrality rules that were repealed by the FCC in 2017.

The post Democrats aim to save the internet and restore net neutrality appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

The Pininfarina Battista is an all-electric supercar with classic looks video – Roadshow

Design house Pininfarina has stepped into the world of car building with the Battista, an all-electric supercar that looks suspiciously familiar.
Source: CNET

Vodafone to launch 5G in 19 UK cities in 2019 – CNET

The first carrier to flip the switch on 5G in the UK is determined to offer the most substantial coverage, too.
Source: CNET

La Voiture Noire is a $12.5M hypercar video – Roadshow

This one-of-one variant of the Bugatti Chiron is now the most expensive new car ever built.
Source: CNET

SpaceX mission: Watch Crew Dragon return from ISS today – CNET

NASA will cover the Demo-1 capsule’s trip back to Earth, starting at 9:15 a.m. PT Thursday and continuing into Friday.
Source: CNET

Kindle Paperwhite vs. Kindle Oasis: Which Amazon e-reader is the better buy? – CNET

Yes, the $250 Oasis is a more desirable device — but the $130 Paperwhite has plenty to offer at almost half the price.
Source: CNET

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