Venture investment worldwide rose 92% to $643 billion last year, a record, according to data provider Crunchbase, driven by more than $400 billion in mid to late-stage funding rounds. Early-stage startups’ funding doubled, to $200 billion. The flood of new capital gave a record number of startups valuations of more than $1 billion, minting 586 new unicorns—for a total of more than 1,100 such...
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Hi, welcome to your Weekend.It was the boom-iest of times, it was the doom-iest of times. At least that’s how it feels right now in Dickensian San Francisco, where AI companies are setting up shop on every avenue, while fentanyl dealers are hanging out in every alley. I joke—but seriously, it’s wild out here. No fewer than 17 of the 35 startups listed on The Information’s new Generative AI...
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