Our Investment in Stark’s Pre-Seed Round

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We’re excited to announce our investment in Stark, a New York based startup bringing accessibility and inclusive design to the world of software. Already used in the daily workflows of more than 300,000 software designers, developers and product managers, Stark enables them to ship products that are equally accessible to people with disabilities — impacting 1 in 4 Americans and over one billion people worldwide.

Darling Ventures proudly co-lead Stark’s $1.5M pre-seed financing round alongside our friends at Indicator Ventures. There’s also a groundswell of industry support for Stark’s mission which is reflected early…


Our recorded panel with MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Chief Technology Officer and Chair of Genomic Medicine.

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Click to watch our recording of the panel

On October 7, Darling Ventures partnered with The Hive to host part two of our three-part series examining the role of data and AI in transforming the US healthcare industry. Part II: Personalization of Healthcare & Medicine with Data & AI (watch our video recording of the panel) featured an expert discussion from two leading innovators from world renowned medical institution MD Anderson Cancer Center:

Andrew Futreal, Ph.D. — Chair of Genomic Medicine, serves vital research initiatives as co-leader of the Translational Research Accelerator, the Cancer Genomics Laboratory and the Adaptive Patient-Oriented Longitudinal Learning and Optimization (APOLLO) platforms. A core…


A Darling Ventures expert panel co-hosted with The Hive

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Click to watch our recording of the webinar

On August 13, we partnered with The Hive to host the first of our three-part series examining the role of data and AI in transforming the US healthcare industry. Part I: Driving Affordability in Healthcare with Data & AI (watch our video recording of the webinar) featured guest speakers with deep and varied expertise from across the industry:

  • Kaushik Bhaumik (moderator) — CEO of Glide Health, a software startup and recent DV investment transforming the US healthcare industry by making the cost of care more financially transparent for both patients and…


by Peter McHale, Summer Associate, Darling Ventures

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Photo by Taylor Vick on Unsplash

Big data management, SAAS, predictive analytics, and AI — these are just a few industries enabled by cloud computing. So much of the recent innovation we see in software has been unlocked by the cloud, you would be forgiven for thinking that everything is running on AWS or on another server farm. IoT, however, is a huge market of game-changing technology that has not been able to partake in cloud computing’s accessible economics and powerful computing capabilities. …


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Startup Financing in Today’s Climate is the final piece of our three-part series, Launching Your Company in Today’s World: A Startup DNA of Performant Resilience, on what it takes for a startup to thrive natively in today’s business environment. This week’s segment highlights how diligence around cash management and efficiency in raising and deploying capital both contribute to more resilient startups in spite of uncertain market conditions.

Our three part series on Launching a Startup in Today’s Climate includes


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This piece on Going to Market with your Startup in Today’s Climate is the second part of our three-part series, Launching Your Company in Today’s World: A Startup DNA of Performant Resilience, on what it takes for a startup to thrive natively in today’s business environment. This week’s segment showcases the value of developing a business model and go-to-market strategy that facilities customer acquisition and retention — essential drivers of success given today’s climate of uncertainty.

Our three part series on Launching a Startup in Today’s Climate includes


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Each startup journeys on a unique path and while there are commonalities between them, there is no one approach that should be prescribed. At our firm, we look to the founders to lead the way and our role as holding up road signs along their path when we think they could make for helpful guides. During such uncertain times (from COVID-19, to national unrest, and the looming presidential election) everyone, including ourselves, are in search for guideposts.

It’s become apparent that an entrepreneur launching a new startup in the post-pandemic context (2020/2021) will benefit by developing the company to be…


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Darling Ventures is excited to go live with our new fund, DVIII, and announce its inaugural investment, Glide Health! DVIII invested $500,000 into Glide Health’s pre-seed round alongside our longstanding co-investors The Hive.


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A Look Past COVID-19

Our global community continues to be besieged by COVID-19, sheltering from its impact to our safety, the economy and society. We cling to our screens drinking in all kinds of information flowing out of them like a firehose. As of today [3/28/2020], there are over half a million cases of COVID-19 reported globally and 30,000 deaths. There is no playbook to follow and reactions span the spectrum.

We can’t say how long or how deep the pandemic and its impact will be. Early signs of the lasting damage are emerging. The US Labor Department reports over 3.3M …


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We recently hosted 35 leaders in Industry 4.0 for an insiders forum at Darling Ventures. The intimate setting amongst heads of corporate venture, VC firms active in the sector, CEO’s of breakout startups and government representatives led to a frank and rich dialogue from a range of perspectives. Conversations bounced freely around the room from GE, Intel, Bosch, Honeywell, Renault, Telstra and Shell to fast moving startups Foghorn Systems, Skycatch, Gridium, Geminus and BRIQ with keen interest from our partner firms in VC.

Darling Ventures

SF based Seed VC firm; building a bridge for international investors to the next gen of US tech startups @DarlingVC / www.DarlingVentures.com

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