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In each episode of Startups of the Week, you’ll learn about three new Bay Area companies that you likely haven’t heard of yet. These companies could become the next Airbnb or Uber -- or they could die before they hit the mainstream. Regardless, they still matter. And we’ll tell you why. The show is hosted by Trisha Thadani, a business reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle who writes about everything from nascent startups to work-based immigration, and Alex Wilhelm, editor in chief of startup database Crunchbase News.

In each episode of Startups of the Week, you’ll learn about three new Bay Area companies that you likely haven’t heard of yet. These companies could become the next Airbnb or Uber -- or they could die before they hit the mainstream. Regardless, they still matter. And we’ll tell you why. The show is hosted by Trisha Thadani, a business reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle who writes about everything from nascent startups to work-based immigration, and Alex Wilhelm, editor in chief of startup database Crunchbase News.
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In each episode of Startups of the Week, you’ll learn about three new Bay Area companies that you likely haven’t heard of yet. These companies could become the next Airbnb or Uber -- or they could die before they hit the mainstream. Regardless, they still matter. And we’ll tell you why. The show is hosted by Trisha Thadani, a business reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle who writes about everything from nascent startups to work-based immigration, and Alex Wilhelm, editor in chief of startup database Crunchbase News.

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Episodes

Hippo Insurance, RideOS, Solebit

8/12/2018
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A home insurance company that launched an Alexa skill to get some attention; a company trying to make the roll out of self-driving cars more seamless; and an acquisition deal that strengthens data and security in your emails. Theme music is "Bot Fest" by Alex Vaan.

Duration:00:16:09

Black Girls Code, Slack and Lantern

8/4/2018
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Black Girls Code said no to Uber, then yes to Microsoft, Slack is working with its competition; and a San Francisco startup worked to make mental healthcare more accessible — but recently shut down.

Duration:00:16:25

Fastly, Plexchat, Awair

7/22/2018
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A company that works behind the scenes to get you your online content faster; a Bay Area company that has interest from Warner Bros; and a cute startup gadget that tracks the air quality in your house.

Duration:00:15:07

Flow Kana, StudyBlue and Crave

7/16/2018
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A small-batch, craft cannabis company scoring some new green; a company trying to make vibrators great again; and Chegg, a study platform, acquiring another study platform. Theme music is "Bot Fest" by Alex Vaan.

Duration:00:13:21

Fuzzy, Comfy and Hims

7/8/2018
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Pet owners get the option of on-demand health advice, why an Oakland-based smart technology company was acquired by Siemens, and why Hims, a male wellness brand, is gaining VC interest. Theme music is "Bot Fest" by Alex Vaan.

Duration:00:17:17

Peek, Smyte and Khan Academy

7/1/2018
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A startup that’s competing with Airbnb to be your city tour guide, why a Twitter anti-spam acquisition drew some abuse, and why the new attention on Khan Academy is totally legal. Theme music is "Bot Fest" by Alex Vaan.

Duration:00:14:12

Chowbotics, Workday and Hipcamp

6/24/2018
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This week we’ll tell you about a bot who'll lettuce enjoy cheap, fast lunch, why Workday said “heck no” to Adaptive Insights’ IPO, and what’s hip about Hipcamp. Theme music is "Bot Fest" by Alex Vaan.

Duration:00:16:47

GrubMarket, Curbside and OneLogin

6/17/2018
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This week we’ll tell you about a company that can get it for you wholesale — and organic; a delivery service that’s turning Japanese; and a password vault that secured more cash. Theme music is "Bot Fest" by Alex Vaan.

Duration:00:13:50

Coffee Meets Bagel, Imgur, Jetlore

6/11/2018
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San Francisco Chronicle reporter Trisha Thadani and Crunchbase News Editor in Chief Alex Wilhelm tell you about a dating app that just got a big round of funding, a GIF platform that's becoming a video platform, though Trisha and Alex still won't know how to pronounce its name, and a prediction platform that helps online retailers understand their customers. Theme music is "Bot Fest" by Alex Vaan.

Duration:00:16:17

Heroes, Proterra, and PepsiCo’s acquisition of Bare Snacks

6/4/2018
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This week we’ll tell you about a company that wants you to turn your cover letter and resume into a video, an electric bus startup that may have just raised a heap of money, and what PepsiCo acquired a healthy snack company.

Duration:00:18:10

Good Eggs, Eat Club

5/28/2018
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This week we’ll tell you about the come back story of Good Eggs, and yet another food delivery startup Eat Club and why it acquired its competition.

Duration:00:18:10

Klout, Velostrata, Xapo

5/21/2018
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This week we mourn the death of Klout, a way to measure online importance that saw its own influence wane. Then we’ll tell you about Google’s latest cloud deal and why Xapo pulled in another $40 million.

Duration:00:18:51

ZeroCater, Cisco, HealthTap

5/14/2018
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This week we feature ZeroCater, a corporate catering service that just raised $12 million. Then we’ll tell you about Cisco’s recent acquisition and what happened to the CEO of HealthTap.

Duration:00:15:06

Jupiter, Zesty and Discord

4/30/2018
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Every week, The Chronicle and Crunchbase, a San Francisco firm that tracks key businesses in technology, analyze private Bay Area companies based on their financial backing, employees and activity on Crunchbase. This week we feature Jupiter, a San Mateo startup that hopes to reduce future devastation caused by floods and severe weather by helping developers and cities predict where the problem areas could be. We also discuss Square's purchase of Zesty and recent developments at Discord, a...

Duration:00:10:58

B8ta, Checkr and Verifone

4/23/2018
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This week we tell you about how one business is betting on demand for physical store locations, how Checkr raised $100 million and why an investor group made a bid for Verifone.

Duration:00:14:47

Instacart, Polyvore and Apptimize

4/16/2018
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This week we tell you about Instacart raising a huge new round of funding, why some Polyvore users are angry; and concerns about how companies handle user data. Theme music is "Bot Fest" by Alex Vaan. Opening signature by Leah Garchik.

Duration:00:09:49

GetMyBoat, E8 and Neuralink

4/9/2018
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This week we tell you about a company that wants to be Airbnb, but for boats; why VMware is beefing up its security; and what Elon Musk’s most secretive company might be up to. Theme music is "Bot Fest" by Alex Vaan. Opening signature by Leah Garchik.

Duration:00:14:47

Voicery, KeepTruckin, and Lytro’s talent deal

4/2/2018
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This week we tell you about a company that can imitate just about anyone’s voice, a logistics company that landed a truckload of cash, and why acquisitions in Silicon Valley aren’t always straightforward buyouts — especially when there are sought-after engineers involved. Theme music is "Bot Fest" by Alex Vaan. Opening signature by Leah Garchik.

Duration:00:17:20

Remix, Apple’s acquisition of Texture, and Airtable

3/28/2018
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This week we’ll tell you about a company that wants to help your local transit agency plan its route, and talk about what Apple’s acquisition of Texture could mean for the tech giant. We’ll also tell you what Airtable is, and why you might be using it in your office soon.

Duration:00:12:08

EAT Club, Splunk’s acquisition of Phantom, and DoorDash

3/12/2018
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This week we talk to a company that wants to deliver you lunch at work, and DoorDash -- which just got half a billion dollars more in funding to deliver food to your door. We’ll also dive into Splunk’s recent acquisition and how it is improving its diversity efforts. Theme music is "Bot Fest" by Alex Vaan. Opening signature by Leah Garchik.

Duration:00:15:35