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KillerStartups Wrapped for 2023 [First-ever]
It's been a year... lets recap!
2024 is here! Welcome to another year of startups! We are excited to be a part of your journey.
We are happy to announce the first-ever ‘KillerStartups Wrapped’ for 2023. It's been a year... lets recap what has happened in startups in 2023!
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KillerStartups Wrapped - 2023
Remember when… OpenAI’s CEO was Ousted from His Company, then CAME BACK
“Amidst a leadership crisis that has plunged the artificial intelligence industry into uncertainty, the future of OpenAI and its former CEO Sam Altman remains highly unpredictable. Altman's sudden departure was followed by a tumultuous period in which most of OpenAI's employees threatened to resign, intensifying the sense of unpredictability surrounding the company's boardroom dynamics.”
Craziest Scandal of 2023
Remember when… IRL Turned Out To Be a House of Cards
“IRL, a messaging app startup that once boasted a $1.2 billion valuation, is shutting down after revelations that the majority of its users were automated or from bots. The company had claimed to have 20 million monthly active users, but an investigation by the board of directors found that 95% of the users were not genuine.”
Coolest Renewable Tech of 2023
Remember when… This Startup Created a Virtual Power Plant for YOUR HOME
“Hamburg-based startup 1KOMMA5° has become a climate tech unicorn after securing €430 million in funding. The company's flagship product is Heartbeat, an IoT device that optimizes the energy system in homes by connecting solar panels with other energy infrastructure such as storage, car chargers, and heat pumps.”
Biggest Switchup of 2023
Remember when… The Spotify CEO Switched from Music to Medical Diagnostics
“Swedish medical diagnostics company Neko Health, co-founded by Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, has raised €60 million ($65.4 million) in a venture capital funding round to expand beyond Sweden.
The investment was led by VC firm Lakestar, with participation from Atomico, General Catalyst, and Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom. Neko Health operates private clinics equipped with its proprietary full-body 3D scanner and AI software, providing instant results for skin conditions and cardiovascular health.”
Craziest Biology Idea of 2023
Remember when… This Bio-Tech Startup Started Making Lab-Grown Human Eggs
“Conception, a biotech startup based in Berkeley, is aiming to revolutionize human reproduction through in vitro gametogenesis (IVG). They are working to turn induced pluripotent stem cells into human eggs, potentially allowing women who have lost their eggs due to cancer treatment, or those who have never been able to produce healthy eggs, to have genetically related babies at any age.”
Biggest Futuristic Leap of 2023
Remember when… These Three Chinese Robotic Companies Broke the Internet.
“Botinkit, a cooking robot company, has raised $13 million in a Series A funding round to expand its culinary robots to Europe and the Middle East SoftBank has invested in Rice Robotics, the maker of adorable delivery robots used in its Tokyo headquarters, contributing to a $7 million pre-Series A funding round. Beijing-based ForwardX, specializing in warehouse logistics and inventory management robots, has raised $30 million in a recent funding round, bringing its Series C to $61 million and total funding to $140 million.”
Biggest AI Breakthrough of 2023
Too many to count… 2023 was the year of AI and LLMs!
Top Tweet of 2023
The problem with working on startups is that it literally changes your brain & you can never see the world in the same way again. You have less patience for bureaucracy, institutions, process, the status quo & incremental improvements.
— Allison Barr Allen (@abarrallen)
Oct 21, 2023
Top Meme of 2023
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