Impossible Foods makes a meat-free burger that tastes and cooks a lot like meat. That’s due in part to the protein heme (a protein cultivated from soybean roots) which the company argues is what gives meat its distinctive flavor. Impossible Foods makes its own heme from yeast fermentation. Celebrities have jumped on the investor bandwagon, including Jay-Z, Will.i.am, Jaden Smith and Katy Perry. Institutional investors include Khosla Ventures, Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates, Google Ventures, Horizons Ventures, UBS, Viking Global Investors, Temasek, Sailing Capital, and Open Philanthropy Project.
It’s difficult to know if a business’ partners have paid their taxes, filed for bankruptcy or are involved in lawsuits. That leads businesses to write off $120 billion a year in uncollectable bad debt. Middesk does due diligence to sort out good businesses from the bad to provide assurance for B2B deals, loans, investments, acquisitions and more. By giving clients the confidence that they’ll be paid, Middesk could insert itself into a wide array of transactions.
Dyneti has invented a credit card scanner SDK that uses a smartphone’s camera to help prevent fraud by more than 50 percent and improve conversion for businesses by 5 percent. The business was started by a pair of former Uber employees, including CEO Julia Zheng, who launched the fraud analytics teams for Account Security and UberEATS. Dyneti’s service is powered by deep learning and works on any card format. In the two months since it launched, the company has signed contracts with Rappi, Gametime and others.
Botsify makes the process of creating chatbots simple for anyone. The platform has automated the Facebook chatbot creation process. This means any company, or individual can create their own bot in just a few clicks. They don’t have to install the code on their own web host, instead, notify does that for them. They can enter their own questions, and command the bot according to their needs. The app creates as many bots as one likes and is totally customizable for greeting messages and other commands.