Apple hires venture capitalist Josh Elman to help improve App Store discovery

Apple has hired Josh Elman, a prominent venture capitalist and former vice president of product at stock-trading app Robinhood, to help it improve iOS app discovery in the App Store. Elman announced the news via his Twitter account on Monday, saying he’s also leaving his role as a board partner at the firm Greylock Partners and as a board member of prominent tech companies like Discord and Medium.

Elman joining the App Store team may help improve the iPhone maker’s relationship with developers after a rather rough year in which Apple’s stewardship of the App Store has been called into question by critics, rivals, and regulators. For instance, Elman is previously a board member of and investor in Houseparty, the chat app acquired by Fortnite creator Epic Games.

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Co-Founders Of The Newly Launched Plus Venture Capital (+VC), Sharif El-Badawi And Hasan Haider, On How They Expect Their US$60 Million Fund To Boost And Bolster The Region’s Startup Ecosystem

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Plus Venture Capital (+VC) is a newly launched early-stage tech startup fund for the MENA and its diaspora, and it’s being led by two familiar names in the region’s startup ecosystem. Sharif El-Badawi and Hasan Haider, the former Managing Partners of 500 Startups’ MENA fund (500 Falcons) are behind the new US$60 million fund that aims to target 120 investments over the next three years.

At this point, it’s fair to wonder whether now is the right time to start up a new investment venture given the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on the region’s economies, but the co-founders’ confidence in their enterprise stems from their thorough knowledge of the ecosystem in which they plan to operate. For instance, according to Haider, the sustainability

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Blume Venture launches learning and networking programme for women entrepreneurs

Homegrown early-stage VC firm Blume Ventures on Friday launched Lead Tribe, a cohort-based learning and networking programme for early-stage women entrepreneurs to address the gender gap in the startup ecosystem in India and the world. 

It must also be noted that Lead Tribe is not a funding initiative.

Blume Ventures called for women founders to join the first cohort of the 12-week programme to be held virtually between January 18, 2021 and March 27, 2021. A hybrid model may be incorporated, depending on the pandemic situation. 

The firm aims to use its learnings, resources and network to help provide women-led businesses “the fuel they need to grow.”

“The gender gap starts as early as school and college, especially with male-dominated engineering colleges, and continues as they fundraise, hire, network, manage teams, and sell,” Radhika Agarwal, who is part of Blume Venture’s investment team, said on Twitter. 

The team spoke

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Myth-Busting In European Venture Capital

This piece was written in collaboration with the AllocateGP team which is building a community of European emerging VC managers and forward-thinking LPs.

The European venture capital market needs a makeover. Over the last two decades, Europe has struggled to keep up with its US counterpart. Historically, returns in European venture has lagged the US, which over time have given rise to a poor perception of Europe. However, over the last few years, the European venture landscape has shown signs of significant change for the better—with the returns starting to come through. Perhaps it is time to debunk several myths that people believe about European tech, and by doing so, we will shed some light on the investment opportunities emerging in Europe.

Myth #1: Europe Lacks Innovation And Talent. 

Often, investors and entrepreneurs remark that truly breakthrough technologies

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