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17 Mar 2023

How Blackbird AI is striking back at ChatGPT and AI-based attacks

BLACKBIRD.AI announced the release of RAV3N Copilot, an AI assistant for security analysts, which uses generative AI to counter offensive intelligence operations.

3 Mar 2023

Lemon Perfect, Bags Nearly $37 Million In Latest Funding Round

Lemon Perfect's founder and CEO, has confirmed an SEC filing that the Atlanta, GA-based hydration company has raised another $36.8 million in its latest equity deal, just one year after closing a $31 million series A with involvement of internationally famed artist Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.

10 Feb 2023

Starbucks Launches NotCo Products in Mexico & Argentina

NotCo's branded business NotCo Food, which offers plant-based products including NotMilk, NotBurger, and NotChicken, continues to be a leading supplier for retail and food service in Latin America.

3 Feb 2023

Partake Foods Achieves B Corp Certification

Partake Foods, the gluten-free, vegan and allergy-friendly company, announced that it has officially become a Certified B Corporation. The B Corp verification process measures a company's social and environmental performance, by undergoing a rigorous review of its impact on workers, customers, and communities. 

27 Jan 2023

List of first UK space satellites, the firms behind them and what they're for

Cornwall is in the spotlight as the site of the UK's first ever space launch. ForgeStar-0. the world's first returnable and reusable satellite platform was developed by Trousdale portfolio company, Space Forge. 

20 Jan 2023

Ecovative acquisition to boost leather alternative production

Ecovative says the purchase of the Lambert Europa Spawn and Substrate facility will bring the company greater global vertical integration as it expands international production of mycelium materials in fashion, packaging, and food.

13 Jan 2023

Saturn Satellite Networks Taps CesiumAstro for Phased Array Payload for SBN-1 Satellite Constellation

Saturn Satellite Networks signed a deal to use CesiumAstro's active phased array payload for its recently announced Space Broadband Networks satellite program. 


6 Jan 2023

Brightside Health Launches Nationwide Suicide Prevention Program

Behavioral health tech company Brightside Health launched a telehealth service for those with elevated suicide risk. The San Francisco-based startup moves into an area that many behavioral health tech companies have struggled to reach with the new service — treating serious mental illness (SMI). 

2 Dec 2022

The Best Inventions of 2022

Miso Robotics' Flippy 2, a modular system for industrial kitchens, has been selected for Time Magazine's Best Inventions of 2022. Flippy 2 uses AI to recognize raw ingredients and fry them to perfection, assisting restaurants in reducing both food waste and safety risks to staff. 

11 Nov 2022

Plant Provisions Deli-Meat Crafted with Real Vegetables First

Made with real vegetables, Planted Provision's products use whole food ingredients such as sweet potatoes, parsnips, bell peppers, beets and tomatoes, with no gluten or soy fillers. Each serving contains seven grams of plant protein and is available in five flavors. 

28 Oct 2022

Inc.'s Top 200 Female Founders: A Business-Minded Mom Makes Sweet Treats Safe for Everyone

In 2016, Denise Woodard founded Partake Foods, a New York City-based maker of cookies, brownies, and baking mixes that are free from the nine ingredients responsible for more than 90 percent of food allergies. Woodard is one of Inc. Magazine's Top 200 Female Founders of 2022.  

14 Oct 2022

Career Karma CEO on upskilling and lessons from Y Combinator

Career Karma raised $40 million in a series B round stacked with investors. Now, the company is partnering with businesses to connect employees and contractors with job training programs that can help them advance to the next stage of their careers.


19 Aug 2022

Mushroom Leather May Be Most Viable Vegan Alternative to Cowhide

Mycelium technology company Ecovative Design announced a deal with apparel firm Wolverine Worldwide Inc., whose portfolio includes shoe brands such as Merrell and Sperry, to use its Forager fungi material. It began a similar partnership in December with PVH Corp., which owns Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein.

22 Jul 2022

Simple pleasures and nature offer endless inspiration at Flamingo Estate

Flamingo Estate is the home of founder Richard Christiansen, and, in the spirit of its origins, a radical celebration of pleasure from the garden. Flamingo Estate works with over 75 farms who share a vision and values, and champion agricultural practices that enrich the soil, heal the Earth, and preserve endangered wisdom.

1 Jul 2022
Portfolio News

Texas Company Introduces Aircraft It Says Can Fly From LA to Tokyo in 1 Hour

Venus introduced their first conceptual vehicle design, the "Stargazer," at the Up.Summit in Bentonville, Arkansas. A spokesperson for Venus Aerospace explained: "At Venus Aerospace we are building the world's first Spaceplane that can fly at hypersonic speeds at the edge of the atmosphere. A Spaceplane that can take off from LAX and land in Tokyo in an hour, and then make the return flight to get you home for dinner."

17 Jun 2022

How a 29 year old launched a company that might be the solution to the baby formula shortage

29-year-old Laura Katz has always been passionate about the food industry. As she learned about its broken parts, she decided to gravitate towards innovation and advancement. Aiming to revolutionize instant formula, she launched Helaina.

9 May 2022
Portfolio News

Panera Bread Is Testing Automated Coffee Brewing With Miso Robotics

Panera Bread is piloting Miso Robotics' new automated coffee brewing system as it doubles down on its drink subscription program. 

Miso's latest launch is the CookRight Coffee system, which uses artificial intelligence to monitor coffee volume and temperature. It also provides predictive analytics that can tell the restaurant more about what kind of coffee its customers enjoy and when. 

4 May 2022
Portfolio News

First Meyers Manx Under New Ownership Will Go All-Electric!

58 years after the birth of the original, Meyers Manx is coming and it will be all-electric. A partnership with battery coating innovator Coreshell Technologies promises 240 hp and big range.

The original Manxes were made by Bruce Meyers himself, in a Newport Beach garage in 1964. They went on to be wildly popular, both defining and exporting the whole Southern California surf culture to the world. 

5 Jul 2021
Thought Leadership

Phillip Sarofim of Trousdale Ventures: "GET TO KNOW THE TEAM

I am very focused on investments that offer positive societal and environmental outcomes in addition to generating substantial financial returns and I see these outcomes as interdependent. I do believe that by investing in companies solving challenges in health, wellness, productivity and sustainability, we are satisfying and helping to drive consumer demand. And that, I believe will lead to financial success. These companies are offering healthier alternatives for consumers.

24 Feb 2021

The Investment Firm Behind California's Most Promising Better-For-You Brands

Founder of Trousdale Ventures, Phillip Sarofim, is on a mission to cultivate forward thinking brands and California growth companies that enrich the lives of their consumers.

10 Nov 2020
Portfolio News

Meyers Manx Company Sold, Designer Freeman Thomas Is New CEO

The iconic Southern California car that inspired the dune buggy craze will live
on in new designs.

3 Sep 2020
Portfolio News

The Best Hot Sauces You Haven't Tried Yet

The heat with Yellowbird; Texas natives treasure the hometown favorite sauce and the line of brightly-colored bottles, ranging from serrano to ghost pepper varieties. Give back to the community with Small Axe Peppers—they make their sauces from community garden harvests from urban farmers.

25 Sep 2020
Portfolio News

Jennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez Invest In Coffee Brand Super Coffee Cofounded By 30 Under 30 Honorees

Kitu Life Inc, the company behind the coffee brand Super Coffee cofounded by three brothers who made our 2019 30 Under 30 Food and Drink list, announced today that it has picked up a minority investment from superstar couple Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez.

30 Jun 2020
Portfolio News

Startup Behind Super Coffee Gets Valuation Topping $200 Million

Kitu Life Inc., the startup behind fast-growing beverage brand Super Coffee, has raised $25 million in a fundraising round that values it at more than $200 million.

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