Famous people like food
Tech downturn, crypto winter, inflation, blah, blah, blah.
What’s the really important question we haven’t discussed in 2022?
A: The cool and sometimes weird food & bev startups that celebrity angel investors are piling into.
So we mined the CB Insights deal database to find some. Here’s a sampling:
Breakfast of champions: Everyone from Shakira to Odell Beckham Jr. to The Chainsmokers joined an $85M round to this high-protein, zero-sugar cereal.
Where to, Miss? Leonardo DiCaprio has got his eyes on cultured salmon and vegan fast food.
When life gives you lemons… Beyoncé participated in a $31M Series A to a startup that makes “cold-pressed lemon water” in April.
Milk it: LeBron James, Emily Ratajkowski, John Legend, and others backed this carbon-neutral food company’s line of milk products.
Smell test: Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher invested in a Germany-based startup which has created a water bottle with a scent ring that gives the illusion of flavor when drinking water.
Prebiotic soda? This healthier soda has garnered the backing of Gwyneth Paltrow, Camila Cabello, and the Jonas Brothers, among others.
Honorable mention: Kutcher and DiCaprio recently bet on a Styrofoam substitute made from shrimp shell waste.
“Cybersecurity is the number one threat facing businesses today.” — Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, October 2021
Microsoft has backed up that statement with plans to spend $20B on cybersecurity over the next 5 years.
It’s also made the most cybersecurity acquisitions of any other big tech player (among FAMGA) since 2016, including most recently foreign cyber threat intelligence provider Miburo.
From defending the cloud to expanding IoT device security, we analyze Microsoft’s cybersecurity strategy in this report.