Top Stories on StartUps (April 7)

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Top Stories on StartUps (April 7)

An additional 20 new articles discussing startups and entrepreneurs on Twitter have been added on rows 122-141 of the attached spreadsheet.
  • Seven out of the 20 articles discussed either how the coronavirus affected startups or how startups were helping people during the pandemic. For example, Ayu Devices, an IIT Bombay startup, developed a digital stethoscope to listen to chest sounds. The device allows doctors to store “the auscultated sound as part of the” patient’s health record and share it among other doctors.
  • Three startups recently reported that they raised millions in funding. Food ordering and delivery platform Swiggy raised an extra $43 million “as part of its ongoing Series-I funding round,” while a California-based startup PsiQuantum raised $215 million to build a commercial quantum machine. Vietnam fintech startup Finhay said it “raised a seven-digit investment from” the American “savings app Acorns, local company Thien Viet Securities, and other investors.” Finhay did not reveal the amount it raised.
  • Two articles mentioned a merger and acquisition. Apple acquired Irish startup Voysis, which improves “voice assistants for online shopping apps,” while Foursquare merged with Factual Inc., which is a startup that focuses on locations.
  • Two articles discussed WeWork. In one of the articles, SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son talked about how WeWork may still survive amid the COVID-19 pandemic, while another article discussed WeWork's downfall, especially after its major shareholder, SoftBank, declined to buy $3 billion in WeWork stock.
  • Some articles mentioned how startups that were severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic can survive. For example, the article, How do startups, entrepreneurs survive this virus crisis? Here are 6 ways to stay standing, provides suggestions, such as focusing on current investors and innovating, in order for startups to thrive.

Research Strategy

These articles were selected by using hashtag and non-hashtag searches with Twitter and Twitter's proprietary algorithms for rankings of top articles that discussed startups or entrepreneurs. We used the articles' original posts, as ranked by Twitter, to find the engagement metrics.

Our first step was to go to Twitter's search filters, select "Advanced search," and type in our keywords along with the dates, April 6 – April 7. The keywords we used were entrepreneurs and startups. Then we searched through the list of posts to discover the top articles that people tweeted or re-tweeted within the specific dates. We then searched for the original article post on Twitter from the publisher to find the amount of times the story was shared, commented on, and liked.
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