Top Stories on StartUps (April 9)

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Top Stories on StartUps (April 9)

An additional 20 new articles from April 8 – April 9 that discuss startups and entrepreneurs on Twitter have been added on rows 162-181 of the attached spreadsheet.
  • Thirteen out of the 20 articles discussed either how the coronavirus affected startups or how startups were finding ways to help during the pandemic. For example, the article titled Startups Step Up with Free Resources and Virtual Technology mentioned 11 startups that were providing their services for a discount or for free amid the COVID-19 crisis. Some startups that were mentioned are AgroScout, w3.care, and Kinetica. Kinetica is providing researchers and scientists free access to its Active Analytics Platform, which helps analyze coronavirus’ impact in communities.
  • One article from April 8 mentioned the cancellation of an event due to the coronavirus. Viva Technology, which is one of the largest startups and tech events in Europe, was scheduled to take place in June 2020 but is now postponed until 2021. In the meantime, VivaTech is still working with its partners to serve "as a facilitator of open innovation" and support startups amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The most recent article listed on the spreadsheet that has the highest likes at 147 is titled, The Psychology of Founders Who Win in Downturns. This article was published on April 8, and the author discusses how CEOs change "their mindsets and psychology" in order to succeed when the economy is down. The author noted eight "mind shifts" from CEOs whose companies thrived during economic downturns.
  • Two startups recently reported that they raised millions in funding. Intellifusion, a China-based startup providing services in "surveillance-enhancing endeavors," announced that it completed "a round of financing totaling $141 million," while payments and banking startup Sila announced that it raised $7.7 million in seed funding.
  • Two stories focused on a partnership and an acquisition with a startup. Accenture said it is acquiring Revolutionary Security, a Philadelphia-based startup, to "expand its cybersecurity practice," while American-based online marketplace, Real Items, and China’s Tricol Group have partnered to help consumers verify the authenticity of KN95 masks.

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 8 – April 9. 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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