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Pakistan edtech startup Maqsad gets $2.1M pre-seed to make education more accessible  

Taha Ahmed and Rooshan Aziz left their jobs in strategy consulting and investment banking in London earlier this year in order to found a mobile-only education platform startup, Maqsad, in Pakistan, with a goal “to make education more accessible to 100 million Pakistani students.” Having grown up in Karachi, childhood friends Ahmed and Aziz are […]

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2021-09-20 05:53:03



FloBiz raises $31 million to scale its neobank for small businesses in India  

FloBiz, an Indian startup that is building a neobank for small- and medium-sized businesses in the South Asian market, said on Monday it has raised $31 million in a new financing round as it works to broaden its product offerings. Sequoia Capital India and Think Investments co-led the 18-month-old startup's Series B financing round. Existing […]

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2021-09-20 04:28:09



Xata is a database service for serverless apps  

Meet Xata, a startup with a new take on managed databases. The company runs your database for you and turns it into an API so that you can query and update it from your serverless app. Xata has raised a $5 million funding round. Its product is not yet ready for prime time but the […]

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2021-09-20 02:11:55



India's Cars24, a used-vehicle sales platform, raises $450M at a $1.84B valuation  

The used car market is getting another major infusion of venture capital today, with one of the faster scaling startups out of India picking up a major round of financing to double down on growth: Cars24 — a site and app that sells users cars and used two-wheeled motorbikes — has raised $450 million, a […]

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2021-09-20 01:35:42



How to meet the demand of EV infrastructure and maintain a stable grid  

A combination of a new blueprint for managing energy on the grid plus behavior change is needed.

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2021-09-19 01:45:36



SEC Regional Director Erin Schneider is joining us at Disrupt  

If ever there was a time when working at the Securities and Exchange Commission was a dull affair, that’s no longer true. The federal agency that’s responsible for protecting investors and maintaining fair and orderly functioning of our securities markets is busier than ever, thanks to the rise of SPACs, cryptocurrencies and new rules around […]

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2021-09-18 20:45:58



Executive coaching for employees is complicated and emotional  

BetterUp, a reskilling and coaching platform for employees before and beyond the C-suite, is getting in touch with its emotions. This week, the richly funded unicorn startup announced a pair of acquisitions in the emotional artificial intelligence and people management space: Motive and Impraise. The terms of the deal weren't disclosed. 

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2021-09-18 19:23:21



This Week in Apps: Apple's iPhone event, App Annie hit with securities fraud, OpenSea goes mobile  

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices […]

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2021-09-18 19:19:58



1 change that can fix the VC funding crisis for women founders  

We need to increase the number of women investing partners who can write large seed checks.

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2021-09-18 13:59:15



China Roundup: Beijing is tearing down the digital 'walled gardens'  

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch's China roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. This week, China gets serious about breaking down the walled gardens that its internet giants have formed for decades. Two major funding rounds were announced, […]

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2021-09-18 12:58:18



Divining the real value of my favorite fintech sub-niche   

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It's inspired by what the weekday Exchange column digs into, but free, and made for your weekend reading.

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2021-09-18 12:56:02



The GoPro-ification of the iPhone  

Hello friends, and welcome back to Week in Review! Last week, we talked about some sunglasses from a company that many people do not like very much. This week, we’re talking about Apple and the company 1,600 times smaller than it that’s facing similar product problems. If you're reading this on the TechCrunch site, you […]

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2021-09-18 12:44:01



SoftBank's Marcelo Claure is coming to Disrupt next week  

SoftBank has been on a tear in Latin America. The Japanese investment conglomerate just announced it has launched its second Latin America-focused fund with a $3 billion capital commitment from the company that may grow as the fund explores “options to raise additional capital,” according to SoftBank. The vehicle follows hot on the heels of […]

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2021-09-18 06:12:14



What we can learn from edtech startups' expansion efforts in Europe  

Unlike their neighbors in fintech, it's assumed that edtech companies need to expand to a number of big markets in order to reach a scale that makes them attractive to VCs.

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2021-09-18 04:06:28



Google abused dominant position of Android in India, antitrust probe finds  

Google has abused the dominant position of Android in India to illegally hurt competitors in the world’s second largest internet market, a two-year antitrust probe by nation’s watchdog has found. The Android-maker reduced device manufacturing firms’ ability and incentive to develop and sell devices operating on alternative versions of Android, the probe found, according to […]

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2021-09-18 03:55:06



User's Guide to TechCrunch Disrupt 2021  

TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 approaches in just three days. Here's your how-to guide for everything you can expect at Disrupt. Although the main show kicks off on Tuesday the 21st, there'll be some sneak peeks and extras going down on Monday. Make sure to log in to Hopin by noon on Monday to catch it all, […]

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2021-09-18 03:40:58



Tips for managing growth across iOS updates  

"I've seen startups spend thousands of dollars inefficiently as a result of not having optimal signal in their paid acquisition campaigns. I've also spent millions at companies such as Postmates refining our signal to the best possible state," says growth marketer Jonathan Martinez in a guest column for Extra Crunch this week. "I'd like every […]

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2021-09-18 01:41:09



OpenSea released an app — but it's for browsing, not buying and selling  

It’s a big day for the Amazon of the decentralized internet — OpenSea now has an app for iOS and Android. For most companies, having a mobile app is a milestone you’d reach before hitting a $1.5 billion valuation. But like any store — whether you’re selling NFT art or not — there’s a hefty […]

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2021-09-17 20:19:52



Michigan State Police to begin testing Ford Mach-E Interceptors  

On Friday, Ford announced that it, in short order, will deliver one of its Mustang Mach-E Interceptor prototypes — which appears to be based on the Mach-E GT variant — to the Michigan State Police.

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2021-09-17 19:39:39



Elon Musk praises Chinese automakers amidst regulatory scrutiny  

An unusually scripted Elon Musk issued conciliatory and complimentary comments to Chinese automakers during a pre-recorded appearance at China's World New Energy Vehicle Congress, striking a pose that is worlds away from his commentary style in the United States. "I have a great deal of respect for the many Chinese automakers for driving these [EV […]

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2021-09-17 19:29:45



Marketers should plan for more DIY metrics as iOS 15 nears  

Apple is planning to remove developer access to key user data as part of its iOS 15 release on Monday. So how are marketers going to figure out growth from here?

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2021-09-17 15:20:35



TechCrunch Disrupt kicks off in just a few days  

The final countdown to TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 is on, folks and we cannot be more excited to get this party started. In a just a few days — on September 21-23 — we spotlight the people who envision the future and push beyond what exists to create what will be. It may sound high falutin', […]

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2021-09-17 14:12:04



Web host Epik was warned of a critical website bug weeks before it was hacked  

Hackers associated with the hacktivist collective Anonymous say they have leaked gigabytes of data from Epik, a web host and domain registrar that provides services to far-right sites like Gab, Parler and 8chan, which found refuge in Epik after they were booted from mainstream platforms. In a statement attached to a torrent file of the […]

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2021-09-17 13:35:58



WarnerMedia's Andy Forssell will discuss HBO Max at Disrupt 2021  

In May 2020, WarnerMedia launched HBO Max into a crowded streaming landscape. In spite of early struggles, the timing couldn't have been better. When the world was stuck at home, struggling to find new sources of entertainment amid a global pandemic, HBO's latest attempt at an app-based platform rose in the ranks alongside fellow newly […]

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2021-09-17 13:29:34



Google reportedly plans to add free channels to its smart TV platform  

Chromecasts and other devices powered by Google TV might give users access to free, ad-supported streaming television channels in the future, according to a new report.

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2021-09-17 12:56:57



Zoom looks beyond video conferencing as triple-digit 2020 growth begins to slow  

The company has been undertaking plans over last couple of years to move beyond its core video conferencing market — here's how industry experts see this plan working.

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2021-09-17 12:09:05



Extra Crunch roundup: Adtech investing, Intuit buys Mailchimp, ideal customer profiles  

In school, it's highly unethical to copy someone else's work and pass it off as your own. In business, however, it is expected.

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2021-09-17 11:35:28



Aurora Propulsion Technologies closes €1.7M seed for spacecraft maneuvering and deorbiting tech  

More spacecraft will be sent to orbit this year than ever before in human history, and the number of satellite launches is only anticipated to increase through the rest of the decade. Under these crowded conditions, being able to maneuver satellites in space and deorbit them when they reach the end of their useful life […]

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2021-09-17 10:40:10



Demand Curve: How to get social proof that grows your startup  

When people are uncertain, they look to others for behavioral guidance. This is called social proof, and using it effectively can lead to up to 400% improvement in conversion.

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2021-09-17 10:32:20



Apple and Google bow to pressure in Russia to remove Kremlin critic's tactical voting app  

Apple and Google have removed from their respective mobile app stores in Russia a tactical voting app created by the organization of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. Earlier this week Reuters reported that the Russian state had been amping up the pressure on foreign tech giants ahead of federal elections — appropriating the language of […]

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2021-09-17 10:14:49



Cameo launches Cameo Calls, a service for fans to video chat with celebs  

If you really want to video chat tonight with William Hung of retro American Idol fame… got twenty bucks to spare? Yesterday, Cameo launched its Cameo Calls products, which lets fans video chat for up to 15 minutes one-on-one with their favorite influencers and celebrities. The talent sets the duration, time, and price of their […]

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2021-09-17 09:30:13



Journey Clinical raises $3M to allow psychotherapists to prescribe psychedelics  

Psychedelics companies are all the rage right now. Compass Pathways is working with the magic mushroom compound psilocybin to treat depression. It's has raised $290 million in total. Atai Life Sciences — backed by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel — brought in $258 million from its IPO. In the tech space, this has not gone unnoticed […]

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2021-09-17 09:25:12



A knock against bootstrapping  

Natasha and Mary Ann and Alex were all aboard this week under the guidance of Chris and Grace, which meant we had the full team. And speaking of teams, Mary Ann is joining the Friday show on a weekly basis now. She’s been a friend for years, and a colleague now twice-over for Natasha and Alex and we could not be more […]

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2021-09-17 08:30:47



Gingko Bioworks, valued at $15B, begins trading today: Here's how their business works  

Gingko Bioworks, a synthetic biology company now valued at around $15 billion, begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange today. Gingko's market debut is one of the largest in biotech history. It's expected to raise about $1.6 billion for the company. It's also one of the biggest SPAC deals done to date — Gingko […]

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2021-09-17 08:25:05



The value of software revenue may have finally stopped rising  

Startups are raising record sums around the world, thanks to several contributing factors. But the free ride could be ending.

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2021-09-17 06:41:12



Boston Dynamics owner Hyundai deploys Spot for factory safety monitoring  

Back in June, Hyundai completed a deal for controlling interest in Boston Dynamics. The Korean automotive giant no doubt has some grand plans for integrating the Massachusetts-based firm's technology into a lot of their forward-looking concept mobility vehicles — for now, however, it’s more about putting existing robots to work. Hyundai today announced the arrival […]

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2021-09-17 06:29:07



Longtime VC, and happy Miami transplant, David Blumberg has a new $225 million fund  

Blumberg Capital, founded in 1991 by investor David Blumberg, has just closed its fifth early-stage venture fund with $225 million, a vehicle that Blumberg says was oversubscribed — he planned to raise $200 million — and that has already been used to invest in 16 startups around the world (the firm has small offices in […]

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2021-09-17 06:25:18



Inside GitLab's IPO filing  

While the technology and business world worked towards the weekend, DevOps firm GitLab filed to go public. So we need to pause, digest the company's S-1 filing, and come to some early conclusions.

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2021-09-17 06:19:52



Ketch raises another $20M as demand grows for its privacy data control platform  

Ketch's OTC enables developers to embed security and governance into a piece of data as they build software.

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2021-09-17 05:50:08



Choices and constraints: How DTC companies decide which strategy to follow  

In DTC, how companies decide omnichannel strategies depends on how well they know what their customers' choices are and what their ideal strategy will be.

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2021-09-17 04:55:44



Grab your free Disrupt Expo Pass to access these breakout sessions at Disrupt next week  

As we get closer to TechCrunch Disrupt 2021, the list of our special breakout sessions just gets bigger and better. The wide range of tech startups is on full display in these sessions hosted by our partners. What's more, these smaller, interactive gatherings pack a lot of advice, insight and value — with plenty of […]

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2021-09-17 04:44:15



In internal memo, Apple says it is monitoring legal challenges to Texas abortion law  

In a message posted on an internal employee message board today, Apple said that it was monitoring the legal challenges to what it refers to as the “uniquely restrictive abortion law” that was recently passed in Texas. Apple confirmed the authenticity of the message to TechCrunch. “We are actively monitoring the legal proceedings challenging the […]

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2021-09-17 04:21:27



Tesla will open controversial FSD beta software to owners with a good driving record  

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company will use personal driving data to determine whether owners who have paid for its controversial "Full Self-Driving" software can access the latest beta version that promises more automated driving functions. Musk tweeted late Thursday night that the FSD Beta v10.0.1 software update, which has already been pushed out […]

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2021-09-17 03:25:41



Daily Crunch: Apple, Google bow to Russian pressure  

Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for Friday, September 17th! What a week, ya'll. It is now just days before Disrupt, which means the TechCrunch hive is buzzing. I'll leave it by noting that Reid Hoffman is coming, which is going to be a treat.

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2021-09-17 02:50:57



Ryder to build logistics network with autonomous trucking company Embark  

Supply chain and fleet management solutions company Ryder is partnering with yet another autonomous trucking company. On Thursday, Ryder announced its plans to help Embark launch a nationwide network of up to 100 transfer points that will be owned and operated by the autonomous trucking developer.  This is Ryder's third public partnership with autonomous trucking […]

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2021-09-17 02:39:09



Rolls-Royce's all-electric aircraft completes 15-minute maiden voyage  

Rolls-Royce, best known in aviation for its jet engines, has taken an all-electric airplane on its maiden voyage. The "Spirit of Innovation" completed a 15 minute flight.

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2021-09-17 02:38:50



Former Instacart CFO Sagar Sanghvi joins Accel as its newest partner  

Instacart's chief financial officer Sagar Sanghvi has departed from the on-demand grocery delivery company after nearly six years and is returning to his investing roots. Specifically, Sanghvi has joined Accel as a partner focused on global growth-stage consumer and enterprise investments. Prior to becoming CFO of Instacart, Sanghvi served as the company's vice president of […]

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2021-09-17 02:12:40



Since I can't build a wall around our talent, here's how I'm reducing turnover  

To stave off the threat of talent poaching, which has long been a factor in the tech world, we've invested heavily in our culture and staff.

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2021-09-17 01:56:30



Defy Partners leads $3M round into sales intelligence platform Aircover  

Aircover's conversational AI software integrates with Zoom and automates parts of the sales process to lead to more effective conversations.

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2021-09-17 01:13:01



Reid Hoffman is returning to Disrupt  

You’ve probably learned from Reid Hoffman before, either through his inventions, investments or inspirational words. The entrepreneur is the co-founder of LinkedIn, a partner at Greylock and the author of a new book based off of his hit podcast, Masters of Scale.  His storied past makes him chock-full of interesting anecdotes and lessons, which is […]

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2021-09-16 21:30:40



Rivian announces membership plan with complementary charging and LTE connectivity  

With R1T trucks rolling off the assembly line at its factory in Normal, Illinois, Rivian continues to prepare for the official debut of its first EVs later this month. On Thursday, the automaker introduced a membership program that will grant Rivian owners access to complementary charging at its soon-to-be-built Adventure Network and Waypoints chargers.

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2021-09-16 18:30:06



Daily Crunch: Lucid Air puts Tesla in rearview mirror by earning 520-mile EPA range rating  

Hello friends and welcome to Daily Crunch, bringing you the most important startup, tech and venture capital news in a single package.

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2021-09-16 17:01:37



GM extends Chevy Bolt EV production shutdown through mid-October  

General Motors is extending the shutdown of its Orion Assembly Plant until at least mid-October as a result of a battery pack shortage related to the recently announced Chevy Bolt EV and EUV safety recall. Bloomberg first reported that the company intends to idle its plant through the week of October 11. "These most recent […]

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2021-09-16 16:16:01



Avalanche raises $230 million from private sale of AVAX tokens  

Avalanche, a relatively new blockchain with a focus on speed and low transactions costs, has completed a $230 million private sale of AVAX tokens to some well-known crypto funds. Polychain and Three Arrows Capital are leading the investment. The Avalanche Foundation completed the private sale back in June 2021 and is disclosing it today. Other […]

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2021-09-16 12:54:49



Mirantis launches cloud-native data center-as-a-service software  

Mirantis has been around the block, starting way back as an OpenStack startup, but a few years ago the company began to embrace cloud-native development technologies like containers, microservices and Kubernetes. Today, it announced Mirantis Flow, a fully managed open source set of services designed to help companies manage a cloud-native data center environment, whether […]

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2021-09-16 11:54:02



Lucid Air snags the longest range EV title, surpassing Tesla  

Lucid Group, the all-electric automaker slated to go public this year, said Thursday that one variant of its upcoming luxury Air sedan has an EPA range of more than 520 miles. The official rating of the Lucid Air Dream Edition Range variant pushes Lucid past Tesla, a company that has long dominated in this category. […]

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2021-09-16 11:47:34



Tyk raises $35M for its open source, open-ended approach to enterprise API management  

APIs are the grease turning the gears and wheels for many organizations’ IT systems today, but as APIs grow in number and use, tracking how they work (or don’t work) together can become complex and potentially critical if something goes awry. Now, a startup that has built an innovative way to help with this is […]

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2021-09-16 11:42:02



Ford boosts spending to increase production capacity of its F-150 Lightning electric truck  

Ford said Thursday it will invest another $250 million and add 450 jobs to increase production capacity of its upcoming F-150 Lightning to 80,000 all-electric trucks annually. The announcement comes after receiving more than 150,000 pre-orders for the all-electric pickup truck. The additional funds and jobs will be spread out across its new Rouge Electric […]

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2021-09-16 11:25:41



Fiberplane nabs € 7.5M seed to bring Google Docs-like collaboration to incident response  

Fiberplane, an Amsterdam-based early stage startup that is building collaborative notebooks for SREs (site reliability engineers)  to collaborate around an incident in a similar manner to group editing in a Google Doc, announced a ​​€ 7.5M (approximately $8.8 million USD) seed round today. The round was co-led by Crane Venture Partners and Notion Capital with […]

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2021-09-16 10:11:46



Twitter Super Follows has generated only around $6K+ in its first two weeks  

Twitter’s creator platform Super Follows is off to an inauspicious start, having contributed to somewhere around $6,000 in U.S. iOS revenue in the first two weeks the feature has been live, according to app intelligence data provided by Sensor Tower. And it’s made only around $600 or so in Canada. A small portion of that […]

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2021-09-16 09:58:39



FTC says health apps must notify consumers about data breaches — or face fines  

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has warned apps and devices that collect personal health information must notify consumers if their data is breached or shared with third parties without their permission. In a 3-2 vote on Wednesday, the FTC agreed on a new policy statement to clarify a decade-old 2009 Health Breach Notification Rule, […]

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2021-09-16 09:03:23



Open Mineral raises $33M Series C funding for its 'eBay for commodities trading' platform  

Back in 2018 we covered how Open Mineral (OM), a startup aiming to leverage greater transparency in commodities trading, had raised $2.25 million. Well, they've come a long way, and now the Zug, Switzerland-based, company has raised a $33 million Series C funding round led by Mubadala Investment Company. Existing investors Xploration Capital and Emerald […]

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2021-09-16 08:55:50



Crypto's networked collaboration will drive Web 3.0  

Web 1.0 was the static web, and Web 2.0 is the social web, but Web 3.0 will be the decentralized web. It will move us from a world where communities contribute but don't profit, to one where they can.

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2021-09-16 08:36:20



Facebook revamps its business tool lineup following threats to its ad targeting business  

Facebook today is announcing the launch of new products and features for business owners, following the threat to its ad targeting business driven by Apple’s new privacy features, which now allow mobile users to opt out of being tracked across their iOS apps. The social networking giant has repeatedly argued that Apple’s changes would impact […]

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2021-09-16 08:23:11



SOSV is building a New Jersey HAX facility for industrial, healthcare and climate startups  

SOSV this morning announced work on a $50 million HAX facility in Newark, New Jersey focused on growing industrial, healthcare and climate startups. The five-year development plan utilizes $25 million from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. The facility is set to open in June of 2022, with an eye on early-stage U.S. companies working […]

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2021-09-16 07:48:30



Microsoft Office 2021 will be available on October 5th  

Microsoft will release the new Office 2021 on October 5th, Windows 11 launch dy. Office 2021 is a one-time purchase that will be available on both Windows and macOS.

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2021-09-16 07:32:46



Rocket Lab's Peter Beck will discuss taking a company interplanetary at Disrupt 2021  

Building an orbital launch business from scratch is no simple matter, but what if that business is just a stepping stone to a vertically integrated, interplanetary space company? Rocket Lab founder Peter Beck will be joining us next week at TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 (Sept 21-23) to talk about the challenge and exhilaration of pursuing his […]

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2021-09-16 06:59:11



What could stop the startup boom?  

Similar to how certain macroeconomic conditions have provided a long-term boost, a reversal of those conditions could do the opposite.

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2021-09-16 06:42:13



Facebook knows Instagram harms teens. Now, its plan to open the app to kids looks worse than ever  

Facebook is in the hot seat again. The Wall Street Journal published a powerful multi-part series on the company this week, drawing from internal documents on everything from the company’s secretive practice of whitelisting celebrities to its knowledge that Instagram is taking a serious toll on the mental health of teen girls. The flurry of […]

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2021-09-16 06:16:31



Vietnam-based CoderSchool gets $2.6M pre-Series A to scale online course platform  

CoderSchool, a Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam-based online coding school startup, announced today $2.6 million in pre-Series A funding to scale up its online coding school platform. This round was led by Monk's Hill Ventures, with participation from returning seed investors Iterative, XA Network and iSeed Ventures. CoderSchool raised a seed round led by TRIVE […]

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2021-09-16 05:51:27



Don't miss the Startup Alley Crawls at Disrupt next week  

It's coming down to the wire folks. TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 — our flagship global event — takes over the internet on September 21-23. More than 10,000 people will attend to learn about the latest tech and investment trends from iconic leaders, founders and VCs. They'll network and connect to build game-changing startups. Time to get […]

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2021-09-16 05:31:29



CodeSignal secures $50M for its tech hiring platform  

The company's technical assessment technology is a "flight simulator for developers," that gives candidates a score based on a simulated evaluation of their skills.

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2021-09-16 05:20:37



A16z in talks to back CoinSwitch Kuber in first India investment  

A16z is inching closer to making its first investment in a startup in India, the world’s second largest internet market that has produced over two dozen unicorns this year. The Menlo Park-headquartered firm is in final stages of conversations to invest in Indian crypto trading startup CoinSwitch Kuber, three sources familiar with the matter told […]

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2021-09-16 05:18:54



Gogoro will go public on Nasdaq after $2.35B SPAC deal  

Gogoro is going public. The company, which is best known for its electric Smartscooters and swappable battery infrastructure, announced today it will list on Nasdaq through a merger with Poema Global, a SPAC affiliated with Princeville Capital. The deal sets Gogoro's enterprise valuation at $2.35 billion and is targeted to close in the first quarter […]

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2021-09-16 05:06:57



Gillmor Gang: Off the Wall  

Most of us count the golden age of Michael Jackson’s career with the Quincy Jones produced global smashes of Thriller and Bad. Fueled by the stream of videos and multi-single releases (5 on Bad), the records dominated the charts, radio, and MTV. But the real breakthrough came just before with Jackson’s first solo record Off […]

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2021-09-16 04:58:58



Liveblocks is an API that lets you add real-time collaboration to your product  

Meet Liveblocks, a startup that has been working on a set of APIs so that it's easier to build a collaborative product. Essentially, it lets you create multiplayer experiences on the web or in your app. The company started with a live presence state API. If you integrate this API in your product, it means […]

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2021-09-16 04:34:51



Submit your pitch deck now for live feedback at TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 next week  

The art of pitching is perhaps the most important art that a founder learns on their journey to unicorn status and beyond. And like any art, it helps to get some critical feedback along the way from the judges on the other side of the table. That's why every Disrupt, we host Pitch Deck Teardown, […]

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2021-09-16 03:56:07



For the love of the loot: Blockchain, the metaverse and gaming's blind spot  

The way NFTs are currently being discussed in relation to gaming are very much in danger of Killing the core gameplay loop via a financial fast track.

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2021-09-16 03:38:27



African genomics startup 54gene raises $25M to expand precision medicine capabilities  

Less than 3% of genetic material used in global pharmaceutical research is from Africa. The staggering gap is quite surprising because Africans and people of African descent are reported to be more genetically diverse than any other population. Since launching in 2019, African genomics startup 54gene has been at the forefront of bridging this divide […]

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2021-09-16 03:31:09



Skello raises $47.3 million for its employee scheduling tool  

French startup Skello has raised a $47.3 million funding round (€40 million). The company has been working on a software-as-a-service tool that lets you manage the work schedule of your company. What makes it special is that Skello automatically takes into account local labor laws and collective agreements. Partech is leading today's funding round. Existing […]

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2021-09-16 03:16:36



Volta Trucks raises €37 million to bring electric delivery trucks to the streets of London and Paris  

Trucking tends to be associated with highways, but it's not uncommon to find large delivery vehicles trundling down the tightly packed streets of the world's most populated cities. According to EV startup Volta Trucks, that's far from ideal: in London, large commercial vehicles cause around 26% of pedestrian fatalities and around 80% of cyclist fatalities, […]

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2021-09-16 03:08:03



Google's R&D division experiments with newsletters powered by Google Drive  

Following entries into the newsletter market from tech companies like Facebook and Twitter, Google is now experimenting with newsletters, too. The company’s internal R&D division, Area 120, has a new project called Museletter, which allows anyone to publish a Google Drive file as a blog or newsletter to their Museletter public profile or to an […]

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2021-09-16 02:35:40



Tanso nabs $1.9M pre-seed to help industrial manufacturers do sustainability reporting  

The climate crisis is creating massive demand for data capture as industries grapple with how to decarbonize. Put simply, you can’t cut your carbon emissions if don’t know what they are in the first place. This need to gather data is a big opportunity for startups — and a wave of early companies have already […]

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2021-09-16 02:35:20



4 ways to leverage ROAS to triple lead generation  

Whether you're investing in your human resources or in critical tech, some outlay in the short term is always needed for long-term success. That's true when it comes to marketing as well.

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2021-09-16 02:33:29



As offices come back, ATMO launches air monitoring device claiming to give COVID-risk score  

Way back in 2015 we covered the launch of the Atmotube, a small, innovative, portable air quality monitor which went on to receive a number of awards after its CES debut. Since rebranding as ATMO, the company, co-founded by Vera Kozyr, is now launching the Atmocube, an indoor air quality monitoring system for businesses and […]

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2021-09-16 02:29:01



Online events platform Delegate Connect gets $10M AUD led by AirTree  

Delegate Connect is the latest virtual/hybrid events platform to land funding. The Melbourne-based startup announced today it has raised $10 million AUD (about $7.3 million USD) in seed funding led by AirTree Ventures, which wrote Delegate Connect the biggest seed check in the fund's history so far. Other participants included Skip Capital, TEN13 and Australian […]

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2021-09-16 02:26:23



Confluent CEO Jay Kreps is coming to TC Sessions: SaaS for a fireside chat  

As companies process ever-increasing amounts of data, moving it in real time is a huge challenge for organizations. Confluent is a streaming data platform built on top of the open source Apache Kafka project that’s been designed to process massive numbers of events. To discuss this, and more, Confluent CEO and co-founder Jay Kreps will […]

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2021-09-16 01:27:05



Tiger's bullish robotic investments  

On Tuesday, Tiger Global led not one but two big funding rounds, announcing its role in a $26 million Series A for Ambi and an additional $50 million for Locus Robotics. The firm has been so active in investing of late, that neither one of these companies cracked Alex's coveted "Today's Tiger round" in our […]

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2021-09-16 01:11:44



Whatnot raises another $150M for its livestream shopping platform, evolves into a unicorn  

Whatnot, a live streaming shopping platform for collectors to buy and sell things like rare Pokemon cards and Funko Pops, has closed a $150M Series C — its third round of fundraising in 2021 alone. This round pins Whatnot’s valuation at $1.5B, earning it a spot on the ever-growing list of unicorns. So what’s a […]

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2021-09-16 01:05:10



Daily Crunch: SpaceX set to launch 4 civilians into orbit for 3-day mission  

Hello friends and welcome to Daily Crunch, bringing you the most important startup, tech and venture capital news in a single package.

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2021-09-15 19:22:14



Beware the hidden bias behind TikTok resumes  

Hiring processes need to be about letting people put their best foot forward, whether that is in writing or on video.

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2021-09-15 17:41:05



Tiger Global-led $100M investment makes Apna India's fastest unicorn  

A 22-month-old startup that is helping millions of blue- and gray-collar workers in India learn new skills and find jobs has become the youngest firm to join the coveted unicorn status in the world's second-largest internet market. Apna announced on Thursday that it has raised $100 million in a round led by Tiger Global. The […]

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2021-09-15 14:27:20



Why bringing you emergency toothpaste could be big business  

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is our Wednesday show, where we niche down to a single topic. This time ’round we took a look into the world of on-demand delivery in Europe, with a special focus on the so-called “instant” grocery sector […]

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2021-09-15 13:27:19



Matillion raises $150M at a $1.5B valuation for its low-code approach to integrating disparate data sources  

Businesses and the tech companies that serve them are run on data. At best, it can be used to help with decision-making, to understand how well or badly an organization is doing, and to build new systems to run the next generation of services. At its most challenging, though, data can represent a real headache: […]

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2021-09-15 13:14:13



Front introduces customer-centric features with deeper CRM integration  

Customer communication platform Front is holding an event today to introduce three new features. These new features focus on showing you more information about your customers right from Front's user interface. If you're not familiar with Front, the company started as a shared email inbox product so that you can interact with incoming emails as […]

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2021-09-15 13:02:19



Stamp your Passport to Disrupt for a chance to win these prizes  

As you prepare to dive in to three days of TechCrunch Disrupt 2021, be sure to take your passport. No, not the government-issued variety. Our Disrupt Passport lets you collect experiences during the virtual conference and gives you a chance to win some pretty fabulous prizes. Seriously, who wouldn't want a chance to win these? […]

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2021-09-15 11:42:13



In growth marketing, signal determines success  

So what exactly is "signal" in growth marketing? It can carry many different meanings, but holistically speaking, it's the event data in our arsenal to help guide decisions.

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2021-09-15 11:40:48



Inside Reach Capital's edtech-powered returns  

Reach Capital, a San Francisco-based venture firm co-founded by Jennifer Carolan and Shauntel Garvey, focused exclusively on edtech for years before the sector ballooned with unicorns. The rare, female-led partnership closed its third fund in February, a $165 million vehicle and its largest to date. That said, returns from its previous funds show that the […]

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2021-09-15 11:26:35



Forge's SPAC deal is a bet on unicorn illiquidity  

The total addressable market that Forge serves is growing by the day, with more and more unicorns being born and a steady drumbeat of unicorn IPOs doing little to clear the decks.

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2021-09-15 10:49:01



Relyance AI scores $25M Series A to ensure privacy compliance at the code level  

Relyance AI, an early-stage startup that is helping companies stay in compliance with privacy laws at the code level, announced a $25 million Series A today. At the same time, they revealed a previously unannounced $5 million seed round. Menlo Ventures and Unusual Ventures led the A round, while Unusual was sole lead on the […]

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2021-09-15 08:45:06






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