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 2021-06-16 20:02 

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SoftBank Vision Fund 2 leads $140M funding in Vishal Sikka's Vianai...

Vianai Systems, an AI startup founded by Vishal Sikka, former chief executive of Indian IT services giant Infosys, said on Wednesday it has raised $140 million in a round led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2. The two-year-old startup said a number of industry lu...

 2021-06-16 19:22 

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Facebook will begin beaming advertisements into virtual reality...

Well, it was only a matter of time. Advertising giant Facebook announced Wednesday that they're going to begin testing advertising inside virtual reality titles on its Oculus platform soon. The first roll-out is limited enough, with Facebook testing a...

 2021-06-16 18:38 

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To win post-pandemic, startups need remote-first growth teams...

Growth marketer and investor Susan Su says that after the pandemic, startup founders will need to develop a mentality that places growth at the center of company strategy....

 2021-06-16 17:38 

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Facebook rolls out new tools for Group admins, including automated moderation aids...

Facebook today introduced a new set of tools aimed at helping Facebook Group administrators get a better handle on their online communities and, potentially, help keep conversations from going off the rails. Among the more interesting new tools is a machi...

 2021-06-16 17:11 

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Investors Clara Brenner, Quin Garcia and Rachel Holt on SPACs, micromobility and how COVID-19 shaped VC...

Few people are more closely tapped into the innovations in the transportation space than investors. We talked to three of them....

 2021-06-16 17:00 

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Google updates its kids online safety curriculum with lessons on gaming, video and more...

Google announced today it's updating and expanding its digital safety and citizenship curriculum called Be Internet Awesome, which is aimed at helping school-aged children learn to navigate the internet responsibly. First introduced four years ago, th...

 2021-06-16 16:33 

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Ukrainian police arrest multiple Clop ransomware gang suspects...

The dark web portal used by Clop to leak stolen data remains online....

 2021-06-16 16:10 

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Companies should utilize real-time compensation data to ensure equal pay...

Insights from a digital compensation platform can steer employers in the right direction, ensuring that employee experience is met with equal rewards....

 2021-06-16 16:04 

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GM increases EV and AV investments to $35B through 2025...

General Motors Co. has yet again upped the amount it says it will spend on electric and autonomous vehicle investments, saying Wednesday that it would spend $35 billion through 2025 an $8 billion increase from its previous plan announced in November 2020....

 2021-06-16 16:00 

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HBCUvc's new million-dollar fund wants to give overlooked investors a track record...

HBCUvc, a non-profit organization that wants to diversify the world of venture by rooting itself in historically Black colleges and universities, nearly shut down last year. Founder Hadiyah Mujhid met with her team, an entirely Black and Latinx staff, and...

 2021-06-16 15:16 

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Yasmin Razavi of Spark Capital will sit in judgment at TechCrunch Disrupt 2021's Startup Battlefield...

Joining us onstage as a judge for TechCrunch Disrupt 2021's Startup Battlefield will be Yasmin Razavi, general partner at Spark Capital. Her engineering background and fintech chops should make for incisive questions for the founders presenting. Razav...

 2021-06-16 15:15 

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No, NFTs aren't copyrights...

When artists sell their digitally minted artwork as a non-fungible token, they usually aren't selling the underlying copyright — but there are overlaps....

 2021-06-16 15:09 

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Dear Sophie: Is it possible to expand our startup in the US?...

I launched a startup in Iran, and I'm happy to say it's thriving. I'd like to expand in California. Now that Biden has eliminated the Muslim ban, is it possible? Is the pandemic still a problem?...

 2021-06-16 14:37 

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On a growth tear, DuckDuckGo reveals it picked up $100M in secondary investment last year...

Privacy tech continues cooking on gas. To wit: Non-tracking search engine DuckDuckGo has just revealed that it beefed up its balance sheet at the back end of last year with $100 million+ in "mainly secondary investment" — from a mix of exist...

 2021-06-16 14:25 

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Introhive raises $100M for AI-powered sales tools to help companies build "relationship graphs"...

By its nature, sales one of the most social faces of a business, so it's no surprise that there are tools being built for sales teams that are tapping into some of the most interesting dynamics of the world of social networking, and that the startups ...

 2021-06-16 14:24 

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Self-driving trucks startup Kodiak Robotics snags investment, partnership from Bridgestone...

Tire-making giant Bridgestone has taken a minority stake in Kodiak Robotics, the Silicon Valley-based startup developing autonomous trucks, as part of a broader partnership to test and develop smart tire technology. While the terms of the deal weren't...

 2021-06-16 14:14 

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Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving arm, raises $2.5B in second external investment round...

Waymo, Google's former self-driving project that is now a business unit under Alphabet, said Wednesday it raised $2.5 billion in its second outside funding round. The company said in a blog post it will use the funds to continue growing Waymo Driver, ...

 2021-06-16 14:10 

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Wonderschool's Chris Bennett and investor Marlon Nichols will break down the path to seed-stage funding...

Extra Crunch Live is all about helping founders build better venture-backed businesses. Naturally, we do this by having candid conversations with founders and their investors. On an upcoming episode of Extra Crunch Live, we'll sit down with MaC Ventur...

 2021-06-16 14:00 

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Every startup needs an in-house senate...

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. For this week's deep dive, Natasha and Danny unpacked the Expensify EC-1, which includes a ton of surprises, building...

 2021-06-16 14:00 

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Honey Insurance launches with $15.5M AUD, the largest seed round ever for an Australian tech startup...

When Richard Joffe moved his family to Australia in 2019, he said applying for home insurance "was like traveling back in time 30 years." "I found the sign-up process painful, the fine print was confusing and the insurance company was totally ...

 2021-06-16 13:51 

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Hybrid events platform Brella raises $10M Series A led by Connected Capital...

Hybrid event platform Brella has raised a $10M Series A funding round led by Connected Capital. Normally used as an offline networking app, Brella pivoted from live events into a virtual event platform after the pandemic hit. The company counts Informa, M...

 2021-06-16 13:12 

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Cannabis and digital health start-up Sanity Group closes $44.2M Series A led by Redalpine...

Berlin-based cannabis and digital health start-up Sanity Group has closed a $44.2M Series A financing round led by Swiss VC Redalpine along with US-based Navy Capital and SOJE Capital. GMPVC also participated in the round. This appears to be the largest r...

 2021-06-16 13:00 

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Spotify launches its live audio app and Clubhouse rival, Spotify Greenroom...

In March, Spotify announced it was acquiring the company behind the sports-focused audio app Locker Room to help speed its entry into the live audio market. Today, the company is making good on that deal with the launch of Spotify Greenroom, a new mobile ...

 2021-06-16 13:00 

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With iOS 15, Apple reveals just how far Health has come — and how much further it can go...

Apple's recent Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote was packed with new features for iPhones, Macs and iPads — and like it has done pretty consistently since the debut of its original 'Health' app in 2014, those included update...

 2021-06-16 12:37 

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Bringg nabs $100M at a $1B valuation for a last-mile delivery platform for retailers...

With many consumers making the switch to online shopping in the last year due to Covid-19 and largely staying active on those platforms even after physical shops and the freedom to move about them have been restored, companies that are enabling those serv...

 2021-06-16 12:00 

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BrowserStack valued at $4 billion in $200 million BOND-led funding...

Yet another SaaS startup, which began its journey in India, has attained the much coveted unicorn status. BrowserStack, a startup that operates a giant software testing platform, said on Wednesday it has raised $200 million in a new financing round that v...

 2021-06-16 12:00 

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Your boss might tell you the office is more secure, but it isn't...

After a year at home, experts say cybersecurity isn't an excuse to get workers back to the office....

 2021-06-16 12:00 

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Novo, a neobank for SMBs, banks $41M...

Small businesses have traditionally been underserved when it comes to IT — they are too big and have too many requirements that can't be met by consumer products, yet are much too small to afford, implement or thoroughly need apps and other IT b...

 2021-06-16 11:56 

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Adtech 'data breach' GDPR complaint is headed to court in EU...

New York-based IAB Tech Labs, a standards body for the digital advertising industry, is being taken to court in Germany by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) in a piece of privacy litigation that's targeted at the high speed online ad auctio...

 2021-06-16 11:00 

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Gloat raises $57M to reinvent the internal job board...

A lot of the focus in recruitment these days has been on better technology to connect people to job opportunities at new organizations, but that also leaves a wide opening to focus on one of the other big funnels for finding work: internal transfers. Toda...

 2021-06-16 10:00 

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Polestar to build its first all-electric SUV in the United States...

Polestar, Volvo Car Group's standalone electric performance brand, will manufacture its first all-electric SUV in the United States. The automaker said Wednesday that the Polestar 3 will be assembled at a plant shared with Volvo Cars at a factory in R...

 2021-06-16 08:00 

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Denmark's Templafy raises $60M for its B2B SaaS platform that does business document creation...

Templafy, a Denmark-born B2B SaaS platform that does business document creation, has raised a $60 million D round of funding led by Blue Cloud Ventures. All previous investors also participated, including Insight Partners, Seed Capital, Dawn Capital and D...

 2021-06-16 07:50 

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Trigo bags $10M for computer-vision based checkout tech to rival Amazon's 'Just Walk Out'...

While Amazon continues to expand its self-service, computer-vision-based grocery checkout technology by bringing it to bigger stores, an AI startup out of Israel that's built something to rival it has picked up funding and a new strategic investor as ...

 2021-06-16 02:19 

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Early-stage venture firm The Fund launches in Australia...

The Fund, the early-stage investment firm focused on pre-seed and seed startups, is going Down Under for its latest expansion. The Fund was founded in New York in 2018, before launching in Los Angeles, London, the Rockies and the Midwest, too. Co-founder ...

 2021-06-16 00:39 

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EV battery swapping startup Ample charges up operations in Japan, NYC...

EV battery swapping startup Ample has locked in two partnerships this month that will help fuel an expansion into Japan and New York City after years of working on the technology. The startup, which was founded in 2014 and came out of stealth in March, sa...

 2021-06-16 00:30 

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Apna raises $70 million to help workers in India secure jobs...

Indian cities are home to hundreds of millions of low-skilled workers who hail from villages in search of work. Many of them have lost their jobs amid the coronavirus pandemic that has slowed several economic activities in the world's second-largest i...

 2021-06-15 23:01 

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Lordstown Motors execs cite binding orders to restore confidence a day after CEO, CFO resignations...

Lordstown Motors has enough 'binding orders' from customers to fund limited production of its electric pickup truck through May 2022, executives at the company said Tuesday just a a day after an executive shakeup that included the resignation of t...

 2021-06-15 23:00 

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10x, a UK fintech, raises $187M to build new services for old banks...

As so-called neobanks continue to gain more traction in the market with their more modern takes on banking and other financial services, a startup that's building technology to help incumbent players better compete is announcing a big round of funding...

 2021-06-15 22:31 

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Biden admin will share more info with online platforms on 'front lines' of domestic terror fight...

The Biden administration is outlining new plans to combat domestic terrorism in light of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and social media companies have their own part to play. The White House released a new national strategy on countering domest...

 2021-06-15 22:30 

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FamPay, a fintech aimed at teens in India, raises $38 million...

How big is the market in India for a neobank aimed at teenagers? Scores of high-profile investors are backing a startup to find out. Bangalore-based FamPay said on Wednesday it has raised $38 million in its Series A round led by Elevation Capital. General...

 2021-06-15 22:15 

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Edtech investors are flocking to SaaS guidance counselors...

"If you're not going to an Ivy League, which is most of the world, you need better support than just going to a website."...

 2021-06-15 22:10 

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Daily Crunch: In $1.2B deal, EV battery maker Solid Power files to go public...

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

 2021-06-15 21:14 

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Scale AI CEO Alex Wang weighs in on software bugs and what will make AV tech good enough...

Scale CEO Alex Wang joined us at TechCrunch Sessions: Mobility 2021 to discuss his company's role in the autonomous driving industry and how it's changed in the five years since its founding....

 2021-06-15 20:00 

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Uberall raises $115M, acquires MomentFeed to scale up its location marketing services...

Location-based services may have had their day as a salient category for hot apps or innovative tech leveraging the arrival of smartphones, but that's largely because they are now part of the unspoken fabric of how we interact with digital services ev...

 2021-06-15 19:56 

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Extra Crunch roundup: TC Mobility recaps, Nubank EC-1, farewell to browser cookies...

What, exactly, are investors looking for?...

 2021-06-15 19:46 

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Chinese startup Pony.ai plans to launch a driverless robotaxi service in California in 2022...

Pony.ai, the robotaxi startup that operates in China and the United States, has started testing driverless vehicles on public roads in California ahead of plans to launch a commercial service there in 2022. The company said the driverless vehicle testing,...

 2021-06-15 19:23 

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Meet the mobile therapy startup backed by Christian Angermayer's re:Mind Capital...

Mental health startup Ksana Health has received $2 million in seed funding led by re:Mind Capital, the mental health VC arm of Christian Angermayer and Apeiron Investment Group. It's a move informed by two trends: passive data collection, and a burgeo...

 2021-06-15 19:12 

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Founders Ben Schippers and Evette Ellis are riding the EV sales wave...

EV sales are driving demand for services and startups that fulfill the new needs of drivers, charging station operators and others....

 2021-06-15 18:12 

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Telecom giant MTN said to have warned Nigerians of service disruption...

Subscribers of MTN, the largest telecom provider in Nigeria, may soon face service disruption in the West African nation, according to a notice seen by some journalists and outlets. A rise in insecurity challenges in Nigeria is likely to disrupt MTN's...

 2021-06-15 18:11 

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How to identify unicorn founders when they're still early-stage...

The easiest traits to recognize as an investor is the founder's ability to ace the fundraising process, crucial to which is the ability to think strategically and influence, inspire and persuade....

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