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 2021-09-09 11:11 

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Nuula raises $120M to build out a financial services 'superapp' aimed at SMBs...

A Canadian startup called Nuula that is aiming to build a superapp to provide a range of financial services to small and medium businesses has closed $120 million of funding, money that it will use to fuel the launch of its app and first product, a line o...

 2021-09-09 11:00 

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With an Apple Store designer on board, Juno raises $20M to build apartments more sustainably...

Juno, a proptech startup which aims to build more sustainable and affordable apartment buildings, has raised $20 million in a Series A funding round. Comcast Ventures, Khosla Ventures and Real Estate Technology (RET) Ventures co-led the financing, which b...

 2021-09-09 10:30 

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Digital therapeutics startup Neuroglee raises $10M to help people with neurodegenerative conditions...

Neuroglee Therapeutics, a startup developing digital therapeutics for people with neurodegenerative diseases, has raised a $10 million Series A led by Openspace Ventures and EDBI. The funding will be used to launch virtual neurology clinics and to support...

 2021-09-09 08:41 

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Microsoft confirms investment in India's Oyo in a multi-year strategic deal to co-develop travel and hospitality products...

Microsoft has entered a multi-year strategic alliance with Oyo to work with the Indian startup to co-develop next-generation travel and hospitality products and tech....

 2021-09-09 07:01 

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Two UK tech figures plan to row the Atlantic for charity supporting minority entrepreneurs...

Two UK tech figures are to row across the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for a charity that funds social entrepreneurs from minority backgrounds. Guy Rigby, founder and now Chair of the Entrepreneurial Services Group at Smith & Williamson, and entrepreneur...

 2021-09-09 06:30 

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China's WeRide unveils Robovan, its first electric, autonomous cargo van...

Chinese autonomous driving company WeRide has unveiled its first cargo van, the vessel upon which it will self-drive into the world of urban logistics. WeRide will work with Chinese automobile manufacturer Jiangling Motors (JMC) and Chinese express delive...

 2021-09-09 05:00 

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Printify bags $45M, led by Index, to ride the custom printing boom...

The creator economy loves merch which is great news for on-demand custom printing startups such as Latvia-based Printify — today it's announcing a $45 million Series A round, led by Index Ventures, off the back of rising demand for its services....

 2021-09-09 04:01 

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The newest Roomba gets smarter as it vacuums...

The Roomba is easily among the most ubiquitous robots in the world — but it has never been one of the smartest. On the whole, that's not a major issue. The top-selling vacuum is good at what it does: cleaning floors. But a roboticist's work ...

 2021-09-09 00:28 

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Sequoia's Pat Grady says it isn't clear startups "should be accelerating" right now -- here's why...

Earlier today, we joined friend and former colleague Jon Fortt of CNBC in interviewing partner Pat Grady of Sequoia Capital, and it proved a wide-ranging conversation (we wound up blabbing for an hour, which was not always the plan). You can check out the...

 2021-09-08 22:48 

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Rocket Lab's order backlog tops $141M as the company inks five-launch deal with Kinis...

It was a busy first half of the year for U.S.-New Zealand company Rocket Lab, which posted earnings for the first six months of 2021 on Wednesday the first such reporting since the company went public last month. Rocket Lab reported revenues for the six-m...

 2021-09-08 22:28 

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The 4 things needed to reach Biden's ambitious 2050 solar goal...

A report on the future of solar energy from the Department of Energy paints a sunny picture, if you will, of the next three decades, at the end of which nearly half the country's energy will be provided by the sun. But for that to happen, big pushes n...

 2021-09-08 22:10 

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Daily Crunch: Google rolls out new Workspace features for all users...

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

 2021-09-08 21:32 

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Tape It launches an A.I.-powered music recording app for iPhone...

Earlier this year, Apple officially discontinued Music Memos, an iPhone app that allowed musicians to quickly record audio and develop new song ideas. Now, a new startup called Tape It is stepping in to fill the void with an app that improves audio record...

 2021-09-08 21:24 

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AI-driven voice assistant PolyAI raises $14M round led by Khosla Ventures...

"Conversational AI" startup PolyAI, based out of London, has raised $14 million in a funding round led by Silicon Valley's Khosla Ventures, with participation from existing investors (Point72 Ventures, Amadeus Capital, Sands Capital Ventures, ...

 2021-09-08 21:09 

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Reid Hoffman's latest book gives us 10 ways to rethink entrepreneurship...

When you're in the mood for a pep talk, who better to turn to than a well-networked, optimistic mentor who is naturally in your corner? That friendly shoulder is the role that "Masters of Scale" wants to play. Inspired by LinkedIn co-founder a...

 2021-09-08 19:49 

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Fintech is transforming the world's oldest asset class: Farmland...

While farmland is among the oldest investment classes around, the average investor hasn't had access to farmland the way that billionaires and institutional investors have. That's changing....

 2021-09-08 17:47 

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Debt versus equity: When do non-traditional funding strategies make sense?...

How can debt be stable and reliable? Seems like an oxymoron, but the reality is that while equity investors are looking for growth, debt investors just want to get paid back with interest....

 2021-09-08 17:14 

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SEC wants to regulate Coinbase's crypto yield product, Coinbase disagrees...

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong has reacted strongly to the company's current relationship with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. According to him, the SEC is threatening to sue the cryptocurrency exchange if it launches its yield-generating p...

 2021-09-08 17:00 

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Twitter wants you to tweet to interest-based communities, not just followers...

Twitter is a useful place for following breaking news and keeping up with what the people you're already interested in are doing, but its relative dearth of discovery features and a lack of organized community spaces make it pretty hard to connect wit...

 2021-09-08 17:00 

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Headout raises $12M, plans to hire 150+ people as domestic travel rebounds...

The travel industry was one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, and startup Headout was no exception. A marketplace that let tourists make same-day bookings for tours, events and activities, the app expanded around the world after launching in 2015. Then ...

 2021-09-08 16:52 

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Peloton's CEO and chief content officer are coming to Disrupt...

It's been a wildly unprecedented year and a half by any metric. The pandemic has utterly transformed many industries and made or broken others. In the world of technology, however, few categories were as well positioned to embrace a changed world than...

 2021-09-08 16:37 

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'Thin file' loans startup Koyo closes $50M Series A led by Force Over Mass...

Koyo, a fintech startup using open banking to offer loans to people with poor credit histories, has closed a Series A funding round of $50m in debt and equity led by Force Over Mass, with participation from existing investors Forward Partners, Frontline V...

 2021-09-08 16:08 

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Spotify playlist curators complain about ongoing abuse that favors bad actors over innocent parties...

A number of Spotify playlist curators are complaining that the streaming music company is not addressing the ongoing issue of playlist abuse, which sees bad actors reporting playlists that have gained a following in order to give their own playlists bette...

 2021-09-08 16:01 

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Thoma Bravo takes a stake in threat intelligence provider Intel 471...

Private equity giant Thoma Bravo has taken a stake in Intel 471, a provider of cyber threat intelligence for enterprises and governments. The strategic growth investment, which comes as organizations double-down on cybersecurity amid a pandemic-fueled ris...

 2021-09-08 16:00 

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Sila Nanotechnologies' battery technology will launch in Whoop wearables...

Sila Nanotechnologies next-generation battery technology made its commercial product debut Wednesday in the new Whoop fitness tracker, a milestone that caps a decade of research and development by the Silicon Valley startup all aimed at cracking the code ...

 2021-09-08 14:59 

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TrueFort snares $30M Series B to expand zero trust application security solution...

As companies try to navigate an ever-changing security landscape, it can be challenging to protect everything. Security startup TrueFort has built a zero trust solution focusing on protecting enterprise applications. Today, the company announced a $30 mil...

 2021-09-08 14:58 

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A Chinese EV startup wants to build a ridable robot unicorn for kids...

Never mind buying a robot dog for your kids — you might just get them a mythical creature instead. Chinese EV maker Xpeng has teased a robot unicorn meant for children to ride....

 2021-09-08 14:47 

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UK offers cash for CSAM detection tech targeted at E2E encryption...

The U.K. government is preparing to spend over half a million dollars to encourage the development of detection technologies for child sexual exploitation material (CSAM) that can be bolted on to end-to-end encrypted messaging platforms to scan for the il...

 2021-09-08 14:31 

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Twitter tests a safety feature on web to remove followers without blocking them...

Twitter announced yesterday that it's testing a feature on the web that makes it possible to remove followers without blocking them. Sometimes, users want to stop a follower from seeing their tweets without outright blocking them — if that follo...

 2021-09-08 14:30 

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Former head of Mint raises $4.5M for Lean to give gig workers access to financial products...

Gig and independent workers have different needs when it comes to financial products than salaried employees at a company. It's a challenge that Tilak Joshi, founder of Lean, became acutely aware of during his tenure as head of Mint and years as a pro...

 2021-09-08 14:11 

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We must subsidize and regulate space exploration...

Space can and should be about much more than giving the 1% another Instagrammable moment and increasing the wealth of the billionaires who provide the service....

 2021-09-08 14:07 

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TikTok, influencers on the clock...

Alex Wilhelm is on a well-deserved vacation this week, so for the Equity Wednesday deep dive, we took the conversation to Twitter Spaces....

 2021-09-08 13:57 

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Dear Sophie: When can I apply for my US work permit?...

My husband just accepted a job in Silicon Valley. His new employer will be sponsoring him for an E-3 visa. How soon can I apply for my U.S. work permit?...

 2021-09-08 13:42 

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Microsoft acquires video creation and editing software maker Clipchamp...

Video editing software may become the next big addition to Microsoft's suite of productivity tools. On Tuesday, Microsoft announced it's acquiring Clipchamp, a company offering web-based video creation and editing software that allows anyone to pu...

 2021-09-08 13:41 

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Forerunner is software for NFIMBYs, or no flooding in my backyard...

Mayors have the toughest job in the world, and leading a city is only getting harder. Even as populations swell in urban cores across the world, climate change is constraining the geographies where that growth can happen. Coastal communities which are pop...

 2021-09-08 13:05 

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Notion acquires India's Automate.io in push to accelerate product expansion...

Notion said on Wednesday it has acquired Automate.io, an Indian startup that builds connectivity and integrations with over 200 services, as the workplace productivity startup looks to accelerate its product expansion to become more compelling for tens of...

 2021-09-08 13:03 

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Real-time database platform SingleStore raises $80M more, now at a $940M valuation...

Organizations are swimming in data these days, and so solutions to help manage and use that data in more efficient ways will continue to see a lot of attention and business. In the latest development, SingleStore — which provides a platform to enter...

 2021-09-08 13:00 

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New leAD Sports & Health, Tavistock Group fund comes as sport tech market poised for double-digit growth...

The new fund comes as the global sports technology market is poised to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 17.5% to reach $40.2 billion by 2026....

 2021-09-08 13:00 

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DJI's smartphone camera stabilizer gets smaller for the OM 5...

DJI's camera stabilization tech started life as an outgrowth of its drone tech, and has managed to develop into a robust line of its own. Roughly this time last year, the company announced that its smartphone-focused Osmo line was being rebranded to t...

 2021-09-08 13:00 

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UnitQ raises $30M in Accel-led round to help companies improve product quality...

Product quality is hugely important when it comes to the success of a product. Even if your product seems really cool, if it's buggy or doesn't work well, many people will just stop using it rather than taking the time to figure it out or even rep...

 2021-09-08 12:30 

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Google Workspace opens up spaces for all users...

Google is tying everything together with a handbook for navigating hybrid work, which includes best practice blueprints for five common hybrid meetings....

 2021-09-08 12:00 

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Addi raises $75M to advance 'buy now, pay later' in LatAm, nearly triples valuation...

Buy now, pay later is officially everywhere, and Latin America is no exception. Today, one startup in the region, Addi, is announcing a $75 million extension to its Series B, bringing the total round size to $140 million. In late May, the startup announce...

 2021-09-08 11:35 

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Amazon's cashierless 'Just Walk Out' tech is coming to Whole Foods stores...

Steve Dent Contributor Steve Dent is an associate editor at Engadget. More posts by this contributor NVIDIA's latest tech makes AI voices more expressive and realistic Sony's ZV-E10 brings interchangeable lenses to its vlogging camera series After...

 2021-09-08 11:23 

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Continental's eco-friendly concept tire includes a renewable tread...

Many efforts are underway to reduce the environmental impact of cars, but what about the tires those cars ride on? Continental thinks it might help, with its new Conti GreenConcept tire....

 2021-09-08 11:11 

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Gaia Capital Partners in Paris rebrands as Revaia, closes first 250M growth fund...

Paris-based VC fund Gaia Capital Partners has change its name to Revaia and announced the final closing of its first growth fund, at 250 million. The firm said it exceeded its initial target of 200 million, and the fund will be 'ESG focused'. Reva...

 2021-09-08 11:02 

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Beauty Pie, an online buyers' club, picks up $100M to boost its beauty and wellness business...

The beauty industry is worth some $500 million annually, and the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a sharp rise in the proportion of sales being carried out online. Today, a London-based beauty startup is announcing a major round of funding in hopes of reaping...

 2021-09-08 10:49 

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Egyptian fintech MNT-Halan lands $120M from Apis Partners, DisrupTech and others...

Over 70% of Egypt's young and fast-growing population of over 100 million is financially underserved despite mobile penetration exceeding 90%. Traditional banks often overlook this segment because of their spending power or financial status and fintec...

 2021-09-08 09:10 

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PayPal acquires Japan's Paidy for $2.7B to crack the buy-now, pay-later market in Asia...

PayPal Holdings, the U.S. fintech company, announced an acquisition of Paidy, a Japanese buy now, pay later (BNPL) service platform, for approximately $2.7 billion (300 billion yen), mostly in cash, to enhance its business in Japan. The transaction comple...

 2021-09-08 08:00 

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Nigeria's Prospa gets $3.8M pre-seed to offer small businesses banking and software services...

In Nigeria, there are more than 40 million micro-businesses underserved in some form or another regarding banking services. Although some of these businesses have registered bank accounts, gaps exist in how banks use the data available to serve the needs ...

 2021-09-08 05:34 

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Leap Finance raises $55 million to help Indian students study abroad, plans international expansion...

Hundreds of thousands of teenagers and young adults get on flights each year from India to a foreign land to pursue higher education. Upon landing, they face myriad challenges. One big one: They don't have a local credit history, so they can't ava...

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