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 2021-09-08 04:41 

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Indian fintech Slice launches $27 credit limit cards to tap 200 million users...

Even as there are hundreds of millions of Indians who have bank accounts, only about 30 million of them have credit cards. The adoption rate of the plastic card has largely remained stagnant in the South Asian nation for the last few years. The relatively...

 2021-09-08 04:01 

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New IBM Power E1080 server promises dramatic increases in energy efficiency, power...

We know that large data centers running powerful servers use vast amounts of electricity. Anything that can reduce consumption would be a welcome change, especially in a time of climate upheaval. That's where the new IBM Power E1080 server, which is p...

 2021-09-08 01:30 

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Geely's ride-hailing unit Cao Cao Mobility raises $589M Series B to upgrade tech and expand fleet...

Cao Cao Mobility, the ride-hailing unit of Chinese automaker Geely Automobile Holdings, has announced a $589 million (RMB 3.8 billion) Series B raise that the company says will help it upgrade its technology and expand its fleet, according to a statement ...

 2021-09-08 01:00 

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Indonesia-focused Intudo Ventures closes $115M third fund...

Intudo Ventures, the "Indonesia-only" investment firm, announced today it has closed its third fund, totaling $115 million. Called Intudo Ventures Fund III, it was raised in less than three months and oversubscribed. Fund III's limited partner...

 2021-09-08 01:00 

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E-commerce aggregator Rainforest raises $20M just months after its last funding...

Four months after its last funding announcement, Singapore-based e-commerce aggregator Rainforest has closed a $20 million pre-Series A round led by Monk's Hill Ventures. Other participants included January Capital, Crossbeam Venture Partners, Amasia ...

 2021-09-07 23:01 

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UK's Marshmallow raises $85M on a $1.25B valuation for its more inclusive, big-data take on car insurance...

Marshmallow — a U.K.-based car insurance provider that has made a name for itself in the market by providing a new approach to car insurance aimed at using a wider set of data points and clever algorithms to net a more diverse set of customers and p...

 2021-09-07 22:10 

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Daily Crunch: Hyundai to provide hydrogen fuel cell versions of all commercial vehicles by 2028...

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

 2021-09-07 22:03 

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Meet retail's new sustainability strategy: Personalization...

Reducing waste is key to meeting environmental milestones, and some retail firms have narrowed in on a unique approach to minimize what their customers throw away: personalization....

 2021-09-07 21:30 

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Aerospace primes Northrop, Lockheed join in Orbit Fab's over $10M funding round...

San Francisco-based startup Orbit Fab wants to be the go-to source for orbital refueling, and now it's raised over $10 million in its quest to get there. The money will go toward funding a refueling trial that's due to launch as early as the end o...

 2021-09-07 21:26 

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Twitter is testing big ol' full-width photos and videos...

Twitter is exploring ways to build a more visually immersive experience with its latest test, which brings edge-to-edge tweets to the app on iOS. Full-width images and videos track for the direction the company has shown some interest in going lately. Twi...

 2021-09-07 21:04 

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Automakers race to design desire for luxury and tech...

In late summer, car collectors converged in Monterey, Detroit and, most recently, Oxford, England, in an annual tradition focused on ogling over — and oftentimes bidding for — luxury and historic vehicles. The outdoor luxury automotive events ...

 2021-09-07 20:53 

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AI as a service to solve your business problems? Guess again...

The process to train algorithms to detect wear and tear would be different for factories that produce different products; after all, a shoe is not a smartphone is not a bicycle....

 2021-09-07 20:19 

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5 factors that can make or break a startup's growth journey...

Not all startup growth is equal, and there are a few key aspects that make the difference between a startup reaching its full potential or falling short....

 2021-09-07 19:59 

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Extra Crunch roundup: Options pool rules, voice tech hurdles, keeping employees engaged...

Don't wait to be blindsided: Put an action plan in place to assess employee engagement. Remember, seven out of the next 10 people you see on a video call might be polishing their resumes....

 2021-09-07 19:27 

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Ford hires Apple executive who led its secret car project...

Ford Motor has hired Doug Field, the engineering executive who was leading Apple's special projects team, as the automaker seeks to gain an edge in software and other advanced technology. Field, who previously was senior vice president of engineering ...

 2021-09-07 18:52 

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Solid Power expands production capacity to deliver test batteries to BMW, Ford in 2022...

Solid Power, a battery developer backed by Ford and BMW, is expanding its Colorado-based factory footprint as it prepares pilot production of its solid state batteries early next year. The new production facility will be dedicated to manufacturing one of ...

 2021-09-07 18:38 

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Locals share why Vilnius, Lithuania is becoming an international startup hub...

There are plenty of reasons why Vilnius, Lithuania's capital city, has an increasingly visible startup sector....

 2021-09-07 18:08 

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Microsoft launches a personalized news service, Microsoft Start...

Microsoft today is introducing its own personalized news reading experience called Microsoft Start, available as both a website and mobile app, in addition to being integrated with other Microsoft products, including Windows 10 and 11 and its Microsoft Ed...

 2021-09-07 18:00 

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Wright tests its 2-megawatt electric engines for passenger planes...

Just like the automotive industry, aerospace has its sights set on going electric — but flying with battery-powered engines is a tougher proposition than rolling. Wright is among the startups looking to change the math and make electrified flight po...

 2021-09-07 17:53 

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The next Theranos should be shortable...

Matthew Wansley Contributor Matthew Wansley is Assistant Professor of Law at Cardozo School of Law in New York A jury will soon decide whether former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes is guilty of a federal crime. But the deeper public policy questions that T...

 2021-09-07 17:46 

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Speech recognition works for kids, and it's about time...

Speech recognition holds tremendous promise for something desperately needed in the era of COVID-19: technology that can significantly improve reading outcomes and tackle the global literacy crisis in a real and profound way....

 2021-09-07 17:21 

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Equity Monday: Women's employment drops, as Delta's drama continues...

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday, our weekly kickoff to catch up on weekend news and prep for the days ahead. We're here on Tuesd...

 2021-09-07 17:00 

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Performance marketing agency MuteSix bets on content and data to boost DTC e-commerce...

We interviewed MuteSix CRO Greg Gillman to discuss how the LA-based performance marketing agency bets on content and data to work with its direct-to-consumer e-commerce clients....

 2021-09-07 16:18 

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Hulu is raising the price on its on-demand plans by $1 starting Oct. 8...

Following last year's price hike on its Live TV service, Hulu is now preparing to raise prices again. Starting on October 8, 2021, Hulu will raise the price for both its on-demand plans, Hulu and Hulu with No Ads. However, unlike the earlier price hik...

 2021-09-07 16:17 

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 2021-09-07 16:08 

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Apple's next event is September 14...

Invites just went for Apple's next big event, scheduled for 10AM PT/1PM ET on September 14. The invite doesn't offer a lot in the way of what's to come — it's a neon logo set against a lovely sierras backdrop and an apparent The Mama...

 2021-09-07 16:00 

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Virtual meeting platform Vowel raises $13.5M, aims to cure meeting fatigue...

Vowel's meeting operating system has the goal of making meetings more useful before, during and after....

 2021-09-07 15:48 

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Driven by live streams, consumer spending in social apps to hit $17.2B in 2025...

The live streaming boom is driving a significant uptick in the creator economy, as a new forecast estimates consumers will spend $6.78 billion in social apps in 2021. That figure will grow to $17.2 billion annually by 2025, according to data from mobile d...

 2021-09-07 15:47 

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Howard University cancels classes after ransomware attack...

The university warned that remediation will be...

 2021-09-07 15:38 

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Intel's Mobileye, rental giant Sixt to launch a robotaxi service in Germany next year...

Intel subsidiary Mobileye and rental car giant Sixt SE plan to launch a robotaxi service in Munich next year, the CEOs of the two companies announced Tuesday during the IAA Mobility show in Germany. The robotaxi service is leveraging all of Intel's, a...

 2021-09-07 15:20 

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HoneyBee raises millions to make financial wellness a workplace benefit...

HoneyBee, a startup that aims to help companies provide access to financial support for their employees, announced today it has raised $5.7 million in equity in a round led by FFVC. Resolute Ventures, Afore Capital, Rebalance Capital, K50 and Financial Ve...

 2021-09-07 15:00 

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Check out who's coming to TC Sessions: SaaS 2021...

On October 27, less than two fast-moving months away, we're hosting TC Sessions: SaaS 2021, our first event focused exclusively on the software-as-a-service ecosystem. SaaS — the de facto business model for B2B and B2C startups and enterprises a...

 2021-09-07 15:00 

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Jetty raises $23M to help give renters more payment flexibility...

Jetty, a fintech company which aims to give renters flexibility when paying rent, has raised $23 million in a funding round co-led by Citi and Flourish Ventures. The financing brings Jetty's total raised since its 2016 inception to $78 million. Other ...

 2021-09-07 14:59 

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Emulate Inc closes $82M Series E to fund expansion of "organ-on-a-chip" products...

Emulate Inc., a biotech company focused on developing "organ-on-a-chip" technology, closed an $82 million Series E round on Tuesday. This latest round is intended to formulate a massive investment in a "roadmap" for developing model organ ...

 2021-09-07 14:42 

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How engaged are your employees?...

Don't wait until your best talent walks out the door to ring the alarm. Focusing on employee engagement is the ultimate win-win for employers who can tap into the potential of their human resources....

 2021-09-07 14:31 

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Texas Right to Life website exposed job applicants' resumes...

The anti-abortion group publicized a...

 2021-09-07 14:19 

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Social network Peanut expands to include more women with launch of Peanut Menopause...

Peanut, a social networking app for women, initially found traction connecting women in the earlier stages of their motherhood journey. But over the years, the network expanded to support women through other life stages. Now, that will include menopause, ...

 2021-09-07 14:09 

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Everything AI and robotics at TechCrunch Disrupt 2021...

AI is everywhere in tech, and you can bet it will be a vital topic at TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 on September 21-23. It's the driving force behind just about everything from rockets, robotics and customer service to deep science and autonomous vehicles. ...

 2021-09-07 13:15 

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DigitalOcean enhances serverless capabilities with Nimbella acquisition...

As developers look for ways to simplify how they create software, serverless solutions, which enable them to write code without worrying about the underlying infrastructure required to run their applications, is becoming increasingly popular. DigitalOcean...

 2021-09-07 12:05 

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Glovo to double down African investment in the next 12 months but will it stay put?...

Spanish on-demand delivery platform Glovo today announced plans to double its investment in Africa and expand its operations on the continent. The Barcelona-based company has invested up to 25M ($30M) by bringing its food delivery service to six African c...

 2021-09-07 12:00 

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TikTok and Snap alums launch mayk.it, a social music creation app, with $4M in seed funding...

After living through the global upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic, many workers are re-evaluating their career path. Stefan Heinrich Henriquez, a former Head of Global Marketing at TikTok and Chief Marketing Officer at Cameo, is one of them. "I have b...

 2021-09-07 11:29 

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Seqera Labs grabs $5.5M to help sequence Covid-19 variants and other complex data problems...

Bringing order and understanding to unstructured information located across disparate silos has been one of more significant breakthroughs of the big data era, and today a European startup that has built a platform to help with this challenge specifically...

 2021-09-07 09:25 

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Women's health tech brand, Elvie, tops up Series C to $97M...

Elvie, the women's health tech pioneer behind a connected breast pump and smart pelvic floor exerciser, has topped up a Series C which it announced earlier this summer (July) — adding a further 12.7m to bring the total raised to 70 million ($97m...

 2021-09-07 07:03 

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Hyundai Motor Group unveils its hydrogen strategy, plans to offer fuel cell versions of commercial cars by 2028...

Hyundai Motor Group is backing hydrogen as a top energy solution for sustainability. With its new fuel cell system that it plans to launch in the next few years, the South Korean automaker said it will provide hydrogen fuel cell versions for all its comme...

 2021-09-07 06:00 

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Sequoia Heritage, Stripe and others invest $200M in African fintech Wave at $1.7B valuation...

Francophone Africa has its first unicorn, and if you've been following tech on the continent, you will be very unsurprised to hear that it's coming from the world of fintech. Wave, a U.S. and Senegal-based mobile money provider, has raised $200 mi...

 2021-09-07 06:00 

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BP Ventures invests $11.9M in in-car payments provider Ryd to support expansion...

BP Ventures, the investing arm of oil and gas giant BP, has announced a 10 million (~$11.9 million) investment in Ryd, a German in-car digital payments provider. The fresh funds will help Ryd expand its service into international markets and build out its...

 2021-09-07 05:16 

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Indian crypto exchange CoinSwitch Kuber in talks to raise funds at unicorn valuation...

Indian crypto exchange CoinSwitch Kuber is in advanced stages of talks to raise a new financing round at up to $2 billion in valuation, several sources familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. If the talks materialize in a deal, CoinSwitch Kuber will bec...

 2021-09-07 05:00 

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Financial comparison "super app" Jeff raises $1.5M seed extension...

Financial services, especially those for people who don't have access to traditional bank accounts or lines of credit, are proliferating in Southeast Asia. Jeff App wants to give consumers a "super app" where they can compare many financial pr...

 2021-09-07 05:00 

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Ledgy is an equity management tool for European startups...

Every startup founder faces the same issue — how do you manage your cap table and equity plans in a transparent and lightweight manner? If you're based in the U.S., chances are you're using an equity management solution like Carta. But if yo...

 2021-09-07 01:00 

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Portcast gets $3.2M to create more transparent and sustainable supply chains...

For many manufacturers and freight forwarders, managing logistics is still a very manual process: tracking shipments with a call or online lookup, and entering that data into an Excel spreadsheet. Portcast, which describes itself as a "next-generation...

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