Daily Crunch: Berlin-based design platform Kittl raises $11.6M Series A to take on Adobe and Canva

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The TechCrunch Top 3

* Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery (https://techcrunch.com/2023/01/26/this-startup-hopes-to-take-on-canva-raising-a-11-6m-series-a-for-its-design-platform/) : Mike (https://twitter.com/mikebutcher) writes that Kittl is carving out a piece of the graphics world dominated by giants like Canva and Adobe, raising $11.6 million in Series A capital for its design platform that it says “easily turns ideas into graphic products” without the tough learning curve of other platforms.

* This startup is turning up the heat (https://techcrunch.com/2023/01/26/european-smart-thermostat-startup-tado-raises-46-8m-after-ipo-plans-falter/) : European smart thermostat startup Tado was planning to go public, but instead went after another round of funding, gathering up $46.9 million as it pursues profitability. Paul (https://twitter.com/psawers) has more.

* “It’s always crypto winter being a Black founder” (https://techcrunch.com/2023/01/26/spatial-labs-a-web3-infrastructure-and-hardware-company-closes-10m-seed-round/) : That’s how Iddris Sandu, Spatial Labs’ founder, described going after funding for his web3 company. The infrastructure and hardware company picked up $10 million in seed funding to create products and shopping experiences using augmented reality, Dominic-Madori (https://twitter.com/dominicmadori) writes.

Startups and VC

Fintech startup Stripe has set a 12-month deadline for itself to go public (https://techcrunch.com/2023/01/26/fintech-stripe-eyes-an-exit/) , either through a direct listing or by pursuing a transaction on the private market, such as a fundraising event and a tender offer, according to sources familiar with the matter. The news comes as a surprise considering the rather dry public market activity in the tech world, Mary Ann (https://twitter.com/bayareawriter) and Natasha M (https://twitter.com/nmasc_) report.

There was a brief, beautiful moment for a few months in 2021 when it felt like robotic investments might be immune to broader market forces. We all fundamentally and implicitly understood this to not be the case, but it was a nice moment nevertheless, Brian (https://twitter.com/bheater) muses. Now, however, it’s becoming clearer that the thing we thought was happening with robotic investments is definitely happening (https://techcrunch.com/2023/01/25/the-thing-we-thought-was-happening-with-robotic-investments-is-definitely-happening/) .

Another handful of tech-newsy goodness:

* Nebia finds a new home: Harri (https://twitter.com/harrisonweber) writes that Mark Cuban’s bidet brand buys shower startup that wooed Tim Cook (https://techcrunch.com/2023/01/26/mark-cuban-brondell-acquires-shower-nebia-tim-cook/) .

* The dragon watching its hoard: NEA now manages over $25 billion in assets (https://techcrunch.com/2023/01/26/nea-now-manages-25-billion-in-assets-oh-and-its-looking-beyond-venture/) — oh, and it’s looking beyond venture, Natasha M (https://twitter.com/nmasc_) reports.

* Them’s some meaty shroomies: Mushroom protein company Meati Foods opens ‘mega’ facility (https://techcrunch.com/2023/01/26/meati-foods-foodtech-mycelium/) as it closes $22 million in new funding, Christine (https://twitter.com/ChristineMHall) reports.

* Kenya in the lead: Annie (https://twitter.com/annienjanja) reports that among the African VC market, Kenya’s growth was strongest. Clean tech and e-commerce pulled in most of the funding (https://techcrunch.com/2023/01/26/kenyas-growth-was-strongest-in-africas-vc-market-clean-tech-e-commerce-pulled-in-most-of-the-funding/) .

* This meeting may be recorded for transcription purposes: Supernormal raises $10 million (https://techcrunch.com/2023/01/25/supernormal-raises-10m-to-automatically-transcribe-and-summarize-meetings/) to automatically transcribe and summarize meetings, Kyle (https://twitter.com/kyle_l_wiggers) reports.

Teach yourself growth marketing: How to perform growth experimentation through A/B testing

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Despite the myth, sharks don’t need to keep swimming to keep breathing. Early-stage startups, on the other hand, are not so fortunate.

If driving growth is a priority, companies must run an ongoing series of A/B tests that can help refine marketing messages and make their product pipelines more relevant to customers’ needs.

In part three of a five-article series on growth marketing fundamentals, Jonathan Martinez explains how to properly manage A/B tests, identify statistical significance when reviewing data, and prioritize experiments that maximize reach and impact.

Teach yourself growth marketing: How to perform growth experimentation through A/B testing (https://techcrunch.com/2023/01/26/teach-yourself-growth-marketing-how-to-perform-growth-experimentation-through-a-b-testing/)

Three more from the TC+ team:

* Crypto cull comeback: Laid off from your crypto job? Here’s what founders are looking for in new talent (https://techcrunch.com/2023/01/26/laid-off-from-your-crypto-job-heres-what-founders-are-looking-for-in-new-talent/) , Jacquelyn (https://twitter.com/jacqmelinek) writes.

* Elucidating European edtech: Smaller rounds and fewer deals, but more angel activity (https://techcrunch.com/2023/01/25/2022-european-edtech-report-smaller-rounds-and-fewer-deals-but-more-angel-activity/) , writes Rhys (https://twitter.com/rhys_spence) .

* Predicting proptech: Investors predict slower growth in 2023 (https://techcrunch.com/2023/01/25/2475219/) , writes Karan (https://twitter.com/kdbhasin) .

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Big Tech Inc.

In a census of its own making, GitHub says it has 100 million active users (https://techcrunch.com/2023/01/26/github-says-it-now-has-100m-active-users/) , Paul (https://twitter.com/psawers) reports. This is a substantial jump from the 3 million it had 10 years ago and even a healthy increase from just three months ago when Microsoft, which acquired the company five years ago, announced GitHub had over 90 million users (https://techcrunch.com/2022/10/25/microsoft-says-github-now-has-a-1b-arr-90m-active-users/) .

Meanwhile, law enforcement agencies in the United States and Europe got together to seize Hive’s ransomware infrastructure (https://techcrunch.com/2023/01/26/united-states-hive-ransomware-seized/) , including leak sites and decryption keys, Carly (https://twitter.com/carlypage_) reports. She writes that Hive is “one of the most prolific ransomware operations (https://techcrunch.com/2022/11/18/fbi-cisa-hive-ransomware-warning/) ,” focusing mainly on healthcare and public health entities, claiming responsibility for breaches at Illinois-based Memorial Health System in August 2021 and most recently targeting Tata Power (https://techcrunch.com/2022/10/14/india-power-company-tata-power-cyber-attack/) , a top power-generation company in India, in October.

And we have four more for you:

* Pretty bird: Peacock reports over 20 million subscribers (https://techcrunch.com/2023/01/26/peacock-tops-20m-subscribers-in-q4-as-losses-widen/) as of the fourth quarter, but its losses also widened, Lauren (https://twitter.com/laurenforristal) writes.

* Substack-ing new features: New features over at Substack include ‘private Substacks’ (https://techcrunch.com/2023/01/26/substack-introduces-private-substacks-that-readers-can-request-to-subscribe-to/) that readers can request to subscribe to, Aisha (https://twitter.com/AiishaMalik1) writes.

* Wally World infusion: Manish (https://twitter.com/refsrc) reports Walmart is going all in with another $2.5 billion investment in India’s e-commerce and payments markets (https://techcrunch.com/2023/01/25/walmart-readies-another-2-5-billion-investment-in-india-phonepe-flipkart/) .

* Have you shopped here?: Zack (https://twitter.com/zackwhittaker) lists a number of overseas knock-off apparel stores that exposed 330,000 customer credit cards (https://techcrunch.com/2023/01/25/apparel-designer-goods-credit-cards-exposed/) and other personal information.

Daily Crunch: Berlin-based design platform Kittl raises $11.6M Series A to take on Adobe and Canva (https://techcrunch.com/2023/01/26/daily-crunch-berlin-based-design-platform-kittl-raises-11-6m-series-a-to-take-on-adobe-and-canva/) by Christine Hall (https://techcrunch.com/author/christine-hall/) originally published on TechCrunch (https://techcrunch.com)



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