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Tell us who designed your startup’s brand
Yvonne Leow

Before people ever use or buy your product, they’ll interact with your brand. What does your company stand for? How is your product different? Branding is an often overlooked, but essential component of communicating your company’s values, connecting with potential customers and, ultimately, driving conversions.   But finding the right brand designer is hard. Depending […]

McDonald’s is acquiring Dynamic Yield to create a more customized drive-thru
Anthony Ha

McDonald’s is announcing an agreement to acquire personalization company Dynamic Yield. The announcement does not include a price, but a source with knowledge of the deal said that it’s more than $300 million. This is the fast food chain’s largest acquisition in 20 years. Dynamic Yield works with brands across e-commerce, travel, finance and media […]

Australian influencer marketing startup Tribe raises $7.5M as it eyes US expansion
Anthony Ha

Tribe, which helps brands acquire content from so-called “micro-influencers,” has raised $7.5 million in Series A funding. The startup was founded in Australia in 2015 by TV and radio host Jules Lund, who told me he was responding to the growing demand for branded content. “Brands are desperate for content,” Lund said. “When you have […]

Lidar and perception startup Innoviz raises $132 million
Kirsten Korosec

Innoviz, the Israel-based startup developing solid-state lidar sensors and perception software for autonomous vehicles, has raised $132 million in a Series C funding round that includes major Chinese financial institutions. The round, which makes Innoviz one of the better capitalized lidar startups, includes China Merchants Capital (SINO-BLR Industrial Investment Fund, L.P.), Shenzhen Capital Group and […]

Hong Kong-based fintech startup Qupital raises $15M Series A to expand in mainland China
Catherine Shu

Qupital, a fintech startup that bills itself as Hong Kong’s largest trade financing platform for SMEs, has closed a $15 million Series A led by CreditEase FinTech Investment Fund (CEFIF), with participation from returning investors Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund and MindWorks Ventures, both participants in its seed round. To date, Qupital has raised $17 […]

Google is creating its own first-party game studio
Romain Dillet

Google unveiled its cloud gaming platform, Stadia, at a conference in San Francisco. While most of the conference showcased well-known games you can play on your PC, Xbox One or PlayStation 4, the company also announced it is launching its own first-party game studio, Stadia Games and Entertainment. Jade Raymond is going to head the […]

Enterprise drone service Kespry raises new funding from Salesforce Ventures
Frederic Lardinois

Kespry, a company that offers industrial users a subscription-based drone service, today announced that it has raised funding from Salesforce Ventures, marking that firm’s first hardware investment. With this, Salesforce and Kespry are also partnering around bringing Kespry’s drone services for the insurance industry to Salesforce’s own tools for this vertical. Sadly, the companies did […]

Hackers dropped a secret backdoor in Asus’ update software
Zack Whittaker

Hackers targeted and compromised “hundreds of thousands” of Asus computer owners by pushing a backdoored update software tool from the company’s own servers. The bombshell claims, first reported by Motherboard, said the hackers digitally signed the Asus Live Update tool with one of the company’s own code-signing certificates before pushing it to Asus’ download servers, […]

Here’s how you’ll access Google’s Stadia cloud gaming service
Romain Dillet

Google isn’t launching a gaming console. The company is launching a service instead: Stadia. You’ll be able to run a game on a server and stream the video feed to your device. You won’t need to buy new hardware to access Stadia, but Stadia won’t be available on all devices from day one. “With Google, […]

Flowhub raises $23 million for its retail management software for cannabis dispensaries
Jonathan Shieber

As cannabis dispensaries flourish across the country alongside the push to legalize medicinal and recreational marijuana use, demand for tools to manage the specificities of the weed retail business continues to increase. Looking to address that need, Flowhub, a cannabis retail management software vendor, has raised $23 million from a consortium of investors including e.ventures, […]

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