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[Short Story with Audio] A Bad Mistake
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This is a short story for learners of English from I Talk You Talk Press. You can read and listen at the same time, or you can try shadowing. We hope you enjoy the story! A BAD MISTAKE Lonnie steals bags. It is very easy. He travels on trains when people are going to work, … Continue reading [Short Story with Audio] A Bad Mistake

A glint of hope for India’s food delivery market as Zomato projects monthly cash burn of less than $1M
Manish Singh

Food delivery startups in India have been struggling to make financial sense for years. They have each lost as much as $50 million a month to win and sustain customers by offering discounts. And unlike some other markets, food delivery startups have been severely hit by the coronavirus pandemic. But Zomato, one of the two […]

Freshworks acquires IT orchestration service Flint
Frederic Lardinois

Customer engagement company Freshworks today announced that it has acquired Flint, an IT orchestration and cloud management platform based in India. The acquisition will help Freshworks strengthen its Freshservice IT support service by bringing a number of new automation tools to it. Maybe just as importantly, though, it will also bolster Freshworks’ ambitions around cloud […]

Canon’s new R5 and R6 mirrorless cameras offer big video upgrades, bird eye autofocus and more
Darrell Etherington

Canon has finally fully revealed its much-anticipated R5 and R6 mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, and they look like very strong contenders for the field. The R5 is the new flagship of Canon’s mirrorless line, and it’s priced accordingly at $3,899 for the body alone. The R6 is its ‘affordable’ sibling at $2,499 for the body […]

MariaDB raises $25M more to expand its SkySQL cloud database platform
Ingrid Lunden

Cloud services continue to be a key component of how organisations remain operational even as so much else — such as physically working in enclosed offices — is forced to change because of the COVID-19 health pandemic. Today, MariaDB Corporation, the company behind MariaDB SkySQL and one of the startups leading the charge on open-source […]

14 VCs discuss COVID-19 and London’s future as a tech hub
Mike Butcher

The UK has created 63 tech unicorns in the past decade (according to Dealroom), and it almost goes without saying that the vast majority of those companies were based out of London, the country’s largest tech hub. Famously, London’s DeepMind, an AI startup, was acquired by Google in 2014 for $500 million, but it has […]

LocalGlobe and TransferWise’s Taavet Hinrikus back ‘frictionless finance’ startup Radix
Steve O'Hear

Radix, a U.K. startup that’s building a decentralised finance protocol on which new financial apps can connect and be built on top of, has raised $4.1 million in new funding. Backing the company, which counts the Ethereum network and a number of other “DeFi” projects as competitors, is London-based seed-stage VC LocalGlobe and TransferWise co-founder […]

Yamo scores €10.1M Series A to offer healthier food choices for young children
Steve O'Hear

Yamo, a self-described “foodtech” startup that produces and sells healthier food for babies and young children, has raised €10.1 million in Series A funding. Backing comes from European food and agriculture tech investor Five Seasons Ventures, Swiss Entrepreneurs Fund, Ringier Digital Ventures, Müller Ventures, btov Partners, Polytech Ventures, BackBone Ventures, and Fundament. It brings total […]

PQShield raises $7M for quantum-ready cryptographic security solutions
Ingrid Lunden

A deep tech startup building cryptographic solutions to secure hardware, software, and communications systems for a future when quantum computers may render many current cybersecurity approaches useless is today emerging out of stealth mode with $7 million in funding and a mission to make cryptographic security something that cannot be hackable, even with the most sophisticated […]

GoHealth eyes multibillion-dollar valuation as it sets its initial IPO price range
Alex Wilhelm

GoHealth, a Chicago-based company that provides consumers with a digital portal to help them select insurance products, set an initial price range for its IPO today. The firm intends to price its equity between $18 to $20 per share in its debut. As the company expects to sell 39.5 million shares in the offering, its […]

Fintech startup nCino targets ~$2B valuation in impending IPO
Alex Wilhelm

As IPO season continues, another venture-backed tech company is moving closer toward going public. This week nCino filed an updated S-1 filing, providing an initial price range for its equity of $22 to $24 per share. Indeed, nCino, a fintech startup that provides operating software to banks, intends to sell 7.625 million shares in its […]

Popshop Live gets $3 million to bring live streaming to shopping
Jordan Crook

Streaming video has become a huge part of our lives, whether it’s watching your favorite shows on Netflix or getting live TV through Hulu or YouTube or checking out your favorite gamers on Twitch. But streaming is trickling into other facets of our lives, too, whether it’s fitness or the move from physical events to […]

TealHQ, with $5 million in funding, looks to help people land a job
Jordan Crook

Teal, a platform that looks to help people land jobs that they love, has closed a $5 million seed round, which was led by Flybridge Capital, with participation from Lerer Hippeau, Corigin Ventures, Aleph, Oceans Ventures, Hight Output, AVG Basecamp, and Kairos Angels. Teal launched in November of 2019 with a system that did all […]

Permutive raises $18.5M to help publishers target ads in a new privacy landscape
Anthony Ha

Permutive is announcing that it has raised $18.5 million in Series B funding, as the London-based startup works to help online publishers make money in a changing privacy landscape. CEO Joe Root, who co-founded the company with CTO Tim Spratt, noted that publishers are facing increasing regulation while web browsers are phasing out support for […]

The TourBox adds a touch of tactile control to your editing workflow in a portable package
Darrell Etherington

Now is a great time to be dipping back into creative projects you’ve had on hold, including editing archives of photos you promised you’d get back to ‘later.’ There are a number of different gadgets designed to help make that process easier, but one of the more accessible is the TourBox, a $169 hardware controller […]

Ahead, a platform that connects psychiatrists with patients, raises $9 million
Jordan Crook

In 2015, Andy Rink debuted Lully at a Y Combinator demo day. The product was meant to help children overcome night terrors. Lully had plans to launch into new markets, such as bed wetting, but clinical trials found that the new products simply weren’t effective enough for the company to feel comfortable launching, resulting in […]

Nauta Capital launches fifth fund with €120M to back early-stage European B2B startups
Steve O'Hear

Nauta Capital, the pan-European venture capital firm that invests in B2B technology startups at seed and Series A, is launching its fifth fund. The new vehicle has an initial close of €120 million and is expected to surpass the VC’s 2016 fund, which topped out at €155 million. With offices in London, Barcelona and Munich, Nauta Capital […]

Tinder now testing video chat in select markets, including U.S.
Sarah Perez

Tinder announced this morning it will begin to test video chat in its mobile dating app with some members in select worldwide markets, including in the U.S. The feature, which allows Tinder matches to go on “virtual” dates when both opt in, will first be available to users in Virginia, Illinois, Georgia and Colorado in […]

SetSail raises raises $7M to change how sales teams are compensated
Ron Miller

Most sales teams earn a commission after a sale closes, but nothing prior to that. Yet there are a variety of signals along the way that indicate the sales process is progressing, and SetSail, a startup from some former Google engineers, is using machine learning to figure out what those signals are, and how to […]

Facebook expands Instagram Reels to India
Manish Singh

As scores of startups look to cash in on the video content void that ban on TikTok and other Chinese apps has created in India, a big challenger is ready to try its hand. Instagram said on Wednesday it is rolling out Reels — a feature that allows users to create short-form videos (up to […]

Extra Crunch support expands into Argentina, Brazil and Mexico
Travis Bernard

We’re excited to announce that Extra Crunch is now available to readers in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. That adds to our existing support in the U.S., Canada, UK, and select European countries. You can sign for Extra Crunch here. Latin America has always caught the eye of big tech. For companies like Facebook, Amazon, and […]

With partnerships at major children’s hospitals, Manatee seeks clinical validation of its CBT-based app
Jonathan Shieber

When Manatee founder Damayanti Dipayana’s brother was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, the family took all the steps to ensure that he was properly cared for. All of the things that could have been an obstacle to getting treatment weren’t for Dipayana’s family. A comfortably middle class background, a supportive family and ready access to […]

Kerry Washington is coming to Disrupt 2020
Jordan Crook

Kerry Washington’s fingerprints are all over Hollywood. The Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe nominated actor, director and producer has touched myriad projects, from her role as Olivia Pope on “Scandal” (where she was the first African-American woman since 1974 to headline a network drama) to her production of Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere” and Netflix’s AMERICAN […]

Quaestor is reinventing business metric collaboration for the startup party round era
Danny Crichton

Business is the foundation, of, well, business. For startups, finding a working business model and honing it through decision-making, smart hires, and relentless focus on the right metrics can be the difference between building a scalable company and collapsing into the next Luckin Coffee. Given how important business performance and finance is, it’s not uncommon […]

Nayya, bringing transparency to choosing and managing healthcare plans, raises $2.7 million
Jordan Crook

Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator -backed Nayya is on a mission to simplify choosing and managing employee benefits through machine learning and data transparency. The company has raised $2.7 million in seed funding led by Social Leverage with participation from Guardian Strategic Ventures, Cameron Ventures, Soma Capital, as well as other strategic angels. The process of choosing […]

8 Black investors discuss the intersection of race, tech and funding
Megan Rose Dickey

Since the killing of George Floyd at the hands of four police officers heightened awareness about racial justice, the experiences of Black people in tech — and the industry’s lack of racial diversity — are getting new attention. In the tech ecosystem at large, the industry is still predominantly white and male, and venture capital […]

MonkeyLearn raises $2.2M to build out its no-code AI text analysis service
Alex Wilhelm

A few years back, startups focusing on artificial intelligence had a whiff of bullshit about them; venture capitalists became inured to young tech companies claiming that their new AI-powered product was going to change the world as hype exceeded product reality. But in the time since, AI-powered startups have matured into real companies, with investors […]

Northflank announces $2.6M seed to create end-to-end DevOps workflow in cloud
Ron Miller

Northflank, a startup from a couple of guys in their 20s, has been working on a full-stack DevOps platform in the cloud since their first year at university in 2016. Today the startup announced a $2.6 million seed investment and the launch of that platform. The round was led by ​Kindred Ventures, ​Stride.VC​ and Amaranthine […]

Athlane looks to connect brands and esports streamers with a fresh $3.3 million in funding
Jordan Crook

Athlane, the YC-backed company from the Summer ’19 cohort, is today ready to launch with a fresh $3.3 million in capital. Investors include Y Combinator, Jonathan Kraft (New England Patriots), Michael Gordon (President of Fenway Sports Group, which owns the Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club), Global Founders Capital, Romulus Capital, Seabed VC, and more. […]

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