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Immunai announces a $215M Series B as its ‘immune cell atlas’ matures
Emma Betuel

Biotech startup Immunai has been on a roll when it comes to funding. The company that set out to create an atlas of the human immune system in 2018 had raised about $80 million by February 2021. On Wednesday, the company announced another significantly larger round: a $215 million series B.  Immunai has been building […]

Dear Sophie: Any advice for living my dreams in Silicon Valley?
Annie Saunders

After trying to find an H-1B job to immigrate to the U.S. for several years, I took a position with a company in Canada. My dream is to immigrate to Silicon Valley to start my own venture. Any advice?

Abacus.ai snags $50M Series C as it expands into computer vision use cases
Ron Miller

Abacus.ai wants to build an AI platform that simplifies machine learning model creation, while still leaving room for power users. Today the company announced a $50 million Series C. At the same time, it announced that the platform was expanding to include computer vision use cases. Tiger Global led the round with participation from Coatue, […]

Gringo raises $8M to help Brazilians manage auto-related documentation with its app
Mary Ann Azevedo

Gringo, a Brazilian startup that has built an app aimed at supporting drivers in a variety of ways, has raised $8 million in a new round of funding. Kaszek led the financing, which also included participation from GFC and OneVC. Kaszek also led the company’s seed round in 2020. The latest investment brings its total […]

The Bowery Farming TC-1
Brian Heater

While dozens of vertical farms have sprouted in the past decade, few have attracted the amount of attention that New Jersey-based Bowery Farming enjoys.

Hacking lettuce for taste and profit
Brian Heater

"The first thing you notice is just the smell," chief science officer of Bowery Farming Henry Sztul says excitedly. "It's got that smell, right?"

The voracious fight for your salad bowl
Brian Heater

The size, the scope, the potential impact — the mind reels. Vertical farming may be a nascent space, but it is growing rapidly, and the greenfield is being taken quickly.

Spotify says U.S. podcast listeners now use its service more than Apple Podcasts
Sarah Perez

In September, analysts at eMarketer predicted Spotify was poised to overtake Apple Podcasts in U.S. listenership sometime this year. Today, Spotify announced for the first time it may have succeeded on that front. During the company’s Q3 2021 earnings call, the company said that according to Edison Research and its own internal sources, it “recently […]

Groopit announces $2M pre-seed to help execs access crowd-sourced company data
Ron Miller

Groopit, an early stage startup from a 20-year Microsoft veteran, wants to help companies crowdsource data from information supplied by employees working in the field. Today, the company announced a $2 million pre-seed round led by Ascend.vc with participation from a group of investors that includes Voyager Capital and Vulcan Capital. The startup has raised […]

Biotech startup Shiru sprouting plant-based ingredients with new capital infusion
Christine Hall

The company plans to have ingredients ready by next year, which means we could see the first commercial products containing Shiru’s ingredients on grocery store shelves as early as 2023.

Truepill’s latest funding boosts valuation to $1.6B as it works on B2B side of healthcare
Christine Hall

The new funding represents a “hyper growth moment” for the company, which is in position to bring in some $300 million in revenue this year.

Skyryse brings in $200M to make flying an aircraft as simple as swiping a touchscreen
Aria Alamalhodaei

Five-year-old startup Skyryse has raised a $200 million Series B to develop FlightOS, a flight automation technology stack that the company says will help experienced pilots operate new types of aircraft and allow complete novices to quickly learn the ropes of flying. Most importantly, the company says FlightOS will be able to be retrofitted onto […]

Extend raises $40M for its virtual card offering to help banks better compete with fintechs
Mary Ann Azevedo

We’ve written a lot about fintechs that aim to help other fintechs and traditional banks launch products and services.  But it feels like we have written far less about fintechs that exist solely to help the incumbents better compete with fintechs. Extend is one such company. The New York-based startup, which provides digital payment infrastructure […]

Fellow raises $24M; wants you to enjoy going to meetings again
Christine Hall

Over the last year, the company saw that list more than triple, as did the number of meetings hosted on the platform.

Goodyear Ventures, Porsche Ventures invest in virtual sensing company Tactile Mobility
Rebecca Bellan

Israeli startup Tactile Mobility uses existing vehicle sensor data to enable cars to “feel” the road in a way that generates insights about both the vehicle and the road via its cloud platform. On Wednesday, Tactile announced a $27 million Series C raise which it will use to further develop its virtual sensors, expand its […]

Snap tops 100 million users in India, partners with Flipkart and Android smartphone vendors
Manish Singh

Snap said today it has amassed 100 million monthly active users in India, an impressive feat in the key overseas market where Facebook and Google reach over half a billion people, and is inking deals with a range of firms including Android smartphone vendors, entertainment TV channels Sony and Zee TV and e-commerce giant Flipkart to […]

Health tech startup mPharma acquires Vine Pharmacy, enters Uganda
Annie Njanja

mPharma, a Ghanaian health startup, has taken a controlling stake in Uganda’s Vine Pharmacy for an undisclosed amount, marking the firm’s entry into its latest market in Africa. mPharma disclosed to TechCrunch that it has acquired a 55 percent stake previously held by  the Abraaj Group, a private equity firm that collapsed after investors, including […]

Open banking startup Finverse wants to build the Asia-Pacific region’s Plaid
Catherine Shu

Based in Hong Kong, Finverse’s ambitious goal is to enable open banking throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The startup recently came out of stealth mode with $1.8 million in seed funding, and is now live in four markets (Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam) with connections to 30 banks. Founder and chief executive officer Stephane […]

Zolve raises $40 million to help global citizens access financial services
Manish Singh

Zolve, a neobanking startup that aims to help immigrants in the U.S. gain access to financial services, said on Wednesday it has raised $40 million in a new financing round as it begins to roll out its offerings. Partners of DST Global led the Bangalore-headquartered startup’s Series A financing round. The round, which values the […]

Speechmatics pushes forward recognition of accented English
Devin Coldewey

Speech recognition has gone from convenient to crucial over the last few years as smart speakers and driving assist modes have taken off — but not everyone’s voice is recognized equally well. Speechmatics claims to have the most inclusive and accurate model out there, beating Amazon, Google and others when it comes to speech outside […]

TikTok dodges questions about biometric data collection in Senate hearing
Sarah Perez

In its first-ever Congressional hearing, TikTok successfully dodged questions about what it plans to do with the biometric data its privacy policy permits it to collect on the app’s U.S. users. In an update to the company’s U.S. privacy policy in June, TikTok added a new section that noted the app “may collect biometric identifiers […]

Heavily VC-backed salad chain Sweetgreen heads toward public markets
Alex Wilhelm

Sweetgreen is an incredibly well-backed unicorn that just happens to make salads instead of, say, enterprise software.

Tasseled wants to help college students get their lives, and credits, together
Natasha Mascarenhas

When Vipul Patel lost half of his college credits while transferring from Florida Institute of Technology to Boston University, he began digging for answers. Patel soon stumbled upon equivalency tables, where universities track which courses from other institutions can be counted for credit during a transfer process. While seemingly innocuous, the tables gave him key […]

Logicbroker taps into $135M to advance cloud-based drop ship software
Christine Hall

The company closed last year with $2 billion in GMV and is on target to do close to $6 billion this year. To maintain its status as a global leader, that meant going after some new capital.

Bridgit secures $24M in funding to provide construction companies with ‘workforce intelligence’
Mary Ann Azevedo

Bridgit, a “workforce intelligence” technology company that is focused on the construction industry, announced today that it has raised $24 million in Series B funding. Camber Creek and Storm Ventures co-led the financing, which brings the Toronto-based startup’s total raised to more than $35 million. Nine Four Ventures also put money in the round, along […]

From the American heartland, a startup boom
Anna Heim

The Midwest could sustain its results at present levels. If that comes to pass, the region would no longer be a place to fly over, but a location to Zoom into.

Voxel raises $3M to make warehouse security cameras more safety conscious
Haje Jan Kamps

Warehouses and distribution centers are already blanketed in security cameras, but unless someone is actively monitoring them, a lot of the footage goes unexamined. Voxel wants to change that by inviting its on-premises pixel-peeping machine-vision robots to take a closer look, notifying managers when something isn’t up to snuff. The company just raised a $3 […]

Skydropx taps new funding to expand logistics automation across Latin America
Christine Hall

The company is now profitable and grew over 300% in revenue last year. It now serves over 50,000 customers and makes more than 1.5 million deliveries a month.

Cyabra gets $5.6M Series A to launch news disinformation detection analysis tools
Kate Park

Misinformation and disinformation content has continued to increase across social media channels, and its effects have impacted every type of organization, from the public to private organizations. A Tel Aviv, Israel-based startup called Cyabra has built a SaaS platform that measures authenticity and impact within the online conversation, detects false information and its authors, and […]

Medable reaches $2.1B valuation as Tiger, Blackstone, GSR pump new capital into clinical trials management company
Christine Hall

Medable has grown 300% in the past year and over 800% in the last 18 months, which CEO Michelle Longmire said was proof that a patient-centered approach is taking hold.