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Bumble files to go public
Alex Wilhelm

The dating and networking service Bumble has filed to go public. The company, launched by a former co-founder of the IAC-owned Tinder, plans to list its share on the Nasdaq stock exchange, using the ticker symbol “BMBL.” Bumble’s planned IPO was first reported in December. Whitney Wolfe Herd doesn’t care what she’s supposed to do Bumble […]

Capsule raises $2 million for its video Q&A platform aimed at brands
Sarah Perez

Capsule, a video Q&A platform aimed at brands, emerged last year in direct response to the challenges companies were facing in terms of reaching consumers during the pandemic. Now, the business has closed on $2 million in pre-seed funding. The round was led by Array Ventures and included participation from Bloomberg Beta and other angels. The […]

12 ‘flexible VCs’ who operate where equity meets revenue share
Walter Thompson

A dozen active investors who offer funding via revenue-based, compensation-based and blended-return streams.

Tiger Global is raising a new $3.75 billion venture fund, one year after closing its last
Connie Loizos

According to a recent letter sent to its investors, Tiger Global Management, the New York-based investing powerhouse, is raising a new $3.75 billion venture fund called Tiger Private Investment Partners XIV that it expects to close in March. The fund is Tiger Global’s 13th venture fund, despite its title — the partners might be superstitious […]

Medium acquires social book reading app Glose
Romain Dillet

Medium is acquiring Paris-based startup Glose for an undisclosed amount. Glose has been building iOS, Android and web apps that let you buy, download and read books on your devices. The company has turned reading into a multiplayer experience as you can build a bookshelf, share notes with your followers and start conversations in the […]

Swimm raises $5.7M to help teams document their code
Frederic Lardinois

Most developers don’t enjoy writing documentation for their code and that makes life quite a bit harder when a new team member tries to get started on working on a company’s codebase. And even when there are documentation or in-line comments in the source code, that’s often not updated and over time, that information becomes […]

Thimble teaches kids STEM skills with robotics kits combined with live Zoom classes
Sarah Perez

Parents with kids stuck learning at home during the pandemic have had to look for alternative activities to promote the hands-on learning experiences kids are missing out on due to attending class virtually. The New York-based educational technology startup Thimble aims to help address this problem by offering a subscription service for STEM-based projects that […]

Harness snags $85M Series C on $1.7B valuation as revenue grows 3x
Ron Miller

Harness, the startup that wants to create a suite of engineering tools to give every company the kind of technological reach that the biggest companies have, announced an $85 million Series C today on a $1.7 billion valuation. Today’s round comes after 2019’s $60 million Series B, which had a $500 million valuation, showing a […]

Samsung unveils its newest Tile competitor, the Galaxy SmartTag
Sarah Perez

Alongside its other announcements at Samsung’s event today, the company introduced its new Galaxy SmartTag Bluetooth locator, a lost item beacon for Samsung owners and a competitor with Tile. Like Tile and Apple’s forthcoming AirTags, the beacon can be attached to keys, a bag, a pet’s collar or anything else you want to track. Initially, […]

Germany’s Xentral nabs $20M led by Sequoia to help online-facing SMBs run back offices better
Ingrid Lunden

Small enterprises remain one of the most underserved segments of the business market, but the growth of cloud-based services — easier to buy, easier to provision — has helped that change in recent years. Today, one of the more promising startups out of Europe building software to help SMEs run online businesses is announcing some […]

Pace launches out of private beta with a plan to scale virtual group therapy
Natasha Mascarenhas

One in five people have a mental health illness. Pace, a new startup founded by Pinterest and Affirm executives, wants to pay attention to the other four in that statistic. “Nobody is perfectly mentally healthy all the time,” said Jack Chou, Pace co-founder. “It’s a non-existent idea, everyone is sort of swimming in between being […]

Zocdoc founder returns with Shadow, an app that finds lost dogs
Sarah Perez

Every year, around 10 million pets go missing in the U.S., and millions of those end up in shelters where they aren’t always reunited with their owners, due to their lack of identification or a microchip. A new mobile app, Shadow, aims to tackle this problem by leveraging a combination of a volunteer network and […]

Flo gets FTC slap for sharing user data when it promised privacy
Natasha Lomas

The FTC has reached a settlement with Flo, a period- and fertility tracking app with 100M+ users, over allegations it shared users’ health data with third party app analytics and marketing services like Facebook despite promising to keep users’ sensitive health data private. Flo must obtain an independent review of its privacy practices and obtain […]

Drata raises $3.2M for its compliance audit platform
Frederic Lardinois

Drata, a startup that helps businesses get their SOC 2 compliance, today announced that it has raised a $3.2 million seed round led by Cowboy Ventures and that it is coming out of stealth. Other investors include Leaders Fund, SV Angel and a group of angel investors. Like similar services, Drata helps businesses automate a […]

Openbase scores $3.6M seed to help developers find open source components
Ron Miller

Openbase founder Lior Grossman started his company the way that many founders do — to solve a problem he was having. In this case, it was finding the right open source components to build his software. He decided to build something to solve the problem, and Openbase was born. Today, the company announced a $3.65 […]

Human.ai nabs $3.2M seed to build personal intelligence platform
Ron Miller

The last we heard from Luther.ai, the startup was participating in the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield in September. The company got a lot of attention from that appearance, which culminated in a $3.2 million seed round it announced today. While they were at it, the founders decided to change the company name to Human.ai, which they […]

Dear Sophie: What’s the new minimum salary required for H-1B visa applicants?
Walter Thompson

I hear the random H-1B lottery will be replaced with a new system that selects H-1B candidates based on their salaries. How will this new process work?

Gainful raises $7.5M for personalized sports nutrition
Anthony Ha

Gainful, a startup offering personalized subscriptions to protein powders and hydration products, is announcing that it has raised $7.5 million in Series A funding. COO Eric Wu, who founded the company with CTO Jahaan Ansari, told me that Gainful began with his own experience experimenting with different protein powders and eventually finding the combination that […]

Dell’s 40-inch curved monitor is perfect for a home office command center
Darrell Etherington

Dell’s kicking off 2021 with a new addition to its monitor lineup that aims to hit a variety of sweet spots. The Dell UltraSharp 40 Curved WUHD monitor offers 39.7″ of screen real estate, with a 5120 x 2160 resolution that matches the pixel density of 4K resolution on a 32-inch conventional widescreen display. It […]

Stacklet raises $18M for its cloud governance platform
Frederic Lardinois

Stacklet, a startup that is commercializing the Cloud Custodian open-source cloud governance project, today announced that it has raised an $18 million Series A funding round. The round was led by Addition, with participation from Foundation Capital and new individual investor Liam Randall, who is joining the company as VP of business development. Addition and Foundation Capital also […]

Webflow raises $140M, pushing its valuation to $2.1 billion
Alex Wilhelm

This morning Webflow, a software company that helps businesses build no-code websites, announced that it has raised a $140 million Series B. The round, led by returning investors Accel and Silversmith, comes after the startup raised $72 million in an August, 2019 Series A. The new funding values Webflow at more than $2.1 billion it […]

Loop launches out of stealth to make auto insurance more equitable
Natasha Mascarenhas

Car auto-insurance from legacy providers has structural bias built into it. It uses metrics such as credit score, income, marital status and education to figure out insurance rates, which eventually disproportionately hurts low-income individuals through high rates and low protection. Loop, co-founded by John Henry and Carey Anne Nadeau, hopes to launch an alternative model […]

TikTok update will change privacy settings and defaults for users under 18
Sarah Perez

TikTok announced today it’s making changes to its app to make the experience safer for younger users. The company will now set the accounts for users ages 13 to 15 to private by default, as well as tighten other controls for all users under 18, in terms of how they can interact with other users […]

App stores saw record 218 billion downloads in 2020, consumer spend of $143 billion
Sarah Perez

Mobile adoption continued to grow in 2020, in part due to the market forces of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to App Annie’s annual “State of Mobile” industry report, mobile app downloads grew by 7% year-over-year to a record 218 billion in 2020. Meanwhile, consumer spending grew by 20% to also hit a new milestone of […]

Numbers Protocol’s blockchain camera Capture App safeguards the integrity of photos
Catherine Shu

The spread of misinformation and fake news online has a dangerous impact on public well-being. Misinformation is difficult to fight, and 73% of Americans surveyed by Pew Research ahead of the presidential election expressed little or no confidence in the ability of major tech companies to keep their platforms from being misused. The open-source Starling […]

Signal’s Brian Acton talks about exploding growth, monetization and WhatsApp data-sharing outrage
Manish Singh

Brian Acton is crossing paths again with Facebook. Over more than a decade of building and operating WhatsApp, the company’s co-founder first competed against and then sold his instant messaging app to the social juggernaut. Only a few years ago he parted ways with the company that made him a billionaire in a bitter split […]

Weber acquires smart cooking start-up June
Darrell Etherington

Outdoor cooking industry leader and famed Kettle grill-maker Weber has acquired June, the smart cooking startup founded in 2013 by Matt Van Horn and Nikhil Bhogal. While financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, Weber has confirmed that June will continue to operate as its own branded wholly owned by Weber-Stephen Products, and will continue […]

These 5 VCs have high hopes for cannabis in 2021
Matt Burns

"2021 could be nothing short of amazing for our industry."

Slim.ai announces $6.6M seed to build container DevOps platform
Ron Miller

We are more than seven years into the notion of modern containerization, and it still requires a complex set of tools and a high level of knowledge on how containers work. The DockerSlim open source project developed several years ago from a desire to remove some of that complexity for developers. Slim.ai, a new startup […]

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