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What we can learn from edtech startups’ expansion efforts in Europe
Ram Iyer

Unlike their neighbors in fintech, it’s assumed that edtech companies need to expand to a number of big markets in order to reach a scale that makes them attractive to VCs.

Tips for managing growth across iOS updates
Miranda Halpern

“I’ve seen startups spend thousands of dollars inefficiently as a result of not having optimal signal in their paid acquisition campaigns. I’ve also spent millions at companies such as Postmates refining our signal to the best possible state,” says growth marketer Jonathan Martinez in a guest column for Extra Crunch this week. “I’d like every […]

Demand Curve: How to get social proof that grows your startup
Ram Iyer

When people are uncertain, they look to others for behavioral guidance. This is called social proof, and using it effectively can lead to up to 400% improvement in conversion.

Marketers should plan for more DIY metrics as iOS 15 nears
Miranda Halpern

Apple is planning to remove developer access to key user data as part of its iOS 15 release on Monday. So how are marketers going to figure out growth from here?

Former Instacart CFO Sagar Sanghvi joins Accel as its newest partner
Mary Ann Azevedo

Instacart‘s chief financial officer Sagar Sanghvi has departed from the on-demand grocery delivery company after nearly six years and is returning to his investing roots. Specifically, Sanghvi has joined Accel as a partner focused on global growth-stage consumer and enterprise investments. Prior to becoming CFO of Instacart, Sanghvi served as the company’s vice president of […]

Aurora Propulsion Technologies closes €1.7M seed for spacecraft maneuvering and deorbiting tech
Aria Alamalhodaei

More spacecraft will be sent to orbit this year than ever before in human history, and the number of satellite launches is only anticipated to increase through the rest of the decade. Under these crowded conditions, being able to maneuver satellites in space and deorbit them when they reach the end of their useful life […]

Ketch raises another $20M as demand grows for its privacy data control platform
Christine Hall

Ketch's OTC enables developers to embed security and governance into a piece of data as they build software.

Apple and Google bow to pressure in Russia to remove Kremlin critic’s tactical voting app
Natasha Lomas

Apple and Google have removed a tactical voting app created by the organization of jailed Kremlin critic, Alexei Navalny, from their respective mobile app stores in Russia. Earlier this week Reuters reported that the Russian state had been amping up the pressure on foreign tech giants ahead of federal elections — appropriating the language of […]

4 ways to leverage ROAS to triple lead generation
Ram Iyer

Whether you’re investing in your human resources or in critical tech, some outlay in the short term is always needed for long-term success. That's true when it comes to marketing as well.

Whatnot raises another $150M for its livestream shopping platform, evolves into a unicorn
Greg Kumparak

Whatnot, a livestreaming shopping platform for collectors to buy and sell things like rare Pokémon cards and Funko Pops, has closed a $150 million Series C — its third round of fundraising in 2021 alone. This round pins Whatnot’s valuation at $1.5 billion, earning it a spot on the ever-growing list of unicorns. So what’s […]

Fiberplane nabs € 7.5M seed to bring Google Docs-like collaboration to incident response
Ron Miller

Fiberplane, an Amsterdam-based early stage startup that is building collaborative notebooks for SREs (site reliability engineers)  to collaborate around an incident in a similar manner to group editing in a Google Doc, announced a ​​€ 7.5M (approximately $8.8 million USD) seed round today. The round was co-led by Crane Venture Partners and Notion Capital with […]

Tyk raises $35M for its open source, open-ended approach to enterprise API management
Ingrid Lunden

APIs are the grease turning the gears and wheels for many organizations’ IT systems today, but as APIs grow in number and use, tracking how they work (or don’t work) together can become complex and potentially critical if something goes awry. Now, a startup that has built an innovative way to help with this is […]

Avalanche raises $230 million from private sale of AVAX tokens
Romain Dillet

Avalanche, a relatively new blockchain with a focus on speed and low transactions costs, has completed a $230 million private sale of AVAX tokens to some well-known crypto funds. Polychain and Three Arrows Capital are leading the investment. The Avalanche Foundation completed the private sale back in June 2021 and is disclosing it today. Other […]

CodeSignal secures $50M for its tech hiring platform
Christine Hall

The company’s technical assessment technology is a “flight simulator for developers,” that gives candidates a score based on a simulated evaluation of their skills.

Elodie Games obtains $32.5M round to make social co-op gaming better
Devin Coldewey

During the darkest hours of the pandemic, millions upon millions of people turned to online gaming as a way to pass time in lockdown and connect with friends they couldn’t see in person. But a social, cooperative, fun and cross-platform gaming experience is remarkably hard to find — and Elodie Games is here to change […]

Outer, D2C outdoor furniture brand, secures $50M Series B funding to spur expansion and materials development 
Kate Park

Americans spend more than 90% of each day indoors on average. However, approximately 82% of American homeowners are more interested in renovating their outdoor living spaces than they were prior to the pandemic, based on a recent survey, Outer co-founder and CEO Jiake Liu told TechCrunch. On top of that, about 54% of homeowners have […]

Mynd raises $57.3M at an $807M valuation to give people a way to invest in rental properties remotely
Mary Ann Azevedo

Mynd, a company that aims to make it easier for people to buy and manage single-family rental properties, announced today it has raised $57.3 million in funding from QED Investors. The financing values the Oakland, California-based company at $807 million, and brings the company’s total raised to $174.9 million since its 2016 inception. Invesco Real […]

Self Financial raises $50M to help the subprime consumer build credit and savings at the same time
Mary Ann Azevedo

Self Financial, a fintech company that aims to help consumers build credit and savings at the same time, announced today it has raised $50 million in Series E funding. Altos Ventures led the financing, which also included participation from Meritech Capital and Conductive Ventures and brings the Austin-based startup’s total raised to $127 million since […]

OnLoop launches with $2M to inject some fun into performance reviews
Christine Hall

OnLoop consistently gathers employee feedback and goals so that the company has better insights into how both individuals and teams are doing.

AI startup Sorcero secures $10M for language intelligence platform
Christine Hall

Its natural language processing platform aids subject-matter experts in finding answers to their questions.

Concreit closes on $6M to allow more people to invest in the global private real estate market
Mary Ann Azevedo

Concreit, a company that wants to open real estate investing to a broader group of people, announced today that it has closed $6 million in a seed funding round led by Matrix Partners.  Hyphen Capital also participated in the round, in addition to individual investors such as Betterment founder and CEO Jon Stein; Andy Liu, […]

Volta Trucks raises €37 million to bring electric delivery trucks to the streets of London and Paris
Aria Alamalhodaei

Trucking tends to be associated with highways, but it’s not uncommon to find large delivery vehicles trundling down the tightly packed streets of the world’s most populated cities. According to EV startup Volta Trucks, that’s far from ideal: in London, large commercial vehicles cause around 26% of pedestrian fatalities and around 80% of cyclist fatalities, […]

Gogoro will go public on Nasdaq after $2.35B SPAC deal
Catherine Shu

Gogoro is going public. The company, which is best known for its electric Smartscooters and swappable battery infrastructure, announced today it will list on Nasdaq through a merger with Poema Global, a SPAC affiliated with Princeville Capital. The deal sets Gogoro’s enterprise valuation at $2.35 billion and is targeted to close in the first quarter […]

A16z in talks to back CoinSwitch Kuber in first India investment
Manish Singh

A16z is inching closer to making its first investment in a startup in India, the world’s second largest internet market that has produced over two dozen unicorns this year. The Menlo Park-headquartered firm is in final stages of conversations to invest in Indian crypto trading startup CoinSwitch Kuber, three sources familiar with the matter told […]

Online events platform Delegate Connect gets $10M AUD led by AirTree
Catherine Shu

Delegate Connect is the latest virtual/hybrid events platform to land funding. The Melbourne-based startup announced today it has raised $10 million AUD (about $7.3 million USD) in seed funding led by AirTree Ventures, which wrote Delegate Connect the biggest seed check in the fund’s history so far. Other participants included Skip Capital, TEN13 and Australian […]

Vietnam-based CoderSchool gets $2.6M pre-Series A to scale online course platform
Kate Park

CoderSchool, a Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam-based online coding school startup, announced today $2.6 million in pre-Series A funding to scale up its online coding school platform. This round was led by Monk’s Hill Ventures, with participation from returning seed investors Iterative, XA Network and iSeed Ventures. CoderSchool raised a seed round led by TRIVE […]

The responsibilities of AI-first investors
Ram Iyer

How do investors ensure that the startups in which they invest responsibly apply AI?

Tiger Global-led $100M investment makes Apna India’s fastest unicorn
Manish Singh

A 22-month-old startup that is helping millions of blue- and gray-collar workers in India learn new skills and find jobs has become the youngest firm to join the coveted unicorn status in the world’s second-largest internet market. Apna announced on Thursday that it has raised $100 million in a round led by Tiger Global. The […]

News aggregator SmartNews raises $230 million, valuing its business at $2 billion
Sarah Perez

SmartNews, a Tokyo-headquartered news aggregation website and app that’s grown in popularity despite hefty competition from built-in aggregators like Apple News, today announced it has closed on $230 million in Series F funding. The round brings SmartNews’ total raise to date to over $400 million and values the business at $2 billion — or as […]

Forge’s SPAC deal is a bet on unicorn illiquidity
Alex Wilhelm

The total addressable market that Forge serves is growing by the day, with more and more unicorns being born and a steady drumbeat of unicorn IPOs doing little to clear the decks.

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