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Affinity, a relationship intelligence company, raises $80M to help close deals
Christine Hall

Affinity is focused on industries like investment banking and venture capital, where there aren’t CRMs or networking platforms that cater to the specific needs of the long-term relationship.

Solar-powered aircraft developer Skydweller Aero adds $8M to Series A, partners with Palantir
Aria Alamalhodaei

Airplanes and drones today, regardless of size or fuel type, all face the same limitation: eventually they have to land. Skydweller Aero, the U.S.-Spanish aerospace startup, wants to break free from that constraint by developing an autonomous solar-powered aircraft it says will eventually be capable of perpetual flight. Their pitch, which helped the company raise […]

Edtech leans into the creator economy with cohort-based classes
Natasha Mascarenhas

Edtech's boom is rivaled by that of the creator economy, which promises to help creators monetize and democratize their passions, all while maintaining their identity.

Scalapay raises $155M at a $700M valuation as buy now, pay later services continue to boom
Ingrid Lunden

Scalapay, a buy now, pay later (BNPL) technology provider that has made significant headway with retailers and consumers in Europe and in categories like fashion, has closed a round of funding that it will be using to fuel its expansion ambitions. The startup has raised $155 million at a $700 million valuation. Tiger Global is […]

Fertility tracking app Flo closes $50M Series B
Natasha Lomas

Flo, a fertility focused period-tracking app, has closed a $50 million Series B funding round which it says values the company at $800M — underlining how much value investors are now attaching to women’s health tech. The 2016-founded startup raised a $1M seed in its first year and has gone on to raise a total […]

Teatis, low-sugar superfood powders developer for diabetics, closes seed round
Kate Park

Serial entrepreneur Hiroshi Takatoh recognized the need for convenient and nutritious food for critically ill consumers after losing his wife to cancer. Takatoh founded Teatis, a plant-based sugar-blocking superfood powder for diabetic consumers, in 2017 in stealth mode and went fully operational in April 2021 by teaming up with a group of doctors and registered […]

CookUnity whips up nationwide expansion following $47M round
Christine Hall

CookUnity combines the ready-to-eat meal category with a chef-focused business model that provides restaurant-quality meals at home.

Fin names former Twilio exec Evan Cummack as CEO, raises $20M
Christine Hall

Fin's software captures employee workflow data from across applications and turns it into productivity insights to improve the way enterprise teams work and remain engaged.

Printify bags $45M, led by Index, to ride the custom printing boom
Natasha Lomas

The creator economy loves merch, which is great news for on-demand custom printing startups such as Latvia-based Printify — today it’s announcing a $45 million Series A round, led by Index Ventures, off the back of rising demand for its services. The mission: To keep growing its global marketplace of print shops to meet rising […]

[Short Story with Video] The Waiting Dog

This is a short story for learners of English. We hope you enjoy it! Romero has a café in the park. It is called The Park Café. Romero thinks the name is boring, but he can’t think of a better name. The Park Café is very popular in summer. Many people come to the park … Continue reading [Short Story with Video] The Waiting Dog

Tape It launches an A.I.-powered music recording app for iPhone
Sarah Perez

Earlier this year, Apple officially discontinued Music Memos, an iPhone app that allowed musicians to quickly record audio and develop new song ideas. Now, a new startup called Tape It is stepping in to fill the void with an app that improves audio recordings by offering a variety of features, including higher-quality sound, automatic instrument […]

Sila Nanotechnologies’ battery technology will launch in Whoop wearables
Rebecca Bellan

Sila Nanotechnologies next-generation battery technology made its commercial product debut Wednesday in the new Whoop fitness tracker, a milestone that caps a decade of research and development by the Silicon Valley startup all aimed at cracking the code to packing more energy into a cell at a lower cost. Billions have been spent over the […]

TrueFort snares $30M Series B to expand zero trust application security solution
Ron Miller

As companies try to navigate an ever-changing security landscape, it can be challenging to protect everything. Security startup TrueFort has built a zero trust solution focussing on protecting enterprise applications. Today, the company announced a $30 million Series B. Shasta Ventures led today’s round with participation from new firms Canaan and Ericsson Ventures along with […]

Former head of Mint raises $4.5M for Lean to give gig workers access to financial products
Mary Ann Azevedo

Gig and independent workers have different needs when it comes to financial products than salaried employees at a company. It’s a challenge that Tilak Joshi, founder of Lean, became acutely aware of during his tenure as head of Mint and years as a product exec at American Express and PayPal. While the U.S. has seen […]

Microsoft acquires video creation and editing software maker Clipchamp
Sarah Perez

Video editing software may become the next big addition to Microsoft’s suite of productivity tools. On Tuesday, Microsoft announced it’s acquiring Clipchamp, a company offering web-based video creation and editing software that allows anyone to put together video presentations, promos or videos meant for social media destinations like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. According to Microsoft, […]

Forerunner is software for NFIMBYs, or no flooding in my backyard
Danny Crichton

Mayors have the toughest job in the world, and leading a city is only getting harder. Even as populations swell in urban cores across the world, climate change is constraining the geographies where that growth can happen. Coastal communities which are popular with residents are also taking a gamble when it comes to rising sea […]

Notion acquires India’s Automate.io in push to accelerate product expansion
Manish Singh

Notion said on Wednesday it has acquired Automate.io, an Indian startup that builds connectivity and integrations with over 200 services, as the workplace productivity startup looks to accelerate its product expansion to become more compelling for tens of millions of individuals and businesses that are increasingly moving to digital collaborative tools. The San Francisco-headquartered startup, […]

Real-time database platform SingleStore raises $80M more, now at a $940M valuation
Ingrid Lunden

Organizations are swimming in data these days, and so solutions to help manage and use that data in more efficient ways will continue to see a lot of attention and business. In the latest development, SingleStore — which provides a platform to enterprises to help them integrate, monitor and query their data as a single […]

UnitQ raises $30M in Accel-led round to help companies improve product quality
Mary Ann Azevedo

Product quality is hugely important when it comes to the success of a product. Even if your product seems really cool, if it’s buggy or doesn’t work well, many people will just stop using it rather than taking the time to figure it out or even report a problem. UnitQ, a Burlingame, California-based startup using […]

Addi raises $75M to advance ‘buy now, pay later’ in LatAm, nearly triples valuation
Mary Ann Azevedo

Buy now, pay later is officially everywhere, and Latin America is no exception. Today, one startup in the region, Addi, is announcing a $75 million extension to its Series B, bringing the total round size to $140 million. In late May, the startup announced it had raised $35 million in an equity round led by […]

Beauty Pie, an online buyers’ club, picks up $100M to boost its beauty and wellness business
Ingrid Lunden

The beauty industry is worth some $500 billion annually, and the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a sharp rise in the proportion of sales being carried out online. Today, a London-based beauty startup is announcing a major round of funding in hopes of reaping the spoils of that trend with a direct-to-consumer online storefront selling […]

Egyptian fintech MNT-Halan lands $120M from Apis Partners, DisrupTech and others
Tage Kene-Okafor

Over 70% of Egypt’s young and fast-growing population of over 100 million is financially underserved despite mobile penetration exceeding 90%. Traditional banks often overlook this segment because of their spending power or financial status and fintechs have seized the opportunity to cater to their needs. One such fintech is MNT-Halan, and today, the company which […]

PayPal acquires Japan’s Paidy for $2.7B to crack the buy-now, pay-later market in Asia  
Kate Park

PayPal Holdings, the U.S. fintech company, announced an acquisition of Paidy, a Japanese buy now, pay later (BNPL) service platform, for approximately $2.7 billion (300 billion yen), mostly in cash, to enhance its business in Japan. The transaction completion including the regulatory approval is expected in the fourth quarter of 2021. After the acquisition, the […]

Nigeria’s Prospa gets $3.8M pre-seed to offer small businesses banking and software services
Tage Kene-Okafor

In Nigeria, there are more than 40 million micro-businesses underserved in some form or another regarding banking services. Although some of these businesses have registered bank accounts, gaps exist in how banks use the data available to serve the needs of each business. With banks, presenting a series of transactions as statements is all these businesses […]

Owl Ventures and Harvard back India’s study abroad platform Leap in $55 million round
Manish Singh

Leap, a two-year-old startup with headquarters in San Francisco and Bangalore that is helping students in India find the right college, prepare for tests, secure visas and loan, said on Wednesday it has raised $55 million in a new financing round from several high-profile edtech backers. Leap said it has raised $55 million in a […]

Indonesia-focused Intudo Ventures closes $115M third fund
Catherine Shu

Intudo Ventures, the “Indonesia-only” investment firm, announced today it has closed its third fund, totaling $115 million. Called Intudo Ventures Fund III, it was raised in less than three months and oversubscribed. Fund III’s limited partners include Black Kite Investments, the family office of Singaporean businessman Koh Bon Hwee; Wasson Enterprises, the family office of […]

Meet retail’s new sustainability strategy: Personalization
Ram Iyer

Reducing waste is key to meeting environmental milestones, and some retail firms have narrowed in on a unique approach to minimize what their customers throw away: personalization.

AI as a service to solve your business problems? Guess again
Annie Saunders

The process to train algorithms to detect wear and tear would be different for factories that produce different products; after all, a shoe is not a smartphone is not a bicycle.

5 factors that can make or break a startup’s growth journey
Ram Iyer

Not all startup growth is equal, and there are a few key aspects that make the difference between a startup reaching its full potential or falling short.

Microsoft launches a personalized news service, Microsoft Start
Sarah Perez

Microsoft today is introducing its own personalized news reading experience called Microsoft Start, available as both a website and mobile app, in addition to being integrated with other Microsoft products, including Windows 10 and 11 and its Microsoft Edge web browser. The feed will combine content from news publishers, but in a way that’s tailored […]