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Wright tests its 2-megawatt electric engines for passenger planes
Devin Coldewey

Just like the automotive industry, aerospace has its sights set on going electric — but flying with battery-powered engines is a tougher proposition than rolling. Wright is among the startups looking to change the math and make electrified flight possible at scales beyond small aircraft — and its 2-megawatt engine could power the first generation […]

Virtual meeting platform Vowel raises $13.5M, aims to cure meeting fatigue
Christine Hall

Vowel's meeting operating system has the goal of making meetings more useful before, during and after.

HoneyBee raises millions to make financial wellness a workplace benefit
Mary Ann Azevedo

HoneyBee, a startup that aims to help companies provide access to financial support for their employees, announced today it has raised $5.7 million in equity in a round led by FFVC. Resolute Ventures, Afore Capital, Rebalance Capital, K50 and Financial Venture Studio also participated in the financing, along with two-time NBA all-star Baron Davis. HoneyBee […]

Jetty raises $23M to help give renters more payment flexibility
Mary Ann Azevedo

Jetty, a fintech company which aims to give renters flexibility when paying rent, has raised $23 million in a funding round co-led by Citi and Flourish Ventures. The financing brings Jetty’s total raised since its 2016 inception to $78 million. Other investors participating in the latest growth round include Credit Ease and K5. Previous backers […]

Emulate Inc. closes $82M Series E to fund expansion of ‘organ-on-a-chip’ products
Emma Betuel

Emulate Inc., a biotech company focused on developing “organ-on-a-chip” technology, closed an $82 million Series E round on Tuesday. This latest round is intended to formulate a massive investment in a “roadmap” for developing model organ systems created to fit drug makers’ needs and bring the idea of an organ-on-a-chip into use in the lab.  […]

How engaged are your employees?
Ram Iyer

Don’t wait until your best talent walks out the door to ring the alarm. Focusing on employee engagement is the ultimate win-win for employers who can tap into the potential of their human resources.

Social network Peanut expands to include more women with launch of Peanut Menopause
Sarah Perez

Peanut, a social networking app for women, initially found traction connecting women in the earlier stages of their motherhood journey. But over the years, the network expanded to support women through other life stages. Now, that will include menopause, as well — a life stage that will impact nearly half the world’s population at some […]

Glovo to double down African investment in the next 12 months — but will it stay put?
Tage Kene-Okafor

Spanish on-demand delivery platform Glovo today announced plans to double its investment in Africa and expand its operations on the continent. The Barcelona-based company has invested up to €25 million ($30 million) by bringing its food delivery service to six African countries — Morocco, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria. Glovo is available in […]

TikTok and Snap alums launch mayk.it, a social music creation app, with $4M in seed funding
Amanda Silberling

After living through the global upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic, many workers are re-evaluating their career path. Stefan Heinrich Henriquez, a former Head of Global Marketing at TikTok and Chief Marketing Officer at Cameo, is one of them. “I have been thinking about music since my time at TikTok, and I was really thinking about […]

Financial comparison “super app” Jeff raises $1.5M seed extension
Catherine Shu

Financial services, especially those for people who don’t have access to traditional bank accounts or lines of credit, are proliferating in Southeast Asia. Jeff App wants to give consumers a “super app” where they can compare many financial products and apply for them using the startup’s proprietary data-scoring models. For service providers, Jeff serves as […]

[Short Story Video] The Dinner Party

This is a short story for learners of English. We hope you enjoy it! Maggie and Dion got married a few months ago. They moved to a new town because Dion got a good job with a software company. Maggie and Dion live in a small apartment on the top floor of an apartment building. … Continue reading [Short Story Video] The Dinner Party

H2O Hospitality secures $30M Series C to expedite hotel digital transformation
Kate Park

The pandemic has triggered more demand for contactless and staff-less operations in the hospitality sector, and now H2O Hospitality, the unmanned hotel management company, has closed a $30 million round on the back of that boost. The South Korea and Japan-based startup automates front and backend processes including accommodation reservation, room management and front desk […]

Mobius Labs nabs $6M to help more sectors tap into computer vision
Natasha Lomas

Berlin-based Mobius Labs has closed a €5.2 million (~$6.1M) funding round off the back of increased demand for its computer vision training platform. The Series A investment is led by Ventech VC, along with Atlantic Labs, APEX Ventures, Space Capital, Lunar Ventures plus some additional angel investors. The startup offers an SDK that lets the […]

Quantum Machines plans to expand quantum orchestration platform with $50M investment
Ron Miller

Quantum Machines, an Israeli startup that is building the classical hardware and software infrastructure to help run quantum machines, announced a $50 million Series B investment today. Today’s round was led by Red Dot Capital Partners with help from Exor, Claridge Israel, Samsung NEXT, Valor Equity Partners, Atreides Management, LP, as well as TLV Partners, […]

A founder’s guide to effectively managing your options pool
Ram Iyer

In today’s cash rich environment, options are more valuable than cash. Founders have many guides on how to raise money, but not enough has been written about how to protect your startup’s option pool.

Instagram may not be a photo-sharing app anymore, but Glass is
Amanda Silberling

Instagram made headlines (including this one) when product head Adam Mosseri said in June that the app is “no longer just a square photo-sharing app,” since it’s pivoting its focus to shopping and video. But where does that leave photographers who want a social photo-sharing experience? According to Tom Watson, a former product designer at […]

Playbyte’s new app aims to become the ‘TikTok for games’
Sarah Perez

A startup called Playbyte wants to become the TikTok for games. The company’s newly launched iOS app offers tools that allow users to make and share simple games on their phone, as well as a vertically scrollable, fullscreen feed where you can play the games created by others. Also like TikTok, the feed becomes more […]

Extra Crunch roundup: cohort analysis, YC Demo Day recaps, building your supply chain
Walter Thompson

We're off on Monday, September 6 to celebrate America's Labor Day holiday, but we'll be back with new stories (and a very brief newsletter) on Tuesday morning.

Barbershop technology startup theCut sharpens its platform with new $4.5M round
Christine Hall

The mobile app that provides information and reviews on barbers for potential customers while also managing appointments, mobile payments and pricing on the back end for barbers.

Customer experience startup Clootrack raises $4M, helps brands see through their customers’ eyes
Christine Hall

Clootrack is a real-time customer experience analytics platform that helps brands understand why customers stay or churn

SimpliFed serves up $500,000 pre-seed toward infant nutrition support
Christine Hall

SimpliFed’s platform is a judgement-free zone providing evidence-based information on nutritional health for babies.

Startups should look to state-of-the-art tech to tackle diseases affecting women
Annie Siebert

Using state-of-the-art technologies on complex women’s diseases will allow the field to advance much faster and can put drug candidates into clinics in a few short years.

Shepherd raises $6.2M seed round to tackle the construction insurance market
Alex Wilhelm

Shepherd fits into a theme of neoinsurance providers selling more to other companies than to consumers -- and wagering on there being margin elsewhere in the insurance world to attack.

Botify raises $55 million to optimize search engine indexing
Romain Dillet

Botify has raised a $55 million Series C funding round led by InfraVia Growth with Bpifrance’s Large Venture fund also participating. The company has created a search engine optimization (SEO) platform so that your content is better indexed and appears more often in search results. Existing investors Eurazeo and Ventech are also investing in the […]

Panorama raises $60M in General Atlantic-led Series C to help schools better understand students
Mary Ann Azevedo

Panorama Education, which has built out a K-12 education software platform, has raised $60 million in a Series C round of funding led by General Atlantic. Existing backers Owl Ventures, Emerson Collective, Uncork Capital, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Tao Capital Partners also participated in the financing, which brings the Boston-based company’s total raised since […]

Explosion snags $6M on $120M valuation to expand machine learning platform
Ron Miller

Explosion, a company that has combined an open source machine learning library with a set of commercial developer tools, announced a $6 million Series A today on a $120 million valuation. The round was led by SignalFire, and the company reported that today’s investment represents 5% of its value. Oana Olteanu from SignalFire will be […]

Station F launches FemTech Program on its startup campus
Romain Dillet

Paris-based startup megacampus Station F is announcing a new program for early-stage startups looking for opportunities to join the Station F community — the FemTech Program. With this new program, the Station F team wants to put a spotlight on femtech startups and make it easier to start a femtech startup. Station F is a […]

HomeLight closes on $100M Series D at a $1.6B valuation as revenue surges
Mary Ann Azevedo

HomeLight, which operates a real estate technology platform, announced today that it has secured $100 million in a Series D round of funding and $263 million in debt financing. Return backer Zeev Ventures led the equity round, which also included participation from Group 11, Stereo Capital, Menlo Ventures and Lydia Jett of the SoftBank Vision […]

YouTravel.Me packs up $1M to match travelers with curated small group adventures
Christine Hall

YouTravel.Me is the latest startup to grab some venture capital dollars as the travel industry gets back on its feet amid the global pandemic.

AON3D closes $11.5M Series A, partners with Astrobotic to send 3D-printed parts to the moon
Aria Alamalhodaei

3D printing has garnered a lot of hype, much of it for good reason: The technology has unlocked new kinds of object shapes and geometries, and it uses materials that tend to be much lighter weight than their traditionally manufactured counterparts. But there remain high barriers to entry for many companies that either don’t have […]