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Fundraising for your startup? We’ve got you covered at TechCrunch Disrupt 2021
Alexandra Ames

Fundraising is a huge part of building a successful startup, and whether you’re looking for information about the latest trends, alternative funding or how to fine-tune your pitch to attract investors, you’ll find that and a whole lot more at TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 on September 21-23. Disrupt always taps the top experts, visionaries, founders, investors […]

Flipboard rolls out newsfeed personalization tools to save you from doomscrolling
Sarah Perez

Facebook is preparing to adjust its News Feed to de-emphasize political posts and current events, but news reader Flipboard is instead rolling out an update that puts users in control of their own feeds. The company announced this morning the launch of a new controller on the cover of its own main newsfeed, aka the […]

Databricks raises $1.6B at $38B valuation as it blasts past $600M ARR
Alex Wilhelm

The company views its market as a new technology category. Databricks calls the technology a data “lakehouse,” a mashup of data lake and data warehouse.

Octane banks $2M for flexible billing software
Christine Hall

Octane, a metered SaaS billing system, helps vendors create a plan, monitor usage and charge in a similar way to Snowflake and AWS.

Windows 11 launches October 5
Brian Heater

Microsoft offered a broad “Holiday 2021” release date when it announced Windows 11, back in June. Of course, it didn’t specify precisely which holiday. Perhaps the company was aiming for World Teachers’ Day, a belated Sukkot or an extremely early Halloween. After strongly implying a late-October release a few months back (which some pointing to […]

Quip’s new $100M round will usher in more than just clean teeth
Christine Hall

Quip is focused on growth, innovation and community building among its over 7.5 million customers in 100 countries.

Peak raises $75M for a platform that helps non-tech companies build AI applications
Ingrid Lunden

As artificial intelligence continues to weave its way into more enterprise applications, a startup that has built a platform to help businesses, especially non-tech organizations, build more customized AI decision making tools for themselves has picked up some significant growth funding. Peak AI, a startup out of Manchester, England, that has built a “decision intelligence” […]

Kevala raises $21M to improve tools for managing energy grid infrastructure
Rebecca Bellan

Kevala, the startup that collects and analyzes energy grid infrastructure data for utility companies, renewable energy providers, EV charging companies, regulators and other energy industry stakeholders, has raised $21 million in a Series A round. The company says it will use the funds to grow its team from 60 employees to around 100 by the […]

Minnesota twins raise $3M to increase accessibility to disability care
Mary Ann Azevedo

Having a loved one with specialized care needs is incredibly challenging, but not something that people who have never had to deal with the issue would necessarily quite understand. For anyone who has had to help care for someone with special needs, the lack of options out there to navigate finding access to care providers […]

Owner.com serves up $10.7M so that independent restaurants can get cooking
Christine Hall

Owner.com provides a free online ordering, delivery and marketing platform for independent restaurants that puts them on a similar playing fields with large restaurant chains.

This Sequoia- and Henry Kravis-backed prediction market wants to turn opinions into money
Connie Loizos

More than 15 years ago, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, which was acquired by Nasdaq in 2008, and another since-sold exchange called HedgeStreet, both announced they intended to offer something called event contracts to investors. The idea was to allow people to bet “yes” or “no” on questions about future events that were structured as all-or-nothing […]

Coral Capital closes third fund with $128M for startups in Japan
Kate Park

Coral Capital, a Tokyo-based venture capital firm, announced today that it has closed its third fund, Coral Capital III, raising $128 million (14 billion yen). Coral Capital’s total assets under management (AUM) is now $275 million. Limited partners in the vehicle include Mizuho Bank, Mitsubishi Estate, Shinsei Bank, Pavilion Capital, Founders Found, Dai-ichi Life Insurance, […]

Southeast Asia “omnichannel” health startup Doctor Anywhere gets $88M SGD
Catherine Shu

Doctor Anywhere, a startup that takes an “omnichannel” approach to healthcare, announced today it has raised $88 million SGD (about $65.7 million USD) in Series C funding. The round was led by Asia Partners, with participation from Novo Holdings, Philips and OSK-SBI Partners. It also included returning investors EDBI, Square Peg, IHH Healthcare, Kamet Capital […]

Zoom announces first startups receiving funding from $100M investment fund
Ron Miller

For more than year now, Zoom has been on a mission to transform from an application into a platform. To that end it made three announcements last year: Zoom Apps development tools, the Zoom Apps marketplace and a $100 million development fund to invest in some of the more promising startups building tools on top […]

Lessons from COVID: Flexible funding is a must for alternative lenders
Ram Iyer

Alternative lending is any lending that occurs outside of a conventional financial institution. These lenders offer different types of loans such as lines of credit, microloans and equipment financing.

Luminate aims to make hair loss from chemotherapy a thing of the past
Devin Coldewey

Hair loss resulting from chemotherapy is one of the most recognizable side effects in all of medicine, and for many is an unwanted public announcement of their condition and treatment. Luminate Medical may have a solution in a medical wearable that prevents the chemical cocktail from tainting hair follicles, preventing the worst of the loss […]

Instagram will require users to provide their birthday
Sarah Perez

Instagram will begin prodding users to share their birthday with the service, if they haven’t already done so. The company today announced it will now start popping up a notification that asks you to add your birthday to “personalize your experience.” But the prompt can only be dismissed a handful of times before becoming a […]

Alpaca raises $50M to rapidly scale its API-delivered equities trading business
Alex Wilhelm

The startup has big plans: It is moving into the cryptocurrency market, it announced this morning, and partnering with Plaid to make money transfer easier for investors.

Russell Westbrook, Chainsmokers join group pouring $13.5M into prebiotic soda brand Poppi
Christine Hall

Poppi is on a mission to lead in the new category of “functional soda” by offering a better-for-you product that also tastes good.

Flip bags $28M to turn beauty, wellness social commerce on its head
Christine Hall

Flip mixes a live commerce mobile app with real customer reviews to improve the buying experience and opportunity for the creator economy.

Thatch using $3M round to put travel creators on the map
Christine Hall

The mobile app provides tools for travel creators to build their own travel-based businesses in order to curate, share and soon sell interactive travel guides and planning services.

HAAS Alert raises $5M seed round to scale its automotive collision prevention system
Rebecca Bellan

HAAS Alert says it will use the funding to scale sales and outreach efforts and prioritize R&D with vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) technology partnerships.

[Short Story Video] The Present

This is a short story for learners of English called The Present. We hope you enjoy it! Cora has been married for six months. She lives with her husband in a small town outside the city. Houses in the city are very expensive, so they bought a house with a big garden about an hour … Continue reading [Short Story Video] The Present

Korean 3D spatial data tool startup Urbanbase closes $11.1M Series B+ round
Kate Park

Urbanbase, a Seoul-based company that develops a 3D spatial data platform for interior planning and design, announced today it has raised $11.1 million (13 billion won) in a Series B+ round as it scales up. This round of funding was led by Hanwha Hotel & Resort, which is a subsidiary of South Korean conglomerate Hanwha […]

[Short Story Video] Listen to Your Heart

Here is a video of our short story Listen to Your Heart. We hope you enjoy it! Sandy is very worried. Sandy will graduate from high school. He can go to university. But Sandy has a problem. He wants to go to university, but he doesn’t know what he wants to study. His high school … Continue reading [Short Story Video] Listen to Your Heart

Data scientists: don’t be afraid to explore new avenues
Ram Iyer

While there has been an uptick in fully remote jobs thanks to the pandemic, extending the scope of your job search will provide more opportunities that match your interest.

The pre-pitch: 7 ways to build relationships with VCs
Ram Iyer

Building relationships with potential investors requires you to think less like a founder and more like a marketer — much of the legwork comes long before it's time to ask for a commitment.

Stipop offers developers and creators instant access to a huge global sticker library
Taylor Hatmaker

With more than 270,000 stickers, Stipop’s library of colorful, character-driven expressions has a little something for everyone. The company offers keyboard and social app stickers through ad-supported mobile apps on iOS and Android, but it’s recently focused more on providing stickers to developers, creators and other online businesses. “We were able to gather so many […]

Sastrify snags $7M to help SMEs manage SaaS buying
Natasha Lomas

With so much startup activity in the software-as-a-service (SaaS) space it can be a challenge for businesses to figure out which of these SaaS (SaaSes?) are actually useful and worth continuing to shell out for. Well, Cologne-based startup Sastrify is here to help — offering what it describes as a “highly automated” platform (covering some […]

As 5G demand grows, Sitenna helps telcos find more cell tower locations, faster
Danny Crichton

The buildout of 5G networks continues apace, with wide-scale deployments across much of the developed world. Yet, one of the largest challenges with closing the gaps in coverage maps are constraints on 5G transmissions. Because of the spectrum that 5G technology uses compared to 4G, telecom operators need to install many times more towers to […]