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Stonehenge Technology Labs bags $2M, gives CPG companies one-touch access to metrics
Christine Hall

Stonehenge Technology Labs wants consumer packaged goods companies to gain meaningful use from all of the data they collect.

Zeal banks $13M to offer employers a ‘build your own’ payroll product infrastructure
Christine Hall

Enterprises use Zeal to pay large volumes of workers and keep payment data on their own native systems.

[Short Story Video] The Umbrella

Here is a video of our short story The Umbrella. We hope you enjoy it! Sally walked out of the hair salon. She was very happy. Her new, expensive hairstyle was very nice. She started to walk down the busy street. She was five minutes away from the car park. She looked at the sky. … Continue reading [Short Story Video] The Umbrella

After community backlash, Pokémon Go reinstates a COVID safety and accessibility feature
Amanda Silberling

Pokémon Go announced yesterday that it will permanently keep an in-game feature that made the game easier to play while social distancing. Introduced at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the feature doubled the interaction radius around key augmented reality landmarks that are essential to gameplay. Though Niantic — parent company to Pokémon Go — […]

Popcorn’s new app brings short-form video to the workplace
Sarah Perez

A new startup called Popcorn wants to make work communication more fun and personal by offering a way for users to record short video messages, or “pops,” that can be used for any number of purposes in place of longer emails, texts, Slack messages, or Zoom calls. While there are plenty of other places to […]

Netflix begins testing mobile games in its Android app in Poland
Sarah Perez

Netflix today announced it will begin testing mobile games inside its Android app for its members in Poland. At launch, paying subscribers will be able to try out two games, “Stranger Things: 1984” and “Stranger Things 3” — titles that have been previously available on the Apple App Store, Google Play and, in the case […]

Job offer management platform Compa emerges from stealth with $3.9M
Christine Hall

The offer management platform provides “deal desk” software for recruiters to easily manage compensation strategies.

Founders Fund backs Royal, a music marketplace planning to sell song rights as NFTs
Lucas Matney

Founders Fund and Paradigm are leading an investment in a platform that’s aiming to wed music rights with NFTs, allowing users to buy shares of songs through the company’s marketplace, earning royalties as the music they’ve invested in gains popularity. The venture, called Royal, is led by Justin Blau, an EDM artist who performs under […]

Playbook, which aims to be the ‘Dropbox for designers,’ raises $4M in round led by Founders Fund
Mary Ann Azevedo

When Jessica Ko was head of design at Google and then Opendoor, she realized that her teams spent about 90% of their time digging around Dropbox looking for assets. In many cases, they’d find older versions. Or they couldn’t find what they were looking for. Or even worse, they’d accidentally pick the wrong asset. “It […]

Picsart raises $130M from SoftBank, becomes unicorn on the back of its visual creator tools
Alex Wilhelm

Picsart COO Tammy Nam said it was now past a $100 million run rate, and that it was worth more than $1 billion after the SoftBank round. That was the extent of our ability to mine her for details.

AI voice, synthetic speech company LOVO gets $4.5M pre-series A funding
Kate Park

“Voice skins” have become a very popular feature for AI-based voice assistants, to help personalize some of the more anodyne aspects of helpful, yet also kind of bland and robotic, speaking voices you get on services like Alexa. Now a startup that is building voice skins for different companies to use across their services, and […]

Workera.ai, a precision upskilling platform, taps $16M to close enterprise skills gap
Christine Hall

Finding the right learning platform can be difficult, especially as companies look to upskill and reskill their talent to meet demand.

Tuna raises $3M to address complexity of e-commerce payments in Latin America
Christine Hall

Tuna, which means “fine tune” in Portuguese, is on a mission to "fine tune" the payments space in Latin America.

A16Z leads investment in Firemaps, a marketplace for home hardening against wildfires
Danny Crichton

Wildfires are burning in countries all around the world. California is dealing with some of the worst wildfires in its history (a superlative that I use essentially every year now) with the Caldor fire and others blazing in the state’s north. Meanwhile, Greece and other Mediterranean nations have been fighting fires for weeks to bring […]

Virtual clinic Hey Jane raises $2.2M to solve for state anti-abortion legislation
Christine Hall

The idea for the company was driven by Missouri almost closing its one abortion clinic.

Sugar raises $2.5M in seed funding to connect apartment residents
Mary Ann Azevedo

Sugar, a startup that aims to turn apartment buildings into “interactive communities,” has closed on $2.5 million in seed funding.  A slew of investors participated in the financing, including MetaProp, Agya Ventures, Concrete Rose, Debut Capital, The Community Fund, Consonance Capital, Lightspeed Scout Fund and Jason Calacanis’ LAUNCH syndicate. Also participating were angel investors such […]

Celebrity chef Michael Chernow whips up new lifestyle brand, Kreatures of Habit, raises $2.2M
Christine Hall

Michael Chernow is already known as a restaurateur, chef, television host and entrepreneur, but now he can also add lifestyle and wellness guru to that list.

Workstream’s text-based recruitment tool gets a $48M bet from BOND and beyond
Natasha Mascarenhas

It isn’t only tech giants that are struggling to fill open roles with talented individuals, it’s your local Jamba Juice, too. Since 2017, San Francisco-based Workstream has been working on an answer to recruitment for the hourly worker. The subset of employees are in high demand right now by employers managing high turnover, as the […]

Dear Sophie: Can I still get a green card through marriage if I’m divorcing?
Annie Siebert

I received a conditional green card after I got married in 2019. We decided to divorce, but I want to remain in the U.S. Is it still possible for me to complete my green card based on my marriage?

Zeit’s early warning wearable for sleep strokes could save hours and lives
Devin Coldewey

Those at risk are always vigilant for the signs of a stroke in progress, but no one can be vigilant when they’re sleeping, meaning thousands of people suffer “wake-up strokes” that are only identified hours after the fact. Zeit Medical’s brain-monitoring wearable could help raise the alarm and get people to the hospital fast enough […]

Mexican neobroker Flink raises $57M from Lightspeed, The Chainsmokers to boost financial inclusion in LatAm
Mary Ann Azevedo

Flink, a Mexico City-based neobroker, has raised $57 million in a Series B round of funding led by Lightspeed Venture Partners. The financing comes just over six months after Flink raised $12 million in a Series A round led by Accel. Existing backers Accel, ALLVP, Clocktower and new investor Mantis Venture Capital (founded by The […]

Bright raises $15M for its live video platform that lets you Zoom with top creators
Sarah Perez

Bright, a live video platform that lets fans Zoom with their favorite creators and celebs, has raised $15 million in new funding, the company announced today. The round was co-led by co-founder and talent manager Guy Oseary’s Sound Ventures, the fund he founded with Ashton Kutcher. RIT Capital and Regah Ventures also co-led. Other investors […]

Cannabis e-commerce startup Jane Technologies raises $100M after stellar growth
Matt Burns

Don’t call Jane Technologies the Amazon of weed. Instead, think of Jane Technologies as the Shopify of weed, and it’s an important distinction. While other startups attempt to build a destination marketplace like Amazon, Jane Technologies is trying something more powerful. The company is building the backends for dispensaries that are quickly taking their cannabis […]

Mindset, an artist-driven mental wellness audio platform, raises a $8.7M from Scooter Braun and others
Amanda Silberling

Mindset, a platform featuring personal story collections from recording artists, announced today that it raised $8.7 million in seed funding. As co-founders of the K-pop focused podcast production company DIVE Studios, brothers Brian Nam, Eric Nam and Eddie Nam noticed that the studio’s best performing content came from podcast episodes where stars discussed how they […]

Balance raises $25M in a Ribbit Capital-led Series A to grow its ‘consumer-like B2B checkout platform’
Mary Ann Azevedo

Balance, a payments platform aimed at B2B merchants and marketplaces, has raised $25 million in a Series A funding round led by Ribbit Capital. Avid Ventures participated in the financing, in addition to existing backers Lightspeed Ventures, Stripe, Y Combinator Continuity Fund, SciFi VC and UpWest. Other individual investors that put money in the round […]

Macro relaunches its Zoom skin to focus on self-expression and inclusion
Jordan Crook

Productivity has been a focal point for many enterprise businesses since before the pandemic hit, and even more so since its onset. But Macro founders Ankith Harathi and John Keck are taking a different tack. The startup’s Zoom SDK-powered product has been reimagined by its team, and is relaunching today. When Macro first launched into […]

Level AI lands $13M Series A to build conversational intelligence for customer service
Ron Miller

Level AI, an early stage startup from a former member of the Alexa product team, wants to help companies process customer service calls faster by understanding the interactions they’re having with customers in real time. Today the company launched publicly, while announcing a $13 million Series A led by Battery Ventures with help from seed […]

Messenger celebrates its 10th anniversary with new features and a plan to become the ‘connective tissue’ for real-time experiences
Amanda Silberling

To celebrate its ten year anniversary, Messenger today announced a handful of new features: poll games, word effects, contact sharing, and birthday gifting via Facebook Pay. But beyond the fun features, Facebook has been testing a way to add voice and video calls back into the Facebook app, rather than on Messenger. “We are testing […]

Cribl raises $200M to help enterprises do more with their data
Christine Hall

Cribl is developing unified data pipelines, called “observability pipelines,” to parse and route any type of data that flows through a corporate IT system.

Bodo.ai secures $14M, aims to make Python better at handling large-scale data
Christine Hall

Bodo.ai, a parallel compute platform for data workloads, is developing a compiler to make Python portable and efficient across multiple hardware platforms.