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Accel leads $18M Series A for Knoetic, a startup that wants to make HR professionals’ lives easier with software
Mary Ann Azevedo

Knoetic, a startup that has built a software analytics platform for chief people officers, emerged from stealth today with $18 million in Series A funding. For the unacquainted, chief people officers are also known as heads of human resources, or HR. Accel led the financing, which notably also included participation from over 100 angel investors, […]

BreachQuest emerges from stealth with $4.4M to modernize incident response
Carly Page

BreachQuest, an early-stage startup with a founding team of cybersecurity experts building a modern incident response platform, has emerged from stealth with $4.4 million in seed funding. The investment was raised from Slow Ventures, Lookout founder Kevin Mahaffey and Tinder co-founders Sean Rad and Justin Mateen, who described BreachQuest as having a “disruptive vision and […]

MaxAB gets an extra $15M, acquires YC-backed Moroccan startup WaystoCap
Tage Kene-Okafor

Last month, MaxAB, the Egyptian B2B e-commerce platform that serves food and grocery retailers, raised one of the largest Series A on the continent, to the tune of $40 million. Today, it has raised a $15 million extension from existing investors — RMBV, IFC, Flourish Ventures, Crystal Stream Capital, Rise Capital, Endeavour Catalyst, Beco Capital […]

Vietnam after-school learning startup Marathon raises $1.5M pre-seed round
Catherine Shu

Marathon Education was created after its founders realized after-school education in Vietnam hadn’t evolved much since they were kids. Some of the most popular tuition centers in big cities teach hundreds of students at once. “They’re packed like sardines and that really has not changed in the past one or two decades when I went […]

Ai Palette raises $4.4M to help companies react faster to consumer trends
Catherine Shu

Developing new packaged foods and consumer goods can take a couple years as companies research, prototype and test products. In a society that runs on social media, however, people expect to see trends land on store shelves much more quickly. Founded in 2018, Ai Palette uses machine learning to help companies spot trends in real-time […]

ForgeRock files for IPO as identity and access management business grows
Sean Michael Kerner

ForgeRock filed its form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this morning as the identity management provider takes the next step toward its IPO. The company did not provide initial pricing for its shares, which will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FORG. The IPO is being led by […]

NoRedInk raises $50 million Series B to help students become better writers
Natasha Mascarenhas

“In order to become a better writer, read your written words out loud.” That’s one of the first, and best, writing tips I ever received. I always found the advice ironic because it required me to change the medium of my writing to become a better writer. Still, all these years later, it’s true: vocalizing […]

NBA All-Star Chris Paul joins digital media startup Greenfly’s growth round
Christine Hall

Greenfly is building a workflow to provide sourcing, creation and automated distribution of short-form photos and videos created for social media.

It’s time for the VC community to stop overlooking the childcare industry
Ram Iyer

The revitalization of the childcare sector would benefit from an ambitious and galvanizing “moonshot” goal, like providing universal, free childcare for all Americans.

testRigor scores $4M seed to turn a list of actions into a QA testing script
Ron Miller

Imagine typing out of a series of steps in plain English that would reflect a list of actions a human QA tester would undertake to test an app, then turning that list into an automated testing script. That’s exactly what testRigor, a member of the Y Combinator Summer 2021 cohort has done. Today the early […]

Sora’s HR automation software raises $14M Series A
Alex Wilhelm

Two Sigma Ventures led the financing event, putting in $10 million, with prior investors completing the round.

TikTok expands Shopify partnership, pilots TikTok Shopping in US, UK and Canada
Sarah Perez

TikTok is moving into e-commerce. The company announced this morning an expanded partnership with e-commerce platform Shopify, as well as a pilot test of TikTok Shopping among select Shopify merchants across the U.S., U.K., and Canada in the weeks to come. The social video platform first announced its plans to partner with Shopify last October, […]

Automotive startup Upstream raises $62M Series C to scale cloud-based security
Rebecca Bellan

Back in 2015, researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek remotely hacked into a Jeep Cherokee driven by a Wired reporter, Andy Greenberg, in an attempt to warn the auto industry of potential pitfalls in their software and inspire legislation around automotive cybersecurity. It did that and more. Fiat Chrysler, which owns Jeep, ended up recalling […]

Tango dances in with $5.7M, making employee onboarding easier
Christine Hall

Tango is designed to help employees get back as much as 20% of their workweek spent searching for that one piece of information or tracking down the right colleague to assist with a task.

Brazilian fintech Cora raises $116M Series B as Tiger Global, Tencent sign on as investors alongside Greenoaks
Mary Ann Azevedo

Cora, a Brazilian digital lender to small-and-medium-sized businesses, has raised $116 million in a Series B round led by Greenoaks Capital. This is a large Series B by any standards, but particularly so for a Latin American startup. It’s also notable that São Paulo-based Cora only raised its $26.7 million Series A round — led […]

Infinite Canvas raises $2.8M for a metaverse creator group modeled after esports teams
Taylor Hatmaker

With the promise of an interconnected virtual world coming into focus and user-crafted gaming content exploding, Infinite Canvas is looking to apply to the metaverse lessons learned in the esports boom. “Metaverse” is the hot buzzword right now, but it’s not an empty term. Ten different people would probably define the metaverse in 10 different […]

Plentific cements $100M to expand its property management SaaS
Natasha Lomas

London based Plentific, which operates a marketplace SaaS platform targeting the property management space, has closed a $100 million Series C. The funding round is led by new investors Highland Europe and Brookfield Technology Partners — the VC arm of the eponymous real estate giant — along with Mubadala Investment Company and RXR Digital Ventures, […]

SoBanHang gets $1.5M to help small Vietnamese stores sell online for the first time
Catherine Shu

A few months ago, brothers Hai Nam Bui and Hai Long Bui were developing a bookkeeping app for small retailers in Vietnam. Called SoBanHang (or “sales book”), it would help businesses that usually rely on paper ledgers digitize their operations, similar to Khatabook in India and BukuKas and BukuWarung in Indonesia. Then a new COVID-19 […]

Japan’s B2B ordering and supply platform CADDi raises $73 million Series B funding
Kate Park

With COVID-19 disrupting the entire manufacturing supply chain including semiconductor shortages, companies across multiple industries have been struggling to seek a procurement solution that can rebalance the gap between supply and demand. CADDi, a Tokyo-based B2B ordering and supply platform in the manufacturing and procurement industry, helps both procurement (demand side) and manufacturing facilities (supply […]

Back to the suture: The future of healthcare is in the home
Ram Iyer

In-home care is nothing new. In the 1930s, over 40% of physician-patient encounters took place in the home, but by the 1980s, that figure dropped to under 1%.

Elastic acquires build.security for security policy definition and enforcement
Sean Michael Kerner

Less than a year after raising its $6 million seed funding round, Tel Aviv and Sunnyvale-based startup Build.security is being acquired by Elastic. Financial terms of the deal are not being publicly disclosed at this time. The deal is expected to close in Elastic’s Q2 FY22, ending Oct. 31, 2021. In an email to TechCrunch, […]

Instagram is ditching ‘swipe-up’ links in favor of stickers
Sarah Perez

Instagram is ditching the “swipe-up” link in Instagram Stories starting on August 30. The popular feature has historically allowed businesses and high-profile creators a way to direct their Story’s viewers to a website where they could learn more about a product, read an article, sign-up for a service, or do anything else the creator wanted […]

OpenTable integrates CLEAR’s digital vaccine card for restaurants requiring proof of vaccination
Amanda Silberling

Cities like New York City, San Francisco and New Orleans are moving to enact COVID-19 vaccination requirements for indoor dining. So OpenTable, the online restaurant reservation service, is rolling out features to help restaurants streamline vaccination checks. Today, OpenTable announced a partnership with the biometric security company CLEAR, which allows users to create a digital […]

TikTok is building its own AR development platform, TikTok Effect Studio
Sarah Perez

Both Facebook and Snap offer tools that allow developers to build out augmented reality (AR) experiences and features for their own respective family of apps. Now, TikTok is looking to do the same. The company recently launched a new creative toolset called TikTok Effect Studio, currently in private beta testing, which will allow its own […]

Zūm CEO Ritu Narayan explains why equity and accessibility works for mobility services
Rebecca Bellan

Getting children to school safely is a challenge nearly as old as public education. But rarely have entrepreneurs tackled the problem of updating and optimizing one of our largest transit systems.

Givz raises $3M in seed funding to become the ‘Venmo for charitable giving’
Mary Ann Azevedo

Givz, which has developed an API-powered platform that gives brands a way to convert discounts into donations, has raised $3 million in seed funding. Eniac and Accomplice co-led the financing for the New York-based startup. Additional investors include Supernode Ventures, Claude Wasserstein of Fine Day, Phoenix Club and Dylan Whitman. Givz was founded in 2017 […]

Shelf.io closes huge $52.5M Series B after posting 4x ARR growth in the last year
Alex Wilhelm

This is the sort of deal that we expect to see Tiger in -- an outsized investment compared to prior rounds into a high-growth company that has lots of market room.

PayPal expands the ability to buy, hold and sell cryptocurrency to the U.K.
Sarah Perez

PayPal will now allow users outside the U.S. to buy, hold and sell cryptocurrency for the first time. The company announced today the launch of a new service that will allow customers in the U.K. to select between four types of cryptocurrencies — including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash — which can be purchased […]

Moesif secures $12M to provide user behavior insights on API usage
Christine Hall

As more companies provide more API-first services, Moesif has developed a way for those companies to learn how their customers are utilizing them.

African fintech OPay valued at $2B in SoftBank Vision Fund 2-led $400M funding
Tage Kene-Okafor

Chinese-backed and Africa-focused fintech company OPay raised $400 million in new financing led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, Bloomberg reported Monday, valuing the company at $2 billion. The round, which marks the Fund’s first investment in an African startup, drew participation from existing investors like Sequoia Capital China, Redpoint China, Source Code Capital, and Softbank […]