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Oculii looks to supercharge radar for autonomy with $55M round B

Autonomous vehicles rely on many sensors to perceive the world around them, and while cameras and lidar get a lot of the attention, good old radar is an important piece of the puzzle — though it has some fundamental limitations. Oculii, which just raised a $55M round, aims to minimize those limitations and make radar more capable with a smart software layer for existing devices — and sell its own as well. Radar’s advantages lie in its superior range, and in the fact that its radio frequency beam...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Transportation, Hardware, Funding, Tech, Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Radar, Lidar, Eagle, Falcon, Hong


From bootstrapped to a $2.1B valuation, ReCharge raises $227M for subscription management platform

ReCharge , a provider of subscription management software for e-commerce, announced today that it has raised $227 million in a Series B growth round at a $2.1 billion valuation.  Summit Partners, ICONIQ Growth and Bain Capital Ventures provided the capital. Notably, Santa Monica, California-based ReCharge was bootstrapped for several years before raising $50 million in a previously undisclosed Series A from Summit Partners in January of 2020. And, it’s currently cash flow positive, accordi...
Tags: Food, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Cloud, Ecommerce, Europe, California, Funding, Startup, Tech, E-commerce, Software, SaaS, Venture Capital, Harry


This is where all your digital data lives

Ancient humans stored information in cave paintings, the oldest we know of are over 40,000 years old. As humans evolved, the emergence of languages and the invention of writing led to detailed information being stored in various written forms, culminating with the invention of paper in China around the first century AD. The oldest printed books appeared in China between AD600 and AD900. For over a millennium, books remained the main source of information storage. Humans achieved more technologic...
Tags: Startups, China, Tech


Coinbase is shutting its former San Francisco HQ as it plans for a decentralized, and remote-first, workplace

Coinbase Founder and CEO Brian Armstrong attends Consensus 2019 at the Hilton Midtown on May 15, 2019 in New York City. Steven Ferdman/Getty Images Coinbase is closing its former San Francisco HQ in 2022, it announced Wednesday. It already downgraded the location to a normal office as part of its plan to become decentralized. The decision means career outcomes are based on capability and output rather than location, Coinbase said. See more stories on Insider's business page. Cryptocurr...
Tags: Florida, California, New York City, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Markets, Ford, Crypto, Silicon Valley, Coinbase, Cryptocurrency, Remote Working, Armstrong, Brian Armstrong, Tech Insider


TechCrunch Survey of Scottish Tech Hubs: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen

TechCrunch is embarking on a major new project to survey European founders and investors in cities outside the larger European capitals. Over the next few weeks, we will ask entrepreneurs in these cities to talk about their ecosystems, in their own words. This is your chance to put Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen on the Techcrunch Map!. If you are a tech startup founder or investor in one of these cities please fill out the survey form here. We are particularly interested in hearing from ...
Tags: TC, Europe, Business, Tech, Economy, Companies, Edinburgh, TechCrunch, Startup Company, Verizon Media, COVID, Edinburgh Glasgow Dundee Aberdeen


10 things in tech you need to know today

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.Let's get started.1. Facebook's Oversight Board issued a scathing criticism of the company. The board upheld the platform's suspension of Donald Trump but asked Facebook to review the decision, saying Facebook "seeks to avoid its responsibilities" by asking the board to resolve the case. More on the board's decision.2. Two att...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Spacex, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Walmart, Bill Gates, Bill, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump, Melinda Gates, Honest Company, Jason Fried, Newsletters, Jessica Alba


Una Brands launches with $40M to roll up brands on multiple Asia-Pacific e-commerce platforms

Una Brands’ co-founders (from left to right): Tobias Heusch, Kiren Tanna and Kushal Patel. Una Brands Una Brands One of the biggest funding trends of the past year is companies that consolidate small e-commerce brands. Many of the most notable startups in the space, like Thrasio, Berlin Brands Group and , focus on consolidating Amazon Marketplace sellers. But the e-commerce landscape is more fragmented in the Asia-Pacific region, where sellers use platforms like Tokopedia, Lazada, Shopee, Rak...
Tags: Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Asia, Indonesia, Australia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, West, United States, Asia Pacific, Foodpanda, 500 Startups


Chime has agreed to stop using the word ‘bank’ after a California regulator pushed back

Chime can apparently call itself the “fastest-growing fintech in the U.S.,” but it has agreed to stop referring to itself as a “bank,” per a new report out of American Banker. Evidently, the eight-year-old, San Francisco-based outfit was the target of an investigation by the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation after Chime used “chimebank” in its website address, as well as used “bank” and “banking” elsewhere in its advertisements, according to the agency in a . As noted...
Tags: Startups, TC, California, Finance, San Francisco, Tech, Robinhood, Fintech, Cnbc, Challenger Bank, FDIC, Chime, Bancorp Bank, Chris Britt, Stride Bank, Department of Financial Protection and Innovation


Applications for the TC Early Stage Pitch-Off in July are open

Early-stage startups — now is your time to shine at the TechCrunch Early Stage event on July 8 and 9. This is part two of the highly successful event from April where top experts train and teach founders how to build, launch and scale their companies. In April we hosted the inaugural TC Early Stage Pitch-Off with 10 top companies from around the globe. TC is on the hunt to feature a new batch of 10 companies this summer to pitch in front of TC editors, global investors, press and hundreds of at...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Pitch-off, Startup Battlefield, TechCrunch Early Stage, Early Stage 2021, TC Early Stage 2021


Applications for the TC Early Stage Pitch-Off July are open

Early stage startups – now is your time to shine at the TechCrunch Early Stage event on July 8 and 9. This is part two of the highly successful event from April where top experts train and teach founders how to build, launch and scale their companies. In April we hosted the inaugural TC Early Stage Pitch-Off with 10 top companies from around the globe. TC is on the hunt to feature a new batch of 10 companies this summer to pitch in front of TC Editors, global investors, press and hundreds of at...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Startup Battlefield, TechCrunch Early Stage, Early Stage 2021, TC Early Stage 2021, TC Editors


Supercell likes Metacore’s games so much it just gave it another $180M credit line

Metacore, a Finnish mobile games company, seems to have an amazing ‘relationship’ with Supercell, another (quite successful) Finnish mobile games company. Back in September 2020, Metacore raised $17.7 million in equity from Supercell and another $11.8 million line of credit, sometimes also called a debt round. That amazing relationship appears to be ongoing. Because Metacore has now raised yet another debt round from Supercell, but this time for €150 million ($180 million). These guys really lik...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gaming, Europe, Tech, Supercell, Video Gaming, Recent Funding, Metacore, Merge Mansion, Mika Tammenkoski


Carnegie Mellon researchers trained AI to simulate our universe on a GPU

Simulating the universe is difficult. There are, after all, potentially infinite variables to consider. Scientists typically use supercomputers to crunch data at the cosmological level, but a team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon recently figured out a way to use the same machine learning technology used to teach AI to paint or create music like a human to run advanced simulations on graphics processing units (GPUs). Yes, the same hardware and neural networking technology that powers “This Pe...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Gpu, Carnegie Mellon, Neural, Next Featured


Should the US government force Facebook to host speech?

Lol no.This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Politics, Opinion, US, Social Media, Tech, United States


Beyond the fanfare and SEC warnings, SPACs are here to stay

Matt Johnson Contributor Share on Twitter Matt Johnson is CEO and co-founder of QC Ware, a quantum computing software company. Matt was a managing director in private equity at Apollo Management and prior to that was a managing director in principal investing at Credit Suisse. The number of SPACs in the deep tech sector was skyrocketing, but a combination of increased SEC scrutiny and market forces over the past few weeks has ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Column, Finance, Ipo, Tech, Credit Suisse, Venture Capital, SEC, Private Equity, Quantum Computing, SPAC, Matt, Matt Johnson, Apollo Management, SPACs


Despite gains, gender diversity in VC funding struggled in 2020

People have been discussing the importance of expanding opportunities for women in venture capital and startup entrepreneurship for decades. And for some time it appeared that progress was being made in building a more diverse and equitable environment. The prospect of more women writing checks was viewed as a positive for female founders, a cohort that has struggled to attract more than a fraction of the funds that their male peers manage. All-female teams have an especially tough time raising ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Labor, Nokia, Tech, Diversity, Venture Capital, Exchange, Gender Parity, The Exchange, NGP Capital, M12, COVID-19, COVID, EC Newsletter, EC Future of Work


The 5 best Fitbit trackers and smartwatches to improve your health and fitness

Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky All of Fitbit's fitness wearables track steps, workouts, and sleep patterns, often automatically. Its devices also give insight into stress levels, health habits, and routines. We compared every current Fitbit for the best in the lineup, from smartwatches to basic trackers. Our top pick, the Versa 3, has all the smartwatch basics plus built-in GPS, a huge display, and a long battery life. A fitness tracker or smartwatch is an incredible tool to help you p...
Tags: Reviews, Health, Google, Fitness, Trends, Tech, Best, Features, Pandora, Fitbit, Garmin, Alexa, Deezer, Fitness App, EDA, Spotify Pandora


Text Blaze raises $3.3M for its speed-writing automation service

Text Blaze, which was a part of the recent Winter 2021 Y Combinator accelerator batch, announced that it has closed a $3.3 million seed round. The company’s investment was led by Two Sigma Ventures’s Villi Iltchev and Susa Ventures’s Leo Polovets. The company’s product hybridizes two trends that TechCrunch has been tracking in recent years, namely automation and the written word. On the automation front, we’ve seen Zapier grow into a behemoth, while no-code products and RPA have made the concept...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Tech, Susa Ventures, Barak, RPA, Villi Iltchev, Two Sigma Ventures, Two Sigma, Iltchev, Text Blaze, Dan Barak, TechCrunch Susa, Polovets


36 affordable tech gifts anyone will be happy to receive - all under $25

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Alyssa Powell/Business Insider Tech products can be pricey, but there are gems out there for those seeking gifts on a budget. Some items under $25 include the Tile Mate Bluetooth Tracker, Roku Express HD, and more. For more recommendations, check out all of our gift guides. Gifts in the $25 and under range are actually pretty great, as they're often compact gadgets that solve little problems or comp...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Amazon, Audio, Speakers, US, Samsung, Trends, Tech, Walmart, Features, Gifts, Netflix, Logitech, Nintendo


One CMO’s honest take on the modern chief marketing role

Daniel Incandela Contributor Share on Twitter Daniel Incandela is the chief marketing officer of Terminus, an ABM platform that powers high-performing go-to-market teams. There’s no shortage of commentary around the chief marketing officer title these days, and certainly no lack of opinions about the role’s responsibilities and meaning within a company. There’s a reason for that. CMO is the shortest tenured C-suite role — the ...
Tags: Startups, Column, Marketing, Tech, CMO, Product Marketing, Brand Management, EC Column, EC Marketing Tech, Daniel Incandela


Here’s all the biz dev support Startup Alley+ founders get at TC Disrupt 2021

We’re looking for motivated early-stage founders who want to take advantage of every possible opportunity to launch their startups to new levels of success. Historically, one of the most effective ways to do that is to exhibit in Startup Alley, at TechCrunch Disrupt. This year at TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 (September 21-23) we’re shaking up history and adding a new layer of opportunity exclusively for founders who apply for a Startup Alley Pass. It’s called Startup Alley+, and here’s what you need ...
Tags: Startups, Events, Tech, Dan Olsen, Redpoint Ventures, Startup Alley, Danny Crichton, John Lynn, Annie Kadavy, TC Disrupt 2021, Startup Alley Pass


Music mixing marketplace EngineEars raises $1M, with help from Kendrick Lamar

EngineEars today announced a $1 million raise. The company’s first round of funding features investments from Kendrick Lamar, DJ Mustard, Roddy Rich and Slauson and Co. “Quality of sound is still important in music,” Lamar said in a quote provided to TechCrunch. “Ali has always been a progressive thinker. Engineers will transcend the culture.” The service was launched in 2018 by Grammy winner Derek “MixedByAli” Ali, who has worked on a slew of high-profile tracks from artists including Lamar, ...
Tags: Startups, Music, Entertainment, Funding, Tech, Kendrick Lamar, Mixing, Ali, Snoop Dogg, Derek, Lamar, Slauson, Recent Funding, Derek “MixedByAli” Ali, EngineEars, Kendrick Lamar DJ Mustard Roddy Rich


How 4 New Jersey pools turned into a startup that just raised $10M

As the oldest of 12 children, Bunim Laskin spent much of his teen years looking for ways to help keep his siblings entertained. Noticing that a neighbor’s pool was often empty, Laskin reached out to ask if his family could use her pool. To make it worth her while, he suggested that they could help cover her expenses for maintaining the pool. Soon after, five other families had made the same arrangement with her and the pool owner had six families covering 25% of her expenses. This meant that ...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Renting, Entertainment, Australia, California, Cdc, Oregon, Funding, Sports, Startup, Tech, Ceo, Canada


The morality and efficacy of going public earlier

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. For this week’s deep dive Natasha and Alex and Chris dug into the world of the IPO. Not just the numbers and the metrics and the calculations of valuations at diluted, and non-diluted share counts. No. We wanted to talk about the morality and efficacy of going public. So to round out our conversation we enlisted Steve Cakebread, the CFO of Yext and Garth Mitchell, t...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Ipo, Tech, Pop, Pandora, Alex, Mitchell, Chris, SPAC, Natasha, Yext, Cakebread, Latch


Man donates plasma 9 times, saves lives of 18 coronavirus patients #Covid Hero

While the first wave of the pandemic posed new challenges to the healthcare infrastructure in the year 2020, the second wave is only causing more havoc in India. The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths has soared in the country in the last few weeks.  There is an acute shortage of medical oxygen, ambulances, hospital beds and now, plasma donors. Moreover, the demand for plasma has increased manifold. Many people are contributing their best to help people who are affected by COVID-19. We se...
Tags: Business, India, Tech, Pankaj, Pankaj Gupta, Rajasthan Pankaj


Man sells wife’s jewellery to convert his autorickshaw into an ambulance, offers free services

India is severely hit due to the unprecedented daily surge in cases during the second wave of COVID-19. The healthcare infrastructure is being subdued and has been stretched to the saturation point.  From hospital beds to medical oxygen to ambulances and crematoriums, all resources are exhausted to maximum capacity at this point. Personally and with the help of organizations and volunteer groups, many are coming forward to help their local communities, as India struggles to lead a normal ...
Tags: Business, India, Tech, Khan, Afp, Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal, COVID, Mohammad Javed Khan, Mint Madhya Pradesh


How to watch the first 4 episodes of 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 4 on Hulu

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. "The Handmaid's Tale" season four. Hulu "The Handmaid's Tale" is a TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's classic novel. The fourth season premiered on April 28 exclusively through Hulu. A Hulu subscription costs $6 a month with ads, or $12 a month for ad-free streaming. Streaming Service (small) Bundle Monthly Subscription (small) The critically acclaimed Hulu original series, "The Handmaid...
Tags: Reviews, Amazon, Entertainment, Disney, Trends, Tech, Streaming, Espn, Margaret Atwood, Hulu, Elisabeth Moss, Hulu Hulu, Republic of Gilead, Tech Insider, How To Stream, The Handmaid's Tale


30 useful tech gifts moms will enjoy

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. The Fitbit Inspire 2 is a nice, simple, fitness tracker that's perfect for mom. Fitbit The best tech gifts for Mom are those that upgrade her life in simple ways.We've found some of the best tech gifts for moms that are both useful and fun.You can also check out all our Gift Guides to find something for everyone on your list.Also, if tech won't do the trick, we've got lots of great gift id...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Amazon, Post, Gift Guide, Youtube, Kodak, Gift, Trends, Tech, Features, Gifts, Netflix, Logitech, Fujifilm


Timescale grabs $40M Series B as it goes all in on cloud version of time series database

Timescale, makers of the open source TimescaleDB time series database, announced a $40 million Series B financing round today. The investment comes just over two years after it got a $15 million Series A. Redpoint Ventures led today’s round with help from existing investors Benchmark, New Enterprise Associates, Icon Ventures and Two Sigma Ventures. The company reports it has now raised approximately $70 million. TimescaleDB lets users measure data across a time dimension, so anything that would ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Open Source, Cloud, Enterprise, Funding, New York City, Tech, SaaS, Antarctica, Redpoint Ventures, Postgres, Two Sigma Ventures, Timescale, Ajay Kulkarni, Time Series Database


“Knowledge-as-a-service” platform Lynk announces collaboration with UBS

Lynk announced today that its “knowledge-as-a-service” platform will be integrated into UBS’ investment process. The collaboration means the banking giant’s research analysts and institutional clients, including hedge funds, private equity firms and sovereign wealth funds, will have access to Lynk’s database of 840,000 experts around the world. Founded in 2015, Lynk has raised a total of $30 million in funding, including a $24 million round announced in January that was led by Brewer Lane Ventur...
Tags: Startups, TC, Toronto, Tech, Ubs, Consulting, MassMutual Ventures, CHOI, Lynk, Knowledge As A Service, Brewer Lane Ventures, Peggy Choi, Lynk Global, Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund The, New York Hong Kong Singapore Mumbai Shanghai, UBS Global Markets


Dear Sophie: Can I transfer my H-1B to a startup I founded?

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: What’s the latest on DACA? Dear Sophie: How can I get my...
Tags: Startups, Column, Labor, California, US, Tech, Diversity, United States, Silicon Valley, Lawyers, Santa Clara, H-1b Visa, Sophie, U S Department of Labor, Alcorn, NDA



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