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Fresha raises $100M for its beauty and wellness booking platform and marketplace

Beauty and wellness businesses have come roaring back to life with the decline of Covid-19 restrictions, and a startup that’s built a platform that caters to the many needs of small enterprises in the industry today is announcing a big round of funding to grow with them. Fresha — a multipurpose commerce tool for independent wellness and beauty businesses such as hair, nail and skin salons, yoga instructors and more, based first and foremost around a completely free platform for those businesses ...
Tags: Health, Wellness, TC, Ecommerce, Europe, London, Marketplace, Funding, Tech, Paypal, Atlantic, Beauty, Alibaba, Square, General Atlantic, Lightspeed Pos

Temasek and General Atlantic in talks to back Indian neobank Open

Bangalore-based neobank Open is in advanced stages of talks to raise about $100 million, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Temasek, the Singaporean government’s sovereign wealth fund, and General Atlantic are positioning to co-lead the Series C financing round, which values the Indian startup at pre-money $600 million, the sources told TechCrunch, requesting anonymity as the matter is private. Open was valued at about $150 million in its Series B funding round two years ago. Exi...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Asia, India, Funding, Tech, Bank Of America, Paypal, Atlantic, Tiger Global, Fintech, General Atlantic, Temasek, Open, Economic Times, HDFC Bank

10 things in tech: Billionaire taxes, PayPal mafia, Bill Gates' potatoes

Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and Bill Gates. Britta Pedersen-Pool/Getty Images; Arif Hudaverdi Yaman/Getty Images; KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/Getty Images; Mike Cohen/Getty Images; Yuqing Liu/Business Insider Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.Let's get started.1. The wealthiest Americans avoided billions in taxes by borrowing money. Billionaires often finance their lifestyles by using their fortunes as collateral for loans, w...
Tags: Mark Zuckerberg, White House, US, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Paypal, Netflix, Virgin Galactic, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Alexis Ohanian, Jeff Bezos, Branson, McDonald, Newsletters

Messenger adds Venmo-like QR codes for person-to-person payments in the US

This spring, Facebook confirmed it was testing Venmo-like QR codes for person-to-person payments inside its app in the U.S. Today, the company announced those codes are now launching publicly to all U.S. users, allowing anyone to send or request money through Facebook Pay — even if they’re not Facebook friends. The QR codes work similarly to those found in other payment apps, like Venmo. The feature can be found under the “Facebook Pay” section in Messenger’s settings, accessed by tapping on you...
Tags: Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Messenger, Technology, Finance, US, Social Media, Tech, E-commerce, Paypal, Software, United States, Facebook Messenger, Mobile Payments, Payments

Messenger adds Venmo-like QR codes for person-to-person payments in the U.S.

This spring, Facebook confirmed it was testing Venmo-like QR codes for person-to-person payments inside its app in the U.S. Today, the company announced those codes are now launching publicly to all U.S. users, allowing anyone to send or request money through Facebook Pay — even if they’re not Facebook friends. The QR codes work similarly to those found in other payment apps, like Venmo. The feature can be found under the “Facebook Pay” section in Messenger’s settings, accessed by tapping on you...
Tags: Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Messenger, Technology, Finance, Social Media, Tech, E-commerce, Paypal, Software, United States, Facebook Messenger, Mobile Payments, Online Payments, Cryptocurrencies

Terraformation gets $30M to fight climate change with rapid reforesting

Every startup is trying to fix something but Terraformation is tackling the only problem that must matter to all of us: Climate change. This is why it’s in such a big huge hurry. Its mission — as a ‘forest tech’ startup — is to accelerate tree planting by applying a startup-y operational philosophy of scalability to the pressing task of rapidly, sustainably reforesting denuded landscapes — bringing back native trees species to revive former wastelands and shrinking our carbon emissions in the pr...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Elon Musk, Climate Change, Wikipedia, Tech, Department Of Defense, Paypal, Earth, Uganda, Reddit, Amazon Rainforest, Silicon Valley, Yishan Wong, Tanzania

America’s Hottest Neighborhoods: Willow Glen in San Jose, California

Robust work-from-home policies amid the pandemic and an upcoming development by Google, as well as other charms, make Willow Glen an enviable place to live.
Tags: Apple, Google, Adobe, America, San Francisco, Paypal, Palo Alto, Radio, Agent, Silicon Valley, San Jose, NHL, Cupertino, Investors, Inventory, Willow Glen

YC-backed Ziina raises $7.5M seed led by Avenir Growth Capital and Class 5 Global

Cash is the predominant method of sending and receiving payments in the Middle East. If you owe someone a cup of coffee or a trip over a long period, repaying via cash is your best bet. This is one problem out of many financial issues that haven’t been addressed in the region. The good news is that startups are springing up to provide solutions. Last month Telda, a in Egypt, raised an impressive sum as pre-seed to offer digital banking services . Today, Ziina, another startup based...
Tags: London, Saudi Arabia, Tech, Paypal, Egypt, Middle East, Dubai, Jordan, Tunisia, Sarah, Uae, Yc, Mena, Anim, FAISAL, Monzo

12 of the richest LGBTQ people in the world

Tim Cook and Giorgio Armani are billionaires. Getty Images Some famous LGBTQ figures are worth billions after inheriting empires or building companies. In 2020, Apple CEO Tim Cook officially became a billionaire. Giorgio Armani's is worth $8.1 billion, while Domenico Dolce is worth $1.6 billion. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. David Geffen, the co-founder of DreamWorks, is worth $9.9 billion, according to Forbes. David Geffen. Stephen Lovekin/Getty ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, England, Hollywood, Cook, Money, Steve Jobs, Ebay, Life, Lgbt, New York City, Los Angeles, Trends, Paypal, Palo Alto, Billionaires

15 Ways To Improve Your eCommerce Sales In 2021

Some business owners think that selling things online is simple. After all, the process seems straightforward. Create a website, upload products, and customers will rush towards your store. However, in reality, this is usually not the case. Online selling requires implementing intelligent marketing strategies and consistent use of time, effort, and resources to thrive. Luckily there are some ways that can help eStore owners find the success they require. If you're a startup willing to boost ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Advertising, Paypal, Mastercard, Norton, McAfee, Google Work, Optimize Website for Mobile Devices Research, Let Customers Compare Don

PayPal Shuts Down Long-Time Tor Supporter With No Recourse

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation: Larry Brandt, a long-time supporter of internet freedom, used his nearly 20-year-old PayPal account to put his money where his mouth is. His primary use of the payment system was to fund servers to run Tor nodes, routing internet traffic in order to safeguard privacy and avoid country-level censorship. Now Brandt's PayPal account has been shut down, leaving many questions unanswered and showing how financial censorship ...
Tags: China, Tech, Paypal, Tor, Finland, Santa Clara, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Brandt, Larry Brandt, Syria Belarus

eBay Sellers Can No Longer Use PayPal Under New Terms

New terms of use for eBay have come into effect which mean the online auction house will now pay sellers directly rather than through PayPal. The BBC reports: PayPal was acquired by eBay in its early days in 2002, and the two firms have worked in partnership ever since. The changes mean that while eBay buyers can still pay with PayPal, sellers will be paid straight into their bank accounts. But some sellers have threatened to stop using the service over the move. EBay's forums have several pos...
Tags: Ebay, Tech, Paypal, Bbc

Spotify Executive Justifies Antitrust Pressure on Apple and Calls for Other App Store Payment Providers

Spotify executive Horacio Gutierrez has explained in a wide-reaching interview with The Verge why the company believes Apple is a "ruthless bully" and what it would like to see change. Last month, Gutierrez penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that chastised Apple and some of its business practices. Now, Spotify's head of global affairs and chief legal officer has expanded on the logic behind the company's antitrust dispute with Apple. Gutierrez's main justification underpinning the ar...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Paypal, European Commission, App Store, Apple Music, Mastercard, Gutierrez, Horacio Gutierrez, Senate Judiciary antitrust subcommittee

The exit effect: 4 ways IPOs and acquisitions drive positive change across the global ecosystem

Laura González-Estéfani Contributor Share on Twitter Laura González-Estéfani is the founder and CEO of TheVentureCity, an international, operator-led venture acceleration model designed to make the global entrepreneurial ecosystem more diverse, international and accessible to fair capital. More posts by this contributor Miami won’t be the next Silicon Valley because we don’t need another one For many ...
Tags: Europe, Elon Musk, America, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Spain, Paypal, AlienVault, Atlantic, United States, Peter Thiel, Miami, Silicon Valley, PayPal Mafia, Flywire

10 things you need to know before the opening bell

Andrew Burton/Getty Images Welcome to 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning.Sign up for Insider Investing for your weekly markets analysis.1. US futures slip as investors brace for jobs and growth data. See what markets are doing today.2. Carl Icahn says he may pour more than $1 billion into cryptocurrencies. But the former bitcoin skeptic predicts many digital assets won't survive.3. Apple hints at an interest in crypto. The iPho...
Tags: Apple, US, Trends, Paypal, Canada, SEC, Goldman Sachs, Costco, Carl Icahn, Andrew Burton Getty, Venmo PayPal, JPMorgan Bank of America, Morgan Stanley We, Shalini Nagarajan, Salesforce Medtronic, Cameron Newell

Collab Capital closes $50 million debut fund to back Black founders

A decade before investing outside of San Francisco and New York became trendy, entrepreneurs Jewel Burks, Justin Dawkins and Barry Givens were betting on Atlanta. Each experienced first-hand the biases that disproportionately hurts Black founders – while also being living proof of the wave of Black innovation and opportunity in their city. Last year, the trio saw opportunity in that disconnect and launched Collab Capital, a firm designed to invest explicitly in Black founders. It debuted with $2...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, New York, San Francisco, Tech, Atlanta, Diversity, Paypal, United States, Miami, Taylor, Black, Floyd, Burks, Kansas City Washington

Visa takes a swipe in fintech, builds new online marketplace

The relationships between banks and fintechs are multi-faceted. In some cases, they partner. In many cases, they compete. In other cases, one acquires or invests in the other. Well, today, an announcement by global payments giant Visa is aimed at helping facilitate banks and fintechs’ ability to work together. Specifically, Visa said today it has expanded its Visa Fintech Partner Connect , a program designed to help financial institutions quickly connect with a “vetted and curated” s...
Tags: Europe, Tech, Paypal, Visa, Angelos, FinTech Connect, Terry Angelos, Africa Visa, Specifically Visa, U S Asia Pacific Latin American, CEMEA Central Europe Middle East, Angelos Those, Visa Partner

UK’s Paysend raises $125M at a $700M+ valuation to expand its all-in-one payments platform

With more people than ever before going online to pay for things and pay each other, startups that are building the infrastructure that enables these actions continue to get a lot of attention. In the latest development, Paysend, a fintech that has built a mobile-based payments platform — which currently offers international money transfers, global accounts, and business banking and e-commerce for SMBs — has picked up some money of its own. The London-based startup has closed a round of $125 mil...
Tags: UK, London, Tech, Paypal, Mckinsey, Millar, One Peak Partners, WorldBank, Humbert, Paysend, Ronnie Millar, Infravia Growth Capital Hermès GPE, Singula

Affirm spinout Resolve raises $60M for its B2B ‘buy now, pay later’ platform

Buy now, pay later is everywhere these days, mostly focused on the consumer. Resolve — a San Francisco-based startup in the space specializing in “buy now, pay later” capabilities for B2B transactions — announced today that it has raised $60 million in funding. Initialized Capital led the round — the company’s first funding since its 2019 inception. KSD Capital, Haystack VC, Commerce Ventures, Clocktower Ventures and others also participated. The funding is a combination of equity and asset...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Finance, Funding, Marketing, Articles, San Francisco, Startup, Tech, E-commerce, Economy, Paypal, Online Shopping, Venture Capital

How to Use PayPal Subscriptions API with Node.js

Our Google add-on store uses PayPal Subscriptions with Digital Goods to process recurring payments and the invoices are sent to customers through Document Studio.There are two steps.Customers makes the payment and completes the order on our website.PayPal sends a BILLING.SUBSCRIPTION.ACTIVATED webhook to a serverless function.The function (running on Firebase, Google Cloud) verifies the subscription and checks if the status is active.It invokes the Apps Script API to complete the order.The cloud...
Tags: Google, Seo, Paypal, JSON, Digital Goods, PayPal SDK, PayPal Node SDK

16 Mobile Payment Apps

Businesses need payment apps, no question. Here are some reasons: In 2017 (survey by Zion Market Research) about 50% of consumers said they’d paid for goods or services using an app. Two years later, that had changed to 90%. Most used an app they download to a smartphone. But which ones are the best mobile payment apps? Well, that depends. The best payment apps are the ones that work best for you. What are Mobile Payment Apps? These are sometimes called Digital Wallets. In short, an app is li...
Tags: Apple, Google, Google Play, Boston, US, Samsung, Sales, Customers, Paypal, American Express, Nfc, Square Cash, Venmo, Mastercard, Lightspeed, Xoom

Extend raises $260M on a $1.6B valuation to expand its warranty and protection plan services

A company that has built a new approach to the business of extended warranties — providing a cost-effective and efficient way for retailers or brands to offer them; and an easy way for consumers to buy and file claims against them — is today announcing a huge round of funding as it looks to take its business to the next level. Extend — which aims, in the words of co-founder and CEO Woody Levin, to become the “Apple Care” for everything that’s not an actual Apple product — has raised $260 million...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Ecommerce, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Paypal, T Mobile, Levin, Woody, Nagraj Kashyap, Kaley, Peloton, SoftBank Investment Advisers, GreatPoint Ventures

Insight Partners leads $60M growth round in cross-border payments startup Thunes

The world of digital payments is very fragmented, with different types of online bank accounts, digital wallets and money transfer services used in different countries. Singapore-based Thunes, a fintech focused on making cross-border money transfers easier, announced today it has raised a $60 million growth round led by Insight Partners. One of the world’s largest venture capital firms, Insight is known for working closely with growth-stage companies, helping them expand through its ScaleUp prog...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, China, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Africa, Tech, Paypal, United Kingdom, Financial Conduct Authority, Ethiopia, South America, North, Fintech

How to Sell on StockX

As the resale market continues to grow, it is proving to be an excellent way to make money. Small businesses can use websites such as StockX for buying and selling, and start to capture some of the resale market. StockX is an excellent place to sell sneakers, clothing, handbags, watches, and other collectibles. This guide will take you through the process of selling on StockX, including how to set up an account and the benefits and drawbacks of selling on StockX. What is StockX? At its core, ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Ebay, Sales, Paypal, UPS, Cleveland Cavaliers, Campless, Dan Gilbert, Scott Cutler, Cutler, Paypal Venmo, Josh Luber, Retail Trends, Chris Kaufman

Peter Thiel Helps Fund an App That Tells You What to Do

"How would you feel about being able to pay to control multiple aspects of another person's life?" asks the BBC. "A new app is offering you the chance to do just that." When writer Brandon Wong recently couldn't decide what takeaway to order one evening, he asked his followers on social media app NewNew to choose for him. Those that wanted to get involved in the 24-year-old's dinner dilemma paid $5 (£3.50) to vote in a poll, and the majority verdict was that he should go for Korean food, so t...
Tags: Hollywood, US, Los Angeles, Tech, Paypal, Bbc, Peter Thiel, Andreessen Horowitz, Will Smith, Ms Smith, Facebook Others, Brandon Wong, Courtne Smith, NewNew, Courtne Snapchat

Merchant commerce platform Pine Labs valued at $3 billion in new fundraise

Pine Labs, a startup that offers merchants payments terminals, invoicing tools and working capital, said on Monday it is raising $285 million in a new financing round as the nearly two-decade-old firm looks to expand its business. Baron Capital Group, Duro Capital, Marshall Wace, Moore Strategic Ventures and Ward Ferry Management financed the new funding round, while existing investors Temasek, Lone Pine Capital and Sunley House Capital also participated in it, the Indian startup said. The new r...
Tags: Asia, India, Funding, Tech, Paypal, Credit Suisse, Marshall, Sequoia Capital India, Pine Labs, Amrish Rau, Company Credit Suisse, Ward Ferry Management, Temasek Lone Pine Capital, Sunley House Capital

Daily Crunch: Lemonade says website security flaw that exposed customer data is ‘by design’

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. I interrupt your regularly scheduled Daily Crunch to announce that your regularly scheduled writer, one Alex Wilhelm, is out sick today. If the effects of his second shot subside by tomorrow, then he’ll be back with his commas. In the meantime, I have taken the reins and hope to be at least half as spirited. Let’s get on with it, shall we? — Henry TechCrunch Top 3...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, US, Tech, Tesla, Walmart, Paypal, Earth, Nano, International Space Station, Italy, Bird, Brian, Kazakhstan, Vietnam

PayPal acquires returns logistics business, Happy Returns

PayPal announced today it’s acquiring Happy Returns, a returns solution provider that offers online shoppers access to easier ways to send back unwanted merchandise to retailers without having to box it up and ship it themselves. The company today offers a network off over 2,600 drop-off returns locations in the U.S., including those in over 1,200 metros and in every U.S. state. It also has relationships with hundreds of brands who have been using its returns software and reverse logistics servi...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Tech, Walmart, Paypal, Santa Monica, Kohl, Stein Mart, Digital Commerce, PayPal PayPal, Parachute Home, Happy Returns, Paper Source Sur La Table Cost Plus World Market, David Sobie, Mark Geller, Frank Keller

How to watch live TV on Hulu - plans start at $65 a month and include over 75 channels

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Hulu/Facebook Hulu Basic + Live TV offers over 75 live channels, plus Hulu's entire streaming catalog, for $65 a month. Subscribers can upgrade to Hulu Premium + Live TV for $6 more a month. Bundles with Disney Plus and ESPN+ are also available for monthly plans starting at $73. + Live TV (small) Unlike other on-demand streaming services, Hulu gives subscribers an option to watch their favorite ori...
Tags: Reviews, Nbc, Entertainment, Disney, Trends, Tech, Paypal, Showtime, Starz, Streaming, Espn, Hulu, Streaming Service, Live TV, Cinemax, ABC CBS FOX

Google Pay US users can now send money to users in India and Singapore

Google Pay users in the U.S. can now send money to GPay users in India and Singapore, Google said on Tuesday, making its first push into the remittance market. The company has partnered with Western Union and Wise, both of which have integrated their services into Google Pay. This is the first time either of the cross-border payments firms have inked such a deal. Josh Woodward, Director of Product Management at Google, told TechCrunch in an interview that the company is kickstarting its cross-bo...
Tags: Google, Apps, Asia, Singapore, India, US, Tech, Paypal, Payments, Latin America, Western Union, Citi, Wise, Woodward, Josh Woodward, Google Pay

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