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Kaizo raises $3M for its AI-based tools to improve customer service support teams

CRM has for years been primarily a story of software to manage customer contacts, data to help agents do their jobs, and tools to manage incoming requests and outreach strategies. Now to add to that we’re starting to see a new theme: apps to help agents track how they work and to work better. Today comes the latest startup in that category, a Dutch company called Kaizo, which uses AI and gamification to provide feedback on agents’ work, tips on what to do differently, and tools to set and work t...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, Europe, Enterprise, Tech, Ai, Gamification, Zendesk, Customer Support, Kaizo, IBM Ventures, Salesforce ZenDesk, Gradient Ventures, Recent Funding, Darian Shirazi


DataGuard, which provides GDPR and privacy compliance-as-a-service, raises $20M

Watchdogs have started to raise the issue that new working practices and online activity necessitated by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic are creating new sets of privacy, security and data protection challenges. Today a startup is announcing a growth round of funding to help online businesses navigate those issues better. DataGuard, a Munich-based startup that provides “GDPR-as-a-service” — essentially a cloud-based platform to help those doing business online ensure that they are complia...
Tags: Security, Startups, TC, Europe, London, Privacy, Funding, Americas, Tech, Service, Munich, SaaS, Gdpr, David Klein, Recent Funding, Coronavirus


Stripe leads $20M Series A into Fast, which is building a universal checkout service for e-commerce

Early this morning, Fast, a startup building platform-agnostic login and checkout services, announced that Stripe has led a $20 million investment into its business. Prior investors Index Ventures and Susa Ventures took part in the round. Susa previously participated in the company’s late-2019 round that Index led. Coming in late March, the new capital is a quick-follow to Fast’s November seed round. Such a rapid-fire deal would have felt right at home in mid-2019; to see two consecutive rounds ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Holland, Stripe, Susa Ventures, Index Ventures, Index, SUSA, Fast, Recent Funding, Barr Allen, Domm Holland


Plastiq raises $75M to help small businesses use credit cards more

When Eliot Buchanan tried to use his credit card to pay his Harvard tuition bill, the payment was rejected because the university said it doesn’t accept credit. Realizing the same problem exists for thousands of different transactions like board, rent and vendor payments, he launched Plastiq. Plastiq helps people use credit cards to pay, or get paid, for anything.  Plastiq today announced that it has raised $75 million in venture capital in a Series D round led by B Capital Group. Kleiner Per...
Tags: Startups, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Harvard, Alibaba, Payments, Kabbage, Buchanan, Fundbox, Plastiq, B Capital Group, Recent Funding, Eliot Buchanan, Buchanan Plastiq, Fundbox Similar


Helm.ai raises $13M on its unsupervised learning approach to driverless car AI

Four years ago, mathematician Vlad Voroninski saw an opportunity to remove some of the bottlenecks in the development of autonomous vehicle technology thanks to breakthroughs in deep learning. Now, Helm.ai, the startup he co-founded in 2016 with Tudor Achim, is coming out of stealth with an announcement that it has raised $13 million in a seed round that includes investment from A.Capital Ventures, Amplo, Binnacle Partners, Sound Ventures, Fontinalis Partners and SV Angel. More than a doze...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Automation, Quora, Nba, Private Equity, Simulation, Uc-berkeley, Robinhood


Motion website blocker aims to improve your focus online as you WFH

Y Combinator’s latest class of startups arrived to a fairly lukewarm public reception last week as the world melted down in the midst of the accelerator’s virtual demo day. While the startups didn’t anticipate launching into mid-pandemic markets, some seem more poised to succeed in this new environment than others. For the past several weeks, I’ve been playing around with one of those startup’s tools. Motion, a free Chrome productivity plugin tries to lead you away from visiting sites that yo...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Y Combinator, Tech, Motion, Reddit Facebook, Recent Funding, Omid Rooholfada Ethan Yu


SouSmile raises $10M to grow its anti-braces aligner brand

Amid expectations that early-stage funding and valuations will decline due to an economic downturn caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak, young startups like the Brazilian dental company SouSmile, which raised in the time before COVID-19, are feeling grateful for secured runway. SouSmile is a direct to consumer dental company based in São Paulo. SouSmile has raised $10 million in Series A funding from Global Founders Capital, Kaszek Ventures and Canary, bringing the company’s ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Mexico, Tech, Colombia, Brazil, Latin America, Canary, Kaszek Ventures, Global Founders Capital, Sao Paulo, Moons, Dental Health, Ruah, Recent Funding, Sousmile


Lilium raises another $240M to design, test and run an electric aircraft taxi service

Long and short distance travel have all but stopped for many people at the moment. But looking forward to a time when that may no longer be the case, a company designing flying taxis is today announcing a large round of funding to help continue developing its product. Lilium, a Munich-based startup that is designing and building vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft with speeds of up to 100 km/h that it plans eventually to run in its own taxi fleet, has closed a funding round of “over” $...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Tech, Munich, Tencent, Aerospace, Vtol, Kitty Hawk, Joby, LGT, Volocopter, Air Taxi, Lilium, Daniel Wiegand, Patrick Nathen


Lilium raises another $240M to design, test and and run an electric aircraft taxi service

Long and short distance travel have all but stopped for many people at the moment. But looking forward to a time when that may no longer be the case, a company designing flying taxis is today announcing a large round of funding to help continue developing its product. Lilium, a Munich-based startup that is designing and building vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft with speeds of up to 100 km/h that it plans eventually to run in its own taxi fleet, has closed a funding round of “over” $...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Tech, Munich, Tencent, Aerospace, Vtol, Kitty Hawk, Joby, LGT, Volocopter, Air Taxi, Lilium, Daniel Wiegand, Patrick Nathen


Hospital droid Diligent Robotics raises $10M to assist nurses

28% of a nurse’s time is wasted on low-skilled tasks like fetching medical tools. We need them focused on the complex and compassionate work of treating patients, especially amid the coronavirus outbreak. Diligent Robotics wants to give them a helper droid that can run errands for them around the hospital. The startup’s bot Moxi is equipped with a flexible arm, gripper hand, and full mobility so it can hunt down lightweight medical resources, navigate a clinic’s hallways, and drop them off fo...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Hardware, Funding, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Hospital, Robots, Robotics, True Ventures, Cto, Georgia Tech, National Science Foundation, Johnson Johnson, Dallas TX


Quantum Machines raises $17.5M for its quantum orchestration platform

Quantum Machines, a Tel Aviv-based startup that is building both hardware and software to operate quantum computers, today announced that it has raised a $17.5 million Series A funding round. The round was led by Israeli tech entrepreneur Avigdor Willenz, who, among other companies, co-founded Habana Labs and Anapurna Labs and sold them to Intel and Amazon respectively. and Harel Insurance investments. TLV Partners and Battery Ventures also participated in this round. TLV Partners also led...
Tags: Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Knowledge, Funding, Tel Aviv, Tech, Intel, Player, Emerging-technologies, Battery Ventures, Quantum Computing, TLV Partners, Avigdor Willenz, Recent Funding


Female-led Robin Games raises $7M to combine lifestyle content with fantasy gaming

As a former Jam City executive, Jill Wilson led teams behind some of the top-grossing gaming franchises, like Cookie Jam and Panda Pop. Now she’s running her own startup, Robin Games, where a team of mostly women is working to create a new niche in mobile entertainment they’re calling “lifestyle gaming.” As the name implies, the idea is to create a mobile gaming experience — in this case, fantasy gaming — that’s more like the sophisticated and stylish lifestyle content that’s popular today. Robi...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Gaming, Apps, Games, Funding, Lifestyle, Tech, Mobile Gaming, Wilson, Cookie Jam, Jam City, Hearst Ventures, Jill Wilson, Recent Funding, Robin Games


Around is the new floating head video chat multitasking app

You have to actually get work done, not just video call all day, but apps like Zoom want to take over your screen. Remote workers who need to stay in touch while staying productive are forced to juggle tabs. Meanwhile, call participants often look and sound far away, dwarfed by their background and drowned in noise. Today, Around launches its new video chat software that crops participants down to just circles that float on your screen so you have space for other apps. Designed for laptops, A...
Tags: Travel, Google, Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Apps, Video, Enterprise, Funding, Godaddy, Facebook Messenger, Video Chat, Ryan Hoover, Garry Tan, Credo Ventures


Deepgram raises $12M for enterprise speech recognition

Deepgram, a startup focused on high-quality, real-time speech recognition, announced a $12 million Series A this morning. The startup, founded a half decade ago, according to Crunchbase data, with just a few million in raised capital, is interesting, as its success to date was founded on two consecutive experiments. The first dealing with its technology, and the second concerning its market. Deepgram sits in the midst of our continuing conversation about AI-grounded companies, or at least com...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Ceo, Speech Recognition, Nvidia, Ai, Deep Learning, Otter, Series A, Crunchbase, Stephenson, Scott Stephenson, DeepGram, Jeff Herbst


Oura raises $28 million for its health and sleep tracking ring

Smart rings are still a relatively young category in the wearable hardware world, but the Oura Ring seems to be a standout in terms of early success. The Oura Ring hardware is sleek and packed with sensors, allowing it to measure a user’s sleep patterns, take your body temperature and track activity, and now Oura has raised $28 million in Series B funding to bring on new key hires and product updates. In a Medium post announcing the raise, Oura CEO Harpreet Singh Rai revealed that to date, the c...
Tags: Health, Google, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Twitter, Hardware, Tech, Ceo, Square, Jack Dorsey, Forerunner Ventures, Jesse Dorogusker, Twitter and Square, Anna Patterson, Gradient Ventures


HashiCorp soars above $5B valuation in new $175M venture round

The rise of the cloud over the past decade has forced software developers and DevOps engineers to completely rearchitect the modern web application, ensuring scalability, performance, and security. That’s a really painful proposition when done manually, which is where HashiCorp comes in to play. The company’s suite of products helps everyone in the tech workforce from IT admins to software developers operate in the cloud (mostly) effortlessly and natively. The company’s products have long garner...
Tags: Startups, Cloud, Enterprise, Funding, Tech, HashiCorp, Greylock, Nomad, Vault, Franklin Templeton, Franklin Templeton Investments, Recent Funding, Armon Dadgar, Mitchell Hashimoto, IVP HashiCorp, David McJannet


To make locks touchless, Proxy bluetooth ID raises $42M

We need to go hands-off in the age of coronavirus. That means touching fewer doors, elevators, and sign-in iPads. But once a building is using phone-based identity for security, there’s opportunities to speed up access to WIFI networks and printers, or personalize conference rooms and video call set-ups. Keyless office entry startup Proxy wants to deliver all of this while keeping your phone in your pocket. “ The door is just a starting point” Proxy co-founder and CEO Denis Mars tells me. “We’re...
Tags: Security, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Apps, Y Combinator, Hardware, Enterprise, Privacy, Funding, Tech, Mars, Kleiner Perkins, Silicon Valley Bank, Sdk


n8n, a ‘fair code’ workflow automation platform, raises seed from Sequoia as VC firm steps up in Europe

When concerns about the novel coronavirus — and subsequent changes in activity — are not bringing productivity to a halt (and perhaps especially in times of needing to be as efficient as possible), one of the bigger IT trends has been a push to streamline how people work by creating better integrations between the different apps that they use. Today, a startup out of Berlin, Germany is announcing seed funding to help it enter the fray of those that are helping make those integrations happen seam...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Asia, Europe, UK, London, Microsoft, Developer, China, Germany, Berlin, Funding, US, Tech, Silicon Valley


Handle.com helps independent construction workers get paid on time

From long payment cycles to antiquated processes on how to bill workers, the hefty inefficiencies of the construction industry are long overdue for innovation.  Enter startups such as the large venture-backed Katerra and recently public companies such as Procore . Still, independent contractors or workers from small family businesses often can’t afford hefty fees from SaaS platforms promising better management. Or, they don’t have a parent company behind them to foot the bill.  To he...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Tech, Bob, Hogan, Hilton Hotels, Woodward, Procore, Patrick Hogan, Katerra, Recent Funding, Handle.com, Nicky Roofings, Blake Robertson Chris Woodard


Raising money in a bear market, and what happened with Sequoia and Finix?

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Today was something a bit special. We’d originally hoped to have this episode in person, as a group, but the world isn’t flying as much right now so we had to make do. Regardless, please say hello and welcome Natasha Mascarenhas to the Equity crew. Natasha has worked for the Boston Globe, the SF Chronicle, and, most recently, covering venture capital for Crunchba...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Lyft, Podcasts, Tech, Venture Capital, Equity, Alex, TechCrunch, Nea, Jason Lemkin, Boston Globe, Danny, Natasha, SF Chronicle


Heartbeat Health raises $8.2M to improve cardiovascular care

While you’ve probably spent a lot of today thinking about the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s worth remembering that other health issues aren’t going away — and that heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States. Heartbeat Health is a startup working to improve the way that cardiovascular care is delivered, and it announced today that it has raised $8.2 million in Series A funding. Dr. Jeffrey Wessler, the startup’s co-founder and CEO, is a cardiologist himself, and he told me th...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, New York, Funding, US, Tech, Lerer Hippeau, Wessler, 406 Ventures, Optum Ventures, Recent Funding, Max Ventures, Heartbeat Health, United States Heartbeat Health


Men’s at-home health startup Vault takes in $30 million from Tiger Global

Vault, an at-home healthcare practice specializing men’s medicine has announced the raise of $30 million in funding from Tiger Capital Group, Declaration Capital and Redesign Health to reach more potential patients and expand to more areas beyond New York, Florida, Tennessee and Texas, where it currently offers treatments. Founder and CEO Jason Feldman, who formerly headed Amazon’s Prime Video Direct and Global Innovation teams before launching Vault last summer, told TechCrunch his startup a...
Tags: Health, Amazon, Startups, TC, Florida, New York, Texas, Funding, Tech, Ceo, United States, Tennessee, Healthcare, Erectile Dysfunction, Hormones, TechCrunch


Superpeer raises $2M to help influencers and experts make money with one-on-one video calls

Superpeer is giving YouTube creators and other experts a new way to make money. The startup announced today that it has raised $2 million in pre-seed funding led by Eniac Ventures, with participation from angel investors including Steven Schlafman, Ankur Nagpal, Julia Lipton, Patrick Finnegan, Justin De Guzman, Chris Lu, Paul Yacoubian and Cheryl Sew Hoy. It also launched on ProductHunt. The idea is that if you’re watching a video to learn how to paint, or how to code, or about whatever the t...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Media, Funding, Tech, Eniac Ventures, Cheryl Sew Hoy, Recent Funding, Superpeer, Devrim Yasar, Koding, Yasar


Assembled raises $3.1M led by Stripe to build ‘the operating system for support teams’

CRM software accounts for one-quarter of all enterprise IT spend. But ironically, while a lot of money is spent on platforms like Salesforce or SAP to manage incoming calls and outgoing marketing and sales activity, not a lot of attention is given to the issue of how to help the teams using all that software work better. What are the peak times for calls? What are the most common questions? Which staff are best skilled at what kinds of questions? And who is actually working at any given time? Th...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Enterprise, Tech, Harry, John, Sap, CRM, Zendesk, Customer Support, Wang, Brian Sze, Ryan Wang, Kustomer, Recent Funding


Zumper raises $60M to double down on tech to grow its apartment rentals platform

The apartment rental market in the US will be worth $174.1 billion this year, and today a startup that’s built a platform to help it along by connecting renters with rentals is announcing a round of funding to fuel its growth. Zumper, which provides listings of available rental properties and services (such as rent payments) to help manage landlords’ rental businesses, has raised $60 million, money that CEO and co-founder Anthemos Georgiades said it plans to use to continue both expanding its fo...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Real Estate, US, Tech, Apartments, Airbnb, Bertelsmann, Zillow, Rentals, Zumper, Georgiades, Recent Funding, Anthemos Georgiades, BV Ventures


Zumpter raises $60M to double down on tech to grow its apartment rentals platform

The apartment rental market in the US will be worth $174.1 billion this year, and today a startup that’s built a platform to help it along by connecting renters with rentals is announcing a round of funding to fuel its growth. Zumper, which provides listings of available rental properties and services (such as rent payments) to help manage landlords’ rental businesses, has raised $60 million, money that CEO and co-founder Anthemos Georgiades said it plans to use to continue both expanding its fo...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Real Estate, US, Tech, Apartments, Airbnb, Bertelsmann, Zillow, Rentals, Zumper, Georgiades, Recent Funding, Anthemos Georgiades, Zumpter


Coursedog lands $4.2 million to make class scheduling smarter

Two years ago, dormmates Justin Wenig and Nicholas Diao struggled to get into a popular computer science class at Columbia University . The duo eventually got into that class, but after the initial frustration around class scheduling, they decided “it was an obvious problem for a computer to solve.” Wenig and Diao are the founders of Coursedog, a software startup that wants to create an operating system for universities to better schedule classes, professors and sections based on demand and in...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Utah, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Columbia University, Columbia Law School, Josh Kopelman, Blackboard, Superhuman, Jinal Jhaveri, Wenig, Diao, Recent Funding, Coursedog


Kleiner’s new fund, Atrium is kaput, and the latest data on Seed rounds

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week was packed with news, most of it pretty bad. But Zoom did well, so there’s that. Happily we had our dynamic pairing, Alex “Have I Died” Wilhelm and Danny “Good Hair” Crichton on hand to parse through it all. (A reminder that Equity now hits your podcast app twice a week now, so peep us Monday mornings!) So what was on the docket? A host of things, st...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Podcasts, Venture Capital, Earnings, Equity, Alex, Kleiner Perkins, Exit, Zoom, Kleiner, Danny, Atrium, Wilhelm


Spindrift, maker of fizzy drinks, has raised $29.8 million

Spindrift, maker of fizzy soda and sparkling water, has raised $29.8 million in a funding round, per an SEC filing . The Charlestown, Mass. company was founded by Bill Creelman and has raised $70 million in known venture capital funding to date, per Crunchbase data. The company did not immediately respond to request for comment.  Previous investors in the fizzy drink company include Almanac Insights, KarpReilly, Prolong Ventures, VMG Partners and more. Spindrift, founded in 2010, is up a...
Tags: Food, Startups, TC, California, India, San Francisco, Tech, SEC, Michigan, Marina, LaCroix, Alfonso, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Spindrift, Kara Goldin, Recent Funding


Kinnos, which makes colorized disinfectant to ensure surfaces are covered, just landed $6 million in funding

Kinnos, a New York-based startup, was founded six years ago, but what the five-person company produces is suddenly top of mind — and a new round of funding reflects as much. To wit, Kinnos, which makes additives that cause disinfectants to turn blue long enough to ensure a surface has actually been covered, just closed on $6 million in funding, a major chunk of which came from Prolog Ventures, though it was joined by Allston Venture Fund, Partnership Fund for New York City, Golden Seeds, MEDA...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, China, New York City, Tech, Uganda, Liberia, Columbia University, Catherine, Kevin, Clorox, Prolog Ventures, Recent Funding, Coronavirus, COVID-19



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