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Henry picks up cash to be a Lambda School for Latin America

Latin America’s startup scene has attracted troves of venture investment, lifting highly-valued companies such as Rappi and NuBank into behemoth businesses. Now that the spotlight has arrived, those same startups need more talent than ever before to meet demand. That’s where one seed-stage Buenos Aires startup wants to help. Henry has created an online computer science school that trains software developers from low-income backgrounds to understand technical skills and get employed. The company ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, Education, Mexico, China, Tech, United States, Argentina, Isa, Edtech, Latin America, Buenos Aires, Nubank, Henry, Luz


Fantasy startup Esports One raises $4M more

Esports One, a startup bringing the fantasy approach to esports, is announcing that it has raised an additional $4 million in funding. When I first wrote about Esports One in April, co-founder and COO Sharon Winter described it as the first “all-in-one fantasy platform” in the esports world, allowing you to research players, create fantasy teams and watch games, with an initial focus on the North American and European divisions of League of Legends. According to the Esports One team, creating...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Gaming, Media, Funding, Tech, Esports, XSeed Capital, Damon Cronkey, Esports One, Sharon Winter, Matt Gunnin, Gunnin, League of Legends According, XSeed Capital Eniac Ventures, Chestnut Street Ventures


Stripe announces embedded business banking service Stripe Treasury

Fintech startup Stripe has announced an ambitious new product today called Stripe Treasury. The company is partnering with banks to offer a banking-as-a-service API. In other words, Stripe clients will be able to provide bank accounts to their customers — the service is invite-only for now. This is part of a bigger trend called embedded finance. Essentially, instead of separating banking services from other services that you use, embedded finance products provide financial services as close a...
Tags: Startups, Finance, Tech, Goldman Sachs, Citibank, Stripe, Fintech, Shopify, Evolve Bank, Shopify Balance, Stripe Treasury, Stripe Treasury for Shopify Balance If a Shopify, U S Eventually Stripe, Barclays Stripe


Boost ROI with intent data and personalized multichannel marketing campaigns

Coronavirus is causing large and small businesses to drastically cut marketing budgets. In Forrester’s self-described “most optimistic scenario,” the analysts project a 28% drop in U.S. marketing spend by the end of 2021. Even Google is cutting its marketing budget in half. As marketers move forward, Forrester predicts marketing automation platforms will grow despite an overall decline in marketing technology investment. Automation platforms help marketers scale their communications. However, sc...
Tags: Google, Startups, Ecommerce, Marketing, Tech, Personalization, Email Marketing, Forrester, Online Advertising, Direct Marketing, Digital Marketing, Marketing Automation, TMA, TMA TMA


Alabama rocket startup Aevum just unveiled the world's biggest drone - a 28-ton autonomous behemoth that may soon rocket US military satellites into orbit

Jay Skylus, the CEO of autonomous launch startup Aevum, stands in front of a Ravn X rocket-launching drone. Aevum Scrappy launch startup Aevum unveiled the world's most massive drone on Thursday. Called Ravn X, the 55,000-pound UAV is designed to drop a rocket in midair, which will shoot small satellites into orbit. The US Air Force picked Aevum to fly a $4.9 million satellite mission in 2021. Aevum has also contracted a commercial mission. Jay Skylus, Aevum's CEO and founder, says his com...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Transportation, Space, US, Alabama, Trends, Department Of Defense, Nasa, Drones, New Zealand, Pegasus, Uavs, Rockets, Spaceflight, Boeing


Find out how startups like Skyroot and Bluefield are building new industries at TC Sessions: Space 2020

At our fast-approaching first TC Sessions: Space event, which is happening December 16-17, we’re going to be highlighting some of the most exciting startups and founders tackling big problems with innovative and groundbreaking solutions. Some of those companies are focused on building tomorrow’s spacecraft, and others are working on in-space technologies that could become the next big anchor upon which countless other businesses are built. Two of the companies joining us at TC Sessions: Space ar...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, India, Events, Tech, Earth, Aerospace, Cto, Outer Space, Vikram, Indian Space Research Organization ISRO, Bluefield, Air Force NASA, Peter Beck, Kathryn Lueders


VCs who want better outcomes should use data to reduce founder team risk

Janneke Niessen Contributor Share on Twitter Janneke Niessen is a partner at CapitalT, a serial entrepreneur and a tech diversity advocate. VCs expect the companies they invest in to use data to improve their decision-making. So why aren’t they doing that when evaluating startup teams? Sure, venture capital is a people business, and the power of gut feeling is real. But using an objective, data-backed process to evaluate tea...
Tags: Decision Making, Startups, Column, Labor, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Diversity, Venture Capital, Harvard Business Review, Startup Company, Janneke Niessen, Eva de Mol Ph D


Pave raises millions to bring transparency to startup compensation

Compensation within private venture-backed startups can be a confusing minefield that if unsuccessfully navigated can lead to inconsistent salaries and the kind of ambiguity that breeds an unhappy workforce. Pave, a San Francisco-based startup that recently graduated from YC Combinator is aiming to end the pay and equity gap with a software tool it developed to make it easier to track, measure, and communicate how and what they pay their employees. The question is whether Silicon Valley, which h...
Tags: Startups, San Francisco, Tech, Wyoming, Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, Marc Andreessen, Glassdoor, Kramer, Carta, Schulman, Kristina Shen, YC Combinator, Emily Kramer, Bessemer Venture Partners Bezos Expeditions, Jeff Bezos Dash Fund


Everlywell raises $175 million to expand virtual care options and scale its at-home health testing

Digital health startup Everlywell has raised a $175 million Series D funding round, following relatively fast on the heels of a $25 million Series C round it closed in February of this year. The Series D included a host of new investors, including BlackRock, The Chernin Group (TCG), Foresite Capital, Greenspring Associates, Morningside Ventures and Portfolio, along with existing investors including Highland Capital Partners, which led the Series C round. The startup has now raised ov...
Tags: Health, Food, Startups, TC, Science, Funding, Articles, Tech, Ceo, Walgreens, United States, Healthcare, Fda, Biotech, Driver, Target


Europe to put forward rules for political ads transparency and beef up its disinformation code next year

New rules for online political advertising will be put forward by European Union lawmakers next year, with the aim of boosting transparency around sponsored political content. The Commission said today that it wants citizens, civil society and responsible authorities to be able to clearly see the source and purpose of political advertising they’re exposed to online. “We are convinced that people must know why they are seeing an ad, who paid for it, how much, what microtargeting criteria were use...
Tags: Google, Startups, Facebook, Europe, UK, Privacy, Eu, European Union, Policy, Commission, Brussels, Parliament, Gdpr, Vera Jourova, Jourova, DSA


ANYbotics, Swiss company behind quadrupedal ANYmal robot, announces $20M A round

ANYbotics, the creators of ANYmal, a four-legged autonomous robot platform intended for a variety of industrial uses, has raised a $22.3M Swiss Franc (~$20M) round A to continue developing and scaling the business. With similar robots just beginning to break into the mainstream, the market seems ready to take off. The company spun out of ETH Zurich in 2016, at which point the robot was already well into development. ANYmal is superficially similar to Spot, the familiar quadrupedal robot from Bos...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Gadgets, Hardware, Funding, Intel, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Peter Fankhauser, Zurich, Boston Dynamics, Eth Zurich, Fankhauser, ETHZ, Swisscom Ventures, ANYbotics


AI construction startup Versatile raises a $20M Series A

San Francisco-based construction startup Versatile is announcing today that it has raised a $20 million Series A. The round was led by Insight Partners and Entree Capital, along with existing investors Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH, Root Ventures and Conductive Ventures. The round follows $8.5 million in funding, including a $5.5 million seed round that arrived in August of last year. The URBAN-X accelerator alum has developed a piece of hardware designed to be mounted to a crane. From th...
Tags: Startups, Hardware, San Francisco, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Versatile, Entree Capital, Insight Partners, Recent Funding, Insight Partners and Entree Capital, Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH Root Ventures, Meirav Oren


Want your iPhone 12 to come with a charger? Go to Brazil

In September, Apple said that it’ll stop shipping a power brick with the Apple Watch. The next month, the company followed it up by removing the wall charger from the iPhone 12 range. While consumers around the world were not happy with the decision, there was nothing they could do. However, a decision by the consumer protection agency in Brazil will force the company to ship iPhones with the wall charger included. Procon-SP, the consumer interest agency for Sao Paulo state, asked Apple to provi...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Brazil, Sao Paulo, Plugged, Procon SP


The iPhone 11 Pro range: A retrospective on Apple’s best value phone

I sometimes ponder how successful I’d be in charge of a phone that gets updated every year. In my less lucid moments, I believe I’d navigate the choppy waters magnificently, each year releasing an engineering marvel that’d send critics and the public into Dionysian revelry. But, more likely, I’d end up releasing a FIFA-on-the-Switch-style upgrade one year, and then the smartphone version of The Homer one year after. What I’m saying is releasing a phone every 12 months is fucking tough. The reaso...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Fifa, Plugged


ultimate.ai scores $20M for a supportive approach to customer service automation

Ultimate.ai, a virtual customer service agent builder, has closed a $20 million Series A round of funding, led by Omers Ventures with participation from Felicis Ventures and existing investors HV Capital, and Maki.vc — bringing its total raised to date to $25M+. The European startup’s flagship claim for the data-ingesting bot-builder platform is it’s capable of automating up to 80% of customer support interactions. The focus, as tends to be the case for all these customer service conversational ...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, Berlin, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Ai, North America, Felicis Ventures, Helsinki, Finnair, Markus, ARR, Maki


Bolt unveils its fourth-generation scooter

Bolt is better known for its ride-hailing service. But the company also operates an electric scooter service in 45 cities across Europe. Designed by the company’s in-house hardware team, the new model focuses on safety. As you can see on the photo, it’s a big scooter that weighs 19kg — that’s more than an average bike. It has a battery with a 40km range and it is primarily made of aluminum. The company says it should last up to 60 months thanks to a modular design. Bolt can replace parts with...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Tech, Bolt, Scooter


Web Summit will hold RISE 2022 in Kuala Lumpur, launch a new event in Tokyo

Web Summit announced today that it will revive RISE, one of Asia’s largest tech conferences, in March 2022, moving it to Kuala Lumpur after five years in Hong Kong. It also announced a new event, called Web Summit Tokyo, that will launch in 2022, too. The flagship Web Summit event is currently taking place as an online conference. In November 2019, Web Summit announced it was postponing RISE to 2021 amid the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. Of course, this year has seen a series of ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Asia, Hong Kong, Web Summit, Southeast Asia, Events, Tech, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Rise, Porto Alegre, Paddy Cosgrave, Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation


Neuroglee gets $2.3 million to develop digital therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases

There are now about 50 million people with dementia globally, a number the World Health Organization expects to triple by 2050. Alzheimer’s is the leading cause of dementia and caregivers are often overwhelmed, without enough support. Neuroglee, a Singapore-based health tech startup, wants to help with a digital therapeutic platform created to treat patients in the early stages of the disease. Founded this year to focus on neurodegenerative diseases, Neuroglee announced today it has raised $2.3 ...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Japan, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, United States, World Health Organization, Alzheimer's, U S Food and Drug Administration, Eisai Co, Digital Therapeutics, Kuldeep Singh Rajput


Sketchy wants to replace boring textbooks with ‘Pixar-like’ videos

Studying for med school is tough. What if it was more Pixar-like? Sketchy, a visual learning platform, takes complex material that a med student might need to memorize for an exam, and puts the information in an illustrated scene. For example, it uses a countryside kingdom to explain the coronavirus, or a salmon dinner to explain Salmonella. The goal is for a student to be able to mentally go back to the scene while taking an exam, walk through it and retrieve all of the information. While Sketc...
Tags: Startups, TC, Education, Tech, United States, Pixar, Edtech, Aaron, Bryan, LeMieux, Sid, Berg, Siddiqui, Newsela, The Chernin Group, Reach Capital


From surviving to thriving as a hardware startup

Nils Mattisson Contributor Share on Twitter Formerly at Apple, Nils Mattisson is now CEO and co-founder of smart home tech company Minut. More posts by this contributor The road to recurring revenue for hardware startups When a friend forwarded this tweet from Paul Graham, it hit close to home: Startups are subject to something like infant mortality: before they’re established, one thing going wrong c...
Tags: Startups, Column, Hardware, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Paul Graham, Hardware Startup, Nils Mattisson, Apple Nils Mattisson


How AI-powered video compression could make an honest man out of Elon Musk

“LIDAR is a fool’s errand. Anyone relying on LIDAR is doomed. Doomed! Expensive sensors that are unnecessary. It’s like having a whole bunch of expensive appendices. Like, one appendix is bad, well now you have a whole bunch of them, it’s ridiculous, you’ll see.” Elon Musk, April 2019. Tesla’s approach to driverless vehicle technology has been controversial at best. A series of increasingly poor marketing and branding choices have made it difficult to ascertain exactly what the company’s actual ...
Tags: Startups, Elon Musk, Tech, Tesla, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Neural


YC-backed Heru raises $1.7M to build software services for Latin American gig workers

Given the attention that TechCrunch pays to Y Combinator’s Demo Days, we also try to keep tabs on the same startups as they scale and raise more capital. Yesterday we covered YC Winter 2020 participant BuildBuddy, for example. Today we’re taking a look at Heru, a startup based in Mexico City that is announcing a $1.7 million raise after taking part in YC’s Summer 2019 session. The pre-seed round was led by Mountain Nazca, and participated in by Magma Partners, Xtraordinary Venture Partners, Flou...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Mexico, Tech, Colombia, Mexico City, TechCrunch, Yc, Oyo, Heru, Gig workers, Recent Funding, Mateo Jaramillo, Buildbuddy, Mountain Nazca


Welcome raises $6M to help your company hire and keep employees

Welcome, the HR software that helps organizations make and close offers to new candidates, announced the close of a $6 million seed round today, led by FirstMark Capital. Participating investors include Ludlow Ventures, Nat Turner and Zach Weinberg, and Keenan Rice and Ben Porterfield (which were existing investors), as well as a wide array of angels. TechCrunch last covered Welcome in August, when it announced a $1.4 million funding round. That the startup was able to raise more as quickly as i...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Tech, FirstMark Capital, Welcome, Zach Weinberg, Ben Porterfield, Nick Gavronsky, Rick Pereira, FirstMark Capital Participating, Ludlow Ventures Nat Turner, Keenan Rice, Slack Lever Greenhouse ADP, Gavronsky An


Wellory raises $4.5M for its ‘anti-diet’ nutrition app

Wellory, a startup that bills itself as taking an “anti-diet approach” to nutrition and wellness, is announcing that it has raised $4.2 million in funding. The round was led by Story Ventures, with participation from Harlem Capital, Tinder co-founders Sean Rad and Justin Mateen, Ground Up Ventures, NBA Player Wayne Ellington, Hannah Bronfman and others. Wellory founder and CEO Emily Hochman (who was previously the head of customer success at WayUp) told me that she struggled with dieting i...
Tags: Health, Food, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Mobile, Apps, Sean Rad, Funding, Tech, Wayup, Hochman, Story Ventures, Wellory, Harlem Capital Tinder, Justin Mateen Ground, Up Ventures NBA


Aerospace’s Steve Isakowitz to speak at TC Sessions: Space 2020

A mere two weeks remain until we kick off TC Sessions: Space (December 16 & 17), our first conference focused on the technology designed to push galactic boundaries and the people making it happen. Building successful space programs, whether private, public or hybrid combination, requires a well-trained workforce — today and for generations to come. That’s why we can’t wait for Building the Workforce of the Future, a breakout panel discussion featuring Steve Isakowitz. Isakowitz is the president...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Nasa, United States, Virgin Galactic, Dava Newman, The Aerospace Corporation, USC Viterbi School of Engineering, Peter Beck, Kathryn Lueders, TC Sessions Space 2020, Steve Isakowitz, Space Lockheed Martin VP Lisa Callahan Rocket Lab, John F Thompson Will Roper, Steve Isakowitz Isakowitz, Isakowitz


Space Perspective raises $7M for its plan to ferry tourists to the edge of space

Space tourism startup Space Perspective has raised a new $7 million in seed funding, from investors including Prime Movers Lab and Base Ventures . The company, founded by Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum, who previously founded stratospheric balloon company World View, is focused on developing Spaceship Neptune, a pressurized passenger capsule that is meant to be carried by an ultra-high altitude balloon to the very edge of space to provide passengers with an unparalleled view. Spaceship...
Tags: Startups, TC, Space, Science, Tech, Ceo, Space Tourism, Aerospace, Neptune, World View, Atlantic Ocean, World View Enterprises, Outer Space, Jane Poynter, MACCALLUM, Ryan Hartman


Jitsu nabs $2M Seed to build open source data integration platform

Jitsu, a graduate of the Y Combinator Summer 2020 cohort, is developing an open source data integration platform that helps developers send data to a data warehouse. Today, the startup announced a $2 million seed investment. Costanoa Ventures led the round with participation from YCombintaor, The House Fund and SignalFire. In addition to the open source version of the software, the company has developed a hosted version that companies can pay to use, which shares the same name as the company. Pe...
Tags: Startups, TC, Open Source, Cloud, Y Combinator, Enterprise, Developer, Funding, Tech, Twilio, Data Integration, Data Warehouses, Costanoa Ventures, Recent Funding, Jitsu, Peter Wysinski Jitsu


Shop-Ware raises cash as cars make a comeback

Shop-Ware has been waiting for a year like 2020 since 2015. The startup, which sells software to neighborhood automotive shops to digitize their operations, had struggled to capture capital from venture firms. Until recently, its sole major investor was aftermarket automotive giant Bosch. For companies like Shop-Ware, the disruptive wake of COVID-19 has cleared a path to capital as mainstream investors have sought out startups with services and products needed in the pandemic era. Investors fina...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, San Francisco, Tech, Automotive, Series A, Bessemer, COVID, Carolyn Coquillette, Shop Ware, Coquillette, Quickbooks Shop Ware


7 surprising ways startups can take advantage of a city’s resources

Any city that calls itself a “startup city” should provide a range of resources for startups to utilize. In metropolises around the world, local ecosystems are dedicating their resources to helping new businesses thrive, from small businesses to scale ups.  Figuring out how your local government can help you — as well as where to start — can be daunting. We spoke with Bas Beekman, the Director of StartupAmsterdam, on how companies can tap into their city’s resources, from government grants and f...
Tags: Startups, Tech, World, Growth Quarters, Bas Beekman


Revolut launches early salary feature in the UK and web app

Fintech startup Revolut has two new features this week. First, the company is launching a web app for its regular users — not just business users. Second, in the U.K., Revolut has partnered with Modulr to let you receive your salary a day early. Revolut has historically focused its efforts on its mobile app. If you have a business account with Revolut, you know that you can see your past transactions and access your account from a regular web browser. But the company’s 13 million customers co...
Tags: Startups, Europe, UK, Finance, Tech, Fintech, Revolut, Challenger Bank, Modulr, U K Revolut



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