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Investors say Eindhoven poised to become Netherlands’ No. 2 tech hub

Eindhoven might not immediately spring to mind as a high-tech hub, but the Netherlands city is keen to position itself as a center for deep tech in Europe. The Technical University of Eindhoven, High Tech Campus Eindhoven, and locally based corporates like ASML and Philips have been eyeing initiatives across Europe and applying what they’ve learned to the region’s strategy. Philips launched in Eindhoven in 1891 and played no small part in the municipality’s ambitions to become a tech hub. Eindho...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Tech, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Venture Capital, Philips, Eindhoven University Of Technology, Eindhoven, Serendipity, Daniel, ASML, Lithography, Esports Arena, Investor Survey


Extra Crunch roundup: influencer marketing 101, spotting future unicorns, Apple AirTags teardown

With the right message, even a small startup can connect with established and emerging stars on TikTok, Instagram and YouTube who will promote your products and services — as long as your marketing team understands the influencer marketplace. Creators have a wide variety of brands and revenue channels to choose from, but marketers who understand how to court these influencers can make inroads no matter the size of their budget. Although brand partnerships are still the top source of revenue for ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Transportation, Education, California, Entrepreneurship, US, Tech, Diversity, Joe Biden, Iran, Artificial Intelligence, Rebecca, United States, Venture Capital


Vitosha Venture Partners launches $30M fund to back Bulgarian-related early-stage startups

Vitosha Venture Partners is a brand new venture fund launching out of Bulgaria, and backed by the Bulgarian government. The 26 million euro ($30M) fund aims to invest in approximately 100 companies, starting from low ticket sizes all the way up to a million, in early-stage and growth-stage companies that are based in or related to Bulgaria. Vitosha will be co-financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds under the Operational Programme for Innovation and Competitiveness 2014-2020, man...
Tags: TC, Europe, Tech, Venture Capital, Bulgaria, Agtech, Eastern Europe, Kamen, Erik Anderson, UiPath, Co-founder, Managing Partner, South Eastern Europe, Vitosha, European Structural and Investment Funds, Max Gurvits


Unit raises $51M in Accel-led Series B to grow its banking-as-a-service platform

We’ve all heard the phrase, “Every company is a fintech.”  But these days, that’s becoming more and more true as an increasing number of companies that are not even in the financial services space seek to add a fintech component to their offering. A group of startups poised to benefit from this shift are those offering banking as a service. One such startup, Unit , has raised $51 million in a Series B round to further its goal of making it possible for companies and fintechs alike to bui...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Amit Kumar, Finance, Funding, Tel Aviv, Tech, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Payments, Fintech, Accel, Unit, Recent Funding, Itai Damti, Doron Somech


Early-stage venture firm The Fund launches in Australia

The Fund Australia’s team (l to r): Elicia McDonald, Adrian Petersen, Georgia Vidler, Ed Taylor and Todd Deacon The Fund, the early-stage investment firm focused on pre-seed and seed startups, is going Down Under for its latest expansion. The Fund was founded in New York in 2018, before launching in Los Angeles, London, the Rockies and the Midwest, too. Co-founder Jenny Fielding, who is also managing director at Techstars New York, said The Fund decides on new areas for expansion based on dem...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, London, Australia, La, New York City, Tech, New Zealand, Venture Capital, Fund, Canva, Atlassian, Rockies, Early Stage, The Fund


Amazon is launching a startup accelerator for Black entrepreneurs that could help fix one of the biggest problems in venture capital

Studies show that Black founders only receive 1% of all venture capital funding. Amazon says it's aiming to "help build sustainable equity and growth" Courtesy of WDB Marketing Amazon is launching a Black Business Accelerator that includes education and mentorship for founders. The company says it's aiming to "help build sustainable equity and growth" for Black businesses. Black founders only receive about 1% of all venture capital funding, studies show. See more stories on Insid...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Europe, News, Trends, Venture Capital, Harvard Business Review, Black, National Venture Capital Association, U S Census Bureau, MBDA, Tech Insider, Aleeya Mayo, BlackOwnedBusiness, WDB Marketing Amazon, US Minority Business Development Agency


Meet Nickson, the furniture-as-a-service startup that Barack Obama’s ex-financial adviser just backed

Ever toured an apartment and fell in love with the model unit? You’re not alone. Harvard Business School grad Cameron Johnson is a former institutional real estate investor and Greystar exec turned startup founder who realized that very often, “renters would try to rent the model apartment.” This got him thinking. People would love to rent a model apartment in a building, and no one likes to move. This spelled opportunity in Johnson’s mind. So in 2017, he came up with the idea of Nick...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Real Estate, Funding, Barack Obama, Startup, Tech, Austin, Venture Capital, Dallas, Houston, Johnson, Apartment, Robinson, Hippo, Harvard Business School


Yana’s mental health tool for Spanish speakers nears 5 million users

Andrea Campos has struggled with depression since she was 8 years old. Over the years, she’s tried all sorts of therapies — from behavioral to pharmacotherapy. In 2017, when Campos was in her early 20s, she learned to program and created a system to help manage her mental health. It started as a personal project but as she talked to more people, Campos realized that many others might benefit from the system as well. So, she then built an application to provide access to mental health tools ...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, Messenger, Mexico, Funding, Social Media, Startup, Tech, Spain, Software


Nigeria’s tech community was booming. Now it’s in shock

The government’s sudden ban of Twitter could jeopardise one of the country’s most promising industries The post Nigeria’s tech community was booming. Now it’s in shock appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Startups, Twitter, Technology, Nigeria, Africa, Social Media, Investment, Venture Capital, Stripe, Fintech, Cryptocurrency, Max, Muhammadu Buhari, Openaccess, Central Bank of Nigeria, Information and Communications Technology


The air taxi market prepares to take flight

Twelve years ago, Joby Aviation consisted of a team of seven engineers working out of founder JoeBen Bevirt’s ranch in the Santa Cruz mountains. Today, the startup has swelled to 800 people and a $6.6 billion valuation, ranking itself as the highest-valued electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) company in the industry. As in any disruptive industry, the forecast may be cloudier than the rosy picture painted by passionate founders and investors. It’s not the only air ta...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Tech, Venture Capital, Archer, Aviation, Air Force, Aerospace, Virgin Atlantic, Santa Cruz, SPAC, U S Securities Exchange Commission, Joby, Hussain, PitchBook


Michael Brown, the new chair of the powerful lobbying group NVCA, shares its agenda

Michael Brown, a longtime general partner with Battery Ventures, was just elected to the role of chairman of the National Venture Capital Association three years after joining its board of directors. Earlier this week, we caught up with Brown to ask about his new, year-long role with the 48-year-old trade group — and what issues he sees as top of mind right now for the many American VCs he is now representing. TC: VCs are always concerned about tax treatments, but these are obviously even more t...
Tags: TC, Congress, California, Washington, America, Tech, Joe Biden, United States, Venture Capital, Michael Brown, SEC, Pfizer, Biden, National Venture Capital Association, Battery Ventures, Trump


Investor Michael Brown, newly elected to chair the powerful lobbying group NVCA, shares his agenda

Michael Brown, a longtime general partner with Battery Ventures, was just elected to the role of chairman of the National Venture Capital Association three years after joining its board of directors. Earlier this week, we caught up with Brown to ask about his new, year-long role with the 48-year-old trade group — and what issues he sees as top of mind right now for the many American VCs he is now representing. TC: VCs are always concerned about tax treatments, but these are obviously even more t...
Tags: TC, Congress, California, Washington, America, Tech, Joe Biden, United States, Venture Capital, Michael Brown, SEC, Pfizer, Biden, National Venture Capital Association, Battery Ventures, Trump


Extra Crunch roundup: EU insurtech, 30 years of ‘Crossing the Chasm,’ embedded finance’s endgame

This morning, Anna Heim and Alex Wilhelm dug into the EU insurtech market, interviewing European VCs and collating the biggest recent rounds to take the temperature of the waters across the pond: Alex Timm, CEO, Root Dan Preston, CEO, MetroMile Luca Bocchio, partner, Accel Florian Graillot, investor, Astorya.vc Stephen Brittain, director and founder, Insurtech Gateway Several European-based insurtech startups entered unicorn territory this year, such as Bought By Many, which offers pet insuran...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, London, Microsoft, Entrepreneurship, Insurance, Tech, Eu, Atlantic, United States, Venture Capital, Tanzania, Mobility, Alan, Anna


Despite flat growth, ride-hailing colossus Didi’s US IPO could reach $70B

Didi filed to go public in the United States last night, providing a look into the Chinese ride-hailing company’s business. This morning, we’re extending our earlier reporting on the company to dive into its numerical performance, economic health and possible valuation. Didi is approaching the American public markets at a fortuitous moment. While the late-2020 IPO fervor, which sent offerings from DoorDash and others skyrocketing after their debuts, has cooled, valuations for public companies re...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Lyft, Uber, China, US, Tech, United States, Venture Capital, Carsharing, Unicorn, Doordash, Didi, GTV, EC News Analysis


After 30 years, ‘Crossing the Chasm’ is due for a refresh

Jeff Bussgang Contributor Share on Twitter Jeff Bussgang of Flybridge Capital, a former entrepreneur turned venture capitalist, teaches entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School. When I was at Open Market in the 1990s, our CEO gave out the recently published book “Crossing the Chasm” to the executive team and told us to read it to gain insight into why we had hit a speed bump in our scaling. We had gone from zero to $60 mil...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Tech, Venture Capital, Mongodb, Nosql, Peter Drucker, Harvard Business School, Squire, Veeva, Jeff Bussgang, Geoffrey Moore, Jesse Middleton, Flybridge Capital, EC Column


Flyhomes lands $150M to bring end-to-end homebuying to more markets

Flyhomes says it's helped close $2.6 billion in home sales to date, with sales prices ranging from $150,000 to $5 million. The company provides end-to-end homebuying services through brokerage, mortgage and closing subsidiaries.
Tags: Technology, Radio, Venture Capital, Mortgage, Ribbon, Industry News, Spencer Rascoff, Select, Opendoor, Knock, Lisa Wu, Stephen Lane, Offerpad, Tushar Garg, Flyhomes


The fintech endgame: New supercompanies combine the best of software and financials

Shiran Shalev Contributor Share on Twitter Shiran Shalev is a principal at Battery Ventures, where he focuses primarily on software and consumer investments, including fintech. More posts by this contributor Why Breach Detection Is Your New Must-Have, Cyber Security Tool Aaron Rinberg Contributor Aaron Rinberg is a vice president at Battery Ventures. ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Column, Enterprise, Finance, Insurance, Tech, E-commerce, Venture Capital, Financial Services, Fintech, Shopify, Battery Ventures, Customer Service Software, Shiran Shalev, Aaron Rinberg Contributor Aaron Rinberg


What SOSV’s Climate Tech 100 tells founders about investors in the space

Benjamin Joffe Contributor Share on Twitter Benjamin Joffe is a partner at SOSV. More posts by this contributor 10 key lessons about tech mergers and acquisitions from Cisco’s John Chambers What every startup founder should know about exits Meghan Hind Contributor Share on Twitter Meghan Hind is an operations analyst...
Tags: Energy, Startups, Column, Funding, Tech, Cisco, Venture Capital, GreenTech, SOSV, John Chambers, Benjamin Joffe, Climate Tech, EC Column, EC Food Climate and Sustainability, Sosv Climate Tech 100, Meghan Hind


How to start a company in 4 days

Yin Wu Contributor Share on Twitter Yin Wu, a three-time YC alum, is founder of Pulley, which offers cap table management tools that help companies better understand and optimize their equity. Running a startup can be a complicated, difficult process fraught with pitfalls and ample opportunities to make mistakes. But the logistics of setting up a startup should be simple, because over the long run, complicated equity setups an...
Tags: Startups, Column, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Tech, Venture Capital, Business Incubators, Pulley, Cap Table, Stripe Atlas, Yin Wu, Fundraising Tactics, EC Column, EC How To, Delaware C Corporations, Clerky Post


Branch raises $50M to offer bundled auto & home insurance via an API

Branch Insurance, a startup offering bundled home and auto insurance, has raised $50 million in a Series B funding round led by Anthemis Group. Acrew, Cherry Creek Holdings and existing backers Greycroft, HSCM Bermuda, American Family Ventures, SignalFire, SCOR P&C Ventures, Foundation Capital and Tower IV also participated in the round. With this latest financing, Columbus, Ohio-based Branch has raised $82.5 million in total funding since its 2017 inception. With so many players in the insurtec...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Car Insurance, Finance, Funding, Startup, Insurance, Tech, United States, Venture Capital, Ohio, Columbus, Allstate, Branch, Foundation Capital


A men’s brand, Faculty, launches with nail polish — and seed funding from Estee Lauder

“It’s not a nail polish company,” says Fenton Jagdeo of Faculty, the startup he cofounded in 2019 with Umar ElBably. Though their Toronto-based company currently sells just three shades of nail polish along with some nail stickers — that’s it —  the products are a wedge to something much larger, says Jagdeo. There will be merchandise, according to the former business management consultant. There will be men’s foundation, and eye shadow, and very possibly hair dye, all of which is focused around ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Toronto, Tech, Venture Capital, Estee Lauder, Maisie Williams, Cvs, Seed Funding, Faculty, Streetwear, Men's Grooming, Recent Funding, Jagdeo, Maple VC, Fenton Jagdeo


Extra Crunch roundup: Security data lakes, China vs. Starlink, ExtraHop’s $900M exit

News broke this morning that Bain Capital Private Equity and Crosspoint Capital Partners are purchasing Seattle-based network security startup ExtraHop. Part of the Network Detection and Response (NDR) market, ExtraHop’s security solutions are for companies that manage assets in the cloud and on-site, “something that could be useful as more companies find themselves in that in-between state,” report Ron Miller and Alex Wilhelm. Just one year ago, ExtraHop was closing in on $100 million in ARR an...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Space, Spacex, Maryland, China, US, Tech, Earth, United States, Venture Capital, EC, Anna, Seattle, Alex


Staging and marketing company Guest House raises $3M

Guest House offers homesellers high-touch staging services that include a interior designer working directly with a number of national and local home furnishing retailers
Tags: Technology, Marketing, Software, Radio, Venture Capital, Interior Design, Seed Funding, Open House, Guest House, Select, News Brief, Selling a House, Staging, Startup Companies, Virtual Staging, Listing Marketing


Toast’s Aman Narang and BVP’s Kent Bennett on how customer obsession is everything

Toast has raised more than $900 billion and is reportedly valued at over $5 billion. But back in 2011, no one knew this startup would see such meteoric success. It had a few things going for it, of course — founder Aman Narang hailed from Endeca, where he was a software engineer and product lead with a reputation for being able to ship a lot of software quickly. But the ambitions behind Toast were big and complicated, and enough to give pause to any investor. Kent Bennett was one such VC, and wh...
Tags: Startups, TC, Events, Tech, Venture Capital, POS, Bessemer Venture Partners, Bessemer, Toast, Bennett, Aman, BVP, ECL, Endeca, Kent Bennett, Narang


Amid controversy, Dispo confirms Series A funding, high-profile advisors, and investors

It’s only been nine months since Dispo rebranded from David’s Disposable. But the vintage-inspired photo sharing app has experienced a whiplash of ups and downs, mostly due to the brand’s original namesake, YouTuber David Dobrik. Like Clubhouse, Dispo was one of this year’s most hyped up new social apps, requiring an invite from an existing member to join. On March 9, when the company said “goodbye waitlist” and opened the app up to any iOS user, Dispo looked poised to be a worthy competitor to ...
Tags: Apps, Japan, Beyonce, Instagram, Sofia Vergara, Germany, Social Media, Tech, Ceo, Software, David, Digital Photography, United States, Computing, Venture Capital, Nba


Founders must show investors that sustainability is more than lip service

Todd Klein Contributor Share on Twitter Todd Klein is a partner at Revolution Growth, a VC fund that invests in growth-stage companies. During his 20-year career, Todd has been involved in financing and building over 150 venture and growth-stage companies in the media, consumer, technology, education and healthcare sectors. Ending years of debates over environmental sustainability, the United States officially declared a clima...
Tags: Startups, Column, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Sustainability, United States, New York Times, Venture Capital, Kenya, GreenTech, Business Ethics, Mediterranean, Investors, Todd, Joseph R Biden, Tala


AI pioneer Raquel Urtasun launches self-driving technology startup with backing from Khosla, Uber and Aurora

One of the lingering mysteries from Uber’s sale of its Uber ATG self-driving unit to Aurora has been solved. Raquel Urtasun, the AI pioneer who was the chief scientist at Uber ATG, has launched a new startup called Waabi that is taking what she describes as an “AI-first approach” to speed up the commercial deployment of autonomous vehicles, starting with long-haul trucks. Urtasun, who is the sole founder and CEO, already has a long list of high-profile backers, including separate investments fro...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, California, Toronto, Tech, Automotive, Venture Capital, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, University of Toronto, Khosla Ventures, Aurora, Department of Computer Science, Ojibwe, Vector Institute


Chinese lidar maker Hesai lands $300M led by Hillhouse, Xiaomi, Meituan

The rush to back lidar companies continues as more automakers and robotaxi startups include the remote sensing method in their vehicles. Latest to the investment boom is Hesai, a Shanghai-based lidar maker founded in 2014 with an office in Palo Alto. The company just raised over $300 million in a Series D funding round led by GL Ventures, the venture capital arm of storied private equity firm Hillhouse Capital, smartphone maker Xiaomi, on-demand services giant Meituan and CPE, the private equity...
Tags: Transportation, Asia, California, China, Germany, Funding, Tech, Palo Alto, Automotive, Shanghai, Xiaomi, Venture Capital, Baidu, Lidar, Lightspeed, Temasek


Tiger Global leads $30M investment into Briq, a fintech for the construction industry

Briq , which has developed a fintech platform used by the construction industry,  has raised $30 million dollars in a Series B funding round led by Tiger Global Management. The financing is among the largest Series B fundraises by a construction software startup, according to the company, and brings Briq’s total raised to $43 million since its January 2018 inception. Existing backers Eniac Ventures and Blackhorn Ventures also participated in the round. Briq CEO and co-founder Bassem ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, California, Finance, Funding, Articles, Tech, Economy, SaaS, Venture Capital, Construction, North America, Fintech, Tiger Global Management, Executive, Plangrid


The Station: Aurora gets closer to a SPAC deal, Spin’s new strategy and Waymo One app numbers

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages move (today and in the future) from Point A to Point B. We are days away from TC Sessions: Mobility 2021, a one-day virtual event scheduled for June 9 that is bringing together some of the best and brightest minds in transportation. I’ll...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Lyft, Apps, Europe, New York, London, Australia, Washington, Russia, Berlin, Milwaukee, Singapore, India, America, San Francisco



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