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Tier Mobility, the European e-scooter rentals startup, adds another ~$40M to its Series B

Tier, the European e-scooter rentals startup that operates in 55 cities across 11 countries, has topped up its funding for the second time in four months. The Berlin-based company has extended its Series B round to over $100 million, up from $60 million disclosed in October. The additional capital is a mix of equity and debt financing provided by Moscow’s RTP Global, London’s Novator, and an unnamed U.S. debt fund. Part one of the Series B was co-led by Mubadala Capital and Goodwater Capital. Ti...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, Berlin, Moscow, Bird, U K, Europe Meanwhile, Mubadala Capital, Leuschner, Okai, Lawrence Leuschner, RTP Global London, Goodwater Capital Tier

This co-op wants to put money back into patients’ hands

Too often, people are asked to give away their insights and time for free. Jen Horonjeff, founder and CEO of healthcare startup Savvy, knows this first hand and is trying to change that by applying a cooperative model to her business. As an infant, Horonjeff was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Since then, she has been diagnosed with a number of autoimmune conditions. Seven years ago this month, she had a brain tumor removed. “I’ve just always been somebody who’s been a patient,” Ho...
Tags: Travel, Health, Co-op, Startups, TC, Jen Horonjeff, Horonjeff, New York City Horonjeff

Datometry snares $17M Series B to help move data and applications to the cloud

Moving data to the cloud from an on-prem data warehouse like Teradata is a hard problem to solve, especially if you’ve built custom applications that are based on the data. Datometry, a San Francisco startup, has developed a solution to solve that issue, and today it announced a $17 million Series B investment. WRVI Capital led the round with participation from existing investors including Amarjit Gill, Dell Technologies Capital, Redline Capital and Acorn Pacific. The company has raised a total ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Developer, Funding, San Francisco, Teradata, Amazon Microsoft, Waas, Data Warehouses, Cloud Data Migration, Datometry, Acorn Pacific

Rocket startup Gilmour Space gets a $3M grant to develop lighter fuel tanks

Mass is money when it comes to the rocket launch business, and any small savings you can eke out can add up to big savings. That’s been the driving force behind the growing commercialization of space and the rapid rise of the small satellite industry. Now Australian rocket startup Gilmour Space has received a $3 million grant from the Australian government to help improve rockets in a way that could add significant savings to the launch process. Gilmour has spent the past seven years launching a...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Space, Nasa, Flight, Rocket, Radiation, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Rocketry, Gilmour, Rocket Propulsion, Gilmour Space, Gilmour the University of Southern Queensland USQ

Ramp is a corporate card focused on helping you spend less

Meet Ramp, a new startup that offers corporate credit cards with 1.5% cashback on everything. The company thinks that a cashback program combined with an analysis of your payments to help you spend less is more valuable than alternative corporate card offerings Ramp is launching publicly today and has raised $25 million in funding from Keith Rabois, Coatue, BoxGroup, Conversion Capital, Soma Capital, Backend Capital and over 50 business angels. The startup doesn’t charge fees. All your employees...
Tags: Travel, Startups, Finance, Fintech, Amazon Web Services, Paribus, RAMP, Eric Glyman, Karim Atiyeh, Corporate Card, Brex Ramp, Truebill Ramp

Google backs productivity startup building algorithmic inbox for Slacks, emails and texts

There have been plenty of stories written about the so-called “Slack-lash” and the growing unrest among workers dealing with DM interruptions that take their attention away from the task at hand. Slack is a poster boy for the problem, but VCs have invested heavily in a number of collaboration tools over the past several years that have compartmentalized chat and commenting systems and have left workers reeling. It seems fairly likely that we’ve reached peak VC interest in collaboration, but VCs ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Startups, TC, Utah, Enterprise, Niko Bonatsos, Recent Funding, Wasabi Ventures, General Catalyst Google, Chris Hicken, TechCrunch Hicken

MoEngage lands $25M for its mobile-first customer engagement platform

MoEngage, a San Francisco and Bangalore-based startup that helps firms better understand their customers and improve their engagement, has raised $25 million in a new financing round as it looks to grow its network in Asian markets. The new financing round, Series C, was led by . F-Prime Capital, Matrix Partners India, and Ventureast also participated in the round. The six-year-old startup, which is an Alchemist alum, has raised about $40 million to date. MoEngage offers a product that allow...
Tags: Travel, Startups, Mobile, Apps, Asia, Europe, India, Funding, San Francisco, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, Bangalore, BigBasket, Ola, Eight Roads Ventures, Moengage

Advice from Austin CBD Startup Tessera Naturals

CBD 101: Look for US-grown, organic, non-gmo, and solvent-free. “Austin is the perfect environment to lead the charge for the burgeoning CBD and hemp industry.” — Tessera Naturals Co-Founder, Jason CohenAustinites Jason and Olga Cohen embraced CBD’s possibilities early-on, but were frustrated by the inconsistent product quality across this new and rapidly changing industry. With purity and transparency at the forefront, they founded Tessera Naturals. The company now offers tinctures, topicals,...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Wisdom, Colorado, US, Startup, Austin, Gmo, Peru, Machu Picchu, Cbd, Cana, Inca, Jason Cohen, Austin Startups, Startup-lessons

Japanese vacation rental management startup H2O raises $7 million Series B from investors including Samsung Ventures

Japan’s tourism industry is booming, but it faces a hotel room shortage, especially in Tokyo as it prepares for the Summer Olympics. H2O addresses the market opportunity with a platform that helps vacation rental owners manage their properties. The startup announced today it has raised $7 million in Series B funding from Samsung Ventures, Stonebridge Ventures, IMM Investment and Shinhan Capital, bringing its total raised to $18 million. H2O (the name stands for Hospitality 2.0) allows owners to ...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, South Korea, Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Tech, Tourism, Tokyo, Morgan Stanley, Samsung Ventures, Cornell University, Lee, Hospitality Industry

What Nutanix got right (and wrong) in its IPO roadshow

Back in 2016, Nutanix decided to take the big step of going public. Part of that process was , a coming-out party when a company goes on tour prior to its IPO and pitches itself to investors of all stripes. It’s a huge moment in the life of any company, and after talking to CEO Dheeraj Pandey and CFO Duston Williams, one we better understood. They spoke about how every detail helped define their company and demonstrate its long-term investment value to investors who might not have been en...
Tags: Travel, Startups, Enterprise, Cloud Storage, Williams, SaaS, Exit, Nutanix, Dheeraj Pandey, Pandey, Duston Williams

Where top VCs are investing in travel, tourism and hospitality tech

The venture community has been fixated on travel and hospitality since the dot-com era and early-2000s, when mainstays like Kayak and Airbnb were still Silicon Valley darlings. As the multi-trillion-dollar global travel and hospitality market continues to grow, VCs are still foaming at the mouth for the opportunity to redefine the ways we move and stay around the world. Despite the cyclical nature of the travel sector, deal flow in travel and hospitality has remained strong and largely stable ov...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Transportation, Air Travel, India, Funding, Tech, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Business Travel, Revolution Ventures, Hospitality, Crunchbase, Oyo

Kepler will build its small satellites at a new manufacturing facility in Toronto

Satellite communications startup Kepler will manufacture its small satellites going forward at a new 5,000-square foot facility in Toronto, Ontario, Canada . The company is working with partners including the Canadian Space Agency and the University of Toronto on the new facility, which will also incorporate design and development of its satellites in addition to manufacturing. Already, Kepler operates two satellites currently in orbit, and has demonstrated the capabilities of its technology b...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Space, Spacex, Toronto, Canada, Agriculture, Satellite, Manufacturing, Spaceflight, Aerospace, University of Toronto, Kepler, Spacecraft, Falcon

WholyMe, which makes natural products for chronic pain, closes Seed round

WholyMe, a London startup that makes and markets ‘natural relief’ products to manage chronic pain, has closed a £500,000 Seed round from investors Financière Saint James, V1 Capital, Guibor and business angels. The round also includes Joyance Partners, a New York-based VC concentrating on the new science emerging around ‘health and happiness’ which recently expanded to the UK and Europe. The funding will be used to manufacture WholyMe’s first range of 100% organic supplements and topicals for mu...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Europe, UK, New York, London, Medicine, United Kingdom, Start-up, Perception, Pain, Organic Food, Chronic Pain, Pain Management, Joyance Partners

Fortnite just officially became a high school and college sport

Fortnite, one of the world’s most popular games, will now be an official high school sport and college sport thanks to an LA-based startup called PlayVS . The company has partnered with Epic Games to bring competitive league play to the collegiate and high school level. This also marks PlayVS’s entry into colleges and universities. PlayVS launched in April of 2018 with a mission of bringing esports to high school, with a league akin to traditional sports like basketball or football. Though ...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Gaming, Video Games, Entertainment, La, United States, Ncaa, Esports, Epic Games, NFHS, Fortnite, PlayVs, Delane Parnell

Small Door, the OneMedical for pets, launches NYC location

Small Door, a veterinary services membership startup, today announced the grand opening of its NYC location at 15 Seventh Ave. Small Door soft-launched the space in November of 2019. The vet startup first came onto the scene in April of 2019 with a $3.5 million seed round led by Lerer Hippeau Ventures, with participation from Primary Venture Partners and Brand Foundry Ventures. Flatiron Health founders Nat Turner and Zach Weinberg, Warby Parker cofounders Dave Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal, and ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Startups, TC, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Nat Turner, Public Benefit Corporation, Neil Blumenthal, Dave Gilboa, Zach Weinberg Warby Parker, Small Door, Neman Nic Jammet, Nat Ru

Equity: Uber sells its Eats business in India, Qonto raises, and Tesla says no

 Good morning, friends, and welcome back to TechCrunch’s Equity Monday, a short-form audio hit to kickstart your week. Equity’s regular, long-form shows still land each and every Friday, including this entry from just a few days ago. This morning, coming to you early from the frozen tundra of the American East Coast, it’s Tuesday. That’s because yesterday was a holiday in the United States, so we took the day to work a little bit less than usual. But that doesn’t mean we’d skip an episode, ...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Uber, India, Tesla, Intel, United States, Zomato, East Coast, Equity, Uber Eats, Zomato Zomato, Equity podcast

TechCrunch’s Top 10 investigative reports from 2019

Facebook spying on teens, Twitter accounts hijacked by terrorists, and sexual abuse imagery found on Bing and Giphy were amongst the ugly truths revealed by TechCrunch’s investigating reporting in 2019. The tech industry needs more watchdogs than ever as its size enlargens the impact of safety failures and the abuse of power. Whether through malice, naivety, or greed, there was plenty of wrongdoing to sniff out. Led by our security expert Zack Whittaker, TechCrunch undertook more long-form in...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Security, Social, Startups, TC, Transportation, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Twitter, Elon Musk, UK, Hardware, Education

Sophie Alcorn, Rebecca Lynn, MG Siegler and Garry Tan are joining us for Early Stage SF

One of the most valuable resources in the tech startup community is mentorship. Founders, tackling brand new challenges and adapting to a rapidly changing world, can sometimes feel like no one understands what they’re going through. But alas, the Early Stage SF event in April will most certainly prove them wrong. Early Stage will bring together seasoned operators and experts across a wide variety of topics that fall under the broad umbrellas of funding, marketing and operations. How do you secur...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Garry Tan, G Siegler, Canvas Ventures, MG Siegler, Rebecca Lynn, Sophie Alcorn, Early Stage Sf 2020, Sophie Alcorn Rebecca Lynn MG Siegler, Initialized Capital Early Stage SF

Equity Monday: Away’s CEO plans comeback while SaaS valuations rise and epiFI raises

Good morning friends, and welcome back to TechCrunch’s Equity Monday, a short-form audio hit to kickstart your week. Regular Equity episodes still drop Friday morning, so if you’ve listened to the show over the years don’t worry — we’re not changing the main show. (Here’s last week’s episode with Danny Crichton, which was a lot of fun.) What was on our minds this morning? Brian Heater’s CES overview of sleeptech from the weekend, which made the argument that not all gadgets are bad for our sl...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, India, Equity, Away, Danny Crichton, Brian Heater, Equity Monday

Insight Partners acquires data management company Veeam for $5B

Last year Insight Partners invested $500 million in cloud data management company Veeam. It apparently liked the company so much that today it announced it has acquired the Swiss startup for $5 billion. Veeam helps customers with cloud data backup and disaster recovery. The company, which has been based in Baar, Switzerland, says that it had $1 billion in revenue last year. It boasts 365,000 customers worldwide, including 81% of the Fortune 500. Ray Wang, founder and principal analyst at Cons...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Cloud, Enterprise, Microsoft, M&a, Mergers and Acquisitions, Amazon Web Services, Cto, Crunchbase, Exit, Allan, Wang, Veeam, Ray Wang

Bux acquires ‘social’ cryptocurrency investment platform Blockport

Bux, the Amsterdam-based fintech that wants to make investing more accessible, has acquired the European “social” cryptocurrency investment platform Blockport. Terms of the deal remain undisclosed, although Bux says the move paves the way for the company to launch its own branded cryptocurrency investment app. Dubbed “BUX Crypto,” it will be available in the 9 countries Bux operates in and is planned to go live in Q1 this year. In addition, we are told the founders and core team members of Bl...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, Amsterdam, Robinhood, Fintech, Bux, Dutch Central Bank DNB, Blockport, BUX Token, Nick Bortot, BUX Crypto is an esports tournament platform for adult gamers

It’s tough to be a competitive gamer once you’re an adult. Simply fitting tournament time into a busy schedule is challenge enough, but even if you can make the time, where do you go to find other adults who are competitively playing the games you love? That’s where comes in. is a tournament platform for adult gamers. The company is particularly focused on helping professional organizations set up their esports squads just like company basketball or softball teams. One of the...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Gaming, Y Combinator, Youtube, Camelot, Esports, League Of Legends, Jesse Zhang, Lowkey, Google Apple Robinhood

Counting down Boston’s biggest venture rounds from 2019

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. Today, the last day of 2019, we’re taking a second look at Boston. Regular readers of this column will recall that we recently took a peek at Boston’s startup ecosystem, and that we compiled a short countdown of the largest rounds that took place this year in Utah. Today we’re doing the latter with the former. What follows is a countdown of Boston’s seven largest venture rounds ...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Utah, Boston, Softbank, Funding, San Francisco, Venture Capital, Sapphire, Ginkgo Bioworks, Impossible Foods, New Enterprise Associates, Lightspeed, Crunchbase

InsightFinder get $2M seed to automate outage prevention

InsightFinder, a startup from North Carolina based on 15 years of academic research, wants to bring machine learning to system monitoring to automatically identify and fix common issues. Today, the company announced a $2 million seed round. ​IDEA Fund Partners, a VC out of Durham, North Carolina,​ led the round with participation from ​Eight Roads Ventures​ and Acadia Woods Partners. The company was founded by North Carolina State professor Helen Gu, who spent 15 years researching this proble...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Enterprise, Funding, Artificial Intelligence, North Carolina, Eight Roads Ventures, Durham North Carolina, Gu, Monitoring, National Science Foundation, North Carolina State, Rami Essaid, Helen Gu, Essaid

2020 will be a big year for online childcare — here are 6 startups to watch

Over the weekend, media and digital brand holding company IAC announced that it had agreed to buy, which describes itself as “the world’s largest online family care platform,” in a deal valued at about $500 million. Despite being the best-known marketplace in the United States for finding child and senior caregivers, has spent the past nine months dealing with the fallout from a Wall Street Journal investigative article that detailed potentially dangerous gaps in its vetting pr...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Families, Children, Child Care, Elizabeth Warren, Childcare, United States, Alexis Ohanian, IAC, Wall Street Journal, Bernie Sanders, National Academy of Sciences, Wonderschool Kinside

MasterCard acquires security assessment startup, RiskRecon

MasterCard announced today that it is acquiring RiskRecon, a Salt Lake City startup that uses publicly available data to build security assessments of organizations. The companies did not share the purchase price. It’s become increasingly important for financial services companies like MasterCard to help customers navigate cyber security and RiskRecon will give customers an objective score of a company’s risk profile. “Through a powerful combination of AI and data-driven advanced technology, ...
Tags: Travel, Security, Fundings & Exits, Startups, M&a, Mergers and Acquisitions, Salt Lake City, White, Mastercard, Exit, Ajay Bhalla, RiskRecon, Kelly White RiskRecon, Accel Dell Technologies Capital

TikTok’s national security scrutiny tightens as U.S. Navy reportedly bans popular social app

TikTok may be the fastest-growing social network in the history of the internet, but it is also quickly becoming the fastest-growing security threat and thorn in the side of U.S. China hawks. The latest, according to a notice published by the U.S. Navy this past week and reported on by Reuters and the South China Morning Post, is that TikTok will no longer be allowed to be installed on service members’ devices, or they may face expulsion from the military service’s intranet. It’s just the latest...
Tags: Travel, Google, Social, Startups, Apps, Asia, Shutterstock, Congress, Government, China, Policy, Missouri, Nba, Pacific, Grindr, Sequoia

More About Biometrics at Airports

There is some interesting news in the world of biometric identification and privacy this week. The Department of Homeland Security…Continue reading on Austin Startups »
Tags: Travel, Startups, Privacy, Tech, Department Of Homeland Security, Biometrics, Face-recognition

Artiphon launches a Kickstarter campaign for its new musical device Orba

Artiphon, the startup that previously raised more than $1 million on Kickstarter for a device called the Instrument 1, has launched a new campaign for its latest invention, Orba. Co-founder and CEO Mike Butera said the Instrument 1 and Orba share “the same DNA,” namely his vision to help music-making become more accessible to everyone, regardless of training or experience. “I want beginners to feel like pros, but also for pros to feel like beginners again,” Butera told me. “For me, this is just ...
Tags: Travel, Startups, Gadgets, Hardware, Kickstarter, Artiphon, ORBA, Butera, Mike Butera, Orba Co, GarageBand Artiphon

Robocorp announces $5.6M seed to bring open source option to RPA

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has been a hot commodity in recent years as it helps automate tedious manual workflows inside large organizations. Robocorp, a San Francisco startup, wants to bring open source and RPA together. Today it announced a $5.6 million seed investment. Benchmark led the round with participation from Slow Ventures, firstminute Capital, Bret Taylor, president and chief product officer at Salesforce and Docker CEO Rob Bearden. In addition, Benchmark’s Peter Fenton will ...
Tags: Travel, Startups, Open Source, Cloud, Enterprise, Developer, Funding, San Francisco, Gartner, Salesforce, Benchmark, Slow Ventures, Fenton, RPA, Peter Fenton, Bret Taylor

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