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Mediflash is a freelancer marketplace for health professionals

Meet Mediflash, a new French startup that wants to improve temp staffing in healthcare facilities, such as nursing homes, clinics and mental health facilities. The company positions itself as an alternative to traditional temp staffing agencies. They claim to offer better terms for both caregivers and institutions. “It costs a small fortune to health facilities while caregivers are paid poorly,” co-founder Léopold Treppoz told me. Traditional temp staffing agencies hire caregivers and nurses on ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, Marketplace, France, Tech, France Newsletter, Caregiver, Staffing, Freelancer, Mediflash, Léopold Treppoz, Treppoz, Metz Nancy, Strasbourg Mediflash, Firstminute Capital Several business angels


Neo4j raises Neo$325m as graph-based data analysis takes hold in enterprise

Databases run the world, but database products are often some of the most mature and venerable software in the modern tech stack. Designers will pixel push, frontend engineers will add clicks to make it more difficult to drop out of a soporific Zoom call, but few companies are ever willing to rip out their database storage engine. Too much risk, and almost no return. So it’s exceptional when a new database offering breaks through the barriers and redefines the enterprise. Neo4j, which offers a g...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Enterprise, Developer, Singapore, Funding, Tech, First, Suez Canal, APAC, Tom Hulme, Neo4j, DTCP, Eifrem, Emil Eifrem


eqtble, a platform that uses data analytics to create healthier workplaces, raises $2.7M seed

eqtble founders (from l to r): Ethan Veres, Gabe Horwitz and Joseph Ifiegbu “People are the backbone of any organization. People are more important than the product. Without people, you don’t have a product,” says Joseph Ifiegbu, who is Snap’s former head of human resources technology and also previous lead of WeWork’s People Analytics team. Ifiegbu’s startup, called eqtble, wants to give HR teams the same kind of detailed analytics that product, sales and marketing departments have had for a...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Compensation, Recruitment, WeWork, Human Resources, Talent, Hiring, Initialized Capital, Horwitz, People Analytics, Culture Amp, Dei, HR Analytics


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


Honey Insurance launches with $15.5M AUD, the largest seed round ever for an Australian tech startup

When Richard Joffe moved his family to Australia in 2019, he said applying for home insurance “was like traveling back in time 30 years.” “I found the sign-up process painful, the fine print was confusing and the insurance company was totally reactive, not proactive. They never contacted me aside from my renewal,” he told TechCrunch. Joffe, who founded parking sensor platform Park Assist and jobs platform Stella.ai in the United States, began researching and found many people in Australia shared...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Australia, Tech, Foxtel, United States, Stella, News Corp Australia, Larry Diamond, David Carter, Joffe, Peter Tonagh, RACQ, Tim Fung, Anthony Eisen


Solar concentration startup Heliogen basks in $108M of new funding

Sunlight is a great source of energy, but it rarely gets hot enough to fry an egg, let alone melt steel. Heliogen aims to change that with its high-tech concentrated solar technique, and has raised more than a hundred million dollars to test its 1,000-degree solar furnace to a few game mines and refineries. We covered Heliogen when it first made its debut in 2019, and the details in that article still get at the core of the company’s tech. Computer vision techniques are used to carefully control...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Gross, Funding, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Asia Pacific, Rio Tinto, Solar, Bill Gross, GreenTech, MOU, Mena, ArcelorMittal, Gekko, Boron CA


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


Edge computing startup Macrometa gets $20M Series A led by Pelion Venture Partners

Macrometa, the edge computing cloud and global data network for app developers, announced today it has raised a $20 million Series A. The round was led by Pelion Venture Partners, with participation from returning investors DNX Ventures (the Japan and US-focused enterprise fund that led Macrometa’s seed round), Benhamou Global Ventures (BGV), Partech Partners, Fusion Fund, Sway Ventures and Shasta Ventures. The startup, which is headquartered in Palo Alto with operations in Bulgaria and India, p...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Japan, India, US, Tech, Palo Alto, Argentina, Bulgaria, Cloudflare, Shasta Ventures, App Developers, Cloud Infrastructure, Chris Cooper, Apache Kafka


Carbyne raises $20M more so when death knocks, you don’t answer the door

Chaos and crisis are sisters, and none more so than when you dial for emergency help. A call to 911 in the United States and urgent numbers globally spins off a number of additional calls to emergency response teams, ambulances, hospitals and other actors who need to coordinate action to save your life. Theoretically, everyone should be working off the same data, but also theoretically, I should be able to eat ice cream without getting fat. Israel-based Carbyne’s software platform coordinates th...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, 911, Government, Funding, Israel, Tech, United States, New Orleans, KKR, Cto, Texas Georgia, GMR, Israel Aerospace Industries, Ingrid Lunden


Golden Gate Ventures forecasts a record number of exits in Southeast Asia

Despite the pandemic’s economic impact, Southeast Asia’s startup ecosystem has proven to be very resilient. In fact, a new report from investment firm Golden Gate Ventures predicts a record number of exits will happen in the region over the next couple of years, thanks to factors like a maturing ecosystem, more secondary buyers and the emergence of SPACs. The firm’s comprehensive “Southeast Asia Exit Landscape Report 2.0,” is a followup to a previous report published in 2019. Here are some highl...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, New York, Southeast Asia, Singapore, US, Tech, United States, Silicon Valley, New York Stock Exchange, Golden Gate Ventures, Gojek, SPAC, INSEAD


Upflow raises $15 million to manage your outstanding invoices

French startup Upflow has raised a $15 million Series A round. The company wants to help you chase late payments. It optimizes how you collect payments from your customers in order to improve your cash-cycle. Investors in today’s funding round include 9yards Capital, existing investor eFounders, as well as N26 co-founder Maximilian Tayenthal, Uber SVP of Delivery Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, auxmoney co-founder and CEO Raffael Johnen. People who run a business often tell you that getting paid is a ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, France, Tech, France Newsletter, Invoice, IBAN, Maximilian Tayenthal, Adikteev, Pierre Dimitri Gore, Upflow, Alexandre Louisy, Raffael Johnen, Cash-cycle, Xero Netsuite Chargebee


Automotive marketplace Carro hits unicorn status with $360M Series C led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2

Carro, one of the largest automotive marketplaces in Southeast Asia, announced it has hit unicorn valuation after raising a $360 million Series C led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2. Other participants include insurance giant MSIG and Indonesian-based funds like EV Growth, Provident Growth and Indies Capital. About 90% of vehicles sold through Carro are secondhand, and it offers services that cover the entire lifecycle of a car, from maintenance to when it is broken down and recycled for parts. Founde...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, Thailand, United States, Malaysia, Used Cars, TechCrunch, Nairobi, Aaron, GEICO


WordPress.com owner Automattic acquires journaling app Day One

Automattic is expanding its lineup of online writing platforms with its acquisition of Day One, a popular journaling app for Mac and Apple mobile devices. The app has been downloaded more than 15 million times since its March 2011 launch on the Mac and iTunes App Store, offering users a private place to share their thoughts. Since then, it’s been awarded the App Store Editor’s Choice, App of the Year, and the Apple Design Award, along with praise from various reviewers. Deal terms were not immed...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Verizon, Apps, Wordpress, Tech, Tumblr, Journal, Day One, Microblogging, Automattic, Mayne, Paul Mayne, Spotify YouTube Facebook Twitter, Mayne By joining Automattic


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


Anrok raises $4.3M to solve sales tax for SaaS companies

It’s easier than ever to build a product and sell it around the United States, or the world. But if you want to do so without incurring the wrath of any particular state, or nation-state, you’d best have your tax matters in order. This is why Stripe’s news last week that it has built tax-focused tooling to help its customers manage their state bills mattered. But for SaaS companies, things can be more complicated from a tax perspective. That’s what Anrok, a startup working to build sales tax sof...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Tech, United States, SaaS, Sales Tax, 3m, Index Ventures, Valentine, Recent Funding, Anrok, Seqouia, Michelle Valentine, Kannan Goundan Via


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


The huge TAM of fake breaded chicken bits

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. We’re closing our survey soon, so this is your last chance (probably) to get your voice heard! Despite it being a short week, as always, it was a busy, busy time. We had Grace on the dials today, and Danny, Natasha, and Alex making chit-chat about the tech world. As with every week this year, we had to cut and cut and cut to get the show down to size. Here’s what m...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Y Combinator, Tech, Workplace Culture, Equity, Ev Williams, Alex, Medium, Yc, Healthtech, Danny, Natasha, Faculty, Lifted


Insurtech is hot on both sides of the Atlantic

The U.S. insurance technology market is hot, and has been for years now. Back in early 2020, to pick an example, TechCrunch reported on a wave of funding events among domestic insurtech marketplaces. Those companies have since gone on to raise hundreds of millions of dollars more. And after a long period of incubation, we’ve seen neo-insurance players from the U.S. like Root and MetroMile go public. Hippo is working to join the cohort. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money.  Read i...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, Tech, Eu, Atlantic, United States, Exchange, Hippo, Insurtech, The Exchange, Wefox, EC Newsletter, EC Fintech, Accel Astorya, Root Alex Timm


What do these 4 IPOs tell us about the state of the market?

We’re digging into the final IPO prices set by fintech unicorn Marqeta and enterprise productivity unicorn Monday.com this morning. Briefly, it’s good news. A small programming note: The Exchange is off next week. I am taking some time to do nothing other than eat, read books and lose at lawn games. Regular service will resume the week after. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money.  Read it every morning on Extra Crunch or get The Exchange newsletter every Saturday. To catch up on ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Exchange, The Exchange, Zeta Global, Marqeta, 1stdibs, Monday.com, EC Newsletter, First IPO


Can payday loans be made obsolete? With $15M more, Clair wants to find out

The world seems to move faster every year, and yet, nothing feels slower than the speed by which paychecks get distributed. In the United States, work conducted the day after a pay period will take two weeks just to process, with a check or direct deposit coming another week or two later. For the tens of millions of employees who live paycheck-to-paycheck, that multi-week delay can be the difference of making a rent check — or not. A variety of startups have approached this problem with differen...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Uber, Europe, New York, Finance, China, Funding, New York City, Tech, Walmart, Dave, Harvard, Brooklyn, United States, Brazil


Seven Seven Six, the new venture firm from Alexis Ohanian, closes $150 million Fund 1

In June of last year, Alexis Ohanian announced that he was leaving Initialized Capital, the venture firm he co-founded alongside Garry Tan in 2011. Nearly a year later, he’s announcing that his new venture firm, Seven Seven Six, has raised $150 million for its first fund. Seven Seven Six is named for the year of the first Olympics, when a cook from nearby village ended up winning the Stadion race. Ohanian’s idea with the name stems from the fact that the cook was likely a fantastic athlete, but ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Greece, Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, Garry Tan, Gloria, Lolli, Ohanian, PearPop, Seven Seven Six, Ohanian Katelyn Holloway, Lissie Garvin


Corporate services “super app” Osome lands $16M Series A

Osome, a startup that combines multiple corporate services for SMEs into one “super app,” has raised a $16 million Series A. The round included returning investors Target Global, AltaIR Capital and Phystech Ventures, and new backers S16VC and venture capitalist Peng T. Ong, who joined as an angel investor. The Singapore-based startup’s last funding round was $3 million announced in November. Its Series A brings Osome’s total funding since it was founded in 2017 to $24.5 million. It now claims to...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, United Kingdom, Accounting, SMEs, Lysenko, Corporate Services, Peng T Ong, Osome, Victor Lysenko


Yousign raises $36.6 million to build a European alternative to DocuSign

French startup Yousign has raised a $36.6 million Series A funding round (€30 million). Lead Edge Capital is leading the round and eFounders is investing once again in the company. Yousign, as the name suggests, is an e-signature provider that complies with European regulation on digital signatures. While the company was originally founded in 2013, Yousign teamed up with startup studio eFounders in 2019. Following this deal, eFounders has become a key shareholders and a strategic partner. Things...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, France, Tech, France Newsletter, Contract, Yousign, E-signature, Luc Pallavidino


BukuWarung, a fintech for Indonesian MSMEs, scores $60M Series A led by Valar and Goodwater

BukuWarung, a fintech focused on Indonesia’s micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), announced today it has raised a $60 million Series A. The oversubscribed round was led by Valar Ventures, marking the firm’s first investment in Indonesia, and Goodwater Capital. The Jakarta-based startup claims this is the largest Series A round ever raised by a startup focused on services for MSMEs. BukuWarung did not disclose its valuation, but sources tell TechCrunch it is estimated to be between $225 m...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Apps, Asia, Indonesia, Finance, Southeast Asia, India, Softbank, Tech, E-commerce, Jakarta, Valar Ventures, Indonesia Singapore, Gokul Rajaram


Seoul-based Ringle raises $18M Series A for its one-on-one English tutoring platform

Many of the highest-profile English tutoring platforms focus on children, including VIPKID and Magic Ears. Ringle created a niche for itself by focusing on adults first, with courses like business English and interview preparation. The South Korea-based startup announced today it has raised an $18 million Series A led by returning investor Must Asset Management, at a valuation of $90 million. Ringle is preparing to launch a program for school kids later this year, and also has plans to open offi...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, South Korea, Tech, United States, Korea, Seoul, Lee, NFT, San Mateo California, Ringle, United Kingdom Japan Australia, Must Asset Management, MoCA Ventures, Xoloninvest Ringle


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


AI startup investment is on pace for a record year

The startup investing market is crowded, expensive and rapid-fire today as venture capitalists work to preempt one another, hoping to deploy funds into hot companies before their competitors. The AI startup market may be even hotter than the average technology niche. This should not surprise. In the wake of the Microsoft-Nuance deal, The Exchange reported that it would be reasonable to anticipate an even more active and competitive market for AI-powered startups. Our thesis was that after Redmon...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Microsoft, Tech, Atomico, Exchange, Blumberg Capital, Redmond, Zetta Venture Partners, The Exchange, Jocelyn Goldfein, Ben Blume, EC Newsletter, Microsoft Nuance, Rudina Seseri Atomico


The imbalanced landscape of hormonal health

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. For this week’s deep dive, Alex, Natasha, and Chris dug into the world of hormonal health, a sub-sector within the massive (and booming) world of digital health. The show was inspired by Natasha’s latest Extra Crunch piece: “Hormonal Health is a massive opportunity: Where are the unicorns?”. To round out the show, we asked one of the featured founders, Dr. Elizabet...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Equity, Hormones, Digital Health, Chris, Don, Natasha, PCOS, Ro, Modern Fertility, Rachel Blank, Alex Natasha


Terra raises $2.8M to build the Plaid for fitness data

This morning Terra, a recent Y Combinator graduate building an API for fitness and health data, announced that it has closed a $2.8 million round. The investment includes capital from General Catalyst, Samsung Next, and NEXT VENTURES. The company intends to hire with its new capital, from a team of four today — the co-founders and two other engineers — to seven this month. Terra expects to staff up to 10 people inside the quarter. More folks makes sense given the scope of what Terra is building....
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Y Combinator, Tech, Terra, Eleftheriou, Next Ventures, Kyriakos Eleftheriou


Carlyle acquires 1E.com, an endpoint and hybrid working specialist, in $270M deal

Remote work was the order of the day for the past 16 months, but as we (fingers crossed) move out of the pandemic, it’s looking like a lot of people may move into a new era of hybrid work: less focus being present in offices to feel like you are getting things done, less time commuting, and more time to be productive. To help better address that opportunity, a company called 1e, which builds solutions for companies to enable hybrid working along with managing the wider space of endpoint manageme...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Europe, London, Enterprise, Microsoft, Tech, Remote Work, M&a, Private Equity, Nomad, Carlyle, The Carlyle Group, Fernando Chueca, Carlyle Europe Technology Partners CETP, AT T Nestle, Mark Blackburn