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May 11, 2021

CryptoPunks NFT bundle goes for $17 million in Christie's auction
A lot of 9 CryptoPunks portraits ended up selling for just under $17 million in a Christie's auction Tuesday evening, marking another substantial moment for NFT art sales. The lot of pixelated portraits were from the collection of the NFT platform's co-creators Matt Hall and John Watkinson. The CryptoPunks platform is one of the first […]

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May 11, 2021

Disease-related risk management is now a thing, and this young startup is at the forefront
Charity Dean has been in the national spotlight lately because she was among a group of doctors, scientists and tech entrepreneurs who sounded the pandemic alarm early last year and who are featured in a new book by Michael Lewis about the U.S. response, called The Premonition. It's no wonder the press — and, seemingly […]

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May 11, 2021

Prime today, gone tomorrow: Chinese products get pulled from Amazon
If you ever bought power banks, water bottles, toys, or other daily goods on Amazon, the chances are your suppliers are from China. Analysts have estimated that the share of Chinese merchants represented 75% of Amazon's new sellers in January, up from 47% the year before, according to Marketplace Pulse, an e-commerce research firm. Chinese […]

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May 11, 2021

Instagram adds a dedicated spot for your pronouns
Seeing someone mention their pronouns in their Instagram bio has become commonplace — so much so that the app now has a dedicated location where users can put pronouns without taking up that valuable profile space. The company announced the new feature on Twitter, saying that it is only available in a few countries just […]

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May 11, 2021

Huma, which uses AI and biomarkers to monitor patients and for medical research, raises $130M
While much of the world eagerly watches to see if the vaccination rollout helps curb and eventually stamp out Covid-19, one of the companies that has been helping to manage the spread of the virus is announcing a big round of funding on the heels for strong demand for its technology. Huma, which combines data […]

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May 11, 2021

Elderly caretech platform Birdie gets $11.5M Series A led by Index
SaaS-maker Birdie has closed an $11.5 million Series A round of funding led by Index Ventures. Existing investor Kamet Ventures also participated. The UK-based caretech startup has raised a total of $22.9M since being founded back in 2017 (a 2018 raise that was called a Series A at the time is now being classed as […]

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May 11, 2021

Cybersecurity startup Panaseer raises $26.5M Series B led by AllegisCyber Capital
Panaseer, which takes a data science approach to cybersecurity, has raised $26.5 million in a Series B funding led by AllegisCyber Capital. Existing investors, including Evolution Equity Partners, Notion Capital, AlbionVC, Cisco Investments and Paladin Capital Group, as well as new investor National Grid Partners, also participated. Panaseer has now raised $43 million to date. […]

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May 11, 2021

FCC begins rollout of $10B in connectivity aid through emergency funds
After months of deliberations, the FCC is ready to start helping people cover the cost of broadband and connected devices through two emergency funds amounting to more than $10 billion. If your household has trouble paying for internet access or shares a single computer, or your wallet has just had a rough year, you probably […]

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May 11, 2021

Daily Crunch: As tech stocks lose their luster, SPACs are on the rise
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May 11, 2021

Jamf snags zero trust security startup Wandera for $400M
Jamf, the enterprise Apple device management company, announced that it was acquiring Wandera, a zero trust security startup, for $400 million at the market close today. Today's purchase is the largest in the company's history. Jamf provides IT at large organizations with a set of management services for Apple devices. It is the leader in […]

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May 11, 2021

Lenovo won't be attending MWC in person, either
Shortly after Samsung announced that it won't be attending the upcoming MWC Barcelona, Chinese hardware giant (and Motorola parent) Lenovo has confirmed with TechCrunch that it has also decided to forgo the in-person event. The event is scheduled for June 28 to July 1. "Lenovo is not attending in person but will participate in the […]

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May 11, 2021

eBay embraces NFTs
eBay is joining the NFT frenzy, telling Reuters today that going forward it will allow the sales of NFTs on its platform, a mainstream embrace that follows billions of dollars in NFT purchases over the past few months. The e-commerce company seems poised to slowly build up sales of digital collectibles on the platform, starting […]

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May 11, 2021

Rocket Lab prepares to recover second booster at sea after May 15 launch
Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck shared more details on the company's next launch, which is set to take off from its New Zealand facility on May 15. The Electron vehicle will be carrying satellites from BlackSky, but delivering that payload is only half of the mission: the other half will be recovering the booster stage […]

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May 11, 2021

Subaru's first electric vehicle is called the Solterra and it's due out in 2022
For Subaru diehards holding out for an electric vehicle, the wait is almost over. The Japanese automaker just announced new details about its first ever EV, which is set to hit the streets in 2022. Subaru will call its first EV the Solterra, a fitting name for a brand synonymous with outdoor adventures and you […]

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May 11, 2021

The energy ecosystem should move to make the ‘energy internet' a reality
Global trends make it clear that the Next Big Thing isn't any single thing at all. Instead, the future is about open innovation and integration of elements across the entire energy supply chain.

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May 11, 2021

SaaS companies can grow to $20M ARR by selling exclusively to developers
Selling to developers is different from the standard B2B playbook, but it isn't impossible. There's a considerable amount of opportunity to create real value for this persona.

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May 11, 2021

Samsung withdraws from in-person MWC
It's beginning to feel a bit like 2020, as yet another major manufacturer has announced that it won't be attending MWC's upcoming in person event in Barcelona. Roughly a month and a half out, Samsung is joining a growing list of companies that already includes Google, IBM, Nokia, Sony, Oracle and Ericsson. "The health and […]

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May 11, 2021

Sequoia Games looks to capitalize on NBA Top Shot fever with an AR tabletop game
It's the golden age of collectibles and legacy institutions are looking to move beyond trading cards, embracing new tech that brings the fandom together online. Sequoia Games, a new game studio launching out of stealth, is aiming for a hit with its tabletop AR game that's looking to find an audience in a post-Top Shot […]

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May 11, 2021

Jumia's Q1 earnings report continues to show falling losses, slow growth
African e-commerce giant Jumia today shared its earnings for the first quarter of 2021 that ended in March. While its customer count grew, a drop in the company's revenues spoke to the fact that it is still reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most areas in Africa where Jumia operates have lifted their […]

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May 11, 2021

The Last Gameboard raises $4M to ship its digital tabletop gaming platform
The tabletop gaming industry has exploded over the last few years as millions discovered or rediscovered its joys, but it too is evolving — and The Last Gameboard hopes to be the venue for that evolution. The digital tabletop platform has progressed from crowdfunding to $4M seed round, and having partnered with some of the […]

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May 11, 2021

Understanding the media company SPAC push
SPACs are desperate and asset prices are high as media recovers some and digital ad sales spike. SPAC now or forever hold your peace.

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May 11, 2021

Uber, Lyft to give free rides to COVID-19 vaccine sites in deal with White House
Uber and Lyft will provide free rides to any user traveling to get the COVID-19 vaccine through an agreement reached with the White House. The free rides will last through July 4, the date when President Joe Biden wants 70% of U.S. adults to be vaccinated, according to the WSJ, which was the first to […]

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May 11, 2021

Why TransUnion led blockchain fintech Spring Labs' $30M Series B
Consumer credit reporting agency TransUnion recently announced it had invested an undisclosed sum in Spring Labs, which is building out a blockchain-based data-sharing platform. Now, TechCrunch has exclusive details on the size of that round and the nature of the relationship. First off, the fact that TransUnion, a public company with a $20 billion market […]

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May 11, 2021

YouTube announces a $100M fund to reward top YouTube Shorts creators over 2021-2022
YouTube is giving its TikTok competitor, YouTube Shorts, an injection of cash to help it better compete with rivals. The company today introduced the YouTube Shorts Fund, a $100 million fund that will pay YouTube Shorts creators for their most viewed and most engaging content over the course of 2021 and 2022. Creators can't apply […]

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May 11, 2021

SightCall raises $42M for its AR-based visual assistance platform
Long before Covid-19 precipitated "digital transformation" across the world of work, customer services and support was built to run online and virtually. Yet it too is undergoing an evolution supercharged by technology. Today, a startup called SightCall, which has built an augmented reality platform to help field service teams, the companies they work for, and […]

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May 11, 2021

As tech offices begin to reopen, the workplace could look very different
This year, the whole notion of how we work and where we work is going to change yet again.

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May 11, 2021

CircleCI announces $100M Series F on $1.7B valuation along with Vamp acquisition
CircleCI, the continuous delivery pioneer, announced a $100 million Series F today on a $1.7 billion valuation. At the same time, the company announced it has acquired Vamp, a release orchestration startup that should fit nicely in the CircleCI platform. The companies did not share the purchase price. The funding was led by Greenspring Associates […]

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May 11, 2021

Snowman, the studio behind Alto's Adventure and others, launches a kids app company, Pok Pok
Snowman, the small studio behind award-winning iOS games Alto's Adventure, Alto's Odyssey, Skate City, and others, is spinning out a new company, Pok Pok, that will focus on educational children's entertainment. Later this month, Pok Pok will debut its first title, Pok Pok Playroom, aimed at inspiring creative thinking through play for the preschool crowd. […]

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May 11, 2021

Facebook ordered not to apply controversial WhatsApp T&Cs in Germany
The Hamburg data protection agency has banned Facebook from processing the additional WhatsApp user data that the tech giant is granting itself access to under a mandatory update to WhatsApp's terms of service. The controversial WhatsApp privacy policy update has caused widespread confusion around the world since being announced — and already been delayed by […]

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May 11, 2021

Digging into digital mortgage lender Better.com's huge SPAC
We'll have to wait to see how public investors value the company once it begins to float later this year. But as far as unicorn SPAC deals go, there have been worse ones that we've viewed.

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May 11, 2021

Lili, a neobank aimed at freelancers, raises $55M as it passes 200k users
A startup that has built a neobank specifically to address the needs of freelancers and sole traders has picked up a growth round to continue expanding its business after seeing its usage grow by 1500% in a year. Lili, which provides a way for freelancers to use a single account both to manage their work […]

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May 11, 2021

DataRobot expands platform and announces Zepl acquisition
DataRobot, the Boston-based automated machine learning startup, had a bushel of announcements this morning as it expanded its platform to give technical and non-technical users alike something new. It also announced it has acquired Zepl, giving it an advanced development environment where data scientists can bring their own code to DataRobot. The two companies did […]

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May 11, 2021

Cycode raises $20M to secure DevOps pipelines
Israeli security startup Cycode, which specializes in helping enterprises secure their DevOps pipelines and prevent code tampering, today announced that it has raised a $20 million Series A funding round led by Insight Partners. Seed investor YL Ventures also participated in this round, which brings the total funding in the company to $24.6 million. Cycode's […]

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May 11, 2021

Led by ex-Amazonians, Acquco raises $160M to buy and scale e-commerce businesses
There has been a flurry of investments in startups focused on acquiring third-party sellers on Amazon and helping them build their businesses. The latest is Acquco, which aims to stand out from the others in that it was formed by a pair of founders — Raunak Nirmal and Wiley Zhang — who actually worked at […]

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May 11, 2021

GM and LG Chem's Ultium Cells partners with Li-Cycle to process manufacturing waste
Ultium Cells LLC, a joint venture between General Motors and LG Chem, has been steadily building up its battery cell manufacturing capacity in the U.S. since the venture was first announced in December 2019. But with each battery cell they produce, they'll also produce waste - tricky-to-handle waste that also has too much inherent valuable […]

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May 11, 2021

Berkeley has a big new biotech incubator in Bakar Labs
The University of California has always embraced the startup ecosystem in the state, including running a few of its own incubators and accelerators. Now Berkeley will have a huge new incubator of its own, Bakar Labs, which will host as many as 80 young companies a year and provide access university facilities and networks. Hosted […]

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May 11, 2021

Apptopia raises $20M to expand its competitive intelligence business beyond mobile
Boston-based Apptopia, a company providing competitive intelligence in the mobile app ecosystem, has closed on $20 million in Series C funding aimed at fueling its expansion beyond the world of mobile apps. The new financing was led by ABS Capital Partners, and follows three consecutive years of 50% year-over-year growth for Apptopia's business, which has […]

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May 11, 2021

CMU researchers show potential of privacy-preserving activity tracking using radar
Imagine if you could settle/rekindle domestic arguments by asking your smart speaker when the room last got cleaned or whether the bins already got taken out? Or — for an altogether healthier use-case — what if you could ask your speaker to keep count of reps as you do squats and bench presses? Or switch […]

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May 11, 2021

Final-mile fulfillment startup parcelLab closes $112M Series C funding led by Insight Partners
Munich-based parcelLab, which offers a final-mile fulfillment service for online retailers, has closed a $112 million (GB£80 million) Series C funding round led by the US VC/PE firm Insight Partners. Germany's Endeit Capital participated as a co-investor, alongside existing investors Capnamic Ventures and coparion. parcelLab last raised an undisclosed Series B in October 2019. The […]

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May 11, 2021

The motorcycle ride-hailing wars in Nigeria and Uganda is SafeBoda's to lose
On April 16, Uganda-based two-wheel ride-hailing platform SafeBoda announced that it had completed 1 million rides in Ibadan, a southwestern city in Nigeria. This might not seem spectacular from a global perspective because it took the startup a year and two months to achieve but it's a noteworthy feat in African markets. Ibadan is one […]

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May 11, 2021

Engageli nabs $33M more for its collaborative video-based teaching platform
As schools move more widely into reopening their doors for in-person learning, many educational institutions have also learned a critical lesson in the last year. Having better tools to teach remotely are critical for situations when the physical experience has to be shut down, but even when things are "back to normal", better tech can […]

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May 11, 2021

Google Pay US users can now send money to users in India and Singapore
Google Pay users in the U.S. can now send money to GPay users in India and Singapore, Google said on Tuesday, making its first push into the remittances market. The company has partnered with Western Union and Wise, both of which have integrated their services into Google Pay. This is the first time either of […]

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May 11, 2021

Lisbon's Kitch raises $4M to help restaurants to take control of the delivery app mess
Lisbon-based food delivery startup Kitch hopes to hands back control to restaurants dogged by the mess of food delivery apps today, by aggregating the apps onto one tablet and platform. Restaurants then get one place to manage all their delivery orders, track couriers, and update their menus across all the delivery apps. It's now raised […]

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May 11, 2021

Nothing's first product, the Ear 1 earbud, launches in June
Say what you will, Nothing has been doing a fine job milking its upcoming launch for all it's worth. The company has spent the last several month's teasing the arrival of its first product. The launch will find the company entering the already extremely crowded earbuds category in June, with the arrival of the simply […]

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May 11, 2021

Exeger takes $38M to ramp up production of its flexible solar cells for self-powered gadgets
Sweden's Exeger, which for over a decade has been developing flexible solar cell technology (called Powerfoyle) that it touts as efficient enough to power gadgets solely with light, has taken in another tranche of funding to expand its manufacturing capabilities by opening a second factory in the country. The $38 million raise is comprised of […]

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May 10, 2021

Flipkart in early talks to raise $1 billion ahead of IPO
Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart has hit the market to raise about $1 billion at up to $30 billion valuation before its public listing, two people familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The Bangalore-based startup, which sold majority stake to Walmart in 2018, began exploring funding opportunities with some of its investors earlier this year. In […]

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May 10, 2021

Flipkart in talks to raise $1 billion ahead of IPO
Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart has hit the market to raise about $1 billion at up to $30 billion valuation in a pre-IPO financing round, two people familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The Bangalore-based startup, which sold majority stake to Walmart in 2018, began first exploring funding opportunities with some investors earlier this year. In […]

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May 10, 2021

Shorting private company stock? This fintech startup is banking on its inevitability
Even the most sanguine industry observer has to be stunned at times by the pace of dealmaking right now. Not quite halfway through 2021, startups are routinely closing new rounds just months apart and sometimes seeing their valuations triple and even quadruple with every new round. Maybe they will all become trillion-dollar companies. It's more […]

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May 10, 2021

Is buying and selling short positions in pre-IPO stock next? This fintech startup is banking on it
Even the most sanguine industry observer has to be stunned at times by the pace of dealmaking right now. Not quite halfway through 2021, startups are routinely closing new rounds just months apart and sometimes seeing their valuations triple and even quadruple with every new round. Maybe they will all become trillion-dollar companies. It's more […]

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May 10, 2021

Is buying and selling short-positions in private companies next? This fintech startup is banking on it
Even the most casual industry observer has to be stunned at times by the pace of dealmaking right now. Not quite halfway through 2021, startups are routinely closing new rounds just months apart and sometimes seeing their valuations triple and even quadruple with every new round. Maybe they will all become trillion-dollar companies. It's more […]

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May 10, 2021

Serial fiction app Radish acquired by Kakao Entertainment for $440M
Serialized fiction app Radish will be acquired by Kakao Entertainment in a transaction valued at $440 million. Kakao Entertainment is owned by Kakao, the South Korean internet giant whose services include its eponymous messaging platform. Radish founder Seungyoon Lee will hold onto his role as its chief executive officer, while also becoming Kakao Entertainment's global […]

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May 10, 2021

Toyota partners with ENEOS to explore a hydrogen-powered Woven City
Toyota has tapped Japanese company Eneos to help develop the hydrogen fuel cell system that will power its futuristic prototype city Woven City. The vision for the 175-acre city, where people will live and work amongst all of Toyota's projects, including its autonomous e-Palette shuttles and robots, is to build a fully connected ecosystem powered […]

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May 10, 2021

Lidar startup Innovusion closes $64M round led by Temasek
More investors are joining the wave to bet on lidar, the remote sensing method that uses laser light to measure distances and has garnered ample interest from automakers in recent times. But it's also a technology that has long been scorned by Elon Musk partly due to its once exorbitant costs. Innovusion, a five-year-old lidar […]

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May 10, 2021

Aspire's business accounts reach $1B in annualized transaction volume one year after launching
Singapore-based Aspire, which wants to become the financial services "one-stop shop" for SMEs, announced that its business accounts have reached $1 billion in annualized transaction volume one year after launching. The company also unveiled Bill Pay, its latest feature that lets businesses manage and pay invoices by emailing them to Aspire's AI-based digital assistant. Launched […]

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May 10, 2021

Zencargo raises $42M to expand its digital-first freight-forwarding platform internationally
While consumers and businesses continue to use their purchasing power to spin the wheels of the globalized economy, one of the companies that's built a technology platform to help that economy operate more smoothly is announcing an investment to double down on growth. Zencargo, which has built a digital platform to enable freight forwarding — […]

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May 10, 2021

With new owner Naver, Wattpad looks to supercharge its user-generated IP factory
Toronto-based Wattpad is officially part of South Korean internet giant Naver as of today, with the official close of the $600 million cash and stock acquisition deal. Under the terms of the acquisition, Wattpad will continue to be headquartered in, and operate from Canada, with co-founder Allen Lau remaining CEO of the social storytelling company […]

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May 10, 2021

Daily Crunch: Expensify's hacker approach to enterprise software is paying off
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May 10, 2021

Bird reportedly prepares to go public via SPAC, aims for 2023 profitability
Micromobility startups are following the lead of EV companies going public via mergers with special purpose acquisition companies, a financial instrument that came back en vogue in 2020. Bird Rides, the California-born micromobility company that now operates in more than 100 cities across the United States, Europe and the Middle East, plans to merge with […]

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May 10, 2021

Harley-Davidson spins out LiveWire into a standalone electric motorcycle brand
LiveWire, Harley-Davidson's electric motorcycle, is being spun out as a standalone brand, complete with a new logo and brand identity. Harley-Davidson first unveiled the LiveWire electric motorcycle in 2018 with a listing price of $29,799, placing it on the higher end for motorcycles. It went into production the following year, with some bumps, including a […]

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May 10, 2021

Toyota AI Ventures and May Mobility will talk the future of the transportation industry on Extra Crunch Live
Besides a passion for progress in the mobility space, what do Toyota AI Ventures' Jim Adler, May Mobility's Nina Grooms Lee and May's Edwin Olson have in common? All three of them are joining us on an upcoming episode of Extra Crunch Live. The show goes down on May 12 at 3pm ET/noon PT. Register […]

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May 10, 2021

ServiceNow leaps into applications performance monitoring with Lightstep acquisition
This morning ServiceNow announced that it was acquiring Lightstep, an applications performance monitoring startup that has raised over $70 million, according to Crunchbase data. The companies did not share the acquisition price. ServiceNow wants to take advantage of Lightstep's capabilities to enhance its IT operations offerings. With Lightstep, the company should be able to provide […]

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May 10, 2021

Dear Sophie: How does the International Entrepreneur Parole program work?
I'm the founder of an early-stage fintech startup. We really want to move to San Francisco to be near our lead investor. Can we use International Entrepreneur Parole? How does it work?

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May 10, 2021

3 golden rules for health tech entrepreneurs
Following these rules won't guarantee success for your health tech startup, but if you can't pin down these basics, you don't have a shot.

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May 10, 2021

NTSB: Autopilot could not have been engaged in fatal Tesla crash
Tesla's advanced driver assistance system known as Autopilot could not have been engaged on the stretch of road where a Model S crashed last month in Texas, killing the two occupants, according to a preliminary report released Monday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The results help clear up some of the mysteries around the […]

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May 10, 2021

Facebook is testing pop-up messages telling people to read a link before they share it
Years after popping open a Pandora's box of bad behavior, social media companies are trying to figure out subtle ways to reshape how people use their platforms. Following Twitter's lead, Facebook is trying out a new feature designed to encourage users to read a link before sharing it. The test will reach 6% of Facebook's […]

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May 10, 2021

Voyager Space Holdings sets it sights on space stations with majority stake in Nanoracks
Voyager Space Holdings has added X.O. Markets, the parent of commercial space service venture Nanoracks, to its growing catalogue of space companies. The agreement was first announced last December. This is Voyager's fourth majority stake acquisition of a space company since its founding in October 2019, and it won't be its last. Voyager CEO Dylan […]

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May 10, 2021

State AGs tell Facebook to scrap Instagram for kids plans
In a new letter, attorneys general representing 44 U.S. states and territories are pressuring Facebook to walk away from new plans to open Instagram to children. The company is working on an age-gated version of Instagram for kids under the age of 13 that would lure in young users who are currently not permitted to […]

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May 10, 2021

Activist investor Starboard Value makes official bid for Box board seats in letter
Last week activist investor Starboard delivered a public letter rebuking the company for what it perceives as under performance. Today the firm, which owns 8% of Box stock, making it the company's largest stock holder, took it a step further with an official slate of four candidates it will be putting up at the next […]

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May 10, 2021

Axiom Space and NASA detail first fully private human launch to the Space Station, set for January 2022
Houston-based startup Axiom Space and NASA unveiled more details Monday about the forthcoming Axiom Mission 1 (AX-1), the first fully private human mission to the International Space Station. The Axiom Mission 1 (AX-1) spaceflight mission will ferry four private astronauts to the International Space Station in January 2022. The eight-day mission will be launched from […]

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May 10, 2021

As Procore looks to nearly double its private valuation, the IPO market shows signs of life
With Procore's range feeling bullish thus far and Kaltura back in the mix, it's hard to not be at least modestly bullish on today's IPO market.

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May 10, 2021

Take your shot and apply to compete in Startup Battlefield at TC Disrupt 2021
Startup Battlefield, the world's preeminent pitch competition, has launched hundreds of startups over the years — 922 if you want to be a stickler about it. The next Battlefield takes place at TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 on September 21-23. Yup, that sound you hear is opportunity knocking. If you want a shot to compete against some […]

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May 10, 2021

Ford reveals three new details about its officially named F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck
Ford confirmed Monday that its all-electric pickup truck will be named the F-150 Lightning, resurrecting a name that once donned the SVT F-150 in the 1990s. The company hasn't said much about the powertrain, range or other specs. However, Ford President and CEO Jim Farley provided new details about the electric pickup that is coming […]

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May 10, 2021

Spotify adds timestamped podcast sharing and other social features
On the heels of its expanded partnership with Facebook, Spotify this morning announced new sharing features that broaden the way Spotify content, including both music and podcasts, can be shared across social media. As part of this, Spotify's Canvas feature, which adds a looping, visual art experience to songs, is being improved. Spotify will also […]

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May 10, 2021

Hustle Fund wants to help spawn a new generation of angel investors
Kara Penn is the mother of four daughters and owner of Mission Spark, a management and strategy consulting company. And now, thanks to Hustle Fund, she is also an angel investor. Hustle Fund is coming out of stealth today with Angel Squad, a new initiative aimed at making angel investing more accessible to more people. […]

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May 10, 2021

Spring Sale: Save 10% on Extra Crunch membership
From now until May 16, TechCrunch readers can save 10% on an annual or two-year membership. That's $89 per year in the U.S., with similar discounts for readers outside The States. Grab a 10% discount on Extra Crunch here.   Extra Crunch is a members-only community from TechCrunch. We help founders and startup teams get […]

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May 10, 2021

It's the final homestretch to score a $99 pass to TC Disrupt 2021
We believe in rewarding early action with super savings. That's exactly what you'll get if you hit the brakes just long enough to buy a pass to TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 before our super early bird deal expires on Friday May 14, 11:59 pm (PST). Seriously, hit that easy target, and you'll attend our three-day startup-palooza […]

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May 10, 2021

Equity Monday: Dogecoin is passé, but student notes are big business
Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday, our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest private market news, talks about the coming week, digs into some recent funding rounds and mulls over a larger theme or narrative from the private markets. You […]

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May 10, 2021

Indy VC firm Sixty8 Capital launches $20M fund aimed at underrepresented founders
It is clear that Black, women, Latinx and LGBTQ startup founders face an uphill battle when it comes to getting a share of the VC investment pie in Silicon Valley. Perhaps that's why Sixty8 Capital, a firm based in Indianapolis, Indiana, smack dab in the middle of the country, has chosen to launch a new […]

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May 10, 2021

Snack, a ‘Tinder meets TikTok' dating app, opens to Gen Z investors
Snack, a video-first mobile dating app designed with a younger generation in mind, is opening itself up to Gen Z investors. The startup today announced the launch of its own Gen Z Syndicate on AngelList, which will allow Gen Z community members, influencers, creators and others to participate in the company's upcoming $2 million SAFE, […]

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May 10, 2021

The Expensify EC-1
Let's make it clear from the outset that this story is about an expense management SaaS business called Expensify. As you'd expect, yes, this is about the expense management market and how Expensify has grown, its technology and all of that. Normally, that would make us change the channel. But this is also a story […]

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May 10, 2021

How a band of P2P hackers planted the seeds of a unique expense management giant
It's natural to think an expense report management business would play it by the book. But one look at Expensify is enough to tell you that this is a company that never even looked for the book.

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May 10, 2021

This founder raised millions to build Fair, a neobank for immigrants
Fair, a multilingual digital bank and financial services platform, is launching to the public after raising $20 million in 40 days earlier this year. Founder Khalid Parekh raised the capital primarily from the very demographic that Houston-based Fair aims to serve: from a group consisting of a number of immigrants, many of whom were first-time […]

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May 10, 2021

Crypto asset manager Babel raises $40M from Tiger Global, Bertelsmann and others
Three years after its inception, crypto financial service provider Babel Finance is racking up fundings and partnerships from major institutional investors. The startup said Monday that it has closed a $40 million Series A round, with lead investors including Zoo Capital, Sequoia Capital China, Dragonfly Capital, Bertelsmann and its Asian fund BAI Capital, and Tiger […]

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May 10, 2021

4 lessons I learned about getting into Y Combinator (after 13 applications)
Going through Y Combinator's rigorous vetting gives founders a sense-check of what they're missing, and who they're missing. Take it from someone who applied to the program 13 times before getting in.

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May 10, 2021

Blind raises $37M to double down on workplace gossip and career advice
Blind has carved out a unique niche in the social-networking world. It's an app of verified, pseudonymous employees talking to each other about what's going on at their employers, trading notes on everything from layoffs, to promotions, to policies. Part LinkedIn, part Reddit, part Slack — it's become widely popular among tech workers at Silicon […]

TechCrunch
May 10, 2021

The Station: Einride preps for a US expansion, Argo AI reveals its lidar specs and a Tesla Autopilot reality check
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 […]

TechCrunch
May 10, 2021

Signalling that privacy is coming to DeFi, Sienna Network raises $11.2M for its platform
Last week we saw some major backing of the Secret Network blockchain, as significant blockchain players Arrington Capital and Blocktower Capital invested in the privacy-first smart contract platform. What this is signaling is the rise of privacy-oriented financial blockchain projects, which are crucial if "DeFi" (decentralized finance) is to have any kind of future. We […]

TechCrunch
May 10, 2021

Google begins surfacing vaccine centers, hospital beds, oxygen info in India
Google, which reaches more than half a billion people in India, is turning its services into tools to help the world's second largest internet market fight the pandemic. Google said on Monday it has rolled out a range of updates to its Search, Maps, YouTube, and Google Pay services in India to display and boost […]

TechCrunch
May 10, 2021

Telkomsel invests an additional $300 million in Gojek
Telkomsel, a unit of Indonesia's largest telecom operator Telkom, has invested an additional $300 million in ride-hailing and payments firm Gojek, the two firms said Monday, just months after the network provider wrote a $150 million check to the Southeast Asian firm. The announcement comes amid Gojek working to seal a proposed merger with e-commerce […]

TechCrunch
May 10, 2021

StuDocu raises $50M as its note-sharing network for college students passes 15M users
Whether learning online or taking a class in person, every student knows all too well how important it is to have good notes from your classes as a key way to remember and apply what you've been taught. Now, an Amsterdam-based startup called StuDocu, which has built a big and profitable business by way of […]

TechCrunch
May 09, 2021

Clubhouse finally launches its Android app
Clubhouse finally has an Android app that you can download from the Play Store — provided you live in the U.S. The voice social network launched its beta Android app on Play Store users in the U.S. on Sunday, and said it will gradually make the new app available in other English-speaking countries and then […]

TechCrunch
May 09, 2021

The human-focused startups of the hellfire
Disasters may not always be man-made, but they are always responded to by humans. There's a whole panoply of skills and professions required today to respond to even the tiniest emergency, and that doesn't even include the needs during pre-disaster planning and post-disaster recovery. It's not a very remunerative industry for most and the mental […]

TechCrunch
May 09, 2021

SpaceX launches and lands a Falcon 9 rocket booster a record 10th time
SpaceX has launched another 60 Starlink satellites — making 180 delivered to orbit in under two weeks — but the launch early Sunday morning was more notable because it set a new, key record for Falcon 9 rocket reusability. This marked the 10th flight of the first-stage rocket booster used for the launch, which sets […]

TechCrunch
May 08, 2021

How Duolingo became a $2.4B language unicorn
At the heart of Duolingo is its mission: to scale free education and increase income potential through language learning. However, the same mission that has helped it grow to a business valued at $2.4 billion with over 500 million registered learners, has led to tensions that continue to define the business. How do you survive […]

TechCrunch
May 08, 2021

How one founder realized the potential of sustainable energy stored deep below our feet
On this week's Found podcast, we sat down with Dandelion co-founder and President Kathy Hannun. Kathy came up with the idea for Dandelion while working at Google X, tackling some of the world's most intractable problems, and making them tractable through the application of technology. Kathy realized that harnessing geothermal energy was a way to […]

TechCrunch
May 08, 2021

This Week in Apps: App Store advertising expands, Google Play plans for safety, Epic v. Apple trial begins
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices […]

TechCrunch
May 08, 2021

Cowboy launches the Cowboy 4 e-bike, with a step-through version and built-in phone charger
E-bike startup Cowboy has launched the Cowboy 4, its newest generation of urban electric bikes. The bike will come in two different frames, a traditional frame, and a step-through. The C4 is basically an upgrade on the previous version 3, while the ‘C4 ST' is a step-through model which the company is predicting will appeal […]

TechCrunch
May 08, 2021

When the Earth is gone, at least the internet will still be working
The internet is now our nervous system. We are constantly streaming and buying and watching and liking, our brains locked into the global information matrix as one universal and coruscating emanation of thought and emotion. What happens when the machine stops though? It's a question that E.M. Forster was intensely focused on more than a […]

TechCrunch
May 07, 2021

Daily Crunch: A huge fintech exit as the week ends
Hello friends and welcome to Daily Crunch, bringing you the most important startup, tech and venture capital news in a single package.

TechCrunch
May 07, 2021

Tesla refutes Elon Musk's timeline on ‘full self-driving'
What Tesla CEO Elon Musk says publicly about the company's progress on a fully autonomous driving system doesn't match up with "engineering reality," according to a memo that summarizes a meeting between California regulators and employees at the automaker. The memo, which transparency site Plainsite obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request and subsequently […]

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