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Namibian B2B e-commerce retail platform JABU raises $15M led by Tiger Global

More venture capital keeps trooping into Africa’s B2B e-commerce retail, a space where startups are digitizing informal trade to get thousands of merchants to operate more efficiently. This time, it

Money, meet mouth

It's nice to see an investing group put their dollars where their vision is even when the market is trash, instead of merely shouting on Twitter that they, or their firm, are still doing deals.

Polygon launches ‘uncapped’ fund to help Terra projects migrate to its blockchain

As members of the Terra community try to pick up the pieces from its currently defunct economy, Polygon is beckoning to the dozens of developers who had projects built on the inoperative blockchain.

Getir, the $12B instant delivery startup, plans to axe 14% of staff globally and cut aggressive expansion plans

It continues to be a very rough week for e-commerce companies in Europe. In the latest development, TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Getir — the $12 billion quick commerce upstart that

Gen Z social app Yubo rolls out age ‘estimating’ technology to better identify minors using its service

Yubo, a social livestreaming app popular with a Gen Z audience, announced today it’s becoming one of the first major social platforms to adopt a new age verification technique that uses live ima

Bring a friend to TechCrunch’s Annual Summer Party for free

They say the third time’s the charm, so if you haven’t purchased your ticket to TechCrunch’s Annual Summer Party, it’s time to get ‘er done. Bonus: This third wave of tickets coincides beaut

Apple’s latest research suggests the iOS app economy supports 2.2 million U.S. jobs

As app store legislation targeting tech giants Apple and Google moves forward in Congress, Apple today is out with two more new reports meant to demonstrate how successful the app economy has been und

We think founders need a quick Heart to Heart about the market

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This is our Wednesday show, where we niche down to a single to

Democrats urge Google to limit location tracking to protect people seeking abortions

A group of more than 40 Democratic members of Congress has urged Google to stop collecting and retaining “unnecessary” location data over fears it could be used to identify people seeking abortion

StarkWare quadruples valuation to $8B in 6 months, closing round in choppy market

StarkWare Industries raised $100 million at a valuation of $8 billion just six months after the unicorn closed a $50 million Series C, quadrupling its valuation from $2 billion to $8 billion.

As cloud costs rise, startups making spend-optimizing tech see sunny days ahead

At its best, the cloud promises to ease the transition from offline, manual processes to managed automation. But the cloud has a major downside, and it concerns cost.

The IRS’s crypto tax partner, ZenLedger, raises $15 million Series B

Government tends to struggle when it comes to keeping up with tech innovation. The past U.S. tax season that just wrapped up in April was particularly stressful for investors and the Internal Revenue

AI chip startup Sima.ai bags another $30M ahead of growth

As the demand for AI-powered apps grows, startups developing dedicated chips to accelerate AI workloads on-premises are reaping the benefits. A recent ZDNet piece reaffirms that the AI edge chip marke

Clozd nabs $52M to help sales teams analyze wins and losses

In sales, a win/loss analysis is the process of determining why deals are ultimately won or lost. That’s relatively self-explanatory, but more specifically, a win/loss review aims to contrast a

Kenya’s MotiSure rides on micro-payments to drive personal mobility insurance growth

Affordability is one of the biggest impediments for insurance penetration in Kenya. Often, policy holders are required to make one-off payments for long-term covers, and the quoted sums are usually be

Online shopping platform buywith already bagged Walmart, now grabs seed round

Some of buywith's unique features include a “Shop With Me" screen-sharing component and that it does not require an app download or code integration.

Zip lines up $43M at a $1.2B valuation for its growing ‘concierge for procurement’

The process to make any purchase within a business can be long and cumbersome, involving multiple departments and lots of back and forth. A pair of Airbnb alums have teamed up to build a software busi

Primitives wants to turn your crypto wallet into a social network

Only a handful of “whales,” or big spenders, still own the majority of NFTs. While the digital assets have piqued widespread consumer interest, the user experience associated with actually

Lalo launches an app to memorialize loved ones

The “Death Tech” industry might seem unsettling — do you really need to turn your dead relative’s ashes into a diamond? But when it comes to storing digital memories of loved o

Finn raises $110M to expand car subscription platform in U.S., Germany

Car subscription platform Finn has raised $110 million in equity to expand in the U.S. and Europe and reach 30,000 subscriptions by the end of the year, according to the company. The funding, which br
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