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Mexico’s Kavak drives away with $700M in new funding, doubling its valuation to $8.7B

Kavak, a Mexico City-based startup that operates a pre-owned car marketplace in Latin America, announced today that it has raised a massive $700 million in a Series E round that more than doubles the

Indian buy now, pay later startup ZestMoney raises $50 million from Australia’s Zip

ZestMoney, a Bangalore-based buy now, pay later platform, said on Wednesday it has raised $50 million in a new financing round from Australia’s Zip as the Indian firm looks to double down on a trend

Indonesian halal-focused social commerce startup Evermos lands $30M Series B

Evermos is an Indonesian social commerce startup with two goals: to let people earn extra income by opening online stores without spending capital and to help small brands grow into household names. T

Foxconn says Thailand EV factory will begin producing 50,000 units by 2023

Taiwan-based smartphone manufacturing giant Foxconn and national Thailand oil supplier PTT PLC are moving forward with an agreement to start an electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Thailand. The

Project44 acquires Convey for $255M to provide end-to-end supply chain visibility

Real-time supply chain visibility company project44 has acquired last-mile tech platform Convey for $255 million. Together, the two companies will combine forces to provide end-to-end supply chain vis

Daily Crunch: New PayPal ‘super app’ offers consumers a suite of personal finance features

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Straffr is a smart resistance band that helps you exercise on the go

Smart fitness gear is often limited by being static and non-portable. (And, well, eye-wateringly expensive.) Think Peloton‘s stationary bike for spin classes or wall-mounted strength training ri

Apple Wallet is getting verifiable COVID-19 vaccination cards

There's a real chance you'll need proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to enter certain venues, and Apple is hoping it can save you some of the hassle of proving you've gotten your shots.

Mirror CEO exits company, following 2020 acquisition by Lululemon

Brynn Putnam has stepped down as CEO of Mirror. The news arrives via a leaked memo to staff also viewed by TechCrunch that notes her exit from the top spot at the connected fitness startup she founded

Adventr uses patented voice-control tech to allow anyone to create interactive videos

We’ve all been there — you’re watching a horror movie, and you know that the main character definitely shouldn’t go into that creepy house, but no matter how much you yell at y

RoboDeck is a robot that keeps your house’s deck looking good

Extra Crunch roundup: DTC strategy, IPO analysis, Zoom’s future product plans

TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 is underway! Tickets are still available for the three-day virtual event, which encompasses everything from Ryan Reynolds' lessons on "fast-vertising" to Startup Battlefield.

Animal Alternative makes a platform play in the growing market of cultured meat

Traditional meat production is about as far from a sustainable process as we’ve got, but our chances of getting everyone to give up “real” meat are lean. Animal Alternative is one of

EyeGage is building a database of eye scans for drug testing

LaVonda Brown developed an interest in eye-tracking during her time at Georgia Tech. The fascination with all the information that can be derived by scanning the so-called “windows to the soul&#

Verdi aims to give farmers granular control over crop irrigation

Verdi, which launched today at TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield, refers to its smart valve clusters as “swarms.” The term denotes the kind of high-density implementation the company is looki

ViacomCBS unveils a Paramount+ and Showtime streaming bundle, starting at $9.99 per month

ViacomCBS announced a new streaming bundle today for U.S. subscribers, offering access to both Paramount+ and Showtime. If you subscribe to the ad-supported Paramount+ Essential plan, the bundle will

Activision Blizzard confirms SEC investigation, loses chief legal officer

The consequences are mounting for gaming giant Activision Blizzard after the company became the subject of a landmark state investigation into discriminatory workplace practices and sexual harassment

Alpha Medical closes $24M Series B round to expand women’s telehealth — without the video calls

Alpha Medical, a telemedicine company focused on women’s healthcare, closed a $24 million Series B round on Tuesday. It’s another company situated squarely in the crosshairs of a pandemic-fueled b

Folio’s 24-year-old founder is bootstrapping a curated, online bookstore

In the midst of TechCrunch Disrupt, hundreds of founders will video call into Startup Alley, eager to share what makes their company stand out. But 24-year-old Clare Carroll’s video background s

The Oversight Board wants Facebook to explain its controversial rules for VIPs

The Oversight Board is pushing Facebook to provide more info on its controversial “cross-check” system, following a report that it allowed celebrities, and other public figures to break its rules.
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