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TikTok’s new ad product gives creators a chance to partner with marketers on branded content

TikTok announced today that it’s launching a new ad product called “Branded Mission” that will allow creators to connect with brands and possibly receive rewards for videos. With the

Orbit acquires Hoopy to expand its DevRel offerings

Developer relations has become an increasingly important discipline in recent years as developers are now often seen as the decision-makers in many enterprises and as service providers aim to offer th

Is there hope for digital health startups post-Roe?

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

Investors discuss how labor shortage is shaking up the construction tech stack

The pandemic wasn’t the only challenge to hit the construction industry. The rising cost of raw materials coupled with labor shortage has left the industry scrambling for solutions to bridge gaps.

CipherMode Labs launches open source solution to protect data without encryption expertise

CipherMode Labs CEO and co-founder Sadegh Riazi has been working with encryption his entire career. He studied it as part of his PhD. He was part of the Microsoft SEAL team that worked on improving ho

Lithium-silicon batteries get vote of confidence with Sila’s Mercedes deal

Sila's deal to produce automotive-scale battery materials suggests that the startup has solved lithium-silicon's Achilles' heel.

Heartex raises $25M for its AI-focused, open source data labeling platform

Heartex, a startup that bills itself as an “open source” platform for data labeling, today announced that it landed $25 million in a Series A funding round led by Redpoint Ventures. Unusua

Glean aims to help employees surface info across sprawling enterprise systems

At enterprises of a certain size, keeping track of data including apps, employees, and projects becomes increasingly challenging. According to McKinsey, employees spend 1.8 hours every day — 9.3

Amazon’s $60 Fire 7 tablet finally gets USB-C

It’s 2022. Frankly, the notion of a company adding USB-C to a mainstream consumer device shouldn’t still feel novel. And yet. Of course, Amazon’s big holdout on the nearly ubiquitous charging po

Gopuff, the instant delivery upstart, taps ex-Disney head Bob Iger as its newest investor and advisor

Gopuff, the instant delivery giant valued at $15 billion (and filing for financing in December 2021 at a valuation of up to $40 billion), made a name for itself courting consumers wanting groceries an

Apollo GraphQL launches its Supergraph

The name kind of gives it away, but Apollo GraphQL has long focused on helping developers use the GraphQL query language for APIs to integrate data from a variety of services. Over the course of the l

Social maps app Zenly rolls out its own maps

Zenly, the popular social app with 35 million monthly active users, released a complete redesign just last month. But it turns out that this was just the first part of a bigger change at the company o

5 construction tech investors analyze 2022 trends and opportunities

"It is difficult to find a project manager who is willing to take the risk to implement bleeding-edge tech on their project," said Heinrich Gröller, a partner at Speedinvest.

Plaid officially expands into identity and income verification, fraud prevention and account funding

Fintech decacorn Plaid is expanding beyond its core product of account linking — its first major expansion since its 2013 inception. In conjunction with its “Plaid Forum” event, the

Masterschool raises $100M seed round for its network of coding schools

Masterschool, which describes itself as a “network of tech career-training schools,” today announced that it has raised a $100 million seed funding round (yes, that’s correct —

India says VPN firms unwilling to comply with new rules ‘will have to pull out’

India is pushing ahead with its new cybersecurity rules that will require cloud service providers and VPN operators to maintain names of their customers and their IP addresses and suggested firms unwi

CNCF launches a new program to help telcos adopt Kubernetes

At its KubeCon + CloudNativeCon conference this week, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) announced a new program that aims to help communication service providers and telcos adopt Kubernetes

IROKO co-founder Bastian Gotter raises $3.2M seed for new venture, Bamba

In 2010, Bastian Gotter invested up to $200,000 into IROKOtv, an African video-on-demand company Jason Njoku, his friend and co-founder, launched in Lagos, Nigeria. For the next couple of years, Gotte

QuestBook raises $8.3 million to help web3 developers secure funds

Blockchain and other web3 projects are racing to reach developers, hosting hackathons, bandying out grants and offering other perks to lure those who can build. But they currently don’t have the ban

Amazon launches Smart Commerce in India to help offline stores launch digital storefronts

Amazon said it will help neighborhood stores across India launch their own digital storefronts to better serve their customers, the latest effort by the e-commerce giant as it attempts to leverage the
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