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Hydroponic farming startup Just Vertical cultivates growth at home 

The indoor growing industry is starting to scale. Farms that utilize hydroponics and traditional greenhouses have started to become integral parts of our food supply chain.   

Checkmarx acquires open source supply chain security startup Dustico

Checkmarx, an Israeli provider of static application security testing (AST), has acquired open-source supply chain security startup Dustico for an undisclosed sum.  Founded in 2020, Dustico provides

Accel leads Lucid Lane’s $16M round aimed at treating people with medication dependency

The company's platform enables real-time intervention for people with medication dependence and substance-use disorders.

As edtech evolves, LatAm reskilling platforms raise millions to bring outcomes into the mix

As Latin America attracts record-breaking venture capital totals, education technology startups in the region are given new opportunities to grow. In the past week, Coderhouse, a live cohort-based le

Octane raises $52M at a $900M+ valuation to help people finance large recreational purchases

Most of the time when people get loans, it’s for big life purchases such as a house or a car. But not every big purchase is a necessity. Some are more for fun, and the financing options for those ty

Early Affirm employees raise $70M for SentiLink, an identity verification startup

SentiLink, an identity verification technology startup, has raised $70 million in a Series B funding round led by Craft Ventures. Felicis Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) and NYCA also participate

Nigerian digital freight provider MVX lands $1.3M to help shippers move cargoes faster

In Africa, chartering vessels and processing ocean freight can be challenging. The sector is largely inefficient and fragmented. Merchants also struggle to access finance to perform cross-border trade

Dataiku gets $400M at a $4.6B valuation, led by Tiger Global

Data science platform Dataiku announced today it has raised a $400 million Series E, bringing its valuation to $4.6 billion. The round was led by Tiger Global, with participation from returning invest

Nubank co-leads $45 million investment in Indian neobank Jupiter

Industry veteran Jitendra Gupta’s neobank for consumers in India — Jupiter — has raised $45 million in a new financing round as the Bangalore and Mumbai-based startup gears up for i

Oh, Facebook changed its privacy settings again

Ever considerate of its users, Facebook has determined that its privacy settings needed a bit of a shuffle to keep things clear and easy to find. To that end they’ve taken the “privacy set

Uber CEO calls Massachusetts gig economy ballot measure the ‘right answer’

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi expressed his support Wednesday for a ballot initiative in Massachusetts that would keep gig economy workers classified as independent contractors, fulfilling a promise he m

5 factors founders must consider before choosing their VC

At a time when we are witnessing record VC activity, founders would be well served to go back to the basics and focus on the principles of fundraising when determining who sits on their cap table.

Daily Crunch: Second-day trading surge launches Robinhood stock into meme territory

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What’s the board’s role in an early-stage startup?

Investors often ask founders about their board: It says a lot about their character, their judgment and their willingness to be challenged.

HubSpot CEO moving to exec chairman role as company promotes Yamini Rangan to CEO

Boston-based CRM company HubSpot announced today that co-founder and CEO Brian Halligan would be stepping into the executive chairman role and CMO Yamini Rangan would be taking over as CEO next month

TikTok confirms pilot test of TikTok Stories is now underway

Twitter may have shut down its Stories features known as Fleets, but the Stories format will continue to invade other social platforms. TikTok today confirmed it’s piloting a new feature, TikTok

Uber shares fall despite revenue beat as its core operations continue to lose money

Today after the bell U.S. ride-hailing giant Uber reported its second-quarter financial results. The company’s numbers come a day after its domestic rival, Lyft, shared its own Q2 earnings. Notably

Venture capital undermines human rights

VC firms' failure to carry out adequate due diligence means that a vast majority of them are failing in their responsibility to respect human rights.

Japanese startup ispace raises $46M to support planned moon missions

Japanese startup ispace has raised $46 million in a fresh round of Series C funding as it looks to complete three lunar lander missions in three years. The funding will go toward the second and third

Enterprise AI 2.0: The acceleration of B2B AI innovation has begun

Two decades after businesses started deploying AI solutions, one can argue they’ve made little progress in achieving significant gains in efficiency relative to the hype that drove expectations.
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