Anna Heim

Anna Heim

Freelance Reporter

Anna is a freelance reporter at TechCrunch, exploring SaaS and more. Former LATAM & Media Editor at The Next Web, startup founder and Sciences Po Paris alum.

The Latest from Anna Heim

Y Combinator’s latest cohort had only one LatAm startup in large part because of AI

Brazilian startup Salvy, a mobile carrier for businesses, was the only company based in Latin America in Y Combinator's latest batch, the accelerator confirmed to TechCrunch.

Rubrik’s IPO filing reveals an AI governance committee. Get used to it.

Rubrik, the data management company that filed for IPO this week, has an AI governance committee, per its IPO filing. The detail is worth noting because it could soon be the new normal.

Belgian computer vision startup Robovision eyes US expansion to address labor shortages

Robovision has raised $42M to industrialize deep learning tools and make them more accessible to businesses that are not tech companies at their core.

Autism Impact Fund closes $60M first fund and broadens its scope

AIF still has resources in its first fund to do a "handful" more deals as well as follow-on investments.

Boutique startup studio super{set} gets another $90 million to co-found data and AI companies

While super{set} is backed by external investors, some of its capital comes from founding managing partners Tom Chavez and Vivek Vaidya, who previously co-founded Krux and sold it to Salesforce.

French deep tech spinout Diamfab crystallizes hopes for diamond semiconductors to support green transition

Its long-term goal is to make more efficient semiconductors with a lower carbon footprint, while supporting what its CEO refers to as "the electrification of society," starting with transportation.

GoStudent, the online learning platform, says it’s now profitable

In a market that no longer favors growth at all costs, GoStudent's €3 billion valuation and global expansion may belong to the past. However, the Austrian tutoring platform reshaped quickly.

Frontline Ventures raises $200M targeting B2B startups straddling the Atlantic

The sum will be split roughly evenly between two funds, Frontline Growth and Frontline Seed. The seed fund will favor European ventures, while the growth fund is focused on American ones.

With backing from NATO Innovation Fund, OTB Ventures will invest $185M into European deep tech

OTB Ventures' new $185 million fund for deep tech in Europe will mostly be deployed at the Series A stage; but up to 10% could be allocated to seed funding, and more than 50% to follow-on investments.

As European dynamism gathers momentum, Elaia and partners double down with new deep tech fund

Elaia's third deep tech seed fund, DTS3, is double the size of the two previous funds, and signals the momentum that is forming around an emerging concept: European dynamism.

French startup Nijta hopes to protect voice privacy in AI use cases

France-based startup Nijta, whose flagship product Voice Harbor anonymizes voices for AI, raised €2 million in funding from various sources, including deep tech VC fund Elaia.

Leonardo DiCaprio backs YC alum SolarMente to democratize solar power in Spain

Barcelona-based clean tech startup SolarMente recently added Leonardo DiCaprio to its cap table, hence becoming the actor's and activist's first investment in the country.

Flush with cash, French fintech unicorn Qonto acquires Regate

While many entrepreneurs are currently facing the harsh reality of a VC funding crunch, Qonto isn’t one of them. The Paris-based business banking startup still has hundreds of millions of cash on ha

Showee, a smart shower startup, shines a light on accessibility

Showee's shower is designed for people with disabilities, both physical and intellectual. But Showee has another selling point: Water savings.

MWC: Ethiopian fintech eQub digitizes peer-to-peer credit

Ethiopian startup eQub won the fintech pitching battle at 4YFN 2024, the startup event of Mobile World Congress.

With liquidity rare, VCs may get creative to return investor cash

Welcome to the very last issue of The Exchange! With TechCrunch+ sunsetting this month, The Exchange column and its newsletter are also coming to an end. Thank you for reading, emailing, tweeting, and

Y Combinator wants 100 times more MRI scans

Leveraging resources such as virtual data rooms and shared labs makes it easier for biotech startups to grow. This is good news: We need more companies attacking cancer from novel angles.

Earlybird Health closes twice-larger second fund, will write bigger checks

Germany-based Earlybird Health announced the final closing of its second fund of €173 million (around $185 million). This is more than twice the size of Earlybird's first healthcare-focused fund.

Safety by design

Tech's ability to reinvent the wheel can mean ignoring truths that others have learned. But new founders are sometimes figuring it out for themselves faster than predecessors.

Why Latin American SaaS startups are different from their US peers

Many of Latin America's SaaS businesses outperform others at efficiency metrics, but capital scarcity also puts a limit to innovation, although AI could change that.
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