Paul Sawers

Paul Sawers is a senior writer based in London, focused largely on the world of UK And European startups. However, he also writes about other subjects that he’s passionate about, such as the business of open source software.

Prior to TechCrunch, Paul gained more than a decade’s experience covering consumer and enterprise technologies for VentureBeat and The Next Web.

The Latest from Paul Sawers

WeWalk raises cash to bring computer vision to smart cane for visually-impaired people

WeWalk, a U.K.-based startup developing a “smart cane” for visually-impaired people, today announced it has raised £2 million ($2.4 million) in venture funding from several notable instit

San Francisco rethinks policy on police using killer robots

San Francisco has hit pause on a policy that would allow police officers to use “killer robots” in certain situations that pose a threat to human life. The controversial plans were initial

Security compliance and automation platform Drata nabs $200M at $2B valuation

Drata, a security compliance and automation platform that helps companies adhere to frameworks such as SOC 2 and GDPR, has raised $200 million in a Series C round of funding co-led by Iconiq Growth an

Proton Drive end-to-end encrypted cloud storage arrives on mobile

Proton, the Swiss company behind a range of privacy-focused online services, has officially brought its end-to-end encrypted (E2EE) cloud storage service to mobile. Founded in 2014, Proton was initial

Autonomous and electric truck company Einride raises $500M in equity and debt

Einride today announced a $500 million tranche of financing as it looks to expand its autonomous and electric trucks into new markets globally. The cash injection constitutes an equity-based $200 mill

MergeStat channels open source and SQL to bring ‘operational analytics’ to software engineering

A new open source startup is setting out to help software development teams glean deeper insights from their codebases, using SQL to query all the data sources they use in the software building proces

From the creator of Homebrew, Tea raises $8.9M to build a protocol that helps open source developers get paid

Tea, an open source unified package manager for software developers, today announced it has added another $8.9 million in seed funding to its coffer as it builds on recent momentum that has seen some

Apple expands Self Service Repair to iPhone and MacBook users in Europe

Apple has announced that its Self Service Repair store for iPhones and MacBooks is now open for business in Europe. First announced last November, the repair program essentially enables anyone to purc

Chattermill, which uses AI to extract insights from customer experience data, raises $26M

Chattermill, a platform that helps companies unlock insights by analyzing customer feedback data from across myriad digital channels, has raised $26 million in a Series B round of funding. Founded out

Loft Dynamics raises $20M to tackle pilot shortage with VR training

Loft Dynamics, a Swiss startup creating virtual reality (VR) simulation technology for helicopter pilots, has raised $20 million in funding from U.S. venture capital (VC) firms, including David Sacks&

Mozilla acquires the team behind Pulse, an automated status updater for Slack

Firefox developer Mozilla is making a rare foray into the world of mergers and acquisitions, with news that it has snapped up recently shuttered California-based productivity startup Pulse. Terms of t

AWS now supports natural language forecasting queries in QuickSight Q

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced some notable new natural language querying capabilities that enable nonanalysts to forecast future business outcomes. By way of a quick recap, AWS first introdu

Dropbox acquires Boxcryptor assets to bring zero-knowledge encryption to file storage

Dropbox has announced plans to bring end-to-end encryption to its business users, and it’s doing so through acquiring “key assets” from Germany-based cloud security company Boxcrypto

Founder factories: Alumni from 344 European and Israeli unicorns have birthed 1,018 startups since 2008

A new report has shone a light on the impact that European and Israeli unicorns have had on the broader technology ecosystem since the global economic crisis 14 years ago. The report, titled “Eu

Be like Gmail: Proton Mail will soon offer email categorization, message scheduling and more

Proton, the Swiss company behind a suite of privacy-focused products including email, has teased a fairly substantial upgrade for its flagship Proton Mail and calendar services. Although Proton has e

LinkedIn now lets you schedule posts for later

LinkedIn is rolling out a new feature that allows users to schedule posts to send at a later time. The Microsoft-owned social network has seemingly been testing the new feature internally for several

Ukio, a premium apartment rental platform for Europe’s ‘flexible workforce,’ raises $28M

Ukio, a short-term furnished apartment rental platform aimed at the “flexible workforce,” has raised €27 million ($28 million) in a Series A round of funding. The cash injection constitu

Visible launches activity-tracking platform to tackle long COVID

A new activity-tracking platform is launching out of stealth today with $1 million in pre-seed funding, with a view toward helping those suffering from long COVID track and manage their symptoms. Visi

Broadcom’s proposed $61B VMware acquisition scrutinized by UK regulators

The U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is initiating an investigation into Broadcom’s proposed $61 billion deal to buy virtualization software giant VMware. The news comes shortly

TechCrunch staff on what we lose if we lose Twitter

While nobody knows what will happen to Twitter, we can't help but consider what we'd miss if it went away.
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