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.

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Thoma Bravo takes critical event management software company Everbridge private in $1.8B deal

Everbridge, a critical event management (CEM) software company, is going private in a $1.8 billion all-cash deal that will see it taken over by private equity giant Thoma Bravo — 20% more than w

Humane reveals first international market for the Ai Pin, partnering with South Korea’s SK Telecom

Hyped hardware startup Humane has announced plans for its first international market, inking a deal with South Korean carrier SK Telecom. The announcement comes shortly after the San Francisco-based c

Subsets helps subscription businesses reduce churn with ‘retention experiments’ and explainable AI

Recurring revenue is pretty much the holy grail for any business — it’s precisely why Apple has segued toward being almost as much a services company as it is a hardware company, with 20%

Clumio raises $75M to automate cloud data backup and recovery

Clumio, a data backup and recovery provider for companies using the public cloud, has raised $75 million in a Series D round of funding. The raise comes as the Santa Clara, California-based company cl

Struggling database company MariaDB could be taken private in $37M deal

MariaDB is the subject of another potential takeover bid, as the company behind the eponymous open source relational database management system (RDBMS) confirmed it had received a provisional offer fr

Why Sequoia is funding open source developers via a new equity-free fellowship

Sequoia Capital plans to fund up to three open source software developers annually, as a continuation of a program it debuted last year. The Silicon Valley venture capital firm announced the Sequoia O

Finom, a European challenger bank for SMEs, raises $54M

Finom, a European challenger bank aimed at SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and freelancers, has raised €50 million ($54 million) in a Series B equity round of funding. Founded out of the N

Bob W, a European short-stay apartment rental marketplace, raises $43M

Bob W, a marketplace for premium short-term apartment rentals, has raised €40 million ($43 million) in a Series B round of funding. Founded out of Finland in 2018, Bob W touts itself as a “tec

Daedalus, which is building precision-manufacturing factories powered by AI, raises $21M

A fledgling startup founded by one of OpenAI’s first engineering hires is looking to “redefine manufacturing,” with AI-powered factories for creating bespoke precision parts. Daedalu

DocuSign lays off 6% of workforce as reported private equity takeover talks stall

DocuSign has revealed that it’s laying off 6% of its workforce, impacting some 400 employees. In an SEC filing, the e-signature software company said that the “restructuring plan” wi

Early-stage UK VC Episode 1 closes $95M third fund

Early-stage European venture capital (VC) firm Episode 1 has closed its third fund at £76 million ($95 million), as the London-based investor turns to in-house “data-driven deal sourcing tools&

Yandex to sell its remaining Russian businesses for $5.2B — half its market value

Yandex N.V., the Dutch parent company of the eponymous Russian internet giant, is selling the last of its remaining Russian businesses at a steep discount, following geopolitical pressures that emerge

UK government urged to adopt more positive outlook for LLMs to avoid missing ‘AI goldrush’

The U.K. government is taking too “narrow” a view of AI safety and risks falling behind in the AI gold rush, according to a report released today. The report, published by the parliamentar

UK launches antitrust probe into planned $19B Vodafone, Three merger

The U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is launching a formal probe into the proposed merger between Vodafone and Three UK. The news hardly comes as a surprise, given that the £15 bi

Atomico backs Deeploi, an ‘IT-as-a-service’ platform for SMEs

Deeploi, an “IT-as-a-service” startup for SMEs, has raised $6.5 million in a seed round of funding led by European VC Atomico. The one-year-old German startup serves to help companies redu

Google’s Gradient backs Send AI to help enterprises extract data from complex documents

A fledgling Dutch startup wants to help companies extract data from large volumes of complex documents where accuracy and security is paramount — and it has just secured the backing of Google&#8

‘De-Googled’ smartphone company Murena launches own-brand mobile network

Murena, a French startup that sells “de-Googled” smartphones replete with its own flavor of Android, is launching an own-brand mobile network as it throws its hat into the fast-growing mob

Sequoia backs Coana to help companies prioritise vulnerabilities using ‘code aware’ software analysis

Silicon Valley venture capital juggernaut Sequoia is backing a fledgling Danish startup to build a next-gen software composition analysis (SCA) tool, one that promises to help companies filter through

Open source vector database startup Qdrant raises $28M

Qdrant, the company behind the eponymous open source vector database, has raised $28 million in a Series A round of funding led by Spark Capital. Founded in 2021, Berlin-based Qdrant is seeking to cap

Business travel management platform TravelPerk raises $104M

TravelPerk, a business travel management platform targeted at SMEs, has raised $104 million in a fresh equity-based round of financing led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2. Existing investors, includ
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