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

ToolJet, an open source low-code app builder, wants to help companies do more with less

“Do more with less” has emerged as something of a business mantra over the past year, as businesses across the industrial spectrum have faced growing economic headwinds. Companies have bee

Dashlane publishes its source code to GitHub in transparency push

Password management company Dashlane has made its mobile app code available on GitHub for public perusal, a first step it says in a broader push to make its platform more transparent. The Dashlane And

Risilience, a climate analytics and risk assessment platform for enterprises, raises $26M

Risilience, a SaaS-based analytics platform that helps companies assess their climate risk and plan their transition toward net-zero carbon emissions, has raised $26 million in a Series B round of fu

Which open source startups rocketed in 2022?

A report shines a light on the world of open source startups, including which ones are growing and which are raising cash.

Warner Bros. swiped our Harry Potter wand IP, says Kano

Kano, the venture-backed U.K. startup known for its build-your-own computer kits and software for teaching coding and associated STEM skills, has accused Warner Bros. of copying one of its products

GitHub says it now has 100M active users

Code-hosting platform GitHub has announced that 100 million developers are now using the platform. The figure represents a substantial hike on the 3 million users GitHub counted exactly 10 years ago,

Hawk AI, an anti-money laundering and fraud prevention platform for banks, raises $17M

Hawk AI, a German company developing anti-money laundering (AML) and tangential fraud prevention smarts for financial institutions, has raised $17 million in a Series B round of funding. Prior to now,

European smart thermostat startup Tado raises $46.9M after IPO plans falter

Smart home energy startup Tado has raised €43 million ($46.9 million) in a round of funding led by Trill Impact Ventures, as the company pursues plans to become profitable in 2023. The raise comes a

Danish startup Kanpla wants to help canteens cut food waste

As much as 40% of all food produced each year goes nowhere near a human mouth, resulting in economic, environmental and social costs of an estimated $2.6 trillion. While there are a multitude of socia

Gemba, a corporate VR training platform used by Coca-Cola and Pfizer, raises $18M

Gemba, an enterprise-focused virtual reality (VR) training startup used by some of the world’s biggest companies, has raised $18 million in a Series A round of funding. Gemba designs and deliver

Strava acquires Fatmap, a 3D mapping platform for the great outdoors

Strava, the activity tracking and social community platform used by more than 100 million people globally, has acquired Fatmap, a European company that’s building a high-resolution 3D global map

Wordle clone Quordle acquired by Merriam-Webster

Merriam-Webster, the Encyclopædia Britannica subsidiary best known for its online dictionary, has acquired a popular Wordle clone called Quordle. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Little fan

Google parent Alphabet cuts 6% of its workforce, impacting 12,000 people

Alphabet, parent holding company of Google, has announced that it’s cutting around 6% of its global workforce. In an open letter published by Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, the narrative

Oro, an open source B2B e-commerce platform from Magento’s co-founder, raises $13M

Oro, an open source e-commerce platform co-created by Magento’s co-founder and former CTO, today announced it has raised $13 million in a strategic growth round of funding. Founded in 2012, Los

Bitwarden acquires Passwordless.dev to help companies authenticate users without passwords

Open source password management platform Bitwarden has made its first known acquisition, snapping up a fledgling Sweden-based startup called Passwordless.dev, which specializes in helping developers i

Microsoft announces 10,000 job cuts, nearly 5% of its global workforce

Microsoft today announced details of a much-rumored round of layoffs, confirming in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that 10,000 employees will be impacted as part of &#8220

Cumul.io, a low-code embedded analytics platform for SaaS companies, raises $10.8M

Cumul.io, the company behind a low-code business intelligence (BI) analytics platform for software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies, has raised €10 million ($10.8 million) in a Series A round of fundin

As it shifts focus from DIY computer kits, Kano spins out its creative software suite as a standalone business

Kano Computing (“Kano”), the venture-backed company best known for its DIY computer kits and software for teaching coding and STEM skills to kids, is spinning out its creative software su

Inflow, a platform for managing ADHD through cognitive behavioral therapy, raises $11M

Inflow, a company developing a platform to manage ADHD using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques, has raised $11 million in a Series A round of funding. ADHD, or “attention deficit hy

Vista Equity Partners to acquire insurance software company Duck Creek for $2.6B

Private equity giant Vista Equity Partners has announced plans to take Duck Creek Technologies private in a $2.6 billion deal. Boston-based Duck Creek, a SaaS-based software provider for the property
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