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

Meta to ditch human-curated Facebook News stories globally

Some three years after first introducing a curated news section for publishers, Meta has confirmed that it’s ditching the humans and leaning entirely on algorithms for Facebook News in all marke

Mozilla launches $35M venture capital fund for early-stage ‘responsible’ startups

It seems that every internet company and their dog have at least one venture capital (VC) arm under their wing, with the likes of GV (formerly Google Ventures), M12 (formerly Microsoft Ventures), Sale

Cinven snaps up tax preparation software provider TaxAct for $720M

London-based private equity firm Cinven has announced plans to acquire online tax preparation software provider TaxAct in an all-cash deal worth around $720 million. TaxAct offers a range of online ta

16 months after its IPO, UK online retailer Made.com prepares for administration

Made.com, a U.K.-based e-commerce company that sells furniture and related home accessories across seven European markets, is bracing for insolvency as it confirmed plans to appoint administrators aft

Meet Crowd.dev, an open source user-led growth platform for fostering developer communities

Community-led growth (CLG) has emerged as a popular mechanism for driving business, as companies strive to foster an ecosystem of fervent users that draws in new customers organically, serves as a sup

How Zette plans to let people access paywalled news with a single monthly subscription

A new startup wants to help online media outlets make money by making it easier for consumers to access paywalled content without being locked in to multiple subscriptions. Demoing as part of the Batt

Podcast app Pocket Casts goes open source

Popular podcast platform Pocket Casts has released its mobile clients under an open source license. WordPress parent company Automattic acquired Pocket Casts last July, having been acquired by a group

Pillar of the community: How Talkbase plans to power user-led growth for any company

A new startup is setting out to help companies build and harness communities around their products, enabling them to side-step multiple disparate tools and manage everything in a single platform. Foun

Ambr wants to solve the billion-dollar burnout problem by tracking employees’ working habits

Worker burnout is real. Reports suggest that work-related chronic stress could be costing businesses up to $190 billion annually in reduced output and sick days, not to mention the much-discussed &#82

Sensat raises $20.5M to build digital twins for infrastructure companies

Sensat, a platform that helps physical infrastructure companies map and visualize all their data, has raised $20.5 million in a Series B round of funding. Founded in 2015, London-based Sensat is one o

Theneo wants to bring Stripe-like API documentation to all developers

A new company is taking a leaf out of Stripe’s API playbook with a platform that makes it easy for any company to create clear API documentation, while also allowing non-technical team members t

Videos on tap: Vitag launches NFC-powered ‘sticky notes’ for visual instructions

While QR codes emerged as something of a technology poster-child during the pandemic, garnering a new lease of life in everything from restaurant menus to contactless payments, there remains a certain

Zen Educate, a marketplace that matches schools with teachers, raises $21M to fuel US expansion

Zen Educate, an online marketplace that algorithmically matches schools with the best available teachers, has raised £19.3 million ($21 million) in a Series A extension round of funding. Founded out

Katana, an ERP for SMB manufacturers, raises $34M

Katana, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform for small- and medium-sized manufacturers, has raised €35 million ($34 million) in a Series B round of funding. ERP is a form of business manag

Vista Equity Partners to acquire cybersecurity company KnowBe4 for $4.6B

Vista Equity Partners has agreed to a $4.6 billion all-cash deal to acquire KnowBe4, a publicly traded cybersecurity company specializing in helping enterprise workers avoid phishing attacks. “U

After selling his last startup to Google, this founder now wants to automate mundane tasks with Relay

Some seven years after selling his previous company to Google, Jacob Bank is preparing to launch his next project, this time with a focus on automating mundane, repetitive tasks. Bank was previously c

NocoDB takes on Airtable with open source no-code platform that connects to production databases

A new company is setting out to challenge Airtable, the 10-year-old company recently valued at a whopping $11 billion, with a slightly different take on what it means to be a no-code database platform

Samsung seeks smart TV growth with first Tizen OS licensing deals

Samsung has confirmed the first third-party smart TV makers to ship with its Tizen operating system (OS), with several manufacturers preparing to launch Tizen-powered TVs this year across Europe and A

UK to probe Inmarsat and Viasat’s $7.3B merger on competition grounds, says it could lead to pricier in-flight Wi-Fi

The U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced that the proposed merger between London-based satellite communications company Inmarsat and its U.S. rival Viasat raises potentia

Lightdash takes on Looker with an open source BI platform built for dbt

Lightdash, an open source business intelligence (BI) platform that’s setting out to challenge proprietary incumbents such as Looker, is officially launching its core commercial product to the pu
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