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Cockroach Labs announces serverless version of SQL database

Cockroach Labs, the makers of CockroachDB, announced a public beta of a new serverless version of its SQL database today, giving developers an easier way to access database resources that scale up and

Aiven snags $60M investment on $2B valuation, up from $800M in March

Aiven, a Finnish startup that helps companies combine various open source technologies with public cloud infrastructure resources, announced a $60 million investment on a $2 billion valuation today. T

Emory University is launching a student venture fund to invest in underrepresented startups

College is a time for learning, and sometimes the best type of learning is hands-on, where you come to understand a trade by doing it. Emory University students wanted to learn about venture investing

Smartphone sales down 6% as chip shortages begin to impact market

Canalys reported this morning that global smartphone sales are off 6% this quarter, and it’s not because of lack of demand. It’s due to the worldwide chip shortage. The pandemic has had a

Nexla nabs $12M Series A as it builds cash flow positive data operations biz

Nexla, a company that participated in the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield in New York City in 2017, has been building its data operations startup the old-fashioned way. After launching in beta and secu

How Mixpanel got its startup groove back by focusing on its core product

The startup myth goes something like this: You launch a startup in your dorm room, get into Y Combinator, find product-market fit, experience hockey-stick growth, raise some funding and expand the pla

EngFlow raises $3.7M seed to speed up compiling of large code projects

Over the years, applications have gotten bigger and bigger. Even a small company could be dealing with large libraries of open source code, making it time-consuming to pull the various pieces of a pro

Google goes all in on hybrid cloud with new portfolio of edge and managed on-prem solutions

Today at Google Cloud Next, the company’s annual customer conference, Google announced a broad portfolio of hybrid cloud services designed to deliver computing at the edge of Google’s netw

Microsoft acquires Ally.io, OKR startup that raised $76 million

Microsoft announced today that it has acquired Ally.io, a software service that helps companies measure their progress against OKRs (objectives and key results), a common way that management measures

After a proxy fight victory, it’s time for Box to make some bold moves

Throughout its history as a public company, Box has had a bumpy ride. The company was founded back in 2005 as a consumer file sharing service, but shifted a few years later to focus on enterprise.

BrightHire scores $20.5M Series B for Zoom-based job interview app

BrightHire, a startup that wants to transform the way people are hired inside organizations, announced a $20.5 million Series B investment today led by 01 Advisors, with participation from Index Ventu

Solo.io reaches $1B valuation with $135M Series C investment

When you think about service meshes, a somewhat esoteric cloud-native tool designed to stitch different microservices together, you might not think it’s the most lucrative side of the Kubernetes

Announcing the final agenda for TechCrunch Sessions: SaaS 2021

TechCrunch Sessions is back! On October 27, we’re taking on the ferociously competitive field of software as a service (SaaS), and we’re thrilled to announce our final packed agenda, overflowing w

On the heels of IBM partnership, Celonis announces one with ServiceNow

Celonis, the late-stage processing mining startup with a gaudy $11 billion valuation, announced a new partnership today, this one with ServiceNow. Celonis co-founder and CEO Alexander Rinke says that

As Logicworks approaches $100M in revenue, it announces new cloud migration platform

Logicworks might not be a household name, but since 2012 it has been working with customers to help them move to the cloud and manage their workloads once they get there. By following that approach, t

Streamlit reaches 1.0 milestone for open source data app building tool

For the past couple of years, Streamlit, a startup founded by machine learning veterans, has been working on an open source project to help data scientists build web apps to explore the data in machin

Hotglue nabs $1.5M seed to help developers connect to biz apps

Hotglue, an early-stage startup that wants to make it easier for developers to connect to business applications like Salesforce, announced a $1.5 million seed today led by Uncommon Capital and a group

Jared Spataro will talk about building Microsoft’s SaaS business at TC Sessions: SaaS

Jared Spataro has been with Microsoft for more than 15 years now, and he has been part of the transition from an on-prem software company to a SaaS business. Today his official title is corporate VP i

YC grad Wasp lands $1.5M seed to help developers build web apps faster

It seems that a lot of startups are trying to help developers reduce the complexity involved in coding an app. Last week we covered the seed round for RunX, a company that helps developers code back-e

The first win: Getting early customers to take a chance with you

The purpose of your company is to sell your solution and generate revenue, but to do that you require customers. So how do you convince someone to bet on you?
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