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TechCrunch+ roundup: Non-dilutive biotech capital, long-term angel investing, WayRay’s $80M pitch deck

As a veteran startup worker who has been laid off during economic downturns, it's dissonant to hear investors say this is a good time to launch a software startup. They're not wrong, however.

Zendesk’s final selling price is a warning shot for unicorns

Zendesk selling for a mid-single-digit multiple with positive free cash flow, 30% revenue growth and a recent re-acceleration of top-line expansion should be downright terrifying for unicorns.

Zendesk drama concludes with $10.2 billion private equity acquisition

Zendesk has had a difficult time over the last several months. It has been hounded by activist investors, Jana Partners. It turned down a $17 billion acquisition in February believing it was worth mor

The next wave of supply-chain innovation will be driven by startups that help incumbents win

For years, the narrative for innovation in supply chain has focused on the disruptors. Less heralded has been the next wave these disruptors often catalyze: Digital enablers.

Pitch Deck Teardown: WayRay’s $80M Series C deck

WayRay's deck consists of a whopping 75 slides — around 50 more than I would typically recommend — and it's clear that the founders took a different tack than what we're used to seeing these days.

Amazon SageMaker Ground Truth can now create virtual objects for AI model training

It takes massive amounts of data to train AI models. But sometimes, that data simply isn’t available from real-world sources, so data scientists use synthetic data to make up for that. In machin

Evinced pushes companies to accelerate accessibility with its dev tools, scoring $38M investment

Evinced is on a mission to make as many web properties accessible as possible, and to do that means getting that work done as early as possible — which means integrating with the development process

ConductorOne is bringing automation to identity and access management with $15M investment

The founders of ConductorOne, an identity and access control startup, both came from Okta, which is itself a single sign-on vendor based on the zero trust model. In fact, they were in charge of authen

Starburst acquires data lake analytics accelerator Varada to challenge Snowflake

Starburst, the well-funded data warehouse analytics service and data query engine based on the open source Trino project, today announced that it has acquired Varada, a Tel Aviv-based startup that foc

Selling to startups is not the same as selling to SMBs

Brex's recent decision to exit part of the SMB market was big news. In this context, we want to talk about just what an SMB is and how not all small accounts are the same.

Appsmith, a low-code platform for building business apps, lands $41M

For the last several years, Appsmith has been quietly building an open source platform for internal development teams to build the custom apps they need. These are business applications that companies

Strapi lands $31M for its ‘headless’ CMS platform

Strapi, an open source content management system (CMS), today announced that it raised $31 million in Series B funding led by CRV with participation from Flex Capital, Index Ventures and angel investo

CloudQuery raises $15M to demystify your cloud infrastructure setup

CloudQuery CEO and co-founder Yevgeny Pats helped launch the startup because he needed a tool to give him visibility into his cloud infrastructure resources, and he couldn’t find one on the open mar

Software DevOps platform Gearset raises $55M

Gearset, a tooling provider for Salesforce software, today announced that it raised $55 million in a funding tranche led by Silversmith Capital Partners. Co-founder and CEO Kevin Boyle said that the n

Eppo, a product experimentation platform, raises $19.5M for expansion

Despite the demand for platforms that let developers experiment with different versions of apps, the infrastructure required remains relatively complex to build. Beyond data pipelines and statistical

Data management vendor Ataccama receives $150M infusion from Bain

In recent years, there’s been an explosion of tools that allow businesses to connect, transform, analyze and serve data from all kinds of sources. Combined with the increasing pressure on busine

Zenysis raises $13.3M to scale its big data platform for emergencies across Africa, Asia and South America

Zenysis Technologies, a big data startup headquartered in San Francisco and Cape Town, announced today that it has closed $13.3 million in a Series B round. The financing was led by the Steele Founda

Personio nabs $200M at a $8.5B valuation as its HR for small businesses hits the big time

Personio — a startup out of Munich, Germany that styles itself as a Workday and ServiceNow focused on the small and medium businesses of the world — went on a funding tear through the COVI

OpenView’s Kyle Poyar shares how to build a standout software company in the 2020s

The best software companies of the 2020s will be built over the next 12 months. But the way to build and scale a standout company in the 2020s doesn’t look like it did in the past.

Copilot, GitHub’s AI-powered programming assistant, is now generally available

Last June, Microsoft-owned GitHub and OpenAI launched Copilot, a service that provides suggestions for whole lines of code inside development environments like Microsoft Visual Studio. Available as
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