Fundings & Exits

  • An eBay for grain trading, FarmLead, raises $6.5 million Series A

    An eBay for grain trading, FarmLead, raises $6.5 million Series A

    Farmers work to feed the world. Yet somehow, corn, wheat and rice sales are still happening at a local level through antiquated paperwork and phone negotiations. Now, an Ottawa-based startup called FarmLead has raised $6.5 million in venture funding to connect grain producers and buyers automatically online, and help farmers get fair prices for what they grow. Read More

  • Games firm Netmarble to raise $2.35B in Korea’s largest IPO since 2010

    Games firm Netmarble to raise $2.35B in Korea’s largest IPO since 2010

    Netmarble, one of the world’s top mobile and PC gaming firms, has filed to raise as much as $2.35 billion (2.66 trillion won) through an IPO in its native Korea. The firm said in a filing [in Korean] that it will issue 16,953,612 new shares priced between 121,000-157,000 KRW each (that’s approximately $108-$140) with a view to raising up to 2.66 trillion won ($2.35 billion). Read More

  • Vodafone India confirms it is merging with Idea Cellular to form India’s largest telco

    Vodafone India confirms it is merging with Idea Cellular to form India’s largest telco

    Vodafone India has confirmed that it has reached an agreement to acquire rival Idea Cellular. The deal, which is being painted as a merger, will create India’s largest operator with some 377 million customers. The company revealed it was in talks with Idea Cellular over a deal in January, and the coming-together was announced today. Subject to the relevant approvals, it is expected… Read More

  • Tech In Asia is raising $6M to double down on its recruitment business

    Tech In Asia is raising $6M to double down on its recruitment business

    Regional media startup Tech In Asia is close to raising as much as $6 million in new funding, three sources with knowledge of the round told TechCrunch. Singapore-based Tech In Asia’s most recent raise was a $4 million Series C that closed in June 2015, previous funding prior to that was undisclosed. The site was one of the first to cover tech and startup news across Asia since… Read More

  • Immigrant eyes

    Immigrant eyes

    Over the past few years we’ve seen a lot of anger. We’ve seen a seemingly sane country cut itself off from mainland Europe and we’ve seen a seemingly beneficent border police force turn angry. We’ve heard that immigrants steal our jobs, kill our people and bring in drugs and terror. This is wrong. Read More

  • MuleSoft soars 46% on first day of trading

    MuleSoft soars 46% on first day of trading

    It’s the first enterprise tech IPO of the year and it’s off to the races. MuleSoft, which helps businesses like Netflix and Spotify with their APIs, closed at $24.75, a 46 percent premium to its IPO price of $17. This was after pricing above the expected range of $14 to $16. Read More

  • Equity podcast: The return of IPOs and Tesla’s billion-dollar bet

    Equity podcast: The return of IPOs and Tesla’s billion-dollar bet

    One down, many more to go! The first episode of TechCrunch’s latest podcast, Equity, our venture capital-focused podcast is out. This week, TechCrunch’s Matthew Lynley, CrunchBase editor-in-chief Alex Wilhelm and I sat down with investor and SaaStr founder Jason Lemkin to talk about Tesla’s $1 billion raise, the return of IPOs and recent acquisitions in the technology… Read More

  • MuleSoft prices IPO above expected range at $17 per share

    MuleSoft prices IPO above expected range at $17 per share

    Enterprise software company MuleSoft will go public tomorrow and just priced their IPO at $17 – slightly above the proposed $14-16 range. The company will start trading on the New York Stock Exchange tomorrow, under the symbol “MULE”. Founded in 2006, MuleSoft is an integration platform that helps help businesses use APIs to connect different types of software and… Read More

  • Bra startup True&Co sold to Calvin Klein owner PVH

    Bra startup True&Co sold to Calvin Klein owner PVH

    True&Co., an e-commerce company founded with the mission of disrupting the lingerie industry by creating a new business model for selling bras and other undergarments, has been sold. Phillips Van Heusen (PVH), owner of Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Izod, among other iconic brands, has acquired the startup and plans to use it to move deeper into online sales and big data… Read More