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Ahead of planned IPO, Knightscope’s CEO discusses opportunity and controversy

After months of waiting, Knightscope this week announced a January 27 date for its planned IPO. Founded in 2013 by William Santana Li, a Ford executive, and Stacy Stephens, a former Texas police offic

Is today’s market sad or sane?

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This is our Wednesday show, where we niche down to a single to

Alta closes $12.4M seed round led by Makers Fund and Andreessen Horowitz

Alta, a virtual reality metaverse studio, announced today it has raised a 12.4 million seed funding co-led by Makers Fund and Andreessen Horowitz. Other investors include Pioneer Fund, Boost VC, muru-

Boston Dynamics’ warehouse robot gets a $15M gig working for DHL

Back in March of last year, Boston Dynamics unveiled its second commercial robot, Stretch. The system, built from its impressive box-moving Handle concept, is designed to bring the company’s advance

Polly snags $37M in Menlo-led Series B to automate workflows for mortgage lenders

Polly, a SaaS technology startup aiming to “transform” the mortgage capital markets, announced today that it has raised $37 million in a Series B funding round led by Menlo Ventures. New backers M

Tinder updates its approach to handling reports of serious abuse and harassment

As a result of its ongoing partnership with nonprofit and anti-sexual assault organization RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), Tinder today announced a handful of product improvements a

Vecna gets $65M to replace forklifts with robots

In the rush to automate warehouses, forklifts are something of a no-brainer. Lifting heavy payloads already requires heavy machinery, and these systems are somewhat notorious for being involved in inc

CaptivateIQ raises $100M at a $1.25B valuation to help companies design customized sales commission plans

Less than 10 months after raising a $46 million Series B, CaptivateIQ announced today that it has raised $100 million in a Series C round at a $1.25 billion valuation. The San Francisco-based startup,

Atrium grabs fresh capital to help sales teams meet their quota

Is sales management having a “Money Ball moment?”

‘We are going to create the best environment for startups in Europe’

Spain’s government is gearing up to pass the country’s first ever startup law. A draft law agreed by ministers was presented to the parliament last month. The process of debating and agreeing the

Clean energy firm Husk signs UN energy compact as it begins solar mini-grid expansion in Nigeria, rest of Africa

Husk Power Systems, a clean energy company that has been at the forefront of fueling rural electrification since 2008, is planning to launch 500 solar mini-grids in Nigeria over the next five years. T

Baidu’s electric car brand Jidu closes $400M Series A round

Once an industry with long development cycles, the automotive space is being upended by China’s tech giants. One can hardly keep up with all the new electric vehicle brands that come out of the

Resilience raises $45 million for its cancer care startup

French startup Resilience announced yesterday that it has raised a $45 million (€40 million) Series A round led by Cathay Innovation. The startup wants to improve the treatment journey when you’re

PQShield raises $20M for its quantum-ready, future-proof cryptographic security solutions

Quantum computing promises to unlock a new wave of processing power for the most complex calculations, but that could prove to be just as harmful as it is helpful: security specialists warn that malic

Ghana’s OZÉ gets $3M to scale its digital recordkeeping and embedded finance products

OZÉ, a Ghanaian fintech startup that provides digital recordkeeping tools with embedded finance products to medium and small businesses, has raised a $3 million pre-Series A round. The startup’s ne

Paack pulls in a $225M Series D led by SoftBank to scale its e-commerce delivery platform

By now, many of us are familiar with the warehouse robots that populate those vast spaces occupied by the likes of Amazon and others. In particular, Amazon was very much a pioneer of the technology. B

Infermedica raises $30M to expand its AI-based medical guidance platform

Infermedica, a Poland-founded digital health company that offers AI-powered solutions for symptom analysis and patient triage, has raised $30 million in Series B funding. The round was led by One Peak

KKR invests $45M into GrowSari, a B2B platform for Filipino MSMEs

GrowSari, the Manila-based startup that helps small shops grow and digitize, announced today that KKR will lead its Series C round with a $45 million investment. The funds will be used to enter new re

FTC fines online shop $4M for hiding reviews below 4 stars

We all know online reviews must be taken with a grain of salt, but generally you’d like to think that a product with a 4.5-star average is better than one with a 3.5-star average. You might be w

Daily Crunch: Google dumps FloC plan, proposes new Topics API for ad targeting

Today our cup overflows with news. There’s simply too much going on to cover in a single newsletter, so I’ve tried to fit in as much as possible.
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