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How one software company is beating the SaaS growth blues

Samsara, which went public in late 2021, recently proved that it is still possible to expand fast and hold on to value.

Meta warned it faces ‘heavy sanctions’ in EU if it fails to fix child protection issues on Instagram

The European Union has fired a blunt warning at Meta, saying it must quickly clean up its act on child protection or face the risk of “heavy sanctions”. The warning follows a report by the

Google’s Password Manager gains biometric authentication on desktop

Google’s aiming to make it easier to use and secure passwords — at least, for users of the Password Manager tool built into its Chrome browser. Today, the tech giant announced that Passwor

Cloudflare co-founders will talk growth, changing markets and more on Disrupt’s SaaS Stage

Co-founders Matthew Prince and Michelle Zatlyn launched Cloudflare to the world during the Startup Battlefield competition at TechCrunch Disrupt back in 2010. Fast-forward 13 years, and the startup ha

Reddit makes an exception for accessibility apps under new API terms

Reddit says it will update its newly revised API terms to carve out an exception for accessibility apps, which allow users, including people who are blind or visually impaired, a way to browse and use

European startups on track to raise $51B this year, down 39% from 2022

The venture slowdown has long been established to be a global phenomenon, and per a new report from VC firm Atomico, this “adjusted market reality is here to stay."

EvenUp wants to automate personal injury settlements — to a point

Millions of personal injury cases are settled in the U.S. every year, as few go to trial — but the vast majority are kept under wraps. This leaves lawyers guessing what they should propose as a

Charting the future of the early-stage venture market with Carta’s CEO

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 (Thursday, this week) show where we niche

Aave’s Lens Protocol raises $15M to build the decentralized social web

Lens Protocol, a web3 product aimed at creating a decentralized social networking ecosystem, has raised $15 million, its team told TechCrunch exclusively. The protocol is being built by Aave, a web3 t

Green Coffee Co. percolates on $25M to expand in Colombia, launch alcoholic beverages

Green Coffee is a consolidated arabica coffee farming company, headquartered in the U.S., with operations in Colombia that span 9,000 acres across 14 farms.

Oura launches new ‘Circles’ social feature to share your personal health journey

Oura is launching a new social feature called “Circles” that lets users share their personal health journeys with their friends and family, the smart ring company announced on Thursday. Th

VC-backed boba chain Ume wants to pour into mainstream with surprise plushies

A group of teens excitedly picked up their candy-colored bubble tea from Ume in downtown Mountain View. But before they took a sip, they each peeled open the bottom of their paper cups to reveal a cut

LinkedIn is the next social network to offer AI-powered tools for ad copies

Weeks after Meta launched a suite of generative AI-based tools to help advertisers create different campaigns, LinkedIn has introduced its own tool to suggest different copies of an ad. The company sa

Pigment secures $88 million for its business planning tool that will make you forget about Excel

Paris-based startup Pigment has raised a Series C round of $88 million — the investment was led by Iconiq Growth. Pigment wants to take on Microsoft Excel and offer a business planning platform tha

UK’s AI safety summit gets thumbs up from tech giants

Make way for another forum on AI safety. The U.K. government has announced it will convene a “global” AI summit this fall with the aim of agreeing “safety measures to evaluate and mo

Adobe brings Firefly to the enterprise

Adobe today announced that it is bringing its Firefly generative image generator to its enterprise customers and allowing them to customize the model with their own branded assets. In conjunction with

Nigeria’s Haul247 raises funding to scale its logistics platform

Haul247, a Nigerian end-to-end logistics platform connecting businesses to haulage and warehousing assets, has raised a $3 million seed round. Gender-lens investing fund Alitheia Capital provided the

Uber is taking its car-sharing service to North America

Uber plans to bring peer-to-peer car sharing to North America, starting with Toronto and Boston, the company said Thursday at its Go-Get product event in London. The ride-hailing and delivery app comp

Uber toots its eco horn and gears up for big sustainability drive

Uber unveiled a handful of new eco-focused features, services and expansions today, as the ride-hailing giant doubles down on previous efforts to align itself with sustainable transport. The announce

WhatsApp launches Channels feature for broadcast messages

Meta is rolling out a broadcast-based messaging feature, called Channels, on WhatsApp, similar to a recent update it sent out to Instagram, as the social juggernaut experiments with giving more conver
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