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Disney+ is expanding to 42 more countries this summer

Disney+ is launching in 42 additional countries and 11 territories in Europe, the Middle East and Africa this summer. Notable new countries include South Africa, Turkey, Poland and the United Arab Emi

Europe clears Facebook-Kustomer with API access commitments

The EU has cleared Meta/Facebook’s acquisition of CRM maker, Kustomer — accepting a set of commitments from the tech giant to allay competition concerns linked to the fact it also owns a s

bloss, which connects expectant parents with experts, raises £1M pre-seed led by Antler

bloss is a U.K. startup that connects would-be or existing parents to pre-vetted parenting experts. It has now raised £1million in a pre-seed round led by Antler, the early-stage VC, and is also back

Parthean cares about personal finance so you don’t have to

The son of Iranian immigrants, Arman Hezarkhani spent his senior year of high school brainstorming a three-part thesis on what he wanted to dedicate his career to. First, he said that education is the

The.com launches a low-code, collaborative website builder that uses customizable ‘blocks,’ not templates

A startup with the easy-to-remember name of The.com aims to modernize website building while also ensuring that web creators get credit for their work. The company, which is today emerging from stealt

Why Black female CEOs lead 50% of the companies in our portfolio

Companies led by Black women were abundant in our pipeline. The failure to invest was the only failure to be found.

In blow to unicorns, the global IPO market continues to soften

The IPO market is flatlining at an awkward moment. While private markets remain heavily risk-on, a key avenue for startup exits – and investor liquidity – is seemingly shut. What’s next for IPOs

As Finmark finds its footing, it moves up market and takes on additional investment

When Finmark founder Rami Essaid built a previous startup, he saw firsthand how hard it is to build accurate financial models. When he sold that startup, Distil Networks, to Imperva 2019, he decided t

Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance confirms plans to build 35 new EVs by 2030

Nissan teased one of the first cars based on one those platforms, an all-electric compact that will be sold in Europe to replace the automaker's popular Micra.

Sigfox, the French IoT startup that had raised more than $300M, files for bankruptcy protection as it seeks a buyer

We are continuing to see fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the tech industry, with one of the latest developments coming out from France. Sigfox — a high-profile IoT startup t

After QuizUp and Trivia Royale, Thor Fridriksson’s next act is a mobile MMO

QuizUp founder Thor Fridriksson is at it again. The Icelandic serial entrepreneur is two-for-two in creating viral mobile games, but has thus far struck out in turning those into viable businesses. To

10,000 subscribers later, This Week in Fintech has a venture fund

If you keep up with financial technology, you likely know that the fintech community is a tight-knit, large (yet small) group of enthusiasts that includes all sorts of people — from founders, to

The Vets, a pet healthcare platform that provides at-home care, raises $40M led by Target Global

The Vets, a tech-enabled pet healthcare platform that provides at-home care, has raised $40 million in seed funding led by Target Global, PICO Venture Partners and Bolt Ventures. Founded last year as

WhatsApp quizzed over consumer protection concerns in EU

Remember the backlash over that impossible-to-understand privacy policy update pushed out by WhatsApp last year? A consumer protection complaint over the messaging platform’s aggressive push to

South Korea’s Naver Z launches $100M fund for metaverse creators

South Korean internet conglomerate Naver Group continues to ride the hottest internet trends targeting young users. It has been the name behind messaging giant Line and popular selfie app Snow. And no

Bug bounty giant HackerOne lands $49M, thanks to cloud adoption boon

Bug bounty and penetration testing startup HackerOne has raised a $49 million Series E following a year of massive cloud adoption fueled by work-from-home orders. The company — which mediates betwee

Propy launches NFT platform in the US, allowing real-world property to be bought as an NFT

Last year we covered how early blockchain startup Propy planned to use the technology to smooth real-world real estate sales by introducing the concept of smart contracts. It went on to actually sell

Esusu becomes unicorn with SoftBank Vision Fund 2-led $130M funding

More than 100 million Americans spend an average of $1,100 (over $1.4 trillion per year) on their largest monthly household spend: rent. But reports say 90% of these people don’t get credit for pay

Ascend’s BNPL approach to insurance lifted by $280M in new equity, debt

Offering monthly flexible payments at the point of sale has resulted in customers seeing an increase in policy purchase conversion, in some cases at double the rate.

IoT search engine Censys secures $35M — and a new CEO

Censys, a search engine for Internet of Things devices and internet assets, has secured $35 million in Series B funding and a new CEO. The internet security startup, based in Michigan tech hub Ann Arb
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