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Paraform raises $3.6M seed round to connect startups with recruiter networks

Layoffs usually drive attention and sympathy toward affected employees, but rarely does anyone talk about what happens to the recruiters who are sometimes also asked to leave when companies decide to

Naval Ravikant’s Airchat is a social app built around talk, not text

Airchat is a new social media app that encourages users to “just talk.” A previous version of Airchat was released last year, but the team — led by AngelList founder Naval Ravikant and former Ti

Deal Dive: Not all climate startups are focused on carbon

Windfall Bio sells methane-eating microbes to companies to help them reduce their carbon footprint in the short-term.

Google’s Gradient backs Patlytics to help companies protect their intellectual property

Patlytics, an AI-powered patent analytics platform, wants to help enterprises, IP professionals and law firms speed up their patent workflows, from discovery, analytics, comparisons and prosecution t

Checkr, the background-screening platform last valued at $5B, cuts 32% of workforce

Checkr, a 10-year-old startup that offers employee background checks, has laid off 382 employees — 32% of its workforce.

US to award TSMC $6.6B in grants, $5B in loans to step up chip manufacturing in Arizona

TSMC is getting the grant under the CHIPS Act, in the latest step by the U.S. to reshore domestic chip manufacturing.

Deal Dive: EarliTec Diagnostics raises $21.5M to help diagnose autism earlier

EarliTec's FDA-authorized device helps clinicians diagnose children showing signs of autism as young as 16 months old.

US and EU commit to links aimed at boosting AI safety and risk research

The European Union and United States put out a joint statement Friday affirming a desire to increase cooperation over artificial intelligence. The agreement covers AI safety and governance, but also,

Against games industry doldrums, Bitkraft Ventures raises $275M to back studios and platforms

Bitkraft Ventures — a games investor based out of Denver, Colorado, but with European founders — is raising its third fund, coming in at $275 million. The fund will make seed and Series A investme

DCVC wanted to raise $500M for its first climate fund, but the market had other plans

DCVC’s target for its first climate-focused fund, DCVC Climate Select, has been all over the place and highlights the roller-coaster venture fundraising conditions of the last few years and how LPs

EU and US set to announce joint working on AI safety, standards & R&D

The European Union and the U.S. expect to announce a cooperation on AI at a meeting of the EU-U.S. Trade and Technology Council (TTC) on Friday, according to a senior commission official who was brief

SaaS entrepreneur Raisinghani’s new AI venture nabs $5.5M to boost sales efficiency

SiftHub, an AI startup founded by LogiNext co-founder and former CTO Manisha Raisinghani, has raised $5.5 million in seed funding.

Full Glass Wine raises $14M to continue DTC marketplaces spree, buys Bright Cellars

Full Glass Wine, a brand acquisition management startup that specializes in acquiring wine marketplaces, has raised a $14 million Series A round to continue acquiring DTC (direct-to-consumer) wine mar

Learn startup best practices with Fidelity and others at Early Stage 2024

At Early Stage in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 25, 2024, TechCrunch will gather some of the startup world’s leading companies — but our partners provide more than just financial support. Their

TikTok ban could harm Amazon sellers looking for alternatives

In March, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that could force ByteDance to divest TikTok or face a ban in U.S. app stores. Much of the related discussion and debate has cen

Deal Dive: Iron Sheepdog is fixing short-haul trucking from the bottom up

Iron Sheepdog credits its ability to gain traction with truck brokers because it got the truckers themselves to sign on first.

Ibotta’s expansion into enterprise should set it up for a successful IPO

Ibotta's recent partnerships with brands Exxon, Shell and Walmart helped the company reach profitability.

YC-backed Pelago, a virtual clinic for addiction treatment, raises $58M Series C

Pelago,  Y Combinator-backed telehealth company that uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help treat people with tobacco, alcohol and opioid addictions, said Thursday it had raised a $58 millio

Boutique startup studio super{set} gets another $90 million to co-found data and AI companies

While super{set} is backed by external investors, some of its capital comes from founding managing partners Tom Chavez and Vivek Vaidya, who previously co-founded Krux and sold it to Salesforce.

New study of unicorn founders finds most are ‘underdogs,’ and female founders are rising

A new study that zeros-in on the founders of so-called “unicorns” — companies worth over a billion dollars — has found most have “underdog” founders who are often drawn from th
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