Wayflyer raises $150M on a $1.6B valuation for a new spin on providing loans to e-commerce merchants
E-commerce has continued to boom in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, but running an e-commerce business has also become significantly more chaotic, with unpredictable supply chains, logistics hiccup
Daily Crunch: Citrix to be acquired by Vista and Evergreen/Elliott in $16.5B all-cash deal
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How to build and maintain momentum in your fundraising process
When you’re raising venture capital for your startup, you will have to hustle like you’ve never hustled before. As CEO, your primary job is building and maintaining momentum for your investment de
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
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.
3 factors to consider when adding remote visual assistance software to your tech stack
With AR solutions now projected to be a $175 billion market by 2026, a technology like remote visual assistance has the potential to seamlessly integrate into current support processes and systems.
Web3 ‘Proof of attendance’ startup raises $10M to mint shared memories as NFTs
If blockchains are immutable records of our digital history, what kinds of history do we want to inscribe on them? Predictably, most records thus far have been transaction data, but as entrepreneurs e
Burnt Finance raises $8M led by Animoca Brands, launches DeFi-oriented NFT marketplace
Burnt Finance is a crypto startup which, as a stunt, burnt a Banksy artwork and but then the NFT they’d minted for it for $400,000, double what it cost on the ‘normal’ open art market. B
Turkey’s Spyke raises $55M in a seed round to bring a social twist to casual mobile games
Istanbul has become a city to watch when it comes to casual gaming startups, boosted by the likes of Peak (acquired by Zynga for $1.8 billion) and Dream (valued at $1 billion in a funding round last y
Tado, the German smart home energy startup, plans to go public via a SPAC at a €450M valuation
Tado, the German smart home startup that specializes in thermostats and more recently moved into flexible “time of use” energy tariffs based on loadshifting technology, is today announcing
TechCrunch+ roundup: Allocating equity, unicorn traffic jam, blockchain gaming survey
We'll be off on Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Here’s how startups can prevent tech debt from piling up
Favoring a short-term plan to get a faster go-to-market option is not always bad, provided the business has a backup plan to deliver well-designed code that would simplify future iterations.
LinkedIn is launching interactive, Clubhouse-style audio events this month in beta; a video version will come this spring
LinkedIn, now with more than 800 million people listing their professional profiles to build out their careers, is taking its next steps to get them to spend more time on the platform. The company is
Steering innovation toward the public good
When it comes to transportation innovation, perhaps the hardest thing to predict is the timing of how and when these developments will impact our everyday lives
iProov snaps up $70M for its facial verification technology, already in use by Homeland Security, the NHS and others
Biometrics, and specifically facial recognition, have seen a surge of usage in the last several years, first as a tool to help organizations verify identities digitally against rising waves of fraud a
Elizabeth Holmes convicted of 4 of 11 fraud counts in Theranos trial
Elizabeth Holmes has been found guilty of defrauding investors as founder and CEO of Theranos. After four months of court proceedings and seven days of deliberations, the jury has reached a verdict th
Security flaws found in a popular guest Wi-Fi system used in hundreds of hotels
A security researcher says an internet gateway used by hundreds of hotels to offer and manage their guest Wi-Fi networks has vulnerabilities that could put the personal information of their guests at
Mavrck raises $120M to scale its influencer marketing platform
The rise and impact of influencers has been one of the biggest forces in how the modern online social landscape has evolved in recent times. Now, a company that’s tapping into that influencer ju
Sweep raises a $22M to aim at large corporates scrambling to deal with carbon
Enterprise SaaS for measuring company carbon emission is hot. Only recently Planetly was acquired by OneTrust for an undisclosed amount. And there are plenty of other startups in the space such as Pla
Taxdoo raises $64M to expand from tax compliance to a wider set of financial tools for e-commerce companies
With e-commerce becoming increasingly globalized, a company called Taxdoo, which builds API-based tools to help e-commerce companies with tax compliance and other accounting needs, is announcing a rou