Daily Crunch: Xeneta raises $80M to build out its real-time analytics platform for shipping and air freight
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Reddit acquires contextualization company Spiketrap to boost its ads business
Reddit’s acquisition spree is continuing this morning with news that the company is bringing the audience contextualization company Spiketrap’s technology in-house. Deal terms were not dis
Learning from my failures: Lessons from a 2-time founder
It wasn't easy to close the shutters on a business I really believed in. But I knew I could start again if I was willing to learn from my mistakes and apply those lessons smartly.
Reddit launches a new developer portal to give third-party apps and bots a boost
Any Redditor knows that the best thing about Reddit is bearing witness to the strange and occasionally brilliant stuff that the community itself comes up with — and the company is well aware of that
Duolingo back in China app stores after 1 year, with a local twist
Duolingo, the Nasdaq-listed language learning app, is back in China’s Apple App Store and Android stores nearly a year after it disappeared from the country’s app stores. Users in China fo
Optibus taps $100M at a $1.3B valuation for its AI-based mass transit operations platform
Mass transit has made a rebound with the return of city life post-COVID 19, and today a startup that’s building tech to help it run more smoothly is announcing a big round of funding to meet the
EWA, which taps into popular media to teach languages, hits 51M downloads and 3.5M MAUs and raises its first outside funding
Online language learning continues to be a huge opportunity for startups, with the most engaging experiences meeting a surge of interest from consumers looking for more productivity out of the hours t
Extra Crunch roundup: RapidSOS EC-1, how to prep for an M&A exit, inside Genki Forest
In a four-part series, Managing Editor Danny Crichton tells the story of RapidSOS, the company that processes more than half of all 911 calls made each year in the U.S.
Twitter starts rolling out Birdwatch fact checks inside tweets
Twitter is looking to crowdsource its way out of misinformation woes with its new product Birdwatch which taps a network of engaged tweeters to add notes to misleading tweets. Today, Twitter announced
Fluent Forever raises $4.9M for its language learning system
Fluent Forever, a startup that uses a novel learning system to help its users master a new language faster, has raised a $4.9 million funding round led by Denver-based Stout Street Capital. Other inve
Peer Medical allows lung cancer patients to anonymously share treatments with each other
Peer Medical has a big mission. After his father died of lung cancer, serial entrepreneur Ed Spiegel vowed to create a better way for lung cancer patients to deal with their disease. The startup has s
Five key lessons from founders who launched social impact startups
In the spirit of reaching impact at scale faster, we rounded up our top five lessons to take to heart if you want to turn your world-changing idea into a tech nonprofit.
NASA seeks crowdsourced help designing a better moon toilet
NASA is getting ready for its Artemis program, which seeks to return Americans to the moon and help establish a permanent presence for humans on the lunar surface, with a new crowdsourcing competition
What motivates innovative entrepreneurs: Money or altruism?
To be truly inclusive — of gender, culture and background — we must be intentional in how we inspire and support entrepreneurs. We must speak to both instincts: the hero and the helper.
Twitter, Reddit challenge US rules forcing visa applicants to disclose their social media handles
Twitter and Reddit have filed an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit challenging a U.S. government rule change compelling visa applicants to disclose their social media handles. The lawsuit, brought
The Station: Via hits $2.25B valuation, letters from readers, layoffs in a time of COVID-19
Hi, and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages travel from Point A to Point B. I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation report
Pinterest CEO and a team of leading scientists launch a self-reporting COVID-19 tracking app
There have been a few scattered efforts to leverage crowd-sourced self-reporting of symptoms as a way to potentially predict and chart the progress of COVID-19 across the U.S., and around the world. A
NASA issues agency-wide crowdsourcing call for ideas around COVID-19 response
There’s crowdsourcing a problem, and then there’s crowdsourcing a problem within NASA, where some of the smartest, most creative and resourceful problem-solvers in the world solve real-wor
Coronavirus pushes Folding@Home’s crowdsourced molecular science to exaflop levels
The long-running Folding@Home program to crowdsource the enormously complex task of solving molecular interactions has hit a major milestone as thousands of new users sign up to put their computers to
Edtech startups prepare to become ‘not just a teaching tool but a necessity’
As Stanford, Princeton, Columbia and others shutter classrooms to limit the coronavirus outbreak, college educators around the country are clambering to move their classes online. At the same time,