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Startups among entities to face tougher laws as Kenya moves to protect personal data

Startups processing personal data in Kenya are among the entities required to register with the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC), as the East African country implements a law protecti

Career Karma conducts layoffs as tech jobs face a massive stress test

Learning navigation platform Career Karma has laid off 60 people across its United States and global teams, CEO and co-founder Ruben Harris confirmed to TechCrunch. While he did not share the percenta

Southeast Asia’s Creative Galileo wants to make learning fun with popular cartoon characters

People who work with kids know how difficult it is to keep them engaged with online learning content. Creative Galileo keeps children hooked by adding in their favorite cartoon characters. The Singapo

OK, don’t fear: The long shots are still getting venture funding

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 show, where we niche down to a single to

Cost cutting, layoffs remain leading startup themes

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. Alex and Grace are back to cover the biggest, boldest and bad

Azota is solving exam headaches for Vietnam’s teachers

Creating and grading tests are some of the most time-consuming tasks teachers deal with. In Vietnam, a startup called Azota wants to help with an online software platform that not only helps educators

Outschool, which raised a Series B, C and D in 12 months, lays off 18% of workforce

Outschool, a marketplace for kid-friendly, virtual after-school programs, has laid off 31 people or 18% of its workforce, CEO Amir Nathoo confirmed to TechCrunch over text message. The layoff, conduct

Kukua, creators of ‘Super Sema,’ raises $6 million, led by Alchimia and Tencent

Kukua, a Nairobi- and London-based educational entertainment company and the creators of “Super Sema,” the first African animated superhero franchise, has raised $6 million in its latest round of

Byju’s unit WhiteHat Jr cuts 300 jobs

WhiteHat Jr, the kids-focused coding platform that edtech giant Byju’s acquired for $300 million two years ago, has eliminated about 300 roles in recent days, and is the latest in a series of startu

Degreed’s co-founder is back at the company he left…with the startup he built

Edtech up-skilling platform Degreed has acquired Learn In, which creates talent resource hubs for employers to better spin up education services for their teams. While we’d nearly always cover a not

What do you call the opposite of the startup halo effect?

Welcome to Startups Weekly, a fresh human-first take on this week’s startup news and trends. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. Just as one company’s success shouldn’t cast a halo on its

MasterClass cuts 20% of 600-person staff to ‘get to self-sustainability faster’

Wilco gamifies your path through your software engineering career

Israeli startup Wilco describes itself as “an immersive upskilling platform for software developers,” and snuck out of stealth this week with its first public version and a stash box with $7 milli

Kibo School gets $2M to offer online STEM degrees to students in Africa

When she was 10 years old, Ope Bukola’s family relocated from Nigeria to the U.S., where she advanced her studies to later pursue a degree in economics. Exposed to the top-of-the-line education at N

Edtech company Pok Pok raises $3M to expand its digital play experiences for kids

Pok Pok, a Toronto-based edtech company, has announced that it raised $3 million in seed funding to expand its play-based learning experiences for kids. The company was founded in 2019 after it spun o

Tunisian edtech startup GOMYCODE raises $8M to expand across Africa and the Middle East

Yahya Bouhlel started coding in his early teens. Within this timeline, he interned at several companies in Palo Alto, California. Most of his work revolved around building apps and iPhone games. When

Parallel Learning expands remote special education assessment and tutoring with $20M round

If a kid is having trouble at school, one of the standard steps is to schedule an assessment for conditions like dyslexia, ADHD or anything else that might require a special approach. But with teacher

South Africa’s edtech FoondaMate eyes speedy takeoff after $2M funding

South African edtech startup FoondaMate has secured $2 million seed funding in a round led by LocalGlobe, the U.K.-based venture capital firm, to drive uptake of its WhatsApp and Facebook-based learni

Lightspeed’s Mercedes Bent on why the metaverse isn’t overhyped

On the Chain Reaction podcast this week, we dove into a topic that tends to stir up strong emotions, even from those outside the crypto space — the metaverse. Mercedes Bent, an investor at Light

Class buys tech from its own founder’s first edtech company for $210 million

Before starting Class, a Zoom-friendly virtual instruction tool, Michael Chasen was the founder of Blackboard, one of the first cloud solutions for education on the market. While Class has some nods t
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