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North American and European insurtechs are recalibrating after a blockbuster 2021

Let’s explore insurtech activity in both North America and Europe, compare recent results and look ahead to what could be coming.

Shadow announces premium plan for its cloud gaming service

It’s been a year since Octave Klaba, the founder of OVHcloud, acquired Shadow following a commercial court order. After a stabilizing period, the company is now ready to launch a new plan, a new ser

Gopuff, the instant delivery upstart, taps ex-Disney head Bob Iger as its newest investor and advisor

Gopuff, the instant delivery giant valued at $15 billion, made a name for itself courting consumers wanting groceries and other essentials with an app that lets them order and get those goods delivere

Palette sells a sales commission tool for modern sales teams

Meet Palette, a software-as-a-service startup that is going to be particularly interesting if you’re also running a software-as-a-service startup. The company has built a modern tool to design, mana

Koyeb is a serverless platform that integrates with your GitHub repository

Koyeb has evolved quite a lot since I first covered the startup. The company is still focused on serverless infrastructure. But it now offers a general purpose serverless platform that you can configu

Claap prevents meeting fatigue with async video collaboration

Meet Claap, a French startup that has been working on a way to collaborate more efficiently as a distributed team. Claap is officially launching its product today. Instead of relying exclusively on a

European startup studio eFounders launches a web3 vertical

While last week was without a doubt the worst week for crypto asset performance in a very long time, it doesn’t seem to be stopping eFounders. The software-as-a-service startup studio is announcing

Checkout.com to acquire identity verification startup Ubble

A few months after raising $1 billion, payments startup Checkout.com has announced that it plans to acquire French startup Ubble, which operates a remote identity verification service. The deal should

Sencrop predicts weather conditions at a microclimate level for farmers

French startup Sencrop just raised an $18 million Series B funding round led by JVP. The company helps farmers mitigate all sorts of risks, from extreme weather events to diseases that affect various

Byrd nabs $56M to grow its European e-commerce logistics and fulfillment network as an alternative to Amazon

Shopify put a spotlight on the role and significance of logistics and fulfillment in e-commerce when it snapped up Deliverr for $2.1 billion last week to gain its own, direct foothold into providing t

Batteries have become VC and PE’s most electric investment opportunity

Five years ago, battery startups attracted important but not transformative investments. But money began pouring in toward the end of 2020. What changed?

Alan raises another $193 million for its medical one-stop shop startup

French startup Alan has raised a new €183 million funding round ($193 million at today’s exchange rate). The company sells its own health insurance products and has expanded to other medical produ

Binance gets regulatory nod in France, paving the way for Europe push

Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange by volume, has gained regulatory approval to provide digital asset services in France, the first European country where it has acquired such permissi

Meta faces years of tougher antitrust oversight in Germany

Facebook’s rebranded parent, Meta, has become the next tech giant to be confirmed as subject to a special competition abuse control regime in Germany, following a 2021 update to its digital comp

Charged with billions in capital, meet the 9 startups developing tomorrow’s batteries today

Today’s batteries are better in every respect than those made five years ago, but they still leave much to be desired. What’s needed are some breakthroughs.

How Lydia wants to make payments more personal and social

Yesterday, fintech startup Lydia unveiled a brand new design for its financial super app. And it’s an opinionated take on mobile payments — not just a fresh coat of paint. I sat down with the comp

Fishy business: Rooser raises $23M for its seafood trading platform

The fishing market globally was worth $253 billion in 2021, and despite the controversy that swirls around the industry, that figure continues to grow. Today a startup that has built a platform to mak

Report reveals Big Tech’s last minute lobbying to weaken EU rules

A new report has peeled back the curtain on big tech’s frenzied lobbying of European Union lawmakers as they finalize a major series of updates to the bloc’s digital rulebook. It reveals s

Deliveroo fined in France after court rules it abused riders’ rights

U.K. food delivery gig platform Deliveroo has lost a court challenge in France over the “freelancer” status of riders. Reuters reports that the company has been fined the maximum penalty o

Unpacking music streaming economics through the lens of Deezer’s SPAC

The Exchange procured Deezer's release and investor presentation. Let's parse the data and see what the economics of a smaller music streaming business look like today. 
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