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Meet the startups competing at TC Sessions: Crypto

We’re thrilled to announce the three early-stage startups that will take the stage and go head-to-head in the pitch competition at TC Sessions: Crypto — this Thursday, November 17, in Miami. There

Payload raises $4.7M for its developer-first headless CMS

Payload, which develops a headless open source content management system (CMS), today announced that it has raised a $4.7 million seed round led by Google’s AI-focused Gradient Ventures. Other i

Gradient backs Butter’s operating system for food distribution businesses

Many small to mid-sized food distributors still run on pen and paper. This makes it difficult to pinpoint things like how certain products are performing and customer churn. It also makes it hard for

Galaxy and Gradient VCs will judge the TC Sessions: Crypto Pitch-off

One of the most popular activities at a TechCrunch conference is watching top-notch early-stage founders square off in a pitch competition. Seriously, who doesn’t love a pitch-off? And the Crypto Pi

AI-powered videoconferencing platform Headroom raises $9M

Headroom, a startup developing AI-powered software to make meetings ostensibly more efficient, today announced that it raised $9 million in funding led by Equal Opportunity Ventures with participation

Dropbase can help turn your messy spreadsheet into queryable SQL database

It’s not unusual for a tech company to be born by accident. Famously, Slack was created as a byproduct of a now defunct gaming company. Similarly, when Dropbase founders Jimmy Chan and Ayazhan Zhakh

Gradient Ventures-backed Shypyard aims to ‘raise the sales’ for DTC merchants

Shypyard provides tools for entrepreneurs who want to start an e-commerce business but don’t know how to do it.

Syrup Tech bags $6.3M to develop some sweet inventory-planning software

With supply chain woes affecting commerce, Syrup Tech provides real-time inventory recommendations so merchandisers know if they need to quickly reorder or can wait.

Google’s Gradient backs Penny to help UK workers merge and manage their pension pots

Pensions, by just about any estimation, are a good thing. Ever since the U.K. government introduced auto-enrolment to the national workforce back in 2012, forcing employers to provide a workplace pens

Meta and Google’s Gradient back LatAm startup OlaClick

More than 80% of food delivery orders in Latin America are still made over phone calls and settled with cash. OlaClick, a young startup that is helping these restaurants sell online and collect money

Gradient Ventures backs Mentum’s goal to democratize investment services in LatAm

The company offers technology in the form of APIs and widgets that businesses can use to create investment products for their customers.

The BNPL crackdown hasn’t crushed Walnut and its latest $110M Series A

Walnut was founded by Roshan Patel and Yash Joshi to bring the buy now, pay later model to healthcare, arguably the home of some of the least transparent and taxing financial transactions. After being

The rise of the Black Angel Group inside of Alphabet

A year ago, inside of the corporate leviathan Alphabet, Black Googlers and other Black Alphabet employees were invited to some informal programming around angel investing during Black History Month. I

PopSQL aims to be a modern data team’s best friend

PopSQL enables users to connect to the database, write a SQL query and easily share it with others.

Dyspatch helps companies create emails you’ll actually want to open

The company’s email production tool essentially takes the tips and tricks from people designing email well and makes it widely accessible.

Gradient, 10xFounders back Zowie’s no-code, e-commerce customer service tool

Customer service tickets tend to fall into the same few buckets — returns, refunds or quality control questions. Not only are these repetitive, but it leaves little time for customer engagement on m

Crypto API provider Conduit wants to be the Stripe of decentralized finance

Financial institutions continue to search for ways to pile into the crypto market, and decentralized finance (DeFi) products are one mechanism that could help them capture share. Investors in DeFi pro

Factor raises seed round to streamline an overlooked part of the supply chain

The “last mile” in the supply chain has gotten lots of attention during the pandemic. Even e-commerce giants like Amazon have struggled to surmount the challenges of distributing product fast enou

Social Chat launches with $6M to bring brands closer to their customers

Social Chat was founded on the premise that social commerce should be the standard for every store, and it may very well be soon.

Mage aims to be the ‘Stripe for AI;’ raises $6.3M for developer tools to build AI into apps

Product developers want to use AI, but don't always have the right tools to do it without relying on data scientists.
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