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Rabbit’s Jesse Lyu hops into StrictlyVC LA on February 29

We’re announcing an exciting addition to our speaker lineup for StrictlyVC Los Angeles on February 29. Jesse Lyu, founder and CEO of rabbit Inc., will be joining us and showcasing rabbit r1, the

State of venture investments in India, according to Lightspeed

Over 150 investors, including Singapore’s sovereign fund Temasek and Malaysia’s Khazanah, gathered at Mumbai’s five-star Trident Oberoi hotel on a recent Friday for venture firm Ligh

Vestwell raises $125M to help businesses power workplace savings programs

Vestwell, which provides the infrastructure for employers to power workplace savings programs, has raised $125 million in what the company describes as a “preempted” round of funding. Lightspeed V

ShareChat faces large valuation cut in new funding

ShareChat is in final stages of deliberations to secure about $50 million in new funding that trims the startup’s valuation to as low as below $1.5 billion, according to two sources familiar wit

ScaleOps looks to cut cloud bills by automating Kubernetes configurations

One of the advantages of using Kubernetes to handle container orchestration is that the containers are ephemeral, living only as long as needed and then going away. That was supposed to help solve a

Seed-stage investors react to higher hurdles for Series A funding

The hurdle for Series A funding is a lot higher than it was a year ago — and investors in seed-stage companies are having to respond. They don’t have much choice if they want their startups to

India’s Udaan scores $340 million in new funding

The investment arm of the U.K. retail bank M&G has led a funding of $340 million into Udaan, a business-to-business e-commerce startup, in one of the largest financing rounds secured by an Indian

Andalusia Labs raises $48M Series A to improve digital asset risk infrastructure

Alongside the fresh capital raise, Andalusia Labs opened its global headquarters in Abu Dhabi.

Pika, which is building AI tools to generate and edit videos, raises $55M

The generative AI hype hasn’t died down yet. Case in point, Pika, a startup creating an AI-powered platform to edit and generate videos from captions and still images, today announced that it ra

CPG manufacturing platform Keychain raises $18 million

Keychain seeks to use artificial intelligence to help brands find their perfect manufacturing partners.

Nirvana nabs $57M to make AI inroads into commercial trucking insurance

Nirvana Insurance — an insurance startup taking a new approach to insurance products for commercial fleets using artificial intelligence, telematics, internet-of-things technology and 15 billion

For VCs in India, bank is the new hot investment

Several Indian startups, along with venture capital funds and private equity investors, are scrambling to build investment strategies as they race to tap into a rare available opportunity in the natio

Cato Networks, valued at $3B, lands $238M ahead of its anticipated IPO

Cato Networks, the Tel Aviv-based startup that packages software-defined networking, managed cybersecurity and global backbone services into a single offering, today announced that it raised $238 mill

Lightspeed backs Markato, a marketplace that helps independent brands break into Asia

During the pandemic, almost all retailers in Asia established an e-commerce presence and adopted digital payments. But one thing that didn’t change was sourcing, say the founders of cross-border mar

LatAm startups playing ‘on hard mode,’ fintech and AI with VC Mercedes Bent

This is our Wednesday show, in which we sit down with a guest, talk about their work and unpack the rest.

Endor Labs, which helps companies secure their open source packages, raises $70M

Endor Labs, which offers a platform developers can use to manage and secure their open source dependencies, today closed a $70 million Series A round led by Lightspeed Venture Partners with participat

Inworld, a generative AI platform for creating NPCs, lands fresh investment

For a recovering gamer like me, one of the most exciting applications of generative AI is dynamic dialogue. I’m not suggesting AI replace writers — goodness forbid. But as anyone who&#8217

FrontRow, a learning platform featuring celebrities, shuts down

FrontRow, a hobby-learning and community platform featuring celebrities in India, has shut down, TechCrunch has learned and confirmed. The three-year-old startup sought to build a community where well

Redpanda nabs $100M Series C as streaming service experiences significant growth

Redpanda helps companies capture data in real time in a modern context, providing a new way to stream data while maintaining backwards compatibility with Kafka, the popular open source streaming proje

Supercritical, a carbon removal marketplace aimed at tech firms, raises $13M Series A led by Lightspeed

Supercritical, the carbon removal marketplace aimed (at the moment) mainly at tech companies that want to hit “net zero,” has raised a $13 million Series A funding round, led by Lightspeed
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