Series A

Venture deal pace is starting to ramp back up as Q4 looms

After months of declining venture deal activity, investors are starting to get active again, especially at the early stages.

Kenya’s insurtech Turaco maintains 1 billion user target as it raises $10M funding

Insurance penetration in Africa is currently below 3% largely attributable to the slow adoption of innovation in the sector. Many underwriters rely on traditional systems involving agents and lots of

Draftea kicks off LatAm fantasy football with NFL partnership, fresh funding

Draftea, which calls itself the first daily fantasy sports company in Spanish-speaking Latin America, is taking fantasy football (not fútbol) to the region in a new partnership with the National Foot

Let’s talk about party rounds

Party rounds have been around for over a decade and a subject of debate for just as long. The positives are obvious. The cons are more complicated.

Stacked gets $13M to be the Twitch for web3 gamers

Few areas in tech today are as polarized as the blockchain gaming space. Legacy developers and gamers are calling play-to-earn games Ponzi schemes, while crypto-believers say games that incorporate &#

Otter.ai challenger Airgram raises $10M to transcribe and time your video calls

There’re plenty of tools out there competing to help people make their video calls breezier. Some, like voice transcription service Otter.ai, have been getting a boost from the COVID-19 pandemic

Pinata raised $21.5M to scale NFT media infrastructure

Pinata, an NFT-focused media distribution platform, has raised a total of $21.5 million in funding, the company exclusively told TechCrunch. This is the only capital the four-year-old company has rais

There’s always another nightmarish crypto hack around the corner

Welcome back to Chain Reaction. Last week, we looked at the near-term future for crypto gaming as VCs zero in on where to place consumer bets. This week, we’re looking at hardware wallets and th

Can VCs game crypto out of this downturn?

Welcome back to Chain Reaction. Last week, we looked at Musk holding onto doge. This week, we’re talking about where all of this crypto VC money is possibly gonna go. To get this in your inbox e

Theator, an AI platform that analyzes surgery videos, closes out its Series A at $39.5M

When it comes to video-based data, advances in computer vision have given a huge boost to the world of research, making the process of analyzing and drawing insights from moving images something that

The arrest heard ’round the crypto world

Hey everyone, and welcome back to Chain Reaction. Last week, we discussed $4.5 billion in new crypto funds from a16z. This week, we’re talking about the arrest that has everyone in the NFT space

Sanlo, a startup that offers app and game developers access to financial tools and capital, raises $10M

Sanlo, a San Francisco-based fintech startup that offers small to medium-sized game and app companies access to tools to manage their finances and capital to fuel their growth, has raised $10 million

Felt’s $15 million chance to prove that maps are the next big medium

Despite economic turmoil in the tech world, an Oakland-based startup shows that moonshots are still getting funded. Felt, co-founded by Sam Hashemi and Can Duruk, wants to disrupt the role of maps in

Need advice on navigating a tough startup market? Start here

The market for startup investment has changed. From the hottest year in startup VC history to a period of pessimism, how did we get here? This digest of TechCrunch coverage looks to answer that.

Enveil, a provider of encrypted, privacy-focused search and analytics tools, raises $25M

Collectively, as we mature as a digital society, many of us are getting more aware, and more wary, of how our profiles and information exist and are used (and misused) online. A similar theme has also

TechCrunch+ roundup: Immigration law Q&A, finding your problem, why a16z pitched Deel

This week, we're running several articles on entrepreneurship as TechCrunch staffers recap their conversations and panel discussions from our Early Stage event earlier this month. Stay tuned!

Raising a Series A in a market of mixed messages

For startups graduating past the seed stage and thinking about landing that coveted Series A, what’s the best way to navigate a market of mixed messages?

Why a16z pitched Deel to lead its Series A

Deel CEO Alex Bouaziz didn't have a pitch deck to share on TechCrunch Live. That's because Deel raised a total of $629 million without one.

Fintech NovoPayment raises first venture round in 15 years to expand its full-stack banking API platform

The digital transformation of banking and payments services is a red-hot trend that’s shown no signs of slowing down. Banking-as-a-service (BaaS) products like Synapse, Unit and Bond have helpe

BlueOcean raises $30M for its AI-based brand intelligence platform

The medium is the message more than ever these days, and brands are faced with a challenge — but also opportunity — to capture what consumers think about them and their products if they ca
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