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SoftBank sinks $200M into Andela, propels company into unicorn territory

CEO Jeremy Johnson sees more competition coming into the global tech talent hiring space as he saw the number of Andela applicants increase 5x in the past six months.

Cybersecurity startup Sternum raises $27M to ‘immunize’ IoT devices

Sternum, a three-year-old IoT cybersecurity startup based in Tel Aviv, has secured $27 million in Series B funding, led by Spark Capital. Internet of Things devices are more popular than ever, yet cy

Shepherd raises $6.2M seed round to tackle the construction insurance market

Shepherd fits into a theme of neoinsurance providers selling more to other companies than to consumers -- and wagering on there being margin elsewhere in the insurance world to attack.

Zeal banks $13M to offer employers a ‘build your own’ payroll product infrastructure

Enterprises use Zeal to pay large volumes of workers and keep payment data on their own native systems.

Crypto infra startup Fireblocks raises $310M, triples valuation to $2.2B

The latest financing brings Fireblocks’ total raised since its 2018 inception to $489 million. The valuation boost correlates with its increase in customers and ARR this year.

Spinn taps into $40M to create better coffee brewing, discovery experiences

When you are a coffee lover, taste matters, and Spinn is brewing up some fresh funding to bring connected coffee to new customers through its hardware-enabled coffee marketplace.

Cybereason raises $275M at Series F, adds Steven Mnuchin to board

Cybereason, a U.S.-Israeli late-stage cybersecurity startup that provides extended detection and response (XDR) services, has secured $275 million in Series F funding.  The investment was led by Libe

Australian fintech Zeller lands $50M AUD led by Spark Capital at a $400M AUD valuation

Zeller, a Melbourne-based fintech founded by former Square executives to serve small- to mid-sized businesses, has raised $50 million AUD (about $37.5 million USD) led by Spark Capital, the investment

Amid controversy, Dispo confirms Series A funding, high-profile advisors and investors

It’s only been nine months since Dispo rebranded from David’s Disposable. But the vintage-inspired photo-sharing app has experienced a whiplash of ups and downs, mostly due to the brand’s origin

Dooly raises $80M more for its AI tools to help salespeople manage their busywork

Salespeople have more tools than ever these days to help them with their work, whether they are tools to source new leads, keep those leads interested or informed about what’s being sold, track

Handshake raises $80M at a $1.5B+ valuation as its diversity-focused recruitment network for grads passes 18M users

Job-hunting for those close to leaving or just out of college is a different ballgame these days than it used to be. Gone (at least for now) are the open job fairs and so-called milk rounds where pros

Wunderite raises $3M to build software for indie insurance agencies

This morning Wunderite, a Boston-based software startup, announced that it has raised $3 million in an early-stage round led by Spark Capital. Wunderite builds and sells software designed to help insu

Remote hiring startup Deel raises $156M at a $1.25B valuation after 20x growth in 2020

Many of the world’s organizations shifted to remote work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But even as more people are vaccinated and offices are planning re-openings, it’s clear that for some organiz

Daily Crunch: Investors back away from Dispo

Dispo is in the midst of a sexual assault controversy, Zoom introduces an SDK and Android owners will have to continue waiting for Clubhouse access. This is your Daily Crunch for March 22, 2021. The b

Spark Capital decides to ‘sever all ties’ with David Dobrik’s Dispo app weeks after leading deal

Venture capital firm Spark Capital has decided to “sever all ties” with Dispo, a photo-sharing app co-created by famous YouTuber David Dobrik. The move, announced by the firm late Sunday,

Gowalla raises $4 million from GV and Spark for its AR social app

The newly resurrected Gowalla wants to realize its mobile dreams from the early-aughts in an augmented reality world, and they’ve raised some new funding to make it happen. The AR startup tells

X1 Card raises $12 million for its credit card with limits based on your income

X1 Card is raising a $12 million funding round. The company is building a credit card that sets limits based on your current and future income, not your credit score. Spark Capital is leading the roun

Mirror founder Brynn Putnam on life with Lululemon — and whether or not she sold too soon

Brynn Putnam has a lot to feel great about. A Harvard grad and former professional ballet dancer who opened the first of what have become three high-intensity fitness studios in New York, she then lau

MessageBird, the ‘omnichannel platform-as-a-service,’ raises $200M Series C at $3B valuation

MessageBird, the Amsterdam-headquartered cloud communications company, has raised $200 million in Series C funding in a round led by Silicon Valley’s Spark Capital. The new investment gives 2011-fou

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