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Lunar.dev wants to help developers take control of third-party API costs

Developers have been increasingly using third-party APIs to build their applications, and depending on the API, the costs can escalate quickly. It’s been challenging for companies to find ways t

Andy McLoughlin of Uncork Capital on the firm’s new funds, succession, and why next year could be a bloodbath (sorry, startups)

A few weeks ago, Uncork Capital shared the news that it recently closed on $400 million in capital commitments across two new funds: $200 million for a seed-stage vehicle and another $200 million for

New social investment platform Follow taps influencers to mirror their investment strategies

As Follow’s creator network grows, users can subscribe to additional creators to better diversity their portfolios.

Inscribe bags $25M to fight financial fraud with AI

Conor Burke spent much of his career in the back office of a big bank in Ireland. His team was tasked with digitizing the onboarding process — particularly document-heavy manual review workflows

Dry-cleaning robotics startup Presso pulls in another $8M

In late-2020, Presso pivoted. It made a lot of sense at the time. People weren’t traveling much and therefore weren’t particularly hung up on getting their business attire dry-cleaned. Certainly t

Stark wants to make it easier to design accessible websites and software

Stark is a startup that wants to help designers make software and websites more accessible for people with disabilities, and they’ve created a set of tools that plug into popular design tools and br

Fountain raises $100M to expand its applicant tracking system

The “Great Resignation,” the trend where workers are leaving their jobs at a higher-than-usual rate, is continuing unabated. According to a May PwC survey, 20% of employees said that they&

Mutiny, which personalizes website copy and headlines using AI, raises $50M

Advertising, particularly online advertising, isn’t a surefire way to bolster business. A report from ecommerce analytics platform Glew drives the point home: In 2015, 75% of retailers that spen

Torii puts your business teams in sync as your tech stack evolves

Torii shows customers which cloud apps they have and which are most appropriate for return on investment.

Meet Paysail, the startup making B2B payments faster using crypto

Companies use invoices to pay for many of their major costs, ranging from materials to contract work. Most still rely on solutions built on top of bank transfers or credit cards to complete cross-bord

Hallow, a religious app for Catholics, talks the talk as religious platforms draw investor attention

According to PitchBook data, faith-based, mostly Christian, apps attracted $175.3 million in venture funding this year through mid-December, more than tripling the $48.5 million they attracted from VC

Ex-Uber software engineers raise $3M for Sperta, a 6-month-old startup that wants to help fintechs better manage fraud risk

Working together at Uber’s risk team, Yifu Diao and Ming Fang came to realize that with the hypergrowth the company was seeing came fraud challenges. Diao’s first project at the company after star

Go grow your flow plateau with Centered’s calendar judo, radio and co-working combo

Centered is an app that’s designed to help you find your flow throughout the day, guard your calendar so you can get some work done and add a personal assistant to help keep you on track. The ap

As companies search for hourly workers, Fountain brings in $85M to assist them

Fountain’s technology whittles down the median days to hire to 8.70 from the industry average of 36 days.

UserGems raises $20M to take on ZoomInfo to help with prospecting and sales intelligence

Finding a way to connect with people who might buy from you, while spending less time pursuing those who will never be interested, is something akin to a holy grail of the world of sales and marketing

Continuum unveils its on-demand access marketplace for top-tier executive talent

Continuum’s model does the outbound work for companies and presents a list of executives, within 48 hours, who are available to start that day, working 15 or 20 hours per week.

Microsoft acquires TakeLessons, an online and in-person tutoring platform, to ramp up its edtech play

Microsoft said in January this year that Teams, its online collaboration platform, was being used by over 100 million students — boosted in no small part by the COVID-19 pandemic and many school

For VCs, the game right now is musical chairs

In many ways, there has never been a better time to be a venture capitalist. Nearly everyone in the industry is raking in money, either through long-awaited exits or because more capital flooding into

Upscribe, raising $4M, wants to drive subscription-first DTC brand growth

Merchants use Upscribe’s technology to drive subscriber growth, reduce churn and enable personalized subscription experiences, like skipping shipments and swapping out products.

Human Interest raises $200M at a $1B valuation, plans for an IPO

Less than six months after raising $55 million in a Series C round of funding, SMB 401(k) provider Human Interest today announced it has raised $200 million in a round that propels it to unicorn statu
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