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This week in TechCrunch podcasts: The new TC Pod, Chain Reaction, Found, Equity and The TechCrunch Live Podcast

TechCrunch is more than just a site with words. We’re also building a growing stable of podcasts focused on the most critical topics relating to the startup and venture capital worlds. To help y

Carbon capture is headed for the high seas

Unless you live near a port, you probably don’t think much about the tens of thousands of container ships tearing through the seas, hauling some 1.8 billion metric tons of stuff each year. Yet these

Daily Crunch: ‘Things don’t look good’: Y Combinator sends founders a 10-point survival strategy

Thursday May 19, 2022, and it’s the last day of our in-person Mobility event. Tomorrow we take the journey to the mean streets of the world wide web, and you can still join us virtually! — Haje an

YC advises founders to ‘plan for the worst’ amid market teardown

Y Combinator, a Silicon Valley kingmaker, is advising its portfolio founders to “plan for the worst” as startups across the globe scramble to navigate a sharp reversal after a 13-year bull run

Tractian, which uses AI to monitor industrial equipment, raises $15M

Tractian, a startup developing a product to monitor the status of machines and electrical infrastructure, today announced that it closed a $15 million Series A funding round led by Next47, with partic

Nigeria’s Topship raises $2.5M from Flexport and YC to help merchants with international shipping

African merchants encounter many challenges when it comes to international shipping, ranging from logistics and customs to hidden and excessive charges. Digital freight forwarders on the continent hav

Altro has raised $18M to help you build credit just by paying for your Netflix subscription

Michael Broughton was the first in his family to go to college. But he almost didn’t, when he had trouble securing the necessary financing to pay his tuition. The experience stuck with him, and when

Snap snaps up database developer KeyDB to make its infrastructure more snappy

As Snapchat’s app continues to grow, the company is turning to the open source community to help further improve its technology infrastructure. This morning, Snap announced it’s acquiring

Airbnb is reinventing itself — Brian Chesky tells us why

We sat down with founder and CEO Brian Chesky to discuss the release, where Airbnb is headed and how he's planning for the future.

Identitypass, an identity verification API for Africa, raises $2.8M seed funding

  Mobile penetration in Africa is growing impressively at about 46% as more people come online for the very first time. In turn, this has increased the market opportunity for startups, especially

Faire lands $416M extension from YC, Sequoia and others for online wholesale marketplace

Faire, which has built a marketplace connecting retailers to indie brands globally, has raised a $416 million extension to its Series G financing, more than doubling the size of the round, the company

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.

Manara gets $3M to grow tech talent pool in the Middle East and North Africa

Edtech startup Manara has raised $3 million in pre-seed funding for its cohort-based training ­­platform geared toward growing the tech-talent pool in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Daily Crunch: European startup studio eFounders unveils its next-generation CRM tool

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Afore’s fresh $150 million fund includes a plan to standardize the pre-seed world

Venture firm Afore Capital first splashed on the scene with the aim to institutionalize that angels, friends and family round. Now, after investing in over 80 companies over five years, the eight-pers

Deal-flow newsletters surface gold nuggets for investors

Why do investors want deal-flow newsletters? And what's in it for newsletter creators and the startups they feature? Let's explore.

Mooji is 3D printing plant-based meat

Earlier last month, we featured Mooji Meats, noting the food tech startup’s plans to raise a $2.5 million seed planned to accelerate its 3D printing technology. Turns out the Baltimore-based firm go

Zepto, a 10-minute grocery delivery app, raises $200 million at $900 million valuation

Instant grocery startup Zepto has raised $200 million in a new financing round as it looks to expand its 10-minute delivery service to more cities in India and grow its network of dark stores. Existin

TechCrunch+ roundup: Finding product-market fit, pitch deck teardown, getting into YC

"Trust me with what you don’t know or what’s not working," says GV investing partner Freerique Dame, "because once we invest, we’re going to have to work on this stuff anyway."

Back pain? This app uses your webcam to detect bad posture and says it doesn’t spy…

Are you slouching at your desk again? There’s an app for that… Zen uses posture mirroring software to help information workers stop hunching over their desks — sending alerts when it
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