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Africa’s ride-hail markets are hot spots for startups and VC – TechCrunch

Africa’s ride-hail markets are hot spots for startups and VC – TechCrunch

When it comes to VC, vehicles, and startups, Africa’s ride-hail markets are becoming a multi-wheeled and global affair. The big players such as Uber and Bolt are competing in Kampala and Nairobi—where in addition to car-service—they offer rickshaw taxis. On-demand motorcycle startups are multiplying and piloting EVs with funds from international partners. And many ride-hail companies in Africa […]

Unity, now valued at $6B, raising up to $525M – TechCrunch

Unity, now valued at $6B, raising up to $525M – TechCrunch

Unity’s private valuation is climbing but it’s growing unclear whether the company’s leadership is planning to take the 15-year-old gaming powerhouse public anytime soon. The company announced today that is has received signed agreements from D1 Capital Partners, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Light Street Capital, Sequoia Capital, and Silver Lake Partners to fund a […]

Is space truly within reach for startups and VC? – TechCrunch

Is space truly within reach for startups and VC? – TechCrunch

Elon Musk’s SpaceX managed to pull off something very few people thought it could — by disrupting one of the most fixed markets in the world with some of the most entrenched and protected players ever to benefit from government contract arrangements: rocket launches. The success of SpaceX, and promising progress from other new launch […]

Sales professionals get a bad rap — Bravado wants to change that – TechCrunch

Sales professionals get a bad rap — Bravado wants to change that – TechCrunch

Take a moment to imagine the most successful salesperson you know. Is it someone you respect? Probably not. That, precisely, is the problem Bravado — a startup emerging from stealth today with $12 million in backing from Redpoint Ventures, Freestyle Capital, Precursor Ventures, Village Global and Kindred Ventures — is working to solve. Sahil Mansuri, Bravado […]

With $160 million in new funding, Freenome looks to commercialize its blood test to detect colorectal cancer – TechCrunch

With $160 million in new funding, Freenome looks to commercialize its blood test to detect colorectal cancer – TechCrunch

One of the major problems that technology companies working to find a cure for cancer need to solve is finding a safe, minimally invasive way to detect cancers early. Almost all cancer screening will eventually require a biopsy, but determining whether that’s necessary in the early stages of cancer can mean the difference between life […]

Adam Nelson joins FirstMark Capital – TechCrunch

Adam Nelson joins FirstMark Capital – TechCrunch

Adam Nelson, an early Dropbox employee and partner at Social Capital, has today announced that he’s joined New York-based FirstMark Capital as a partner. Nelson was actually born and raised here in New York City on the Upper East Side and moved out to the West Coast when he attended Stanford for his MBA. It […]

Standard Cognition lands $35M at $535M valuation to battle Amazon Go – TechCrunch

Standard Cognition lands $35M at $535M valuation to battle Amazon Go – TechCrunch

EQT Ventures, Initialized Capital, CRV and Y Combinator have fueled Standard Cognition with another $35 million to help retailers battle Amazon. The deal values the San Francisco-based autonomous checkout startup, founded in 2017, at $535 million. Standard Cognition implants its AI-powered computer vision platform, which enables the autonomous checkout process, in brick-and-mortar stores. To date, […]

Raena raises $1.82 million to help influencers in Southeast Asia launch their own consumer brands – TechCrunch

Raena raises $1.82 million to help influencers in Southeast Asia launch their own consumer brands – TechCrunch

Raena, an Indonesian startup that helps social media influencers launch their own e-commerce brands, announced today that it has raised $1.82 million in seed funding. The round was led by Beenext, with participation from Beenos, Strive and the personal offices of Shailesh Rao, a partner with TPG Growth, and Sanjay Nath, managing partner of Blume […]

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