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Daily Crunch: Twitter has a record week  

Twitter sees record downloads, Signal adds a new face-blurring feature and Facebook rethinks its approach to government-backed media. Here’s your Daily Crunch for June 5, 2020. 1. Twitter has a record-breaking week as users looked for news of protests and COVID-19 Civil unrest due to the nationwide George Floyd protests drove Twitter to a record […]

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2020-06-05 12:59:13



Africa's top angel Tomi Davies eyes startups and co-investors  

When Nigerian angel investor Tomi Davies backed his first company — Strika Entertainment in 2001 — he admits he wasn't aware of his future role. "I was just helping out friends. I didn't know it was angel investing. I didn't know there was a structure to it," he said. Seven years later, Davies received a […]

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2020-06-05 12:22:13



Big tech should create a national service program to make the US more united  

Our tech giants can jointly pull off the largest pivot in Silicon Valley history to start the American Service Corps. This lofty idea may sound impractical, but it is within their reach.

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2020-06-05 12:04:39



Budget devices are still the heart of Motorola's portfolio  

People were already buying fewer handsets well before COVID-19 came into our lives. Now that the pandemic has impacted most of the world, however, those figures have taken an even more sizable dip — with shipments down 12% by the latest count. Budget devices have managed to hold firm in some markets, however, as consumers […]

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2020-06-05 09:35:53



YC-backed Tajir raises $1.8M to help mom-and-pop stores source inventory in Pakistan  

A number of high-profile firms and startups have set up logistics networks in India in the last decade as they attempt to digitize neighborhood stores. Bangalore-headquartered startup Udaan, for instance, works directly with brands and sellers to source inventory and sells and delivers it to stores through its business-to-business marketplace. It's a big opportunity. Most […]

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2020-06-05 09:33:51



Slack's new integration deal with AWS could also be about tweaking Microsoft  

Slack and Amazon announced a big integration late yesterday afternoon. As part of the deal, Slack will use Amazon Chime for its call feature, while reiterating its commitment to use AWS as its preferred cloud provider to run its infrastructure. At the same time, Amazon has agreed to offer Slack as an option for all […]

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2020-06-05 08:35:17



PhotoRoom automagically removes background from your photo  

Meet PhotoRoom, a French startup that has been working on a utility photography mobile app. The concept is extremely simple, which is probably the reason why it has attracted a ton of downloads over the past few months. After selecting a photo, PhotoRoom removes the background from that photo and lets you select another background. […]

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2020-06-05 08:30:41



How to get the most from your corporate VC after you get the check  

As with many business partnerships, the key to creating an initial relationship that's built to last is setting expectations at the outset.

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2020-06-05 08:19:48



Join Eventbrite CEO Julia Hartz for a live Q&A: June 11 at 3 pm EST/Noon PDT/7 pm GMT  

One of the earliest disruptions created by the novel coronavirus manifested in the form of event cancellations. Some of the world’s biggest tech conferences, like F8 and Google NEXT, got postponed and others turned to digital options to still connect. Even Disrupt is going digital this year. It is an unprecedented time for the events […]

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2020-06-05 05:54:32



The IPO window is open (again)  

Whether or not you feel that this SaaS player was worth the revenue multiple its original, $8 billion valuation dictated, the message was clear: the IPO window is open.

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2020-06-05 05:52:21



As Bandcamp waives fees again, labels donate their portion to justice programs  

There's a decent chance buying music is the furthest thing from your mind right now, and I can't say I blame you. Here in the States, 108,000 people are dead due to COVID-19, and protests against the killing of George Floyd raged on for an eighth night. Neither of these society-shaping events are set to […]

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2020-06-05 05:32:35



15 things founders should know before accepting funding from a corporate VC  

Here's a list of the top 15 things every founder should know before signing a term sheet with a CVC.

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2020-06-05 04:17:41



India's Reliance Jio Platforms to sell $1.2 billion stake to Mubadala  

Abu Dhabi-based sovereign firm Mubadala has become the latest investor in Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio Platforms, joining five American firms including Facebook and Silver Lake that have secured stakes in India's biggest telecom operator at the height of a once-in-a-century global pandemic. Mubadala said it had agreed to invest $1.2 billion in Reliance Jio Platforms […]

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2020-06-05 04:10:30



A message from the Equity crew  

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week, however, the Equity crew (Danny, Natasha, Chris, and Alex) agreed it felt silly to drum up false enthusiasm for funding rounds and startups. Instead, we talked about a more critical topic: systemic racism in the United […]

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2020-06-05 03:46:23



What grocery startup Weee! learned from China's tech giants  

When Larry Liu moved to the U.S. in 2003, one of the first challenges he experienced was the lack of Chinese ingredients available in local groceries. A native of Hubei, a Chinese province famous for its freshwater fish and lotus-inspired dishes, Liu got by with a limited supply found at local Asian groceries in the […]

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2020-06-05 02:53:07



UK's COVID-19 health data contracts with Google and Palantir finally emerge  

Contracts for a number of coronavirus data deals that the U.K. government inked in haste with U.S. tech giants, including Google and Palantir, plus a U.K.-based AI firm called Faculty, have been published today by openDemocracy and law firm Foxglove — which had threatened legal action for withholding the information. Concerns had been raised about […]

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2020-06-05 01:41:14



OTTO Motors raises $29M to fill factories with autonomous delivery robots  

When Clearpath Robotics CEO and co-founder Matthew Rendall looks at the “miles” of roads inside industrial factories, he sees them filled with autonomous vehicles. And in the past five years, the company has inched toward that goal through its industrial division OTTO Motors. The division, which launched in 2015, has landed a number of customer […]

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2020-06-04 21:02:10



Here's what is driving GM's reported plans to develop a commercial electric van  

GM’s electric offensive to bring at least 20 new EVs to market by 2023 reportedly includes a commercial van. Reuters reported Thursday that the company is developing an electric van for the commercial market code named BV1. The vehicle is expected to start production in late 2021 and will use the Ultium battery system that […]

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2020-06-04 17:26:48



Mercato Partners just launched Savory, a $90 million fund focused on fueling fast-casual restaurant concepts  

Mercato Partners, a 13-year-old, Salt Lake City, Utah-based investment firm that oversees a growth fund, a secondary investment fund and a venture fund, has launched yet another fund — this one a $90 million vehicle that the firm says will be used to invest in restaurant concepts that are gaining traction. Its timing is interesting, […]

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2020-06-04 16:09:33



Facebook adds labels identifying state-controlled media  

Facebook will soon add labels to news outlets owned or otherwise controlled by a government, marking that information as, if not necessarily false or unreliable, at least worth considering the origin of. Those so labeled will also be banned from buying ads starting this summer. The company announced its plan to do this a few […]

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2020-06-04 15:20:36



Ethena raises $2 million in seed funding for smarter anti-harassment software  

Corporate harassment training is often defined by mandatory annual workshops, stock photo-ridden curricula and, often, outdated scenarios. Harvard graduates Roxanne Petraeus and Anne Solmssen think there's a business in doing better than that. The duo co-founded Ethena, a software-as-a-service startup that sells anti-harassment training software that is more comprehensive and flexible than the status quo. […]

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2020-06-04 15:04:16



A new Java-based ransomware targets Windows and Linux  

Security researchers have discovered a new kind of ransomware that uses a little-known Java file format to make it more difficult to detect before it detonates its file-encrypting payload. Consulting giant KPMG’s incident response unit was called in to run the recovery effort at an unnamed European educational institute hit by a ransomware attack. BlackBerry’s […]

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2020-06-04 13:49:13



Daily Crunch: Snapchat says it won't promote Trump  

Snapchat is the latest social media company to take on the president, Fitbit gets approval for its emergency ventilator and we review the new Sonos soundbar. Here’s your Daily Crunch for June 4, 2020. 1. Snapchat is no longer promoting Trump's posts Snap announced that it will not be promoting content from President Donald Trump's […]

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2020-06-04 13:11:02



Anti-phishing startup Inky raises $20M to ramp up enterprise adoption  

Anti-phishing startup Inky has raised $20 million in its Series B round of funding, led by Insight Partners . The funding will help the company push for greater enterprise adoption and expand to international markets, including Europe, Asia and Latin America. Inky started a decade ago with a bold mission to reinvent email with its […]

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2020-06-04 12:24:15



Kids now spend nearly as much time watching TikTok as YouTube in US, UK and Spain  

A new study on kids’ app usage and habits indicates a major threat to YouTube’s dominance, as kids now split their time between Google’s online video platform and other apps, like TikTok, Netflix and mobile games like Roblox. Kids ages four to 15 now spend an average of 85 minutes per day watching YouTube videos, […]

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2020-06-04 12:22:08



Google says Iranian, Chinese hackers targeted Trump, Biden campaigns  

Google security researchers say they’ve identified efforts by at least two nation state-backed hackers against the Trump and Biden presidential campaigns. Shane Huntley, director for Google’s Threat Analysis Group, said in a tweet that hackers backed by China and Iran recently targeted the campaigns using malicious phishing emails. But, Huntley said, there are “no signs […]

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2020-06-04 12:20:58



The Sonos Arc is an outstanding soundbar, on its own or with friends  

Sonos has been releasing new hardware at a remarkably consistent and frequent pace the past couple of years, and what’s even more impressive is that these new releases are consistently excellent performers. The new Sonos Arc soundbar definitely fits that pattern, delivering the company’s best ever home theater sound device with performance that should convert […]

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2020-06-04 11:51:49



VMware acquires network security firm Lastline, said to lay off 40% of staff  

VMware is acquiring network security firm Lastline, TechCrunch has learned. Since its launch in 2012, Lastline raised about $52.2 million, according to Crunchbase. Investors include Thomvest Ventures, which led the company’s $28.5 million Series C round in 2017; Redpoint and e.ventures, which led the company’s 2013 funding round; and Barracuda Networks, NTT Finance and Dell […]

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2020-06-04 11:43:09



Nielsen finds connected TV viewing remains higher than pre-COVID-19 levels, despite lockdowns lifting  

The significant increases in TV watching and streaming services that were seen during the COVID-19 lockdowns in the U.S. may represent the new normal, new data from Nielsen suggests. During the height of the lockdowns, the weekly time spent watching connected TVs grew alongside overall media use, rising by over a billion hours in the […]

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2020-06-04 11:42:02



Unpacking ZoomInfo's IPO as the firm starts to trade  

My read of this odd deal is that it demonstrates that the IPO window is reasonably open, even today.

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2020-06-04 11:31:05



Twitter has a record-breaking week as users looked for news of protests and COVID-19  

Civil unrest due to the nationwide George Floyd protests drove Twitter to see a record number of new installs this week, according to data from two app store intelligence firms, Apptopia and Sensor Tower. While the firms’ exact findings differed in terms of the total number of new downloads or when records were broken, the […]

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2020-06-04 11:22:32



New York City's Wi-Fi kiosks memorialize the dead, amid citywide protests  

Since late-2015, LinkNYC kiosks have become a mainstay among New York's sidewalks. A more modern replacement for decaying and disused public pay phones, the nine-foot-tall towers provide corners with access to public Wi-Fi, USB charging and access to emergency services. The most striking aspect however, are the large side displays that alternate between advertising and […]

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2020-06-04 11:15:41



Workshops, pitches and the shortlist of Europe's hottest startups in The Europas Awards  

Well the votes from the public and the judges are in and we can finally reveal the shortlist for The Europas Awards 2020 to find the hottest European tech startups! The entries were sorted and sifted by journalists to compile an editorially-driven 'long list' of some of Europe's most exciting startups and investors. The list […]

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2020-06-04 10:35:44



Fitbit gains FDA authorization for its low-cost emergency ventilator  

Fitbit has secured an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Fitbit Flow emergency ventilator. The ventilator hardware is low-cost, and doesn’t require very much training or expertise to use, making it a good solution for deployment in scenarios where healthcare systems are overwhelmed by resource strain stemming […]

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2020-06-04 10:09:34



Sourcing software provider Keelvar raises $18M from Elephant and Mosaic  

It was perhaps not until the COVID-19 pandemic hit the planet that most of us had ever heard or uttered the phrase "supply chain". But in a global economy that had become drunk and lazy on 'just in time ordering' and similar, the threat to supply chains of things like, oh, food, from that pesky […]

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2020-06-04 09:55:41



Cowboy releases updated e-bike with new carbon belt  

Electric-bike maker Cowboy has released a new iteration of its bike, the Cowboy 3. It's a relatively small update that should make the experience better for newcomers. The first orders will be delivered at the end of July and the Cowboy 3 is now slightly more expensive at €2,290 or £1,990 ($2,500). The bike still […]

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2020-06-04 09:46:50



Top cybersecurity VCs share how COVID-19 has changed investing  

The coronavirus pandemic is, without doubt, the greatest challenge the world has faced in a generation. But the wheels of the world keep turning, albeit slower than during normal times. But where the world has faced challenges, the cybersecurity industry remains largely unscathed. In fact, some cybersecurity businesses are doing better than ever because cybersecurity […]

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2020-06-04 09:19:34



All Facebook users can now access a tool to port data to Google Photos  

Facebook’s photo transfer tool is now available globally half a year on from an initial rollout in Europe, the company said today. The data portability feature enables users of the social network to directly port a copy of their photos to Google's eponymous photo storage service via encrypted transfer, rather than needing to download and […]

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2020-06-04 08:47:13



SaaS earnings rise as pandemic pushes companies more rapidly to the cloud  

As the pandemic surged and companies moved from offices to working at home, they needed tools to ensure the continuity of their business operations. SaaS companies have always been focused on allowing work from anywhere there’s access to a computer and internet connection, and while the economy is reeling from COVID-19 fallout, modern software companies […]

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2020-06-04 08:15:33



Amazon reportedly considering $2 billion stake in Indian telecom operator Bharti Airtel  

Amazon .com may follow its American peer Facebook’s footsteps in securing a slice of India's booming telecom market. The e-commerce giant, which has invested over $6.5 billion in India, is in early-stage talks to buy a 5% stake worth at least $2 billion in Bharti Airtel, the third-largest telecom operator in India, according to unnamed […]

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2020-06-04 08:02:22



Signal now has built-in face blurring for photos  

Apps like Signal are proving invaluable in these days of unrest, and anything we can do to simplify and secure the way we share sensitive information is welcome. To that end Signal has added the ability to blur faces in photos sent via the app, making it easy to protect someone’s identity without leaving any […]

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2020-06-04 07:54:35



Lego pauses marketing of police sets, amid protests  

Earlier this week, Lego sent a letter to affiliates requesting a wide range of kits be removed from all sites and marketing. The list featured a number of different kits involving police minifigs (yes, including “Donut Shop Opening”), along with the White House. There's been some murky information surrounding the extent of Lego's move, but […]

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2020-06-04 07:32:44



Searchable.ai nabs additional $4M seed to continue building AI-driven search  

Searchable.ai is an early-stage startup in the alpha phase of testing its initial product, but it has an idea compelling enough to attract investment, even during a pandemic. Today the company announced an additional $4 million in seed capital to continue building its AI-driven search solution. Susquehanna International Group and Omicron Media co-led the round […]

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2020-06-04 07:13:28



Global smartphone shipments set to drop 12% in 2020  

Another troubling report for the smartphone industry this week. This time the numbers come from IDC, which puts shipments at an 11.9% year-over-year decline for 2020. The number reflects a steep drop off in Q1, followed by what what will likely be continued struggles for companies to regain footing. In fact, the report goes on […]

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2020-06-04 07:05:46



Slack drops 10%+ after its revenue growth, guidance fail to impress  

Today Slack reported its earnings results for the three months ending April 30, 2020, the first quarter of its fiscal 2021. The well-known SaaS chat service posted revenue of $201.7 million, up 50% compared to its year-ago period. Slack also reported an adjusted per-share loss of $0.02, and per-share losses of $0.13 when counting all […]

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2020-06-04 06:28:35



Nanox, maker of a low-cost scanning service to replace X-rays, expands Series B to $51M  

A lot of the attention in medical technology today has been focused on tools and innovations that might help the world better fight the COVID-19 global health pandemic. Today comes news of another startup that is taking on some funding for a disruptive innovation that has the potential to make both COVID-19 as well as […]

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2020-06-04 06:18:18



Prosecutors seek arrest warrant against Samsung heir Jay Lee  

South Korean prosecutors said on Thursday that they have filed an arrest warrant for Samsung Group’s anointed heir Jay Y. Lee and two other former company executives as part of a sprawling investigation into an alleged accounting fraud and a controversial merger that shook the country. In May, Lee appeared before prosecutors to be questioned […]

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2020-06-04 05:51:36



SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites and achieves a reusability record for a Falcon 9 booster  

SpaceX launched its second Falcon 9 rocket in the span of just four days on Wednesday at 9:25 PM EDT (6:25 PM PDT). This one was carrying 60 more satellites for its Starlink constellation, which will bring the total currently in operation on orbit to 480. The launch took off from Florida, where SpaceX launched […]

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2020-06-04 03:28:55



FTC fines kids' app developer HyperBeard $150K for use of third-party ad trackers  

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today announced a settlement of $150,000 with HyperBeard, the developer of a collection of children’s mobile games over violations of U.S. Children's Online Privacy Protection Act Rule (COPPA Rule). The company’s applications had been downloaded more than 50 million times on a worldwide basis to date, according to data […]

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2020-06-04 02:39:59



Bryter raises $16M for a no-code platform for non-technical people to build enterprise automation apps  

Automation is the name of the game in enterprise IT at the moment: we now have a plethora of solutions on the market to speed up your workflow, simplify a process, and perform more repetitive tasks without humans getting involved. Now, a startup that is helping non-technical people get more directly involved in how to […]

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2020-06-04 02:33:09



Singapore-based caregiving startup launches Homage Health for online and home medical consultations  

Homage, the Singapore-based startup that matches families and caregivers, has launched a new service that provides home medical visits, telehealth consultations and medication delivery. Called Homage Health, the service was already being developed before the COVID-19 pandemic, but co-founder and CEO Gillian Tee told TechCrunch that its launch was accelerated because many of the company's […]

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2020-06-04 02:23:13



Why you should worry about data transparency  

Leaders of firms that thrive in the coming years must be prepared for success in fits and starts.

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2020-06-04 02:06:17



Amazon Air adds 12 new aircraft to its cargo fleet, expands its ground operations  

Amazon announced today it has added 12 new cargo aircraft to Amazon Air, bringing its total fleet to more than 80 aircraft, in part because of increased demand for shipments during the COVID-19 pandemic. The converted Boeing 767-300 were leased from the Air Transport Services Group. Amazon said one of the planes will begin transporting […]

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2020-06-04 01:49:56



As Americans look to escape, this peer-to-peer RV rental startup is happy to accommodate them  

The world feels as fragile as ever, and those with any options at all are looking to get away this summer. For many, planes and hotel rooms won’t be an option they consider owing to continued concerns about the coronavirus (not to mention the expense, which 40 million fewer Americans can likely afford). That leaves […]

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2020-06-04 01:21:40



Daily Crunch: Zoom reports spectacular growth  

Zoom’s latest earnings report was even better than expected, SoftBank announces a new fund to invest in founders of color and Google pulls a trending app that targets apps from China. Here’s your Daily Crunch for June 3, 2020. 1. Remote work helps Zoom grow 169% in one year, posting $328.2M in Q1 revenue Zoom's […]

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2020-06-03 21:58:03



Challenger bank Varo, soon to become a real bank, raises $241M Series D  

Mobile banking startup Varo Money has raised an additional $241 million in Series D funding, the company announced today. The investment was co-led by new investor Gallatin Point Capital and existing investor The Rise Fund, co-founded by TPG. Also participating in the round were Bono (yes, that one), along with entrepreneur, impact investor and movie […]

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2020-06-03 21:55:40



Snapchat is no longer promoting Trump's posts  

Snap announced this morning that it will not be promoting content from President Trump’s Snapchat account in its Discover tab following statements from Trump last week on Twitter, which threatened that protestors could be met with "vicious dogs" and "ominous weapons.” The move is notable for many reasons, but is particularly interesting because social media […]

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2020-06-03 21:37:14



One way to change the startup equation: make wider access to capital mandatory  

As protests continue across the U.S. and beyond, there has been chatter this week in Silicon Valley and the venture industry more broadly about race and which venture firms have done a better job of diversifying their ranks and founder bets. There have been mea culpas, promises by firms to hold themselves more accountable, vows […]

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2020-06-03 21:31:37



Join us to watch five startups pitch off at Pitchers & Pitches on June 10th  

If you want to capture investor attention, you need a killer pitch. And that's under normal circumstances. You've probably noticed that circumstances are anything but normal. With a global pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis, you'll need to up your pitching game and get ready to bring the heat. We can help. Register today for […]

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2020-06-03 21:08:40



Google and Walmart's PhonePe establish dominance in India's mobile payments market as WhatsApp Pay struggles to launch  

In India, it’s Google and Walmart-owned PhonePe that are racing neck-and-neck to be the top player in the mobile payments market, while Facebook remains mired in a regulatory maze for WhatsApp Pay's rollout. In May, more than 75 million users transacted on Google Pay app, ahead of Walmart -owned PhonePe's 60 million users, and SoftBank […]

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2020-06-03 19:53:44



Andreessen Horowitz launches $2.2M fund to invest in underserved founders  

Andreessen Horowitz announced today in a blog post that it is launching a fund designed to invest in underrepresented and underserved founders. The Talent x Opportunity (TxO) fund, which a16z says was in the works for six months, starts with $2.2 million in donations from the firm's partners. TxO will be invested in a small […]

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2020-06-03 16:11:43



A COVID-19 resilience test for B2B companies  

While we are seeing lower valuations, we believe certain B2B technology companies may be uniquely poised to thrive, and are pursuing investment opportunities in this space with a renewed focus.

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2020-06-03 15:46:48



Decentralized identity management platform Magic launches from stealth with $4M  

For developers looking to quickly build identity management into their platforms, the most readily available options don’t stray far from the internet’s biggest, most data-hungry platforms. Magic, a small SF startup building a decentralized blockchain-based identity solution, wants to create a seamless experience that feels similar to login workflows from apps like Slack and Medium […]

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2020-06-03 15:15:09



Monzo to lay off up to 120 employees as the 'economic situation' remains challenging  

Monzo, the U.K. challenger bank, continues to be faced with tough decisions linked to the coronavirus crisis and resulting economic downturn. Following the shuttering of its Las Vegas-based customer support office and almost 300 staff being furloughed in U.K., the company has announced internally that up to 120 U.K. staff are being made redundant. Reuters […]

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2020-06-03 13:53:44



Paperwork automation platform Anvil raises $5 million from Google's Gradient Ventures  

Remote work has changed the tools offices need for communicating asynchronously across meetings and chat, but not all collaboration takes place in neat little chat bubbles. Anvil is a San Francisco startup that’s aiming to transform how businesses collaborate around the humble PDF. Anvil’s automation platform levels up Google Forms and allows customers to digitize […]

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2020-06-03 12:54:53



Kitty Hawk ends Flyer program, shifts focus to once-secret autonomous aircraft  

Kitty Hawk is shutting down its Flyer program, the aviation startup’s inaugural moonshot to develop an ultralight electric flying car designed for anyone to use. The company, backed by Google co-founder Larry Page and led by Sebastian Thrun, said it’s now focused on scaling up Heaviside, a sleeker, more capable (once secret) electric aircraft that […]

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2020-06-03 11:26:40



Watch SpaceX launch its latest batch of Starlink satellites, including one with a sun visor  

SpaceX just executed its most important and historic launch ever this past weekend, flying NASA astronauts for the first time. On Wednesday, it’s set to follow that up with a less significant Falcon 9 rocket launch, but one that’s still vital to the company’s future. This mission is the latest of SpaceX’s Starlink launches, which […]

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2020-06-03 07:19:36



University entrepreneurship — without the university  

If the pandemic forces school closings for the long-run, students will have to deal with more than a semester with an easier course load.

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2020-06-03 06:37:21



Robotics startup lets machines get closer as humans keep their distance  

Using micro-location robotics, this MIT spinout is tracking five miles of New York subway, showing the transportation authority where six of its trains are — down to the centimeter.

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2020-06-03 06:08:53



CES set for an in-person event in 2021  

CES 2020 barely made it in under the wire, before COVID-19 gripped the world. The following month, Barcelona's MWC was ultimately shut down, as the pandemic began to move across Europe. That was the first of many dominoes to fall, as events were either taken online or canceled altogether. Seems CES won't miss a beat, […]

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2020-06-03 02:58:41



Black tech leaders issue call to action to fight racial injustice in the Bay Area  

As a tumultuous week of protests draws broad attention to America’s open wounds of racist police violence, a coalition of Black founders, advocates, investors and other leaders are issuing a call to action for those in the tech industry to stand against the systemic forces that continue to claim Black lives. The effort, called “Black […]

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2020-06-03 02:36:46



How to attract more than 10 million TikTok followers in 5 months  

Gaining millions of followers on social media is really hard for people and brands. It's time-consuming, it requires sacrifice and it sucks in the beginning.

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2020-06-03 02:25:50



NetApp to acquire Spot (formerly Spotinst) to gain cloud infrastructure management tools  

When Spotinst rebranded to Spot in March, it seemed big changes were afoot for the startup, which originally helped companies find and manage cheap infrastructure known as spot instances (hence its original name). We had no idea how big at the time. Today, NetApp announced plans to acquire the startup. The companies did not share […]

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2020-06-03 02:14:56



RiskIQ adds National Grid Partners as securing data becomes a strategic priority for utilities  

RiskIQ, a startup providing application security, risk assessment and vulnerability management services, has added National Grid Partners as a strategic investor.  The funding from the investment arm of National Grid, a multinational energy provider, is part of a $15 million new round of financing designed to take the company’s technology into critical industrial infrastructure — […]

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2020-06-03 02:08:25



Trump's executive order attacking social media companies faces its first legal challenge  

An executive order from the White House targeting Twitter for moderating one of the president’s posts is being challenged in a new lawsuit from a digital rights group. The president signed the order last week after Twitter added a fact-checking label to one of his tweets that made false claims about mail-in voting. The order, […]

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2020-06-02 21:41:27



What motivates innovative entrepreneurs: Money or altruism?  

To be truly inclusive — of gender, culture and background — we must be intentional in how we inspire and support entrepreneurs. We must speak to both instincts: the hero and the helper.

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2020-06-02 16:54:24



Pitch deck teardown: The making of Atlassian's 2015 roadshow presentation  

In 2015, Atlassian was preparing to go public, but it was not your typical company in so many ways. For starters, it was founded in Australia, it had two co-founder co-CEOs, and it offered collaboration tools centered on software development. That meant that the company leaders really needed to work hard to help investors understand […]

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2020-06-02 15:56:41



Ahead of its 2015 debut, Atlassian's IPO deck detailed a financial rocketship  

TechCrunch recently dug into Atlassian’s IPO deck, detailing how the company prepped the document and took it on the road. It’s worth your time. Read it. It’s always interesting to dig into a company’s IPO documents and decks after they’ve debuted, as with the benefit of passed time we can learn quite a lot. This […]

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2020-06-02 15:42:25



Peloton's fitness app finally lands on Apple TV  

Since announcing in March that they were extending for a short time the free trial of their digital subscription from 30 to 90 days, Peloton has been rolling out more support for TV screens, adding Android TV back in April and announcing today that they’ve launched an official Apple TV app. Shelter-in-place and the associated […]

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2020-06-02 14:09:49



Zigazoo launches to be a 'TikTok' for kids, surpasses 100,000 uploads and downloads  

Like many parents, Zigazoo founder Zak Ringelstein worries about his children's screen time. His worries only grew when COVID-19 led to school shutdowns and kids came home to a world of remote learning. Now, as lockdowns extend, Ringelstein is learning to embrace screen time as a way to sneak education and entertainment into his kids' […]

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2020-06-02 13:59:06



LinkedIn introduces new retargeting tools  

LinkedIn is announcing some new features for advertisers — retargeting capabilities tied to video ads and lead-generation forms, as well as new brand safety integrations for the LinkedIn Audience Network. Abhishek Shrivastava, the senior director of product for LinkedIn Marketing Solutions, told me that his team has been shifting its product plans in response to […]

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2020-06-02 13:46:03



12 top cybersecurity VCs discuss investing, valuations and no-go zones  

Cybersecurity is by far the most important area in any industry. Without it, we would be in hacker open season. But cybersecurity is difficult to get right. One wrong move and you can leave the door open for data breaches, ransomware and nation state-backed espionage. That’s why there’s such an intense focus on cybersecurity from an […]

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2020-06-02 13:40:20



OurCrowd launches $100M Pandemic Innovation Fund  

OurCrowd, the Israeli crowdfunding venture investment platform, today announced the launch of its Pandemic Innovation Fund, with plans to raise a total of $100 million. The money will be invested in “urgent technological solutions for the medical, business, educational and social needs triggered by global pandemics and other health emergencies.” The fund will invest in […]

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2020-06-02 13:29:38



Tovala gobbles up $20M for its smart oven+meal kit service  

Meal kits have had a rush of interest in recent months, with people turning to them to vary the pace of (and in some cases, completely replace) making meals at home, or ordering take out, at a time when many of us are spending a lot of time at home. Now a startup that has […]

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2020-06-02 12:31:01



Researchers find exposed data on millions of users of quiz app, TVSmiles  

TVSmiles, a Berlin-based mobile native advertising app whose users earn digital currency in exchange for engaging with branded content such as quizzes, apps and videos, has suffered a data breach. Security researcher UpGuard disclosed in a report today that it found an unsecured Amazon S3 bucket online last month — containing personal and device data […]

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2020-06-02 12:05:40



Tech companies mark Blackout Tuesday  

Over the weekend, music industry execs Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang called on fellow industry members to protest police violence against black people by pausing operations for the day. The pair created the site and hashtag #theshowmustbepaused, which spread quickly throughout social media as people looked for a way to offer solidarity with nationwide and […]

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2020-06-02 11:31:07



Podcast app Majelan pivots to premium audio content around personal growth  

French startup Majelan is pivoting a year after launching a podcast player and service. The company, created by former Radio France CEO Mathieu Gallet and Arthur Perticoz, is ditching the podcast aggregation side of its business and focusing on premium audio content going forward. Like many podcast startups, Majelan faced some criticism shortly after its […]

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2020-06-02 11:08:14



Bird shuts down Circ operations in Middle East, scraps as many as 10,000 scooters  

Bird has shut down scooter sharing in several cities in the Middle East, an operation that was managed by Circ, the micromobility startup it acquired in January. About 100 Circ employees have been laid off and as many as 10,000 Circ scooters have been sent to a third-party UAE-based company for recycling, according to multiple […]

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2020-06-02 10:56:27



Tictrac secures $7.5M to expand employee wellbeing platform as WFH balloons  

"Employee Wellbeing" SaaS platforms have been around for some time. Both regulation and increasing stress levels and health problems in the workplace have fed the rise of this sector of tech, and with many corporates painting long-term contracts with providers, it's a lucrative business. Furthermore, with the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, large remote-workforces look here to […]

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2020-06-02 10:46:38



Atlassian launches new DevOps features  

Atlassian today launched a slew of DevOps-centric updates to a variety of its services, ranging from Bitbucket Cloud and Pipelines to Jira and others. While it’s quite a grabbag of announcements, the overall idea behind them is to make it easier for teams to collaborate across functions as companies adopt DevOps as their development practice […]

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2020-06-02 10:43:20



Venture firms rush to find ways to support Black founders and investors  

As protests against police brutality and economic manifestations of systemic racism in the U.S. continue, venture capital firms are joining the chorus of technology industry advocates lending their support to the cause. For the past three days, technology company executives and the investors who backed them have issued statements of support for the protests and […]

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2020-06-02 10:39:55



BBC releases first beta of its Beeb voice assistant to UK Windows Insider members  

Back in August 2019, the BBC made some waves with the news that it was developing a voice assistant called Beeb, an English language “Alexa” of its own that could interact with and control its array of radio and TV services, and its on-demand catalogue, and able to understand the array of accents you find […]

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2020-06-02 09:36:51



The Roku Channel expands to include over 100 live channels, adds a Live TV guide  

Roku is expanding its free live, linear channel lineup that’s part of its free movies and TV hub, The Roku Channel. In the U.S., Roku customers will now be able to stream from more than 100 live channels, including those offering free access to news, sports, movies, TV, kids and family programming, lifestyle content and […]

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2020-06-02 09:14:11



Europe asks for views on platform governance and competition tools  

The European Commission is asking for views on how online platforms should be regulated in future, launching a public consultation today on the forthcoming Digital Services Act (DSA). This pan-EU legislative proposal, due before the end of the year, is slated to rework the regional rulebook for digital services, including tackling controversial issues such as […]

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2020-06-02 08:23:05



Overjet raises $7.85M for its dental-focused AI tech  

Overjet, a startup focused on using AI to help dentists and insurance companies understand dental scans, today announced that it has raised $7.85 million in what it describes as a seed round. According to Overjet’s CEO Wardah Inam (an MIT PhD in electrical engineering and computer science), the company raised the funds from Crosslink Capital, […]

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2020-06-02 07:37:32



Vroom targets nearly $2B valuation in impending IPO  

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. Used-car marketplace Vroom continued its march towards going public yesterday with the release of an updated IPO filing. The documents it filed provides pricing information for a somewhat odd public offering. As a business, the heavily […]

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2020-06-02 07:25:38



Alibaba adds financing tools and online trade shows for U.S. merchants  

Alibaba.com is introducing new tools targeted specifically at U.S. merchants. It sounds like the Chinese e-commerce giant has already been making inroads in the United States. John Caplan, the North American and European president of Alibaba.com (the B2B marketplace that serves as the core business of Alibaba Group), said at an online press briefing that […]

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2020-06-02 07:10:16



Apple further expands into original podcasts with launch of 'The Zane Lowe Interview Series'  

Apple has quietly expanded its original podcast efforts with Friday’s launch of The Zane Lowe Interview Series, available on Apple Music and via RSS. Though technically not Apple’s first-ever podcast, the new series is the first series aimed at Apple’s consumers that focuses exclusively on entertainment content. The episodes in the series will feature Apple’s […]

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2020-06-02 06:27:01



Remote work helps Zoom grow 169% in one year, posting $328.2M in Q1 revenue  

Today after the bell, video-chat service Zoom reported its Q1 earnings. The company disclosed that it generated $328.2 million in revenue, up 169% compared to the year-ago period. The company also reported $0.20 per-share in adjusted profit during the three-month period. Analysts, as averaged by Yahoo Finance, expected Zoom to report $202.48 million in revenue, […]

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2020-06-02 06:24:17



A service that detects 'China apps' goes viral in India  

The app’s name says it all: Remove China Apps. Developed by a self-proclaimed “Indian startup” named OneTouch AppLabs, Remove China Apps crossed 1 million downloads within 10 days of launch in May. Its overnight success came amid rising China-Indian tensions over the countries’ disputed border in the Himalayas. Most of the app’s installs are found […]

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2020-06-02 05:50:37






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