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Pepper, founded by five Snap alums, has raised $5.6 million to help startups analyze their spend

For years, startups have been encouraged to grow at all costs. That hasn’t always turned out so well, and founders are feeling pressure for the first time in a long time to do a better job of ke

San Diego’s Trust & Will raises $6 million for online estate planning

Estate planning in the U.S. is a $180 billion industry and unlike many of the other areas in the multi-trillion dollar financial services market, it’s one that has yet to see a slew of technolog

Anyscale, from the creators of the Ray distributed computing project, launches with $20.6M led by A16Z

Open source has become a critical building block of modern software, and today a new startup is coming out of stealth to capitalise on one of the newer frontiers in open source: using it to build and

Automated web app testing startup ProdPerfect raises $13M Series A led by Anthos Capital

This morning ProdPerfect, a technology startup focused on web application testing, announced a $13 million Series A led by Anthos Capital. Anthos is perhaps best known for investing in Honey, a st

HackerRank acquires Mimir, an online platform for computer science courses

HackerRank, a popular platform for practicing and hosting online coding interviews, today announced that it has acquired Mimir, a cloud-based service that provides tools for teaching computer science

Google has fired another worker-activist

Google has fired another worker-activist, Kathryn Spiers. Spiers, who worked on the platform security team, was generally tasked with writing code for browser notifications to automatically notify emp

Satori Cyber raises $5.25M to help businesses protect their data flows

The amount of data that most companies now store — and the places they store it — continues to increase rapidly. With that, the risk of the wrong people managing to get access to this data

New media investment firm Attention Capital acquires Girlboss

Sophia Amoruso will join Attention Capital as a founder partner as part of the deal.

Lime now offers weekly subscriptions

Following in the footsteps of Lyft and its partner Uber, Lime is launching a subscription plan for its shared electric scooters. Called LimePass, riders who subscribe get access to unlimited free scoo

Rebank raises $2.8M to build a better banking experience for high-growth companies

Ask almost any startup founder and they’ll tell you that business banking is mostly broken. Legacy banks typically provide a clunky user experience trapped in the past. New challenger banks show

1-800 Contacts buys the at-home eye exam provider 6over6 Vision

New developments in sensor technologies, computer vision and machine learning technologies are combining to drive medical diagnostics further into the home and the latest company to make a move to pus

Alchemy is secretly fixing blockchain’s node nightmare

The top cryptocurrency companies have quietly begun to outsource their infrastructure problems to a tiny stealth startup. It’s called Alchemy. Today it’s making the big public reveal of it

French startup EfficientIP secures $11M from Jolt Capital to fight DDoS attacks

French startup EfficientIP, a network security and automation specialist, has secured an $11 million Series B investment from Jolt Capital in Paris. The investment will drive international expansion.

Payment startup Chipper Cash raises $6M for Southern Africa expansion

African cross-border fintech startup Chipper Cash has raised a $6 million seed round led by Deciens Capital. The San Francisco-based company offers mobile-based, no fee, P2P payment services in six co

Fashion platform Zilingo acquires Sri Lankan SaaS startup nCinga for $15.5M

Singapore’s fashion startup Zilingo has acquired Sri Lanka’s SaaS startup nCinga in a $15.5 cash and stock deal, the two said today. Founded in 2014, nCinga offers an IoT platform to enable real-t

Amazon’s third-party merchants are now barred from using FedEx Ground for Prime shipments

Third-party vendors were told by Amazon over the weekend that they are barred from using FedEx’s ground delivery services for Prime shipments. The Wall Street Journal reports that a message sent by

SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9 rocket and lands the booster, but misses the fairing catch

SpaceX has successfully launched its thirteenth rocket this year, and its eleventh Falcon 9 (the company also flew two Falcon Heavy missions in 2019). The launch included the re-use of a twice-flown F

Indian B2B food tech startup HungerBox raises $12M from Paytm and others

HungerBox, an Indian food tech startup that has courted 10 of the 11 largest companies in the country to use its services, today announced it has raised $12 million from Paytm and others as it looks t

Carbon will print parts for Lamborghini’s Sián FKP 37 hybrid sports car

Carbon today announced the expansion of its partnership with Lamborghini. The white-hot 3D-printing startup will manufacture central and lateral dashboard air vents for the carmaker’s Sián FKP hybr

Brand power vs. product power

Most tech companies — particularly B2B companies — either don’t understand the power of a brand, or do a really poor job of creating one.
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