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Space Angels’ Chad Anderson on entering a new decade in the ‘entrepreneurial space age’

Space Angels’ Chad Anderson on entering a new decade in the ‘entrepreneurial space age’ Space as an investment target is trending upwards in the VC community, but specialist firm Space Angels has been focused on the sector longer than most. The network of angel investors just published its most recent quarterly overview […]

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Visa is acquiring Plaid for $5.3 billion, 2x its final private valuation

Visa is acquiring Plaid for .3 billion, 2x its final private valuation Visa announced today that it is buying financial services API startup Plaid for $5.3 billion.  Plaid develops financial services APIs. It is akin to what Stripe does for payments, but instead of facilitating payments, it helps developers share banking and […]

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Twitter offers more support to researchers — to ‘keep us accountable’

Twitter offers more support to researchers — to ‘keep us accountable’ Twitter has kicked off the New Year by taking the wraps off a new hub for academic researchers to more easily access information and support around its APIs — saying the move is in response to feedback from the research community. […]

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Drone delivery startup Manna boosts seed funding ahead of launch in Ireland

Drone delivery startup Manna boosts seed funding ahead of launch in Ireland Listening yo the radio (yes it still exists) the other day I realized that the ‘futurist’ that was being interviewed was speculating that drones would “one day be delivering food, but not any time soon”. Well, so much for that […]

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VTEX, an e-commerce platform used by Walmart, raises $140M led by SoftBank’s LatAm fund

VTEX, an e-commerce platform used by Walmart, raises 0M led by SoftBank’s LatAm fund E-commerce now accounts for 14% of all retail sales, and its growth has led to a rise in the fortunes of startups that build tools to enable businesses to sell online. In the latest development, a company called […]

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Chaka opens up global investing to Africa’s most populous nation

Chaka opens up global investing to Africa’s most populous nation Fintech startup Chaka aims to open up online investingd to Africa’s most populous nation, Nigeria. The seed-stage company recently went live with its mobile-based platform that offers Nigerians stock trading in over 40 countries. Chaka positions itself as a passport to local […]

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Senegal’s NIMA Codes to launch address app in 15 African countries

Senegal’s NIMA Codes to launch address app in 15 African countries Senegalese startup NIMA Codes — a digital mapping service for locations without formal addresses  —  has upgraded its app and plans to go live in 15 African countries in 2020. The pre-seed stage startup launched in 2018 around an API that […]

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Duffel raises $30M led by Index Ventures to disintermediate legacy travel platforms

Duffel raises M led by Index Ventures to disintermediate legacy travel platforms Huge travel platforms that run airline booking systems like Sabre and Amadeus were invented eons ago and are so large and cumbersome that innovating with them is no easy feat. In the same way that challenger banks have come along […]

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Alexa, where are the legal limits on what Amazon can do with my health data?

Alexa, where are the legal limits on what Amazon can do with my health data? The contract between the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and ecommerce giant Amazon — for a health information licensing partnership involving its Alexa voice AI — has been released following a Freedom of Information request. The government […]

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Amazon introduces new $99 Eero mesh Wifi routers

Amazon introduces new Eero mesh Wifi routers Amazon is launching a new generation of Eero router, the first new iteration of Eero hardware since it acquired the company earlier this year. The new router is $99 for one, or available in a three-pack for $249, and is available in the U.S. today […]

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