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Cyber Monday scams? Fakespot says it can identify fraudulent reviews and sellers online

Cyber Monday scams? Fakespot says it can identify fraudulent reviews and sellers online The pandemic has made it all but impossible for a retail company without an online presence to survive. Yet while companies heavily dependent on foot traffic like J.Crew and Sur la Table have filed for bankruptcy this year, companies […]

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African fintech startup Chipper Cash raises $30M backed by Jeff Bezos

African fintech startup Chipper Cash raises M backed by Jeff Bezos African cross-border fintech startup Chipper Cash has raised a $30 million Series B funding round led by Ribbit Capital with participation of Bezos Expeditions — the personal VC fund of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Chipper Cash was founded in San Francisco in […]

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Insight Partners, Precursor Ventures join Hustle Fund in raising new fund money

Insight Partners, Precursor Ventures join Hustle Fund in raising new fund money Even as the country is in the final days of a polarizing election, the cogs of VC never stop turning. On this ever-so-quiet, non-election-news Tuesday, venture firms still managed to file paperwork with the SEC indicating newly raised funds. Precursor […]

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Springboard raises $31 million to expand its mentor-guided education platform to more geographies

Springboard raises million to expand its mentor-guided education platform to more geographies Springboard, an online education platform that provides upskilling and reskilling training courses to people looking to learn in-demand roles, has raised $31 million in a new financing round as it looks to expand to more geographies. The Series B financing […]

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5 VCs agree: COVID-19 reshaped adtech and martech

5 VCs agree: COVID-19 reshaped adtech and martech We last surveyed VCs about their advertising and marketing investment strategies back in January — which is to say, in a completely different world, before the coronavirus pandemic began to wreak havoc on the global economy. While there don’t appear to be any comprehensive […]

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NextView Ventures is launching a remote accelerator for startups

NextView Ventures is launching a remote accelerator for startups Over the weekend, Silicon Valley leader Marc Andreessen broke his usual silence and gave some advice to Silicon Valley: It’s time to build. The famed investor urged CEOs, entrepreneurs and investors alike to welcome new companies into their circles. The blog post details […]

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Founder worries increase as investors pump the brakes

Founder worries increase as investors pump the brakes Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. So far, 2020 has proven to be a year of surprises and disappointments. Over the past month, we’ve seen companies like Toast go from […]

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TechCrunch’s favorite companies from 500 Startups’ latest demo day

TechCrunch’s favorite companies from 500 Startups’ latest demo day Today 500 Startups hosted a virtual demo day for its 26th batch of startups, a group of companies that TechCrunch covered back in February. 500 is not the only accelerator that moved its traditional investor pitch event online; Y Combinator made a similar […]

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Meet 500 Startups’ 26th batch of startups

Meet 500 Startups’ 26th batch of startups Following TechCrunch’s coverage of 500 Startups’ 25th batch (and numbers 24, 23, 22, and 21, in case you wanted to go back in time), today we’re saying hello to  the accelerator’s 26th cohort. 500 Startups, in case you weren’t aware, is a seed-stage accelerator and […]

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Where top VCs are investing in adtech and martech

Where top VCs are investing in adtech and martech Lately, the venture community’s relationship with advertising tech has been a rocky one. Advertising is no longer the venture oasis it was in the past, with the flow of VC dollars in the space dropping dramatically in recent years. According to data from […]

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