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Helping big banks out-Affirm Affirm and out-Chime Chime, gives Amount a $681 million valuation

Helping big banks out-Affirm Affirm and out-Chime Chime, gives Amount a 1 million valuation Amount, a new service that helps traditional banks compete in a digital world, has raised $81 million from none other than Goldman Sachs as it looks to help legacy fintech players compete with their more nimble digital counterparts. […]

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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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Investors back Pacific Consolidated Holdings to merge leading LA-based liquor and weed delivery companies

Investors back Pacific Consolidated Holdings to merge leading LA-based liquor and weed delivery companies There’s a new company that’s sitting on top of some of the fastest growing consumer-facing businesses in the world — liquor and marijuana delivery — and its name is Pacific Consolidated Holdings Group. The investment firms and executive […]

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Omio takes $100M to shuttle through the coronavirus crisis

Omio takes 0M to shuttle through the coronavirus crisis Multimodal travel platform Omio (formerly GoEuro) has raised $100M in late stage funding to help see its business through the coronavirus crisis. It also says it’s eyeing potential M&A opportunities within the hard-hit sector. New and existing investors in the Berlin -based startup […]

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Carta’s former marketing VP, who spearheaded its report on pay inequality, is suing over gender discrimination

Carta’s former marketing VP, who spearheaded its report on pay inequality, is suing over gender discrimination Emily Kramer joined the Silicon Valley company Carta to build up the company’s brand. Now, the company’s former VP of marketing is looking to shine a light on Carta for another reason: in a new lawsuit […]

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China Roundup: Mega trade fair goes online, anti-China sentiment hobbles developers

China Roundup: Mega trade fair goes online, anti-China sentiment hobbles developers Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what those events mean to people in the rest of the world. This week, we are seeing the backlash Chinese tech companies […]

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Zipline begins US medical delivery with UAV program honed in Africa

Zipline begins US medical delivery with UAV program honed in Africa Drones are being deployed in the fight to curb COVID-19 in the U.S. Novant Health and California based UAV delivery startup Zipline have launched distribution of personal protective gear and medical equipment in North Carolina. Novant is a non-profit healthcare provider […]

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Novastar Ventures becomes $200M African VC fund after $108M raise

Novastar Ventures becomes 0M African VC fund after 8M raise African startups have another $100 million in VC to pitch for after Novastar Ventures’ latest raise. The Nairobi and Lagos based investment group announced it has closed $108 million in new commitments to launch its Africa Fund II, which brings Novastar’s total […]

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Adding three more companies to the $100M ARR club

Adding three more companies to the 0M ARR club Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. When we kicked off our series on private companies that have reached $100 million ARR, we didn’t expect it to last. Maybe a […]

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Nigeria’s Helium Health raises $10M Series A for Africa expansion

Nigeria’s Helium Health raises M Series A for Africa expansion Nigerian startup Helium Health sits in a good position during a difficult period, according to its co-founder. The Lagos based healthtech venture is in the black, has batted away acquisition offers, and just raised a $10 million Series A round, CEO Adegoke […]

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