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SoftBank Vision Fund invests $275M in India’s Lenskart

SoftBank Vision Fund invests 5M in India’s Lenskart Lenskart, an omni-channel retailer in India that sells eyewear products, said on Friday that it has raised $275 million in a new financing round from SoftBank Vision Fund as it looks to expand its business in the nation. As part of the new financing […]

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Robotic safety inspectors net Gecko Robotics $40 million

Robotic safety inspectors net Gecko Robotics million Gecko Robotics has landed $40 million in financing as it looks to build an additional 40 robots over the next year to meet what the company sees as growing demand for its safety and infrastructure monitoring services. “We are growing fast solving a critical infrastructure […]

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Why Notion is staying small as its valuation gets bigger

Why Notion is staying small as its valuation gets bigger Work tools startup Notion, which recently reached a reported $800 million valuation, isn’t on the verge of a big SoftBank round. In fact, COO Akshay Kothari says the startup has “never felt like if we had more money we could grow faster.” […]

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Engineer.ai launches its Builder Now platform for rapid app prototyping and building

Engineer.ai launches its Builder Now platform for rapid app prototyping and building Engineer.ai combines AI with crowdsourced teams of designers and developers to build bespoke digital products faster that it would take to create a team.At least that’s what they say. Last year it raised one of Europe’s largest Series A investments […]

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India’s financial services firm Paytm raises $1B

India’s financial services firm Paytm raises B Paytm said on Monday it has raised $1 billion in a new financing round as the Noida-headquartered firm, which once dominated the local mobile payments market, attempts to fight back giants Google, Walmart’s PhonePe, and Facebook. The company said the new financing round, dubbed Series […]

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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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New York State Attorney General reportedly investigating WeWork

New York State Attorney General reportedly investigating WeWork WeWork is reportedly being investigated by the New York State Attorney General. According to Reuters, the NYAG’s questions include if WeWork founder and former CEO Adam Neumann engaged in self-dealing. A WeWork spokesperson said in an email that “we have received an inquiry from […]

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Opera’s Africa fintech startup OPay gains $120M from Chinese investors

Opera’s Africa fintech startup OPay gains 0M from Chinese investors Africa focused fintech startup OPay has raised a $120 million Series B round backed by Chinese investors. Located in Lagos and founded by consumer internet company Opera, OPay will use the funds to scale in Nigeria and expand its payments product to […]

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SoftBank Vision Fund’s Carolina Brochado is coming to Disrupt Berlin

SoftBank Vision Fund’s Carolina Brochado is coming to Disrupt Berlin SoftBank’s Vision Fund has single-handedly changed the game when it comes to tech startup investment. And that’s why I’m excited to announce that SoftBank Vision Fund investment director Carolina Brochado is joining us at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin. Carolina Brochado isn’t a newcomer […]

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Relocating Indonesian capital will impact nation’s startup ecosystem

Relocating Indonesian capital will impact nation’s startup ecosystem Hugh Harsono Contributor Hugh Harsono is a former financial analyst currently serving as a U.S. Army officer. More posts by this contributor Why the world’s first smart highway will most likely be in China Why the future of Chinese e-commerce is in its rural […]

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