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Taiwan’s entrepreneurs move forward after tense presidential election

Taiwan’s entrepreneurs move forward after tense presidential election Last Saturday, Taiwanese voters re-elected President Tsai Ing-wen to her second term after an election that split the country among generational and ideological lines. A crucial issue were the differences in how Tsai, a member of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and her main […]

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Startups Weekly: Plaid’s $5.3B acquisition is a textbook Silicon Valley win

Startups Weekly: Plaid’s .3B acquisition is a textbook Silicon Valley win Hi everyone, my name is Eric Eldon and I’m the new writer of the Startups Weekly newsletter.  I’ll be picking my favorite explicitly startup-focused articles of the week for you from Extra Crunch (where I’m the editor now), as well as […]

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LaunchDarkly CEO Edith Harbaugh explains why her company raised another $54M

LaunchDarkly CEO Edith Harbaugh explains why her company raised another M This week, LaunchDarkly announced that it has raised another $54 million. Led by Bessemer Venture Partners and backed by the company’s existing investors, it brings the company’s total funding up to $130 million. For the unfamiliar, LaunchDarkly builds a platform that […]

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As Alphabet crests the $1T mark, SaaS stocks reach all-time highs of their own

As Alphabet crests the T mark, SaaS stocks reach all-time highs of their own Continuing our irregular surveys of the public markets, two things happened this week that are worth our time. First, a third domestic technology company — Alphabet — passed the $1 trillion market capitalization threshold. And, second, software as […]

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Eaze’s struggles reflect falling VC interest in cannabis startups

Eaze’s struggles reflect falling VC interest in cannabis startups Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. Yesterday, TechCrunch reported that Eaze, a well-known cannabis-focused startup, is struggling to stay in business amidst a cash crunch, leadership turmoil, banking issues and […]

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Harvestr gathers user feedback in one place

Harvestr gathers user feedback in one place Meet Harvestr, a software-as-a-service startup that wants to help product managers centralize customer feedback from various places. Product managers can then prioritize outstanding issues and feature requests. Finally, the platform helps you get back to your customers once changes have been implemented. The company just […]

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Chinese podcasting and audio content app Lizhi debuts on Nasdaq

Chinese podcasting and audio content app Lizhi debuts on Nasdaq Lizhi, one of China’s biggest audio content apps, is debuting on Nasdaq today under the ticker symbol LIZI. It is the first of its major competitors, Ximalaya and Dragonfly, to go public (though Ximalaya is expected to also list in the United […]

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Caregiving startup Homage raises $10 million Series B to enter new Asian markets

Caregiving startup Homage raises million Series B to enter new Asian markets In many countries, an aging population coupled with a low birth rate is increasing the demand for qualified caregivers. In Asia, the need is especially urgent because rapid demographic shifts and changing social structures means family members who traditionally cared […]

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Funnel closes $47M Series B to prepare marketing data for better reporting and analysis

Funnel closes M Series B to prepare marketing data for better reporting and analysis Funnel, the Stockholm-based startup that offers technology to help businesses prepare — or make “business-ready” — their marketing data for better reporting and analysis, has closed $47 million in Series B funding. Leading the round is Eight Roads […]

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SpinLaunch spins up a $35M round to continue building its space catapult

SpinLaunch spins up a M round to continue building its space catapult SpinLaunch, a company that aims to turn the launch industry on its head with a wild new concept for getting to orbit, has raised a $35M round B to continue its quest. The team has yet to demonstrate their kinetic […]

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