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Y Combinator abruptly shutters YC China

Y Combinator abruptly shutters YC China Prolific startup accelerator Y Combinator has abandoned plans to establish a branch of the program in China. The company cites a general change in strategy, but a deafening silence on the complexity and controversy of working with China right now suggests there’s more at play. In […]

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Convoy raises $400 million to expand its on-demand trucking platform

Convoy raises 0 million to expand its on-demand trucking platform Convoy, the digital freight network that connects truckers with shippers, has raised $400 million in a Series D funding round as it aims to scale its business amid an increasingly competitive market. The funding round brings Convoy’s post-money valuation to $2.75 billion. […]

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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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Scanwell Health launches smartphone tests for UTIs in partnership with Lemonaid Health

Scanwell Health launches smartphone tests for UTIs in partnership with Lemonaid Health Companies continue to refine digital diagnostic tools for in-home healthcare at a rapid clip. The latest to launch is an at-home test for urinary tract infections from the Los Angeles-based startup Scanwell Health. The company was founded by Stephen Chen, […]

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Meet Utah’s next unicorn

Meet Utah’s next unicorn Weave, a developer of patient communications software focused on the dental and optometry market, was the first Utah-headquartered company to graduate from Y Combinator in 2014. Now, it’s poised to enter a small but growing class startups in the ‘Silicon Slopes’ to garner ‘unicorn’ status. The business announced […]

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Growth is out, profitability is in

Growth is out, profitability is in Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week Kate and Alex held the reins as a duo (check out our chat with Greylock’s Sarah Guo from last week here) to dig into an enormous raft […]

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Vendr, already profitable, raises $2M to replace your enterprise sales team

Vendr, already profitable, raises M to replace your enterprise sales team Vendr has developed an enterprise SaaS solution for managing enterprise SaaS. The new startup, founded by InVision’s former head of enterprise sales Ryan Neu, is another standout from Y Combinator’s latest batch. Contrary to the majority of those businesses, however, Vendr […]

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Demodesk scores $2.3M seed for sales-focused online meetings

Demodesk scores .3M seed for sales-focused online meetings Demodesk, an early stage startup that wants to change how sales meetings are conducted online, announced a $2.3 million seed investment today. Investors included GFC, FundersClub, Y Combinator, Kleiner Perkins and an unnamed group of angel investors. The company was a member of the […]

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Superhuman founder seeks to raise debut venture fund

Superhuman founder seeks to raise debut venture fund The founder of one of 2019’s most buzzworthy startups is putting on his VC hat. Rahul Vohra, the creator of the $30/month subscription emailing service Superhuman, and Todd Goldberg, the founder of the marketing business Mailjoy, are circulating a pitch deck to potential limited […]

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All Raise expands to new geos, launches ‘VC Cohorts’

All Raise expands to new geos, launches ‘VC Cohorts’ Dozens of impeccably dressed women outfitted in jumpsuits and Rothy’s gathered at the Greylock offices last week for a “structured networking” session hosted by All Raise, an 18-month-old nonprofit organization that seeks to amplify the voices of and support women in tech. The […]

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