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STARTUP • News
Maritime recruitment platform Seafair gets $5.7M led by General Catalyst
October 19, 2021
The people who work on shipping vessels are vital to world trade, but they still experience a lot of arcane hiring processes. Many lack transparency about important things like pay or even the working conditions of they ships they will spend months on. Maritime recruitment platform Seafair was created to solve these problems. It vets […]
Aiven snags $60M investment on $2B valuation, up from $800M in March
October 18, 2021
Aiven, a Finnish startup that helps companies combine various open source technologies with public cloud infrastructure resources, announced a $60 million investment on a $2 billion valuation today. The news follows a $100 million investment in March at an $800 million valuation, a hefty increase in such a short time. World Innovation Labs and IVP […]
Deep tech startups in need of funding should consider federal grants
October 18, 2021
Applying for a federal grant doesn’t preclude you from accepting VC. What it does is diversify your fundraising mix and add a layer of credibility, which in the end helps you reach viability faster.
What you should know about prepping your startup for the public markets
October 18, 2021
Many founders aspire to an IPO, even if the average time horizon has now stretched as capital flows into the market. But how to get a company ready for an IPO isn't usual fare in startup conversations.
Leveraging customer feedback and data to iterate on your product
October 18, 2021
We held a panel during Disrupt with Jean-Denis Grèze of Plaid, Stephanie Mencarelli of InVision and Pete Thompson of eBay on being data driven, segmenting your user base, iteration speed and more.

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STARTUP • Business
Managed open source data infrastructure provider Aiven raises $60M
October 19, 2021
Aiven, a provider of managed services for open source data infrastructure projects, has raised $60 million at a $2 billion valuation. 
Deloitte: Online entertainment and games prosper as most consumers still don’t go out
October 19, 2021
About 84% of consumers are spending more time with online entertainment and many younger consumers are playing games.
Venture Deals
Spacelift Scores $15M in Series B
October 18, 2021
REDWOOD CITY, CA, Code platform startup Spacelift has raised $15M in Series B funding led by Insight Partners.
Our Next Energy Lands $25M in Series A
October 18, 2021
DETROIT, MI, Assembly Ventures announced its investment into Our Next Energy Inc. (ONE), a Michigan-based energy storage solutions startup.
TripleBlind Lands $24M in Series A Funding
October 18, 2021
KANSAS CITY, MO, TripleBlind, a private data sharing company, has received $24 million in Series A funding led by General Catalyst and Mayo Clinic.
Drips Receives Growth Investment
October 18, 2021
AKRON, OH, Drips, the founders of Conversational Texting, has secured a growth investment from the Blue Venture Fund.
Deel Raises $425M in Series D
October 18, 2021
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Deel, a remote hiring company, has raised $425 million in Series D funding led by Coatue.
GRIN Closes $110M Series B
October 15, 2021
SACRAMENTO, CA, GRIN, a creator management platform for direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands, has closed a $110M Series B funding round led by Lone Pine Capital.
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STARTUP • Trends
This Raspberry Pi add-on lets you control Lego robots
October 19, 2021
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Raspberry Pi is releasing an add-on that will let you use many of its tiny, inexpensive computers to control certain Lego robot motors and sensors. The add-on is called the Build HAT (HAT stands for Hardware Attached on Top), and slotting it onto a Raspberry Pi’s GPIO pins will give you four ports that you can use to control Lego Education’s SPIKE components, which the HAT and its software are specially designed for. It’ll also connect to most other parts that use an LPF2 connector, including the components from the Lego Mindstorms robot inventor kit.

There’s also a Python library (basically a set of commands you can use to control the robot) available to go alongside the HAT, which will let you write software to control the robot parts...

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WhatsApp’s new button will let you join calls directly from the group
October 19, 2021

WhatsApp‘s group calls have been a blessing in the pandemic to connect with friends and family. The company has rolled out many features related to it, including increasing the limit to eight people. Now the firm has rolled out a new button directly into the group chat that lets you join ongoing calls. The app said the feature is “a new spontaneous way to connect with their family and friends groups.” You can watch the new button in action in the video below. Need to pop in and out of a group call? Easily join ongoing calls right from your…

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STARTUP • Insights
How two college friends got Serena Williams to back their business
October 18, 2021
One of the co-founders of endurance event booking platform Let's Do This talks about how the company attracted investment from sporting stars like Serena Williams and Usain Bolt. CNBC Make It's Vicky McKeever reports.
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STARTUP • Hints
Will Netflix Continue to Silence Its Doubters With a Strong Earnings Report?
October 19, 2021
Netflix is likely to post another quarter of growing revenue. Will that be enough for the company to continue to silence its doubters?
CDW (CDW) Surges 4.8%: Is This an Indication of Further Gains?
October 19, 2021
CDW (CDW) was a big mover last session on higher-than-average trading volume. The latest trend in earnings estimate revisions might not help the stock continue moving higher in the near...

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STARTUP • Stories
Why margins will stay high
October 19, 2021
They are rooted in fundamentals and the rise of big tech
The support groups helping Big Tech workers blow the whistle
October 19, 2021
Lawyers, researchers and publicists show current wave of whistleblowers how to achieve maximum impact
The time bomb waiting in my tweets
October 19, 2021
Twitter’s music licensing agreement means that some users are being threatened with ‘permanent account suspension’
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