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Why commerce companies are the advertising players to watch in a privacy-centric world
July 15, 2019
The unchecked digital land grab for consumers’ personal data that has been going on for more than a decade is coming to an end, and the dominoes have begun to fall when it comes to the regulation...
UK-based women’s networking and private club, AllBright, raises $18.8 million as it expands into the US
July 15, 2019
AllBright, the London-based women’s membership club backed by private real estate investment firm Cain International, has raised $18.8 million to expand into the U.S. The company’s new round was led by Cain International and was designed to take AllBright into three U.S. locations — Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC. The company said that […]
Blackstone is acquiring mobile ad company Vungle
July 15, 2019
Private equity firm Blackstone just announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire mobile advertising company Vungle. The companies aren’t disclosing the financial terms, but as part of the transaction, Vungle has also reached a settlement with founder Zain Jaffer, who filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the company earlier this year. (Update: Multiple […]
The need-to-know takeaways from VidCon 2019
July 15, 2019
VidCon, the annual summit in Anaheim, CA for social media stars and their fans to meet each other drew over 75,000 attendees over last week and this past weekend. A small subset of those where entertainment and tech executives convening to share best practices and strike deals. Of the wide range of topics discussed in […]
Brave Care, backed by Y Combinator, is an urgent care clinic just for kids
July 15, 2019
Brave Care is an urgent care facility for pediatric care that costs, on average, about 80% less than a pediatric ER visit. Darius Monsef and his co-founder came up with the idea shortly after a fateful week for the Monsef family, during which their four-year-old dove off a bike ramp and their one-year-old started having […]

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STARTUP • Business
8BitDo’s Pro+ gamepad provides ‘ultimate’ control with new software
July 15, 2019
8BitDo is releasing the Pro+ gamepad this month. It has all the features of a modern controller with its own customization software included for free.
Venture Deals
Orchestra BioMed Inks $34M Series B-1 Financing
July 15, 2019
NEW HOPE, PA, Biomedical innovation company announced it has completed a $34 million Series B-1 financing.
POPS! Diabetes Care Closes $6M in Series A
July 15, 2019
MINNEAPOLIS, MN, POPS! Diabetes Care has closed an oversubscribed Series A funding round of $6 million.
Bulletin Raises $7M in Series A
July 15, 2019
NEW YORK, NY, Bulletin announced it has closed $7 million in Series A funding led by Foundation Capital.
Amperity Snares $50M in Series C
July 15, 2019
SEATTLE, WA, Amperity has raised $50 million in Series C funding.
Lendbuzz Secures $150M
July 15, 2019
BOSTON, MA, Lendbuzz has secured an additional $150 million in debt and equity financing. The equity funding round was led by 83North.
Exyn Technologies Raises $16M in Series A
July 12, 2019
PHILADELPHIA, PA, Leader in developing autonomous robot systems, today announced that it has raised $16M in Series A funding.
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Alienware co-founder leaves Dell to become AMD’s chief gaming architect
July 15, 2019
<em>Frank Azor (right) at CES 2019.</em>

Frank Azor, the co-founder and public face of Alienware as well as the longtime overseer of Dell’s gaming and XPS divisions, revealed three weeks ago that he was departing Dell on July 3rd. Having been with Alienware from its inception 21 years ago, Azor announced he was taking on a new challenge with a message of thanks on the Alienware community board.

Wccftech caught wind of Azor’s likely destination, which AMD CEO Lisa Su has now effectively confirmed: he is becoming AMD’s new chief gaming architect, reporting to Sandeep Chennakeshu, who’s the recently appointed vice president in charge of the computing and graphics business group at AMD. When originally reached for comment by The Verge, Azor declined to elaborate on his departure...

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Sexual assault survivors are using this sex education app to regain confidence
July 15, 2019

For the ongoing series, Code Word, we’re exploring if — and how — technology can protect individuals against sexual assault and harassment, and how it can help and support survivors. With female sexuality being a taboo topic, Ferly — an audio app that redefines the meaning of sex education — aims to help women connect with their bodies, and provide a safe space for survivors.  Sex is complex, but there’s a new wave of apps and websites that aim to help women connect better with their bodies and sexuality. One such app is Ferly, an audio app, that is redefining the…

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STARTUP • Insights
This entrepreneur had a big emergency plan in place if he got a bad deal on 'Shark Tank'
July 14, 2019
How these Shark Tank entrepreneurs transformed their class project idea into a national retail success
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STARTUP • Hints
Beyond Productivity: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals
July 15, 2019
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.
This Female Founder Fought to Stay in the Game And She Just Raised $3 Million in Funding from Serena Williams, Mark Cuban and Arlan Hamilton
July 15, 2019
Melissa Hanna is the co-founder and CEO of maternal healthcare startup Mahmee

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