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STARTUP • News
Mirantis acquires Lens, an IDE for Kubernetes
August 13, 2020
Mirantis, the company that recently bought Docker’s enterprise business, today announced that it has acquired Lens, a desktop application that the team describes as a Kubernetes-integrated development environment. Mirantis previously acquired the team behind the Finnish startup Kontena, the company that originally developed Lens. Lens itself was most recently owned by Lakend Labs, though, which […]
Cube closes $5M Seed round to scale its financial planning software
August 13, 2020
This morning Cube announced that it has closed a Seed round worth just over $5 million. The software startup, focused on financial planning and analysis (FP&A) work, raised $3.8 million of the total recently, with remaining $1.25 million having come in an earlier Pre-Seed round. Christina Ross, Cube’s CEO and founder, told TechCrunch that she […]
Omaze raises $30M after expanding beyond celebrity campaigns
August 13, 2020
Omaze, the startup that became famous for its celebrity-centric fundraisers, is announcing it has raised $30 million in Series B funding. Some of the company’s best-known campaigns include opportunities to meet Michelle Obama, meet “Star Wars” cast members and visit the set of “Star Trek Beyond.” (I’ll admit that I threw my hat in the […]
Dog food startup Sundays launches its air-dried kibble alternative
August 12, 2020
Michael Waxman, co-founder and CEO of dog food startup Sundays, acknowledged that dog owners have no shortage of options when it comes to feeding their beloved pets — but he still thinks there’s room for something new. “There’s a sort of ‘Water everywhere, but not a drop to drink’ phenomenon,” Waxman said. “There are over […]
Duck Creek seeks $3B valuation for its software IPO
August 12, 2020
American software company Duck Creek has upped the stakes in its impending IPO, raising its price target from a range of $19 to $21 per share to $23 to $25 per share. The bump comes as software and cloud stocks have fallen more than 10% from recent highs, putting them in technical correction territory. The Exchange […]

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STARTUP • Business
GamesBeat Decides 159: Epic vs. Apple, Halo delay, and NPD
August 14, 2020
It's GamesBeat Decides 159, and this week we are discussing Epic's nightmare circus. The team has also tried that Tony Hawk remake, which is good.
Venture Deals
Natural Fiber Welding Lands Strategic Investment
August 14, 2020
PEORIA, IL, Natural Fiber Welding has secured $13 million in its latest round of funding, which was led by the Ralph Lauren Corporation.
Clowder Raises $1.1M in Seed Funding
August 14, 2020
ALEXANDRIA, VA, Clowder announced a new round in seed funding led by Active Capital.
Maverick Helicopter Scoops Up $2.5M
August 13, 2020
LAS VEGAS, NV, Advantage Capital today announced a $2.5 million investment in aviation service company, Maverick Helicopter.
Unfold Launches with $30M Financing
August 13, 2020
SACRAMENTO, CA, Unfold has raised $30 million in its initial funding round from Bayer AG and Temasek.
Mighty Closes $4.3M Seed Funding
August 13, 2020
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Mighty has closed $4.3M in seed venture funding from Slack Fund, GSV Ventures, Origin Ventures, Album VC, Acadian Ventures, and Village Global.
HDVI Raises $16M in Series A
August 13, 2020
CHICAGO, IL, High Definition Vehicle Insurance (HDVI) has raised $16 million in a Series A funding round led by 8VC and Munich Re Ventures.
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STARTUP • Trends
Trump gives TikTok a new deadline: 90 days instead of 45
August 15, 2020
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President Trump issued an executive order Friday giving ByteDance 90 days to either sell or spin off its TikTok business in the US.

“There is credible evidence that leads me to believe that ByteDance ... might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States,” Trump wrote in the order, which references national security concerns. ByteDance is based in China, and the Trump administration has recently suggested that the company could share information about Americans with the Chinese government. The company has denied it does so.

The move gives TikTok a bit of a reprieve from Trump’s August 6th order that would have blocked all US transactions with ByteDance, TikTok’s parent corporation, due to what the...

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A time traveler’s guide to the end of the universe
August 14, 2020

In this series we’ll take a science and technology-based overhead view of the future from the perspective of a time traveler. This edition focuses on what you’d see if you traveled far enough into the future to watch the universe end. So you’ve decided to visit the end of the universe? Well, bully for you. Some folks might call it a spoiler, but I say we should skip to the end just to see where all of this is going. Luckily for us Matt Caplan, a theoretical physicist from Illinois State University, recently conducted a study to determine how the…

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STARTUP • Insights
Digital loan start-up Blend jumps to $1.7 billion valuation as mortgage demand surges
August 12, 2020
As it has with digital adoption trends across banking and e-commerce, the pandemic has led to a surge in demand for Blend's loan application software.
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STARTUP • Hints
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August 14, 2020
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Options for Small Business Loans Beyond PPP
August 14, 2020
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STARTUP • Stories
Trump sets deadline for sale of TikTok operations in US
August 15, 2020
President gives ByteDance 90 days to divest of short-video app and Huawei licence waiver to end
Funds branded ‘ESG’ are laden with technology stocks
August 14, 2020
Campaigners say managers have overdosed on US giants such as Apple, Amazon and Microsoft
Facebook says ‘Apple tax’ is a burden on small businesses
August 14, 2020
Latest criticism of 30% in-app purchase fee comes after lawsuit from ‘Fortnite’ maker
Apple’s Epic App Store encounter
August 14, 2020
TikTok staff to challenge Trump, SEC probes iQiyi, Galaxy Watch 3 reviews
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