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What does it take to create a startup ecosystem?
April 17, 2021
Say it louder for the people in the back: As tech grows bigger by the minute and venture capital adds dollar signs by the day, a startup hub’s success is not an either/or situation. The next Silicon Valley is a tired narrative, when in reality startups look, innovate and create differently all over the world. […]
Outdoor startups see supercharged growth during COVID-19 era
April 17, 2021
After months of shelter-in-place orders, widespread shutdowns and physical distancing, outdoors became the only location for safe socializing.
Extra Crunch roundup: UiPath’s IPO filing, predicting revenue, how to pivot properly, much more
April 16, 2021
Thanks again to Bryce Durbin for creating my favorite TechCrunch illustration of all time.
AI-driven audio cloning startup gives voice to Einstein chatbot
April 16, 2021
You’ll need to prick up your ears for this slice of deepfakery emerging from the wacky world of synthesized media: A digital version of Albert Einstein — with a synthesized voice that’s been (re)created using AI voice cloning technology drawing on audio recordings of the famous scientist’s actual voice. The startup behind the “uncanny valley” […]
Data scientists: Bring the narrative to the forefront
April 16, 2021
Data alone doesn’t spur innovation — rather, it’s data-driven storytelling that helps uncover hidden trends, powers personalization, and streamlines processes.

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STARTUP • Business
National Grid Partners raises $150 million to invest in energy and tech crossovers
April 19, 2021
National Grid Partners raises $150 million to invest in startups focused on energy and information technology crossovers.
Deloitte: Consumers load up on subscriptions but are frustrated with fragmentation
April 19, 2021
Consumers have loaded up on paid subscriptions during the pandemic, but they're frustrated with fragmentation in services offered.
Venture Deals
Vyond Lands $50M Growth Round
April 17, 2021
SAN MATEO, CA, Vyond has raised $50M in growth capital led by PeakSpan Capital.
Torch Raises $3.5M Seed Funding
April 17, 2021
CHICAGO, IL, Torch announced the close of a $3.5 million seed round led by Maersk Growth.
PAXAFE Raises $2.25M Seed Funding Round
April 16, 2021
MILWAUKEE, WI, PAXAFE announced a $2.25 million seed round of funding led by Ubiquity Ventures.
HqO Raises $60M in Series C Funding
April 16, 2021
BOSTON, MA, HqO has raised $60M in Series C funding.
Pearpop Raises $16M in Funding
April 16, 2021
LOS ANGELES, CA, Pearpop has announced $16M in funding led by Alexis Ohanian's Seven Seven Six.
Moichor Raises $4M Seed Round
April 16, 2021
BERKELEY, CA, Moichor has raised $4 million in seed capital led by Neotribe Ventures.
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STARTUP • Trends
Audi teases the future of its electric sedans with the A6 E-Tron concept
April 19, 2021
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Audi has debuted a concept version of an all-electric A6 sedan, which is coming to all major global markets and will be built on a new EV platform the company is co-developing with Porsche. A production version won’t be revealed until at least the second half of 2022, but the German automaker is targeting around 700 kilometers (more than 400 miles) of range for the new car, which will be called the A6 E-Tron.

The A6 E-Tron concept Audi showed off on Monday at Auto Shanghai 2021 is pretty straightforward as far as concepts go, which is in keeping with how the automaker has handled these reveals lately. To wit, the Q4 E-Tron electric SUV that Audi debuted just last week is a dead ringer for the “concept” version it first showed off at the...

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STARTUP • Insights
Airbnb CEO says he’s ‘really proud’ of one of his first engineers who left and started Coinbase
April 16, 2021
Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong, earlier in his career, helped build Airbnb's payment platform and fraud detection system.
Startup Insights
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When Should You Switch to Private Labeling?
April 19, 2021
Thinking of switching to private labeling? Here's what you need to consider before pivoting to this business model.
2 Marketing Factors That Will Never Change
April 19, 2021
Before you create a social media strategy or spend a single dime, be sure you understand these basic guidelines.

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STARTUP • Stories
Robotics ETFs hit by ‘massive’ outflows in March
April 19, 2021
Sharp reversal has hit Europe hardest with assets falling 8.5% to $5.4bn
Lycamobile names CEO to lead digital push beyond expatriates
April 19, 2021
Navanit Narayan seeks to expand into ‘middle England’ and international presence
Global consumers stockpile savings, is Clubhouse worth $4bn?
April 19, 2021
Consumers around the world have stockpiled an extra $5.4tn of savings since the coronavirus pandemic began
Gaming inspires new worlds of virtual work
April 19, 2021
Curated workspaces evoking tropical islands, the Alps or a local cafe may improve our online lives
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