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Clickatell raises $91M to scale its chat commerce platform and US expansion – TechCrunch

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The global chat commerce’s total addressable market is worth an estimated $80 billion and is seen as the third big wave of digital commerce after e-commerce and app commerce markets. As the largest digital platform in the world with more...

Greylock’s Greg Evans shares strategies for hiring top talent in a hyper-competitive market at...

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Before anyone ever heard of COVID-19, recruiting and hiring the best people to help build a successful startup was challenging enough. Now consider the pandemic and the seismic shift it caused in the U.S. job market. As a result,...

Slack confirms it’s down for some users, says it’s working on a resolution –...

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Slack is currently experiencing some issues and is down for some users on Tuesday morning. Users are taking to social media to report that they can’t send messages, while some are having trouble accessing the platform altogether. The company’s status...

EWA, which taps into popular media to teach languages, hits 51M downloads and 3.5M...

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Online language learning continues to be a huge opportunity for startups, with the most engaging experiences meeting a surge of interest from consumers looking for more productivity out of the hours that they spend on their smartphones. In one...

Spotify’s in-car entertainment device ‘Car Thing’ is now publicly available – TechCrunch

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Spotify’s oddly-named in-car entertainment system, “Car Thing,” is now available to the general public after initial tests that began in 2019. The now $89.99 device — a $10 increase from its limited public release in October — is largely...

Leko Labs gets $21M to build greener – TechCrunch

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Luxembourg-based Leko Labs, a construction startup that’s developing sustainable wood-based building materials as an alternative to steel and concrete and applying automation to construction methods, has closed a $21 million Series A round of funding. The raise is led by...

To combat chip shortage, Bosch to invest $296M to produce semiconductors – TechCrunch

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Bosch is increasing its previously stated investment in semiconductor production in order to stay on top of the ongoing chip shortage. The company is adding an additional $296 million, on top of the $473 million Bosch already pledged to...

Automata expands its lab automation ambitions with $50M B round – TechCrunch

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The world’s labs are under pressure to do more tests and process more materials, not just due to COVID but from the growing biotech and drug development sectors — and automation is the sure path forwards. Automata, which got...

Europe’s Revent hits $68M hard cap on its climate, health & impact-focused fund –...

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Last year I covered the launch of Berlin-HQ’d Revent — a new European early-stage with an “impact” focus — it was aimed to launch a €50 million ($60 million) fund to focus on climate tech, health, and well-being, and...

Early stage Euro VC Backed brings in another €150M, and puts a heavy focus...

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London-based early-stage European VC fund Backed is bolstering its position by adding €75M to its Seed fund, while adding another €75M via a new follow-on fund vehicle. The ‘Backed Core 2’ fund will continue to invest in seed-stage...

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VW aims to launch Scout, an EV off-roading brand – TechCrunch

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A rugged SUV and pickup truck could be in production in the US by 2026 VW Group is on the precipice of launching a new...

Canada’s Neo Financial closes on $145M Series C, surpasses 1 million customers – TechCrunch

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Canadian digital bank Neo Financial has raised $145.2 million (CAN$185 million) after surpassing the 1 million customer mark, the company announced today. Valar Ventures led the...

The album you’ve been waiting 24 years for is dropping exclusively on a paid...

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At least you don’t have to spend $200 on a Stem Player to get your hands on Black Star’s second album. And hey, with...

Salty, subterranean water could relieve world’s lithium shortage – TechCrunch

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The next bottleneck in lithium-ion battery supplies isn’t cobalt, even though China has a stranglehold on the market, and it’s not nickel, either, despite...

US regulators say someone really needs to monitor Elon Musk’s tweets – TechCrunch

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U.S. securities regulators on Tuesday said they have authority to subpoena Tesla CEO Elon Musk about his tweets and urged a federal judge not...