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India’s Cars24, a used-vehicle marketplace, raises $450M at a $1.84B valuation

By |September 20th, 2021|

The used car market is getting another major infusion of venture capital today, with one of the faster scaling startups out of India picking up a major round of financing to double down on growth: Cars24 — a site and app that sells users cars and used two-wheeled motorbikes — has raised $450 million, a --> READ MORE

Pakistan edtech startup Maqsad gets $2.1M pre-seed to make education more accessible

By |September 20th, 2021|

Taha Ahmed and Rooshan Aziz left their jobs in strategy consulting and investment banking in London earlier this year in order to found a mobile-only education platform startup, Maqsad, in Pakistan, with a goal “to make education more accessible to 100 million Pakistani students.” Having grown up in Karachi, childhood friends Ahmed and Aziz are --> READ MORE

How to meet the demand of EV infrastructure and maintain a stable grid

By |September 19th, 2021|

Andrew Tang Contributor Share on Twitter Andrew Tang is vice president of energy storage and optimization at Wärtsilä Energy, which provides solutions for renewable energy integration and EV charging infrastructure development. As electric vehicles (EVs) become the new standard, charging infrastructure will become a commonplace detail blending into the landscape, available in a host of --> READ MORE

User’s Guide to TechCrunch Disrupt 2021

By |September 18th, 2021|

TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 approaches in just three days. Here’s your how-to guide for everything you can expect at Disrupt. Although the main show kicks off on Tuesday the 21st, there’ll be some sneak peeks and extras going down on Monday. Make sure to log in to Hopin by noon on Monday to catch it all, --> READ MORE

Executive coaching for employees is complicated and emotional

By |September 18th, 2021|

Welcome to Startups Weekly, a fresh human-first take on this week’s startup news and trends. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here.  BetterUp, a reskilling and coaching platform for employees before and beyond the C-suite, is getting in touch with its emotions. This week, the richly funded unicorn startup announced a pair of acquisitions --> READ MORE

The GoPro-ification of the iPhone

By |September 18th, 2021|

Hello friends, and welcome back to Week in Review! Last week, we talked about some sunglasses from a company that many people do not like very much. This week, we’re talking about Apple and the company 1,600 times smaller than it that’s facing similar product problems. If you’re reading this on the TechCrunch site, you --> READ MORE

This Week in Apps: Apple’s iPhone event, App Annie hit with securities fraud, OpenSea goes mobile

By |September 18th, 2021|

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices --> READ MORE

SEC Regional Director Erin Schneider is joining us at Disrupt

By |September 18th, 2021|

If ever there was a time when working at the Securities and Exchange Commission was a dull affair, that’s no longer true. The federal agency that’s responsible for protecting investors and maintaining fair and orderly functioning of our securities markets is busier than ever, thanks to the rise of SPACs, cryptocurrencies and new rules around --> READ MORE

Divining the real value of my favorite fintech sub-niche 

By |September 18th, 2021|

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s inspired by what the weekday Exchange column digs into, but free, and made for your weekend reading. Want it in your inbox every Saturday? Sign up here.  Thank you for clicking on this email. With a subject line like that you are legend for --> READ MORE

SoftBank’s Marcelo Claure is coming to Disrupt next week

By |September 18th, 2021|

SoftBank has been on a tear in Latin America. The Japanese investment conglomerate just announced it has launched its second Latin America-focused fund with a $3 billion capital commitment from the company that may grow as the fund explores “options to raise additional capital,” according to SoftBank. The vehicle follows hot on the heels of --> READ MORE