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Singapore-based fintech STACS raises $3.6M to develop blockchain platforms for financial institutions

By |April 20th, 2021|

Singapore-based fintech Hashstacs Pte Ltd (STACS) announced today it has raised $3.6 million USD in pre-Series A funding. The company develops blockchain platforms that can work with financial institutions’ existing infrastructure, and its core technology is also used in GreenSTACS for environmental, social and governance (ESG) investments. The round was led by Wavemaker Partners, which --> READ MORE

Indonesian edtech CoLearn gets $10M Series A led by Alpha Wave Incubation and GSV Ventures

By |April 20th, 2021|

A Zoom screenshot with CoLearn’s founding team: Marc Irawan, Abhay Saboo and Sandeep Devaram Indonesian startup CoLearn started as a chain of physical tutoring centers and was in the process of shifting to a hybrid offline-online model when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The team sensed that remote learning would permanently change how students want to --> READ MORE

Payhawk raises $20M to unify corporate cards, payments and expenses

By |April 19th, 2021|

Fintech startup Payhawk has raised a $20 million funding round. QED Investors is leading the round with existing investor Earlybird Digital East also participating. Payhawk is building a unified system to manage all the money that is going in and out. Essentially, companies switching to Payhawk can replace several services they already use and that --> READ MORE

Daily Crunch: Facebook announces new audio products

By |April 19th, 2021|

Facebook reveals its Clubhouse competitor, Parler will return to Apple’s App Store and a helicopter flies on Mars. This is your Daily Crunch for April 19, 2021. The big story: Facebook announces new audio products Yes, these products include new Clubhouse-style Live Audio Rooms, as well as the ability for podcasters to share long-form audio, --> READ MORE

What to expect from Apple’s Spring Loaded event

By |April 19th, 2021|

Surprise! It’s another Apple Event. Gone are the days of getting a few weeks’ notice before these events now that they’re entirely virtual (at least until 2022, most likely). Instead, the company just dropped the news last week. Thankfully, there have been plenty of rumors leading up to tomorrow’s big event — and perhaps even --> READ MORE

Druva raises $147M at a valuation north of $2B as the cloud rush continues

By |April 19th, 2021|

Druva, a software company that sells cloud data backup services, announced today that it has closed a $147 million round of capital. Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), a group that manages Quebec’s pension fund, led the round, which also saw participation from Neuberger Berman. Prior investors including Atreides Management and Viking Global --> READ MORE

Flawed data is putting people with disabilities at risk

By |April 19th, 2021|

Cat Noone Contributor Share on Twitter Cat Noone is a product designer, co-founder and CEO of Stark — a startup with a mission to make the world’s software accessible. Her focus is on bringing to life products and technology that maximize access to the world’s latest innovations. Data isn’t abstract — it has a direct --> READ MORE

UiPath raises IPO range, still targets lower valuation than final private round

By |April 19th, 2021|

Robotic process automation unicorn UiPath is set to go public this week, concentrating our focus on its value. The well-known company was last valued on the private markets at $35 billion in February when it closed a $750 million round. Living up to that price as a public company, however, at least when it comes --> READ MORE

Fitbit’s latest is a $149 ‘luxury’ fitness tracker

By |April 19th, 2021|

It’s been a strange few years for Fitbit. After defining the fitness tracking space, the company was a bit late to the smartwatch trend, but was still able to ride that wave to a rebound. But while watches have received most of the press the now Google-owned company has garnered in recent years, bands still --> READ MORE

Facebook is expanding Spotify partnership with new ‘Boombox’ project

By |April 19th, 2021|

Facebook is deepening its relationship with music company Spotify and will allow users to listen to music hosted on Spotify while browsing through its apps as part of a new initiative called “Project Boombox,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Monday. Facebook is building an in-line audio player that will allow users to listen to songs --> READ MORE