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Atrium, which help sales managers more easily see who is (or isn’t) crushing it, just raised $13.5 million

By |April 15th, 2021|

There’s no shortage of data-driven sales management tools in the market. Naturally, Atrium, a five-year-old, San Francisco-based company cofounded by serial entrepreneur Pete Kazanjy, says it does a far better job of empowering sales managers to improve their team’s performance. How? By giving them easy, digestible, real-time insights into who on their team is outperforming, --> READ MORE

Daily Crunch: Coinbase goes public

By |April 14th, 2021|

Coinbase makes an impressive public debut, Dell spins out VMware and Ford announces a new hands-free driving system. This is your Daily Crunch for April 14, 2021. The big story: Coinbase goes public Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase went public today via direct listing at an opening price of $381 per share, climbing to nearly $430 before --> READ MORE

Creator monetization and CRM startup Pico raises $6.5M

By |April 14th, 2021|

Pico, a New York startup that helps online creators and media companies make money and manage their customer data, announced today that it has launched an upgraded platform and raised $6.5 million in new funding. In a statement, the startup’s co-founder and CEO Nick Chen said Pico helps creators with their two biggest problems — --> READ MORE

Hear how to raise big funding (and use it well) from FirstMark’s Rick Heitzmann and Orchard’s Court Cunningham

By |April 14th, 2021|

Orchard, founded in 2017, was relatively early to the proptech industry. The company, originally called Perch, focused on dual-trackers, which are folks who are both buying and selling a home simultaneously. FirstMark Capital led both the Series A and the Series B funding rounds for Orchard, doubling down on the real estate platform. It goes --> READ MORE

Building customer-first relationships in a privacy-first world is critical

By |April 14th, 2021|

Travis Clinger Contributor Share on Twitter Travis Clinger is SVP, head of addressability and ecosystem at LiveRamp, a data connectivity platform safely moving data through the pipes connecting most every brand, tech platform, publisher and advertiser on the open internet. Jeff Nienaber Contributor Jeff Nienaber is senior director, global audience ads at Microsoft Advertising, which --> READ MORE

Dell is spinning out VMware in a deal expected to generate over $9B for the company

By |April 14th, 2021|

Dell announced this afternoon that it’s spinning out VMware, a move that has been suspected for some time. Dell acquired VMware as part of the massive $58 billion EMC acquisition (announced as $67 billion) in 2015. The way that the deal works is that Dell plans to offer VMware shareholders a special dividend of between --> READ MORE

Grocery startup Mercato spilled years of data, but didn’t tell its customers

By |April 14th, 2021|

A security lapse at online grocery delivery startup Mercato exposed tens of thousands of customer orders, TechCrunch has learned. A person with knowledge of the incident told TechCrunch that the incident happened in January after one of the company’s cloud storage buckets, hosted on Amazon’s cloud, was left open and unprotected. The company fixed the --> READ MORE

How to pivot your startup, save cash and maintain trust with investors and customers

By |April 14th, 2021|

A few years ago, founder Sean Lane thought he’d achieved product-market fit. Speaking to attendees at TechCrunch’s Early Stage virtual event, Lane said Queue, a secure digital check-in tablet for hospital waiting rooms that reduced wait times by uniting and correcting electronic medical records, was “selling like hotcakes.” But once Lane realized it would only --> READ MORE

Ford takes aim at Tesla, GM with its new hands-free driving system

By |April 14th, 2021|

Ford will debut its new hands-free driving feature on the 2021 F-150 pickup truck and certain 2021 Mustang Mach-E models through a software update later this year, technology that the automaker developed to rival similar systems from Tesla and GM. That hands-free capability — which uses cameras, radar sensors and software to provide a combination --> READ MORE

TikTok funds first episodic public health series ‘VIRAL’ from NowThis

By |April 14th, 2021|

TikTok is taking another step toward directly funding publishers’ content with today’s announcement that it’s financially backing the production of media publisher NowThis’ new series, “VIRAL,” which will feature interviews with public health experts and a live Q&A session focused on answering questions about the pandemic. The partnership represents TikTok’s first-ever funding of an episodic --> READ MORE