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Past articles by Romain:

Upway lands $25 million to sell more refurbished electric bikes –

French startup Upway has raised a $25 million Series A round led by Exor Seeds and Sequoia Capital. The company sells second-hand electric bikes that have been refurbished and are ready to roll. In many ways, Upway reminds me of online marketplaces for cars. The startup provides a seamless experience for buyers who want to […] → Read More

Aive automatically generates different video ad formats for all platforms –

If you’re working for an advertising agency or you’re in charge of a brand, editing and exporting a video ad that works across all social and web platforms can be a lengthy and time consuming task. French startup Aive speeds up the process quite drastically as it can automatically generate all formats and all durations […] → Read More raises $16 million for its corporate mental health service –

French startup has raised a new $16 million Series A funding round (€15 million). The company is focused on mental well-being in the workplace. It offers a full-fledged service that sits in between employees and HR departments. Left Lane Capital is leading today’s funding round. Existing investor Singular is participating once again. VC firm […] → Read More

Actiondesk is a spreadsheet tool that works with live data –

Actiondesk is a new spreadsheet solution for the software-as-a-service era. It connects with the databases, CRMs and SaaS tools that you already use so that you can build dashboards and generate reports without having to manually import data. The startup raised a $3.9 million seed round from Tiger Global, Bling Capital, Y Combinator, Speedinvest, FundersClub, […] → Read More

Klarna lays off 10% of its workforce –

Swedish payment giant Klarna is going to cut hundreds of jobs in the coming days. Today’s news comes a few days after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company was going to cut its valuation in order to raise fresh capital. The company currently employs around 7,000 people. Cutting 10% of the company’s workforce […] → Read More

Shadow announces premium plan for its cloud gaming service –

It’s been a year since Octave Klaba, the founder of OVHcloud, acquired Shadow following a commercial court order. After a stabilizing period, the company is now ready to launch a new plan, a new service and a new B2B offering. Shadow is a cloud computing service for gamers. People can pay a monthly subscription fee […] → Read More

Social maps app Zenly rolls out its own maps –

Zenly, the popular social app with 35 million monthly active users, released a complete redesign just last month. But it turns out that this was just the first part of a bigger change at the company owned by Snap. Zenly is going to compete with the likes of Google Maps and Apple Maps as it […] → Read More

Palette sells a sales commission tool for modern sales teams –

Meet Palette, a software-as-a-service startup that is going to be particularly interesting if you’re also running a software-as-a-service startup. The company has built a modern tool to design, manage and optimize sales commission plans for your internal team. Earlier this year, the startup raised a $6 million funding round led by Bain Capital Ventures. Liquid […] → Read More

Koyeb is a serverless platform that integrates with your GitHub repository –

Koyeb has evolved quite a lot since I first covered the startup. The company is still focused on serverless infrastructure. But it now offers a general purpose serverless platform that you can configure through a simple “git push” command or by using Docker containers. The company’s serverless platform is now available as a public preview […] → Read More

Claap prevents meeting fatigue with async video collaboration –

Meet Claap, a French startup that has been working on a way to collaborate more efficiently as a distributed team. Claap is officially launching its product today. Instead of relying exclusively on a mix of written memos and Zoom calls, Claap lets you share and receive quick videos with other teammates so that everyone can […] → Read More

European startup studio eFounders launches a web3 vertical –

While last week was without a doubt the worst week for crypto asset performance in a very long time, it doesn’t seem to be stopping eFounders. The software-as-a-service startup studio is announcing that it is launching a new sub-studio called 3founders. As the name suggests, 3founders is focused on ‘web3’ startups, such as blockchain-related projects, […] → Read More to acquire identity verification startup Ubble –

A few months after raising $1 billion, payments startup has announced that it plans to acquire French startup Ubble, which operates a remote identity verification service. The deal should close later this year and isn’t disclosing the terms of the deal. With this acquisition, is adding a new product to its suite […] → Read More

BVNK grabs $40 million for its crypto banking services –

Cryptocurrency startup BVNK (pronounced ‘bee-vee-en-kay’) has closed a $40 million Series A funding round at a $340 million post-money valuation. Interestingly, Tiger Global is leading the round despite being in the news because they’ve experienced a $17 billion loss during this year’s tech stock sell-off. Other investors in today’s funding round include The Raba Partnership, […] → Read More

Educapital aims to raise a $160 million fund focused on edtech and future of work –

VC firm Educapital recently announced that it has reached the first close of its second fund. The team has already secured $105 million (€100 million) and now wants to reach $160 million (€150 million) to invest in edtech startups as well as companies working on the future of work. I caught up with Marie-Christine Levet, […] → Read More

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Whether you’re a Google user or a tech enthusiast, be sure to watch Google I/O keynote and read our coverage on TechCrunch. → Read More

Sencrop predicts weather conditions at a microclimate level for farmers –

French startup Sencrop just raised an $18 million Series B funding round led by JVP. The company helps farmers mitigate all sorts of risks, from extreme weather events to diseases that affect various crops. It is both a hardware and software play with a forecasting service that you can access through a subscription product. Weather […] → Read More

Arianee raises $21 million to deliver ownership NFTs with physical luxury goods –

Arianee has raised a $21 million Series A round (€20 million) in a round led by Tiger Global. The company issues digital ownership and authenticity certificates on behalf of partner brands. For instance, a luxury and fashion brand can replace the authenticity card that you get with your new watch or handbag with a digital […] → Read More

Yapily to acquire finAPI in open banking consolidation move

Fintech startup Yapily plans to acquire finAPI; the transaction is subject to regulatory approvals before it closes. Both offer open banking solutions in Europe. → Read More

Hugging Face reaches $2 billion valuation to build the GitHub of machine learning –

Hugging Face 🤗 has closed a new round of funding. It’s a $100 million Series C round with a big valuation. Following today’s funding round, Hugging Face is now worth $2 billion. Lux Capital is leading the round, with Sequoia and Coatue investing in the company for the first time. Some of the startup’s existing […] → Read More

Alan raises another $193 million for its medical one-stop shop startup –

French startup Alan has raised a new €183 million funding round ($193 million at today’s exchange rate). The company sells its own health insurance products and has expanded to other medical products and services. In other words, Alan wants to build a healthcare super app and a one-stop shop for all your questions and needs […] → Read More