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Coinbase UX teardown: 5 fails and how to fix them –

Digital currency exchange Coinbase has probably done more than most to push cryptocurrencies closer to the mainstream, earning an $8 billion valuation by private investors along the way. The company is reportedly eyeing a public listing next year, and is inarguably doing a lot of things right. However, that doesn’t mean its product experience is […] → Read More

‘AI-powered’ fitness app Freeletics scores $25M Series B –

Freeletics, the “AI-powered” fitness coaching app, has closed $25 million in Series B funding. Leading the round is U.S.-based JAZZ Venture Partners and Causeway Media Partners, with support from KKCG. The fresh injection of capital follows $45 million in Series A funding in late 2018. It will be used by the company to develop new […] → Read More

Uncapped picks up another £26M to offer revenue-based finance to European entrepreneurs –

Uncapped, the London-headquartered and Warsaw-based startup that offers “revenue-based” finance to European businesses so that founders don’t have to give up equity stipulated by venture capital, has raised £26 million in new funding. The round was led by Mouro Capital (the recently spun-out fund previously called Santander InnoVentures), with participation from existing investors Global… → Read More

Caura, an app to take the hassle out of car ownership, launches from Echo co-founder Sai Lakshmi –

Caura, a new U.K. startup that aims to take the hassle out of car ownership, is breaking cover today. Founded by Sai Lakshmi, who previously co-founded Echo, the medication management service acquired by LloydsPharmacy owner McKesson, Caura is an iOS app designed to manage all of the vehicle-related admin that car owners endure. Drivers are […] → Read More

Europe’s Point Nine outs new ~€100M fund to back early-stage SaaS and digital marketplaces –

Point Nine, the pan-European early-stage VC focused on SaaS and digital marketplaces, has raised its fifth fund, totalling just short of €100 million (in fact, “P9 V” is a €99,999,999 fund — get it?). Despite its Berlin, Germany roots, the VC has always operated fairly remotely and invests globally. In total, it has invested in […] → Read More

Kindred Capital closes £81M second fund to back early-stage European startups –

Kindred Capital, the London-based VC that backs early-stage founders in Europe, has closed its second seed fund at £81 million. That’s only a tad larger than the the firm’s first fund, which invested in 29 companies and was raised in 2018. Portfolio companies from fund one include Five, which is building software for autonomous vehicles; […] → Read More

VCs have to train themselves to ‘ask the stupid questions’, says Hoxton Ventures’ Hussein Kanji –

If venture capitalists could predict the future, why wouldn’t they just start companies themselves? That’s the question Hussein Kanji, founding partner at Hoxton Ventures, asked rhetorically at Disrupt 2020. “If anyone says that they have predictive power in this industry and says they know where the future is gonna be, I just question the wisdom […] → Read More

Does early-stage health tech need more ‘patient’ capital? –

Crista Galli Ventures, a new early-stage health tech fund in Europe, officially launched last week. The firm offers “patient capital” — with only a single LP (the Danish family office IPQ Capital) — and promises to provide portfolio companies with deep healthcare expertise and the extra runway needed to get over regulatory and efficacy hurdles […] → Read More

Infarm raises $170M in equity and debt to continue building its ‘vertical farming’ network –

Infarm, the vertical farming company that has built a network of urban farms to grow fresh food closer to consumers, has raised $170 million in new investment in a “first close” of a Series C. Leading the round — which is expected to reach $200 million and is a mixture of equity and debt — […] → Read More

Kbox picks up £12M Series A to let underused commercial kitchens do takeout for delivery –

Kbox Global, the U.K. startup that turns underused commercial kitchen space into takeout delivery hubs — therefore helping existing kitchens generate much-needed revenue — has raised £12 million in new funding. The round is led by Balderton Capital, and follows a £5 million investment from early Deliveroo backer Hoxton Ventures disclosed in July. Aiming to […] → Read More

Outfunnel picks up €1.1M pre-seed to bridge the gap between marketing and sale –

Outfunnel, a startup that has built software to help companies “bridge the gap between marketing and sales functions,” has quietly raised €1.1 million in funding. The pre-seed round was led by Paua Ventures and byFounders, with participation from Lemonade Stand, Omnisend and various angel investors. The latter includes Bolt co-founders Markus and Martin Villig, Matterport […] → Read More

Gravity Sketch scores $3.7M seed for its VR-based product design and collaboration platform –

Gravity Sketch, the London-based product design and collaboration platform that utilises virtual reality, has raised $3.7 million in funding. The seed round was led by Kindred Capital, with participation from Point Nine Capital and previous investor Forward Partners. It brings the total amount raised by Gravity Sketch to $5.4 million. In addition, the startup previously […] → Read More

Crista Galli Ventures outs ‘evergreen’ fund to back European healthtech startups at seed and Series A –

Crista Galli Ventures, an early-stage healthtech fund in Europe, is officially launching today. The firm offers “patient capital” — with only a single LP (the Danish family office IPQ Capital) — and promises to provide portfolio companies with deep healthcare expertise and the extra runway needed to get over regulatory and efficacy hurdles and to […] → Read More

Spotawheel raises €10M debt and equity for its ‘end-to-end’ used car buying platform –

Spotawheel, the “end-to-end” digital platform for buying a used car in Poland and Greece, has raised €10 million in debt and equity funding, as it sees a bounce-back from the slowdown witnessed as the coronavirus crisis took hold. Once again the new investment was led by VentureFriends, with participation from existing investor Velocity Partners, along […] → Read More

Virtual healthcare provider Medefer raises £10M to digitise the outpatient journey –

Medefer, the U.K.-based virtual healthcare provider that, in its own words, is “reimagining” the outpatient system, is disclosing £10 million in new funding. The round was led by private investment firm Nickleby Capital, and will be used to grow the team and invest in technology to “service new contracts, enable new product development and ensure […] → Read More

Santander spins out its $400M fintech venture capital arm, now called Mouro Capital –

Santander, the Spanish multinational banking giant, is announcing that its fintech venture arm is to be spun out and will be managed more autonomously going forward. Previously known as Santander Innoventures and first established in 2014, the VC is being re-branded to Mouro Capital. It will continue to be headed up by general partner Manuel […] → Read More

Curio, the curated audio platform for journalism, has closed $9M Series A funding –

Curio, the burgeoning audio platform that offers a curated library of “expert” journalism, has closed a $9 million in Series A round funding. The round is led by Earlybird, with participation from Draper Esprit, Cherry Ventures, and Horizons Ventures. It follows $2 million in previous backing from Cherry, 500 Startups and unnamed private angel investors, […] → Read More

Swyg raises $1.2M pre-seed to use peer-interviewers and AI to reduce bias in recruitment –

Swyg, a Dublin-based startup that believes it can reduce bias in recruitment by combining a peer-interview process with its own AI, has picked up $1.2 million in pre-seed funding. Leading the round is Frontline Ventures, alongside angel investors including Charles Bibby (co-founder of Pointy) and Martin Henk (co-founder of Pipedrive). The funding will be used […] → Read More

Skin Analytics raises £4M Series A to use AI for skin cancer screening –

Skin Analytics, a U.K.-based startup that has developed a skin cancer screening service that uses artificial intelligence, has raised £4 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Hoxton Ventures, with participation from Nesta and Mustard Seed Ventures. Skin Analytics says it will use the injection of cash to expand its focus to […] → Read More

Revolut loses its head of regulatory compliance, hires two former Amazon execs –

More personnel changes at Revolut are in motion, as a key member of the leadership team leaves for Barclays, and two former Amazon staffers join the London headquartered neoank. TechCrunch understands that Chris Sing, Revolut’s head of regulatory compliance is leaving to take up the position as Barclays’s new chief of staff to the group […] → Read More