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SoftBank’s $100 million diversity and inclusion fund makes its first bet

SoftBank’s Opportunity Growth Fund has made the health insurance startup Vitable Health the first commitment from its $100 million fund dedicated to investing in startups founded by entrepreneurs of color. The Philadelphia-based company, which recently launched from Y Combinator, is focused o… → Read More

Road trippers can rejoice as RVShare raises over $100 million to grow its RV rental business –

As continentally confined Americans look for domestic vacation options that won’t expose them to too much risk of infection from the pandemic that’s still raging across the country, the RV rental company RVshare has raised over $100 million to capitalize on its historic opportunity. The company’s new cash has come from the private equity firms […] → Read More

As Blizzard sunsets StarCraft II, some of its key creators raise cash for a new gaming studio –

Even as Blizzard pulls the plug on new updates for its StarCraft II game, nearly a decade after its launch, gaming investors are financing the next new thing coming from key members of the game’s early development team. Blizzard vets Tim Morten, the former production director for StarCraft II; and Tim Campbell, the lead campaign […] → Read More

Leading a $15 million round, Prosus Ventures makes the challenger bank Klar its first bet in Mexico –

Klar, a new online bank based in Mexico City, has become the first big bet that Prosus Ventures (the firm formerly known as Naspers Ventures) is taking in Latin America outside of Brazil. Founded by Stefan Moller, a former consultant at Bain & Co. who advised large banks, Klar blends Moller’s work experience in Mexico […] → Read More

Genies updates its software development kit and partners with Gucci, Giphy –

Genies, has updated its software development kit and added Giphy and Gucci as new partners to enable their users to create personalized Genie avatars. The company released the first version of its sdk in 2018 when it raised a $10 million to directly challenge Snap and Apple for avatar dominance. Now, with the latest update, […] → Read More

Venn, a network hoping to be gaming’s answer to MTV, raises $26 million –

VENN , the streaming network hoping to be gaming culture’s answer to MTV, has raised $26 million to bring its mix of video game-themed entertainment and streaming celebrity features to the masses. The financing came from previous investor Bitkraft, one of the largest funds focused on the intersection of gaming and synthetic reality, and new […] → Read More

Justice Department will reportedly file its antitrust lawsuit against Google today –

The Justice Department is expected to file its long-awaited antitrust lawsuit against Google later today, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. In the suit, the Justice Department is expected to argue that Google used anticompetitive practices to safeguard its monopoly position as the dominant force in search and search-advertising, which sit at […] → Read More

Austin-based Verifiable raises $3 million for its api toolkit to verify healthcare credentials –

Before Nick Macario launched Verifiable, the Austin-based company that just raised $3 million for its api toolkit that verifies healthcare credentials, he ran a series of other businesses designed to offer public credentials for professionals. His first foray into the world of identity management services was the personal website builder, branded.me. After that company was […] → Read More

PearPop lets TikTok celebrities monetize by sharing shoutouts and screentime with fans –

PearPop a new Los Angeles-based company, is on its way to racking up nearly 25,000 users in less than a month, and has already landed seed funding from the firm Rocket One Capital. The company’s premise is simple. Allow fans to bid for shared screen time with their favorite TikTok celebrities, and it’s one that’s […] → Read More

FloorFound is bringing online return and resale to direct to consumer furniture businesses –

Over the next five years consumers will return an estimated 40 million to 50 million pieces of furniture that more than likely will end up in landfills, creating tons of unnecessary waste, according to Chris Richter, the founder of a new Austin-based furniture startup, FloorFound. To reduce that waste, and give retailers another option for […] → Read More

Atlanta’-based Speedscale now has $2.2 million more to grow its API test automation business –

It only took a few weeks after its Y Combinator demo day debut for the Atlanta-based API test automation company Speedscale to raise its first $2.2 million. Founded by longtime developers and Georgia Institute of Technology alumni, Ken Ahrens, Matthew LeRay and Nate Lee had known each other for roughly twenty years before making the […] → Read More

Proterra, which makes big honkin battery systems and electric buses, raises $200 million –

Proterra, the battery system technology developer for heavy-duty electric vehicles, said it has raised $200 million in a new round of funding. The new cash comes from Cowen Sustainable Investment Advisors, which led the round, along with money from Soros Fund Management, Generation Investment Management and Broadscale Group. Cowen took the bulk of the round […] → Read More

YouTube bans videos promoting conspiracy theories like QAnon that target individuals –

YouTube today joined social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter in taking more direct action to prohibit the distribution of conspiracy theories like QAnon. The company announced that it is expanding its hate and harassment policies to ban videos “that an individual or group with conspiracy theories that have been used to justify real-world violence,” according to […] → Read More

Spain’s Savana Medica raises $15 million to bring its AI toolkit turning clinical notes into care insights to the US –

Savana, a machine learning-based service that turns clinical notes into structured patient information for physicians and pharmacists, has raised $15 million to take its technology from Spain to the U.S., the company said. The investment was led by Cathay Innovation with participation from the Spanish investment firm Seaya Ventures, which led the company’s previous round, and […] → Read More

Popmenu earns raves from investors for its marketing and delivery software for restaurants –

Brendan Sweeney didn’t know anything about the restaurant business before he and his co-founders launched the Atlanta-based startup Popmenu. What Sweeney did know was that it was nuts that while every other business was using incredible graphics, curated text, carefully crafted images and fancy videos to make their pitch to customers restaurants were — posting […] → Read More

Jared Leto, Scooter Braun and Troy Carter are backing Moment House, a startup recreating live events… digitally –

A pitch to offer artists a way to give geo-fenced, live events to fans around the world has brought the new Los Angeles startup Moment House $1.5 million in seed funding. The money came from heavy hitters in the Los Angeles entertainment and investment scene including Scooter Braun, Troy Carter, Kygo’s Palm Tree Crew and […] → Read More

Khosla Ventures seeks $1.1 billion for its latest fund –

Khosla Ventures, the eponymous venture firm helmed by longtime Silicon Valley rainmaker, Vinod Khosla, is raising $1.1 billion for its latest venture fund, according to documents from the Securities and Exchange Commission. The filing was first spotted by Ari Levy over at CNBC. Khosla Ventures files to raise $1.1 billion fund. Some beach reading: […] → Read More

Plenty has raised over $500 million to grow fruits and veggies indoors –

Plenty‌ ‌Unlimited‌ has raised $140 million in new funding to build more vertical farms around the U.S. The new funding led by existing investor Softbank Vision Fund also included the berry farming giant Driscoll’s in a move that will give Driscoll’s exposure to Plenty’s technology for growing and harvesting fruits and vegetables indoors. The funding […] → Read More

Twentyeight Health is a telemedicine company expanding access to women’s health and reproductive care –

New York’s Twentyeight Health is taking the wildly telemedicine services for women’s health popularized by companies like Nurx and bringing them to a patient population that previously hadn’t had access. The mission to provide women who are Medicaid or underinsured should not be deprived of the same kinds of care that patients who have more income […] → Read More

Pitching tech to optimize building design for sustainability, Atlanta-based Cove.tool raises $5.7 million –

Patrick Chopson and Sandeep Ahuja started cove.tool, an Atlanta-based company developing software to optimize building design for sustainability and cost, because of problems they’d faced in their careers as architects. Along with Patrick’s brother, Daniel Chopson, the two Georgia Institute of Technology graduates have developed a suite of software products that are now used by […] → Read More