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Recent articles by Ingrid:

Zynga acquires Echtra, maker of Torchlight 3, to double down on RPG games –

Games company Zynga has been on an acquisition tear the last several years to beef up its activity in particular in mobile and casual-puzzle games, spending over $3 billion to pick up a range of startups across Europe (specifically Turkey and Finland) in the process. Today, however, it’s taking a turn towards more immersive, highly […] → Read More

Dooly closes on $20M for AI-based tools to help salespeople with their busywork –

Robotic process automation has taken the enterprise world by storm, by providing a set of tools for those doing repetitive, volume-based tasks to use software to remove some of that labor to let those people focus on more complicated tasks. Today a startup that’s taken some of that ethos and is applying it to more […] → Read More

‘Flying taxi’ startup Volocopter picks up another $241M, says service is now two years out –

In a year where mass transit on airplanes, trains and buses has had lower traveler numbers in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, one of the startups hoping to pioneer a totally new approach to getting individuals from A to B — flying taxis — has raised some significant funding. Volocopter, a startup out of […] → Read More

Looped raises $7.7M to expand its interactive live event platform –

Live events in the age of Covid-19 have largely been moved into the virtual world: we buy tickets (or simply click on a link), go to a site or app, and watch the action unfold on a screen. Your seat or mine might be just as good as that of any other audience member, but […] → Read More

Czech on-demand grocery delivery startup Rohlik bags $230M to expand across Europe –

Food delivery — whether it’s ready-made orders from restaurants, meal kits or groceries — has been one of the most-used services in this last year of living under the cloud of a global health pandemic, and today one of the companies with ambitions to build a pan-European empire in the third of these categories is […] → Read More

Axonius nabs $100M at a $1.2B valuation for its asset management cybersecurity platform –

Remote work has become the norm for many businesses in the last year, and today a startup that has built a cybersecurity platform to help manage all the devices connecting to organizations’ wide-ranging networks — while also providing a way for those organizations to take advantage of all the best that the quite fragmented security […] → Read More

Istanbul’s Dream Games snaps up $50M and launches its first game, the puzzle-based Royal Match –

On the back of Zynga acquiring Turkey’s Peak Games for $1.8 billion last year and then following it up with another gaming acquisition in the country, Turkey has been making a name for itself as a hub for mobile gaming startups, and specifically those building casual puzzle games, the wildly popular and very sticky format […] → Read More

Bessemer Venture Partners closes on $3.3 billion across two funds –

Another major VC firm has closed two major rounds, underscoring the long-term confidence investors continue to have for backing privately-held companies in the tech sector. Early-stage VC firm Bessemer Venture Partners announced Thursday the close of two new funds totaling $3.3 billion that it will be using both to back early-stage startups as well as […] → Read More

Terminus raises $90M to grow its B2B marketing platform, now valued at around $400M –

Sales and marketing are often considered a single category on a business plan, but ironically, when it comes to building apps and services to help with them, they usually become separate entities, and so too do the teams that address sales and marketing in organizations. Today, however, a startup called Terminus — which is building […] → Read More

Spain’s Wallapop raises $191M at an $840M valuation for its classifieds marketplace –

Through all of the last year’s lockdowns, venue closures, and other social distancing measures that governments have enacted and people have followed to slow the spread of Covid-19, shopping — and specifically e-commerce — has remained a consistent and hugely important service. It’s not just something that we had to do; it’s been an important lifeline […] → Read More

Francisco Partners is acquiring MyHeritage, sources say for $600M –

Genealogy tracking online is a big business, and today comes some M&A news for one of the bigger names in the field. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Israel’s — which lets people test DNA and track their family lineage — is getting acquired by Francisco Partners, for a price that a source close […] → Read More

Blueshift raises $30M for its AI-based, integrated approach to marketing –

The concept of the “marketing cloud” — sold by the likes of Salesforce, Oracle and Adobe — has become a standard way for large tech companies to package together and sell marketing tools to businesses that want to improve how they use digital channels to grow their business. Some argue, however, that “cloud”, singular, might […] → Read More

Workiz locks in $13M for productivity tools aimed at home services professionals –

Knowledge workers — those whose professions tend to be anchored to desks or computers — have long been the most obvious and primary focus for a lot of B2B apps and services. But as the wider world migrates to doing more and more on smartphones and other connected devices, the opportunity to build for the […] → Read More

Quill, the messaging app backed by Index, quietly comes out of stealth to take on Slack –

Slack took the workplace communications landscape by storm after it launched its integration-friendly, GIF-tastic chat platform in 2013. Within the space of a decade it entered into the pantheon of big tech: first with massive growth and usage, then a series of giant VC rounds and valuations, spawning controversial competition from incumbents, followed by a […] → Read More

Plume picks up $270M at a $1.35B valuation to power smart home WiFi for broadband providers –

The last year of life under a global health pandemic has seen a massive surge of people working from home — a shift that has thrown a stark light on the iffy quality of our broadband networks. Today a startup called Plume — which has built a mesh-WiFi platform that helps optimize broadband connectivity and […] → Read More

Rows, formerly dashdash, raises $16M to build and populate web apps using only spreadsheet skills –

Spreadsheet software — led by products like Microsoft’s Excel, Google’s Sheets and Apple’s Numbers — continues to be one of the most-used categories of business apps, with Excel alone clocking up more than a billion users just on its Android version. Now, a startup called Rows that’s built on that ubiquity, with a low-code platform […] → Read More

Ageras nabs $73M at a $244M valuation for its accountancy marketplace and bookkeeping tech stack –

Vertical marketplaces continue to be a key lynchpin in the digital economy, a centralized place where people providing given goods or services can connect with those specifically looking to buy them — a position has become even more prominent in our pandemic economy. Today, a startup out of Denmark called Ageras Group, which has built […] → Read More

Fictiv nabs $35M to build out the ‘AWS of hardware manufacturing’ –

Hardware may indeed be hard, but a startup that’s built a platform that might help buck that idea by making hardware a little easier to produce has announced some more funding to continue building out its platform. Fictiv, which positions itself as the “AWS of hardware”, providing a platform for those wanting to design and […] → Read More

Peak AI nabs $21M for a platform to help non-tech companies make AI-based decisions –

One of the biggest challenges for organizations in modern times is deciding where, when, and how to use the advances of technology, when the organizations are not technology companies themselves. Today, a startup out of Manchester, England, is announcing some funding for a platform that it believes can help. Peak AI, which has built technology […] → Read More

vArmour the multi-cloud security startup, raises $58M en route to IPO –

Enterprises have been loading more of their operations into cloud — and, more often than not, multi-cloud — environments over the last year, creating vast networks of services that can be complex to manage. Today, vArmour, a startup that provides ways to manage in real time and ultimately secure how applications (and people) work in […] → Read More