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Ahead of Dell’s spin out, VMware appoints longtime exec Raghu Raghuram as its new CEO –

Five months after it was announced that Pal Gelsinger would be stepping down as CEO of VMware to take the top job at Intel, the virtualization giant has finally appointed a permanent successor. Raghu Raghuram — a longtime employee of the company — has been appointed the new CEO. He will be taking on the […] → Read More

Handshake raises $80M at a $1.5B+ valuation as its diversity-focused recruitment network for grads passes 18M users –

Job-hunting for those close to leaving or just out of college is a different ballgame these days than it used to be. Gone (at least for now) are the open job fairs and so-called milk rounds where prospective employers go en masse to tap student bodies for potential new entrant hires. In their place, virtual […] → Read More

Unmind raises $47M for a platform to provide mental health support in your workplace –

Mental health has been put into the spotlight in a big way in recent times. For many of us, our lives and lifestyles have changed massively in the last year, and alongside that, we’re collectively facing pandemic-fueled mortality on a global scale in a way that hasn’t existed for generations, a perfect storm of sorts […] → Read More

UK fashion portal Lyst raises $85M in a ‘pre-IPO’ round, reportedly at a $500M valuation –

E-commerce continues to be a huge focus for investors watching consumer behavior and spending patterns in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. In the latest development, UK startup Lyst, a portal for high fashion brands and stores to sell directly to users, has picked up $85 million, in what the startup is describing as a […] → Read More

Vinted raises $303M for its 2nd-hand clothes marketplace, used by 45M and now valued at $4.5B –

The circular economy — where consumers themselves are both the suppliers and buyers of goods and services — has come into its own in the last year of lockdown living as a popular and trusted way to buy and sell things. Now one of the larger players in that system — the clothes and home […] → Read More

Huma, which uses AI and biomarkers to monitor patients and for medical research, raises $130M –

While much of the world eagerly watches to see if the vaccination rollout helps curb and eventually stamp out Covid-19, one of the companies that has been helping to manage the spread of the virus is announcing a big round of funding on the heels for strong demand for its technology. Huma, which combines data […] → Read More

SightCall raises $42M for its AR-based visual assistance platform –

Long before COVID-19 precipitated “digital transformation” across the world of work, customer services and support was built to run online and virtually. Yet it too is undergoing an evolution supercharged by technology. Today, a startup called SightCall, which has built an augmented reality platform to help field service teams, the companies they work for, and […] → Read More

Lili, a neobank aimed at freelancers, raises $55M as it passes 200k users –

A startup that has built a neobank specifically to address the needs of freelancers and sole traders has picked up a growth round to continue expanding its business after seeing its usage grow by 1500% in a year. Lili, which provides a way for freelancers to use a single account both to manage their work […] → Read More

Engageli nabs $33M more for its collaborative video-based teaching platform –

As schools move more widely into reopening their doors for in-person learning, many educational institutions have also learned a critical lesson in the last year. Having better tools to teach remotely are critical for situations when the physical experience has to be shut down, but even when things are “back to normal”, better tech can […] → Read More

Zencargo raises $42M to expand its digital-first freight forwarding platform internationally –

While consumers and businesses continue to use their purchasing power to spin the wheels of the globalized economy, one of the companies that’s built a technology platform to help that economy operate more smoothly is announcing an investment to double down on growth. Zencargo, which has built a digital platform to enable freight forwarding — […] → Read More

StuDocu raises $50M as its note-sharing network for college students passes 15M users –

Whether learning online or taking a class in person, every student knows all too well how important it is to have good notes from your classes as a key way to remember and apply what you’ve been taught. Now, an Amsterdam-based startup called StuDocu, which has built a big and profitable business by way of […] → Read More

Shauntel Garvey of Reach Capital will join us to judge this year’s Startup Battlefield –

TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield is one of the most popular parts of our annual TechCrunch Disrupt conference which is happening on September 21-23 this year. Now we’re very excited to reveal one of the fine people who will be judging Startup Battlefield at this year’s all-virtual event in September: Shauntel Garvey, a general partner at Reach Capital, […] → Read More

Kahoot acquires Clever, the US-based edtech portal, for up to $500M –

Kahoot, the popular Oslo-based edtech company that has built a big business out of gamifiying education and creating a platform for users to build their own learning games, is making an acquisition to double down on K-12 education and its opportunities to grow in the U.S. It is acquiring Clever, a startup that has built […] → Read More

Shift Technology raises $220M at a $1B+ valuation to fight insurance fraud with AI –

While insurance providers continue to get disrupted by startups like Lemonade, Alan, Clearcover, Pie and many others applying tech to rethink how to build a business around helping people and companies mitigate against risks with some financial security, one issue that has not disappeared is fraud. Today, a startup out of France is announcing some […] → Read More

Cymulate nabs $45M to test and improve cybersecurity defenses via attack simulations –

With cybercrime on course to be a $6 trillion problem this year, organizations are throwing ever more resources at the issue to avoid being a target. Now, a startup that’s built a platform to help them stress-test the investments that they have made into their security IT is announcing some funding on the back of […] → Read More

Headway raises $70M at a $750M valuation to help connect therapists with people and insurance schemes –

Mental health, and how it is getting addressed, has been one of the major leitmotifs of the past year of pandemic living. COVID-19 not only has led to a lot of people getting ill or worse; it has increased isolation, economic uncertainty and led to a lot of other kinds of disappointments, and that all […] → Read More

Acronis raises $250M at a $2.5B+ valuation to double down on cyber protection services –

As cybersecurity continues to grow in profile amid an increasingly complex and dangerous landscape of malicious activity, a cyber security vendor that specializes in “all-in-one” services covering the many aspects of security IT has closed a big round of funding to grow. Acronis has raised $250 million, money that co-founder and CEO Serguei Beloussov said […] → Read More

Berlin’s Razor Group raises $400M to buy and scale Amazon Marketplace merchants –

The market remains very hot for startups building e-commerce empires by consolidating independent third-party merchants that have gained traction on Amazon’s Marketplace, and in the latest development, Razor Group — a Berlin-based startup buying up promising Amazon sellers and scaling them into bigger, multi-channel businesses — has closed financing of $400 million to scale its […] → Read More

Verizon CEO memo: Apollo to focus on commerce, content and betting with new Yahoo business –

With Verizon’s long-anticipated sale of its media business now finally in progress — by way of a deal, announced earlier today, with private equity firm Apollo paying $5 billion for Yahoo, AOL, and the many various internet brands and services that are part of the operation (including us, TechCrunch) — the next very likely question […] → Read More

Private equity firm Apollo agrees to buy Verizon Media assets for $5 billion –

Following several days of negotiation and rumors, Verizon today announced that it has entered an agreement to sell its media assets to private equity firm Apollo Global Management for $5 billion. The deal will see Verizon retaining 10% of the business, but its divestment signifies a formal retreat for the telecoms giant away from its […] → Read More