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Storyblok raises $47M to build out its headless CMS aimed at non-technical users like marketers –

The world of web development continues to become increasingly more democratized — and more creative — thanks to innovations in “headless” systems that give more flexibility around how a site can look and function: a middle ground between using rigid templates and building and maintaining every single component of a web’s tech stack from the […] → Read More

Flink, the German instant grocery upstart, snaps up France’s Cajoo for ~$93M, takes fresh Carrefour investment at a $5B valuation –

Instant grocery startups sprang up and grew like weeds during Covid-19, fueled by consumers opting to practice social distancing and ready to order their food and sundries at the tap of an app; and VCs seeing an gap in the delivery market that had yet to be definitively filled. Now, perhaps inevitably, comes the consolidation. […] → Read More

Optibus taps $100M at a $1.3B valuation for its AI-based mass transit operations platform –

Mass transit has made a rebound with the return of city life post-Covid 19, and today a startup that’s building tech to help it run more smoothly is announcing a big round of funding to meet the rush. Optibus, which uses AI to help public transportation bodies and their mass transit partners plan and operate […] → Read More raises $40M to expand open banking-based account-to-account payments in Europe –

The rise of digital payments has changed the nature of how people do business with each other; and open banking — a movement in banking where incumbents are finally adopting newer technology such as APIs to open their systems to modern integrations — is leading to a wave of new payment methods, all of which […] → Read More

Nexi, the Italian payments giant, buys Germany’s Orderbird for $140-150M to expand its SMB strategy –

More consolidation is apace in the world of payments: Nexi, the Italian fintech that scooped up rivals Danish-based Nets and then Italy’s SIA to create a $12.5 billion European payments giant, has made another acquisition, this time to dig deeper into financial services for small and medium businesses in the region. It has fully acquired […] → Read More

Nexite raises $67M for its new approach to tagging and tracking merchandise in physical stores –

When it comes to commerce innovation, physical retail often feels like it gets the short end of the development stick against newer, faster-growing, more quantifiable (and still far from perfect) digital channels. But physical retail is far from disappearing altogether, and today a company that’s built a solution very specifically targeted at improving data around […] → Read More

reMarkable, maker of a focus-friendly e-paper tablet, says it closed funding at a $1B+ valuation after selling 1M devices –

Hardware, as the saying goes, is hard; but there remains an opportunity for startups that focus on specific niches to build viable businesses. In the latest example, reMarkable, the Oslo, Norway-based maker of a simple and slick $299 e-paper tablet of the same name, says that it has passed 1 million devices sold since 2017 […] → Read More

Bookaway books $35M to scale up its ground transportation booking platform –

Travel and tourism are coming back online in the wake of Covid-19 restrictions getting relaxed, and today a startup tackling one part of the equation for getting from home to one’s destination is announcing some funding to capitalize on that. Bookaway, which has built a platform for people to view options for and book their […] → Read More

Byrd nabs $56M to grow its European e-commerce logistics and fulfillment network as an alternative to Amazon –

Shopify put a spotlight on the role and significance of logistics and fulfillment in e-commerce when it snapped up Deliverr for $2.1 billion last week to gain its own, direct foothold into providing those services for its e-commerce customers a la Amazon. Now, an up and coming startup in fulfillment in Europe has closed a […] → Read More

Paddle, the company that wants to take on Apple in IAP, raises $200M at a $1.4B valuation to supercharge SaaS payments –

Software as a service has become the default for how organizations adopt and use apps these days, thanks to advances in cloud computing and networking, and the flexibility of pay-as-you-use models that adapt to the evolving needs of a business. Today, a company called Paddle, which has built a large business out of providing the […] → Read More

Stripe flexes its fintech muscle with Financial Connections to pull banking data automatically –

Stripe, the payments behemoth valued at $95 billion a year ago and now reportedly inching closer to an IPO, today announced a new product that fills in some significant gaps in its play to be the financial services layer for merchants and other businesses whose models are based on enabling transactions. It’s taking the wraps […] → Read More

Just Eat Takeaway takes away chairman, investigates COO, weighs Grubhub sale as meal delivery cools down –

The food delivery business, and tech companies leading the charge, were hot commodities at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic as people stayed indoors and turned to apps to fill their bellies with pre-made meals. Now with that trend cooling off, those companies are feeling the chill. In the latest development, big changes and drama […] → Read More

Edge Delta rakes in $63M for its distributed approach to data observability –

Databases are growing at an exponential rate these days, and so when it comes to real-time data observability, organizations are often fighting a losing battle if they try to run analytics or any observability process in a centralized way. Today a company called Edge Delta that’s built an observability platform from a different perspective — […] → Read More

Prisma raises $40M for its –

When it comes to building databases and other backend software development, different organizations and developers do not always speak the same language. Today a startup called Prisma that’s built a platform — based around a server-side library — that lets users write in the languages that are most intuitive to them, but lets that work […] → Read More

Kevin raises $65M as it charges ahead on account-to-account payments over point-of-sale terminals –

Payments remains a very fragmented business around the world: depending on where you’re buying or selling something (and whether you are selling online or offline) you will have different “standard” payment methods, currencies and settlement schemes and more. Today, a startup called Kevin that’s taking one piece of that puzzle — payments made from account […] → Read More

Amazon aggregator Thrasio begins layoffs, names new CEO –

The layoffs and new CEO appointment are the latest developments in a series of ups and downs for Thrasio. → Read More

With Musk’s deal in the wings, Twitter reports Q1 sales of $1.2B; diluted EPS of $0.61 due to a MoPub bump –

Twitter will soon be off the market and run as a private company if an acquisitive tech mogul by the name of Elon Musk has his way. But in the meantime, it remains publicly traded, and today the social media platform posted a truncated Q1 earnings statement, providing a degree of transparency into how it […] → Read More

Taxfix, the Berlin-based mobile tax filing app, raises $220M at a $1B+ valuation –

Ben Franklin once famously said that in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. But that doesn’t make dealing with either particularly natural and easy. Tech is rushing in to fill that gap, and today a Berlin-based startup called Taxfix, which has built a popular mobile assistant to address […] → Read More

Enveil, a provider of encrypted, privacy-focused search and analytics tools, raises $25M –

Collectively, as we mature as a digital society, many of us are getting more aware, and more wary, of how our profiles and information exist and are used (and misused) online. A similar theme has also been playing out in the enterprise world, where organizations have also grown their security and data protection profiles to […] → Read More

Mavrck raises $135M, buys maker Later in creator and influencer marketing consolidation

Mavrck, which operates a platform for brands and media companies to source and engage with influencers for marketing campaigns, nabs $135M, scoops up Later → Read More