Fundings & Exits

Minibrew raises $2.8 million to help you make your own beer

 The Minibrew is a little keg with a big brain. When we first met the company in 2015 they offered a whiff of high tech to the brewing process, adding a monitored brew vessel and mobile app to the age-old technique of slopping a bunch of wheat, ye...

Merlon Intelligence raises $7.65 million in seed financing to combat money laundering

 OpenDoor, Oscar Health, Palantir and now Merlon Intelligence. Bradford Cross, founder of the venture capital firm Data Collective is joining the ranks of VCs who have caught the entrepreneurship bug, abandoning a cushy lifestyle for one with considerably more volatility. His latest startup, Merlon Intelligence, services banks, helping them cut down on risk and put a stop to money laundering. Read More

Merlon Intelligence raises $7.65 million in seed financing to combat money laundering

 OpenDoor, Oscar Health, Palantir and now Merlon Intelligence. Bradford Cross, founder of the venture capital firm Data Collective is joining the ranks of VCs who have caught the entrepreneurship bug, abandoning a cushy lifestyle for one with considerably more volatility. His latest startup, Merlon Intelligence, services banks, helping them cut down on risk and put a stop to money laundering. Read More

Blispay raises $12 million to help retail customers avoid payments for 6 months

 If you’re looking to buy something, but don’t want to pay for it yet, Blispay thinks it has the solution for you. The startup works with small and mid-sized businesses to help retail customers defer payments for six months. Baltimore-based Blispay has been gaining traction and raised an additional $12 million in funding after raising about the same amount last year. FirstMark… Read More

MakerBot co-founder Bre Pettis buys electronics milling machine maker Other Machine

 Entrepreneur Bre Pettis and Berkeley-based Other Machine seem like a match made in heaven. The MakerBot founder has been through the ringer once already, leaving the company he co-founded and ran after selling it to 3D printing colossus, Stratasys. But now he’s doing the buying. Other Machine founder and CEO Danielle Applestone tells TechCrunch that her CNC Milling startup has… Read More

CornerJob bags $19M to keep growing its blue-collar hiring platform

 Barcelona-based blue-collar recruitment app CornerJob has closed a $19 million Series C. The new financing will be used for product development, says CEO David Rodriguez, as well as bolstering its position in “strategic markets” and expanding into some new ones. Read More

SoftBank’s massive Vision Fund raises $93 billion in its first close

 SoftBank’s huge $100 billion investment fund — the largest tech fund in history — announced its first close today… and it’s huge. The Japanese telecom giant revealed that its VisionFund has closed an initial commitment of $93 billion from a bevy of high profile backers. They include Apple, Qualcomm, UAE-based Mubadala Investment Company, Saudi Arabia’s… Read More

Away nears 100K stylish suitcases sold as it raises $20M

 What do people actually want in luggage? A phone charger, unbreakable exterior, and maximum packing space at a resonable price is what Away discovered. So it built a line of sleek but expansive polycarbonite suitcases equipped with battery packs,...

Hong Kong’s Qupital raises $2M led by Alibaba to finance invoice loans for SMES

 Qupital, a one-year-old Hong Kong-based startup that addresses cash flow issues for SMEs, has closed a $2 million seed funding round. The is certainly a notable size for an early stage investment in Hong Kong’s nascent but growing startup scene. The financing was led by Hong Kong-London firm MindWorks Ventures and the $130 million Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund which launched in 2015.… Read More

CrowdStrike, the firm investigating Russian hacks, raised $100M, now valued around $1B

 The business of hacking has dealt a huge blow to our democracy, not to mention a plethora of organizations and individuals, and our collective sense of sanity. One silver lining, however, has been that it has led to the emergence of a number of security startups that are building and deploying a range of tools to try to track and stop the nefarious activity. One of the bigger of… Read More

Apple is shoring up Siri for its next generation of intelligent devices

 Siri is a critical component of Apple’s vision for the future, so integral that it was willing to spend $200 million to acquire Lattice Data over the weekend. The startup was working to transform the way businesses deal with paragraphs of text and other information that lives outside neatly structured databases. These engineers are uniquely prepared to assist Apple with building… Read More

DefinedCrowd is teaching machines to better understand the complexities of language

 What DefinedCrowd offers isn’t particularly easily to distill into a quick elevator pitch. Taking the stage today as part of the Disrupt New York Battlefield, the Washington state-based company deals in complex concepts of machine learning, providing rich data sets for speech and natural language processing systems. Read More

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