Venture Capital

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

Kuang-Chi invests $5 million in SkyX, a maker of drones to monitor oil and gas pipelines

 Shenzhen-based Kuang-Chi Group is investing $5 million in SkyX Systems Corp., according to the drone tech startup’s founder and CEO Didi Horn. A former fighter pilot with the Israeli Air Force, Horn started SkyX in 2015 to help public and private companies monitor energy infrastructure from on high, using increasingly powerful drones and big data analytics. Read More

Impossible Foods CEO Pat Brown says VC’s need to ask harder scientific questions

 Impossible Foods has raised over $200 million to make a burger that tastes at least as good as ground beef but which is engineered from plants. The CEO of the five-year-old food startup, Patrick O. Brown, is a famed Stanford geneticist who previously started the nonprofit Public Library of Science. The company’s many backers— among them Bill Gates, Li Ka-Shing, UBS, Khosla Ventures… Read More

Echodyne homes in on $29 million to give drones and self-driving cars ‘radar vision’

 Autonomous vehicles all need sensors that can help them detect and avoid objects in their environment. And to operate at high speeds, these sophisticated machines need to identify objects ahead precisely, and early enough, that they can avoid crashing into them. Existing systems have included light ranging and detection systems and cameras, primarily. But the effectiveness of both LiDAR and… Read More

Naval Ravikant hints at future plans for Product Hunt and adding secondary trading to AngelList

 Earlier this week, at TechCrunch’s Disrupt event in New York, we sat down with AngelList cofounder and CEO Naval Ravikant to talk primarily about the platform’s new Angel Funds product, wherein a select number of proven “angel-operators” is being provided capital from AngelList and outside VCs to invest in a basket of startups. (We wrote about that new program here.)… Read More

For investors seeking a purpose-built CRM toolkit, Affinity raised $13.5 million to get you covered

For the venture capitalists, hedge funders, investment bankers and private equity folks trawling the skyways looking for deals, there’s nothing more important than a strong network. But for most firms keeping track of meetings, managing follow-ups, and plotting a next move is still a pretty low-tech process (ironic considering all the CRM tools these guys have built for others). Well,… Read More

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

Capsule raised $20 million from Thrive

 Capsule, a New York-based pharmacy delivery startup, has raised $20 million from Thrive Capital, founder Eric Kinariwala told TechCrunch editor Jordan Crook on stage today at Disrupt NY. The raise was first noted in the Wall Street Journal but Kinariwala came on stage today during our Founders Spotlight portion of the event to chat about his plans to cut out third-parties and… Read More

Capsule raised $20 million from Thrive

 Capsule, a New York-based pharmacy delivery startup, has raised $20 million from Thrive Capital, founder Eric Kinariwala told TechCrunch editor Jordan Crook on stage today at Disrupt NY. The raise was first noted in the Wall Street Journal but Kinariwala came on stage today during our Founders Spotlight portion of the event to chat about his plans to cut out third-parties and… Read More

AngelList just launched full-fledged venture funds

 According to AngelList, the renowned startup funding and recruiting platform, the number of companies being minted continues to far exceed the numbers of funds that can support them at the Series A and even the seed stage. Meanwhile, angel investors don’t necessarily have enough capital, particularly those who may be respected operators but haven’t yet enjoyed a major… Read More

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