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South African startup Talk360’s seed funding hits $7M after new backing
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South African startup Talk360’s seed funding hits $7M after new backing

Months after the initial close of its seed round, Talk360, a South African Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) startup, has raised an additional $3 million, bringing the total investment raised in the round to $7 million. Talk360’s latest investors include Allan Gray E2 Ventures (AGEV), Kalon Venture Partners, E4E Africa, Endeavor, existing lead investor HAVAÍC,...

Apply to pitch your startup at TC Sessions: Crypto
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Apply to pitch your startup at TC Sessions: Crypto

Crypto has evolved from a niche product into a critical piece of the infrastructure underpinning an entirely new vision for the internet — web3. Startups are at the core of this innovation, and despite volatility in the crypto markets, builders in the space have remained steady in their efforts to leverage blockchain technology to reshape...

VCs at Freestyle, Plexo Capital and Sequoia join Startup Battlefield judges
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VCs at Freestyle, Plexo Capital and Sequoia join Startup Battlefield judges

Are you ready to rumble, TechCrunch style? Twenty of the most promising and creative early-stage startups — chosen from the elite Startup Battlefield 200 — will bring the heat for $100,000 in the world-renown Startup Battlefield competition at TechCrunch Disrupt on October 18–20 in San Francisco. We have an outstanding cohort of VCs ready to...

UK startup Arrival’s unique “microfactory” produces its first electric van
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UK startup Arrival’s unique “microfactory” produces its first electric van

Arrival’s first production verification van at its microfactory in southern England. | Image: Arrival Arrival, an electric vehicle startup based in the UK, announced that its so-called “microfactory” based in southern England has produced its first production verification vehicle. The news comes as the company is reportedly in talks to raise money so it can...

HSBC invests in Singapore’s customer intelligence and risk assessment startup
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HSBC invests in Singapore’s customer intelligence and risk assessment startup

HSBC Asset Management, the investment arm of Britain’s HSBC Group, has led a seed round of $4 million in Singapore’s customer intelligence and risk assessment startup Bizbaz, the two said Friday. Founded in June 2019, Bizbaz offers its proprietary customer intelligence and risk management solutions to banks, insurance companies and fintech startups. The startup has...

Can companies issue stakes in their success without using shares or options? This startup thinks so
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Can companies issue stakes in their success without using shares or options? This startup thinks so

So-called ‘stakeholder capitalism’ has not had the most illustrious of histories. Yes, there have been ‘Walmart Associates’ who were able to own stock in the company, or ‘John Lewis Associates’ (in the UK), but it’s hardly made the average person well off. At least they got something? In tech startups, however, tech founders are helped...