Paul Sawers

Paul Sawers is a senior writer based in London, focused largely on the world of UK And European startups. However, he also writes about other subjects that he’s passionate about, such as the business of open source software.

Prior to TechCrunch, Paul gained more than a decade’s experience covering consumer and enterprise technologies for VentureBeat and The Next Web.

The Latest from Paul Sawers

Linux Foundation announces the OpenWallet Foundation to develop interoperable digital wallets

The Linux Foundation has announced plans for a new collaborative initiative designed to support interoperability across digital wallets, built on an open source bedrock. The OpenWallet Foundation (OWF

How WhiteLab Genomics is using AI to aid gene and cell therapy development

French biotech company WhiteLab Genomics has raised $10 million in funding for an AI platform designed to aid the discovery and development of genomic therapies. Founded out of Paris in 2019, recent Y

Google closes $5.4B Mandiant acquisition

Google has announced that its proposed $5.4 billion bid to buy cybersecurity firm Mandiant is now complete. The internet giant revealed plans to acquire publicly traded Mandiant back in March, less th

Cledara raises $20 million to help companies control their SaaS sprawl

Cledara, a software management platform that gives companies greater control and insights into their SaaS subscriptions, has raised $20 million in a Series A round of funding. Founded out of London in

Prefabs sprout: How Modulous helps housing developers build modular homes without factories

Modulous, a U.K. startup that makes it easier for housing developers, architects and construction firms to configure and design modular homes to address the ongoing housing crisis, has raised £10 mil

Vorboss brings minimum 10 Gbps enterprise fibre network to London businesses

A new enterprise fibre network is ready to deliver up to 100 Gbps (gigabits-per-second) high-speed internet to London businesses, as part of a £250 million ($290 million) investment in the city&#8217

Avalara shareholder wants to block its $8.4B sale to Vista Equity Partners

Vista Equity Partners’ proposed $8.4 billion deal to acquire automated tax compliance company Avalara has hit a bump in the road. One of Avalara’s biggest shareholders revealed that it&#82

London-based regtech SteelEye nabs $21M

London-based regulatory technology (regtech) startup SteelEye has raised $21 million in a Series B round of funding. Founded in 2017, SteelEye works with banks, hedge funds, brokers, asset managers an

Virtual research institute battles Long COVID with backing from Ethereum co-creator Vitalik Buterin

A new nonprofit “startup” is emerging from stealth today with $15 million in funding from Ethereum co-creator Vitalik Buterin, with a focus squarely on studying and treating Long COVID. Wh

Edda wants to be the Bloomberg Terminal for private markets

Anyone who has worked in a role even tangentially connected to the public markets will at least have heard of Bloomberg Terminal, an industry standard platform used by professionals to gain real-time

Open source password manager Bitwarden raises $100M

Bitwarden, an open source password manager for enterprises and consumers, has raised $100 million in a round of funding led by PSG, with participation from Battery Ventures. Founded initially back in

Solar-powered carmaker Lightyear raises $81M and gears up for production

Lightyear, a Dutch startup developing a long-range hybrid solar-powered car, today announced that it has raised €81 million ($81 million) as it prepares to begin production of its first vehicle in t

Cultivated Biosciences wants to make plant-based dairy ‘feel’ more like the real McCoy

The vegan food market was pegged as a $27 billion industry last year, a figure that’s expected to more than double within a decade. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by the major food and beverag

UK clears $8.1B merger between NortonLifeLock and Avast

The U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has formally cleared the proposed $8.1 billion merger between cybersecurity giants NortonLifeLock and Avast, a month after provisionally greenlight

Zenly is still hugely popular, so why’s Snap shutting it down?

Snapchat’s parent Snap became the latest tech company to announce a huge round of layoffs, confirming ongoing rumors yesterday that it was cutting 20% of its global workforce, affecting at least

China’s NetEase snaps up French video game studio Quantic Dream

NetEase, a Chinese technology company and billion-dollar video-game publisher, has acquired French video-game studio Quantic Dream. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal means that NetEase no

Topi raises $45M to power hardware subscriptions for B2B merchants

A new company is looking to do for B2B hardware sales what a growing number of companies have been doing in the consumer sphere, by making it easier for businesses to pay for equipment in installments

Mavenoid, which automates technical support and onboarding for hardware companies, raises $30M

Mavenoid, a Swedish company that provides both human- and AI-enabled support and troubleshooting tools for hardware companies, has raised $30 million in a series B round of funding. Founded out of Sto

Musk cites whistleblower allegations in fresh attempt to backtrack on $44B Twitter acquisition

Elon Musk is adding allegations from Twitter security whistleblower Peiter “Mudge” Zatko to his list of reasons for pulling out of the $44 billion Twitter acquisition he proposed back in A

The UK’s £5B Project Gigabit gives out first contract to connect rural areas to high-speed broadband

The first major subsidy contract under the U.K. government’s £5 billion ($5.9 billion) Project Gigabit scheme has officially been awarded, with Wessex Internet securing £6 million ($7 million)
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