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Upscribe, raising $4M, wants to drive subscription-first DTC brand growth

Merchants use Upscribe’s technology to drive subscriber growth, reduce churn and enable personalized subscription experiences, like skipping shipments and swapping out products.

Google to introduce increased protections for minors on its platform, including Search, YouTube and more

Weeks after Instagram rolled out increased protections for minors using its app, Google is now doing the same for its suite of services, including Google search, YouTube, YouTube Kids, Google Assistan

Elektra Health funnels new $3.75M round into helping women navigate menopause

Every woman will go through menopause some time during her life, but like many other femtech topics, this is still not talked about as much as it should.

WoodSpoon’s food delivery service cooks up support for home chefs with $14M round

The co-founders reached out to local home chefs and gathered them together in a marketplace where they could share their culture and passion of food with others.

Niantic acquires 3D scanning app Scaniverse

Niantic continues to push forward in its quest to build a 3D map of the world. This morning the company announced that it has acquired Scaniverse, an iPhone/iPad app for scanning objects and environme

Cannabis giant Leafly is going public through a SPAC merger

Leafly is turning to a SPAC with Merida Merger Corp. I to go public. The deal, valued at about $532 million and expected to generate proceeds of up to $161.5 million, includes Leafly’s recent capita

Wix launches a no-code app builder for $200 per month

This morning, Wix announced a new product for business owners called Branded App by Wix, which allows users to develop native apps without writing code. The publicly traded company provides tools for

After raising $10M, Breeze breathes fresh air into a stagnant disability insurance market

Working in the world of disability insurance, Colin Nability felt not everyone could access this type of insurance due to its nature being difficult to understand and underwrite.

FireHydrant announces $23M Series B to grow disaster management platform

No matter how carefully you set up your systems, sooner or later something fundamental breaks. How you react during those times and how quickly you respond to the crisis is what people remember after

Tech-driven Butternut Box eats its own dog food — raises $55.4M to scale up

Butternut Box, a London-based fresh dog food business with a tech-driven platform that delivers HelloFresh-style, catered dog food, has raised $55.4 million (€47.2 million) in a funding round led by

Twitter now in compliance with India’s new IT rules, government says

Twitter is now complying with India’s new IT rules, New Delhi told a court Tuesday, in a move that is expected to ease months-long tension between the American social media network and the governme

Omnibiz gets $3M to digitize Nigeria’s informal B2B supply chain

Despite the prevalence of shopping malls and the emergence of VC-backed e-commerce companies like Jumia, informal retail in Africa is still king. A 2016 study by PwC states that 90% of sales in Africa

Japan’s TechnoPro acquires India’s Robosoft for $108 million

Robosoft Technologies, an India-headquartered maker of digital solutions, said on Tuesday it has reached a definitive agreement to sell the business to Japan’s IT services firm TechnoPro for $108 mi

FreshBooks reaches $1B+ valuation with $130.75M for its SMB-focused accounting platform

FreshBooks, a Toronto-based cloud accounting software company focused on SMBs, announced today it has secured $80.75 million in a Series E round of funding, as well as $50 million in debt financing. E

Latent AI, which says it can compress common AI models by 10x, lands some key backing

Roughly a year ago, Latent AI, a now three-year-old, Menlo Park, California-based startup, pitched a handful of investors during TechCrunch’s Battlefield competition. It didn’t win that co

5 ways AI can help mitigate the global shipping crisis

AI is not a magic wand that will right all the world’s wrongs. But it can help businesses plan for problems in advance and respond to them appropriately if they happen.

Daily Crunch: Bangalore-based UpGrad becomes India’s newest unicorn with $185M funding round

Hello friends and welcome to Daily Crunch, bringing you the most important startup, tech and venture capital news in a single package.

Fortnite’s Ariana Grande concert offers a taste of music in the metaverse

Ariana Grande strutted and soared around a candy-colored series of Fortnite sets in Epic’s latest major in-game live music event. The multi-day “tour” offered gamers and Grande fans

Match beta test targets dating app complaints like frustration with swiping, ghosting

Match today is introducing new features that aim to address some of users’ complaints with modern-day dating apps — like how much time it takes to find a relevant match and how frustrating

Early-stage brands should also unlock the power of influencers

Let’s demystify influencer marketing, learn how to couple it with a little-known paid marketing hack and uncover the numerous mediums to leverage influencer assets
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