Aircall raises $120 million for its cloud-based phone system

Aircall has raised a $120 million Series D round led by Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Following today’s funding round, the company has reached unicorn status, which means it has a valuation above $1 billion — this is the 16th French unicorn. The startup has been building a cloud-based phone syste…

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Without a clear ask, your pitch deck is useless

Having a great "ask" slide can reassure investors: It shows a founder wants to raise an amount of money that unlocks the next stage of growth and knows what milestones they need to hit to get there.

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Equity crowdfunding appears immune to market volatility, on track for its best year yet

With the fundraising climate now showing cloudy skies, equity crowdfunding is getting ready for a field day.

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Databricks co-founder and CEO Ali Ghodsi is coming to TC Sessions: SaaS

In many industries, Databricks has become synonymous with modern data warehousing and data lakes. Since it’s exactly these technologies that are at the core of what modern businesses are doing around operationalizing their data, data engineering and building machine-learning models — an…

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Tesla backs vision-only approach to autonomy using powerful supercomputer

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been teasing a neural network training computer called “Dojo” since at least 2019. Musk says Dojo will be able to process vast amounts of video data to achieve vision-only autonomous driving. While Dojo itself is still in development, Tesla today revealed a new s…

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VCs to meet with StartupAlley+ cohort at Disrupt 2021

This year we’re taking exhibiting in Startup Alley, the epicenter of opportunity at every Disrupt, to a whole new level at TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 (September 21-23). Team TechCrunch will tap up to 50 exhibiting founders to take part in Startup Alley+, an exclusive, VIP experience designed to grow y…

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As venues reopen, Mixhalo announces new tech for in-person live event streaming

As venues reopen across the U.S., Mixhalo has announced a pair of additions to its in-person audio live event audio streaming platform: Mixhalo Over Cellular and Mixhalo Rodeo. The first is, more or less, what it sounds like. Rather than relying on Wi-Fi, the leverages 5G. The company says it will …

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Twitch suspends two popular female creators over sexy ASMR streams

Popular Twitch streamers Amouranth and Indiefoxx are the two latest casualties of Twitch’s ongoing battle to enforce its own confusing rules around sexually suggestive content. Both creators were suspended following ASMR streams that pushed the bounds of Twitch’s community guidelines fo…

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Clubhouse is building a DM text chat feature

Some Clubhouse users were treated to a surprise feature in their favorite app, but it wasn’t long for this world. A new UI element called “backchannel” popped up briefly before disappearing late last week, pointing the Clubhouse faithful to a new area of the app and generating ple…

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EU is now investigating Google’s adtech over antitrust concerns

EU antitrust authorities are finally taking a broad and deep look into Google’s adtech stack and role in the online ad market — confirming today that they’ve opened a formal investigation. Google has already been subject to three major EU antitrust enforcements over the past five …

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Mobile commerce startup Via rounds up $15 million in Series A funding

Mobile commerce is where it’s at, and rising investment in so-called conversational commerce startups underscores the opportunity. Via, a two-year-old, Bay Area-based startup, is among those riding the wave, having identified some trends that are becoming clearer by the month. First, more e-c…

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