Companies navigate ethical minefield to build proof of vaccination apps

In the U.S, after you get vaccinated against COVID-19 you are given a small paper card issued by the CDC that is essentially the only evidence that you’ve received your shots. It might seem like a flimsy level of proof, one that you could easily lose, but replacing that paper copy with a digi…

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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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Clop ransomware gang doxes two new victims days after police raids

New victims have emerged a week after police raids.

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Summer Sale: Save 10% on Extra Crunch membership

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Check out the expert speakers joining us on Extra Crunch Live in July

What are the most important factors when you’re pitching your startup for fundraising? What questions come to the minds of the VCs you’re pitching? How do you get the deal across the finish line? Or choose the right investors for your company to begin with? Extra Crunch Live looks to an…

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How one founder realized satellite internet didn’t have to be fast or expensive to be useful

It’s hard to understand just how steeply the cost of launching and operating satellites has dropped, particularly since the introduction of lower cost launch services from a number of commercial players, and the maturation of the smartphone supply chain. Swarm co-founder and CEO realized just…

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Edtech startups and VCs rally around a memo of their own

Outschool founder Amir Nathoo has a message to the edtech sector, which recently found itself under a spotlight thanks to the pandemic: Add your voice, and don’t try to always appear neutral. The founder of the unicorn business penned a statement, co-signed by other edtech leaders, promoting the co…

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Autonomous trucking startup Embark to go public in $5.2B SPAC deal

Five-year old self-driving truck startup Embark Trucks Inc. said Wednesday it would merge with special purpose acquisition company Northern Genesis Acquisition Corp. II in a deal valued at $5.2 billion. Embark takes a different approach to autonomous trucking: As opposed to manufacturing and operat…

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Acryl Data, commercializing LinkedIn’s metadata tool DataHub, emerges from stealth with $9M from 8VC, LinkedIn and Insight

In 2019, LinkedIn’s engineering team announced DataHub, a metadata tool it had built to help it organise, search and discover insights from its vast data trove. In 2020, LinkedIn open sourced it. Now, a startup co-founded by one of the creators of DataHub and by a former senior engineer from …

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Snackpass gobbles up $70M at a $400M+ valuation as its social food ordering platform crosses 500K users

While every food delivery company is trying to get an edge on its rivals with discount codes, faster service, and a turn into the realm of spooky with ghost kitchens and dark stores, a startup built on a lighter, social concept — letting people see what their friends are chomping on, making i…

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