Honey Insurance launches with $15.5M AUD, the largest seed round ever for an Australian tech startup

When Richard Joffe moved his family to Australia in 2019, he said applying for home insurance “was like traveling back in time 30 years.” “I found the sign-up process painful, the fine print was confusing and the insurance company was totally reactive, not proactive. They never contacted me aside f…

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Venture studio Adanian Labs fuels startup growth in Africa

The venture studio targets to help build 300 next-generation startups over the next five years.

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Nautical Commerce sails away with new funding to bring marketplace tech to the masses

The company is boiling down the time it takes for businesses to create an e-commerce marketplace from two to three years to about 90 days.

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Introhive raises $100M for AI-powered sales tools to help companies build ‘relationship graphs’

By its nature, sales is one of the most social faces of a business, so it’s no surprise that there are tools being built for sales teams that are tapping into some of the most interesting dynamics of the world of social networking, and that the startups that are doing this most successfully a…

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CEO Shishir Mehrotra and investor S. Somasegar reveal what sings in Coda’s pitch doc

CEO Shishir Mehrotra and Madrona partner S. Somasegar joined Extra Crunch Live to discuss Coda's pitch doc -- and give live feedback on pitches from the audience.

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Every startup needs an in-house senate

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. For this week’s deep dive, Natasha and Danny unpacked the Expensify EC-1, which includes a ton of surprises, building tips and, as we discuss in the show, some life less…

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Meet Nickson, the furniture-as-a-service startup that Barack Obama’s ex-financial adviser just backed

Ever toured an apartment and fell in love with the model unit? You’re not alone. Harvard Business School grad Cameron Johnson is a former institutional real estate investor and Greystar exec turned startup founder who realized that very often, “renters would try to rent the model apartment.” This g…

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Apple Podcasts Subscriptions go live worldwide

Apple Podcasts Subscriptions are now live across more than 170 countries and regions, Apple announced this morning. First unveiled this spring, subscriptions allow listeners to unlock additional benefits for their favorite podcasts, including things like ad-free listening, early access to new episo…

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Cruise secures $5B credit line to buy electric, autonomous Cruise Origin vehicles from GM

Cruise, the self-driving subsidiary of GM, has tapped a $5 billion line of credit from the automaker’s financial arm to pay for hundreds of purpose-built electric and autonomous Origin vehicles as they start to roll off the assembly line. The access to the credit provided by GM Financial will…

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Apple AirTags UX teardown: The trade-off between privacy and user experience

Apple’s AirTags have been out for more than a month. Now that they've been out getting lost in the wild, we sent our resident UX analyst to do just that.

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To win post-pandemic, startups need remote-first growth teams

Growth marketer and investor Susan Su says that after the pandemic, startup founders will need to develop a mentality that places growth at the center of company strategy.

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