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As companies grow they expose more of themselves online and become harder to defend in terms of cybersecurity. One report estimates that 30%-40% of a company’s IT infrastructure isn’t even known about by the security team. So startups have appeared with an ‘offensive’ profile in order to similate c…

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Storyblok raises $47M to build out its headless CMS aimed at non-technical users like marketers

The world of web development continues to become increasingly more democratized — and more creative — thanks to innovations in “headless” systems that give more flexibility around how a site can look and function: a middle ground between using rigid templates and building an…

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Payrails emerges from stealth with $6.4M led by a16z to build the OS for payments

Payments — taking and and paying out money — remains a fragmented and complex area for merchants, marketplaces and others that do business with multiple parties online, and as it grows — from $1.5 trillion today to $2.9 trillion by 2030 — that complexity will grow, too. Toda…

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Flip, a chat and HR app for frontline workers, raises $30M as it passes 1M users

More than 80% of the world’s workforce, some 2.7 billion people, do not spend their days in front of computers, and that has led to a strong disparity when it comes to technology, with some 1% of IT investment targeting them as users. That’s been changing very rapidly with the rise of s…

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Instant grocery delivery startup JOKR bags another huge round to enter unicorn status

The company touts itself as “one of the fastest companies to reach unicorn status in history.” 

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Enpal closes out Series C with $174M from SoftBank for tech to make it easier for homeowners to make the switch to solar energy

One of the gating factors for getting more homeowners to make the switch to solar energy has been that solar, as a business, is a hard one to get right, with many a company failing when they’ve been unable to strike the right balance between the technology working as it should, provisioning s…

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Inkitt books $59M investment, wants to turn its data-driven, self-publishing platform into a multimedia powerhouse

Book sales during the pandemic went up, and it seems the amount we are reading did, too. Now Inkitt, the startup that operates a free, popular platform of the same name for anyone to write and publish stories — stories that Inkitt then analyses using data science to determine which of them to…

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YC grad Wasp lands $1.5M seed to help developers build web apps faster

It seems that a lot of startups are trying to help developers reduce the complexity involved in coding an app. Last week we covered the seed round for RunX, a company that helps developers code back-end cloud resources more quickly. Today, Y Combinator Winter 2021 graduate Wasp announced a $1.5 mil…

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CoachHub raises $80M in Series ‘B2’ round, as coaching goes digital in the pandemic

The world of professional coaching has grown over the years as coaches realised they could easily counsel people remotely and clients realized digital coaching was far more efficient. But, equally, a problem arose in how to sift the wheat from the chaff. At the same time corporates realised that th…

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What to look for when hiring a growth marketing agency

The rapid expansion of the growth marketing industry has created a significant problem for startups looking to hire.

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