India’s Treebo Hotels raises $17 million for its budget hotel network

 Treebo Hotels has raised $17 million led by Bertelsmann India Investments (BII) with participation from existing investors SAIF Partners and Matrix Partners India. Read More


Rocket Internet’s GFG closes $365M down round as external investors shy away

 Global Fashion Group (GFG), the umbrella group that manages Rocket Internet-backed online fashion businesses worldwide, has added €30 million ($33 million) to a €300 million round that it announced back … Continue Reading →


KK Fund announces second fund for early-stage startups in Southeast Asia

 Good news for early-stage startup founders in Southeast Asia: KK Fund just completed the first close of a new fund for seed stage investments. Read More


Impinj soars 28% in internet-of-things IPO

 It has been a very slow year for tech IPOs, but Seattle-based Impinj decided to brave the public markets and list on the Nasdaq today. The company priced at the … Continue Reading →


A seed grows in Boston

 Across 1,000 acres of cotton plants in Arkansas, Tyler McClendon is running an experiment. The seeds are the same, as are his company Oxbow Agriculture’s methods of growing them. But … Continue Reading →


Redis Labs raises $14M for its in-memory NoSQL database services

 Redis Labs, the company behind the open source Redis data structure store, today announced that it has raised a $14 million Series C round led by Bain Capital Ventures and … Continue Reading →


Inkbox’s short-term tattoos raise $1M from Alison Sweeney, Jeff Probst and more

 Inkbox’s two-week tattoos made waves when the company debuted its product on Kickstarter last year – Toronto-based founders Tyler and Braden Handley raised nearly $300,000 for their organic limited-time body art … Continue Reading →


India’s Mywish Marketplaces raises $15M to expand to new financial products

 Fintech companies are beginning to make a significant impact to how people live in Asia. Mywish Marketplaces, one of the more mature startups in what is admittedly a very broad … Continue Reading →


Omise lands $17.5M Series B to expand its Stripe-like service in Southeast Asia

 Omise, a Bangkok-based payment enabler much like Stripe, has raised a $17.5 million Series B round to expand its reach across Southeast Asia. Read More


Lighter Capital takes a different approach to startup financing

 The new world of startup finance is very strange. Private equity is increasingly dipping down to finance startups. Meanwhile, venture capital funds are being forced to use every financial tool imaginable … Continue Reading →


CounterCraft bags $1.1M to fire up a security decoy play

 Spain-based security startup CounterCraft, founded last September, has closed a €1 million ($.1M) seed round to accelerate development of a b2b security decoy technology designed to engage hackers and keep … Continue Reading →


Learn-to-code startup CK targets the Minecraft modding craze

 The learn to code space is packed with ideas. But when it comes to what children want to do online, towering over everything else is the build-it-yourself Microsoft-owned Minecraft platform. … Continue Reading →


Rocket Internet’s GFC backs home care marketplace HomeTouch

 HomeTouch, the UK home care marketplace, has picked up £700,000 in new funding in a round led by Rocket Internet’s venture arm Global Founders Capital (GFC). Previous backer Passion Capital … Continue Reading →


Trim personal finance bot raises $2.2 million to save you money

 Ever wonder how much you spend each month on Uber? The newly released Trim chatbot will tell you in a text. Trim also helps you manage subscriptions, set up spending … Continue Reading →


Product comparison engine Versus acquired by Germany’s MenschDanke Group

 Versus, the Berlin-based product comparison site and engine backed by Earlybird Venture Capital, and Dave McClure’s 500 Startups (amongst others), has been acquired by Germany’s MenschDanke Group, which owns several … Continue Reading →


Unilever buys Dollar Shave Club for reported $1B value

 Unilever creates and captures a unicorn with its plans to acquire Dollar Shave Club. Announced this evening, the $130 billion dollar multinational consumer goods company is speculated to be paying … Continue Reading →


Will photo art phenom Prisma raise or get bought?

 Prisma morphs your photos into fine art like Picasso or Mondrian, and it’s blowing up the iOS app charts. Today it came out in unofficial APK beta on Android. But … Continue Reading →


Skycure lands $16.5M Series B round for mobile cybersecurity platform

 Sitting in a Tel Aviv office, my interviewee borrowed my iPhone for a simple demo. Inside two minutes, he was displaying my key strokes and web browsing onto a big … Continue Reading →


Sift Science raises $30 million to predict and prevent fraud everywhere online

 To predict and prevent fraud online even more quickly than cybercriminals adopt new tactics, Sift Science has raised $30 million in a Series C round of venture funding in a … Continue Reading →


Bloomberg Beta raises a second $75 million fund

 When the partners at Bloomberg Beta — a $75 million seed investment fund — sit down to review how they’re doing, they say they don’t first look at the valuation … Continue Reading →


Decacorns continue to get funding while the rest of the startup investing declines

 If you look at the investment dollars for the last quarter, you might be surprised to see an uptick in deal volume. For all the gripes about sky high valuations … Continue Reading →


Khosla-backed Lookup acquired by business discovery service NowFloats

 Lookup, an India-based chat service that connects consumers to local business and is backed by some notable U.S. investors, has been acquired by business discovery service NowFloats, which is also … Continue Reading →


Postmates aqui-hires team behind controversial Famous game.

 Eager to throw its product development into high gear, Postmates snags the team from Hey! inc. The latter best known for its ludicrously viral game Stolen, which was shut down … Continue Reading →


Southeast Asia’s aCommerce raises $10M to prepare for Series B

 aCommerce, a Bangkok-based startup that helps e-commerce companies in Southeast Asia run their businesses, has landed $10 million in new funding ahead of a planned Series B raise later this … Continue Reading →


MarketInvoice, the UK invoice finance platform, raises another £7.2M

 MarketInvoice, which plays in the peer-to-peer lending space by enabling U.K. businesses to raise money from institutional investors and high net worth individuals by ‘selling’ outstanding invoices, has raised a … Continue Reading →


Arm Holdings confirms Softbank is buying the chip designer for £24.3B in cash in big IoT move

 In the wake of the historic Brexit vote and the fall of the Pound, the UK is now witnessing its biggest-ever technology exit. Today, Arm Holdings confirmed that Japan’s Softbank Group … Continue Reading →


Baidu invests in ZestFinance to develop search-powered credit scoring for China

 Baidu has made its second investment in a U.S. fintech company inside a month after it put an undisclosed sum of money into ZestFinance, a big data firm specializing in … Continue Reading →


SoftBank is reportedly bidding to buy chip giant ARM for $31 billion

 SoftBank is bidding to buy chip giant ARM, one of the world’s most influential technology companies, according to multiple media. Read More


Encrypted comms company Silent Circle closes $50M Series C

 Encrypted comms company Silent Circle, which also makes a security-focused Android smartphone called the Blackphone, has announced it’s closed a $50 million Series C round of financing, led by Santander … Continue Reading →


PureLiFi scores £7M Series B to commercialize pulsating light-based Wi-FI alternative

 PureLifi, the University of Edinburgh spin out that is developing what it calls ‘LiFi’ technology, an alternative to Wi-Fi that uses modulating LED light as a way of sending data … Continue Reading →


Line’s share price jumps 50% on Tokyo debut as IPO raises over $1.1B

 Fresh from a positive listing in New York on Thursday, messaging company Line saw its share jump as high as 50 percent after it listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange … Continue Reading →


Atlassian acquires StatusPage

 Atlassian today announced that it has acquired StatusPage, a Y Combinator-incubated service that allows online businesses to keep their users updated about the status of their online services. The financial … Continue Reading →


Discors snags $1.2M to decomplicate the news

 Guns are bad (and good). The EU is great (and terrible). Mr. Trump is full of shit (and a genius). The news landscape is complicated and there is always another … Continue Reading →


India’s Rentmojo, which rents out home appliances and furniture, raises $5M

 Rentomojo, a startup pioneering an interesting alternative for furnishing homes in India, has landed $5 million in fresh financing to further scale its business. The money was provided by Accel … Continue Reading →


India’s Rentomojo, which rents out home appliances and furniture, raises $5M

 Rentomojo, a startup pioneering an interesting alternative for furnishing homes in India, has landed $5 million in fresh financing to further scale its business. The money was provided by Accel … Continue Reading →


Zenrez raises $2 million to take on ClassPass

 ClassPass is not the only startup looking to disrupt the fitness class business. Zenrez also lets users book yoga sessions on demand, but without the packages or the monthly membership … Continue Reading →


Understanding Line, the chat app behind 2016’s largest tech IPO

 Line, the mobile messaging app from Japan, is going public today in a dual Japan-U.S. IPO that is set to be the largest of a tech company this year to … Continue Reading →


Getaround for camera gear ShareGrid raises $1M

 Even if you’re an active photo or video creative, chances are that your gear will be gathering dust on a shelf at least part of the time. At the same … Continue Reading →


Trace Genomics launches a 23andMe for farms, raises $4 million to improve the world’s food supply

 A San Francisco startup called Trace Genomics wants to help farmers diagnose and improve the health of the soil where they want to raise crops before it’s harvest time and … Continue Reading →


Where are they now? 1st & Future alum Radd3 raises $2.2M from HTC

 In coordination with Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium, TechCrunch partnered with Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and the National Football League on 1st & Future, a competition for startups looking … Continue Reading →