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 Ron Miller

Serverless monitoring startup Epsagon expands to cover broader microservices

Serverless monitoring startup Epsagon expands to cover broader microservices

When Epsagon launched last Fall, the Israeli startup had an idea to monitor serverless, architectures, specifically AWS Lambda. But the company didn’t want to confine itself to monitoring a narrow class of applications, and today it announced it is now able to monitor a broader set of microservice development approaches. CEO and co-founder Nitzan Shapira […]

 Connie Loizos

K-Zen Beverage, a nascent cannabis-infused drink brand, has raised $5 million in seed funding

K-Zen Beverage, a nascent cannabis-infused drink brand, has raised $5 million in seed funding

There’s a new cannabis-infused drink company coming together, helped along by the venture firm DCM, which just plugged $5 million in seed funding into the company. Called K-Zen Beverages, the months-old startup represents the second cannabis-related investment for DCM after Eaze, the on-demand cannabis delivery platform. So what’s the appeal? The opportunity to unlock a […]

 Natasha Lomas

Hubtype raises $1.1M to help developers build richer chat support

Hubtype raises $1.1M to help developers build richer chat support

Barcelona-based Hubtype has raised a €1 million (~$1.1M) seed round led by Madrid-based early stage VC firm, K Fund. The team last raised when the business was founded, back in February 2016, when they took in €235,000 in a mix of public and angel funding. Hubtype targets enterprises and developers with customer service focused tools […]

 Steve OHear

Nokia Chairman Risto Siilasmaa backs machine learning startup Aito.ai

Nokia Chairman Risto Siilasmaa backs machine learning startup Aito.ai

Aito, a Helsinki-based machine learning startup that is developing “predictive database” technology, has raised €1 million in pre-seed funding, including from Nokia Chairman Risto Siilasmaa (via his investment company First Fellow Partners). Others backing the round are Hermitage, UMO Capital, together with funding from Business Finland. Previous Aito investors include Futurice and the company’s own […]

 Steve OHear

Urban Jungle raises £2.5M to make insurance accessible to ‘generation rent’

Urban Jungle raises £2.5M to make insurance accessible to ‘generation rent’

Urban Jungle, a digital insurance startup targeting so-called “generation rent” with a range of insurance products, has raised £2.5 million in seed funding round. The round is said to be backed by a mixture of new and previous investors, including Rob Devey, ex CEO of Prudential UK, and Simon Rogerson, CEO of Octopus Group. Described […]

 Mike Butcher

Tourlane raises a $47M C round led by Sequoia and Spark Capital

Tourlane raises a $47M C round led by Sequoia and Spark Capital

There still exists an old-fashioned problem in travel: group travel that requires individuals and groups to plan and book personalized, multi-day tours online. Tourlane is a major player in this sector and has today announced it’s raised $47 million in a round led by Sequoia and Spark Capital, alongside investors from the B round, including […]

 Jon Russell

Luckin Coffee plans to raise over $500M in US IPO

Luckin Coffee plans to raise over $500M in US IPO

Luckin Coffee, the ambitious Chinese upstart that’s going after Starbucks, could raise nearly $600 million from its upcoming IPO. That’s according to a price range released by the Chinese startup. In a new filing, Luckin said it plans to sell 30 million shares at an initial range of $15-$17. That gives an estimated raise of […]

 Eric Peckham

Where top VCs are investing in media, entertainment & gaming

Where top VCs are investing in media, entertainment & gaming

Most of the strategy discussions and news coverage in the media and entertainment industry is concerned with the unfolding corporate mega-mergers and the political implications of social media platforms. These are important conversations, but they’re largely a story of twentieth-century media (and broader society) finally responding to the dominance Web 2.0 companies have achieved. To […]

 Connie Loizos

Carta was just valued at $1.7 billion by Andreessen Horowitz, in a deal some see as rich

Carta was just valued at $1.7 billion by Andreessen Horowitz, in a deal some see as rich

Carta, a seven-year-old, San Francisco-based startup, is the newest unicorn in tech. The company, which helps private and public companies, investors and employees manage their equity and ownership, tells TechCrunch it has raised $300 million in a Series E round at a $1.7 billion valuation, led by Andreessen Horowitz. Firm co-founder Marc Andreessen is also […]

 Manish Singh

Grocery startup BigBasket becomes India’s newest unicorn with new $150M investment

Grocery startup BigBasket becomes India’s newest unicorn with new $150M investment

India has a new unicorn after BigBasket, a startup that delivers groceries and perishables across the country, raised $150 million for its fight against rivals Walmart’s Flipkart, Amazon and hyperlocal startups Swiggy and Dunzo. The new financing round — a Series F — was led by Mirae Asset-Naver Asia Growth Fund, the U.K.’s CDC Group […]

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