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MarketForce partners with Cellulant to expand in five new markets across Africa as it races to cover continent

MarketForce, a Kenyan B2B retail and financial services distribution startup, has expanded into five additional markets across Africa to grow RejaReja its retailer super app that makes it possible for informal merchants to order and pay for inventory digitally, accept payments for utility bills, and access financing for their businesses. The startup has today []

6 Dec 2021 11:00 am
Stacked raises $35M to bring passive investing tools to retail crypto traders

Stacked, a web-based platform that provides passive investment tools for retail investors interested in crypto, just announced it raised a $35 million Series A co-led by Alameda Research, a crypto trading firm owned by FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried. Bybit and BitDAO partner Mirana Ventures co-led the round alongside Alameda. Fidelity International Strategic Ventures, DRW Venture []

6 Dec 2021 10:31 am
HR tech startup Sense valued at $500 million in SoftBank Vision Fund 2-led funding

Sense, an HR tech startup that helps some of the worlds largest staffing and recruitment agencies timely find and hire talent, has grown its valuation to $500 million in a new financing round, a person familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The San Francisco-headquartered startup has raised $50 million in its Series D financing round, []

6 Dec 2021 1:51 am
Jack Dorsey dials in on his dream job bitcoin missionary

Hello friends, and welcome back to Week in Review! Last week, we took a break from contextualization for some guides to consumption. This week, were looking at whats happening in the mind of one Jack Dorsey. You can get this in your inbox from the newsletter page, and follow my tweets@lucasmtny. the big thing While []

6 Dec 2021 12:32 am
Torture testing a Porsche Cayenne S on the Rebelle Rally

The killer app of any tech is to make your life easier and more comfortable; the GPS in your car helps you find the best route to a restaurant when traffic is backed up, if you have cruise control, you can set a speed on the highway to ensure that you dont get a ticket. []

5 Dec 2021 10:17 pm
Partnerships are key to scaling commitments from Bidens Summit for Democracy

Developing credible local voices, entrepreneurs and innovators who can use emerging technologies to counter the authoritarian threats posed to their countries just may represent the best way to reach our desired outcomes.

5 Dec 2021 8:36 pm
How Credit Karma, acquired amid COVID chaos, fared in its first year under Intuit

February 24, 2020, is a day Ken Lin will never forget. The Credit Karma CEO was about to announce that the company he founded 13 years earlier was about to be acquired for more than $7 billion.

5 Dec 2021 7:30 pm
Why the founder-friendly era needs a VP of Nothing

Welcome to Startups Weekly, a fresh human-first take on this weeks startup news and trends.

5 Dec 2021 12:30 am
This Week in Apps: Apple and Googles best apps of the year, Amazon Appstore fails, Twitters new CEO

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes []

5 Dec 2021 12:15 am
The Polestar Precept is a cypher for the EV automakers future

Polestar will spend the next three years executing a lofty electric vehicle launch schedule that will culminate with the Precept concept, a Rosetta Stone of sorts that provides a physical representation of the companys future. Polestar, the former Volvo company that spun out to become its own brand, refers to the concept as its manifesto. []

5 Dec 2021 12:08 am
Fear, loathing and corporate gifting

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter for your weekend enjoyment.

4 Dec 2021 11:32 pm
Use radical objectivity to create and retain an inclusive workforce

James Nash Contributor Share on Twitter James Nash is CEO and founder of inbeta, a tech-enabled talent specialist using data, social listening and human science to help corporations overcome bias. Today, the age of corporate social justice is dawning. With the business case for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) now more vital than ever, were []

4 Dec 2021 9:28 pm
Is tech hurting American soft power?

Scott Bade Contributor Share on Twitter Scott Bade is special series editor of the TechCrunch Global Affairs Project and a regular contributor on foreign affairs. He's a former speechwriter for Mike Bloomberg and co-author of More Human: Designing a World Where People Come First. More posts by this contributor China and US tech crackdowns set []

4 Dec 2021 9:15 pm
Founders need to uncouple their own idea from its creator

All founders want their companies to thrive without them, but the readiness to act on that awareness continues to be one of the more uncomfortable conversations within todays market. After all, the glorification of founders (and our constant habit of treating them like rockstars) has some validity: Visionaries are intrinsically interesting humans, wild enough to []

4 Dec 2021 6:30 pm
Is the UK governments new IoT cybersecurity bill fit for purpose?

Internet of Things (IoT) devices essentially, electronics like fitness trackers and smart lightbulbs that connect to the internet are now part of everyday life for most. However, cybersecurity remains a problem, and according to Kaspersky, its only getting worse: there were 1.5 billion breaches of IoT devices during the first six months of []

4 Dec 2021 4:30 pm
At SoftBank, a reported battle over pay with COO Marcelo Claure adds to other bad news

Not for the first time, SoftBank is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. Indeed, even while the Japanese conglomerate is known for its extremes be it bold bets, internal squabbles, soured business relationships, or its ability to repeatedly bounce back from the brink some newer developments could prove particularly hard, []

4 Dec 2021 8:31 am
Dont let new hybrid workplaces keep the old systemic racism

While Im the first to say the National Urban League and many of my colleagues in the field are doing great work, too many companies are relying on us alone to change the world.

4 Dec 2021 5:09 am
Daily Crunch: Oura Ring offers a smaller wearable for tracking fitness data

Hello friends and welcome to Daily Crunch, bringing you the most important startup, tech and venture capital news in a single package.

4 Dec 2021 4:40 am
New Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal begins restructuring as two execs step down

Earlier this week, Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey stepped down from his role. He appointed CTO Parag Agrawal as new CEO, effective immediately. Agrawal, who joined Twitter as an engineer in 2011, already announced a major reorganization of the company today, per an internal email obtained by The Washington Post. Twitter confirmed the news []

4 Dec 2021 2:20 am
Essential steps to thriving and surviving while fundraising

While not every fundraise is the same, founders can tap the experience of others who have been down this path to ensure their fundraising efforts are efficient and successful.

4 Dec 2021 2:09 am
AWS re:Invent 2021 was more incremental than innovative

This year's re:Invent felt more like Amazon was checking boxes and filling in holes in the product road map. Maybe that's what we all needed.

4 Dec 2021 1:35 am
3 ways to recruit engineers who fly under LinkedIns radar

People who live in emerging markets use LinkedIn less frequently, even though these locations harbor some of the world's most promising tech talent.

3 Dec 2021 11:49 pm
Tech stocks are getting hammered (again)

I have a run of internal meetings starting in 15 minutes, so we have to be quick, but tech stocks are taking body blows yet again today. A selloff earlier in the week had us taking note. Today cements our raised eyebrows. And when we say tech shares are under attack, we are not only []

3 Dec 2021 10:58 pm
A step forward for CO2 capture

The air we breathe has a carbon problem. But in Hellisheidi, Iceland, a geothermally active plateau just outside of Reykjavik, a new technology is taking a small but mighty step toward fixing it. A plant called Orca, built by Climeworks, is the first-ever facility where CO2 is being filtered directly from the air and stored []

3 Dec 2021 10:37 pm
Last chance to save $55 on passes to TC Sessions: Space 2021

Here today, gone tomorrow: The chance to keep $55 in your wallet disappears in mere hours. Buy your pass to TechCrunch Sessions: Space before 11:59 pm (PT) today. TC Sessions: Space dedicates two full days focused on the leading-edge technology, founders, creators, academics, scientists, investors and policymakers. Well dig deep and look at the very []

3 Dec 2021 10:32 pm
MrBeasts Real Life Squid Game and the price of viral stunts

First, everyone was talking about Squid Game, the Korean psychological thriller that became Netflixs biggest series launch ever, with 142 million viewers. Now, everyones talking about YouTuber MrBeasts recreation of the shows titular fight-to-the-death, which racked up 142 million views in eight days. (Dont worry, no one was killed). Jimmy Donaldson (MrBeast), the 23-year-old who []

3 Dec 2021 9:48 pm
First we SPAC, then we take down AWS

The plan is simple: First, we create a knockoff of a popular digital service. Second, we cry political persecution. Third, we raise a bunch of money with a SPAC. And then, we take on AWS.

3 Dec 2021 8:53 pm
Facebook Messenger is testing a new Split Payments feature in the U.S.

Facebook Messenger announced today that its starting to test out a new Split Payments feature that introduces a way for users to share the cost of bills and expenses through the app. The company says the new feature is a free and fast way to handle finances through Messenger. The new feature is rolling out []

3 Dec 2021 8:53 pm
Squares Better.com name Block is Butter-y smooth

Hello and welcome back toEquity, a podcast about the business of startups where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. Its Friday, which means the whole crew was aboard for this particular episode. We had Grace and Chris behind the scenes, and Mary Ann, Natasha, and Alex on the mics. And, frankly, we []

3 Dec 2021 8:30 pm
Vinehealth, offering digital support for cancer patients and SaaS for R&D, gets $5.5M to launch in the US

Vinehealth, a 2018-founded, London-based digital health startup thats built an app which offers personalized support for cancer patients while also making it easier to gather patient-reported outcome (PRO) data, including for drug development and clinical trials, has closed a $5.5 million seed round as it prepares to expand into the U.S. The round, which co-founder []

3 Dec 2021 8:17 pm
TechCrunch+ roundup: Singapores fintech buzz, SaaS slump, amplified marketing strategies

Bret Taylor is on a roll: On Monday, he became the chair of Twitters board, and a day later, Salesforce made him its co-CEO and co-chair. Enterprise reporter Ron Miller looked back at Taylors career to better understand how a one-time Google product manager ended up co-leading one of the worlds most valuable companies. To []

3 Dec 2021 8:15 pm
Why Pinduoduo is putting all its profit into agriculture

For the past few years, Pinduoduo has been widely regarded as Alibabas strongest challenger. While Alibaba reported 863 million annual active consumers across its retail platforms in the twelve months ended September, Pinduoduos monthly active users exceeded 740 million in the quarter ended September. In its pursuit of new growth engines, Pinduoduo is taking a []

3 Dec 2021 7:24 pm
Kids Fire Truck Beds For Future Firefighters!

Are your kids dreaming of being firefighters when they grow up? Make their dreams come true with these awesome fire truck beds for kids! The post Kids Fire Truck Beds For Future Firefighters! appeared first on Comfy Bummy .

30 Nov 2021 6:19 pm
Magical Christmas for your kids? Heres what you need!

Put a festive feeling in your home with the help of these kids chair covers and other accessories! Tips and tricks on how to make Christmas memorable. The post Magical Christmas for your kids? Heres what you need! appeared first on Comfy Bummy .

29 Nov 2021 6:49 pm
The Best Animal Chairs for Kids

Looking for the perfect animal chairs for your child? Check out our guide to find the best picks on the market. The post The Best Animal Chairs for Kids appeared first on Comfy Bummy .

24 Nov 2021 3:21 pm
Wiggle Away With The Best Kids Wiggle Chairs

Wiggle chairs are a unique way for kids to relax and play at the same time. Read this article to find out more about the best wiggle chairs for kids. The post Wiggle Away With The Best Kids Wiggle Chairs appeared first on Comfy Bummy .

23 Nov 2021 2:27 pm
Kids Metal Chairs: Most Frequent Questions Answered

This article will answer the most frequently asked questions about kids' metal chairs. Everything you need to know is right here! The post Kids Metal Chairs: Most Frequent Questions Answered appeared first on Comfy Bummy .

22 Nov 2021 8:29 pm