January 16, 2021
Venture capitalists react to Visa-Plaid deal meltdown – TechCrunch

Congratulations, you’re no longer selling your company for billions of dollars! As strange as it sounds, that’s the leading perspective from venture capitalists concerning Plaid, now that its much-touted sale to Visa has fallen apart. The $5.3 billion deal would have seen banking API startup Plaid join consumer payments and credit giant Visa. But the…

January 16, 2021
Zocdoc founder returns with Shadow, an app that finds lost dogs – TechCrunch

Every year, around 10 million pets go missing in the U.S., and millions of those end up in shelters where they aren’t always reunited with their owners, due to their lack of identification or a microchip. A new mobile app, Shadow, aims to tackle this problem by leveraging a combination of a volunteer network and…

January 16, 2021
UK on-demand supermarket Weezy raises $20M Series A led by NYC’s Left Lane Capital – TechCrunch

Weezy — an on-demand supermarket that delivers groceries in as fast as 15 minutes — has raised $20 million in a Series A funding led by New York-based venture capital fund Left Lane Capital. Also participating were U.K.-based fund DN Capital, earlier investors Heartcore Capital and angel investors, notably Chris Muhr, the Groupon founder. Although…

January 16, 2021
Pace launches out of private beta with a plan to scale virtual group therapy – TechCrunch

One in five people have a mental health illness. Pace, a new startup founded by Pinterest and Affirm executives, wants to pay attention to the other four in that statistic. “Nobody is perfectly mentally healthy all the time,” said Jack Chou, Pace co-founder. “It’s a non-existent idea, everyone is sort of swimming in between being…

January 15, 2021
Tokyo-based SODA, which runs Japan’s largest sneaker resell platform, lands $22 million led by SoftBank Ventures Asia – TechCrunch

Tokyo-based SODA, which runs sneaker reselling platform SNKRDUNK, has raised a $22 million Series B led by SoftBank Ventures Asia. Investors also included basepartners, Colopl Next, THE GUILD and other strategic partners. Part of the funding will be used to expand into other Asian countries. Most of SNKRDUNK’s transactions are within Japan now, but it…

January 15, 2021
Origami Labs’ OFLO is a smart walkie talkie for frontline workers – TechCrunch

OFLO is a voice communication system designed to replace traditional walkie talkies. Its hardware is more compact and lightweight, with a bone conduction headset, and capable of covering unlimited distances and multiple channels. Created by Origami Labs, OFLO is also connected to software that features auto logging and productivity tools for teams that don’t have…

January 15, 2021
3Drens helps fleet operators use their vehicles more efficiently – TechCrunch

3Drens’ IoT mobility management platform not only lets fleet operators track where their vehicles are, but also produces data that helps them make business decisions. The company began operating in Taiwan, where it is based, before expanding into Southeast Asia. Currently presenting at CES’ Taiwan Tech Arena, 3Drens is focused on the increased demand for…

January 15, 2021
Richard Schwartz — IFS, Psychedelic Experiences without Drugs, and Finding Inner Peace for Our Many Parts (#492)

Illustration via 99designsWe are locking up these parts of us that are so wonderful and have so many talents when they’re not locked up and when they’re not stuck in the past.— Richard Schwartz Richard Schwartz is on the faculty of the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He began his career as a family…

January 15, 2021
Tresl’s Segments Analytics gives small online stores the same data analytics as large sellers – TechCrunch

Tresl’s flagship product, e-commerce intelligence platform Segment Analytics, is designed to give small brands on Shopify access to the same kind of analytics larger online retailers have. Founded by former LinkedIn data scientists, Tresl is currently exhibiting at CES’ Taiwan Tech Arena. Segments Analytics analyzes a Shopify store’s data and then automatically sorts visitors into…

January 15, 2021
Upgrade launches checking accounts and debit cards – TechCrunch

Fintech startup Upgrade has been positioning itself as a neobank. And yet, the company has mostly been focused on personal loans and more recently credit cards. You couldn’t just replace your bank account with Upgrade. Upgrade is adding two important missing pieces of the puzzle, with checking accounts and debit cards. With today’s launch, Upgrade…

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