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Tesla makes Musk best-paid CEO of all time and Fisker bites the dust

The e-fuels startup is working on producing fuel for aviation and maritime shipping using carbon dioxide and other waste carbon streams.

E-fuels startup Aether Fuels is raising $34.3 million, per filing

The Rockset buy fits into OpenAI’s broader recent strategy of investing heavily in its enterprise sales and tech orgs.

OpenAI buys Rockset to bolster its enterprise AI

Rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts are surging among U.S. teens. A recent report from the Center of Disease Control found that nearly one in three girls have seriously…

Khosla-backed Marble, built by former Headway founders, offers affordable group therapy for teens

Cover says what sets it apart is the underlying technology it employs, which has been exclusively licensed from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

A new startup from Figure’s founder is licensing NASA tech in a bid to curb school shootings

Venture firms raised $9.3 billion in Q1 according to PitchBook data, which means this year likely won’t match or surpass 2023’s $81.8 billion total. While emerging managers are feeling the…

Kevin Hartz’s A* raises its second oversubscribed fund in three years

Zepto, an Indian quick commerce startup, has more than doubled its valuation to $3.6 billion in a new funding round of $665 million.

Zepto, a 10-minute delivery app, raises $665M at $3.6B valuation

Speak, the AI-powered language learning app, has raised new money from investors at double its previous valuation.

Language learning app Speak nets $20M, doubles valuation

Ali Rathod-Papier has stepped down from her role as global head of compliance at corporate card expense management startup Brex to join venture firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) as a partner…

Brex’s compliance head has left the fintech startup to join Andreessen Horowitz as a partner

LTK (formerly and RewardStyle), the influencer shopping app with 40 million monthly users, announced on Thursday the launch of a free direct message tool for creators to instantly share…

Influencer shopping app LTK gets an automatic direct message tool

Gynger, a platform that lends capital to companies for technology purchases, has raised $20 million in a Series A round led by PayPal Ventures, it told TechCrunch exclusively. The financing…

PayPal Ventures leads $20M round into Gynger, which offers companies ‘buy now, pay later’ for technology purchases

Roots is designed to help people get a better handle on what sort of apps are worth spending time on and which are not.

Roots introduces a screen time app for tracking ‘digital dopamine’

The U.S. is facing an accountant shortage. Fewer first-time candidates took the CPA exam in 2022 than in 2006, according to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. One possible…

Materia looks to make accountants more efficient with AI 

Christopher O’Donnell has hobbies. He likes music and playing guitar, but above all, he loves building software. Which is why three years after leaving HubSpot, he built, a CRM…

Ex-HubSpot exec builds an AI-powered CRM that learns for you, with $4M seed led by Sequoia

Online shopping trends are expected to stay strong this year, but e-commerce is more fragmented than ever. With brands selling on so many platforms — from TikTok Shop, to established…

Daydream rakes in $50M seed funding to build an AI-powered search engine suited for e-commerce

Wordsmith, a fledgling Scottish legal tech startup, has somehow managed to attract the backing of two well-known venture capital firms. The startup targets in-house legal teams and law firms with…

‘Lawyer-in-the-loop’ startup Wordsmith wants to bring AI paralegals to all employees

Hero, a new fintech startup based in Paris, is announcing an €11.3 million all-equity funding round led by Valar Ventures ($12.2 million at today’s exchange rate). For the past couple…

Hero wants to save the day for companies facing a working capital crunch

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C12, a French quantum computing startup founded by twin brothers, raises $19.4M

C12 is announcing that it recently raised an €18 million funding round ($19.4 million at today’s exchange rate). Originally founded in 2020 as a spinoff from the Physics Laboratory of the École Normale Supérieure, the company has been working on a unique process to create quantum computers based on carbon…

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C12, a French quantum computing startup founded by twin brothers, raises $19.4M

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The fall of EV startup Fisker: A comprehensive timeline

Here is a timeline of the events that led fledgling automaker Fisker to file for bankruptcy.

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The fall of EV startup Fisker: A comprehensive timeline

Four years after acquiring Shine, a French fintech startup that offers bank accounts to freelancers and very small companies, Société Générale has announced plans to sell Shine to Ageras. In…

Société Générale to sell its freelancer challenger bank Shine to Ageras

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How Abridge became one of the most talked about healthcare AI startups

Ask any of the health-focused VCs to name one of the top AI startups and one name comes up over and over again: a company  based in Pittsburgh called Abridge. And it’s a startup that launched before OpenAI was a household name and large language models (LLMs) entered the common…

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How Abridge became one of the most talked about healthcare AI startups

Cheap irrigation has transformed many regions around the world into breadbaskets, but it also means that there can be little left for other uses.

Kilimo helps farmers save water and get paid for it

Genspark taps generative AI to write custom summaries in response to search queries.

Genspark is the latest attempt at an AI-powered search engine

Decagon is a generative AI platform that automates various aspects of customer support channels.

Decagon claims its customer service bots are smarter than average

Series A to B startups — check out the ScaleUp Startups Exhibitor Program at TechCrunch Disrupt 2024! Why Join the ScaleUp Startups Exhibitor Program? Amplify Your ReachShowcase your groundbreaking innovation…

Series A to B startups scale up at Disrupt 2024

Pok Pok’s growth caught investors’ attention, leading to a $6 million Series A.

Now a Series A startup, kids’ app and ‘digital toy’ Pok Pok is coming to Android

Being a solo GP hasn’t slowed Bilimoria a bit. He went on to raise three additional funds and has now closed a new fund to invest in biotech, climate and…

Zal Bilimoria just raised a $50M fourth Refactor Capital fund, and still relishes his solo GP status

SurrealDB, a startup developing a database architecture of the same name, has closed a new round of funding as it readies a managed service.

SurrealDB is helping developers consolidate their databases

Golf has exploded in popularity in recent years thanks to the pandemic and the popularity of Netflix’s Full Swing documentary series. More than 531 million rounds of golf were played…

Loop Golf looks to take the stress out of booking a tee time

Self-driving vehicles rely on many sensors to detect objects and the world around them. The conventional approach is to work with cameras and lidars. But some tech companies and startups…

Bitsensing raises $25M for its high-resolution radar in autonomous driving