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

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

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

Paris has quickly established itself as a major European center for AI startups, and now another big deal is in the works.

Poolside is raising $400M+ at a $2B valuation to build a supercharged coding co-pilot

GrayMatter self-reports that its systems currently produce “a 2~4x improvement in production line productivity [and a] 30% or more reduction in consumable waste.”

Labor shortages are still fueling growth at automation firms like GrayMatter

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

Active Directory, the Microsoft directory service for connecting users with network resources, is used by more than 90% of all Fortune 1000 companies and many more besides. So it’s no…

Semperis, a specialist in Active Directory security now worth more than $1B, raises $125M

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

Malicious hacking is getting increasingly sophisticated, and that’s leading to a very clear trend in security technology. To keep people and organizations safe, security also has to continue improving.  Security…

PQShield secures $37M more for ‘quantum resistant’ cryptography

Like it or hate it, artificial intelligence — especially generative AI — is the technology story of 2024. OpenAI, with its rollouts of viral services like ChatGPT and billions in…

France leads the pack for generative AI funding in Europe

Like many highly valued startups, SpaceX sometimes allows its employees to cash out some of their shares by selling to company-authorized outside investors. TechCrunch has gotten a peek at an…

Internal SpaceX documents show the sweet stock deals offered to investors like a16z, Gigafund

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

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

Balto Energy hopes to speed the electrification by helping homeowners choose and finance the projects that make the most sense for them.

Dandelion co-founder is back to help you electrify your home for less

SewerAI sells cloud-based, AI-powered subscription products designed to streamline field inspections and data management of sewer infrastructure.

SewerAI uses AI to spot defects in sewer pipes

For the last two decades, Raquel Urtasun, founder and CEO of autonomous trucking startup Waabi, has been developing AI systems that can reason as a human would.  The AI pioneer…

Waabi’s GenAI promises to do so much more than power self-driving trucks

Finbourne, founded out of London’s financial center, has built a platform to help financial companies organize and use more of their data in AI and other models.

Finbourne taps $70M for tech that turns financial data dust into AI gold 

With the advent of generative AI, AI applications are transforming and reshaping various industries and changing how people work. Software development is no exception. San Francisco- and Tokyo-based startup Autify…

Autify launches Zenes, an AI agent for software quality assurance

Its technology involves spinning plant protein fibers, including soy proteins, similar to the way cotton candy is made, to create structured cuts of meat.

Plant-based ‘meat’ startup Tender has already nabbed a fast-food chain contract, and another $11M

When Manny Griffiths worked with a personal injury lawyer after his wife’s car accident, he was surprised by the lack of information and communication from their lawyer regarding their claim.…

YC-backed Hona looks to reduce the communication friction between law firms and their consumer clients

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How well did the company do telling its own story in the form of its angel pitch deck? Let’s take a look.

Pitch Deck Teardown: Kinnect’s $250K angel deck

For centuries, people chewed willow tree bark to relieve pain, but scientists at chemical firm Bayer didn’t isolate its active ingredient until the 1800s and eventually patented its modified version…

Enveda raises $55M to combine ancient remedies with AI for drug discovery

StepStone raised the largest fund dedicated to investing in venture secondaries ever, the firm announced last week. This fundraise doesn’t just say a lot about StepStone’s venture secondaries investing prowess,…

What StepStone’s $3.3B venture secondaries fund tells us about LPs’ current appetite for venture

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GPTZero’s founders, still in their 20s, have a profitable AI detection startup, millions in the bank and a new $10M Series A

GPTZero’s growth and financials made it one of the AI startups ruthlessly pursued by VCs. And Footwork’s Nikhil Basu Trivedi won the deal.

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GPTZero’s founders, still in their 20s, have a profitable AI detection startup, millions in the bank and a new $10M Series A