Spain’s Payflow, a salary advance startup, banks $9.1M to fuel a super app growth strategy

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Spain’s Payflow, a salary advance startup, banks $9.1M to fuel a super app growth strategyBarcelona-based Payflow, a YC-backed salary-advance fintech with ambitions to evolve into a neobank, has banked a $9.1 million Series A funding round — bringing its total raised since January 2020, when the business was founded, to $13.6M. Investors in the round […]

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Gradient, 10xFounders back Zowie’s no-code, e-commerce customer service tool

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Gradient, 10xFounders back Zowie’s no-code, e-commerce customer service toolCustomer service tickets tend to fall into the same few buckets — returns, refunds or quality control questions. Not only are these repetitive, but it leaves little time for customer engagement on more complex requests, like relaying information on products or helping a customer find the best […]

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Tado, the German smart home energy startup, plans to go public via a SPAC at a €450M valuation

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Tado, the German smart home energy startup, plans to go public via a SPAC at a €450M valuationTado, the German smart home startup that specializes in thermostats and more recently moved into flexible “time of use” energy tariffs based on loadshifting technology, is today announcing the next step in its life as a business. It’s […]

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Ugandan lender Asaak raises $30million to support acquisition of motorbikes, smartphones by taxi operators

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Ugandan lender Asaak raises $30million to support acquisition of motorbikes, smartphones by taxi operatorsAsaak, a Ugandan asset financing startup, has secured $30 million in pre-Series A equity and debt funding. The round saw the participation of new and existing investors including Resolute Ventures, Social Capital, HOF Capital, Founders Factory Africa, End Poverty Make Trillions, Decentralized […]

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Juro draws $23M into its browser-based contract automation platform

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Juro draws $23M into its browser-based contract automation platformLondon-based legaltech startup Juro has grabbed $23 million in Series B funding for its browser-based contract automation platform. In total the startup has raised $31.5M since being founded back in 2016. Investors in the Series B are Eight Roads, which led the round — plus existing investors Union […]

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7bridges raises $17M to automate logistics supply chains using AI

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7bridges raises $17M to automate logistics supply chains using AISupply chain logistics — getting components and eventually finished products from A to B to C — is one of the most critical parts of running a business, not least because it is one of the most complex, involving dozens of companies, hundreds of combinations and […]

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Social robotics company Furhat buys Sphero spin-out company Misty Robotics

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Social robotics company Furhat buys Sphero spin-out company Misty RoboticsMisty has had a hell of a journey of it. After raising $11.5 million from Foundry and Venrock, then crowdfunding its personal robot, the company hit a series of challenges. Today, Swedish social robotics company Furhat Robotics is offering the beleaguered startup a gentle landing in […]

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Warehouse robotics system Exotec raises $335 million

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Warehouse robotics system Exotec raises $335 millionFrench startup Exotec has raised a $335 million Series D round in a new round of funding led by Goldman Sachs’ Growth Equity business. Following today’s investment, the company has reached a valuation of $2 billion. Exotec sells a complete end-to-end solution to turn a regular warehouse into a […]

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The race to fund crypto’s future sure is expensive 

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The race to fund crypto’s future sure is expensive Welcome to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s inspired by the daily TechCrunch+ column where it gets its name. Want it in your inbox every Saturday? Sign up here.  Welcome to the weekend! We made it. Barely, I think, given how tired everyone sounds on […]

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Is this the year that we get our dream back channeling platform?

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Is this the year that we get our dream back channeling platform?Welcome to Startups Weekly, a fresh human-first take on this week’s startup news and trends. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. Among many of the entrepreneur catchphrases out there, the one that annoys me the most is: “It’s not what you know, it’s […]

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