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The European VC market is so hot it may skip its summer holiday

3 days ago   |   By Tech Crunch

The startup market is having a moment around the world, but few regions can brag as much as Europe when it comes to venture capital investment. Yes, the United States is putting up impressive numbers and Indian startups are booming. But Europe is such a bright spot in the larger world of private startup investment that it deserves more solo attention.
The data coming out of the continent is staggering: According to a Dealroom report , some €49 billion was raised by European startups in the first six months of 2021. That's 2.9x as much as was raised by the region's technology upstarts in...
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Here's the 12-page pitch deck e-commerce banking startup Novo used to raise its $40 million Series A

Here's the 12-page pitch deck e-commerce banking startup Novo used to raise its $40 million Series A

3 days ago   |   By Business Insider

Summary List Placement Business banking is a hot market in fintech. And it seems investors can't get enough.
Novo, the digital banking fintech aimed at small e-commerce businesses, raised a $40.7 million Series A led by Valar Ventures in June. Since its launch in 2018, Novo has signed up 100,000 small businesses. Beyond bank accounts, it offers expense management, a corporate card, and integrates with e-commerce infrastructure players like Shopify, Stripe, and Wise.
Founded in 2018, Novo was based in New York City, but has since moved its headquarters to Miami.
Small business-focused...
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Critics take aim at charitable money sitting in donor funds

Critics take aim at charitable money sitting in donor funds

3 days ago   |   By Chron

Wealthy philanthropists have long enjoyed an advantageous way to give to charity: Using something called a donor-advised fund, they've been able to enjoy tax deductions and investment gains on their donations long before they give the money away.
These so-called DAFs set no deadlines for when the donations must reach charities; the donors themselves decide when and where the money goes.
Critics complain that because DAFs provide no financial incentive to quickly donate the money, much of it ends up sitting indefinitely in the accounts rather than being distributed to needy charities.
That...
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Titan, a platform aimed at the ‘everyday investor,' valued at $450M as a16z leads $58M Series B

Titan, a platform aimed at the ‘everyday investor,' valued at $450M as a16z leads $58M Series B

3 days ago   |   By Tech Crunch

Titan , a startup that is building a retail investment management platform aimed at the new generation of “everyday investors,” has closed on $58 million in a Series B round led by Andreessen Horowitz .
The financing comes just over five months after Titan raised $12.5 million in a Series A round led by General Catalyst, and brings the startup's total raised since its 2017 inception to $75 million. It values the company at $450 million.
General Catalyst also put money in the Series B round, along with BoxGroup, Ashton Kutcher's Sound Ventures and a group of professional athletes and...
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Titan raises $58M for mobile crypto investment platform

Titan raises $58M for mobile crypto investment platform

3 days ago   |   By Venture Beat

Titan has raised $58 million to build an investment management platform to take on the likes of Fidelity and other traditional funds.
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Pillar VC closes $192M for two funds targeting SaaS, crypto, biotech, manufacturing

3 days ago   |   By Tech Crunch

As its name suggests, venture firm Pillar VC is focused on building “pillar” companies in Boston and across the Northeast.
The Boston-based seed-stage firm closed a raise of $192 million of capital that was split into two funds, $169 million for Pillar III and $23 million for Pillar Select. More than 25 investors are backing the new fund, including portfolio founders.
Jamie Goldstein, Sarah Hodges and Russ Wilcox are Pillar VC's three partners, and all three lead investments for Pillar. The trio all have backgrounds as entrepreneurs: Goldstein, who has spent the past two decades in VC...
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Blockchain investment firm CoinFund raises $83 million for a third crypto fund. The CEO lays out his investing thesis - and how he aims to compete in an increasingly crowded VC market

Blockchain investment firm CoinFund raises $83 million for a third crypto fund. The CEO lays out his investing thesis - and how he aims to compete in an increasingly crowded VC market

3 days ago   |   By Business Insider

Summary List Placement Blockchain investment firm CoinFund has raised $83 million for its third venture capital fund in an oversubscribed offering backed by venture firm Venrock Partners as well as a number of institutional allocators and leading crypto founders.
The crypto landscape is seeing a lot more volatility right now. A number of major tokens including bitcoin have lost 50% in value just a couple of months after hitting all-time highs in April - the point at which exchange Coinbase went public.
Regulatory concerns and a crackdown on mining in China ignited a sell-off. Bitcoin is...
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Groups worry about tapping COVID relief for infrastructure

Groups worry about tapping COVID relief for infrastructure

WASHINGTON - Organizations representing long-term care facilities on Friday urged lawmakers working on a bipartisan infrastructure plan to avoid dipping into COVID-relief funds... Read more ...

Groups worry about tapping COVID relief for infrastructure

Groups worry about tapping COVID relief for infrastructure

WASHINGTON - Organizations representing long-term care facilities on Friday urged lawmakers working on a bipartisan infrastructure plan to avoid dipping into COVID-relief funds... Read more ...

Jeff Bezos' 18-year-old space-flight companion reportedly told him he had...

Jeff Bezos' 18-year-old space-flight companion reportedly told him he had never bought anything from Amazon before

Summary List Placement The 18-year-old passenger on Blue Origin's spaceflight on Tuesday had an awkward admission to former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos during the trip. Dutch... Read more ...

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Summary List Placement A man in Texas has been arrested after he boasted to a match on an online dating app about attending the January 6 insurrection from "the very... Read more ...

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NEW YORK - Stocks rallied to records on Wall Street Friday, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 35,000 level for the first time, as the market continued to... Read more ...

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Summary List Placement Gymnastics are one of the most anticipated events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Qualification subdivisions start on July 23 and the last gymnastics final... Read more ...

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WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told Congress on Friday that she will start taking emergency measures next week to keep the government from an unprecedented... Read more ...

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Activision Blizzard influencers are turning their backs on the video game...

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Summary List Placement After a bombshell lawsuit was filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing against video game company Activision Blizzard on... Read more ...