Max Levchin’s Affirm seeks capital amid surge in fintech funding – gpgmail

[ad_1] Another consumer finance business is lining up investors for its largest cash infusion yet. Affirm, founded by PayPal’s Max Levchin, is said to be raising as much as $1.5 billion in a combination of debt and equity, according to people with knowledge of the company’s fundraising activities. Josh Kushner’s New York venture capital firm […]

Explorium reveals $19.1M in total funding for machine learning data discovery platform – gpgmail

[ad_1] Explorium, a data discovery platform for machine learning models, received a couple of unannounced funding rounds over the last year — a $3.6 million seed round last September and a $15.5 million Series A round in March. Today, it made both of these rounds public. The seed round was led by Emerge with participation […]

Vegetarian frozen food brand Strong Roots looks to expand in the U.S. with $18.3 million funding – gpgmail

[ad_1] The U.K.-based vegetarian frozen food company Strong Roots has picked up $18.3 million in funding from the private equity firm, Goode Partners, as it looks to expand its U.S. presence and build out its technological capabilities. Advised by global mid-market investment bank, Alantra, Strong Roots has a presence in the U.S. in retailers including […]

Adarga closes £5M Series A funding for its Palantir-like AI platform – gpgmail

[ad_1] AI startup Adarga has closed a £5 million Series A fundraising by Allectus Capital. But this news rather cloaks the fact that it’s been building up a head of steam since it’s founding in 2016, building up – what they say – is a £30 million-plus sales pipeline through strategic collaborations with a number […]

Good Capital launches to close the funding gap for early-stage Indian startups – gpgmail

[ad_1] Rohan Malhotra and Arjun Malhotra left their jobs in London and Silicon Valley to explore opportunities in India in late 2013. A year later, the brothers launched Investopad to connect with local startup founders and product managers and built a community to exchange insight. Somewhere in the journey, they wrote early checks to social-commerce […]

HackerOne just closed a new round of funding that brings its total funding to $110 million – gpgmail

[ad_1] HackerOne, the seven-year-old, San Francisco-based company that mediates between hackers and companies interested in testing their online vulnerabilities, has raised $36.4 million in Series D funding that brings the company’s total funding to date to  $110 million. The deal was led by Valor Equity Partners, which was joined by the company’s earlier investors, including […]

Investors are joining a sizable funding round for Bear Robotics, whose robots serve food to restaurant patrons – gpgmail

[ad_1] There’s almost no end to the number of jobs that could be replaced altogether or in some part by smart machines, from radiologists to truck drivers to, gulp, journalists. You might be tempted to sob about it to your friendly restaurant server, but wait! It’s a robot, too! So it may be if the […]

YouTube begins to label videos by publishers with government or public funding – gpgmail

[ad_1] Days after Google said YouTube was used in a coordinated effort to spread misinformation about protesters in Hong Kong, the platform has begun labeling videos uploaded by media organizations that receive government or public funding. While YouTube says the new feature, which is now live in 10 regions, including Hong Kong, is intended to […]

A big funding round for Boll & Branch – gpgmail

[ad_1] The Daily Crunch is gpgmail’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Bedding startup Boll & Branch raises $100M The company sells sustainably sourced sheets, pillows, mattresses and towels. Until now, it […]

Y Combinator Demo Day, revenue-based VC funding, Pivotal, Dell, Tumblr, WeWork, and more – gpgmail

[ad_1] Editor’s note Due to bad travel logistics (thanks SFO), I wasn’t able to get the mid-week edition of the Extra Crunch roundup newsletter out. Sorry about that. Instead, here is everything we published this week on Extra Crunch in one fell swoop — and my, we covered a lot of ground. Hope you enjoy […]