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Recent Episodes of TechCrunch Startup News


How VanMoof’s new owners plan to win over its old customers

How VanMoof’s new owners plan to win over its old customers

When VanMoof declared bankruptcy last year, it left around 5,000 customers who had pre-ordered e-bikes in the lurch. Now VanMoof is up and running under new management, and the company’s current owners are courting those same customers by offering them a €1,000 discount off a new bike.

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Episode 16 July 2024 5m and 46s


Why Commonwealth Fusion Systems’ superconducting magnet sale is more than it seems

Why Commonwealth Fusion Systems’ superconducting magnet sale is more than it seems

Fusion power may still be a few years away, but one startup is laying the groundwork for what it hopes will become a bustling sector of the economy.

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Episode 16 July 2024 3m and 45s


A startup set out to fight climate change — it did it by helping plumbers

A startup set out to fight climate change — it did it by helping plumbers

The founders of HERO Software didn’t start out to help small tradespeople in construction with a platform. They started out to fight the climate crisis. But in doing so, they stumbled on a way to help the whole business. Now, the company has closed a €40 million Series B financing round, and plans to expand.

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Episode 15 July 2024 3m and 28s


Beeble AI raises $4.75M to launch a virtual production platform for indie filmmakers

Beeble AI raises $4.75M to launch a virtual production platform for indie filmmakers

Visual effects have emerged as essential in filmmaking and have transformed storytelling and creativity in the film industry with its diverse digital techniques. However, the high cost of VFX tools often leaves independent filmmakers and content creators working with modest budgets struggling to compete with larger productions

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Episode 12 July 2024 6m and


Joby Aviation is betting on hydrogen-electric aircraft for regional flight

Joby Aviation is betting on hydrogen-electric aircraft for regional flight

Joby Aviation is still a year away from commercially launching its electric air taxi designed for urban environments, but the startup is already looking towards its next chapter: Intercity flight, powered by hydrogen.  To get the conversation started with regulators and demonstrate hydrogen’s capabilities, Joby told TechCrunch that it completed a 523-mile test flight.

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Episode 12 July 2024 5m and 59s


Iceland is dodging the VC doldrums as Frumtak Ventures lands $87 million for its fourth fund

Iceland is dodging the VC doldrums as Frumtak Ventures lands $87 million for its fourth fund

Iceland’s startup scene is punching above its weight. That’s perhaps in part because it kept the 2021 hype in check, but mostly because its tech ecosystem is coming of age. Iceland attracted the most venture capital per capita of all Nordic countries in 2023, but that stat is somewhat skewed by its relatively small population.

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Episode 11 July 2024 4m and 26s


Deep tech startups with very technical CEOs raise larger rounds, research finds

Deep tech startups with very technical CEOs raise larger rounds, research finds

SaaS founders trying to figure out what it takes to raise their next round can refer to Point Nine’s famous yearly SaaS Funding Napkin. (The term refers to “back of the napkin” plans or calculations.) Now, European hardware deep tech teams have a similar resource from First Momentum, a pre-seed fund investing in technical B2B

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Episode 11 July 2024 5m and 14s


Nala to use $40M Series A to build B2B payments platform, scale remittance services

Nala to use $40M Series A to build B2B payments platform, scale remittance services

Nala, a remittance startup that is now widening its portfolio through a new B2B payments platform, has raised $40 million equity in a rare deal that becomes one of the largest Series A transactions in Africa. 

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Episode 10 July 2024 5m and 51s


Byway is using AI to help travelers slow down and take the scenic route

Byway is using AI to help travelers slow down and take the scenic route

Solo founder Cat Jones took the plunge on setting up a travel business right around the time the pandemic was hitting Europe in March 2020. Fast forward to summer 2024 and her curated package tour business, Byway, is announcing close of an oversubscribed £5.4 million Series A round (around $6.9M at current exchange rates).

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Episode 10 July 2024 10m and 11s


Investors chase wealthtech startups in India as affluent class grows

Investors chase wealthtech startups in India as affluent class grows

Investors are betting on Indian wealthtech startups as a growing middle class turns to diversify investments and startups challenge traditional financial advisors for high-net-worth clients. Premji Invest is in advanced stages of talks to lead a funding round of $30 million to $40 million in Dezerv, an app offering a suite of investment solutions

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Episode 9 July 2024 5m and 23s

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