YC-backed BuildBuddy raises $3.15M to help developers build software more quickly
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YC-backed BuildBuddy raises $3.15M to help developers build software more quickly

BuildBuddy, whose software helps developers compile and test code quickly using a blend of open-source technology and proprietary tools, announced a funding round today worth $3.15 million.  The company was part of the Winter 2020 Y Combinator batch, which saw its traditional demo day in March turned into an all-virtual …

Bottom-up SaaS: A framework for mapping pricing to customer value
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Bottom-up SaaS: A framework for mapping pricing to customer value

Caryn Marooney Contributor Share on Twitter Caryn Marooney is general partner at Coatue Management and sits on the boards of Zendesk and Elastic. In prior roles she oversaw communications for Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus and co-founded The OutCast Agency, which served clients like Salesforce.com and Amazon. More posts by …

The hidden cost of being a founder
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The hidden cost of being a founder

James Sutcliffe Contributor James Sutcliffe is the founder and CEO of The Founding Network, a collaboration platform for high-growth founders. If I were to pick one thing that unites the global tech scene in terms of culture I would point to the respect and reverence accorded to startup founders. After …

Scale AI hits $3.5B valuation as it turns the AI boom into a venture bonanza
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Scale AI hits $3.5B valuation as it turns the AI boom into a venture bonanza

Scale AI, the four-year-old data labeling startup, has discovered that selling the picks and shovels needed to develop and apply artificial intelligence is big business. The company, which created a visual data labeling platform that uses software and people to label image, text, voice and video data for companies building …

Cyber Monday scams? Fakespot says it can identify fraudulent reviews and sellers online
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Cyber Monday scams? Fakespot says it can identify fraudulent reviews and sellers online

The pandemic has made it all but impossible for a retail company without an online presence to survive. Yet while companies heavily dependent on foot traffic like J.Crew and Sur la Table have filed for bankruptcy this year, companies that are expert in e-commerce have thrived, including Target and Walmart. …

Theodoric Chew, co-founder and chief executive officer of mental health app Intellect
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Singapore-based mental health app Intellect reaches one million users, closes seed funding

Theodoric Chew, co-founder and chief executive officer of mental health app Intellect Intellect, a Singapore-based startup that wants to lower barriers to mental health care in Asia, says it has reached more than one million users just six months after launching. Google also announced today that the startup’s consumer app, …

Ankorstore raises $29.9 million for its wholesale marketplace
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Ankorstore raises $29.9 million for its wholesale marketplace

French startup Ankorstore has raised a $29.9 million Series A round (€25 million) with Index Ventures leading the round. Existing investors GFC, Alven and Aglaé are also participating. Ankorstore is building a wholesale marketplace that connects independent shop owners with brands selling household supplies, maple syrup, headbands, bath salts, stationery …

Nordigen introduces free European open banking API
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Nordigen introduces free European open banking API

Latvian fintech startup Nordigen is switching to a freemium model thanks to a free open banking API. Open banking was supposed to democratize access to banking information, but the company believes banking aggregation APIs from Tink or Plaid are too expensive. Instead, Nordigen thinks it can provide a free API …

Salut raises $1.25M for its virtual fitness service
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Salut raises $1.25M for its virtual fitness service

This morning Salut, an app-based service that allows fitness trainers to host classes virtually, announced that it has raised $1.25 million in a new financing event. The round was led by Charles Hudson, an investor at Precursor Ventures. Founder Matthew DiPietro, formerly of Twitch, told TechCrunch that Salut soft-launched in …

C3.ai’s initial IPO pricing guidance spotlights the public market’s tech appetite
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C3.ai’s initial IPO pricing guidance spotlights the public market’s tech appetite

On the heels of news that DoorDash is targeting an initial IPO valuation up to $27 billion, C3.ai also dropped a new S-1 filing detailing a first-draft guess of what the richly valued company might be worth after its debut. C3.ai posted an initial IPO price range of $31 to …