Techcrunch: Rapyd nabs $40M a single API for payments, money transfer and more

As ever more transactions move onto digital platforms, a startup that is building a Swiss army knife of financial services — from payments to currency transfers, ID verifications and card issuing for companies to use by way of a single API — is announcing funding. Rapyd, a “fintech as a service” startup akin to AWS for financial …
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VentureBeat: Zoovu raises $14 million for AI-driven ecommerce experiences

Conversational interfaces are still a thing, despite what some pundits say. The global market is expected to reach $1.23 billion by 2025, according to a report by Grand View Research — a compounded annual growth rate of 24.3 percent. And in a recent Oracle survey involving European chief marketing officers, chief strategy officers, senior marketers, …
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CoinTelegraph: Kraken Buys UK Exchange Crypto Facilities for at Least $100 Million

United State cryptocurrency exchange Kraken has acquired United Kingdom-based cryptocurrency exchange and futures provider Crypto Facilities, the company confirmed in a press release Feb. 4. Crypto Facilities, which began operating in 2015, is fully regulated by the U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority, giving Kraken a major foothold in the European market. The parties declined to reveal the …
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FAZ: SAP; Frauen haben oft die besseren Ideen

Start-ups unter der Führung von Frauen haben es am Kapitalmarkt schwer. Sie erhalten nur einen Bruchteil des gesamten Risikokapitals. Der deutsche Softwarekonzern SAP will daran etwas ändern. In den Vereinigten Staaten sind im vergangenen Jahr nur 2,2 Prozent des gesamten Risikokapitals an ausschließlich von Frauen gegründete Start-ups geflossen. Das ergibt sich aus Daten des Marktanalyseunternehmens …
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Techcrunch: Flash, the stealthy e-scooter and ‘micro-mobility’ startup from Delivery Hero founder, raises €55M Series A

Flash, the stealthy mobility startup from Delivery Hero and Team Europe founder Lukasz Gadowski, is de-cloaking today, with news that the Berlin-based company has raised a whopping €55 million in Series A funding. Despite rumours that multiple VC firms would be involved, the bulk of the new funding comes from Target Global  via its mobility fund, which …
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Techcrunch: Badi gets $30M for AI-aided room rentals

Should you let AI help you pick your roommates? Barcelona-based urban room rental startup Badi thinks so, and it’s just closed a $30 million Series B funding round less than a year after a $10 million Series A — suggesting algorithm-aided matchmaking is resonating with its target millennial(ish) “Generation Rent” demographic as they hunt for their …
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EU-Startups: Barcelona-based Badi secures $30 million to accelerate growth and help more people find the perfect flatmates

The Spanish proptech startup Badi has very recently raised $30 million to accelerate further growth. This new funding round, which brings Badi’s total amount of funding to about $45 million, was led by the Silicon Valley-basd VC firm GoodWater Capital and joined by Spark Capital, Mangrove Capital and Target Global. Also interesting to note is that GetYourGuide co-founder and COO Tao …
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BusinessWire: HARMAN OTA Solution Expands to Manage Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities in the Automotive Software Supply Chain

LAS VEGAS – HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, today announced that it is expanding its HARMAN Over-the-Air (OTA) offering to allow OEMs to effectively tackle the ever-growing security complexity of their software supply chain’s components. Manufacturers of automotive components integrate third-party software …
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Handelsblatt: In der Nahaufnahme; Ein Top-Investor geht auf Einhornjagd

Shmuel Chafets arbeitet für einen der größten Start-up-Fonds Europas. Was muss ein Gründer mitbringen, damit er ihm Geld gibt? Unser Autor hat ihn einen Tag lang begleitet. Tel AvivManchmal wenn er zuhört, da sieht Shmuel Chafets fast ein wenig so aus, als hätte er Zahnschmerzen: Er verzieht das Gesicht, schließt die Augen und atmet schwer. Durch …
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