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SoftBank backs Cloudbeds as hospitality industry awakens from its COVID slumber – TechCrunch

As U.S. hotel occupancy hit pre-pandemic levels this summer, the hospitality industry is bracing for what is expected to be a rush of...

Robot Murder Dog New Thing to Worry About as You Fall Asleep

Dogs have long been a hunting companion for humans, so it makes complete sense that almost as soon as robotic quadrupeds were perfected,...

Plume raises $300M as it passes 1.2B devices in 35M homes using its smart Wi-Fi service – TechCrunch

Plume — a communications startup that partners with carriers to provide smart mesh Wi-Fi to improve broadband connectivity in homes, and then offers...

SoftBank sinks $200M into Andela, propels company into unicorn territory – TechCrunch

Andela, a fully remote company that helps tech companies build remote engineering teams (initially from Africa but now a global market), is currently...

Boston Dynamics’ Spot Has a New Gig as a Robo-Guard Dog

Gif: Hyundai Motor Group / GizmodoSpot may not be working for the cops anymore, but Boston Dynamics’ quadruped robot already has a new...

Sendcloud nabs $177M led by SoftBank to double down on SaaS — shipping as a service – TechCrunch

E-commerce has undoubtedly seen a huge boost in growth in the last year and a half of COVID-19 living, with people turning to...

Sendoso nabs $100M as its corporate gifting platform passes 20,000 customers – TechCrunch

Corporate gift services have come into their own during the COVID-19 pandemic by standing in as a proxy for other kinds of relationship-building...

Affinity, a relationship intelligence company, raises $80M to help close deals – TechCrunch

Relationships ultimately close deals, but long-term relationships come with a lot of baggage, i.e. email interactions, documents and meetings. Affinity wants to take what...

Humane, a stealthy hardware and software startup co-founded by an ex-Apple designer and engineer, raises $100M – TechCrunch

A stealthy startup co-founded by a former senior designer from Apple and one of its ex-senior software engineers has picked up a significant...

African fintech OPay valued at $2B in SoftBank Vision Fund 2-led $400M funding – TechCrunch

Chinese-backed and Africa-focused fintech company OPay raised $400 million in new financing led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, Bloomberg reported Monday, valuing the...

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