Security-as-code startup Jit comes out of stealth with $38.5M in seed funding – TechCrunch

Jit, a startup that helps developers automate product security by codifying their security plans and workflows as code that can then be managed in a code repository like GitHub, today announced that it has raised a $38.5 million seed round led by boldstart ventures, with Insight Partners, Tiger Global, TeachAviv and a number of strategic … Read more

how one startup is reimagining mobile gameplay as a healing activity – TechCrunch

Mobile well-being apps were on track to top a billion downloads last year, while leading meditation app Calm alone pulled in $118.2 million in revenue, data from Sensor Tower indicates. That may leave some to believe the digital well-being market is essentially solved, but a new startup, Lumi Interactive, believes the opposite is true. The … Read more

EV fleet management startup Synop steers its way to $10M seed round – TechCrunch

When it comes to moving the transportation sector over to EVs, commercial fleets are probably some of the lowest hanging fruit. More often than not, they have consistent routes, reserved off-hour parking, and cost a lot less to drive and maintain. But for many commercial operators, EVs are still a wildcard. Gagan Dhillon and Andrew … Read more

Thepeer, an API-based startup that connects African businesses, raises $2.1M, led by Raba Partnership – TechCrunch

Thepeer, an African tech infrastructure startup connecting businesses’ wallets, has raised a $2.1 million seed round led by the Raba Partnership. The news comes a year after the startup raised $220,000 in pre-seed from a handful of angel investors, including Paystack CTO Ezra Olubi and Edenlife CTO Prosper Otemuyiwa. Participating investors in Thepeer’s seed round … Read more

Kaspersky Lab takes stake in Russian brain-like computing chip startup

According to Russian media reports, Kaspersky Lab has recently invested in the start-up company Motiv NT. Presently, Kaspersky Lab accounts for 15% of the shares, and the transaction amount is about tens of millions of rubles. Founded in 2017, Motiv is said to be committed to developing a brain-like computing chip that simulates the neural mechanism … Read more

Sequoia Capital India and Founders Fund back UAE-based proptech startup Huspy in its $37M round – TechCrunch

Founders Fund has made its first investment in the Middle East by backing UAE-based proptech startup Huspy. The $37 million Series A round, one of the largest at this stage in MENA, was led by Sequoia Capital India. The round also welcomed participation from Fifth Wall, the largest VC firm backing real estate and proptech … Read more

LG Nova announces its Mission for the Future startup selectees. – TechCrunch

In January, I got under the skin of LG Nova — electronics and appliances giant LG’s internal startup incubator — and its search for a different way of doing a corporate accelerator. Today, NOVA (short for North American Innovation Center) is announcing the twenty startups it selected as part of its Mission for the Future … Read more

Food tech smorgasbord, VCs squeeze crypto founders, startup layoffs 101 – TechCrunch

Most of us have a variety of fermented food products in our kitchen: you can’t make tofu, chocolate, vinegar or bread without agreeable microorganisms that can be produced at scale. Today, precision fermentation is innovating the alternative protein industry as food tech startups find the best methods for brewing eggs, dairy, meat and seafood in … Read more

Marc Lore’s food delivery startup Wonder raises $350M at a $3.5B valuation – TechCrunch

New York-based Wonder, a mobile restaurant delivery service led by Marc Lore, has raised $350 million in Series B funding. The company is now worth about $3.5 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal. The funding round was led by Bain Capital Ventures and included participation from Accel, Alpine Group, Amex Ventures, Forerunner, General Catalyst, … Read more

Aaron Levie on web3, more from WWDC and the LatAm startup scene – TechCrunch

TechCrunch is more than just a site with words. We’re also building a growing stable of podcasts focused on the most critical topics relating to the startup and venture capital worlds. Embedded below are the latest from the TechCrunch Podcast from Darrell who talks to TC writers about their own stories of the week; Chain … Read more