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AI chip startup Graphcore closes $200M Series D, adds BMW and Microsoft as strategic investors – TechCrunch

AI chip startup Graphcore closes $200M Series D, adds BMW and Microsoft as strategic investors – TechCrunch UK AI chip startup Graphcore has announced a $200 million Series D round today that’s jointly led by two of its existing investors, European VC Atomico and investment holding firm Sofina. Graphcore says the Series …

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Skype co-founder snags $105M for fintech lending venture in Southeast Asia – TechCrunch

Skype co-founder snags $105M for fintech lending venture in Southeast Asia – TechCrunch A fintech whale quietly going about its business in Southeast Asia has come out from under the radar after Oriente, a Hong Kong-based business headed by Skype’s first employee, announced that it has raised a whopping $105 million. …

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Pitching a $99 tax advisory service for the masses, Visor has raised $9 million – TechCrunch

Pitching a $99 tax advisory service for the masses, Visor has raised $9 million – TechCrunch The only sure things in this life, according to Ben Franklin, are death and taxes. And a new startup called Visor has just raised $9 million in financing to make one of them as painless as …

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Electric flying taxi service Lilium poaches key hires from Audi, Airbus – TechCrunch

Electric flying taxi service Lilium poaches key hires from Audi, Airbus – TechCrunch Lilium, the developer of a new, electric, vertical take-off and landing vehicle for a novel flying taxi service, has poached some pretty big former executives from Airbus and Audi as it builds out its technology and gets …

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Pan-European seed fund firstminute hits a final fund close of $100M – TechCrunch

Pan-European seed fund firstminute hits a final fund close of $100M – TechCrunch New UK early stage VC firstminute Capital launched in June last year to the tune of $60m, with Atomico Ventures as it’s first cornerstone investor. They were joined by 30 unicorns founders form Europe. Last September they …

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