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Ready, Set, Raise is a new accelerator built for women by women – TechCrunch

Ready, Set, Raise is a new accelerator built for women by women – TechCrunch Women in tech are not only significantly under-funded by venture capitalists, but they also often lack access to the early-stage support granted to their male counterparts. To enroll in a startup accelerator like Y Combinator, for …

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Jack Ma says he isn’t about to retire from Alibaba but is planning a gradual succession – TechCrunch

Jack Ma says he isn’t about to retire from Alibaba but is planning a gradual succession – TechCrunch Reports of Jack Ma’s impending retirement are greatly exaggerated, it seems. Ma, the co-founder and executive chairman of Alibaba, has pushed back on claims that he is on the cusp of leaving the $420 billion …

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Is China’s digital silk road going to pave over Silicon Valley? – TechCrunch

Is China’s digital silk road going to pave over Silicon Valley? – TechCrunch Over the past 20 years, China has now grown into one of the largest consumer technology markets, with thousands of startups and funding rivaling Silicon Valley. In 2018, Chinese entrepreneurs are seeking to expand their businesses beyond …

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ShipBob brings in $40M to help e-commerce businesses compete with Amazon – TechCrunch

ShipBob brings in $40M to help e-commerce businesses compete with Amazon – TechCrunch Nowadays, those of us who shop for everyday goods online are accustomed to said goods arriving on our doorstep 24 to 48 hours after we click ‘buy.’ That’s because of Amazon; the e-commerce giant’s next-day delivery feature …

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Canters restaurant royalty raises $9.5 million for Ordermark, a takeout order management service – TechCrunch

Canters restaurant royalty raises $9.5 million for Ordermark, a takeout order management service – TechCrunch Alex Canter knows the restaurant business. The scion of Los Angeles’ famous first family of the deli business — the owners of the eponymous Canters restaurant — Canter has been in the food business longer …

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Xiaomi backs Indian consumer lending startup ZestMoney in $13.4M deal – TechCrunch

Xiaomi backs Indian consumer lending startup ZestMoney in $13.4M deal – TechCrunch Xiaomi has continued its investment in India after it led a $13.4 million round for fintech startup ZestMoney. The newly-public Chinese firm previously said it would invest up to $1 billion in India and Indian startups over a five-year …

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Stealthy Singapore VC firm Qualgro is raising a $100M fund – TechCrunch

Stealthy Singapore VC firm Qualgro is raising a $100M fund – TechCrunch Founder Heang Chhor previously spent 26 years with McKinsey Southeast Asia’s venture capital space is booming right now. Openspace Ventures just announced the close of its newest $135 million fund, Golden Gate Ventures hit the first close on its …

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Sagewise pitches a service to verify claims and arbitrate disputes over blockchain transactions – TechCrunch

Sagewise pitches a service to verify claims and arbitrate disputes over blockchain transactions – TechCrunch Sometimes smart contracts can be pretty dumb. All of the benefits of a cryptographically secured, publicly verified, anonymized transaction system can be erased by errant code, malicious actors, or poorly defined parameters of an executable …

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MallforAfrica goes global, Kobo360 and Sokowatch raise VC, France explains its $76M fund – TechCrunch

MallforAfrica goes global, Kobo360 and Sokowatch raise VC, France explains its $76M fund – TechCrunch More posts by this contributor Harley-Davidson to expand EV lineup, may include scooters, bicycles Update: EV startups Alta, Energica, and Zero could reboot the motorcycle industry B2B e-commerce company Sokowatch closed a $2 million seed investment led …

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What every startup founder should know about exits – TechCrunch

What every startup founder should know about exits – TechCrunch Benjamin Joffe Contributor Benjamin Joffe is a partner at HAX. More posts by this contributor 70 years of VC innovation 2017 crowdfunding guide The dream of a startup founder can often be summarized by the following, well-intentioned, and mostly delusional …

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