The InstaDeep acquisition is a classic case of an African startup going global • TechCrunch

in January in Germany BioNTech, the largest vaccine maker, has announced that it has agreed to acquire Tunisia-born, London-based AI startup InstaDeep for £562m, including a £200m investment. The InstaDeep deal — subject to regulatory approval and expected to close in the first half of this year — is very interesting, for several reasons. First, … Read more

New Rewind App Lets You “Time Travel” Through Music From Decades Past • TechCrunch

A new app called Rewind wants to make it easier for music fans to explore the best songs of the past decades. Hoping to satisfy consumer demand for nostalgic music experiences, Rewind allows users to “time travel” through music listings from 1960 through 2010 to learn how older songs influenced today’s songs. The app was … Read more

Stripe responds to report that it is seeking to raise $2 billion with a curt “No Comment” • TechCrunch

To get a roundup of the biggest and most important TechCrunch stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3pm PST, head over to TechCrunch. Subscribe here. Well, it’s Friday again. And as the Equity pod team noted today, “You can be wasted and not even know it.” – Christine And Pilgrim Top Techcrunch 3 … Read more

The Late Advantage in Startups • TechCrunch

Welcome to Startups Weekly, an in-depth look at this week’s startup news and trends by the Chief Stock Correspondent and co-host. Natasha Mascarenhas. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. Sometimes, due to the nature of the startup game, we over-index what’s new. Companies want to build a pain point they never dreamed of … Read more

The Late Advantage in Startups • TechCrunch

Welcome to Startups Weekly, an in-depth look at this week’s startup news and trends by the Chief Stock Correspondent and co-host. Natasha Mascarenhas. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. Sometimes, due to the nature of the startup game, we over-index what’s new. Companies want to build a pain point they never dreamed of … Read more

Starling Medical’s New Urine Monitor Turns Your Toilet into a Health Tracker • TechCrunch

If you enjoy some good toilet techniques, I’d consider using “urine” as a remedy. Starling Medical is preparing to launch an in-home patient monitoring platform for urine diagnosis, dubbed “StarStream,” that doesn’t rely on traditional fishing containers or dip sticks. Now, if you think this technology sounds familiar, you’d be right: My colleague Haji-Jan Camps … Read more

Web3 hardware and infrastructure company Spatial Labs closes $10M seed round TechCrunch

Spatial Labs, a Web3 infrastructure and hardware company, today announced the closing of a $10 million seed round led by Blockchain Capital with participation from Marcy Venture Partners, the company co-founded by Jay-Z. Iddris Sandu founded Spatial Labs in 2021, with the goal of creating products and shopping experiences using augmented reality. “The real meaning … Read more

Pasqal raises 100 million euros to build an atom-neutral quantum computer • TechCrunch

Pasqal, a Paris-based quantum computing startup, today announced that it has raised €100 million in a Series B funding round authorized by Singapore’s Temasek. In addition to Temasek, existing investors Quantonation, the Defense Innovation Fund, Daphne and EniNext, as well as the European Innovation Council (EIC) new investor fund, Wa’ed Ventures and Bpifrance (through the … Read more

Cowboy Ventures Expands With $260M Through Two New Funds, Including Opportunity Fund TechCrunch

Cowboy Ventures, now 10 years old, a Bay Area seed-focused fund founded by celebrity investor Aileen Lee, has closed on two new funds totaling $260 million in capital commitments. The group has secured commitments of $140 million for its fourth flagship fund and another $120 million for its first opportunity-type fund (the “Mustang Fund”). The … Read more