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How to recruit data scientists without paying top dollar – TechCrunch

Tianhui Michael Li is founder of The Data Incubator, an eight-week fellowship to help Ph.D.s and postdocs transition from academia into industry. Previously, he headed monetization data science at Foursquare and has worked at Google, Andreessen Horowitz, J.P. Morgan and D.E. Shaw. More posts by this contributor What’s different about hiring data scientists in 2020? …

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Olo prices IPO sharply above its target, valuing company as high as $4.6B – TechCrunch

A big story in the finance world this morning is that the Nasdaq Composite index lost ground in pre-market trading while bond yields rose. The concern is that inflation could rise, which led to bonds selling off and falling valuations for expensive stocks. So, tech stocks were broadly lower this morning. Unlike last night, when …

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The Robinhood competitor landscape intensifies as Invstr raises $20M – TechCrunch

One of the biggest gripes about investing apps is that they are not acting responsibly by not educating users properly and allegedly letting them fend for themselves. This can result in people losing a lot of money, as evidenced by the number of lawsuits against Robinhood. Today, an eight-year-old company that has been focused on …

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Unagi expands e-scooter subscriptions with $10.5M in new funding – TechCrunch

Unagi, the startup behind the portable, design-centric electric scooters, is launching its subscription service to six more U.S. cities in an expansion fueled by $10.5 million in funding. The startup, launched in late 2018 by former Beats Music CEO David Hyman and Mog co-founder, said Wednesday it is bringing its subscription service to Austin, Miami, …

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Vulcan Cyber raises $21M Series B for its risk-based vulnerability remediation platform – TechCrunch

Tel Aviv-based Vulcan Cyber, a cybersecurity startup that helps businesses prioritize and fix security vulnerabilities, today announced that it has raised a $21 million Series B funding round led by Dawn Capital. Wipro Ventures and existing investors YL Ventures and Ten Eleven Ventures also participated in this round. The company says it will use the …

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Nigeria’s Plentywaka gets backing from Techstars, plans expansion to Canada – TechCrunch

Plentywaka, a Nigerian bus-booking platform, today announced that it has been accepted into the Techstars Toronto accelerator program. It will join nine other startups in the class of 2021 and secure funding from the accelerator as it sets its sights on global expansion. The Lagos-based company, founded by Onyeka Akumah, Johnny Ena, John Shaibu and …

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Dija acquires Cambridge-based Genie to expand its 10 minute grocery service across UK – TechCrunch

Dija, the London-based grocery delivery startup backed by Blossom Capital, Creandum and Index Ventures, has acquired Cambridge, U.K.-based Genie, in what looks in part like an acqui-hire. The deal, for which terms remain undisclosed, will see Genie founders Tim Chan and Callum MacBeth join the Dija team and also includes company assets. Having launched Genie …

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How localization leader Iyuno Media Group opens entertainment to international audiences – TechCrunch

Video streaming platforms have signed up more subscribers during Covid-19 lockdowns, and that growth is expected to continue after the pandemic, showcasing more international content. When subtitles are well done, they don’t take audiences out of the immersive experience of a good show or movie. This means as content providers tackle worldwide expansion, demand for localization …

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Farmland could be the next big asset class modernized by marketplace startups – TechCrunch

Jim Jackson developed timber and farmland in Eastern Washington, protected from coastal rains by the peaks of the Cascade mountains, building out a clutch of apple farms and other properties on the state’s sunny side for 40 years. Traditionally, he raised money to expand operations for his farms through his existing network, which meant asking …

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