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New challenger Ikigai combines digital banking and wealth management – TechCrunch

Ikigai, a London fintech founded by former McKinsey partners, thinks there’s room in the crowded challenger market for a new premium offering that combines digital banking with wealth management. Targeting future and present high-net-worth individuals, Ikigai is iOS-only for now and consists of a current account and savings account, with adjacent wealth management features, all …

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Flutterwave and PayPal collaborate to allow African merchants to accept and make payments – TechCrunch

It is nearly impossible for businesses in some African countries to receive money from PayPal. While the payments giant has not given reasons why this is so, speculation hints at factors like insufficient regulation and poor banking security in said countries.  That might be a thing of the past for some businesses as African payments …

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Building-code compliance startup UpCodes gets $3.36M in pre-Series A funding – TechCrunch

UpCodes, a startup that develops building-code compliance tools, announced today it has raised $3.36 million in pre-Series A funding. This brings its total raised so far to $4.15 million. The new funding was led by Berlin-based Point Nine Capital, which focuses on SaaS and online marketplaces. The company also recently won a legal victory when …

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The great Gatsby raises millions to take on Robinhood – TechCrunch

Millennials and Gen Zers seem interested in investing more than ever these days. As a result, a number of startups have emerged in recent years to give them more options. One such startup, Gatsby, announced Monday that it has raised $10 million in a Series A round of funding. Backers include Techstars Ventures, Beta Bridge …

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Double your founder knowledge and save with a dual ticket to TC Early Stage 2021 – TechCrunch

Early-stage founders, why not take a page from the old Doublemint gum slogan — double your pleasure, double your fun — and buy a dual-event pass for access to both TC Early Stage 2021 events? We can’t promise minty-fresh breath, but you will get twice the knowledge and double the opportunity to connect and expand …

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Swell launches its app for asynchronous voice conversations – TechCrunch

You might think that Clubhouse is the final word on audio-centric social networks, but a San Francisco startup called Swell is launching its own iOS and Android app focused on voice conversations. The big difference: While conversations on Clubhouse all happen in real time — meaning that you’ve got to listen live or miss it …

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Gumroad wants to make equity crowdfunding mainstream – TechCrunch

Gumroad, a startup that helps creators sell their work, is raising $6 million at a $100 million valuation. While $1 million of that total is reserved for AngelList co-founder Naval Ravikant and Basecamp founder Jason Fried, the remaining $5 million is being raised with a twist: anyone willing to fork over at least $100 bucks …

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Sherpa raises $8.5M to expand from conversational AI to B2B privacy-first federated learning services – TechCrunch

Sherpa, a startup from Bilbao, Spain that was an early mover in building a voice-based digital assistant and predictive search for Spanish-speaking audiences, has raised some more funding to double down on a newer focus for the startup: building out privacy-first AI services for enterprise customers. The company has closed $8.5 million, funding that Xabi …

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Mexican challenger bank Fondeadora adds $14 million to its Series A – TechCrunch

Fondeadora, a fintech startup based in Mexico City and building a challenger bank, has extended its Series A funding round. I covered the company’s original round back in August 2020. And now, Fondeadora is adding $14 million on top of the original $14 million it had already raised — it now represents a $28 million …

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Olo raises IPO range as DigitalOcean sees possible $5B debut valuation – TechCrunch

It’s a busy day in IPO-land: Olo has raised its IPO range and DigitalOcean is giving us a first look at what it may be worth when it debuts. That Olo raised its IPO price is not a huge surprise, given the software company’s rapid growth and profits. In the case of DigitalOcean, we have …

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