Following acquisition, Episerver rebrands as Optimizely

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After acquiring Optimizely last fall, content management company Episerver is adopting the Optimizely name for the entire organization. CEO Alex Atzberger told me that the company will be rolling out new branding in the next coming months, as well as renaming its entire product suite to reflect the Optimizely brand. “We believe it’s no longer … Read more

Gardin raises $1.2M pre-seed to use ‘optical phenotyping’ tech to improve food production

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Gardin, a ‘deep tech’ hardware and software startup developing optical phenotyping technology and analytics to optimise food production, has raised $1.2 million in pre-seed funding. Leading the round is LDV Capital, with participation from Seedcamp, and MMC Ventures. A number of angel investors are also investing, including Pratima Aiyagari, Gilad Engel, and Abdulaziz Alrashed. Founded … Read more

Twitter’s new API platform now opened to academic researchers

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Twitter today is rolling out a new product track on its API platform, as part of its ongoing efforts to rebuild the Twitter API from the ground up. The track, which aims to serve the needs of the academic research community’s efforts, offers broader access to the Twitter archive and fewer restrictions on tweet retrievals, … Read more

Get feedback on your pitch deck from tech leaders on Extra Crunch Live

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Extra Crunch Live 2.0 launches next week! Among several improvements, we’re thrilled to ramp up the Pitch Deck Teardown. In short, folks can submit their pitch decks to get feedback from investors and founders alike. The importance of the pitch deck can’t be underestimated. It is often the first point of contact between a company … Read more

SaaS startup studio eFounders launches a fintech startup studio

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eFounders is expanding its focus by creating a second startup studio called Logic Founders. This time, Logic Founders is going to focus on fintech startups exclusively. Camille Tyan (pictured above) is going to lead the new studio. Over the past ten years, eFounders has launched dozens of software-as-a-service companies trying to improve the way we … Read more

Joanne Chen just became the first woman GP at Foundation Capital since founder Kathryn Gould

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Joanne Chen just became the second general partner in the history of the now 26-year-old, Silicon Valley venture firm, Foundation Capital. Were she still alive, Foundation’s founder, Kathyrn Gould, would undoubtedly cheer the development. Known for her big personality, Gould first met Chen when Chen was an an MBA student at the University of Chicago. … Read more

ByteDance to cut jobs in India amid TikTok ban

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Chinese internet giant ByteDance has told employees in India that it will be reducing the size of its team in the country after New Delhi retained ban on TikTok and other Chinese apps last week, a source familiar with the matter told TechCrunch. The company shared the news with employees in the country at 10am … Read more