Personio, the German HR platform for SMEs, raises $75M Series C at a $500M valuation – TechCrunch

Personio, the German HR platform for SMEs, raises $75M Series C at a $500M valuation – TechCrunch

Personio, the Germany-founded HR platform for SMEs, has raised $75 million in Series C funding in a round led by Accel. I understand the investment values the company at around $500 million. Also joining is Lightspeed Venture Partners, alongside Lars Dalgaard (the founder and former CEO of SuccessFactors). Existing investors Index Ventures, Northzone, Rocket Internet’s […]

Israel’s cybersecurity startup scene spawned new entrants in 2019 – TechCrunch

Israel’s cybersecurity startup scene spawned new entrants in 2019 – TechCrunch

Yoav Leitersdorf Contributor Yoav Leitersdorf is the Silicon Valley-based Managing Partner at YL Ventures, where he accelerates cybersecurity startups in the U.S. market. More posts by this contributor A look back at the Israeli cyber security industry in 2018 Trends in Israel’s cybersecurity investments Ofer Schreiber Contributor Ofer Schreiber is partner and head of Israel […]

Soft Robotics raises $23 million from investors including industrial robot giant FANUC – TechCrunch

Soft Robotics raises $23 million from investors including industrial robot giant FANUC – TechCrunch

Robotics startup company Soft Robotics has closed its Series B round of funding, raising $23 million led by Calibrate Ventures and Material Impact, and including participation from exiting investors including Honeywell, Yahama, Hyperplane and more. This round also brings in FANUC, the world’s largest maker of industrial robots and a recently announced strategic partner for […]

France improves stock options policies for startup employees – TechCrunch

France improves stock options policies for startup employees – TechCrunch

A couple of weeks ago, France’s digital minister Cédric O announced some changes when it comes to stock options in France. President Emmanuel Macron is going to talk about the new policy today ahead of the World Economic Forum. While I don’t want to be too technical, here’s a quick overview of the changes. First, […]

Open banking platform Tink raises €90M at a post-money valuation of €415M – TechCrunch

Open banking platform Tink raises €90M at a post-money valuation of €415M – TechCrunch

Tink, the European open banking platform, is disclosing €90 million in new funding, just 11 months after the Sweden-headquartered company announced a €56 million round of funding. Co-leading this new round is Dawn Capital, HMI Capital and Insight Partners. The round also includes the incumbent postal operator and Italy’s largest financial services network Poste Italiane […]

TechCrunch’s Top 10 investigative reports from 2019 – TechCrunch

TechCrunch’s Top 10 investigative reports from 2019 – TechCrunch

Facebook spying on teens, Twitter accounts hijacked by terrorists, and sexual abuse imagery found on Bing and Giphy were amongst the ugly truths revealed by TechCrunch’s investigating reporting in 2019. The tech industry needs more watchdogs than ever as its size enlargens the impact of safety failures and the abuse of power. Whether through malice, […]

Taiwan’s entrepreneurs move forward after tense presidential election – TechCrunch

Taiwan’s entrepreneurs move forward after tense presidential election – TechCrunch

Last Saturday, Taiwanese voters re-elected President Tsai Ing-wen to her second term after an election that split the country among generational and ideological lines. A crucial issue were the differences in how Tsai, a member of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and her main opponent, Han Kuo-yu of the Kuomintang (KMT), approach Taiwan’s fraught relationship […]

Plaid’s $5.3B acquisition is a textbook Silicon Valley win – TechCrunch

Plaid’s $5.3B acquisition is a textbook Silicon Valley win – TechCrunch

Hi everyone, my name is Eric Eldon and I’m the new writer of the Startups Weekly newsletter.  I’ll be picking my favorite explicitly startup-focused articles of the week for you from Extra Crunch (where I’m the editor now), as well as TechCrunch (where I was the co-editor years ago… long story).  Some people tell us […]

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