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  • Singapore-based Volopay raises $2.1 million seed round to build a “financial control center” for businesses January 18, 2021
    Volopay, a Singapore-based startup building a “financial control center” for businesses, announced today it has raised $2.1 million in seed funding. The round was led by Tinder co-founder Justin Mateen, and included participation from Soma Capital, CP Ventures, Y Combinator, VentureSouq, the founders of Razorpay and other angel investors. The funding will be used on […]
    Catherine Shu
  • Cryptocat author gets insanely fast backing to build P2P tech for social media January 18, 2021
    The idea for Capsule started with a tweet about reinventing social media. A day later cryptography researcher, Nadim Kobeissi — best known for authoring the open-source E2E-encrypted desktop chat app Cryptocat (now discontinued) — had pulled in a pre-seed investment of $100,000 for his lightweight mesh-networked microservices concept, with support coming from angel investor and former […]
    Natasha Lomas
  • No one knows what anything is worth January 16, 2021
    Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s broadly based on the daily column that appears on Extra Crunch, but free, and made for your weekend reading. Click here if you want it in your inbox every Saturday morning. Ready? Let’s talk money, startups and spicy IPO rumors. It was yet another week of startups […]
    Alex Wilhelm


  • Six Months Later January 18, 2021
    In early June, I wrote this post explaining that I and we need to do more to reduce the inequality issues for Black people in tech, venture capital, and startups. I think MLK day is a good time to talk about what has happened since that post. We have identified a number of areas where […]
    Fred Wilson
  • Funding Friday: FUBNUB & BAD, BAD, TURTLE January 15, 2021
    Longtime AVC regular Kevin Marshall launched a Kickstarter a week or so ago. He’s raising funds to support the launch of two playing card games he created called Fubnub and Bad, Bad, Turtle. I’ve embedded the video below for web readers. Email readers can click this link and watch it.
    Fred Wilson
  • Smart Contracts On Bitcoin January 14, 2021
    While Bitcoin is the gold standard in crypto, Ethereum has been the innovator, bringing new ideas, particularly smart contracts, to the table. Smart contracts allow developers to easily build things on a blockchain and we have seen a proliferation of new things built on the Ethereum blockchain as a result. But what if you could […]
    Fred Wilson