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Talkdesk raises $100M at more than $1B valuation

Talkdesk, the provider of cloud-based contact center software, has raised $100 million bringing to the company valuation to over $1 billion valuation and the second Portuguese unicorn to be minted this year, following OutSystems success earlier in the year. This is also the largest round ever raised for a private company in the contact center industry…. Read More »

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Amazon’s Alexa Fund invests in three voice startups

Founded in 2015, Amazon’s Alexa Fund is devoted to helping kickstart early-stage voice startups. This week, it’s announced support for a trio of new companies.  There’s Bamboo Learning, which was an early partner for Amazon’s Alexa Presentation Language (APL). The startup develops music educational skills, teaching users about notes, instruments, chords and tempo, along with… Read More »

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Management consultancy firm Accenture is seeking Africa’s top 30 tech startups

Management consultancy firm Accenture has launched its Africa’s Top 30 Tech Startups initiative, which aims to give exposure and opportunities to leading innovative ventures. In partnership with YouNoodle, the technology engine behind hundreds of competitive start-up programmes globally, Accenture has launched the Accenture Africa’s Top 30 Tech Start-ups Competition 2018. The initiative by Accenture aims to identify the… Read More »

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Ride-hailing startup Shohoz raises $15M

Shohoz, a Bangladesh-based online ride-sharing and ticketing platform, announced today that it has raised US$15 million pre-series B investment. Shohoz — which means ‘easy’ in Bengali — started in 2014 offering online bus ticket sales before expanding into other tickets like ferries. The startup moved into on-demand services in January when it added motorbikes and then it recently… Read More »

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India’s pi Ventures closes its first fund at $31 million

India’s Early-stage venture fund pi Ventures, which invests in artificial intelligence- and internet of things-based (IoT) startups, has announced the final close of its first fund at $31 million, which will invest in deep-tech startups over the next four years. The Applied Artificial Intelligence-focused fund plans to invest in 18-20 startups in the health-tech, logistics,… Read More »

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On-demand trucking app Convoy raises $185M at $1B valuation

On-demand trucking app Convoy has raised $185 million bringing the total funds raised by the company to  $265 million with a valuation of $1 billion CapitalG,  the growth equity arm of Alphabet,   led the round, its  first investment in the Seattle-based, tech-enabled trucking network. Other new investors are T. Rowe Price and Lone Pine Capital. Existing investors for Convoy include… Read More »

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Interiors startup Clippings raises $15.4M in Series B

London-based interior decoration startup Clippings has raised a Series B round of funding, raising $15.4 million. The round was led by Advance Venture Partners (AVP) with participation from existing investor C4Ventures. Founded in 2014 by architecture-trained entrepreneurs Adel Zakout and Tom Mallory, Clippings aggregates data on over 7 million products from over a thousand brands to simplify… Read More »

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Digital assistant startup Cleo raises $10M in Series A

Cleo the London-based “digital assistant” that wants to replace your banking apps has raised $10 million in series A funding Already backed by some of the biggest VC names in the London tech scene — including Entrepreneur First, Moonfruit founder Wendy Tan White, Skype founder Niklas Zennström, Wonga founder Errol Damelin, TransferWise founder Taavet Hinrikus and LocalGlobe — Cleo is… Read More »

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Portuguese edtech startup Magikbee secures $250k of additional funding

On Thursday, Portuguese-based edtech startup Magikbee announced it had  secured an additional  $250,000 in funding to help the young company to continue to develop its edtech portfolio, bringing the total worth to $3.3 million. the funding round was led by Ideias Glaciares, Bluemind Investments and James Fitzgerald, Global Vice-President of ServiceNow. Over the past two years, the company has… Read More »

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