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Chinese Media Startup Moviebook raises $199 million in series D funding

Moviebook, a Beijing-based startup that develops technology to support online video services has raised $199 million in series D funding round. The round was led by SenseTime, the world’s highest-valued AI company., with participation by Qianhai Wutong M&A Fund, PAC Partners, Chinese media group Oriental Pearl, and Lang Sheng Investment. Based in Beijing, Moviebook focuses on… Read More »

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Social network content moderation startup TaskUs Raises $250 Million from Blackstone

Content moderator startup TaskUs has raised $250 million from Blackstone Group LP  in a deal that values the company at more than $500 million. The funding is a significant move for TaskUs, which had previously raised only $15 million from Navegar, a private equity firm based in the Philippines TaskUs is a business process outsourcing service that moderates content, annotates… Read More »

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Mobile video startup NewTV closes on $1 billion

Mobile video startup NewTV has closed on a billion in new funding in round led by Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg, the company has confirmed. The initial raise included investments by all of the major Hollywood studios, a number of independent studios, major technology companies, and strategic partners. The Hollywood studio investors include 21st Century Fox, Disney,… Read More »

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Self-driving truck startup Kodiak Robotics raises $40 million

A week after Uber shut down its autonomous trucking unit another jumps into the fray. One of Uber’s co-founders Don Burnette, has teamed up with former venture capitalist Paz Eshel to launch Kodiak robotics. Kodiak Robotics,  which was founded in April, is coming out of stealth loaded up with venture capital. Kodiak Robotics announced Tuesday it has raised $40 million… Read More »

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Microsoft’s Airband Grant Fund invests in 8 start-ups delivering internet-connected solutions to rural communities around the globe

Internet access is as essential as electricity. It empowers entrepreneurs to start and grow small businesses, farmers to implement precision agriculture, doctors to improve community health and students to do better in school. Microsoft  announced eight early-stage startups from the  U.S., Africa and Asia selected its third annual Airband Grant Fund. According to Microsoft, these start-ups… Read More »

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Information security startup Hyas raises $6.2 million in series A from Microsoft, others.

Hyas, an information security startup that identifies and helps take down cybercriminals has raised $6.2 million in a series A round of funding. The funding round was led by  Microsoft through its  venture capital arm, M12. Other participants include Startup Capital Ventures, 205 Capital, Wesley Clover, and cybersecurity veterans Tim Eades, cofounder of network security firm vArmour,… Read More »

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Rental Management Startup Hostmaker Raises $5 Million

Hostmaker, a home rental management services company, has raised $5 million in venture debt. Silicon Valley Bank led the investment in the startup, which has raised $25 million in total since its founding in 2014. Hostmaker helps to run rentals, such as with housekeeping services, and to market them across platforms such as Airbnb and… Read More »

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Payroll Startup Gusto Raises $140 Million in Series C Funding

HR & Payroll solution startup Gusto has raised $140 million in a Series C funding round. The new investment values the company at about $2 billion, twice its valuation from three years ago. The funding round was led by T. Rowe Price Associates Inc., Y Combinator Continuity Fund and General Catalyst. MSD Capital (Michael Dell), Dragoneer… Read More »

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