Business and Economy

Crunchbase daily update for September 12

Startups raise record sums to cut food waste

The problem of food waste has attracted more attention in recent years, and rightfully so. Startup founders and investors have been following the numbers too. This has contributed to a large pipeline of companies working on ways to reduce food waste.

Meet the newest unicorns minted in August

Twelve companies joined the board in August 2022, the lowest count since August 2020. In China we find a focus on transportation with a new electric vehicle company and a robo taxi service, wholesale e-commerce from Korea, delivery in India and a fintech application from Indonesia. In the U.S., the spotlight is on healthtech and blockchain.

The week’s 10 biggest funding rounds: Healthcare & Web3 lead the way

August was slow, but if the first full week of September is a harbinger, things may be picking up. Several U.S.-based startups saw large rounds last week, with the top nine companies on the list raising $100 million or more.

Tech layoffs: The U.S. companies that have cut jobs in the past week

After a banner year for tech, layoffs are here. We update our weekly tracker of which companies have cut staff. Medly Pharmacy and Medium are two of the latest additions.

Most active US investors in August: Big names go slow

What a difference a year makes. Our ranking of VCs that made the most deals with U.S. startups in August is missing some pretty big names. Instead, new entries and a lot of seed-stage and early-stage firms fill out the list.

Buzzy times for bee startups

Bees have managed to survive some 100 million years without the help of venture capitalists. However, investors are finding that bee-related businesses can offer both environmental benefits and some potentially good returns. We look at the startups getting funding.

5 cool startup deals you possibly missed in August

Better avatars? Upcycling food waste into protein-rich animal feed? Remote restaurant workers? Check out the startups behind these concepts that raised funding in August.

Lead Scoring 101: Top ways to determine which leads matter the most

Lead scoring can be a great way to determine a prospective customer’s level of interest in what your company has to offer. This guide explores the benefits of lead scoring and offers valuable insights on how to drive more targeted engagements so you can quickly convert your engaged prospects into paying customers.

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