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Pizza startups take bigger slice of VC funding

Pizza startups take bigger slice of VC funding

Venture and growth investors have tossed hundred of millions of dollars at pizza-focused companies in the past couple of years. Crunchbase News looks at what some of the most heavily funded pizza-preneurs are doing with the dough.

What if there’s no Vision Fund II?

SoftBank is reportedly encountering trouble securing commitments for a planned second vehicle to follow its $100 billion Vision Fund. But while that’s a big deal for SoftBank, a smaller or non-existent Vision Fund II won’t crash the funding universe for giant private companies.

FloSports secures $47M

Austin-based FloSports, a provider of live sports streaming and content, has raised $47 million in a Series D round led by Discovery, Inc. The financing follows a first quarter in which Flo grew subscribers and recurring revenue by over 50 percent year-over-year.

SaaS stocks tumble

An index tracking software-as-service (SaaS) stocks fell by 5 percent on Monday. While that’s not a jaw-dropping fall for an individual company, it’s a very steep decline for an entire sector, and indicates a broader market repricing for the space.

Apple health updates impact period-tracking startups

At its Worldwide Developer Conference this week, Apple announced it is going to offer users new tools to to track menstruation cycles and fertility, a market that is already rich with venture-backed startups.

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Crunchbase: Seven top sales prospecting tools

There’s no shortage of sales prospecting tools out there, all promising to save you time. But what about the time spent endlessly vetting them? We’ve done the work for you and narrowed down our top seven.

Foursquare raises $150M, buys company from Snap

Foursquare, which has been tracking and measuring location data since 2009, just raised its largest funding round to-date, a $150 million investment backed by The Raine Group. The company also made its first acquisition, buying Placed, a developer of tools using location data to measure ad effectiveness, from former owner Snap.

Startups net more than capital with NBA backers

Crunchbase News takes a look at the long list of startups that have raised investments from NBA players, focusing on the ways in which having a pro basketball star on the cap table has been a boon for scaling a business.

Uber, Okta and Zuora report earnings

Three public tech companies closely watched by startup investors just reported earnings. The biggest, Uber, saw shares rise modestly after posting earnings roughly in line with expectations. Identity software provider Okta, meanwhile, saw a larger post-earnings bump, while Zuora took a tumble after falling short of projections.

Dashlane raises $110M for digital identity

Dashlane, a provider of password management tools, raised $110 million in a Series D round led by Sequoia Capital. The financing brings total funding for the ten-year-old, New York-based company to more than $210 million.

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Firefly raises $30M to put digital ads on cars

Firefly, a startup that puts digital advertisements on top of taxis, food delivery and ride-sharing cars, has raised $30 million in its Series A, led by Google’s GV. The San Francisco-based company, which launched out of stealth in December, plans to use the funding in part to expand its offerings to New York.

Ahead of 2020 election, immigrant entrepreneurs talk about immigration

Immigrant entrepreneurs, who share a common familiarity with complexities of the U.S. immigration process, weigh in with thoughts on how the system could do a better job attracting and keeping talented entrepreneurs.

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