Aerones abandons industrial drones to focus on ground-based robotics as it raises $1.6M – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Way back in 2018, Aerones detailed its plans to use large, industrial drones to clean wind turbines. The company had already raised $3.6 million to date and moved from Latvia to the San Francisco Bay Area. But things change fast in the world of startups — and sometimes that requires a rethink. Aerones will…

Spike raises $8 million to make your email look like a chat app – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Asynchronous chat apps like Slack have done their best to kill email, but maybe the key to chat replacing email is just making email look like chat? That’s the idea of Spike, a productivity startup that has built an email app that organizes emails into chat bubbles with an interface that encourages users to…

This startup just raised $12 million from top VCs to offer financial planning as an employee perk – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Companies increasingly recognize that one of the greatest stresses for their employees is financial wellness. Even at innovative tech startups, people typically bump up against the limits of how much they know about wealth management pretty fast. But providing financial education to a workforce, which has become increasingly common, is largely useless as most…

Kahoot raises $28M for its user-generated educational gaming platform, now valued at $1.4B – TechCrunch

[ad_1] As schools stay closed and summer camp seems more like a germscape than an escape, students are staying at home for the foreseeable future and have shifted learning to their living rooms. Now, Norwegian educational gaming company Kahoot — the popular platform with 1.3 billion active users and over 100 million games (most created…

RapidSOS raises $21M to continue expanding its data platform for first responders – TechCrunch

[ad_1] The global health pandemic has shed new light on how essential it is to have accurate data about an individual’s situation to assess the severity of his or her condition, and for those responding to emergencies to have it as instantly as possible to make the right choices in terms of care. Today, a…

BlackRock backs Trustly, bank transfer payments platform now valued at over $1B – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Online payments are often synonymous with card payments, but today a startup that’s built a profitable alternative, based around making and taking payments by way of a bank transfer, is announcing a round of funding amid a surge of growth. Trustly, a startup from Sweden that has built a platform to make it as…

Transparent face mask startup inhales $1M seed round – TechCrunch

[ad_1] A Swiss startup called HMCARE, spun out of the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, has raised a million Swiss Francs (equivalent to about $105 million) to commercialize its transparent and relatively eco-friendly surgical masks. The founders were inspired by healthcare workers in the 2015 Ebola outbreak and at children’s hospitals around the world working…

DNAnexus raises $100M for a cloud-based analytics platform aimed at genomics and other clinical big data – TechCrunch

[ad_1] DNAnexus, which provides a cloud platform for governments, universities, doctors, and pharmaceutical companies to tap into DNA and other clinical datasets and collaborate on scientific research projects, is today announcing a big step ahead in its efforts to grow its reach and purpose. The 10 year-old startup, originally spun out of Stanford’s school of…

Silverfin wants to modernize accounting software with its cloud service – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Meet Silverfin, a startup focused on accounting software. This isn’t about helping small startups handle accounting tasks themselves. Silverfin wants to build the cloud service for small and big accounting firms — Salesforce, but for accounting. The startup just raised a Series B funding round led by Hg — Index Ventures led the previous…

ClassTag raises $5M for parent-teacher communication – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Like many working parents, Vlada Lotkina, the founder and CEO of ClassTag, wanted to be more involved in her daughter’s preschool education. A paper notice about an upcoming field trip, squeezed between messy folders in a backpack, begged for smart technology around parent-teacher communication, she recalls. Lotkina turned to other parents in the preschool…