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A touch-up for Glambook’s bank balance, as it aims to be Airbnb for beauty professionals

In the world of beauty, independent professionals often end up renting a chair in a salon. Glambook reckons that market is ripe for some tech-forward disruption, not dissimilar from renting a chair in someone’s car (Uber) a desk in someone’s office (WeWork) or a room with a view in someone’s house (Airbnb). The company raised […]

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Employee benefits platform Ben raises $16M to cut HR admin

Employee benefits platform Ben raises $16M to cut HR admin Employee benefits platform Ben today announced it has raised $16 million in a Series A round of funding led by European VC giant Atomico. While salary is undoubtedly the main draw in a company’s compensation offer, additional “perks” can help sweeten the deal for current […]

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Bounty raises $4.7M to help everyday TikTokers make money from reviews

Bounty, an online service that helps TikTok creators monetize brand reviews and recommendations, announced today it closed on a $4.7 million seed round led by early-stage consumer tech VC firm M13. The new service, currently in beta, is designed for everyday TikTok users — not just professional creators — who want to earn money by […]

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Mudafy raises $10M in Founders Fund-led Series A to fix LatAm’s ‘broken’ real estate process

Mudafy, a tech-enabled real estate broker operating in Latin America, has raised $10 million in a Series A round of funding led by San Francisco-based Founders Fund. Founded in mid-2019, Mudafy operates with a typical digital brokerage model — aiming to make it easier for people to buy and sell their homes and serve as […]

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Vetted lands $14M for AI that helps shoppers find top products and deals

So, how does Vetted plan to make money? Affiliate links to storefronts are one way. The rest is still being sussed out, but Kearney was adamant that Vetted won’t look to monetize any data the platform collects. “The only data we do collect are completely anonymized, aggregated, and related to general search performance to ensure […]

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Gradient Ventures-backed Shypyard aims to ‘raise the sales’ for DTC merchants

Shypyard, a startup developing business planning products and services for brands and direct-to-consumer merchants, closed on $3 million in seed funding. The round was led by Gradient Ventures with participation from Liquid 2 Ventures, Position Ventures and a group of angel investors that includes current and former executives and founders at Shopify, BigCommerce and SnapCommerce. […]

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Drover AI is using computer vision to keep scooter riders off sidewalks

Drover AI is using computer vision to keep scooter riders off sidewalks Shared micromobility companies have been adopting startlingly advanced new tech to correct for the thing that cities hate most — sidewalk riding. Some companies, like Bird, Neuron and Superpedestrian, have relied on hyperaccurate GPS systems to determine if a rider is riding inappropriately. […]

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Seedtag, the ex-Googler-founded, cookie-free, AI-based adtech startup, taps $250M+ in funding

As regulation, platform dynamics and consumer choice continue to eat into the adtech stalwart known as cookies, it’s leaving a gap in the market for advertising solutions that can work well without relying on cookie functionality. Today, an adtech out of Spain that’s doing just this has raised a big round of funding to double […]

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Balance raises $56M to tip the one-click checkout scales in favor of B2B merchants

There are many companies bringing one-click checkout to the direct-to-consumer marketplace, but few are developing similar tools for the business-to-business marketplace. B2B payment volume is five times the size of business-to-consumer retail payments, yet much of those payments are not being done online. That’s where Balance comes in. The company, co-founded by former PayPal employees […]

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Datch secures $10M to build voice assistants to factory floors

Datch, a company that develops AI-powered voice assistants for industrial customers, today announced that it raised $10 million in a Series A round led by Blackhorn Ventures. The proceeds will be used to expand operations, CEO Mark Fosdike said, as well as develop new software support, tools and capabilities. Datch started when Fosdike, who has […]

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