India-focused messaging startup Gupshup raises $240M in Tiger Global Management led funding round

Ahead of its potential IPO in 2022, India-focussed Silicon Valley messaging startup Gupshup said, it had raised $240 million in a funding round that was led by Tiger Global Management and others. While investment from venture capitalists is typically used for hiring engineers or expanding sales and marketing, buy-back deals allow investors, in the startup,…

Ed-tech startup Class Technologies Inc raises $105M in latest funding round

On Wednesday, in a statement Class Technologies Inc said, it has raised $105 million in a funding round that was led by SoftBank Group Corp’s Vision Fund 2. Class Technologies Inc makes tools for Zoom Video Communications Inc’s platform to enhance online classes. Class Technologies Inc, an educational tech startup was created by Michael Chasen…

Electric-truck startup Rivian Automotive Inc chasing $70 billion valuation in potential IPO

Rivian Automotive Inc, an electric-truck startup is targeting a valuation of around $70 billion in its potential initial public offering later this year. Earlier this year in January, Amazon.com Inc and Ford Motor Co-backed Rivian had a valuation of $27.6 billion, following a $2.65-billion investment round led by T. Rowe Price. Rivian has hired advisers including…

Micromobility provider Bolt undercuts peers with e-scooter rollout in nine-inner German cities

On Tuesday, Estonian start-up Bolt launched electric scooter services in nine German cities saying it was its biggest and most challenging rollout to date. Bolt will offer rides for as little as $0.06 (0.05 euros) per minute with no unlocking fees, in a market that sees peers charging typically 1 euro per trip plus 15-25…

China based autonomous driving startup WeRide valued at $3.3 billion in latest funding round

In a statement, WeRide, a China-based autonomous driving startup which is backed by Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi Motors  said, it has raised “hundreds of millions” of dollars in its latest funding round which valued it at $3.3 billion. Guangzhou, China headquartered WeRide however did not disclose details on the size of the funding. In a…

Analog artificial chip startup Mythic raises $70M in latest funding round

In a statement, Mythic, a startup which makes artificial intelligence chips for use in gadgets such as smart home devices or security cameras said, it has raised $70 million in its latest funding round. Redwood City, California-based Mythic uses analog technology for its chips rather than digital; While digital chips process and store data in…

Nissan-backed WeRide receives permit to test passenger vehicles on public roads in California

In a statement California’s Department of Motor Vehicles said autonomous driving startup WeRide has received a permit to test two passenger vehicles on California’s public roads without a safety driver. Nissan and Mitsubishi,backed WeRide, is also testing its driverless vehicle in China’s southern city of Guangzhou. Technology and automakers are investing billions of dollars in…

Elon Musk’s brain-chip startup shows monkey playing Mind Pong

In a massive breakthrough, Elon Musk’s brain-chip startup Neuralink released video footage showing a monkey playing a simple videogame after getting implants of the new technology. The 3-minute video shows Pager, a male macaque with embedded chips on each side of its brain, playing ‘Mind Pong’ and controlling the paddle by simply thinking about moving…

Israeli cybersecurity startup Axonius raises $100M in latest funding round, valuing it at $1.2 billion

In a statement cybersecurity startup Axonius said, it has raised $100 million through a private funding round which was led by New York-based growth equity firm Stripes; the funding round valued the startup at $1.2 billion. The funding round, which came less than a year after Axonius’ last raise saw the startup’s total funding touch…

Electric vehicle startup Fisker mulls prismatic cell battery manufacturing unit in partnership with major supplier in either US or Europe

In a statement Fisker Inc’s chairman and CEO Henrik Fisker said, the electric vehicle startup is weighing options to set up a battery cell manufacturing facility with a major supplier in either Europe or the United States. The move is aimed at securing components in its supply chain. Earlier Fisker had struggled with the recall…