Audio chat app Clubhouse launches special audio to make chats more life like

In a statement audio-only chat app Clubhouse said, it will launch a spatial audio feature to make voices sound as if they’re coming from different directions, in efforts aimed at making virtual conversations and performances feel more life-like. Backed by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz Clubhouse, jumpstarted the social audio trend last year and became…

Lidar sensor maker Innovusion raises $64M in latest funding

In a statement lidar sensor maker Innovusion said, it had raised $64 million to ramp up production and supply Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker Nio Inc’s ET7 sedan, which is scheduled to start deliveries in early 2022. The funding includes new investments from Singapore state investor Temasek and venture capital firm Joy Capital. Existing investors also…

Astanor Ventures raises $325 million for investing in agri-food tech startups

On Friday, Astanor Ventures, a backer French insect breeder Ynsect as well as Germany’s vertical farmer InFarm stated, it had raised a $325 million fund to invest in sustainable agriculture, food, and ocean technology startups. The new fund will back ventures that seek to make the food supply more resilient to climate change and attempt…

Cloud security startup SentinelOne’s valuation touches $3 billion in latest funding round

In an interview, Tomer Weingarten, the CEO of SentinelOne said, the startup has raised $267 million from venture capital backers including Sequoia and Tiger Global, and saw its valuation jump to more than $3 billion – nearly three times its valuation in February 2020. The startup uses artificial intelligence technology to protect mobile phones and…

U.S. gaming platform Roblox Corporation preparing to go public in early 2021

According to sources familiar with the matter at hand, Roblox Corporation is working with investment banks for its potential market debut in the United State early next year, which could see the online gaming platform double its recent $4 billion valuation. Demand for video games has surged in the United States with consumers seeking home…

AI firm SambaNova Systems raises $250M in Series C funding round

In a statement, SambaNova Systems, an artificial intelligence computing firm stated, it has raised $250 million in its latest funding round which was led by BlackRock Inc. Investors at SambaNova’s Series C funding round included the venture capital arms of both Intel Corp and Alphabet Inc, Walden International, WRVI Capital and Redline Capital. Palo Alto,…

Gaming giant Razer Inc leads consortium for online banking license from Singapore

On Thursday, gaming firm Razer Inc stated, it is leading a consortium of companies that has applied for online banking license in Singapore. Razer’s fintech business will have a 60% stake in the consortium which includes FWD, an insurance firm, and Sheng Siong Holdings, a private vehicle of the Lim brothers behind a Singaporean supermarket…

European venture capital firm Balderton Capital launches $400M tech startup fund

On Tuesday, Balderton Capital, an European venture capital firm stated, it is launching a $400 million fund to invest in technology start-ups; its total funds under management now totals to $3 billion. In a statement, Balderton said, the total venture capital funding in European start-ups hit a record high of $27.11 billion (24.6 billion euros)…