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Can former Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior build a better social network for book lovers?

Padmasree Warrior has spent most of her career in prominent C-suite offices, running large hard-technology operations at Cisco, Motorola, and Tesla competitor Nio. So why is her new startup devoted to … reading?

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Data Science For Brands: SoundCommerce Bags $15M Series A To Optimize Operations, Shopper Experiences

We are feeling e-commerce tailwinds in the market; our annual recurring revenue grew 300 percent from 2019 to 2020, and we expect a similar growth trajectory this year,” he added. “We have a clear roadmap of the specific modules that we intend to launch. There are additional retail functions we’re building out for this year,…

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GajiGesa, a fintech focused on Indonesian workers, adds strategic investors and launches new app for micro-SMEs

GajiGesa, a fintech startup that provides earned wage access (EWA) and other services for workers in Indonesia, has added strategic investors to help it launch new services and expand its user base. Its new backers include OCBC NISP Ventura, the venture capital arm of one of Indonesia’s largest banks, and the founders of grab-and-go coffee…

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Focused on health in the home, Novi lands $1.5M to help CPG companies source clean, safe ingredients

Investors who know her think seem to think she has what it takes. Brian Rothenberg, a partner at Defy Partners who helped scale Eventbrite across six years before he joined the world of venture capital, just led a $1.5 million seed round for Novi. (“We see a groundswell of consumer consciousness in this area,” Rothenberg…

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The Dipp, a subscription-only entertainment news startup, is springing to life despite the pandemic

Of course, building a media property in the midst of a pandemic would seem to come with its own challenges. The Dipp was fortunate on the funding front; it just locked down $2.3 million in seed funding led by Defy Partners, helped by Ward’s previous relationship with Defy co-founder Neil Sequeira, who was formerly a managing director…

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