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Pets Became Purrfect Pals During Pandemic While Startup Funding Didn’t Lay Down

Venture capital interest in U.S. pet-focused companies, from nutrition to travel to health care, grew 29.5 percent from 2019 and 2020 as pets received more attention from owners being home for the past year.

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Shujinko raises $7.5M to help companies comply with regulations as they shift to the cloud

Unusual Ventures led the Series A round with participation from Defy. Shujinko makes cloud compliance software and helps companies automate IT audits — extensive examinations of management and technical controls and IT infrastructure to make sure the organization is compliant with security best practices and regulations.

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Honorlock Raises $11.5 Million to Expand Online Proctoring Services

On top of a $4.2 million seed round closed last year, the Boca Raton, Fla.-based startup has now raised $15.7 million in total.

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A New York start-up that offers online vet visits for dogs and cats is suddenly thriving in the coronavirus lockdown

Pet insurer Pawlicy Advisor set up a Covid-19 page that includes telehealth best practices and lists providers with names like Anipanion, VetNOW, TeleTails and TeleVet. Veterinarians are licensed by state, so to provide telehealth services to a pet owner in New York or Illinois, a platform has to have practitioners licensed to work in those places.

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INGREDIENT TRANSPARENCY TECHNOLOGY: SEPHORA PARTNERS WITH NOVI

Sephora created the “Clean at Sephora” seal in 2018 in response to the overwhelming demand from ingredient-conscious consumers’ need for an easy way to shop products free of controversial ingredients…. Sephora is now taking its commitment to clean a step further. Sephora has partnered with Novi, an ingredient technology platform, to help brand partners implement Sephora’s…

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