• 7
    Sep

    Freshket lands $3 million Series A led by Openspace to streamline Thailand’s food supply chain

    Based in Bangkok, Freshket simplifies the process of getting fresh produce from farms to tables. Launched in 2017, the startup has now raised a $3 million Series A, led by Openspace Ventures. Other participants included Thai private equity firm ECG-Research; Innospace; and Pamitra Wineka and Ivan Sustiawan, the co-founders of Indonesian agriculture technology startup TaniHub. French-Singaporean food conglomerate Denis Asia Pacific and ...
  • 7
    Sep

    HumanForest gets $2.3M from Cabify founders and others to grow a ‘free’ e-bike sharing service

    HumanForest, a dockless, shared and ad-supported e-bike service which began trialling a service in London this June, has taken in its first tranche of external funding. The £1.8 million (~$2.3M) investment comes from backers in the mobility space, including Juan de Antonio and Vicente Pascual, founders of ride-sharing app Cabify. As part of the investment, Cabify’s  Pascual has joined the HumanForest board along ...
  • 1
    Sep

    Facebook threatens to block news sharing in Australia as it lobbies against revenue share law

    Adtech giant and self-styled ‘free speech champion’, Facebook,  has threatened to pull the plug on the public sharing of news content on Facebook and Instagram in Australia. The aggressive threat is Facebook’s attempt to lobby against a government plan that will require it and Google to share revenue with regional news media to recompense publishers for distributing and monetizing professionally produced content on their ...
  • 1
    Sep

    LA-based The Skills is launching a MasterClass for athletes featuring Michael Phelps, Maria Sharapova and ...

    A new Los Angeles startup is betting that enough consumers are interested in paying between $69 and $149 per year to receive lessons in life and sports from celebrity athletes like Maria Sharapova and Shaun White to make a billion-dollar business. That’s the gamble that Maveron, Global Founders Capital, and 8VC are taking on The Skills, which launches today. Founded by E. ...
  • 31
    Aug

    Chan Zuckerberg Initiative backs Indian education startup Eruditus in $113 million fundraise

    Mumbai-based Eruditus, which works with top universities globally to offer more than 100 executive-level courses to students in over 80 nations, said on Monday it has raised $113 million in a new financing round as it looks to further scale its business to reach more learners. The Series D financing round for the 10-year-old startup was co-led by Leeds Illuminate ...
  • 21
    Aug

    There’s no frontrunner to be found among the TikTok alternatives

    The U.S. market has no real frontrunner poised to claim TikTok’s throne if the app is banned in the country. According to Trump’s executive order, TikTok’s owner ByteDance has to divest of TikTok’s U.S. operations or the app will be banned from the U.S. market on November 12. A number of companies have considered the TikTok deal, including frontrunner Microsoft, Twitter, Google and even Oracle, for some reason. But ...
  • 17
    Aug

    Indian lawmakers accuse Facebook of political bias

    Facebook  is facing heat in India, its biggest market by users, over a report that claimed the company compromised its hate speech policy to favor the ruling party. Politicians from both Bharatiya Janata Party, which rules the government in India, and opposition Indian National Congress lambasted Facebook for its supposed favoritism to the other and thereby taking a political stand in ...
  • 17
    Aug

    AutoX launches its RoboTaxi service in Shanghai, competing with Didi’s pilot program

    Autonomous vehicle startup AutoX announced the public launch of of its self-driving taxi service in Shanghai today. Called simply RoboTaxi, AutoX’s offering already faces competition from Didi, China’s largest ride-hailing platform, which launched its own robo-taxi pilot program in Shanghai at the end of June. AutoX’s RoboTaxis will first be available in Jiading District, starting with a fleet of 100 vehicles. Rides can ...
  • 14
    Aug

    Facebook users are pretty bad at telling how much time they spend on it

    A lot of studies and discussion of social media use time spent on the platforms as evidence for various theories and conclusions — but it turns out that people are actually super bad at telling how long they spend on them, according to research from Facebook. If you were conducting a study that was looking at how social media use potentially ...
  • 10
    Aug

    VPN booms as countries around the world mull TikTok bans

    As countries around the world ban or threaten to restrict TikTok,  interest in virtual private networks has spiked. The use of VPNs can let users access an online service from an encrypted tunnel and thus bypass app blocks. “We are seeing an increasing number of governments around the world attempting to control the information their citizens can access,” observes Harold Li, vice ...