Top tech startup news stories you need to know this Thursday, February 8
Good morning! Here are some of the top tech startup news stories today Thursday, February 8
Goldman Sachs is close to buying personal-finance startup Clarity. According to Bloomerberg, Wall Street giant, Goldman Sachs is in the final phase to buying persona-finance startup, Clarity. The deal hasn’t still been finalized, in fact it could fall through, people familiar with the matter said. According to Crunchbase data, the New York-based startup, Clarity, has raised a total of $14.5 million to date. The startup empowers and saves people money with transformative financial organization, transparency and advocacy.
Google buys New York City landmark for $2 billion. Google is buying New York City landmark Chelsea Market for a cool $2 billion, The Real Deal reports. The tech company already leases 400,000 square feet, making it the building’s largest tenant: Other businesses in the building include the Food Network and Major League baseball, as well as a bustling and popular food hall.
$1 billion startup Canva is changing how artists work. Founded in 2012 by Perkins and fellow student Cliff Obrecht, Canva is online design platform is available in 190 countries, has over 10 million users and is valued at $1 billion. Its users are creating 13 designs a second, according to the company. Canva has received backings from an ex-Googlers and has raised $3 million from various Australian and U.S. investors. The service launched in August of 2013.
Virtual reality live-streaming startup Vreal raises $11.7 million. Vreal has raised $11.7 million in venture capital funding for its platform for streaming virtual reality experiences to both VR users and spectators on 2D screens. The latest funding is led by Axioma Ventures. Intel Capital and the AET Fund also took part in the investment.
Lyft Held Talks To Acquire Startup At Center Of Uber-Waymo Trade Secret Trial. New revelation surfaced on the third day of trial in the U.S. district court for the Northern District of California, when Otto co-founder Lior Ron took the stand and testified that selling to Uber was not a guarantee. He said the discussed offers Lyft, a Uber competitor. Lyft however, declined to comment on the story.
Property developer LeFrak backs ‘insurtech’ startup Jetty. LeFrak joined Jetty’s Series A round and will introduce its products across its multifamily buildings. Jetty is a new startup in the growing ‘insurtech’ space working to upend insurance and security deposits for renters.
Pittsburgh fishing tech startup raises $2.5 million. Pittsburgh-based Anglr, which provides mobile and web tools for fishermen, has secured a $2.5 million seed-stage financing round. Anglr’s tools let fishermen record fishing trips, compare performance over time and share experiences.
Cloud-based SaaS startup Icertis scores $50Mn in fresh funding round. Cloud-based enterprise technology startup Icertis has mopped up $50 million (about Rs 321 crore) in its fourth round of fund raising, as the Seattle and Pune-based contract management software provider looks to expand its presence across the globe and delve further into artificial intelligence.
Food-delivery app, Swiggy, raises $100 million in its largest funding round. India-based startup Swiggy has raised $100 million in its Series F funding from Naspers, a global internet and entertainment group, and new investor Meituan-Dianping, world’s largest on-demand delivery platform. This is Swiggy’s largest round yet and takes the total amount it has raised to USD 255 million.