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7 things we just learned about Sequoia’s European expansion plans – TechCrunch

Sequoia Capital, the renowned Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has backed companies like Apple, Google, Dropbox, Airbnb and Stripe, recently disclosed that it had opened its first office in Europe. To staff up, it hired partner Luciana Lixandru away from rival Accel Partners. Even without an official European presence, Sequoia has quietly operated in the region for more than a decade, first investing in Klarna in 2010. Other ... Full story

AvePoint to go public via SPAC valued at $2B – TechCrunch

AvePoint , a company that gives enterprises using Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint and Teams a control layer on top of these tools, announced today that it would be going public via a SPAC merger with Apex Technology Acquisition Corporation in a deal that values AvePoint at around $2 billion. The acquisition brings together some powerful technology executives with Apex run by former Oracle CFO Jeff Epstein and former Goldman Sachs head of ... Full story

Brexit’s data compliance burden could cost UK firms up to £1.6BN, says think tank – TechCrunch

An analysis of the total cost to UK businesses if the country fails to gain an adequacy agreement from the European Commission once it leaves the bloc at the end of the year — creating barriers to inbound data flows from the EU — suggests the price in pure compliance terms could be between £1BN and £1.6BN. The assessment of the economic impacts if the UK is deemed a third country under EU data rules has been carried out by the New Economics ... Full story

British Airways sells off bowls to bedding as it shifts surplus stock

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Metigy gets $20 million AUD to making online marketing easier for SMEs – TechCrunch

David Fairfull, CEO and co-founder of Metigy. Metigy , a marketing platform created to help small businesses automate more of the decision making in their online ad campaigns, has raised a Series B of $20 million AUD (about $14.6 million USD). The new funding, led by returning investor Cygnet Capital, will be used to grow the Sydney, Australia-based startup’s international customer base, especially in the United States and Southeast Asia. Other ... Full story

WPForms Review + Black Friday 2020 Deal + Giveaway

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A16z is now managing $16.5 billion, after announcing two new funds – TechCrunch

Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) has closed a pair of funds totaling $4.5 billion, the firm confirmed in a blog post this morning. The firm has raised $1.3 billion for an early-stage fund focused on consumer, enterprise, and fintech; and closed a $3.2 billion growth-stage fund for later-stage investments. The firm did not immediately respond to request for comment. The funds may seem somewhat typical, given that size of new funds that venture firms ... Full story

Brexit: UK and Canada agree deal to keep trading under EU terms

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LA-based Credit Key raises $33 million for its business-to-business payments platform – TechCrunch

Bringing the buy-now pay-later model that transformed companies like Klarna and Affirm into billion dollar businesses to small businesses across the U.S. has netted the payment and lending company Credit Key another $33.85 million in funding. The Los Angeles-based company raised its latest cash from Greycroft, Bonfire Ventures, and other, undisclosed, investors, the company said. “B2B e-commerce continues to expand at an incredible ... Full story

ORIX invests $60M in Israeli crowdfunding platform OurCrowd – TechCrunch

Japan-based financial services group ORIX Corporation today announced that it has made a $60 million strategic investment into the Israeli crowdsourcing platform OurCrowd . In return, the crowdfunding platform will provide the firm with access to its startup network. OurCrowd also says that the two groups will collaborate to create financial products and investment opportunities for the Japanese and global market, including access to its ... Full story