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This week, I explored what occurred to 1 Norwegian {hardware} startup, whose cap desk was sufficiently wonky that three completely different traders concluded that it was primarily uninvestable as is. Fortunately, that they had some recommendation for learn how to change that.

I additionally checked out one other startup — a Turkish firm that raised a $4 million spherical — that wouldn’t actually be capable to exist if the nation didn’t have some fairly hardcore import taxes in place, exploring the unusual world of financial incentives of constructing behind a wall of tariffs.

In the meantime, you look forward to months for an excellent acquisition story, after which a ton of them come alongside unexpectedly! Within the pictures area alone, I lined two: Nikon purchased cinematic digicam firm RED, and within the photograph, video and lens rental area, Lensrentals purchased up its archrival BorrowLenses.

However wait! There’s extra!

Most attention-grabbing startup tales this week

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Welcome to the newest episode in our occasional miniseries “Micromobility Melodrama!” Paris’ Cityscoot, the pioneer of shared electrical mopeds, has formally handed the baton to Cooltra in a court-approved acquisition. As soon as hailed as the way forward for city transport, Cityscoot discovered itself in a pickle, or quite, court-ordered receivership, because the as soon as benevolent 0% rates of interest turned villainous, leaving the corporate and its iconic white-and-blue mopeds stranded. Cooltra, seizing the day (and Cityscoot’s person base), swooped in with a modest €400,000, promising a clean transition the place the one noticeable change for customers is likely to be the brand new stickers on their rides.

In the meantime, within the newest “Survivor: E-commerce Aggregator Version,” Razor Group and Perch have determined to kind an alliance, seemingly unfazed by the current demise of their fellow contestant, Thrasio. With a struggle chest of $100 million and a debt that’s extra “long-term relationship” than “fling,” they’re able to tackle the Amazon jungle. Razor, now strutting round with a $1.7 billion valuation cap, and Perch, the damsel in misery no extra, are betting that their mixed tech and Shein-envy will make them the final ones standing.

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Profitable merger in buyer success: in B2B land, Totango and Catalyst have determined to hitch forces, not with a flash of money, however with a merger of shares.

We had been stunned to study: Accenture has snapped up Udacity, the training platform that’s been across the block since 2011, hoping to inject some digital savvy into the workforce with a facet of AI aptitude.

Up-to-the-decade info: Anthropic’s new chatbot was a bit on the meh facet, insisting it couldn’t reply as a result of its data solely extends as much as 2021.

Most attention-grabbing fundraises this week

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Amongst HR tech gladiators, the place the Deels and Riplings tower like Goliaths with their enterprise capital cannons totally loaded, alongside comes Remofirst, the plucky David, not with a slingshot however with a $25 million Collection A struggle chest. This HR tech underdog is providing to rent staff and contractors throughout 180 nations with out the effort of establishing native entities. Personally, I’m struggling to determine the way it’s completely different from Deel and Ripling — apart from the cheaper price ticket. Congrats on the $25 million! By the way, in the identical business, Deel acquired PaySpace this week.

London fintech darling Monzo has been on a little bit of a curler coaster over the previous few years. The corporate simply bagged a cool $430 million, hitting a lofty $5 billion valuation and making the monetary world do a double take. Regardless of a previous that’s seen extra ups and downs than a cleaning soap opera, together with a U.S. journey that ended sooner than a New York minute (the corporate withdrew its U.S. banking application) and a valuation wobble that will make even seasoned traders queasy, Monzo’s managed to drag a phoenix act. With 9 million Brits now swiping their Monzo playing cards and a product lineup that goals to be the Swiss Military knife of finance, Monzo’s message is evident: Reviews of its demise had been drastically exaggerated.

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Keepin’ tabs, elevating money: Axonius, the digital equal of a nosy neighbor retaining tabs on each digital asset within the enterprise neighborhood, has simply pocketed one other $200 million to maintain issues locked down much more effectively. “I didn’t really feel the necessity to improve the valuation from the final spherical,” CEO and founder Dean Sysman stated when requested concerning the valuation.

One step nearer to the digital employee: Ema struts out of stealth mode with a $25 million fund, flaunting its ambition to turn into the common AI worker that’ll take the drudgery out of your job.

Pack yer baggage, we’re off: Within the post-COVID tourism revival, Mews, the tech concierge for the resort world, is driving the wave with a recent $110 million in its coffers. Valued at a comfortable $1.2 billion, Mews is the belle of the ball, regardless of not but turning a revenue.

This week’s huge development: Lawsuits and Musk

Within the newest installment of “Because the Musk Turns,” the tech world’s favourite drama king, Elon Musk, finds himself within the authorized highlight as soon as once more, this time courtesy of Twitter’s ex-royalty in search of their $128 million pot of severance gold. After Musk’s hostile takeover of the chook app (now sporting an “X” on its chest), he promptly confirmed the door to CEO Parag Agrawal and his merry band of executives, sparking what might solely be described as a Silicon Valley rendition of “The Starvation Video games.” Musk, ever the gentleman, allegedly vowed to pursue these C-suite escapees to the ends of the earth, or no less than till their financial institution accounts dry up. The lawsuit paints Musk as a combination between a scorned lover and a Bond villain, accusing him of monetary ghosting on a company scale.

In the meantime, Musk makes certain that the torrent of authorized paperwork flows each methods by suing OpenAI, the prodigal AI little one he helped start, for turning right into a profit-hungry beast beneath the affect of Microsoft’s billions. Musk paints an image of an AI utopia the place algorithms frolic freely for the nice of humanity, alleging that OpenAI’s founders seduced him with tales of nonprofit the Aristocracy, solely to pivot to a for-profit mannequin sooner than you’ll be able to say “AGI.” Within the lawsuit, Musk portrays himself because the jilted benefactor watching his altruistic AI goals get cozy with Microsoft’s industrial ambitions. A bit wealthy, when you ask yours actually, given every little thing else we find out about Musk, however there you go.

Get away the popcorn, I suppose.

Different unmissable For Millionaires tales …

Each week, there’s at all times just a few tales I need to share with you however that by some means don’t match into the classes above. It’d be a disgrace when you missed ’em, so right here’s a random seize bag of goodies for ya:

No Seinfeld marathon for you!: Roku customers across the nation turned on their TVs this week to seek out an disagreeable shock: The corporate required them to consent to new dispute decision phrases as a way to entry their machine. The units are unusable till the person agrees.

Aww, it acquired everywhere in the interneeeeet: In a plot twist that reads like a cyber thriller, YX Worldwide, the SMS hub routing thousands and thousands of texts throughout the globe, lately performed the function of the inadvertent villain by leaving a digital door vast open. Whoops.

However how had been you to share with the world that you just voted?: Very sus, some may say, as Meta’s social media trifecta — Fb, Instagram, and the brand new child on the block, Threads — determined to take an unscheduled trip, leaving customers watching error messages and eager for the digital embrace of their newsfeeds, because the U.S. went to vote in our Tremendous Tuesday main elections.

Insert intelligent Fortnite reference right here: The Apple-Epic Video games saga has taken a brand new flip right now because the Fortnite sport developer shared that Apple has terminated its developer account.

Perhaps keep elsewhere: Airbnb is doling out new badges. The underachievers — the underside 10% — get their very own badge of disgrace, a digital dunce cap signaling to vacationers to swipe left.