Category: Maker

The eSIM maker powering Xiaomi’s IoT devices raises $15M
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The eSIM maker powering Xiaomi’s IoT devices raises $15M

Connectivity is vital to a future managed and shaped by smart hardware, and Chinese startup Showmac Tech is proposing eSIMs as the infrastructure solution for seamless and stable communication between devices and the service providers behind. Xiaomi accepted the proposition and doled out an investment for the startup’s angel round in 2017. Now Showmac has…

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The Not Company, a maker of plant-based meat and dairy substitutes in Chile, will soon be worth $250M
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The Not Company, a maker of plant-based meat and dairy substitutes in Chile, will soon be worth $250M

The Not Company, Latin America’s leading contender in the plant-based meat and dairy substitute market, is about to close on an $85 million round of funding that would value it at $250 million, according to sources familiar with the company’s plans. The latest round of funding comes on the heels of a series of successes…

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Electric-bike maker Cowboy raises $26 million
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Electric-bike maker Cowboy raises $26 million

Cowboy has raised a $26 million (€23 million) Series B funding round from Exor Seeds, HCVC, Isomer Capital, Future Positive Capital and Index Ventures. The startup has been manufacturing premium electric bikes and selling them directly to consumers around Europe. The company recently released the third generation of its flagship bike, which is all about…

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Spindrift, maker of fizzy drinks, has raised $29.8 million
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Spindrift, maker of fizzy drinks, has raised $29.8 million

Spindrift, maker of fizzy soda and sparkling water, has raised $29.8 million in a funding round, per an SEC filing. The Charlestown, Mass. company was founded by Bill Creelman and has raised $70 million in known venture capital funding to date, per Crunchbase data. The company did not immediately respond to request for comment.  Previous…

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AI chatbot maker Babylon Health attacks clinician in PR stunt after he goes public with safety concerns
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AI chatbot maker Babylon Health attacks clinician in PR stunt after he goes public with safety concerns

UK startup Babylon Health pulled app data on a critical user in order to create a press release in which it publicly attacks the UK doctor who has spent years raising patient safety concerns about the symptom triage chatbot service. In the press release released late Monday Babylon refers to Dr David Watkins — via…

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Scooter maker Superpedestrian raises $20 million as it gears up to launch
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Scooter maker Superpedestrian raises $20 million as it gears up to launch

Superpedestrian, the startup working with a handful of scooter operators to deploy vehicles that can perform self-diagnostics, just raised a $20 million round from Spark Capital, General Catalyst, Hanaco Ventures and Empire Angels. This brings Superpedestrian’s total funding to $64 million. Superpedestrian has yet to announce its operating partners, but is on track to launch…

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Smartphone maker Realme is taking India and other emerging markets by storm
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Smartphone maker Realme is taking India and other emerging markets by storm

As Xiaomi widens its smartphone lead over Samsung in India, a new competitor is increasingly posing a challenge. Realme, a one-and-half-year-old smartphone vendor that spun out of Oppo, commanded 14.3% of the world’s second largest smartphone market in the quarter that ended in September, research firm IDC said on Monday. While Xiaomi, with 27.1% of…

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Exclusive – GOP Ad Maker Responds to Ocasio-Cortez: ‘I’m Getting Death Threats’ from Your Socialist Supporters
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Exclusive – GOP Ad Maker Responds to Ocasio-Cortez: ‘I’m Getting Death Threats’ from Your Socialist Supporters

“I’m currently getting death threats since the ad aired,” said Elizabeth Heng, founder of the political action committee (PAC) New Faces of the GOP, referring to a political advertisement produced by her PAC depicting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and referencing the Cambodian genocide that aired during Thursday’s ABC-hosted Democrat debate. Ocasio-Cortez described the advertisement as “violent,”…

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