Meanwhile, my teenage son was recently enamored by a video showing someone using a paper map in the car. How 1990s of them, amirite? If paper maps aren’t your thing, Atly is claiming to be the “next social paradigm for mapping and discovering places to go.” It now also has $18 million in new funding. Find out more about this company that wants to be a Reddit for real-world locations.
You can never be too healthy. The team covered some healthcare-related news today, including Strive Health, a company offering kidney care, securing a whopping $166 million. Similarly, Hyro, which has developed a healthcare-focused conversational platform — AI-powered, of course — raised $30 million. Read more.
Everyone needs a digital assistant, and Instacart wants you to have one, too. The company announced a new search experience, powered by ChatGPT, for shoppers to inquire about a host of buying-related questions. What will you ask?
U.K.-based CUR8 thinks it has the answer to helping remove 10 billion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by 2050. Read more.
To the moon!: Hubble Network has an ambitious goal to connect a billion devices with a space-based Bluetooth network. Find out how it plans to do that.
The Block Party’s over: Twitter’s decision to put its API access behind a paywall has another company suspending services. This time it’s Block Party, which is putting its anti-harassment tool on hiatus. Read more.
Think on it: Cortex, which began as a way to help developers organize their microservices architectures, is flush with $35 million in Series B funding to take on a new role. Get the scoop.
Always be closing: Vartana inks a $20 million investment to help salespeople close their B2B deals. Learn more about how it plans to scale.
Here are six more must-reads:
Elon Musk’s pivotal China visit: diplomacy, supply chain, and beyond
SellerX acquires US e-commerce roll-up rival Elevate Brands in an all-share deal, raises $64M+
Okay, which analyzes engineers’ productivity, sells to Stripe
Blink launches Blink Copilot to bring generative AI to security operations
Selva Ventures to invest $34M Fund II in health, wellness-focused brands
Apple touts $1.1 trillion in App Store commerce in 2022, with $104B in digital sales