Post Series-B, anti-fraud platform SEON acquires AML startup Complitron for rumored €2.5M • TechCrunch

Budapest-based SEON, – an anti-fraud platform that looks at the ‘digital footprint’ of customers to eliminate fake accounts and thereby prevent fraudulent transactions – has gained compliance, and Comlitron, an AML specialist company, is also based in Budapest. The terms of the deal have not been officially released, but TechCrush sources say the deal is in the €2.5M range, although SEON declined to comment. Complitron previously raised €257,000 from Budapest-based CVC Hiventures. Oliver Lebhardt, founder and CEO of Complitron, will join SEON, along with entrepreneur and UX leader Abris Grillus.…

Dear founders, Back to office is a numbers game • TechCrunch

Welcome to Startups Weekly, this week’s spotlight on startup news and trends by Senior Reporter and co-host of Equity Natasha Maskerenhas To receive this in your inbox, subscribe over here. In the year By the end of 2022, some entrepreneurs, some citing Elon Musk, told me they were bringing in-person work cultures to boost productivity and, in some cases, help loyalty in the coming year. One founder told me that they weren’t worried about losing talent over drinks and fancy snacks — because the in-person people weren’t really mission-driven when…

Hacking Netflix, Monetizing ChatGPT, and Bypassing FB 2FA • TechCrunch

Happy weekend, folks, and welcome to the TechCrunch Week review. Henry here, standing in for vacationing Kyle Wiegers, who is standing in for parent-out Greg Kumparak. Listen, we have a deep bench, and both locks will be back soon. Until then, here’s a look at just a few of the week’s top stories. Want it in your inbox every Saturday AM? You can take care of it here. Read more Netflix password sharing hack: The streaming giant is tired of its customers sharing passwords with friends and loved ones around…

Does usage-based pricing require a new development infrastructure stack? • TechCrunch

W Welcome to TechCrunch Exchange, the weekly startups and markets newsletter. It’s inspired by the daily TechCrunch+ column from which it got its name. Want it in your inbox every Saturday? Register here. “It’s not usage-based or subscription pricing,” wrote VC firm OpenView in its second usage-based pricing report. These hybrid approaches require new tools, but which ones? Let’s investigate. – Anna The cost of complexity is increasing. As we learned from OpenView’s latest report earlier this week, usage-based pricing is increasing, but not replacing other models. Of course, more…

Information points to the cost of startup offices • TechCrunch

to the end In the year In 2022, several entrepreneurs – some citing Elon Musk – told me that they plan to bring in a work culture in the next year to boost productivity and, in some cases, help loyalty. One founder even told me over drinks that they weren’t worried about losing talent—saying that the people who were leaving in person weren’t really mission-driven to begin with. While some founders are clearly sitting on the return, others are confused. There’s the argument—sometimes from venture capitalists who want to see…

A plant-based rebel is raising millions to ‘rethink it’ • TechCrunch

Rebellious, a A startup striving to build a “better chicken” has raised at least $20 million in new funding, TechCrunch has learned. The Seattle-based, venture-backed company calls its production technology “the most advanced plant-based meat production system on the planet.” Rebel It aims to raise up to $30.7 million in total, according to a public regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The report previously named backers YB Choi of Cercano Management, angel investor Owen Ant and Mike Miller of Liquid 2 Ventures among the directors. The filing suggests…

Apple said it earned $20.8 billion from 935 million subscriptions last fiscal quarter • TechCrunch

To get TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3pm PST; Register here. Friday, Chacha Cha! Friday! Cha Cha Cha! To celebrate the arrival of the first weekend in February, we’re doing a little, fun, two-person conga line around a virtual daily crunch-boost session. Yes, it sounds funny. No, we couldn’t care less if we took every ounce we had and put in a little care. A quick couple for startups: If you’re going to MWC, we want to hear from you, and we…

Venture funding has started to flood in at least one area: secondary

Venture secondary The market has been on the same roller-coaster ride as the broader VC market for the past few years, but it looks set to break even in 2023. As a general venture capital, the secondary market in 2010 It was hot as a new set of players in 2021 – sound familiar? – Crowdfunding investors and traditional VCs enter the space by buying secondary shares in a way that they cannot get primary shares. As the market changes in 2022, secondary deals remain relatively quiet as their partnership…

SaaS Pricing Strategies, 2022 Open Source Report, Can Vine Grow Again? • TechCrunch

I recently found an old leather jacket in the back of the closet. It’s a vintage item in great shape – except for a large tear in one of the front pockets. A couple of clothing donation centers rejected it, so I decided to see if it was worth repairing. It was expensive when new, but with some attention and care it could probably get a second life. Vin, Twitter’s closed video-sharing platform that started three years before TikTok, is like my old jacket: it got accolades back in the…

More job cuts loom as Sendy changes course in Nigeria • TechCrunch

In October last year, Sendi, a Kenyan logistics upgrader, suspended its delivery service, which allowed retailers to buy FMCGs directly from manufacturers, saying it was shifting its focus to end-to-end supply. Months later, the company is ceasing ground operations in Nigeria, one of its four markets in Africa. This means that it has become a “fully integrated technology solution” that matches online buyers with the right logistics providers and does not execute orders in the West African country. Complementary services remain unchanged in other markets. The new changes mean that…