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Vietnamese investment app Infina lands $2M seed round – 98bmp

The pandemic has spurred interest in saving and investment apps around the world, especially ones geared toward newer investors. In Southeast Asia, startups in this space that have raised funding over the past few months include Ajaib, Bibit and Stashaway—and that’s just a (very) partial list. Now Infina, which calls itself the “Robinhood of Vietnam,” is announcing an oversubscribed $2 million seed round. The seed funding, which was made in […]

todayJune 28, 2021 3


Nexford University lands $10.8M pre-Series A to scale its flexible remote learning platform – 98bmp

Two profound problems face the higher education sector globally — affordability and relevance. Whether you live in Africa, Europe, or the U.S., a major reason why people don’t go to university or college or even drop out because they cannot afford tuition fees. On the other hand, relevance shows the huge gap between what traditional universities teach and what global employers actually look for. It’s not a secret that universities […]

todayJune 10, 2021 1


Brazilian proptech startup QuintoAndar lands $300M at a $4B valuation – 98bmp

Fintech and proptech are two sectors that are seeing exploding growth in Latin America, as financial services and real estate are two categories in particular dire need of innovation in a region. Brazil’s QuintoAndar, which has developed a real estate marketplace focused on rentals and sales, has seen impressive growth in recent years. And today, the São Paulo-based proptech has announced it has closed on $300 million in a Series […]

todayMay 28, 2021 2


Why Does SpaceX’s Droneship Video Cut Out As Rocket Lands?

SpaceX always likes to livestream its missions, from launch to landing and everything else besides. The trouble is that during one of the most spectacular parts of some of its missions — when SpaceX’s reusable first-stage booster comes in to land on the Of Course I Still Love You droneship — the footage from the ship-based camera suddenly cuts out, preventing space fans from seeing the Falcon 9 rocket touch […]

todayMay 17, 2021 3


SpaceX launches and lands a Falcon 9 rocket booster a record 10th time – 98bmp

SpaceX has launched another 60 Starlink satellites — making 180 delivered to orbit in under two weeks — but the launch early Sunday morning was more notable because it set a new, key record for Falcon 9 rocket reusability. This marked the 10th flight of the first-stage rocket booster used for the launch, which sets a record for re-use for SpaceX as the rocket booster with the most successful mission […]

todayMay 9, 2021 3


Juul inventor’s Myst lands funding as institutional investors turn to China’s e-cigs – 98bmp

Over the past several years, institutional investors had largely shied away from China’s e-cigarette makers, an industry that was teeming with shoddy workshops and lacked regulatory oversight. But investors’ attitude is changing as China sets in motion its strictest ever regulation on electronic cigarettes. Myst Labs, a Chinese e-cigarette maker co-founded in 2019 by Chenyue Xing, a chemist who was part of the team at Juul that invented nicotine salts, […]

todayMay 7, 2021 2

Music News

Outside Lands 2021 Moves to Halloween Weekend

The organizers for Outside Lands have announced that the 2021 festival will be held on Halloween weekend (October 29th through 31st) as opposed to its traditional August dates, in order to ensure the safest possible environment in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. “We have been eagerly anticipating our return to Golden Gate Park for over a year now and although we have to wait a few months longer, we couldn’t […]

todayMarch 19, 2021 5