See a Stunning First Look at Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series

Reading Time: 18 minutes In 2017, Amazon Originals splashed into the news when it purchased the global rights to a television adaptation of The Lord of the Rings for a cool $250 million. The modern Lord of the Rings films, directed by Peter Jackson and adapted from the beloved novels by J. R. R. Tolkien, are among the most … Read more

Finite State lands $30M Series B to help uncover security flaws in device firmware – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 5 minutes Columbus, Ohio-based Finite State, a startup that provides supply chain security for connected devices and critical infrastructure, has raised $30M in Series B funding.  The funding lands amid increased focus on the less-secure elements in an organizations’ supply chain, such as Internet of Things devices and embedded systems. The problem, Finite State says, is largely … Read more

AI-based Edutainment Platform SP Robotic Works Raises Series A Funding of $3M

Reading Time: 2 minutes AI-based Edutainment Platform SP Robotic Works Raises Series A Funding of $3M – EdTechReview … Read more

Varda Space Industries closes $42M Series A for off-planet manufacturing – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 8 minutes Varda Space Industries has raised a $42 million Series A to bring to manufacturing a key capability that can only be found off-world: microgravity. The eight-month-old startup is looking to establish its first manufacturing facility in space as early as 2023, and by doing so, bring back to Earth advanced products that can only be … Read more

Talkiatry lands $20M Series A to go all in on in-network psychiatric care – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 8 minutes Talkiatry announced today that it has raised a $20 million Series A to scale a strategy simple in theory yet potentially challenging in execution: bring psychiatry services in-network with insurance providers. The round, led by Left Lane Capital with participation from the founder and former CEO of CityMD, Dr. Richard Park, is an extension of … Read more

Connected car insurance startup Flock raises $17M Series A led by Chamath Palihapitiya – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 5 minutes Cast your mind back to that scene in Minority Report where all those autonomous cars are whizzing through the city. The more practically-minded of you may well have gone: “Yeah, but what about the insurance…?”. Among the startups building the on-demand, connected insurance world for the vehicles of tomorrow right now are UK-based Zego which … Read more

Daily Crunch: $150M Series D vaults search-as-a-service provider Algolia to $2.25B valuation – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 14 minutes To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for July 28, 2021. What a day. Duolingo went public. Algolia raised an epic round. Crypto prices rose. And we’re being treated to a raft of … Read more

Colvin raises €45M Series C led by Eurazeo to disrupt the cosy flowers industry – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 5 minutes Something very interesting is going on with supply chains, and has been for a while. But it’s clear the pandemic has accelerated the trend. Tech startups are once again cutting out the middle man, but this time at the supply chain level. The opportunity is to replace supply chains with platforms – it’s the ‘platformization … Read more

Daily Crunch: No-code startup Bubble pops with $100 million Series A round – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 13 minutes To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Hello and welcome to Daily Crunch for July 27, 2021. Today is a good day not only because the U.S. women’s national soccer team is heading to the Olympics quarter finals (shoutout … Read more