Every day Crunch: Japanese advertising and marketing tech agency Geniee acquires Zelto for $70M

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  • All roads result in acquisition: Manish writes that after Japan’s Geniee acquired AdPushup-operator Zelto for $70 million. He referred to as the deal “a exceptional turnaround” for Zelto, an organization that has stared down a number of near-death experiences, together with money movement and product market match issues, throughout its 10-year-old life.
  • Candy (South) Carolina, bup, bup, bup: VW-backed Scout Motors has plans to construct a $2 billion manufacturing unit in South Carolina to supply its all-electric autos. Tim Stevens has extra.
  • Fined: Manish additionally writes about India’s central financial institution, which fined Amazon’s funds unit over $370,000, claiming the corporate was noncompliant with sure know-your-customer pointers.

Startups and VC

Whereas most established automotive gamers name the pictures from sprawling, company palaces, Scout bases a lot of its operations — at the very least for now — out of a WeWork close to Washington, D.C., Tim Stevens studies. Scout Motors’ base of operations will ultimately “anchor” close to the $2 billion manufacturing unit in South Carolina that was introduced Friday, and the corporate plans to carry rugged, retro cred to the EV period.

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To repair the local weather, these 10 traders are betting the home on the ocean

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Tapping the ocean for power led to disasters just like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which launched practically 5 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. At the moment, wind energy and wave motion are simply two applied sciences main traders to take a better have a look at ocean conservation know-how, studies Tim De Chant. To be taught extra in regards to the alternatives they’re chasing and to find how local weather change is shaping their funding thesis, he surveyed:

  • Daniela V. Fernandez, founder and CEO of Sustainable Ocean Alliance, managing accomplice at Seabird Ventures
  • Tim Agnew, normal accomplice, Daring Ocean Ventures
  • Peter Bryant, program director (oceans), Builders Initiative
  • Kate Danaher, managing director (oceans and seafood), S2G Ventures
  • Francis O’Sullivan, managing director (oceans and seafood), S2G Ventures
  • Stephan Feilhauer, managing director (clear power), S2G Ventures
  • Sanjeev Krishnan, senior managing director and chief funding officer, S2G Ventures
  • Rita Sousa, accomplice, Faber Ventures
  • Christian Lim, managing director, SWEN Blue Ocean Companions
  • Reece Pacheco, accomplice, Propeller

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Large Tech Inc.

It was solely a matter of time earlier than one other firm would attempt to mimic what Instacart has going for it. At the moment that’s Uber. Rebecca writes that Uber is coming for Instacart with some updates to its one-year-old Store and Pay characteristic that lets supply staff decide in to receiving journeys to do grocery or different retail purchasing for prospects earlier than dropping off orders on the buyer’s door. “Mainly, it’s Uber’s try and comply with the Instacart mannequin, which is working effectively for the incumbent grocery supply firm,” she studies.

Autonomous trucking firm Embark Vehicles, which went public in 2021, is now shedding about 230 staff because it explores liquidating its self-driving truck belongings, Kirsten studies.

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