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Amazon bets on Hindi voice shopping to reach wider India (Manish Singh, TechCrunch)

Speaking of Amazon — which is reportedly conducting an investigation to find whether its lawyers bribed government officials in India — the company announced today it plans to roll out the voice shopping experience feature in the Hindi language in the South Asian market ahead of the Diwali festival in early November.

Amazon bets on Hindi voice shopping to reach wider India | TechCrunch

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Amazon starts probe over bribe to gov’t officials by its lawyers in India, report says (Manish Singh, TechCrunch)

Amazon has launched an investigation into the conduct of its legal representatives in India following a complaint from a whistleblower who alleged that one or more of the company’s reps had bribed government officials, Indian news and analysis outlet the Morning Context reported on Monday.

Amazon starts probe over bribe to gov’t officials by its lawyers in India, report says | TechCrunch

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FloBiz raises $31 million to scale its neobank for small businesses in India (Manish Singh, TechCrunch)

FloBiz, an Indian startup that is building a neobank for small- and medium-sized businesses in the South Asian market, said on Monday it has raised $31 million in a new financing round as it works to broaden its product offerings.

Sequoia Capital India and Think Investments co-led the 18-month-old startup’s Series B financing round. Existing investors Elevation Capital and Beenext also participated in the round, which brings FloBiz‘s all-time raise to over $41 million.

FloBiz raises $31 million to scale its neobank for small businesses in India | TechCrunch

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Xata is a database service for serverless apps (Romain Dillet, TechCrunch)

Meet Xata, a startup with a new take on managed databases. The company runs your database for you and turns it into an API so that you can query and update it from your serverless app. Xata has raised a $5 million funding round. Its product is not yet ready for prime time but the company is sharing details.

Xata is a database service for serverless apps | TechCrunch

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India’s Cars24, a used-vehicle sales platform, raises $450M at a $1.84B valuation (Ingrid Lunden, TechCrunch)

The used car market is getting another major infusion of venture capital today, with one of the faster scaling startups out of India picking up a major round of financing to double down on growth: Cars24 — a site and app that sells users cars and used two-wheeled motorbikes — has raised $450 million, a Series F of $340 million and $110 million in debt. The investment values Cars24 at $1.84 billion post-money, the company said, making it one of the more valuable privately-held used car startups globally.

India’s Cars24, a used-vehicle sales platform, raises $450M at a $1.84B valuation | TechCrunch

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Pakistan edtech startup Maqsad gets $2.1M pre-seed to make education more accessible (Kate Park, TechCrunch)

Taha Ahmed and Rooshan Aziz left their jobs in strategy consulting and investment banking in London earlier this year in order to found a mobile-only education platform startup, Maqsad, in Pakistan, with a goal “to make education more accessible to 100 million Pakistani students.”

Having grown up in Karachi, childhood friends Ahmed and Aziz are aware of the challenges about the Pakistani education system, which is notably worse for those not living in large urban areas (the nation’s student-teacher ratio is 44:1). Pakistani children are less likely to go to school for each kilometer of distance between school and their home — with girls being four times affected, Maqsad co-founder Aziz said.

Pakistan edtech startup Maqsad gets $2.1M pre-seed to make education more accessible | TechCrunch

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Vietnam-based CoderSchool gets $2.6M pre-Series A to scale online course platform (Kate Park, TechCrunch)

CoderSchool, a Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam-based online coding school startup, announced today $2.6 million in pre-Series A funding to scale up its online coding school platform.

This round was led by Monk’s Hill Ventures, with participation from returning seed investors Iterative, XA Network and iSeed Ventures. CoderSchool raised a seed round led by TRIVE Ventures in 2018.

Vietnam-based CoderSchool gets $2.6M pre-Series A to scale online course platform | TechCrunch

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TikTok is hiding a viral challenge that has kids stealing their school’s soap dispensers (Taylor Hatmaker, TechCrunch)

It’s back to school season and on TikTok, that means students are inexplicably stealing everything that isn’t bolted down.

The latest TikTok trend to generally wreak social havoc sees students pulling off “devious licks” — small-scale heists of everything from soap dispensers, Covid test kits and hand sanitizer to high value items like classroom tech.

TikTok is hiding a viral challenge that has kids stealing their school’s soap dispensers | TechCrunch

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Inside Reach Capital’s edtech-powered returns (Natasha Mascarenhas, TechCrunch)

Reach Capital, a San Francisco-based venture firm co-founded by Jennifer Carolan and Shauntel Garvey, focused exclusively on edtech for years before the sector ballooned with unicorns. The rare, female-led partnership closed its third fund in February, a $165 million vehicle and its largest to date. That said, returns from its previous funds show that the early bet on a now-revitalized sector is paying off.

Inside Reach Capital’s edtech-powered returns | TechCrunch

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