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Leap Finance raises $5.5M to democratize financing for foreign-bound Indian students

Tens of thousands of Indians move to the United States to pursue higher education each year. But like many others who have arrived from a foreign land, they can’t secure education loans or personal loans from the banks at interest rates on par with those levied on local students. The reason why these students — …

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Equity Shot: What’s Elliott Management and why is it coming after Twitter and SoftBank?

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. After a long Shot hiatus, things keep happening that demand our attention. So, after digging into Tesla’s near-miss of the $1,000 share-price mark, we’re back to dig into Elliott Management’s imposition into Twitter’s world after sticking its nose …

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Amazon makes its same-day delivery service faster in select U.S. cities

Amazon this morning announced another step it’s taken to speed up same-day deliveries. The company has installed what it’s calling “mini-fulfillment centers” closer to where customers live in select U.S. markets, including Philadelphia, Phoenix, Orlando, and Dallas. The new facilities allow Amazon to reduce same-day delivery times down to just a few hours for Prime …

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Brooklinen raises $50M to open more stores and expand internationally

Brooklinen, a startup that sells bedding and other home goods online, has raised $50 million in new funding from growth equity firm Summit Partners. Recent headlines are spurring bigger questions about the direct-to-consumer retail business, with Blue Apron exploring a potential sale and Casper also disclosing disappointing growth and persistent losses. Co-founder and CEO Rich …

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Live blog of opinions

Posted Tue, March 3rd, 2020 9:00 am by Kalvis Golde We will be live-blogging as the court releases opinions from the 2019 term on Tuesday, March 3. SCOTUSblog is sponsored by Casetext, the most intelligent way to search the law. Posted in Live Recommended Citation: Kalvis Golde, Live blog of opinions, SCOTUSblog (Mar. 3, 2020, …

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Tuesday round-up

Posted Tue, March 3rd, 2020 6:40 am by Edith Roberts This morning the justices have two oral arguments on their agenda. The first is in Seila Law v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a high-profile constitutional challenge to the structure of the CFPB. Amy Howe previewed the case for this blog, in a post that first …

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RTP Global outs new $650M early-stage fund to back tech in US, Europe, India and South-East Asia

RTP Global, the VC firm founded by Russian entrepreneur and investor Leonid Boguslavsky, is announcing a new $650 million fund to continue backing early-stage tech startups, primarily at Series A but also some late seed deals and Series B. Of note, the VC’s last fund was launched in December 2017 and totalled $200 million, so …

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iPrice, a platform for comparison shopping in Southeast Asia, raises $10 million Series B

iPrice Group, which helps comparison shoppers in Southeast Asia by pulling together prices from different e-commerce platforms, has closed a $10 million Series B. Led by ACA Investments, the round also included participation from Daiwa PI Partners and returning investors Line Ventures, Mirae Asset-Naver Asia Growth Fund. The company’s last funding announcement, from Line’s venture …

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