Blume Ventures and AWI back Indian exporter SaaS startup SourceWiz

Small and medium-sized exporters in India struggle to communicate their designs with buyers. They can’t list those designs publicly on their website or sell through popular e-commerce platforms as doing so would risk giving away the proprietary property to rivals.

So they have traditionally showcased their work to potential buyers — who in this equation, depending on the category, could be anyone from Zara to Armani — in PDF and PowerPoint presentations.

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Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 6:36am
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What Is WYSIWYG?

Part of the magic of software development occurs when lines of code alchemize into more than the sum of their parts. You'll find you need some amount of creative visualization when trying to build abstractly in this way. This can be true for word processing or web design, just as it can for programming.

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Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 6:31am
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Portuguese VC Faber to launch Faber Blue, a €30M fund for ocean sustainability

Portuguese VC Faber is launching a new fund, Faber Blue Pioneers I, to invest in early-stage startups – primarily from Portugal and Southern Europe – developing innovative “deep tech solutions” around ocean sustainability and climate action,

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Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 6:31am
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Watch Edward Snowden launch Global Encryption Day, live today

Marginalized communities, survivors of abuse, politicians, law enforcement – they all use encrypted communications to keep their information safe. But the encryption of the kinds of services you and I use every day – from messaging to confidential internal company communications – is increasingly under threat by governments globally. The reasons are sometimes understandable, such as the protection of children, but more often than not it’s about state snooping and control of populations, especially in authoritarian regimes.

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Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 6:18am
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How newcomer River plans to fill a gap in India’s competitive EV two-wheeler market

Two wheelers have long been a cornerstone of life in India — their smaller size and affordability making these traditionally gas and diesel-powered vehicles a go-to means of navigating the traffic-jammed streets of the country’s most populous cities.

Now, a new startup called River has come out of stealth with an electric two-wheeler scooter — and accompanying subscription services — designed to appeal to modern-day consumers looking for an affordable, yet stylish vehicle that can be used for work, play and every task in between.

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Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 6:00am
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Station F adds an online program to educate the next generation of entrepreneurs

Station F, the big startup campus located in Paris, is launching an online component called Launch by Station F. With this new program, entrepreneurs from anywhere can get started and learn all the basics to start a company.

Launched in 2017, Station F is a massive building that used to be a rail freight depot. It has become a flagship entity for the tech community in France with hundreds of startups working from there.

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Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 5:28am
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Germany’s FlixMobility acquires Greyhound Lines, the iconic U.S. bus company, in $78M deal

FlixMobility, the $3 billion-German transportation startup that has doubled down on long distance buses and slowly and quietly gobbled up transit lines and operations across Europe, today announced a big move to raise its

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Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 5:14am
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Apple Announced New M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pro Models: Here's Everything You Need to Know

Apple just announced two supercharged MacBook Pro models with the new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. These machines come in new 14-inch and 16-inch screen sizes and are a significant step up from the outgoing Intel-based MacBook Pros with their discrete graphic cards.

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Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 5:10am
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Tencent backs Indian social media Lokal

Indian hyperlocal social media platform Lokal has raised $12 million in a new round of financing led by Chinese internet conglomerate Tencent, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Existing investors 3one4 Capital, Y Combinator, and India Quotient have also participated in the Bangalore-based startup’s Series A, the source said, requesting anonymity as the matter is private.

Tencent and Lokal did not respond to a request for comment.

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Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 4:43am
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Ventures Platform, Hustle Fund back Nigerian fintech Brass in $1.7M round

Small and medium enterprises make up more than 95% of all businesses in Nigeria. But despite their sheer size and importance, a majority of them are underserved by financial institutions and lack the full suite of financial services needed to scale their operations.

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Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 4:00am
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