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Dubai-based mass transit and shared mobility services provider SWVL has carried out its second round of layoffs, affecting 50% of its remaining headcount, Tage reports. The news is coming six months after SWVL laid off 32% (over 400 employees) of its workforce in a 'œportfolio optimization program' effort geared toward achieving positive cash flow next year.
There's a couple of new funds in town, too! Harri reports that Early Light Ventures plots a second, $15 million fund for software '˜underdogs,' while Mike writes that BackingMinds raises a new â‚¬50 million fund to fund normally overlooked entrepreneurs. He also writes about Pact, an all-women led VC for mission-driven startups, backed by Anne Hathaway.
And we have five more for you:
Over the last two years, intelligent calendar platform Reclaim.ai raised $10 million “using a more incremental approach,” writes co-founder Henry Shapiro.
“We've done all this without giving up a single board seat, and Reclaim employees continue to own over two-thirds of the company's equity,” rejecting conventional wisdom that founders should “raise as much as you can as fast as you can.”
In a TC+ post, Shapiro reviews the process they used to identify follow-on investors, shares the email template used to pitch the SAFE, and explains why “a larger cap table means more founder control.”
Three more from the TC+ team:
Amazon's recent cost-cutting measures seem to be affecting more than just its delivery business. Manish writes that the company is shutting down its wholesale distribution business, called Amazon Distribution, in India. Amazon had started this unit to help neighborhood stores secure inventory. The company didn't say why it was closing this particular business down, but Manish notes that this is the third such Amazon unit to be shuttered in India.
Meanwhile, Natasha L reports that Meta has gotten itself into trouble again with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (aka, the agency that regulates data protection). Facebook's parent company is being hit with $275 million in penalties for what the agency said was breaches in data protection that resulted in some 530 million users' personal information being leaked.
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Daily Crunch: WhatsApp rolls out new ‘Message Yourself’ feature globally by Christine Hall originally published on TechCrunch