TechCrunch+ roundup: Mixpanel’s reset, smart growth, $100K referral bonuses

January 2020 seems like a long time ago: Billie Eilish swept the Grammy Awards, Tesla’s market cap made it America’s most valuable car company, and Visa announced plans to purchase Plaid for $5.3 billion. A year later, the credit card giant balked at the deal after it attracted regulatory scrutiny, but Ryan Lawler reports that […]

Smart growth tactics can put account-based marketing within reach for startups and SMBs

Jonas van de Poel Contributor Share on Twitter Jonas van de Poel is head of content marketing at Unmuted, an Amsterdam-based growth marketing agency. For many startups and SMBs, successfully setting up account-based marketing strategies can feel like a pipe dream. Startups still struggling to find product-market fit wouldn’t dream of being able to identify […]

HubSpot Ventures’ new $100M fund fulfilling ‘mission to help millions of organizations grow better’

Three years after its launch, HubSpot Ventures is back with a $100 million fund, its CRM Platform Fund that will invest in early- and growth-stage technology companies focused on customer-first, business-to-business innovation for scaling organizations. “Our mission is to help organizations grow better through relationships, access to customers and customer service,” Andrew Lindsay, senior vice […]

PideDirecto bags $5.25M; aims to be ‘Shopify with 30-minute deliveries’

PideDirecto, a Mexico-based company, is developing a platform that enables local businesses in Latin America to sell directly to their consumers and deliver orders in less than 30 minutes. Hussein Fawzi and Ronni Samir launched the company with Anders Steiner and Antonio Nacoud in September 2020. Fawzi, Samir and Nacoud knew each other from Iraq […]

AutoLeap drives technology for car repair shops with new $18M capital infusion

Nine months after announcing a $5 million seed round, Toronto auto repair software company AutoLeap is back with $18 million in Series A funding, this time led by Bain Capital Ventures. Joining Bain in the round is existing investor Threshold Ventures, which led the seed round, to give the company $23 million in total funding. […]

TikTok Shopping expands with more partnerships, LIVE Shopping, new ads and more

TikTok is expanding its investment in e-commerce. Earlier this year, the video platform began piloting TikTok Shopping in the U.S., U.K., and Canada, in partnership with Shopify. The deal allowed Shopify merchants with a TikTok For Business account to add a Shopping tab to their TikTok profiles and sync their product catalogs to the app […]

UK clears Facebook’s purchase of CRM maker, Kustomer

The UK’s competition watchdog has cleared Facebook’s acquisition of Kustomer, a maker of CRM tools. The purchase was announced last November — with a price-tag we reported as $1BN — but is pending closing after facing regulatory scrutiny. The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) opened an inquiry on the proposed merger this summer, at […]