Digitail Raises $11M Series A to Revolutionize Pet Tech

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The TechGround Top 3

  • Get your woof on: With pet ownership up since the pandemic, veterinarians are being stretched to their limits. Here comes Romania-based Digitail, a company that automates the administrative work for veterinarians so they can focus on our four-legged friends. Mike reports that the company closed on $11 million in new funding to scale its operations in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Your move: Amanda writes that proposed changes to Dungeons & Dragons’ Open Gaming License threatens an entire cohort of D&D content creators, and they are fighting to protect their livelihoods.
  • SBF starts a Substack: In an effort to explain his side of the FTX debacle, Sam Bankman-Fried took to Substack to say, “I didn’t steal funds, and I certainly didn’t stash billions away.” Mary Ann has more.

Startups and VC

China’s outlook for venture capital is suddenly improving as the country moves away from its stringent COVID-19 policies, which have caused immense disruption and kept borders closed for three years. The pandemic has been a rollercoaster for VCs; Tony Wu, partner at $4.5 billion AUM Northern Light Venture Capital, sees 2022 as “the toughest” of his 15 years investing in Chinese startups.

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Why Africa had no unicorns last year despite record fundraising haul

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Unicorns are becoming scarce in Africa’s startup ecosystem, according to Tage Kene-Okafor.

Funding in the region saw a slight increase in 2022, yet no unicorns appeared that year—contrasting with five spotted in 2021.

What was the unusual occurrence in Africa in 2022?

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Big Tech Inc.

Natasha L. warns ad-funded programs to beware: Meta’s ads have been found unlawful in the EU. She points out that “just because Facebook has long profited from Europeans’ data through illegal ads doesn’t mean other ad-funded platforms can expect leniency from regulators – enforcement is finally here.”

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