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betakit

Ritual raises $90 million CAD Series C

The round included participation from existing investors Greylock Partners, Insight Ventures, and Mistral Venture Partners.


Digital Main Street

DMS Recommends: Get Ready for a 5G World: Wireless Innovation and Business Value

Join IDC and Rogers on June 14th for a stimulating discussion about the future of wireless in Canada and how it will impact your business.


techcrunch

Patreon acquires Kit to let creators bundle merch in subscriptions

Kit is building a merchandise logistics backend so creators don’t have to fiddle with spreadsheets and stuff envelopes themselves.


engadget

Target expands curbside pickup and same-day delivery services

Target is determined to win over shoppers in a hurry — the retail giant is expanding its Drive Up curbside pickup and Shipt same-day delivery services across the US Midwest and Southeast.


bk"

Flexiti Financial acquires $250 million of TD’s private label credit card portfolio

Flexiti’s transaction is financed by $350 million in credit facilities led by Credit Suisse AG, Cayman Islands Branch, and a syndicate of mezzanine lenders.


techcrunch

Casper launches a $35 nap pillow for sleeping on-the-go

While the startup remains best-known for its mattresses, it’s expanded to offer not just pillows and sheets, but also dog beds. It also partnered with American Airlines to provide sleep products to higher-end flyers.


retaildive

H&M tests voice-activated mirrors at NYC flagship

The voice-activated mirrors “wake up” through facial recognition when someone looks at it long enough, and also offer selfies, style advice, and discounts via QR codes.


dealstreetasia

Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten acquires Silicon Valley startup Curbside

The acquisition will provide Rakuten’s customers with more ways to connect with shops and merchants, allowing them to order ahead using their mobile devices.


betakit

Element AI and SSENSE release dataset to help designers build AR for fashion

SSENSE and Element AI are jointly sponsoring a $2,000 text-to-image generation challenge at the European Conference on Computer Vision.


inc42

Sequoia Capital leads $11.5M funding in social commerce startup Meesho

Meesho’s tools include an online platform that allows sellers to manage purchases and process payments, as well as a network of wholesale suppliers (its main categories are currently fashion and lifestyle items) and logistics providers.


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Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer at BetaKit. As a fourth-year journalism student who has written primarily about entrepreneurship, Amira has developed a growing interest in Canadian startup, business, and tech news. In her free time, Amira enjoys reading, baking and watching legal shows.