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Alan raises another $45 million for its health insurance product
Paris-based startup Alan has raised a Series B round of funding of $45 million (€40 million). Index Ventures is once again leading the round, with partners of DST Global also participating. The company had raised a $28 million funding round only ten months ago. Alan is a software-as-a-service startup tackling a very specific industry — the health insurance market in France — and soon across Europe. The company wants to create a well-designed insurance product with transparent pricing and policies to make healthcare more accessible. (Fonte: TechCrunch)

Cina-Usa, come funziona la guerra per il controllo del “nuovo” web

Procedendo per semplicificazioni possiamo dire che ci sono due internet. O meglio due idee di rete globale. La prima è quella cinese: si fa tutto con lo smartphone e tutto con poche, pochissime app, tipo WeChat. E poi c’è il Web come è stato immaginato dai padri fondatori: inefficiente, incasinato e poco mobile. Dove in teoria, nel mondo delle idee, qualsiasi sviluppatore può inventarsi una killer application. I due mondi, molto lontani sul piano delle idee, convivono tutto sommato serenemante. Oggi però queste due “Terre di mezzo” rischiano di scontrarsi. Il campo di battalia è il 5G. (Fonte: Il Sole 24 Ore)

SoftBank invests in Mubadala’s new $400 million European tech fund
Japan’s SoftBank Group has provided nearly half of the cash for Abu Dhabi’s state investor Mubadala Investment Co’s new $400 million fund investing in European start-ups, a source familiar with the matter said. Mubadala, which has committed to invest $15 billion in SoftBank’s Vision Fund, last week announced that Mubadala Ventures was planning to launch a $400 million technology-focused European fund this year.  The Softbank Vision Fund, managed by Softbank Group, raised more than $93 billion from investors including the Abu Dhabi investor, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, Apple Inc, Foxconn, Qualcomm, Sharp Corp and SoftBank Group Corp. (Fonte: Reuters)

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