Paul Sawers

Paul Sawers is a senior writer based in London, focused largely on the world of UK And European startups. However, he also writes about other subjects that he’s passionate about, such as the business of open source software.

Prior to TechCrunch, Paul gained more than a decade’s experience covering consumer and enterprise technologies for VentureBeat and The Next Web.

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The Latest from Paul Sawers

After AWS and Google, Microsoft says it’s removing Azure ‘egress’ data transfer fees — but with caveats

Microsoft has revealed that it, too, will allow business customers to transfer data out of its Azure cloud infrastructure with no “egress fees” attached, following hot on the heels of simi

Proton Mail desktop app officially launches, but remains for premium subscribers only

Proton Mail, the end-to-end encrypted (E2EE) email service from Swiss company Proton, is now officially available via a dedicated desktop app some three months after debuting in beta. However, despite

Polar Signals wants to help companies cut cloud costs with more efficient code

A young startup is setting out to help enterprises cut their cloud costs by writing “more efficient” code — and it has secured $6.8 million in fresh funding from notable backers incl

Generative AI video startup Tavus raises $18M to bring face and voice cloning to any app

Tavus, a four-year-old generative AI startup that helps companies create digital “replicas” of individuals for automated personalized video campaigns, has confirmed a fresh $18 million in

Spotify to increase subscription price in France to counter new music-streaming tax

Spotify has revealed plans to increase subscription fees in France, in response to a new tax directed at music-streaming services operating in the country. The move comes nearly three months after the

AWS follows Google in announcing unrestricted free data transfers to other cloud providers

Amazon’s cloud computing subsidiary AWS has revealed that it will allow customers to transfer their data out of its ecosystem with no so-called “egress fees” attached. The news follo

Whistleblower Software rebrands, expands into compliance with $16M

Danish startup Whistleblower Software is rebranding as Formalize as it expands into the broader compliance software sphere — and it has raised a fresh €15 million ($16 million) to fund the exp

Punkt rocks its minimalist roots with first smartphone

Punkt first made a name for itself in the world of mobile with pared-down, monochromatic phones focused on voice, text and not much else. Now, the Swiss company has taken its concept of minimalism and

TikTok launches data portability API ahead of Europe’s DMA regulatory deadline

TikTok is introducing a data portability API to help it comply with new European regulations designed to rein in Big Tech’s market dominance through various obligations and restrictions. The Eur

Thoma Bravo takes critical event management software company Everbridge private in $1.8B deal

Everbridge, a critical event management (CEM) software company, is going private in a $1.8 billion all-cash deal that will see it taken over by private equity giant Thoma Bravo — 20% more than w

Humane reveals first international market for the Ai Pin, partnering with South Korea’s SK Telecom

Hyped hardware startup Humane has announced plans for its first international market, inking a deal with South Korean carrier SK Telecom. The announcement comes shortly after the San Francisco-based c

Subsets helps subscription businesses reduce churn with ‘retention experiments’ and explainable AI

Recurring revenue is pretty much the holy grail for any business — it’s precisely why Apple has segued toward being almost as much a services company as it is a hardware company, with 20%

Clumio raises $75M to automate cloud data backup and recovery

Clumio, a data backup and recovery provider for companies using the public cloud, has raised $75 million in a Series D round of funding. The raise comes as the Santa Clara, California-based company cl

Struggling database company MariaDB could be taken private in $37M deal

MariaDB is the subject of another potential takeover bid, as the company behind the eponymous open source relational database management system (RDBMS) confirmed it had received a provisional offer fr

Why Sequoia is funding open source developers via a new equity-free fellowship

Sequoia Capital plans to fund up to three open source software developers annually, as a continuation of a program it debuted last year. The Silicon Valley venture capital firm announced the Sequoia O

Finom, a European challenger bank for SMEs, raises $54M

Finom, a European challenger bank aimed at SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and freelancers, has raised €50 million ($54 million) in a Series B equity round of funding. Founded out of the N

Bob W, a European short-stay apartment rental marketplace, raises $43M

Bob W, a marketplace for premium short-term apartment rentals, has raised €40 million ($43 million) in a Series B round of funding. Founded out of Finland in 2018, Bob W touts itself as a “tec

Daedalus, which is building precision-manufacturing factories powered by AI, raises $21M

A fledgling startup founded by one of OpenAI’s first engineering hires is looking to “redefine manufacturing,” with AI-powered factories for creating bespoke precision parts. Daedalu

DocuSign lays off 6% of workforce as reported private equity takeover talks stall

DocuSign has revealed that it’s laying off 6% of its workforce, impacting some 400 employees. In an SEC filing, the e-signature software company said that the “restructuring plan” wi

Early-stage UK VC Episode 1 closes $95M third fund

Early-stage European venture capital (VC) firm Episode 1 has closed its third fund at £76 million ($95 million), as the London-based investor turns to in-house “data-driven deal sourcing tools&
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