I love newsletters. That’s how I get most of my news. The rest comes from my unhealthy addiction to Twitter.
But stories and opinions are few and far between. And many news articles are lengthy and lack context.
It’s like playing whack-a-mole. Ads, pop-ups, and notifications are constantly bombarding you. And then you find out that what you are reading is 80% fat.
After a while, it becomes overwhelming.
Could the same news be delivered in a crisp Axios format with smart context? It would make being informed a lot more rewarding.
Introducing Techshaw Bytes newsletter.
We* send you a summary of one noteworthy tech news story every weekday. It’s clear and concise. And you don’t even have to leave your inbox.
*Previously, I have used we in the royal sense. But those days are over. Finally.
To help me out with Techshaw Bytes, I am happy to introduce you to Noor Haider.
She is the first full-time hire at Techshaw. She is a Lahore transplant in Karachi. And has a love-hate relationship with the City of Lights. Of course. Kyon nahin.
She has a degree in International Relations and is passionate about women’s empowerment. Thanks to her Kindle, she devours fiction at an alarming rate.
You can find her on Twitter or binge-watching TV.
If you are wondering why I hired her. You are not paying attention.
💰 Funding (disclosed)
PostEx raised $1.5 million in Seed funding from MSA Capital, Shorooq Partners, Zayn Capital, VentureSouq, PNO Ventures, and +92 Ventures.
Integry raised $3 million in Seed funding from Bonfire Ventures, Operator Collective, Basecamp Fund, Silicon Badia, and Lead Pencil.
Tazah raised $2 million in pre-seed funding from Global Founders Capital, Zayn Capital, Ratio Ventures, Walled City Co, i2i Ventures, Suya Ventures, Globivest, Afropreneur Syndicate, +92 Ventures, Sunu Capital, and Musha Investments.
Munchies raised $2.5 million in pre-seed funding from Unilever Pakistan and VentureDive.
Rider raised $2.3 million in seed funding from Global Founders Capital, Fatima Gobi Ventures, TPL E-Ventures, Transhold, and Asian Development Bank.
Zarya raised $1.7 million in pre-seed funding from Fatima Gobi Ventures, Class 5 Global, and Global Founders Capital.
Udhaar Book raised $6 million in seed funding from Fatima Gobi Ventures, Muir Capital, JAM Fund, Commerce Ventures, Liberty City Ventures, Atlas Ventures, and Integra Partners.
Savyour raised $3.3 million in seed funding from Global Founders Capital, Zayn Capital, Fatima Gobi Ventures, Rally Cap Ventures, +92 Ventures, and Suya Ventures.
Mastercard wants STZA to be cashless. Pakistan ranks 97th for Digital Quality of Life. Government-sponsored hackathons. VavaCars raises Series B and plans to expand in Pakistan. Building a community of 100,000 entrepreneurs. IT exports reach $635 million. NRD Capital is set to open an office in Pakistan. Easypaisa takes another step towards digitization. Digital payments continue to grow. Will things slow down for the startup ecosystem in 2022?