Ascend raises $5.5M to provide a BNPL option for commercial insurance

Ascend

Ascend on Wednesday announced a $5.5 million seed round to further its insurance payments platform that combines financing, collections and payables.

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Virtual meeting platform Vowel raises $13.5M, aims to cure meeting fatigue

Vowel

Meetings are an inevitable part of the work day, but as workplaces became more distributed over the past 18 months, Vowel CEO Andy Berman says we are steadily moving toward “death by meeting.” His virtual meeting platform is the latest to receive venture capital funding — $13.5 million — with the goal of making meetings more useful before, during and after.

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