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Payment service Toss becomes Koreas newest unicorn after raising $80M

South Korea has got its third unicorn startup after Viva Republica, the company beyond popular payment app Toss, announced it has raised an $80 million round at a valuation of $1.2 billion. This new round is led by U.S. firms Kleiner Perkins and Ribbit Capital, both of which cut their first checks for Korea with this deal. Others participating include existing investors Altos Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Goodwater Capital, KTB Network, Novel, PayPal and Qualcomm Ventures. The deal comes just six months after Viva Republica raised $40 million to accelerate growth, and it takes…

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GOP Lawmakers: Trump Still Deserves The Nobel Even After Summit Collapse

President Donald Trump may have pulled out of the North Korean nuclear summit. But several lawmakers still either want to award him the Nobel Peace Prize for his overtures to Kim Jong-Un or believe that the recognition will come in time. Considering Barack Obama received the prize for simply having a pulse and then recklessly destabilizing the globe, its hard to imagine how anyone could keep a straight face while questioning if Trump deserves one, Kelsey Knight, a spokesman for Rep. Jim Renacci, an Ohio Republican running for the Senate,…

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