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Founders, whales and the sea change in the entrepreneurial energy

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On Deck lays off a third of staff after cutting a quarter just months prior

While the accelerator may have needed to scale back, On Deck did tease a return to its founder-focused roots.

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Tech’s riskiest founders are getting a $650 million bet from Redpoint Ventures

Redpoint Ventures MD Annie Kadavy thinks there will be fewer companies started in the next year than there were in the last two.

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Seedstars launches second fund to invest in 100 startups in emerging markets

Since its launch nine years ago, Seedstars has invested in 81 companies in over 30 emerging countries. Now it’s set a goal of investing in 100 more...

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Announcing the startups pitching onstage at TC Sessions: Robotics 2022

TechCrunch is thrilled to announce the four companies pitching in person and onstage at TC Sessions Robotics 2022. These four startups stood out from...

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OK, don’t fear: the long shots are still getting venture funding

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This is our...

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So. Many. New. Venture. Funds.

Further proving that venture investors have more dry powder than ever before, this week started with a flurry of venture capital fund close...

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This company just raised millions to make tech layoffs more humane

The broader goal of Continuum also hinges on early-stage startups getting more comfortable with the idea of part-time executives.

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Y Combinator announces Launch YC, a way for its portfolio to shout to the public

Y Combinator offering a way for startups to make a bit more noise might make the implied equity cost of its program more attractive.

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Coalition wants to make more women operators and investors at the same damn time

Coalitiona, a fund and operator network designed to increase diversity on cap tables, has been on the market for six months and invested in a dozen...

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I’m not too worried about recommending another (few) tech podcasts

Welcome to Startups Weekly, a fresh human-first take on this week’s startup news and trends. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. I’m...

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Ivella is the latest fintech focused on couples banking, with a twist

Ivella will focus on products to support couples at any stage of their relationship, including joint accounts, credit products and joint investment...

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This is not (just) another roundup of tech layoffs

After a month that saw nearly 16,000 tech workers lose their jobs, June is off to a similar tumultuous start.

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a16z-backed Loom lays off 14% of staff, one year after becoming a unicorn

Loom, an enterprise video messaging tool, laid off 14% of its staff to 'move forward sustainably'

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Announcing the startups pitching at the TC City Spotlight: Columbus pitch-off

Today, TechCrunch is virtually hosting TC City Spotlight: Columbus — an event shining a spotlight on the innovation, investment and...

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How investors are playing offense right now (their words, our two cents)

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This is our...

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Precursor Ventures’ first hire just spun out to start her own venture firm

Sydney Thomas, the first hire at Precursor Ventures, a seed and early-stage focused fund that backs first-time founders, is starting her own venture...

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Felt’s $15 million chance to prove that maps are the next big medium

Felt allows users to build a map with datasets integrated into it, and work with each other to showcase impact in a less static way than a Google...

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Footnotes on Sequoia’s startup memo

Startups Weekly: a founder Heart to Heart, pitch decks and low-key, maybe high-key, deals

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We think founders need a quick Heart to Heart about the market

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This is our...

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It’s not business as usual (and investors are admitting it)

“You can often pick up significant market share in an economic downturn by just staying alive,” top startup accelerator Y Combinator wrote in an...

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Everyone is drafting their own startup Black Swan memo

Welcome to Startups Weekly, a fresh, human-first take on this week’s startup news and trends. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. “You can...

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A round, acquisition and revenue later, Bravado’s sales network wants you to know it’s #growing

Sahil Mansuri, a sales guy, doesn’t want his industry to be defined by sales guys. The founder began Bravado in 2017 to see what happens when you...

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Kolkata Chai’s next cup includes a taste of venture funding

Co-founded by brothers Ani and Ayan Sanyal, Kolkata Chai wants to be “the place to get good chai” in the United States. It’s a big market. The...

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How close are we to understanding what’s going on?

The end of iPod, a time to reflect on technology trends, and #justdownturnthings.

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Tech layoffs don’t happen to companies, they happen to people

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This is our...

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Modern Fertility co-founder leaves Ro a year after acquisition

Modern Fertility co-founder Afton Vechery is leaving healthcare unicorn Ro about a year after her company, built alongside co-founder Carly Leahy,...

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The Great Resignation, meet the Great Reset

So. Many. Tech. Layoffs.

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