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a16z says “WeBack” to WeWork’s Neumann with its biggest check ever

The VC firm's investment gives Adam Neumann's company, Flow, a unicorn valuation before it has started operating

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Announcing the first tranche of Startup Battlefield judges

The Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt on October 18–20 is set to be our most epic yet. This year’s competitors, selected from our...

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Investors prepare for a founder downturn. Or influx. Wait, what?

There are two sides forming in early-stage venture capital: the investors who admit that talent has shifted and those who stand by deal flow that is...

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Digital marketplace Clutch closes $1.2M pre-seed round led by Precursor Ventures

Clutch hails itself as one of the earliest people-first creator economy platforms to connect individuals to businesses looking for marketing/content...

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Getting acquired is a legitimate strategy for building your business

While the IPO is characterized as the pinnacle for venture-backed startups, far more companies see successful exits via an M&A process than by...

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Will once-bootstrapped startups turn to venture during a watershed moment?

As venture starts to be more interested in the stable fundamentals of the startup bunch, is it the bootstrapper's time to swing big?

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Fundraising in turbulent markets: Why we moved up our Series B

While it is important to get input from trusted sources, you must ultimately decide when to raise capital based on available data and your instincts...

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Fintech Guava raises $2.4M to provide banking services to Black small-business owners

Founded last year, Guava aims to reduce the racial wealth gap by providing financial services to Black small businesses.

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Cash is nice — as an option

Contactless payments are here to stay. In countries like the U.S., ATM withdrawal fees can make cash-only transactions painful when that's the...

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Growth cheat code: Use fractional hiring to stay on plan when cutting costs

The coming years will see a contractor-first strategy become even more prevalent, and small companies will have an opportunity to employ this...

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As Coinbase falters, Binance.US is waiting in the wings

The US retail crypto market is up for grabs. Binance.US CEO and ex-Uber exec Brian Shroder thinks his exchange can win the race

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What can Black VCs and founders expect in H2 2022?

There are billions of dollars to invest, so all that's needed is to put more of that capital to work in the businesses of minority founders.

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London fails to retain Atlassian as it heads Stateside in search of a ‘broader set’ of investors

Despite multiple overtures by the British government to woo tech companies and keep the largest ones from defecting to the US, the latest example of...

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Roe reversal weighs heavily on emerging tech cities in red states

The recent increase in conservative legislation and political division could affect the tech landscape, deterring workers from migrating to these...

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The art of the pivot: Work closely with investors to improve your odds

Since early-stage companies have limited time and money, it's essential to work closely with investors and other stakeholders early when...

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Ring ring ring ring Solanaphone

Welcome back to Chain Reaction. Last week, we talked about the NFT community being down bad but still down to party. This week, we’re looking...

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CIBC Innovation Banking comes in with new $1.5B venture financing to fill VC gap

CIBC's Mark McQueen says the bank's non-dilutive capital can be "unicorn fuel" as startups wait for VC funding spigot to flow...

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These four iconic European founders plan to kick the asses of VCs who never started a company

Today’s launch of a new project is a tantalizing glimpse of a new wave of European VC, founded and run by former tech startup “operators.”

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Proptech still has fundamental problems for entrepreneurs to solve

Proptech has made our lives easier with innovations like smart homes, AirBnB, and the ability to shop for and secure a mortgage from our phones. But...

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Black Gen Z VCs are here and swinging for the fences

Black Gen Zers are already starting their paths toward becoming top industry leaders — and creating opportunities to help sustain their success.

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Launch Africa, the VC firm that has backed over 100 startups, closes first fund at $36.3M

Pan-African venture capital fund Launch Africa Ventures today is announcing the close of its $36.3 million fund, which it has primarily used to...

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VCs flock to TikTok to reach the next generation of founders and investors

The next generation of investors, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders are all in one place right now: TikTok.

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5 great reasons to attend TC Sessions: Climate next week

Honestly, there are a lot more than five great reasons, but you’re all busy, so we’re going to cut to the proverbial chase. And these five...

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Black Founders Matter presses VCs to pledge commitment to diversity

Black Founders Matter announced today the formation of the 25 by 25 Pledge, which encourages venture capitalists to commit to investing a quarter of...

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Athleisure icon Ty Haney raises $9.8M in fresh funding for her blockchain rewards startup

The Outdoor Voices founder's latest venture, Try Your Best, helps consumer brands engage customers through crypto-based perks

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Zinc heads towards new $41M tech-for-good fund to back pre-team talent solving big problems

So-called “tech for good” accelerators addressing such worthy-sounding subjects as ESGs and SDGs have appeared in the last few years. Some...

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Dear Sophie: Does International Entrepreneur Parole have any advantages over an O-1 visa?

Are there any advantages to International Entrepreneur Parole over an O-1 visa? IEP seems to require $250k in institutional backing — so getting an...

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Kim Kardashian lends her taste buds to Beyond Meat as first chief taste consultant

She will also be featured in a new campaign touting her recipes for using Beyond Meat and other creative content.

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