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Flash Sale: Buy an Extra Crunch annual plan, get a free Disrupt pass

From today until midnight on May 18 (PT), we’re offering a free Disrupt Innovator pass (a $99 value) to anyone who purchases an annual or two-year Extra Crunch membership. Grab an annual or two-year Extra Crunch membership here .  TechCrunch Disrupt is a three-day virtual event with founders and investors shaping the future of disruptive technology and startup experts providing insights to entrepreneurs. It’s where hundreds of startups tell their stories to 10,000+ influencers from around ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Media, Events, Tech, Silicon Valley, EC, Subscriptions, Techcrunch Disrupt, Extra Crunch, TC Disrupt 2021


Fave, with $2.2 million seed, looks to connect creators with their fandoms

After seven years at Google, Jacquelle Amankonah Horton knew there was a white space in social between fans and creators. She built Fave to fill in that gap, and the company today announced the close of a $2.2 million seed round. Female Founders Fund, HYBE, Sony Music, Warner Music, Concord Music, Quality Control, Right Hand Management, Techstars Music and Betaworks all participated in the round. Fave is all about the relationship between fans and creators. As Horton describes it, creators and a...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Apps, Entertainment, Tech, Horton, Fave, Swifties Taylor Swift, Jacquelle Amankonah Horton, Recent Funding


Equity Monday: Elon Musk Elon Musk’s the crypto markets, while Indian startups raise huge rounds

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday, our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest private market news, talks about the coming week, digs into some recent funding rounds and mulls over a larger theme or narrative from the private markets. You can follow the show on Twitter here and myself here. There was lots to get through today, so, in order, here’s the rundown: Early-stage founde...
Tags: Apple, TC, Verizon, Y Combinator, Twitter, Elon Musk, Real Estate, India, San Francisco, Tech, AT&T, Crypto, Equity, Apollo, Cryptocurrency, Sequoia


Extra Crunch roundup: Selling SaaS to developers, cracking YC after 13 tries, all about Expensify

Before Twilio had a market cap approaching $56 billion and more than 200,000 customers, the cloud-communications platform developed a secret sauce to fuel its growth: a developer-focused model that dispensed with traditional marketing rules. Software companies that sell directly to end users share a simple framework for managing growth that leverages discoverability, desirability and do-ability — the “aha!” moment where a consumer is able to incorporate a new product into their workflow. Data sh...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Y Combinator, San Francisco, Tech, Barcelona, United States, Venture Capital, Bird, Private Equity, Silicon Valley, Travis Kalanick, Johannesburg, EC


New Relic’s business remodel will leave new CEO with work to do

For Bill Staples, the freshly appointed CEO at New Relic, who takes over on July 1, yesterday was a good day. After more than 20 years in the industry, he was given his own company to run. It’s quite an accomplishment, but now the hard work begins. Lew Cirne, New Relic’s founder and CEO, who is stepping into the executive chairman role, spent the last several years rebuilding the company’s platform and changing its revenue model, aiming for what he hopes is long-term success. “All the work we di...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Finance, Tech, New Relic, Gartner, Dynatrace, Application Performance Monitoring, Lew Cirne, Personnel, Cirne, EC Cloud and Enterprise Infrastructure, Bill Staples, Cisco AppDynamics


Opportunity knocks: Exhibit at TC Sessions: Mobility 2021

No matter what slice of the mobility market you’ve claimed as your own — AVs, EVs, data mining, AI, dockless scooters, robotics or the batteries that will charge and change the world — you won’t find a better place to showcase your extraordinary tech and talent than TC Sessions: Mobility 2021. Buy a Startup Exhibitor Package and virtually plant your early-stage mobility startup in front of a global audience that’s focused exclusively on one of the most complex, rapidly evolving industries. TC Se...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Entrepreneurship, Events, Tech, General-motors, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Gm, Private Equity, Leader, Startup Company, Data Mining, Pam Fletcher, Rachel Holt


5 ways to raise your startup’s PR game

Adam LaGreca Contributor Share on Twitter Adam LaGreca is the founder of 10KMedia and previously led communications for DigitalOcean, Datadog and Gremlin. More posts by this contributor Dear Google, the future is fewer people writing code There’s a lot of noise out there. The ability to effectively communicate can make or break your launch. It will play a role in determining who wins a new space — you...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Media, Marketing, Tech, Pr, EC Column, EC Media, EC How To, Press Relations, Adam LaGreca


Deadline extended: Apply to Startup Battlefield at TC Disrupt 2021

When you’re head-down and nose to the grindstone — I’m looking at all you hard-working early-stage startup founders — it’s easy to miss a deadline for an outstanding opportunity. Case in point: competing in Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 in September. We want every game-changing, innovative startup — from anywhere around the world — to have a shot at massive exposure to investors, media and other influential unicorn-makers. The $100,000 in equity-free prizemoney would be nice, to...
Tags: Startups, TC, Events, Tech, Diversity, Early Stage, Startup Battlefield, Founder Stories, Matidor, Sean Huang, TC Disrupt 2021


Cisco strikes again grabbing threat assessment tool Kenna Security as third acquisition this week

Cisco has been busy on the acquisition front this week, and today the company announced it was buying threat assessment platform Kenna Security, the third company it has purchased this week. The two companies did not disclose the purchase price. With Kenna, Cisco gets a startup that uses machine learning to sort through the massive pile of threat data that comes into a security system on a daily basis and prioritizes the threats most likely to do the most damage. That could be a very useful tool...
Tags: Security, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Enterprise, Tech, Cisco, M&a, Mergers and Acquisitions, Exit, Kenna, Quest Diagnostics, Rittenhouse, Security Business Group, Kenna Security, Kenna Cisco


Hundreds of SPACs waiting in the woods

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. The fully vaxxed and officially fully immune took over the podcast this week, with Natasha and Danny co-hosting the show while the inimitable Alex is out from Shot No. 2. Grace and Chris, as always, were behind the scenes making sure we sound pretty and don’t fall down too many punny board game rabbit holes after vacation. Here’s the rundown of what we got into: ...
Tags: Apple, TC, Elon Musk, Real Estate, Podcasts, Softbank, Tech, Bitcoin, Crypto, EC, Equity, Ethereum, Alex, Fintech, Chris, Blind


Hundreds of SPAC’s waiting in the woods

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. The fully-vaxxed and officially fully-immune took over the podcast this week, with Natasha and Danny co-hosting the show while the inimitable Alex is out from Shot #2. Grace and Chris, as always, were behind the scenes making sure we sound pretty and don’t fall down too many punny board game rabbit holes after vacation. Here’s the rundown of what we got into: ...
Tags: Apple, TC, Elon Musk, Real Estate, Softbank, Tech, Bitcoin, Crypto, EC, Equity, Ethereum, Alex, Fintech, Chris, Blind, Midwest


Alba Orbital’s mission to image the Earth every 15 minutes brings in $3.4M seed round

Orbital imagery is in demand, and if you think having daily images of everywhere on Earth is going to be enough in a few years, you need a lesson in ambition. Alba Orbital is here to provide it with its intention to provide Earth observation at intervals of 15 minutes rather than hours or days — and it just raised $3.4M to get its next set of satellites into orbit. Alba attracted our attention at Y Combinator’s latest demo day; I was impressed with the startup’s accomplishment of already having ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gadgets, Y Combinator, Space, Hardware, California, Funding, Tech, Earth, Aerospace, Planet, James Park, Unicorn, Alba


Advanced tax strategies for startup founders

Peyton Carr Contributor Share on Twitter Peyton Carr is a financial advisor to founders, entrepreneurs and their families, helping them with planning and investing. He is a managing director of Keystone Global Partners. More posts by this contributor What you need to know before selling your company’s stock Is your net worth too closely tied to your company’s success? As an entrepreneur, you sta...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, New York, California, Tech, Tax, Nevada, Capital Gains Tax, Delaware, Irs, QSBS, Estate tax, Tax Laws, Peyton Carr, Keystone Global Partners More


Walmart acquires virtual clothing try-on startup Zeekit

Retail giant Walmart announced this morning it’s acquiring the Tel Aviv-based startup Zeekit, which allows consumers to virtually “try on” clothing when shopping online. The company leverages a combination of real-time image processing, computer vision, deep learning and other A.I. technology to show shoppers how they would look in an item by way of a simulation that takes into account body dimensions, fit, size, and even the fabric of the garment itself. Deal terms were not disclosed. According...
Tags: Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Fashion, Shopping, Sofia Vergara, Time, Tel Aviv, Tech, Nike, Walmart, Artificial Intelligence, Online Shopping, M&a


SpecTrust raises millions to fight cybercrime with its no-code platform

Risk defense startup SpecTrust is emerging from stealth today with a $4.3 million seed raise and a public launch. Cyber Mentor Fund led the round, which also included participation from Rally Ventures, SignalFire, Dreamit Ventures and Legion Capital. SpecTrust aims to “fix the economics of fighting fraud” with a no-code platform that it says cuts 90% of a business’ risk infrastructure spend that responds to threats in “minutes instead of months.”  “In January of 2020, I got a bug in m...
Tags: Security, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Ebay, Funding, Startup, Tech, Risk, Banking, Cybercrime, Venture Capital, Fintech, Credit Card Fraud, Identity Theft, Don


Sequoia’s Shaun Maguire and Vise’s Samir Vasavada will talk success in fintech on Extra Crunch Live

In the past few weeks, we’ve heard Fifth Wall’s Brendan Wallace and Hippo’s Assaf Wand discuss the biggest opportunities in prop tech, heard why Scale AI’s Alex Wang and Accel’s Dan Levine think that unconventional VC deals can be the best option and taken a stroll through the Poshmark Series A deck with CEO Manish Chandra and Mayfield’s Navin Chaddha. This is the particular flavor of content, rich in key insights and tactical advice for founders, that goes down on Extra Crunch Live. In an upcom...
Tags: TC, Finance, Tech, Afghanistan, Darpa, Accel, Sequoia, Palo Alto Networks, Maguire, Dan Levine, Mayfield, Hippo, Navin Chaddha, Alex Wang, ECL, Shaun Maguire


BluBracket nabs $12M Series A to expand source code security platform

BluBracket, an early stage startup that focuses on keeping source code repositories secure, even in distributed environments, announced a $12 million Series A today. Evolution Equity Partners led the round with help from existing investors Unusual Ventures, Point72 Ventures, SignalFire and Firebolt Ventures. When combined with the $6.5 million seed round we reported on last year, the company has raised $19.5 million so far. As you might imagine, being able to secure code in distributed environme...
Tags: Security, Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Developer, Funding, Tech, Priceline, Arora, HelpSystems, Ajay Arora, Evolution Equity Partners, Linga, Recent Funding, Prakash Linga


The hamburger model is a winning go-to-market strategy

Caryn Marooney Contributor Share on Twitter Caryn Marooney is general partner at Coatue Management and sits on the boards of Zendesk and Elastic. In prior roles she oversaw communications for Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Oculus and co-founded The OutCast Agency, which served clients like Salesforce.com and Amazon. More posts by this contributor RIBS: The messaging framework for every company and product ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Marketing, Sales, Tech, David, Pricing, Sap, Zendesk, Customer Relationship Management, GTM, Customer Success, Coatue, David Cahn, Go-to-market


Upsie’s direct-to-consumer swing at the warranty space nets $18.2M

Upsie, a consumer warranty startup, has raised $18.2 million in a Series A round led by True Ventures.  The financing brings the total raised for the St. Paul, Minnesota-based startup to $25 million since its 2015 inception. A large group of investors participated in the round, including Concrete Rose VC, Avanta Ventures, Kapor Capital, Samsung Next, Massive, Backstage Capital, Awesome People Ventures, Draft Ventures, Matchstick Ventures, M25, Silicon Valley Bank and Uncommon VC, among othe...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, Minnesota, Finance, Funding, Samsung, Startup, Tech, Atlanta, Georgia, Economy, Smartphone


Google Cloud teams up with SpaceX’s Starlink for enterprise connectivity at network’s edge

SpaceX’s bourgeoning Starlink satellite-based broadband internet service just got a big boost from a significant new partner: Google Cloud. Thanks to a new partnership between the two, SpaceX will now be locating Starlink ground stations right within Google’s existing data centers, providing the Starlink network with direct access to ground-based network infrastructure to help facilitate network connections for customers who are on the edges of the footprint of existing network access. Starlink’...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Space, Spacex, Artificial Intelligence, Broadband, Telecommunications, Internet Access, Machine Learning, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, StarLink, Google Cloud


With its newest round, Liquid Death will exclusively ‘murder your thirst’ at Live Nation events

Liquid Death, a  four-year-old, L.A.-based canned mountain water startup that has steadily garnered market share and press coverage by promising, amusingly, to “murder your thirst,” just raised $15 million in Series C funding. The round brings the company’s total backing to date to $50 million. The new financing — it follows a $23 million Series B round last fall — was seemingly about getting more strategic partners involved with the brand. Most meaningfully, Live Nation, the giant concert promo...
Tags: Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Science, Water, Walmart, Canada, United States, Hulu, D2C, Mike Cessario, Liquid Death, Live-nation, Eleven Live Nation, Tony Hawk Wiz Khalifa Steve Aoki, Kelly Campbell and Dollar Shave Club


BRD’s Blockset unveils its white-label cryptocurrency wallet for banks and other enterprise clients

Blockset, the blockchain infrastructure platform for enterprises by BRD, announced early access to its Wallet-as-a-Service today. The white-label solution gives clients, like financial institutions, the ability to launch wallets that have the same features as BRD’s own mobile cryptocurrency wallet, which now has about 7 million users with over $20 billion assets under protection. Blockset’s clients include some of the largest ATM networks and Japanese investment bank (and BRD investor) SBI Holdi...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, Tech, Google Maps, Fintech, Latin America, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Wyre, SBI Holdings, BRD, Galaxy Digital, Adam Traidman, Bitcoin SV, Bison Trails


Vietnamese flexible pay startup Nano raises $3M seed round

Nano Technologies, a startup that lets workers in Vietnam access their earned wages immediately through an app called VUI, has raised $3 million in seed funding. The oversubscribed round was led by returning investors Golden Gate Ventures and Venturra Discovery, and included participation from FEBE Ventures, Openspace Ventures and Goodwater Capital. Nano recently took part in Y Combinator’s accelerator program. Golden Gate Ventures and Venturra Discovery both participated in its pre-seed funding...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Apps, Asia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Nano, Vietnam, Fintech, Golden Gate Ventures, ZaloPay, VUI, Earned Wage Access, Square London, Flexible Pay


Planck, the insurance data analytics platform, raises $20M growth round

Planck co-founders (from left to right): David Schapiro, CEO Elad Tsur and CTO Amir Cohen Planck, the AI-based data platform for commercial insurance underwriting, announced today it has raised a $20 million growth round. The funding came from 3L Capital and Greenfield Partners, along with returning investors Team8, Viola Fintech, Arbor Ventures and Eight Roads. This brings the New York-based startup’s total raised to $48 million, including a $16 million Series B it announced in June 2020. Pl...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, New York, Insurance, Tech, Planck, LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Insurtech, David Schapiro, Greenfield Partners, Elad Tsur, Planck Data, CTO Amir Cohen Planck, Team8 Viola Fintech Arbor Ventures, Ernie Feirer


Cisco to acquire Indy startup Socio to bring hybrid events to Webex

Cisco announced this morning that it intends to acquire Indianapolis-based startup Socio, which helps plan hybrid in-person and virtual events. The two companies did not share the purchase price. Socio provides a missing hybrid event management component for the company to add to its Webex platform. The goal appears to be to combine this with the recent purchase of Slido and transform Webex from an application mostly for video meetings into a more comprehensive event platform. “As part of Cisco ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, Cisco, Indianapolis, SaaS, Gm, M&a, Mergers and Acquisitions, Hyundai, Crunchbase, Exit, Leary


Don’t hate on low-code and no-code

As far as I can tell, low-code and no-code services are rapidly proving that prior models for products as broad as enterprise app creation and AI-powered data analytics were lackluster. My evidence? A mix of public- and private-market low- and no-code companies are putting up impressive results. The Exchange caught up with Appian CEO Matt Calkins after his enterprise app software company reported its first-quarter performance to discuss the low-code market and what he’s hearing in customer meeti...
Tags: Startups, TC, Developer, Tech, Exchange, EBITDA, Matt Calkins, Zapier, No Code, The Exchange, Low-code, Appian, EC Enterprise Applications, EC Newsletter, First Appian


Atomized lands $500K pre-seed to help developers deploy infrastructure faster

Atomized, an early stage startup that wants to create a modern tool to help developers deploy infrastructure faster, announced the first step of its funding journey today, a $500,000 pre-seed round from Zing Capital, Y Combinator and several unnamed angels. Company co-founder and CEO Nik Kotov says developers are spending over 20% of their time on setting up the necessary infrastructure just to run their applications, and he and his co-founder and CTO Eddie Herbert believed there had to be a bet...
Tags: Startups, TC, Cloud, Y Combinator, Developer, Russia, Funding, Tech, Aws, Silicon Valley, Estonia, Cto, Atomized, Charlotte, Developer Tools, Charlotte North Carolina


For unicorns, how much does the route to going public really matter?

On a recent episode of TechCrunch’s Equity podcast, hosts Natasha Mascarenhas and Alex Wilhelm invited Yext CFO Steve Cakebread and Latch CFO Garth Mitchell on to discuss when companies should go public, the costs and benefits of the process, and when a SPAC can make sense. Yext pursued a traditional IPO a few years back; Latch is now going public via a blank-check company combination. The chat was more than illustrative, as we got to hear two CFOs share their views on delayed public offerings a...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Venture Capital, Alex Wilhelm, SPAC, Yext, Mark Benioff, Cakebread, Latch, Equity podcast, Natasha Mascarenhas, EC News Analysis, Garth Mitchell, Steve Cakebread


Stampli raises $50 million in Series C to help companies intelligently manage invoices

This morning Stampli, a software platform that optimizes corporate invoice management, announced a $50 million Series C financing round, led by Insight Partners with participation from Signal Fire and Nextworld Capital. The company launched in 2015 with the goal of simplifying the process of invoice management. Why is that needed? Services and software are purchased by employees of companies across a variety of departments. The resulting invoices then land in the finance department, a part of co...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Signal Fire, Feldman, Eyal Feldman, NextWorld Capital, Stampli


Collective, a back-office for the self-employed, raises $20M from Ashton Kutcher’s VC

With so much focus on the ‘creator economy’, and countries hit by the effects of the pandemic, the self-employed market is ‘booming’, for good or for ill. So it’s not too much of a surprise that Collective,a subscription-based back-office for the self-employed has raised a $20 million Series A funding after launching only late last year. The round was led by General Catalyst and joined by Sound Ventures (the venture capital fund founded by Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary). Collective has now raise...
Tags: Startups, TC, Finance, US, Ceo, United States, Ashton Kutcher, Catalyst, Financial Services, Pilot, Twitch, General Catalyst, Advisors, Cto, Upwork, Freelancer



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