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Affirm, Airbnb, C3.ai, Roblox, Wish file for tech IPO finale of 2020

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. The wait was long but this week the time was right: Airbnb finally filed its S-1 and so did Affirm, C3.ai, Roblox, and Wish. We are likely to see these five price on public markets before the end of an already superlative year for tech IPOs. The ongoing pandemic and political turmoil were not scary enough, apparently. This coming decade, you have to t...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Utah, New York, Obama, White House, Ipo, US, America, San Francisco, Tech, Joe Biden, Italy, Tencent, SEC


All IPOs should be paid for in Robux

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is an all-time first for the show, it’s an Equity Leftovers. Which means that we’re not focusing on a single topic like we would in an Equity Shot. This is just, well, more Equity. Danny and I and Chris got together to chat about a few things that we could not leave out: Our piece looking at which venture capital firms are expected to make t...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Tech, Robinhood, Wish, Chris, Doordash, Danny, Roblox, Robux, Equity podcast


Extra Crunch roundup: A fistful of IPOs, Affirm’s Peloton problem, Zoom Apps and more

DoorDash, Affirm, Roblox, Airbnb, C3.ai and Wish all filed to go public in recent days, which means some venture capitalists are having the best week of their lives. Tech companies that go public capture our imagination because they are literal happy endings. An Initial Public Offering is the promised land for startup pilgrims who may wander the desert for years seeking product-market fit. After all, the “I” in “ISO” stands for “incentive.” A flurry of new S-1s in a single week forced me to r...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gaming, Entrepreneurship, China, Ipo, India, San Francisco, Tech, ISO, NewCo, Alibaba, Venture Capital, Airbnb, Autodesk


Fintech unicorn Affirm has a lot of eggs in one basket

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week wound being incredibly busy. What else would a week that included both the Airbnb and Affirm IPO filings, a host of mega-rounds for new unicorns, some fascinating smaller funding events, and some new funds? So we had a lot to get through, but with Chris and Danny and Natasha and your humble servant, we dove in headfirst: Affirm has file...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Tech, Tencent, Equity, Robinhood, Chris, Danny, Natasha, Equity podcast


As COVID surges, what can data tell us about Airbnb’s recovery?

This is The TechCrunch Exchange, a newsletter that goes out on Saturdays, based on the column of the same name. You can sign up for the email here. DoorDash filed to go public on Friday, meaning we’ll have at least one more unicorn IPO before 2020 comes to a close. For a high-level look at its numbers, I wrote this, Danny covered who will profit from the deal, and I noodled on the impact of COVID-19 on its business. I bring all that up because there is another COVID-19 impacted unicorn that we a...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, US, Tech, Paypal, United States, Cambridge, Airbnb, Anderson, Udemy, U K, GAAP, Danny, Mark Anderson, ARR


DoorDash IPO bets that the pandemic has accelerated change

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. DoorDash has become the go-to delivery choice for millions of people cooped up during the pandemic this year. Now it has filed an S-1, revealing its financials as it nears a long-intended IPO. These innards show an exciting business — and a larger story about how the year is going for tech companies in general. When the company filed initial public of...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Spotify, California, China, Singapore, Softbank, Tech, Paypal, Nasa, Beijing, Tencent, Pfizer, EC, Biden


Th O’s r ptinal, th dllrs r mndtry

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. The full Equity crew was on hand to debate the current venture capital market, curious about how risk-on, or risk-off things really are today. Danny, Natasha and I framed the conversation around a number of news items from the week, including: Wrkfrce has launched, and we wanted to chat more about the future of niche media, bringing The Juggernau...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Spotify, Softbank, Tech, Danny, Natasha, Chris Gates, Danny Natasha, Wrkfrce, DoorDash Airbnb


The gig economy, cannabis and car data are tech-election winners in 2020

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. The US is settling in for some new form of national gridlock, but state and local propositions are busy defining how technology businesses will be allowed to work (legally) in the US. Policies on topics as broad as customer usage and employment or as narrow as a drug chemical got the vote across the country. The results provide a blueprint for what yo...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Facebook, Lyft, Uber, Florida, UK, California, China, Massachusetts, US, Tech, Cnn, United States, SEC


Fortnite is actually a SaaS company

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. What a week from us here in the United States, where the election is still being tabulated and precisely zero people are stressed at all. But, no matter what, the wheels of Equity spin on and so Danny and Natasha and Alex and Chris got together once again to chat all things startups and venture capital. Up top there was breaking news aplenty, i...
Tags: Apple, TC, US, Tech, United States, Venture Capital, Airbnb, Plaid, Alex, Chris, Danny, Natasha, Maricopa County, Precursor Ventures, Equity podcast, Plaid Visa


The 2020s promise better tech solutions to humanity’s biggest problems

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. Let’s think beyond Monday, for a minute, to the trends playing out in technology this coming decade. While humanity’s problems have never been greater, our tools have never been better. Here’s more, from Danny Crichton: The 2010s were all about executing on the dreams of mobile, cloud, and basic data. Those ideas had historical antecedents going back ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Facebook, Youtube, Root, America, Tech, Paypal, Yale, Alex, Tim Kendall, Alex Wilhelm, Danny, Natasha, LTV


Tech optimism…in this economy?

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. A few notes before we get into this. One, we have a bonus episode coming this Saturday focused on this week’s earnings reports. And, second, we did not record video this week. So, if you like watching the show on YouTube, this is not the week for that! Right, here’s what Natasha, Danny, and your humble servant got into this week: The huge COVID-r...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Youtube, America, Tech, Vista, Equity, Plaid, Danny, Natasha, Equity podcast, Yuanfudao, Natasha Danny, The Wanderlust Group, R2c


Was Quibi the good kind of startup failure?

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. Startup failure is easy to hold up as a type of martyrdom for progress, especially if the founders are starting out scrappy in the first place and trying to save the world. But heroic narrative gets complicated when the startup failure involves the biggest names in entertainment, dubious product decisions, and well over $1 billion in losses in an alre...
Tags: Startups, TC, MetroMile, Twitter, US, Tech, Netflix, United States, Alibaba, Switzerland, Ohio, EC, Tim Weller, Alex, Datto, Zurich


Quibi’s shortform life

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Myself, along with Danny and Natasha had a lot to get through, and more to say than expected. A big thanks to Chris for cutting the show down to size. Now, what did we get to? Aside from a little of everything, we ran through: The fall of Quibi, and who lost money in the mix. TechCrunch has a bit more on the video service’s downfall here. The Net...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Snapchat, Netflix, Chris, Danny, Natasha, Equity podcast, Quibi, Quibi Netflix


Equity Shot: The DoJ, Google and what the suit could mean for startups

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture-capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. It’s a big day in tech because the U.S. federal government is going after Google on anti-competitive grounds. Sure, the timing appears crassly political and the case is not picking up huge plaudits thus far for its air-tightness, but that doesn’t mean we can ignore it. So Danny and I got on the horn to chat it up for about 10 minutes to fill you in. For reference...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Government, Tech, Department Of Justice, Danny, Equity podcast, DOJ Google


Solve the ‘dead equity’ problem with a longer founder vesting schedule

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. The four-year vesting schedule that the typical startup uses today is a problem waiting to happen. If one founder ends up quitting a year or two before the last cliff, they still own a large share of the cap table through many rounds to come. The departing founder might consider that fair, but the remaining founder(s) are the ones adding on the additi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Youtube, Nigeria, Tech, Portugal, Brazil, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, EC, FirstMark Capital, Alex, Firstmark, Khosla


When was the last time you worked out your soul?

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. The whole crew was back today, with Natasha and Danny and I gathered to parse over what was really a blast of news. Lots of startups are raising. Lots of VCs are raising. And some unicorns are shooting to go public. It’s a lot to get through, but we’re here to catch you up. Here’s what we got into: A Media Roundup: The Juggernaut raised $2 millio...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Tech, Airbnb, Khosla, Khosla Ventures, Calm, Danny, Natasha, Equity podcast, The Juggernaut, Terri Burns


Public investors stay in love with tech, as Root and Affirm file to IPO

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. Why are there so many tech IPOs right now? Startups are finding that they can get higher valuations from public markets than private ones these days, because so many public investors want to put serious money in tech. Also, the lure of the future, the benevolence of the Fed, the retail investor boom, the sheer number of unicorns that have been waiting...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Startups, TC, Facebook, India, San Francisco, Tech, ExxonMobil, Paypal, Amsterdam, Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, Airbnb, EC


No-code is the new blockchain

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week Natasha was on vacation, so Danny and your humble servant had to endeavour alone. She’s back next week, so we’ll be back to full strength as a collective soon enough. But even with a depleted hosting crew, we had a mountain of news to get through. And to joke about, as Danny was in the mood for a laugh. Here’s the rundown: Reddit Co-fou...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Root, Tech, Alexis Ohanian, Airbnb, Firstmark, Danny, Natasha, Reddit Co, Ohanian, Equity podcast, Zira, Unqork, FirstMark SPAC


Digging into the next wave of tech IPOs

After taking five consecutive business days off from my work laptop — and to shout at my personal laptop while losing games on Dominion online — I am back. I missed you. And while The Exchange’s regular columns were off this week (Friday aside, which you can read here), there’s still a hell of a lot to talk about. First, a new website. If you click here, you’ll be taken to a sortable list (spreadsheet? database?) of startups with Black founders. Dubbed The Black Founder List, it’s a great asset ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Uber, Apps, Europe, Texas, Russia, Tech, London Stock Exchange, Airbnb, Minecraft, Datto, Palantir, Lse, Black, Eileen Burbidge


Airbnb nears IPO as Asana and Palantir land their direct listings

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. The going has not always been easy but the tech IPOs keep coming. Airbnb itself is almost here, in what is likely to be the ultimate stock market listing of this dramatic year. After the pandemic triggered mass layoffs for the short-term rental marketplace, it has managed to make up all of the lost ground to pre-pandemic projections, TechCrunch and ot...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Startups, TC, Spotify, Milan, China, India, Softbank, US, Tech, Tesla, Spain, Barcelona, Rome


What if the kernel is corrupt?

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s VC-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week, Alex is on a much deserved vacation (but not from Twitter, it seems) so Danny Crichton and I chatted through the news and happenings of the week. Somehow we winded our way through the latest tech controversies, gave Chris Wallace a shout out, and ended with some funding rounds. I’ll be out next week so don’t miss me too much, but expect the entire E...
Tags: Apple, TC, Softbank, Tech, Abu Dhabi, Black Lives Matter, Equity, Alex, Coinbase, Silver Lake, Duolingo, Clubhouse, Chris Wallace, Danny, Luis Von Ahn, Danny Crichton


Is your startup the next TikTok?

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. And I don’t mean building an app that gets the world addicted to short-form videos. I mean, where you build a huge company that spans the world and then get turned into a political football. The Bytedance-owned app developer still appears headed for a shutdown in the US, after the already convoluted talks stalled out this past week. Each national gove...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Europe, London, China, Southeast Asia, India, US, Tech, Eu, European Union, West, EC


Is your startup the next Tik Tok?

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. And I don’t mean building an app that gets the world addicted to short-form videos. I mean, where you build a huge company that spans the world and then get turned into a political football. The Bytedance-owned app developer still appears headed for a shutdown in the US, after the already convoluted talks stalled out this past week. Each national gove...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Europe, London, China, Southeast Asia, India, US, Tech, Eu, European Union, West, EC


Why isn’t Robinhood a verb yet?

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s VC-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week Natasha Mascarenhas, Danny Crichton and your humble servant gathered to chat through a host of rounds and venture capital news for your enjoyment. As a programming note, I am off next week effectively, so look for Natasha to lead on Equity Monday and then both her and Danny to rock the Thursday show. I will miss everyone. But onto the show itself, he...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Tech, Venture Capital, Robinhood, Zoom, Willow, Danny, Natasha, Bon, Casey Newton, Chime, Equity podcast, Recent Funding, Natasha Mascarenhas Danny Crichton


Is the vaunted cloud acceleration falling flat?

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange , a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s broadly based on the daily column that appears on Extra Crunch , but free, and made for your weekend reading.  Ready? Let’s talk money, startups and spicy IPO rumors. Is the vaunted cloud acceleration falling flat? This week we’re taking a look at the bad side of the cloud software market. In case you were avoiding the news over the last week, tech and software stocks . Not much compared to t...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Tech, Bank Of America, Chicago, Fintech, Palantir, Bessemer, Danny, Natasha, Canaan, Brent Bellm, Mark Mader, Smartsheet, The Exchange, Pierre Naudé


Snowflake, Unity, JFrog move towards IPOs despite public market turmoil

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. Warren Buffet is eager to invest in a money-burning SaaS unicorn that is about to IPO. Despite recent tech stock declines and growing fears of US election turbulence, this is one reason that Snowflake is on track to be one of the biggest offerings of the year. And it is not the only company defying the pandemic and newer problems in order to get out o...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Startups, TC, Adobe, China, Ipo, US, Tech, Vienna, Poland, Belarus, Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, Silicon Valley, Houston


Warren Buffett invests in an unprofitable business

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. The whole crew was back, with Natasha Mascarenhas and Danny Crichton and myself chattering, and Chris Gates behind the scenes tweaking the dials as always. This week was a real team effort as we are heading into the maw of Disrupt — more here, see you there — but there was a lot of news all the same. So, here’s what we got to: AngelList is doubli...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Podcasts, Ipo, Tech, Venture Capital, Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, Snowflake, Edtech, Silver Lake, Sprinklr, Danny


How one VC firm wound up with no-code startups as part of its investing thesis

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s broadly based on the daily column that appears on Extra Crunch, but free, and made for your weekend reading.  Ready? Let’s talk money, startups and spicy IPO rumors. How one VC firm wound up with no-code startups as part of its investing thesis Throughout all the chaos of 2020’s economic upheaval in the startup world, I’ve worked to pay more attention to low-code and no-code services. The short gist of chat...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, Boston, India, Tech, Airbnb, Palantir, Accel, Fred Wilson, Danny, LERMAN, Yext, Mathew, JAMF, Webflow


3 views on the future of geographic-focused funds

For many investors, the coronavirus has effectively taken geography out of the equation when it comes to vetting new opportunities. While this dynamic opens up startups to more investment opportunities, venture capital firms that focus on a specific region are in a thornier spot. The competitive advantage they once had when raising — the notion that they’re focused on an area no one else is — is potentially threatened. Natasha Mascarenhas, Danny Crichton and Alex Wilhelm of the TechCrunch Equity...
Tags: Startups, TC, Video, Washington, Tech, Remote Work, Venture Capital, Alex, Steve Case, Alex Wilhelm, Danny, Natasha, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Natasha Mascarenhas Danny Crichton, TechCrunch Equity


Palantir’s concentrated governance is great for execs, but what about shareholders?

A few days ago I wrote down a few notes making a bullish case for Palantir, searching to find good news amidst the company’s huge historical deficits. Heading into the next phase of Palantir’s march to the public markets, I was very curious to see how the company would hone its S-1 filing to give itself the best possible shot during its impending debut. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money. You can read it every morning on Extra Crunch, or get The Exchange newsletter every Saturday...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Ipo, Tech, Palantir, Snap, Danny, Danny Crichton, The Exchange



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