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Kerry Washington is coming to Disrupt 2020

Kerry Washington’s fingerprints are all over Hollywood. The Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe nominated actor, director and producer has touched myriad projects, from her role as Olivia Pope on “Scandal” (where she was the first African-American woman since 1974 to headline a network drama) to her production of Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere” and Netflix’s AMERICAN SON (she starred in both, as well). And let’s not forget her many director credits, including on “SMILF”, “Scandal”, and “Insecure”. Bu...
Tags: Startups, TC, Hbo, Hollywood, Kerry Washington, Washington, Time, Tech, Netflix, Aclu, Venture Capital, Michelle Obama, Naacp, Hulu, Black Lives Matter, Golden Globe

How European seed firm Connect Ventures finds ‘product-first’ founders

Connect Ventures, the London-based seed-stage VC that was an early investor in Citymapper and Typeform announced a new $80 million fund last month to continue investing in “product-led” founders. Launched back in 2012, when there was a shortage of institutional capital at seed stage in Europe and micro VC was a novelty in the region, Connect Ventures invests in B2B and consumer software across Europe, including SaaS, fintech, digital health and “future of work.” Running throughout the firm’s ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, London, Finance, Future Of Work, Tech, Remote Work, B2C, SaaS, Venture Capital, Fintech, B2b, Connect Ventures, Citymapper, Market Analysis

Quaestor is reinventing business metric collaboration for the startup party round era

Business is the foundation, of, well, business. For startups, finding a working business model and honing it through decision-making, smart hires, and relentless focus on the right metrics can be the difference between building a scalable company and collapsing into the next Luckin Coffee. Given how important business performance and finance is, it’s not uncommon in the early days of a startup to hire an “outsourced CFO” — a part-time financial professional who helps with budgeting, basic foreca...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Finance, Funding, Tech, Venture Capital, Gfc, Joe Lonsdale, Lonsdale, Alex Moore, Carta, Quaestor, Kevin Hsu, 8VC, John Melas Kyriazi, Melas Kyriazi

Sequoia announces $1.35 billion venture and growth funds for India and Southeast Asia

Sequoia Capital India on Monday announced it has secured $1.35 billion from LPs for two new funds in the country as the storied venture firm looks to ramp up its investments in the world’s second largest internet market and Southeast Asia and finance existing portfolio startups. The two new funds — a $525M venture fund and a $825M growth fund — will help the venture firm, which already maintains a seed fund, more comprehensively serve the startup ecosystem, said Shailendra Singh, a managing d...
Tags: Asia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, India, Tech, Venture Capital, Sequoia Capital, Sequoia, Oyo, Google India, Rajan Anandan, Sequoia Capital India, Byju's, Zilingo, Shailendra Singh, Khatabook

GGV’s Jeff Richards: ‘There is a level of resiliency in Silicon Valley that we did not have 10 years ago’

Earlier this week, GGV Capital’s Jeff Richards and Hans Tung joined TechCrunch for an Extra Crunch Live session. During our hour-long chat, we touched on startup profitability, the global venture capital scene, why GGV doesn’t have an office in Europe, how the venture industry is responding to its stark lack of diversity and other issues. When it comes to useful bits of information, this was perhaps the most useful Extra Crunch Live discussion in which I’ve participated. One moment that stood ou...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, China, Events, Tech, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Ggv Capital, Richards, Tung, ECL, Market Analysis, Hans Tung, Jeff Richards, GGV

When life gives you lemons, print money with Lemonade

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Before we dive in, don’t forget that the show is on Twitter now, so follow us there if you want to see discarded headline ideas, outtakes from the that got cut, and more. It’s fun! Back to task, listen, we’re tired too. But we didn’t let that stop us from packing this week’s Equity to the very gills with news and notes and jokes and fun. Hopefully you can chuckle a...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Venture Capital, Mirror, Equity, Chris, Lemonade, Lululemon, Danny, Natasha, Luckin Coffee, Luckin, Mirror Lululemon

US plans to rollback special status may erode Hong Kong’s startup ecosystem

For two months, the people of Hong Kong waited in suspense after China’s legislature approved a new national security law. The legislation’s details were finally made public yesterday and almost immediately went into effect. As many Hong Kong residents feared, the broadly written new law gives Beijing extensive authority over the Special Administrative Region and has the potential to sharply curtail civil liberties. In response, the United States began the first measures to end the special statu...
Tags: Startups, TC, Asia, Hong Kong, Government, China, Southeast Asia, Singapore, US, Tech, Taiwan, Policy, Beijing, United States, United Kingdom, Venture Capital

Get your pitchdeck critiqued by Accel’s Amy Saper and Bessemer’s Talia Goldberg at Early Stage

The art of the pitchdeck. Few things are more critical to the success of startups seeding capital. And make no mistake, it is an art. At TechCrunch Early Stage, our two-day virtual event focused on giving entrepreneurs all the resources they need to build incredible, high-growth early stage companies, we have plenty of content dedicated to the pitchdeck. From a session on how to think like a PM for VC pitch success led by Lo Toney, to a session on how to time your fundraising sprint led by Jake ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Venture Capital, Jeff Clavier, Accel, Bessemer Venture Partners, Early Stage, Bessemer, Lo Toney, Charles Hudson, Talia Goldberg, James Alonso, Cyan Bannister, Adam Zagaris, Jake Saper

Growth capital investor Kennet raises $250M fund, backed by Edmond de Rothschild

Venture capital is “not the only fruit” for entrepreneurs, as the often quieter ‘Growth Capital’ can also see great returns for entrepreneurs who prefer to retain a lot of ownership and control but are also willing to bootstrap over a longer period in order to reach revenues and profits. With the COVID-19 pandemic pushing millions of people online, tech investors of all classes are now reaping the dividends in this accelerated, Coronavirus-powered transition to digital. Thus it is that Kennet Pa...
Tags: TC, Asia, Europe, Money, Entrepreneurship, Finance, US, Tech, Investment, Ceo, Economy, United States, United Kingdom, Venture Capital, Edmond, UK Europe

Extra Crunch is now available in Greece, Ireland and Portugal

We’re excited to announce that we’ve added Extra Crunch support in Ireland, Portugal and Greece. That adds to our existing support in Europe as we are already in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain and the U.K. Portugal’s 10 million citizens are no strangers to startup investment, with the country totting up 813 to date, according to Crunchbase. Notably, of that total, 113 have been announced in 2020 thus far. That means that in 2020, despi...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Media, Greece, Microsoft, Boston, Tech, Ireland, Portugal, Venture Capital, Aws, Payments, Havok, Greece Ireland, Greece Portugal

VCs see much to like in Democrats’ $1.5 trillion Moving Forward Act

“The Moving Forward Act reads like a $1.5 trillion validation of our fund’s thesis — that upgrading cities and related infrastructure is key to fighting the existential threat of climate change and improving lives,” said Stonly Baptiste, co-founder and partner at venture capital fund Urban Us. Democrats in Congress are wrestling with the twin problems of mass unemployment and a long-delayed need to rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure. Now, with just 124 days until the election, the party ...
Tags: TC, Congress, Washington, Government, Senate, America, Tech, Renewable Energy, Policy, Infrastructure, House, Venture Capital, Cleantech, Baptiste, Market Analysis, Rob Day

Minneapolis-based VC shop Bread & Butter focuses on its own backyard

While many investors say sheltering in place has broadened their appetite for funding companies located outside major hubs, one firm is doubling down on backing startups in America’s heartland. Launched in 2016 by Brett Bohl, The Syndicate Fund rebranded to Bread & Butter Ventures earlier this month (a reference to one of Minnesota’s many nicknames). Along with the rebrand, longtime Google executive and Revolution partner Mary Grove joined the team as a general partner and Stephanie Rich came ab...
Tags: Health, Google, Food, Startups, TC, Enterprise, Minnesota, Minneapolis, America, Tech, Venture Capital, Revolution, Agtech, Mary Grove, Market Analysis, Bohl

Contrary Capital wants to invest in the next big tech mafia

Contrary Capital, which has raised money from Tesla, Reddit, SoFi and Twitch, knows a thing or two about how to work with tech’s brightest mafias. Now it wants to invest in them, before anyone else. The San Francisco fund and accelerator, which traditionally invests in student entrepreneurs, is betting on the idea that the best founders are early-career employees first. Today Contrary Capital is publicly launching its next big bet: Contrary Talent, a new arm within the fund that will invest a...
Tags: Startups, TC, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Venture Capital, Reddit, Twitch, SoFi, Triplebyte, HBCU, Facebooks, Contrary Capital, Eric Tarczynski, Tarczynski, Tesla Reddit SoFi

Summit raises $2.2B across two megafunds, and pulls in ex-CEO of SoulCycle as newest investor

While there has been a wealth of bad news the past few months in the venture capital world as firms take account of the changing macroeconomic conditions in the wake of COVID-19, that hasn’t stopped some top investment firms from continuing to raise huge piles of capital and getting bolder in their investment theses. Case in point: Summit Partners, a venerable investor at the growth stage for startups and focused on the ecosystems in North America and Europe, has raised two new megafunds. The fi...
Tags: Europe, Tech, Venture Capital, North America, Summit, Whelan, Peloton, Summit Partners, Melanie Whelan, Podium, Brooklinen, RiskIQ, Immersive Labs, COVID, Appway

Join GGV’s Hans Tung and Jeff Richards for a live chat today at 3:30 EDT/12:30 PDT

The good ship Extra Crunch Live sails along today, bringing two noted venture capitalists aboard to discuss the world’s investing patterns, their own deals and much more. Extra Crunch members can join the conversation with Hans Tung and Jeff Richards from GGV Capital at 3:30 p.m. EDT/12:30 p.m. PDT/7:30 p.m. GMT. We’ll collect audience questions as we go, so buy an Extra Crunch trial now so you can participate. Of course, TechCrunch has a list of its own queries — GGV Capital invests globally, w...
Tags: Startups, Europe, China, Events, Tech, United States, Venture Capital, Ggv Capital, Alexa von Tobel, ECL, Hans Tung, Jeff Richards, GGV, Sydney Sykes, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus

Join GGV’s Hans Tung and Jeff Richards for a live chat today at 3:30 pm EDT/12:30 pm PDT

The good ship Extra Crunch Live sails along today, bringing two noted venture capitalists aboard to discuss the world’s investing patterns, their own deals and much more. Extra Crunch members can join the conversation with Hans Tung and Jeff Richards from GGV Capital at 3:30 p.m. EDT/12:30 p.m. PDT/7:30 p.m. GMT. We’ll collect audience questions as we go, so buy an Extra Crunch trial now so you can participate. Of course, TechCrunch has a list of its own queries — GGV Capital invests globally, w...
Tags: Startups, Europe, China, Events, Tech, United States, Venture Capital, Ggv Capital, Alexa von Tobel, ECL, Hans Tung, Jeff Richards, GGV, Sydney Sykes, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus

13 Boston-focused venture capitalists talk green shoots and startup recovery

Welcome back to the second half of our two-part Boston investor survey. Catching you up, TechCrunch reached out to a host of Boston-area venture capitalists to get their take on the current state of their market, and what they think might be coming up in the future. More VCs than we initially anticipated got back to us, so we broke the survey into two pieces so that there was enough room to include everyone. Today, in contrast, we’re looking a little further ahead: Are they seeing green shoots? ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Boston, Tech, Venture Capital, Battery Ventures, Jamie Goldstein, Glasswing Ventures, Rudina Seseri, Underscore VC, Flare Capital, Michael Greeley, Victress Capital, Flybridge Capital, Amazon Target Walmart, Lily Lyman

From napkin notes to term sheets: A chat with Inspired Capital’s Alexa von Tobel

The next iteration of fintech is upon us, according to Inspired Capital’s Alexandra von Tobel. “Fintech 1.0 was very much, ‘Let’s take what already exists and let’s do it better,’” she said in a recent appearance on Extra Crunch Live. Consumers are shifting away from Chase Bank and migrating to no-fee trading platforms like Robinhood; instead of booking an appointment with a tax advisor, people are registering with TurboTax. Von Tobel, who founded financial-planning service LearnVest before j...
Tags: TC, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Events, Tech, Venture Capital, Robinhood, Fintech, Chase Bank, Alexa von Tobel, ECL, Market Analysis, Inspired Capital, Extra Crunch, Coronavirus, COVID-19

The virtual state of corporate venture capital today

BIll Taranto Contributor GHI Fund President Bill Taranto has spent more than two decades in the healthcare industry and has 15 years of experience in healthcare investing. In addition to his venture investing knowledge, Bill has decades of management operations experience. When the going gets tough, it’s common for some corporate VCs to head for the hills. Today, it’s a narrative that’s emerging again amid the COVID-19 crisis. Global corporate venture deals fell...
Tags: Work, Startups, Column, Tech, Remote Work, Venture Capital, Bill, CVC, Corporate Venture Capital, Market Analysis, Extra Crunch, Merck Global Health Innovation Fund MGHIF, COVID-19, Coronvirus, Taranto Contributor GHI Fund, Bill Taranto

How $20 billion health care behemoth Blue Shield of California sees startups

In the two years since Jeff Semenchuk took the reins in the newly created position of chief innovation officer for Blue Shield of California, the nonprofit health insurer with $20 billion in revenues has stepped up its investments in startup companies. As one of California’s largest insurance providers with more than four million members, Blue Shield plays an outsized role in technology adoption among physicians, hospital networks and patients. With that in mind, and with the acceleration of ent...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, California, America, Tech, Fundraising, Healthcare, Venture Capital, Health Insurance, Blue Shield, Healthtech, Yaro, Blue Shield of California, Extra Crunch, Semenchuk

With DOJ charges, former VC Mike Rothenberg could now be facing serious jail time

While many in Silicon Valley might prefer to forget about investor Mike Rothenberg roughly four years after his young venture firm began to implode, his story is still being written, and the latest chapter doesn’t bode well for the 36-year-old. While Rothenberg earlier tangled with the Securities & Exchange Commission and lost, it was a civil matter, if one that could haunt him for the rest of his life. Now, the U.S. Department of Justice has brought two criminal wire fraud charges against hi...
Tags: TC, Stanford, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, SEC, Silicon Valley, Doj, Robinhood, Rothenberg Ventures, Bay Area, U S Department of Justice, Securities Exchange Commission, Harvard Business School, BusinessWeek, Rothenberg

YC to cut the size of its investment in future YC startups

In a blog post this Friday afternoon, Y Combinator’s president Geoff Ralston said that the accelerator would make two changes to its terms for startups. The first would see the size of the standard deal for YC startups decline from $150,000 for 7% (roughly a $2.1 million post-money valuation) to $125,000 for the same equity (or roughly a $1.79 million post-money valuation). The deal will continue to be offered using a SAFE, which YC and a group of others pioneered as a simpler investment option ...
Tags: Startups, Y Combinator, Tech, Venture Capital, Valley, Geoff Ralston

Tim O’Reilly makes a persuasive case for why venture capital is starting to do more harm than good

Tim O’Reilly has a financial incentive to pooh-pooh the traditional VC model, wherein investors gamble on nascent startups in hopes of seeing many times their money back. Bryce Roberts, who is O’Reilly’s longtime investing partner at the early-stage venture firm O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV), now actively steers the partnership away from these riskier investments and into companies around the country that are already generating revenue and don’t necessarily want to be blitzcaled. Yet in an ...
Tags: Startups, TC, America, Tech, Diversity, United States, Idaho, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Don, Reilly, Bryce, O REILLY, Tim O'Reilly, O Reilly Media, Bryce Roberts

Volcker Rule reforms expand options for raising VC funds

It’s time to put on our thinking caps so we can discuss an esoteric but important policy change and how it is going to impact the VC world. The 2008 financial crisis devastated the global economy. One of the reforms that came from the detritus of that situation was a policy known as the Volcker Rule. The rule, proposed by former Fed chairman Paul Volcker and passed into law with the Dodd-Frank Act, was designed to limit the ways that banks could invest their balance sheets to avoid the kind of c...
Tags: Startups, Finance, Government, Tech, Policy, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Federal Reserve, U.s. Government, Trump, Fed, Paul Volcker, Deregulation, Volcker Rule, Extra Crunch

The way to win is to lose the most money the fastest

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week was a bit feisty, but that’s only because Danny Crichton and Natasha Mascarenhas and I were all in pretty good spirits. It would have been hard to not be, given how much good stuff there was to chew over. We kicked off with two funding rounds from companies that had received a headwind from COVID-19: Away raises new capital, reported to be $30 million to...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Podcasts, Venture Capital, Robinhood, Away, Sonder, Danny Crichton, DoNotPay, Equity podcast, Hopin, Natasha Mascarenhas, COVID, Twitter Equity

5 VCs agree: COVID-19 reshaped adtech and martech

We last surveyed VCs about their advertising and marketing investment strategies back in January — which is to say, in a completely different world, before the coronavirus pandemic began to wreak havoc on the global economy. While there don’t appear to be any comprehensive numbers yet about the effect on digital advertising (which is, after all, still playing out), early data and anecdotes suggest a rapid decline, with some categories of ad spend disappearing entirely. And as we noted in our pre...
Tags: TC, Media, Advertising Tech, Tech, Venture Capital, 500 Startups, Northzone, Elton, Greylock Partners, Adtech, Eric Franchi, Bowery Capital, John Elton, Christine Tsai, MathCapital, Extra Crunch

Masayoshi Son resigns from board of Alibaba; defends SoftBank Group’s investment strategy

SoftBank Group founder Masayoshi Son said on Thursday he is leaving the board of Jack Ma’s Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group today, a month after Ma left the board of Son’s technology group. Son said he sees the move as “graduating” from Alibaba Group’s board, his most successful investment to date, as he swiftly moved to defend the Japanese group’s investment strategy, which has been the subject of scrutiny and public mockery in recent quarters. Son said his conglomerate’s hold...
Tags: Uber, Asia, Japan, Softbank, Tech, Sprint, Alibaba, Venture Capital, WeWork, Alibaba Group, Son, Jack Ma, T Mobile, Ma, Masayoshi Son, Oyo

Raising VC is tough. Submit your investors today to our first check database, The TechCrunch List

When we announced the formation of The TechCrunch List last week, we had no idea what response we would get to our proposal for founders to recommend their “first check” investors. While plenty of founders over the years had told us that they wanted such a database to rely on or to refer to other founders who are raising for the first time, there is always something nerve-wracking about launching a new product and waiting for feedback. Who’s writing first checks into startups? Well, the Te...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Funding, Tech, Venture Capital, The TechCrunch List

Trump’s worker visa ban will hit Silicon Valley hard

Yesterday, President Donald Trump released an executive order that extended an existing ban on immigrant work visas through the end of the year. The move prohibits immigrants who are outside the United States from applying, but because new visas are generally issued in October, the impacts of the new rules will be felt well into 2021. The proclamation specifically targets H-1B and H-2B visas, as well as J and L visas. As a result, the San Francisco Bay area, with its high concentration of STEM-b...
Tags: Work, Startups, TC, California, Stanford, Tech, Policy, United States, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, State Department, Donald Trump, Berkeley, San Francisco Bay, Bay Area, Trump

9 top VCs discuss the future of New York startups

New York City was an initial U.S. hotspot for the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s also one of the most expensive cities in the world — so you might think startups would be anxious to leave. However, when we surveyed a number of New York-based venture capitalists, they seemed bullish about the city’s future as a startup and technology hub. As AF Ventures’ David Levinson put it, “New York simply has too much to offer, from its richly diverse population, cultural significance and vast collection of ind...
Tags: Health, Security, Space, New York, New York City, Tech, Venture Capital, Ny, Firstmark, Eniac Ventures, Matt Turck, Peloton, Lerer Hippeau, Klara, David Levinson, Eric Hippeau

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