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A roundup of recent unicorn news

So much for a December news slowdown. The last few days have been so chock-a-block with news from a host of unicorns, we’ve all fallen behind. This morning, The Exchange is going into summary mode to help us better understand the full scope of recent unicorn activity. Why unicorns? It would be fun to noodle on early-stage news — Salut raised $1.25 million this week and BuildBuddy picked up $3.15 million — but as we’re in the midst of an IPO cycle and 2021 could have even more public debuts th...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Tech, Venture Capital, M&a, Airbnb, Coinbase, Postmates, Slack, Doordash, Flexe, The Exchange, Bizzabo, Coinbase Tanium Postmates Olive Scale

Home energy evaluator WattBuy raises $3.25M in series A

WattBuy, a web app for helping homeowners predict and understand energy usage raises more money as climate change's role in real estate continues to grow.
Tags: Apps, Technology, Climate Change, Radio, Venture Capital, Wildfire, Floods, Carbon Footprint, Series A, Industry News, Select, News Brief, Fund-raising, Wattbuy, Climatecheck, Floodzones

Longtime investor and operator Adam Nash says he just launched a new fintech startup

Adam Nash, a Silicon Valley-born-and-bred operator and investor, is back at it again. Today, on his personal blog, he announced that he has started a consumer fintech company that has already garnered initial funding from Ribbit Capital, along with other “friends and angels” who appear to have also pitched into the round, including Box CEO Aaron Levie, Mighty Networks founder Gina Bianchini, Superhuman founder Rahul Vohra, and Amy Chang, who sold her startup Accompany to Cisco in 2018. Nash d...
Tags: Apple, TC, Twitter, Europe, John Sculley, Ebay, Stanford, Boston, San Francisco, Linkedin, Tech, Cisco, Nasa, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, North America

Scale AI hits $3.5B valuation as it turns the AI boom into a venture bonanza

Scale AI, the four-year-old data labeling startup, has discovered that selling the picks and shovels needed to develop and apply artificial intelligence is big business. The company, which created a visual data labeling platform that uses software and people to label image, text, voice and video data for companies building machine learning algorithms, has raised another $155 million. The funding round, led by Tiger Global, pushes Scale’s post-money valuation to more than $3.5 billion.  Import...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Tech, General Motors, Automotive, Venture Capital, Nvidia, Toyota, Wang, Nuro, Alexandr Wang, Scale AI, TechCrunch Scale

Scale AI hits $3.5B valuation as its turns the AI boom into a venture bonanza

Scale AI, the four-year-old data labeling startup, has discovered that selling the picks and shovels needed to develop and apply artificial intelligence is big business. The company, which created a visual data labeling platform that uses software and people to label image, text, voice and video data for companies building machine learning algorithms, has raised another $155 million. The funding round, led by Tiger Global, pushes Scale’s post-money valuation to more than $3.5 billion.  Import...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Tech, General Motors, Automotive, Venture Capital, Nvidia, Toyota, Wang, Nuro, Alexandr Wang, Scale AI, TechCrunch Scale

Obvious Ventures outlines the “world positive” impact of its startups and shares what’s next

Today, the early-stage, mission-focused, San Francisco-based venture firm Obvious Ventures released a very readable overview of how each of its portfolio companies is benefiting the world in its own way. Its report shines a light on the grocery deliver service Good Eggs, for example, sharing that roughly 70% of the products sold by the company are grown or produced within 250 miles of its food hub in Oakland, Ca. That matters because fresher food is more nutritious. The electric bus company Prot...
Tags: TC, Asia, Europe, US, San Francisco, Tech, Williams, Venture Capital, North America, Oakland, Ev Williams, Obvious Ventures, James Joaquin, Biz Stone, James, Beyond Meat

Strike first, strike hard, no mercy: How emerging managers can win

TX Zhuo Contributor Share on Twitter TX Zhuo is the managing partner of Fika Ventures, focusing on fintech, enterprise software and marketplace opportunities. More posts by this contributor A COVID-19 resilience test for B2B companies Discovering that deckhands make great waiters — and why this matters Huston Collins Contributor Share on Twitte...
Tags: Startups, Column, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Netflix, Venture Capital, Valuation, Greenspring Associates, Miyagi, Corporate Finance, Cobra Kai, Zhuo, Fika Ventures, PitchBook NVCA, Cobra Kai school

How Ryan Reynolds and Mint Mobile worked without becoming the joke

In the past decade, celebrity interest and investment in tech companies has significantly increased. But not all celebrity investments are created equally. Some investors, like Ashton Kutcher, have prioritized the VC pursuits. Some have invested casually without getting overly involved. Others have used their considerable platforms to market their portfolio to varying degrees of success. It’s been a little over a year since Ryan Reynolds bought a majority stake in Mint Mobile, a deal that has...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Mobile, Jay Z, Canada, Justin Bieber, New York Times, Alicia Keys, Portland, Venture Capital, Lady Gaga, Ashton Kutcher, Ryan Reynolds, Lenovo, Justin Timberlake

Enterprise investor Jason Green on SPAC hopefuls versus startups bound for traditional IPOs

Jason Green has a pretty solid reputation as venture capitalists go. The enterprise-focused firm the cofounded 17 years ago, Emergence Capital, has backed Saleforce, Box, and Zoom, among many other companies, and even while every firm is now investing in software-as-a-service startups, his remains a go-to for many top founders selling business products and services. To learn more about the trends impacting Green’s slice of the investing universe, we talked with him late last week about everythin...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Green, Venture Capital, Rob, Salesforce, Emergence Capital, SPAC, Coupa, Drishti, Jason Green, Rob Bernshteyn

Snapchat's Evan Spiegel goes from innovator to imitator

Hello, and welcome to this Wednesday's edition of the Insider Tech newsletter, where we break down the biggest news in tech. Did someone forward this newsletter to you? Get Insider Tech straight in your inbox by subscribing here. Soundtrack: for maximum enjoyment of this newsletter, we recommend listening to the Steely Dan classic "Do It Again." This week: Evan Spiegel and the imitator's dilemma Snap CEO Evan Spiegel Samantha Lee / Business Insider If there's one constant in the consumer...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Star Wars, Enterprise, Yahoo, Disney, US, Trends, Intel, Earth, Snapchat, Larry Page, Sergey Brin

Talking tech’s exodus, Twitter’s labels, and Medium’s next moves with founder Ev Williams

Earlier today, we had the chance to talk with Twitter and Medium cofounder Ev Williams, along with operator-turned investor James Joaquin, who helps oversee the day-to-day of the mission-focused venture firm they separately cofounded six years ago, Obvious Ventures. We collectively discussed lot of venture-y things, some of which we’ll publish next week, so stayed tuned. In the meantime, we spent some time talking specifically with Williams about both Twitter and Medium and some of the day...
Tags: TC, Twitter, Publishing, New York, California, Collaborative Consumption, San Francisco, Tech, Williams, Venture Capital, Manhattan, Donald Trump, Ev Williams, Obvious Ventures, James Joaquin, Medium

New venture firm The-Wolfpack takes a fresh approach to D2C startups

The-Wolfpack’s co-founders, Toh Jin Wei, Tan Kok Chin and Simon Nichols (Image Credit: The-Wolfpack) The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the consumer, leisure and media companies hard, but a new venture firm called The-Wolfpack is still very upbeat on those sectors. Based in Singapore, the firm was founded by former managing directors at GroupM, one of the world’s largest advertising and media companies, and plans to work very closely with each of its portfolio companies. Its name was chosen becaus...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Media, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, Leisure, Thailand, Venture Capital, Groupm, Nichols, Wolfpack, D2C

Marie Ekeland launches 2050, a new fund with radically ambitious, long-term goals

Marie Ekeland has unveiled her next act — and it’s a new fund called 2050. But it’s not your average French VC fund as it’s going to be an evergreen fund focused on building a better world. It sounds ambitious, but Ekeland isn’t just daydreaming as she has a detailed action plan. If you’re not familiar with Marie Ekeland, she used to be an investor at French VC firm Elaia. She invested in adtech firm Criteo, which later became a public company in the U.S. She is also one of the founding membe...
Tags: Startups, Europe, France, Tech, Venture Capital, AMF, Daphni, Ekeland, Marie Ekeland, Elaia She, Shine Swile Holberton School, Aude Duprat, Université Paris Dauphine

HMBradley raises $18.25 million planting a flag as LA’s entrant into the challenger bank business

With $90 million in deposits and $18.25 million in new financing, HMBradley is making moves as the Los Angeles-based entrant into the challenger bank competition. LA is home to a growing community of financial services startups and HMBradley is quickly taking its place among the leaders with a novel twist on the banking business. Unlike most banking startups that woo customers with easy credit and savvy online user interfaces, HMBradley is pitching a better savings account. The company offe...
Tags: TC, Money, California, La, Finance, Los Angeles, Tech, Banking, Economy, Venture Capital, Bank, Financial Services, Financial Technology, Chime, ING Group, Ben Coffman

Will Brazil’s Roaring 20s see the rise of early-stage startups?

Matheus Tavares Dos Santos Contributor Share on Twitter Matheus is a hedge funds investment analyst for a major global investment manager and technology provider. In prior roles, he was an associate at a LatAm-focused venture capital firm and worked in corporate venture with regional banks and the Brazilian stock exchange. Since 2007, the number of publicly listed companies in Brazil has decreased from 400 to just a little ov...
Tags: Startups, Column, New York, Tech, Iran, Mining, Venture Capital, Brazil, Latin America, Securities And Exchange Commission, U S, Corporate Finance, Matheus, CVM, Venture Capital Funds, Investimentos

7 things we just learned about Sequoia’s European expansion plans

Sequoia Capital, the renowned Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has backed companies like Apple, Google, Dropbox, Airbnb and Stripe, recently disclosed that it had opened its first office in Europe. To staff up, it hired partner Luciana Lixandru away from rival Accel Partners. Even without an official European presence, Sequoia has quietly operated in the region for more than a decade, first investing in Klarna in 2010. Other Europe-founded companies in its portfolio include Baaima,...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, London, California, Entrepreneurship, San Francisco, Tech, Canada, Paris, Venture Capital, Romania, Silicon Valley, Bristol, Sequoia Capital, Stripe

Founders seeking their first check need a fundraising sales funnel

Nathan Beckord Contributor Share on Twitter Nathan Beckord is CEO of, a software platform for raising capital and managing investors that has helped entrepreneurs raise over $2 billion since 2016. He is also the host of Foundersuite’s How I Raised It podcast. More posts by this contributor Fundraising lessons from David Rogier of MasterClass Are you ready for the coming wave of VC down round...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Tech, Venture Capital, UTA, Gary Vaynerchuk, United Talent Agency, Scooter Braun, Ludlow Ventures, United Talent Agency UTA, Milana, David Rogier

Investors Lockheed Martin Ventures and SpaceFund are coming to TC Sessions: Space 2020

The space industry, once dominated by government-funded programs and a small handful of corporations, has seen a surge in startups in recent years. And with startups aplenty, the venture firms can never be far behind. Venture capital has played an increasingly important role in rooting out the best and most promising of these startups. The stakes are even higher for the venture arms of corporations. Corporate venture firms are on the constant hunt for the technology that will keep their companie...
Tags: TC, Space, Events, Tech, Venture Capital, Aerospace, Crawford, Moran, Applied Materials Inc, BOGO, Air Force NASA, Chris Moran, Lockheed Martin Ventures, SpaceFund, Kathryn Lueders, TC Sessions Space 2020

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

DoorDash, Affirm, Roblox, Airbnb, 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

A16z is now managing $16.5 billion, after announcing two new funds

Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) has closed a pair of funds totaling $4.5 billion, the firm confirmed in a blog post this morning. The firm has raised $1.3 billion for an early-stage fund focused on consumer, enterprise, and fintech; and closed a $3.2 billion growth-stage fund for later-stage investments. The firm did not immediately respond to request for comment. The funds may seem somewhat typical, given the size of new funds that venture firms have been raising in recent years, Still, these are e...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Microsoft, Ipo, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, Fund, Airbnb, Andreessen Horowitz, New York Stock Exchange, Github, Justice Department, Affirm, Early Stage, Anthony Albanese

EC/VC And The Biglaw Tech Firm — An Overview By A Former Gunderson Associate [Sponsored]

Tech-focused firms have extremely cool work, clients, and cultures, and the sector in which they operate has been experiencing tremendous and consistent growth.
Tags: Technology, Law, Venture Capital, EC, Career Advice, Biglaw, Corporate, Gunderson, Sponsored Content, Job Searches, Transactional practice, Emerging Companies / Startups, Stephen Damato

Steve Case’s Revolution is targeting $500 million for its fourth growth fund

Revolution, the Washington, D.C.-based investment firm founded by AOL cofounder CEO Steve Case and former AOL senior exec Ted Leonsis, is raising $500 million for its fourth fund, shows a new SEC filing. Asked about the effort earlier today, the firm declined to comment. This new fund was was expected. It has been more than four years since Revolution announced its third growth fund, a vehicle that closed with $525 million in capital commitments. That’s a longer time between funds than we’re see...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, Washington, White House, Boston, Tech, Austin, Aol, Venture Capital, Revolution, SEC, Silicon Valley, Bigcommerce, Biden, Steve Case

Pre-seed fintech firm Financial Venture Studio closes on debut fund to build on legacy of top investments

Fintech has come into its own the past few years. Once an area of investment widely derided and avoided by VCs due to its regulated nature and entrenched incumbents, fintech has now emerged as one of the most popular categories for investment, buttressed by multiple, multi-billion dollar exits in just the past year like Plaid, CreditKarma, and Galileo. Yet, building fintech apps and systems still requires a lot of finesse. There are those pesky regulations that make a cold start difficult for a ...
Tags: Finance, Tech, Dave, United States, Venture Capital, Fintech, Griffin, Silicon Valley Bank, Roger, Tom Brown, Tyler Griffin, FSL, Falvey, Center for Financial Services Innovation, Financial Venture Studio, Ryan Falvey

Greece’s Marathon Venture Capital completes first close for Fund II, reaching $47M

Marathon Venture Capital in Athens, Greece has completed the first closing of its second fund, reaching the €40m / $47M mark. Backing the new fund is the European Investment Fund, HDBI, as well as corporates, family offices and HNWIs around the world (plus many Greek founders). It plans to invest in Seed-stage startups from €1m to 1.5m initial tickets for 15-20% of equity. Team changes include Thaleia Misailidou being promoted to Principal, and Chris Gasteratos is promoted to Associate. Marat...
Tags: TC, Uber, Europe, New York, London, Money, Greece, Finance, Berlin, San Francisco, Tech, Investment, Athens, Venture Capital, Mitt Romney, Mobility

African fintech startup Chipper Cash raises $30M backed by Jeff Bezos

African cross-border fintech startup Chipper Cash has raised a $30 million Series B funding round led by Ribbit Capital with participation of Bezos Expeditions — the personal VC fund of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Chipper Cash was founded in San Francisco in 2018 by Ugandan Ham Serunjogi and Ghanaian Maijid Moujaled. The company offers mobile-based, no fee, P2P payment services in seven countries: Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Africa and Kenya. Parallel to its P2P app, the startu...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Yahoo, Nigeria, Africa, America, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Banking, E-commerce, Uganda, United States, South Africa

Austin: a magnet for talent and resources

I led the seed round not long ago for an Austin-based SaaS company that had all of the qualities I look for in a software investment — a founding team with deep domain expertise, novel technology, and rabid early adopters.The startup founder had a notable coastal VC firm that they really wanted in the round. While they had not previously invested in Austin, this firm was excited about the opportunity and had spent weeks performing diligence on the company. Ultimately, the firm passed with the s...
Tags: Google, Startups, Technology, Funding, Startup, Austin, WSJ, Joe Lonsdale, California New York, Capital Factory, AAPL AMZN, Austin Startups, Venture-capital, Xoogler, Restream

Why some VCs prefer to work with first-time founders

Repeat founders who have a proven track record, good references, and in the best cases, an exit to point to will have an easy time making inroads with venture capitalists. Earlier this week, for example, the former founders of Udemy and altMBA raised more than $4 million for a startup with no name or final product. However, broad strokes in an environment as nuanced and dynamic as VC never make sense. As early stage evolves and more capital flows into the sector, some investors actually prefer ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Venture Capital, Early Stage, Udemy, Soraya Darabi, Darabi, First Check, Extra Crunch Live

Surging homegrown talent and VC spark Italy’s tech renaissance

As Italy reinstates many COVID-19 restrictions, the country’s tech ecosystem is watching and waiting to see what the wider effects of the emergency will be. Italy’s ecosystem for tech venture capital and startups has been in development for years and has made decent strides in the last decade. Will the coronavirus stymie their efforts? Put off by high taxes and paperwork in their home country, many Italian entrepreneurs moved to places like London in years past to startup. Indeed, the Italian Mi...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Europe, Milan, London, Microsoft, Germany, Tech, Spain, European Union, Italy, Venture Capital, Naples, NTT, Rome Milan

Digital escrow provider Endpoint closes on $40M more

The digital deal continues to broaden its reach as technology company Endpoint takes in more money, expands in the west and doubles its employee count.
Tags: Technology, Radio, Venture Capital, Industry News, Select, News Brief, Real Estate Technology, First American Financial Corporation, Endpoint, Digital Closing, Electronic Escrow, Real Estate Closings, Title Companies

The VC and founder winners of DoorDash’s IPO

After years of rumors and high-flying headlines, we finally have the S-1 for DoorDash. Alex has covered the primary details, but I figured it would be good to dive in so we can see who is raking in the returns on the country’s delivery startup champion. DoorDash’s filing indicates that the company raised a combined $2.485 billion in capital across a seed round and eight rounds Series A-H. The three VC firms with the largest holdings noted in the filing were the SoftBank Vision Fund, Sequoia a...
Tags: Finance, Singapore, Tech, Venture Capital, Alex, Khosla, Cto, Sequoia, Doordash, GIC, Tony Xu, Vision Fund, Evan Moore, Stanley Tang, Andy Fang, SoftBank Vision Fund Sequoia

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