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These ad execs have a venture fund they’d like to sell you

Mike Duda comes from the world of advertising. In fact, he spent 13 years at the renowned ad agency Deutsch, becoming the youngest partner in the company’s history until another creative, Brent Vartan, came along and stole the title. Little wonder that in 2010, when Duda struck out on his own to create Bullish (formerly known as Consigliere Brand Capital), he stole Vartan, later making him the firm’s second managing partner. It isn’t that the two wanted to outgun their former employer exactly. I...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Palo Alto, Portland, Venture Capital, San Diego, Patagonia, Silicon Valley


Glossier triples valuation, enters unicorn club with $100M round

Glossier, known for its flagship line of barely there beauty products, has landed a $100 million Series D led by Sequoia Capital. The round values Emily Weiss’ business at a whopping $1.2 billion, fully cementing the company as a startup “unicorn” and tripling the valuation it garnered with a $52 million Series C in 2018. News of the round was first reported by The Wall Street Journal and later confirmed by Glossier. “We are building an entirely new kind of beauty company: one that owns the dist...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, Instagram, Funding, Tech, Dropbox, Venture Capital, Estee Lauder, Quinn, Sequoia Capital, Thrive Capital, Wall Street Journal, IVP, WSJ, Tiger Global Management


South Africa’s FlexClub raises $1.2M, partners with Uber Mexico

FlexClub, a South African startup that matches investors and drivers to cars for ride-hailing services, closed a $1.2 million seed round led by CRE Venture Capital. The company will use the financing to add team members and expand off the continent through a partnership with Uber Mexico. The move comes as Africa’s tech-transit space continues to produce unique mobility solutions shaped around local needs. FlexClub touts itself as a “gig economy investment platform” that is creating new asset ...
Tags: TC, Uber, Indonesia, Mexico, Finance, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, Economy, Uganda, South Africa, Transport, Venture Capital, Carsharing, Taxify, Startup Company


Axeleo Capital raises $51 million fund

Axeleo Capital has raised a $51 million fund (€45 million). Axeleo first started with an accelerator focused on enterprise startups. The firm is now all grown up with an acceleration program and a full-fledged VC fund. The accelerator is now called Axeleo Scale, while the fund is called Axeleo Capital. And it’s important to mention both parts of the business as they work hand in hand. Axeleo picks up around 10 startups per year and help them reach the Series A stage. If they’re doing well ove...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, Tech, France Newsletter, Venture Capital, Auvergne Rhone Alpes, Axeleo, Axeleo Capital, Axeleo Scale, French Tech Accélération, Hi Inov, Dentressangle, Alsid, Jenji Ermeo


General Catalyst just carved out an aggressive new seed-stage program — here’s what to know

General Catalyst is diving more seriously into the business of funding seed-stage startups. To wit, the venture firm is announcing today that it plans to invest at least $25 million each year in nascent teams that “can’t be too early” for the firm to see, according to Katherine Boyle, an investor with the firm who will be spearheading the effort with two other colleagues: Niko Bonatsos and Peter Boyce, who cofounded and continues to help oversee Rough Draft Ventures, a student-focused program fu...
Tags: TC, Ipo, Tech, Venture Capital, Reid Hoffman, Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, General Catalyst, Greylock, Sequoia, Marc Andreessen, Bryan Schreier, Boyle, Boyce, Niko Bonatsos, Katherine Boyle


Y Combinator bets on the booming podcast industry

Podcasts are exploding in popularity and Y Combinator, the startup accelerator known for its long list of unicorn graduates, is throwing its support behind a business tackling the podcast monetization problem. Among its latest and largest-ever cohort is Brew, a subscription-based app complete with original content. Though Brew’s founders, Jijo Sunny, Madhavan Ramakrishnan, Aleesha John and Joseph Sunny, call Brew the “Netflix for podcasts,” the app differs from Luminary, which made headlin...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Accelerator, Podcasts, Entertainment, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Netflix, Venture Capital, Airbnb, Trevor Noah, Himalaya, Justine, Kerala India


AmplifAI Raises $3.9M, Its First Outside Funding, For Call Center AI

Dallas—AmplifAI Solutions, which makes artificial intelligence-enabled software for call center operations, has raised $3.9 million.Investors in the funding round were Naya Ventures, LiveOak Venture Partners, and Capital Factory, all based in Austin.AmplifAI has developed software that uses machine learning algorithms to analyze behaviors of top-performing employees in order to create training programs for employees across the payroll. Now, the company plans to use the funding to further develo...
Tags: Startups, Home Depot, Texas, Funding, Trends, Tech, Investment, Data, People, Vc, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Austin, AT&T, Innovation, Venture Capital


Startups Weekly: Uber’s headline-grabbing week and sextech at SXSW

I spent the week at SXSW, Austin’s really, really huge technology, music, comedy and film festival. It’s my first year making the trek down here for the event, which I did to interview sextech entrepreneur Lora DiCarlo founder Lora Haddock, whose robotics innovation reward was infamously revoked at this year’s CES. “I brush my teeth and I masturbate. It’s all normal,” she said, addressing the stigma surrounding female-focused pleasure tech. Haddock, during our chat, also announced the first-ever...
Tags: Startups, Uber, Y Combinator, Money, Finance, India, Funding, US, Tech, Austin, United States, Venture Capital, Aws, Sam Altman, Airbnb, Tiger Global


What to watch for in a VC term sheet

Mital Makadia Contributor Mital is a partner at Grellas Shah, focusing on representing tech startups and startup founders. She provides counsel on a variety of corporate and transactional matters and negotiates and structures equity financings, M&A transactions, and commercial and intellectual property transactions for her clients. When startup founders review a VC term sheet, they are mostly only interested in the pre-money valuation and the board composition. T...
Tags: Startups, Column, Tech, Venture Capital, Lawyers, Term Sheets, Startup Lawyers, Verified Experts, Grellas Shah, Mital Makadia Contributor Mital


CesiumAstro, MAP Health, StoryFit, Hatch Pitch & More Texas Tech

[ Updated 3/14/19, 1:53 pm CT. See below. ]  Another South By Southwest festival comes to a close in Austin. Let’s catch up with the highlights from the tech portion this year and other innovation news in Texas.—CesiumAstro, an Austin-based maker of antennas and communications systems for satellites, said it has raised $12.4 million in a Series A funding round. Airbus Ventures, the venture arm of plane-maker Airbus, led the round, according to a press release. Other investors were Kleiner Pe...
Tags: Apps, Publishing, Texas, Entertainment, China, Cancer, Funding, Los Angeles, Trends, Startup, Insurance, Tech, Investment, People, Vc, Artificial Intelligence


Keen, a San Antonio SaaS Startup Owned by Scaleworks, Hires New CEO

San Antonio—Ben Kuhn has been promoted to become the CEO of Keen, a San Antonio startup that helps software developers with custom application programming interfaces for data collection and analytics.Kuhn was hired as the general manager of Keen in 2018, having previously worked at healthcare companies DaVita and Genentech. Most recently, he co-founded another software-as-a-service (SaaS) startup in San Antonio, Luka Health, which he left for Keen.Keen is owned by Scaleworks, an investment firm...
Tags: Startups, Texas, Science, Technology, Developer, Trends, Startup, Tech, ROI, Analytics, Developers, Software, SaaS, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Software Development


Alchemie Snags NSF Grant to Develop AR Tools for Teaching Chemistry

Alchemie, a Troy, MI-based educational technology startup, has won another round of funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop 3D and augmented reality (AR) learning tools for teaching general chemistry.The funding, announced this week, is a $140,000 Technology Enhancement through Commercialization Partnerships extension to a Phase II SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grant focused on building game-based learning modules and assessment technology for organic chemistry...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Trends, Tech, Vc, Software, Chemistry, Innovation, Venture Capital, Detroit, University Of Michigan, Georgia Tech, National Science Foundation, University of Washington, NSF


Uber reportedly raising $1B in deal that values self-driving car unit at up to $10B

Uber is in negotiations with investors, including the SoftBank Vision Fund, to secure an investment as large as $1 billion for its autonomous vehicles unit. The deal would value the business at between $5 billion and $10 billion, according to a Tuesday report from The Wall Street Journal. Uber declined to comment. The news comes shortly after TechCrunch’s Mark Harris revealed the ridehailing firm was burning through $20 million a month on developing self-driving technologies, which means, acc...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Softbank, Funding, Economy, AV, United States, Transport, Venture Capital, Toyota, The Wall Street Journal, WSJ


Uber said to be raising $1B at a $10B valuation for its self-driving car unit

Uber is in negotiations with investors, including the SoftBank Vision Fund, to secure an investment as large as $1 billion for its autonomous vehicles unit. The deal would value the business at between $5 billion and $10 billion, according to a Tuesday report from The Wall Street Journal. Uber declined to comment. The news comes shortly after TechCrunch’s Mark Harris revealed the ridehailing firm was burning through $20 million a month on developing self-driving technologies, which means, acc...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Economy, AV, United States, Transport, Venture Capital, Toyota, The Wall Street Journal, WSJ


Meet the 19 startups in AngelPad’s 12th batch

AngelPad just wrapped the 12th run of its months-long New York City startup accelerator. For the second time, the program didn’t culminate in a demo day; rather, the 19 participating startups were given pre-arranged one-on-one meetings with venture capital investors late last week. AngelPad co-founders Thomas Korte and Carine Magescas did away with the demo day tradition last year after nearly a decade operating AngelPad, which is responsible for mentoring startups including Postmates, Twitte...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Startups, Accelerator, Twitter, Utah, Japan, Real Estate, Berlin, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Adidas, Tesla, MoPub


The Investments Cisco, Samsung, Toyota, and Chevron Are Making in AI

Austin—If you’re a startup talking up your artificial intelligence chops in your venture capital pitch, you’re not alone.For Cisco Investments, the venture arm of tech giant Cisco, artificial intelligence is no longer one of the key trends to watch for during pitches in 2019. That’s according to Noah Yago, a director at Cisco Investments, who said the firm did list it as a trend to watch in 2017 and 2018. Part of the issue is saturation, he said.“Our view is that we’re sort of at peak oil for A...
Tags: Google, Auto, Startups, Facebook, Texas, Technology, Trends, Startup, Tech, Investing, Cisco, Car, Vc, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Austin


Meet the Companies in Backstage Capital’s Detroit Accelerator

Backstage Capital, a Los Angeles-based venture firm seeding early-stage companies led by women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community, has announced the details of its Detroit startup accelerator.Earlier this year, Backstage founder Arlan Hamilton announced the firm would host its first accelerators in four cities, including Detroit. The Motor City’s inclusion, unlike the other three cities, was determined by way of a public vote.Monica Wheat, founder and partner at Venture Cataly...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, Entrepreneurship, Los Angeles, Trends, Tech, Vc, Software, Innovation, Venture Capital, Detroit, Mailchimp, National blog main, National top stories, Detroit blog main, Detroit top stories


TPG’s Bill McGlashan is put on indefinite leave after being charged in a giant college admissions cheating scandal

Bill McGlashan, who built his career as a top investor at the private equity firm TPG, has been put on “indefinite administrative leave, effective immediately,” says the firm after McGlashan was caught up in what the Justice Department said today is the largest college admissions scandal it has ever prosecuted. McGlashan is among 49 others accused of participating in a bribery ring involving parents, admissions counselors, and athletic coaches at Yale, Wake Forest, and the University of Southern...
Tags: TC, Florida, Drama, Tech, Venture Capital, Cw, Justice Department, Usc, Bill Mcglashan, Felicity Huffman, Coulter, TPG, Iovine, McGlashan, Jim Coulter Co, Lori Loughlin For McGlashan


TPG’s Bill McGlashan is put on indefinite leave, after being caught up in a gigantic college admissions cheating scandal

Bill McGlashan, who built his career as top investor at the private equity firm TPG, has been put on “indefinite administrative leave, effective immediately,” says the firm after McGlashan was caught up in what the Justice Department said today is the largest college admissions scandal it has ever prosecuted. McGlashan is among 49 others involved in a bribery ring involving parents, admissions counselors, and athletic coaches at Yale, Wake Forest, and the University of Southern California (USC),...
Tags: TC, Florida, Drama, Tech, Venture Capital, Cw, Justice Department, Usc, Bill Mcglashan, Felicity Huffman, Coulter, TPG, Iovine, McGlashan, Jim Coulter Co, Lori Loughlin For McGlashan


Report: Google’s Waymo seeks outside investment and a sky-high valuation

Alphabet’s self-driving vehicle subsidiary Waymo may raise outside capital for the first time at a valuation “at least several times” that of Cruise, the General Motors-owned autonomous vehicle business worth nearly $15 billion, according to a report published by The Information on Monday. We’ve reached out to our sources to confirm. Waymo didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Waymo, which is currently celebrating its 10-year anniversary, is a cash-intensive unit. Raising capit...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Softbank, Tech, General-motors, Cruise, Automotive, Gm, Venture Capital, Autonomous Vehicles, Shell, Silver Lake, John Krafcik, Ruth Porat, Phoenix, Ford Google


Andreessen Horowitz is making the move to San Francisco at long last

One of the last top-tier venture firms to resist coming to San Francisco has apparently decided that it’s time to make the move. According to a source familiar with the thinking of Andreessen Horowitz, the firm is opening up a San Francisco office later this year. The WSJ had reported on Friday that the firm has signed a leasing agreement to move into 180 Townsend Street in the city’s China Basin neighborhood, not far from where the San Francisco Giants play baseball. (The park was known until J...
Tags: TC, New York, South Park, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, San Francisco Giants, Andreessen Horowitz, True Ventures, WSJ, New Enterprise Associates, Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, Jackson Square, Townsend


Connect, Longtime Local Accelerator, Names Silvia Mah as President

Connect, a 34-year-old nonprofit which runs the well-known Springboard Accelerator Program for startups, announced Monday that it had tapped Silvia Mah, a San Diego investor and entrepreneur, as its new president.She succeeds Greg McKee, who served as president and CEO of the San Diego-based organization for five years before stepping down last month to start a venture capital fund.Mah is executive director of Hera Labs, an accelerator program for women-owned businesses. She’s also a partner in...
Tags: Deals, Trends, Tech, Venture Capital, San Diego, Biotech, Life Sciences, Tim Scott, Mah, National blog main, San Diego blog main, San Diego top stories, Connect, Ad Astra, Greg McKee, Silvia Mah


Canvas Ventures hires former Social Capital GP Mike Ghaffary

Canvas Ventures is expanding its team of three general partners to four with the hiring of Mike Ghaffary, a former general partner at Social Capital. An experienced operator and investor, Ghaffary was previously the chief executive officer of Yelp subsidiary Eat24, as well as the co-founder and vice president of the podcast platform Stitcher. Ghaffary joins Paul Hsiao, Gary Little and Rebecca Lynn as GPs at Canvas, which backs early-stage startups with $5 million to $20 million. The fi...
Tags: Tech, Economy, Venture Capital, Yelp, Strava, Chamath Palihapitiya, General Partner, Social Capital, Hsiao, Summit Partners, Palihapitiya, Canvas Ventures, Ghaffary, Stitcher, Eat24, Rebecca Lynn


With these numbers, it’s no surprise SoftBank is investing in Latin America

Mary Ann Azevedo Contributor Share on Twitter Mary Ann Azevedo covers startups and tech at Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor Two Austin-based VC firms are each raising $100M funds Investor momentum builds for construction tech After SoftBank announced its plans to launch a $5 billion innovation fund in Latin America, we reached out to the good folks at the Latin American Venture Ca...
Tags: TC, Column, Mexico, Softbank, US, Tech, Walmart, Austin, Colombia, Venture Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Latin America, Movile, Nubank, Naspers, Sao Paulo


Small VC funds continue to raise, despite pressure from above

Jason Rowley Contributor Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor Airbnb, Automattic and Pinterest top rank of most acquisitive unicorns Companies raising supergiant VC aren’t getting any younger Recently, we bore out with data what has been felt for several years in most U.S. tech scenes: a rising venture market raises funds of all sizes. But it’s a trend that m...
Tags: TC, Column, Tech, Nano, Canada, Venture Capital, SEC, First Republic Bank, Jason Rowley, Micro-vc, Samir Kaji, Crunchbase News, Crunchbase News More, Nano VC, U S Nano VC


Did Sam Altman make YC better or worse?

Y Combinator revealed yesterday that its president, Sam Altman, is stepping down from his role to become the accelerator program’s chairman. This change, said YC, will allow Altman to “spend more time focusing on OpenAI,” the San Francisco-based nonprofit that was cofounded by Altman and Elon Musk three years ago to get ahead of the risks posed by artificial intelligence, The timing may not be so coincidental. Two weeks ago, Musk separated from OpenAI, whose operations Musk and Altman have funde...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Elon Musk, San Francisco, Tech, Beijing, Venture Capital, Peter Thiel, Sam Altman, Brian Chesky, Cto, Jessica Livingston, Musk, Yc, Paul Graham, Openai


Venture investors and startup execs say they don’t need Elizabeth Warren to defend them from big tech

Responding to Elizabeth Warren’s call to regulate and break up some of the nation’s largest technology companies, the venture capitalists that invest in technology companies are advising the presidential hopeful to move slowly and not break anything. Warren’s plan called for regulators to be appointed to oversee the unwinding of several acquisitions that were critical to the development of the core technology that make Alphabet’s Google and the social media giant Facebook so profitable… an...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Technology, Microsoft, US Government, Entrepreneurship, Elizabeth Warren, US, Los Angeles, Social Media, Tech, Walmart, Economy, Companies


Y Combinator president Sam Altman is stepping down amid a series of changes at the accelerator

Sam Altman, the well-known president of the prolific Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator, is stepping down, the firm shared in a blog post on Friday. Altman is transitioning into a chairman role with other YC partners stepping up to take on his day-to-day responsibilities, as first reported by Axios. Sources tell TechCrunch YC has no succession plans. YC’s core program is currently led by chief executive officer Michael Seibel, who joined the firm as a part-time partner in 2013 and ass...
Tags: Startups, Y Combinator, Accelerator, Articles, San Francisco, Chief executive officer, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, President, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Mountain View, Graham, Chairman, Advisor


What Can Tech Deals In Healthcare, Finance, And Legal Sectors Tell Us About The Shape Of Things To Come?

A new report looks back on some of the notable tech M&A deals and IPOs that punctuated the worlds of healthcare and biotech, legal, finance, and cybersecurity in 2018 and the outlook for those deals this year.
Tags: Technology, Law, Finance, Cybersecurity, Venture Capital, M&a, Biotech, Health Care / Medicine


TX Tech: ForeFlight to Boeing, Osano Debut, Saranas’ FDA Nod & More

Let’s catch up with the latest innovation news in Texas.—Boeing (NYSE: BE) has acquired Houston-based ForeFlight, a mobile and web-based maker of aviation software, according to a press release. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ForeFlight had already been partnering with the Chicago-based aeronautical company for the past two years through Boeing’s subsidiary Jeppesen by using the latter’s data and charts in ForeFlight’s mobile platform. “This acquisition also expands Boeing’s rapidly grow...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Texas, Privacy, Funding, Trends, Tech, Investment, Data, Analytics, People, Cybersecurity, Vc



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