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Extra Crunch roundup: TC Mobility recaps, Nubank EC-1, farewell to browser cookies

What, exactly, are investors looking for? Early-stage founders, usually first-timers, often tie themselves in knots as they try to project the qualities they hope investors are seeking. In reality, few entrepreneurs have the acting skills required to convince someone that they’re patient, dedicated or hard-working. Johan Brenner, general partner at Creandum, was an early backer of Klarna, Spotify and several other European startups. Over the last two decades, he’s identified five key traits shar...
Tags: Apple, Google, Spotify, China, US, Toronto, Tech, Walmart, SEC, EC, Latin America, Nubank, David Velez, Creandum, Cto, Sequoia


The Station: Robotaxi apps on the rise, an AI pioneer’s new startup and mobility event highlights

Hello and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages move (today and in the future) from Point A to Point B. Welp, the mobility event is over and we had loads of interesting interviews and anyone with an Extra Crunch subscription can access the videos. For instance, Rita Liao moderated a panel with executives from three Chinese robotaxi companies — WeRide, AutoX and Momenta — that also test and develop in Europe and the United States. One inter...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Asia, Twitter, Europe, Indonesia, California, Senate, White House, China, Russia, Softbank, America, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg


What does Uber and birth control have in common?

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 morning coffee chat with you that is all about the weekend, what to expect this week, and some funding rounds you may have missed. I’m subbing in for Alex Wilhelm today, who is deservedly out on vacation. You can find me on Twitter @nmasc_, and Equity on Twitter (turn on those notifications!) @equitypod.  Biden and world leaders are cong...
Tags: Apple, TC, Uber, Space, Elon Musk, India, Tech, Tesla, Bitcoin, Nato, Ubs, Jeff Bezos, Biden, Equity, Edtech, Health Tech


Extra Crunch roundup: EU insurtech, 30 years of ‘Crossing the Chasm,’ embedded finance’s endgame

This morning, Anna Heim and Alex Wilhelm dug into the EU insurtech market, interviewing European VCs and collating the biggest recent rounds to take the temperature of the waters across the pond: Alex Timm, CEO, Root Dan Preston, CEO, MetroMile Luca Bocchio, partner, Accel Florian Graillot, investor, Astorya.vc Stephen Brittain, director and founder, Insurtech Gateway Several European-based insurtech startups entered unicorn territory this year, such as Bought By Many, which offers pet insuran...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, London, Microsoft, Entrepreneurship, Insurance, Tech, Eu, Atlantic, United States, Venture Capital, Tanzania, Mobility, Alan, Anna


Extra Crunch roundup: Security data lakes, China vs. Starlink, ExtraHop’s $900M exit

News broke this morning that Bain Capital Private Equity and Crosspoint Capital Partners are purchasing Seattle-based network security startup ExtraHop. Part of the Network Detection and Response (NDR) market, ExtraHop’s security solutions are for companies that manage assets in the cloud and on-site, “something that could be useful as more companies find themselves in that in-between state,” report Ron Miller and Alex Wilhelm. Just one year ago, ExtraHop was closing in on $100 million in ARR an...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Space, Spacex, Maryland, China, US, Tech, Earth, United States, Venture Capital, EC, Anna, Seattle, Alex


Extra Crunch roundup: Inside Sprinklr’s IPO filing, how digital transformation is reshaping markets

Despite a recent history of uneven cash flow and moderate growth, SaaS customer experience management platform Sprinklr has filed to go public. In today’s edition of The Exchange, Alex Wilhelm pores over the New York-based unicorn’s S-1 to better understand exactly what Sprinklr offers: “Marketing and comms software, with some machine learning built in.” Despite 19% growth in revenue over the last fiscal year, its deficits increased during the same period. But with more than $250 million in cash...
Tags: TC, New York, Enterprise, Digital Transformation, Tech, Machine Learning, Sprinklr, Alex Wilhelm, Walter Thompson, Danny Crichton, Natasha Mascarenhas, Danny Crichton Natasha Mascarenhas, TechCrunch Equity, Extra Crunch Roundup, Alex Since, Yann Maignan


Belvo, LatAm’s answer to Plaid, raises $43M to scale its API for financial services

Belvo , a Latin American startup which has built an open finance API platform, announced today it has raised $43 million in a Series A round of funding. A mix of Silicon Valley and Latin American-based VC firms and angels participated in the financing including Future Positive, Kibo Ventures, FJ Labs, Kaszek, MAYA Capital, Venture Friends, Rappi co-founder and president Sebastián Mejía (Rappi), Harsh Sinha, CTO of Wise (formerly Transferwise) and Nubank CEO and founder David Vélez. Citing ...
Tags: Mexico, Tech, Barcelona, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Silicon Valley, Alex, Latin America, David Velez, Alex Wilhelm, Chile Peru, Mexico Brazil, Mexico Colombia, Nicolas Szekasy, Belvo


The Station: Rivian rolls towards an IPO and Quantumscape makes a big battery hire

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to all the ways people and packages move (today and in the future) from Point A to Point B. For my American readers, you might be traveling — perhaps for the first time in more than a year — because of the Memorial Day holiday. While Memorial Day is meant to honor members ...
Tags: Transportation, Asia, Twitter, Utah, Elon Musk, New York, Texas, Microsoft, Senate, White House, China, Ipo, Germany, Berlin, Softbank, America


3 views on the future of meetings

More than a year into the coronavirus pandemic, early-stage startups across the world are re-inventing how we work. But founders aren’t flocking to build just another SaaS tool or Airtable copycat — they’re trying to disrupt the only thing possibly more annoying than e-mail: the work meeting. On an episode of this week’s podcast, Equity hosts Alex Wilhelm, Danny Crichton and Natasha Mascarenhas discussed a flurry of funding rounds related to the future of work. Rewatch, which makes meetings a...
Tags: Startups, TC, Real Estate, Podcasts, Tech, Remote Work, Silicon Valley, Kleiner Perkins, Eight Roads Ventures, Alex Wilhelm, Storm Ventures, Howard, JVP, Danny Crichton, Telecommuting, Equity podcast


Extra Crunch roundup: Jam City SPAC, startup PR, telemedicine market map, more

For this morning’s edition of The Exchange, Alex Wilhelm studied information recently released by mobile gaming studio Jam City as it prepares to go public in a $1.2 billion blank-check deal with DPCM Capital. “Jam City is a bit like Zynga, but unless you are a mobile-gaming aficionado, you might not have heard of it,” he writes. Since its launch, Jam City has raised upwards of $300 million, including a $145 million round in 2019. At the time, the company was riding high after signing a deal wit...
Tags: Startups, TC, London, Entrepreneurship, Big Data, Ipo, Israel, Disney, Tech, Getty Images, United States, New Relic, Zynga, Venture Capital, Square, Machine Learning


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


Daily Crunch: Lemonade says website security flaw that exposed customer data is ‘by design’

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. I interrupt your regularly scheduled Daily Crunch to announce that your regularly scheduled writer, one Alex Wilhelm, is out sick today. If the effects of his second shot subside by tomorrow, then he’ll be back with his commas. In the meantime, I have taken the reins and hope to be at least half as spirited. Let’s get on with it, shall we? — Henry TechCrunch Top 3...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, US, Tech, Tesla, Walmart, Paypal, Earth, Nano, International Space Station, Italy, Bird, Brian, Kazakhstan, Vietnam


Daily Crunch: The early-stage tech talent crunch is real

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. By now everyone is familiar with the tech world’s talent crunch: Developers are scarce and expensive, while data scientists are maybe even scarcer and expensiver. Some folks I’ve spoken to think that rising acceptance of remote work may help reduce the supply-demand imbalance. Hell, every early-stage startup I’ve spoken to in weeks is remote-first. Many were born d...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Newsletter, Tech, Bird, Ashton Kutcher, Alex Wilhelm, SPAC, Yext, Kirsten, Mary Ann, Planck, Cakebread, Lyst, Stampli, Daily Crunch


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


How Robert Reffkin went from being a C-average student to the founder of Compass

In April, real estate tech company Compass forged ahead with its initial public offering and is now valued at nearly $6.4 billion. At that time, TechCrunch Senior Editor Alex Wilhelm caught up with founder and CEO Robert Reffkin to chat about his company’s debut in the market’s suddenly choppy waters for tech and tech-enabled debuts . This week, I caught up with Reffkin on a whole other topic: his path to entrepreneurship as a child raised by a disowned single mother whose fath...
Tags: TC, Real Estate, New York City, America, Entrepreneur, Tech, Diversity, Ceo, C, Editor, American Express, Goldman Sachs, Compass, Lazard, Columbia, Alex Wilhelm


Uber adds vaccine booking, car rental delivery in new product push

Uber is launching more than a half-dozen new features, including one that will let users book vaccine appointments at Walgreens and reserve a ride to get their jab, as the company homes in on a business model that will finally deliver profitability. The features, announced Wednesday, fall under what Uber is describing as its “go get” strategy. It’s also meant to mark a return to more “normal” business operations following 14 months of shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The numerous featu...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Tech, Walgreens, SEC, Rideshare, Uber Eats, Jain, Alex Wilhelm, ATG, Uber Freight Uber, Uber Reserve, Sundeep Jain


What does it take to create a startup ecosystem?

Say it louder for the people in the back: As tech grows bigger by the minute and venture capital adds dollar signs by the day, a startup hub’s success is not an either/or situation. The next Silicon Valley is a tired narrative, when in reality startups look, innovate and create differently all over the world. On that note, my colleagues spent the past few months digging into the market in Detroit, Michigan: The StockX EC-1 How StockX became the stock market of hype While StockX is the star...
Tags: Startups, TC, England, New York, Wales, Ipo, Tech, Pakistan, Silicon Valley, Cleveland Cavaliers, EC, Detroit, Tiger Global, IVP, Coinbase, Dan Gilbert


Extra Crunch roundup: UiPath’s IPO filing, predicting revenue, how to pivot properly, much more

This is not a boast, but a warning: I could write a how-to article on almost any topic. Give me enough time to do some research, and I can put together a reliable step-by-step for building a custom gaming PC, installing a hot water heater or interpreting public health data. But since I’ve never actually done those things, I would encourage you to ignore any advice I have to offer. Trusted advice comes from experience. That’s why Ron Miller interviewed three entrepreneurs who have each built mult...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Facebook, Europe, Microsoft, California, Entrepreneurship, Ipo, US, Tech, Austin, United States, Quora, Venture Capital, Dell


Daily Crunch: Google Earth gets an update

Google Earth gives users a new look at a changing planet, Facebook tests new business discovery features and Autodesk acquires Upchain. This is your Daily Crunch for April 15, 2021. The big story: Google Earth gets an update Google is describing this as Google Earth’s biggest update since 2017, though there’s really just one major addition: A time-lapse mode bringing together satellite photos from the past 37 years, in 3D. Beyond just being a novel new feature, this mode can reveal how climate...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Berlin, Toronto, Tech, Google-earth, Autodesk, Detroit, MWC, Ifa, Battery Ventures, Dan Gilbert, Alex Wilhelm, Garry Kasparov, CCPA


Extra Crunch roundup: Tonal EC-1, Deliveroo’s rocky IPO, is Substack really worth $650M?

For this morning’s column, Alex Wilhelm looked back on the last few months, “a busy season for technology exits” that followed a hot Q4 2020. We’re seeing signs of an IPO market that may be cooling, but even so, “there are sufficient SPACs to take the entire recent Y Combinator class public,” he notes. Once we factor in private equity firms with pockets full of money, it’s evident that late-stage companies have three solid choices for leveling up. Seeking more insight into these liquidity opti...
Tags: Startups, TC, Asia, Entrepreneurship, Mexico, Ipo, US, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Venture Capital, Machine Learning, SEC, EC, Alex, Latin America, Digitalocean


As Compass downsizes its IPO, signs of weakness appear for high-growth companies

On the same day that Deliveroo’s IPO fizzled at the start of trading, Compass announced via a fresh S-1 filing that it will reduce the number of shares in its impending flotation and sell them at a lower price. Taken together, the various market signs could point to a modest to moderate cooling in the tech IPO market. The move by Compass, a venture-backed residential brokerage, to lower its implied public-market valuation and sell fewer shares is a rebuke of the company’s earl...
Tags: TC, Ipo, Tech, Compass, Fintech, Digitalocean, Deliveroo, Alex Wilhelm, SPAC, Kaltura, EC News Analysis, EC Fintech, Intermedia Cloud Communications


Extra Crunch roundup: Clubhouse UX teardown, YC Demo Day favorites, proptech VC survey, more

Since the pandemic began, I have been pushing the limits of my imagination to try to picture what cities will look and feel like in the coming years. If your town looks like San Francisco, where I live, it’s a pressing question: Our once-bustling financial district is a ghost town, but even in outer neighborhoods, the number of vacant storefronts is unsettling. People are starting to emerge after sheltering in place for a year, but we are a long way from fully restoring our shared spaces. What’s...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Transportation, Y Combinator, Real Estate, Microsoft, Ipo, Israel, San Francisco, Tech, Hungary, Middle East, Venture Capital, Vr, Silicon Valley


Our favorite companies from Y Combinator’s W21 Demo Day: Part 1

It’s that time again! Today is Demo Day for Y Combinator’s latest accelerator batch — its largest to date, with more than 300 teams getting a minute each to pitch their companies to an audience of investors. This is the third time YC has held its Demo Day via a Zoom livestream and the second time the entire program was entirely virtual. YC president Geoff Ralston outlined their thinking for this latest batch — and how/why they’ve expanded the program to over 300 companies — in a post this mornin...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Asia, Spotify, Navy, Southeast Asia, Nigeria, Tech, United States, Alex Wilhelm, BCG, ARR, Geoff Ralston, Blushh, EC Cloud and Enterprise Infrastructure


Extra Crunch roundup: AI eats fintech, fundraising visas, no-code transition tips, more

Most American retail banks are designed the same way: Customers must pass several desks set aside for loan and mortgage officers before they can talk to a customer representative. I only step inside a bank a few times each year, but even pre-pandemic, I can’t remember the last time I saw someone sitting at one of those desks. Everyone I know who’s obtained a home or business loan in the recent past started with an online application process. For this morning’s column, Alex Wilhelm interviewed Da...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Ecommerce, Europe, Developer, Finance, Africa, Tech, Data, Artificial Intelligence, United States, SaaS, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Bmw, Barry


Should there be some law against raising three times in one year? (techcrunch)

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. Want it in your inbox every Saturday morning? Sign up here. Ready? Let’s talk money, startups and spicy IPO rumors. Every quarter we dig into the venture capital market’s global, national, and sector-based results to get a feel for what the temperature of the private market is at that point in time. Th...
Tags: News, Global, Konrad, Alex, Clara, Exchange, Alex Wilhelm, Thacker, ARR, Quelle, Exxon Shell, Midas Touch, Roblox, The Exchange, Rhapsody Venture Partners, Arist


Daily Crunch: Stripe valued at $95B

Stripe gets a mind-boggling valuation, Facebook promotes COVID vaccines and Elon Musk has an interesting new title. This is your Daily Crunch for March 15, 2021. The big story: Stripe valued at $95B That’s right: The popular payments company has raised $600 million in new funding at a $95 billion valuation. It says it will use the money to expand in Europe while also growing its global payments and treasury network. “Whether in fintech, mobility, retail or SaaS, the growth opportunity for the ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Facebook, Europe, Elon Musk, Adobe, Funding, US, Tech, Tesla, Netflix, Bmw, Payments, Stripe, Collins, Digitalocean, Musk


Daily Crunch: Marco Rubio sides with Amazon workers

A prominent Republican senator weighs in on Amazon’s labor disputes, Microsoft reports a security vulnerability in Exchange and we examine ByteDance’s gaming strategy. This is your Daily Crunch for March 12, 2021. The big story: Marco Rubio sides with Amazon workers Senator Marco Rubio published an op-ed in USA Today declaring his support for workers in Amazon’s warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, as they seek to unionize. It’s surprising for a Republican senator to throw his weight behind a nasce...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, Congress, Boston, US, Tech, Tesla, Policy, Marco Rubio, Bmw, Usa Today, Musk, Alex Wilhelm, Rubio, U S Securities and Exchange Commission, ARR


Extra Crunch roundup: Coupang and Roblox debut, driving GPT-3 adoption, startup how-tos, more

Extra Crunch publishes a variety of article types, but how-tos are my favorite category. For many entrepreneurs, the startup they are trying to get off the ground might be only the second entry on their resume. As a result, they don’t have much experience to draw from when it comes to basics like hiring, fundraising and growth marketing. Last week, Natasha Mascarenhas interviewed experts who had some strategic advice for finding the right time to bring a product manager on board. This afternoon,...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, Ecommerce, Europe, Entrepreneurship, India, Global, Tech, Bloomberg, Artificial Intelligence, SaaS, How To, Venture Capital, SEC, Jaguar, Alex


Snowflake latest enterprise company to feel Wall Street’s wrath after good quarter

Snowflake reported earnings this week, and the results look strong with revenue more than doubling year-over-year. However, while the company’s fourth quarter revenue rose 117% to $190.5 million, it apparently wasn’t good enough for investors, who have sent the company’s stock tumbling since it reported Wednesday after the bell. It was similar to the reaction that Salesforce received from Wall Street last week after it announced a positive earnings report. Snowflake’s stock closed down around 4%...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Wall Street, Tech, Earnings, Snowflake, Alex Wilhelm, Frank Slootman, Slootman, Data Lakes


How capital-as-a-service can help you get your first check in 2021

“A lot of founders mix up raising money with making money.” This quote, which Career Karma founder Ruben Harris mentioned off-hand on a phone call with me, has been on my mind for months. In fact, raising money can cost you money, in the form of that sweet, sweet ownership and equity. That’s why Clearbanc, a startup I have covered for years, has always had a compelling pitch. The company, co-founded by Michele Romanow and Andrew D’Souza, positions itself as an alternative equity-free capital s...
Tags: Startups, TC, Spacex, London, Ipo, San Francisco, Tech, Spain, USV, Portugal, Crazy, EVs, Financing, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Coinbase, TechCrunch