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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


Autodesk CEO Andrew Anagnost explains the strategy behind acquiring Spacemaker

Autodesk, the U.S. publicly listed software and services company that targets engineering and design industries, acquired Norway’s Spacemaker this week. The startup has developed AI-supported software for urban development, something Autodesk CEO Andrew Anagnost broadly calls generative design. The price of the acquisition is $240 million in a mostly all-cash deal. Spacemaker’s VC backers included European firms Atomico and Northzone, which co-led the company’s $25 million Series A round in 2...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Real Estate, Cloud Computing, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Autodesk, Norway, Northzone, Vision, Atomico, PROPtech, Andrew Anagnost, Building Information Modeling


Construction tech startups are poised to shake up a $1.3-trillion-dollar industry

Allison Xu Contributor Share on Twitter Allison Xu is an investor at Bain Capital Ventures, where she focuses on investments in the fintech and property tech sectors. In the wake of COVID-19 this spring, construction sites across the nation emptied out alongside neighboring restaurants, retail stores, offices and other commercial establishments. Debates ensued over whether the construction industry’s seven million employees sh...
Tags: Tech, United States, Autodesk, Bain Capital Ventures, FMI, Built Technologies, Allison Xu


Spacemaker, AI software for urban development, is acquired by Autodesk for $240M

Autodesk, the U.S. publicly listed software and services company that targets engineering and design industries, has acquired Norway’s Spacemaker, a startup that has developed AI-supported software for urban development. The price of the acquisition is $240 million in a mostly all-cash deal. Spacemaker’s VC backers include European firms Atomico and Northzone, which co-led the company’s $25 million Series A round in 2019. Other investors on the cap table include Nordic real estate innov...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, Tech, M&a, Autodesk, Norway, Northzone, Atomico, Exit, AEC, Oslo Norway, Andrew Anagnost, Anagnost, Ben Blume


Armory nabs $40M Series C as commercial biz on top of open source Spinnaker project takes off

As companies continue to shift more quickly to the cloud, pushed by the pandemic, startups like Armory that work in the cloud native space are seeing an uptick in interest. Armory is a company built to be commercial layer on top of the open source continuous delivery project Spinnaker. Today, it announced a $40 million Series C. B Capital led the round with help from new investors Lead Edge Capital and Marc Benioff along with previous investors Insight Partners, Crosslink Capital, Bain Capita...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Open Source, Cloud, Enterprise, Developer, Funding, Tech, Netflix, Autodesk, Armory, Mirantis, Marc Benioff, JPMorgan Chase, Amazon Microsoft


Selling a startup can come with an emotional cost

Every founder dreams of building a substantial company. For those who make it through the myriad challenges, it typically results in an exit. If it’s through an acquisition, that can mean cashing in your equity, paying back investors and rewarding long-time employees, but it also usually results in a loss of power and a substantially reduced role. Some founders hang around for a while before leaving after an agreed-upon time period, while others depart right away because there is simply no role ...
Tags: Security, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Enterprise, Entrepreneurship, Tech, SaaS, M&a, Autodesk, Young, Distil Networks, Techcrunch Disrupt, Tracy Young, Plangrid, Exit


It’s game on as Unity begins trading

Unity Software, which sells a game development toolkit primarily for mobile phone app developers, raised $1.3 billion in its initial public offering. The company, which will begin trading today with the ticker symbol “U,” priced its shares at the top end of its expected range, selling 25 million shares at $52 per share. The company’s final IPO price came in far ahead of what Unity initially anticipated. The company initially expected to price its public offering between $34 and $42 per share, la...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Microsoft, Tech, Epic, Autodesk, Initial Public Offering, Zscaler, Unity-technologies, Maya, SVP, Unity, Epic and Unity, Unity Software


Unity IPO aims to fuel growth across gaming and beyond

Eric Peckham Contributor Share on Twitter Eric Peckham is the creator of the Monetizing Media newsletter and podcast. He was previously TechCrunch’s media columnist. More posts by this contributor Bear and bull cases for Unity’s IPO Unity Software Inc. is set to list on the New York Stock Exchange this month, following its S-1 filing two weeks ago. The 16-year-old tech company is universally known w...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gaming, Facebook, Column, Mark Zuckerberg, South Korea, Adobe, Microsoft, San Francisco, Tech, Epic


How Unity built a gaming engine for the future

Eric Peckham Contributor Share on Twitter Eric Peckham is the creator of the Monetizing Media newsletter and podcast. He was previously TechCrunch’s media columnist. Last week, Unity Software Inc. filed to go public on the New York Stock Exchange, but the 16-year-old tech company is universally known within the gaming industry and largely unknown outside of it. Unity has expanded beyond gaming, pouring hundreds of millions...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gaming, Facebook, Column, Mark Zuckerberg, South Korea, Adobe, Microsoft, San Francisco, Tech, Epic


Meet the final round judges who will decide the winner of this year’s Disrupt Battlefield Competition

It’s never easy, deciding which of the 20 companies that make it into the Disrupt Battlefield Competition will be anointed its winner. There’s just so much at stake each year and this year at Disrupt 2020 this September 14-18 the stakes are even higher. For that one startup that makes it all the way through the gauntlet, winning means $100,000, along with some serious bragging rights, which is non-trivial. But it can also be life-changing, given the interest the winner receives from customers, f...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, London, Germany, Russia, Israel, Tech, Reddit, Silicon Valley, Alexis Ohanian, Philadelphia, Airbnb


Black founders can get tactical advice at Disrupt

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death and widespread protests for racial justice, a number of venture capitalists made public statements about wanting to improve diversity in the tech industry — and more specifically to fund more diverse founders. Their comments are certainly worth applauding, but actual change is a lot harder. And if it comes at all, it will take time. In the meantime, how can Black founders navigate a tech and venture capital industry where they have historically been under...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Tech, Autodesk, Justin, Squire, Michael Seibel, Seibel, Songe, Reham Fagiri, AptDeco, CrunchMatch, George Floyd, Disrupt 2020, Digital Startup Alley Exhibitor Package, Songe LaRon


Researchers shine light on hackers-for-hire op that hit estate agent with malicious plugin for Autodesk 3ds Max

Attackers aimed to steal pics, vids, and compressed files A hacker crew targeted a luxury estate agency involved in multimillion-pound property deals by deploying malicious plugins for 3D design software Autodesk 3ds Max as part of a potential hacks-for-hire operation.…
Tags: Software, Autodesk, Max


AI startup Gong is now worth $2.2 billion following a new $200 million venture investment

San Francisco software startup Gong is now worth $2.2 billion following a $200 million Series D, the company said. Gong sells what it calls "revenue intelligence" software, which analyzes customer data to help sales teams close deals. The round was led by Coatue, the technology-focused hedge fund, which has continued to make big investments through the pandemic.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Artificial intelligence software startup Gong is the latest Silicon Valley unic...
Tags: San Francisco, Trends, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, Autodesk, Ufc, Sequoia Capital, Parker Conrad, Carta, Coatue Coatue, Coatue, Gong, Amit Bendov, Eilon Reshef, Swayze Valentine, Index Venture Salesforce Venture


Hear Cloudflare and PlanGrid’s amazing journey from founding to exit at Disrupt 2020

How and when should startup founders think about the “exit”? It’s the perennial question in tech entrepreneurialism, but the how’s and when’s are questions to which there are a multitude of answers. For one thing, new founders often forget that the terms of the exit may not eventually be entirely in their control. There’s the board to think of, the strategic direction of the company, the first-in investors, the last-in. You name it. We’ll be chatting about this at Disrupt 2020. Exits normally ha...
Tags: TC, Europe, Business, Internet, Tech, Internet Security, Autodesk, Cloudflare, Initial Public Offering, Startup Company, Tracy Young, Plangrid, Michelle Zatlyn, Zatlyn


Announcing the Disrupt 2020 agenda

For the past 10 years, Disrupt has been a place for the tech community to come together to connect and learn. And while thousands of techies won’t be able to descend on the Moscone Center this year, the Disrupt show will most certainly go on. On the conference’s 10th anniversary, we’re coming to you virtually. This makes Disrupt 2020 the most accessible Disrupt ever. But just because it’s virtual doesn’t mean that the fundamentals of the show will change. Disrupt attendees will, of course, have ...
Tags: TC, Asia, Europe, Hollywood, Washington, Boston, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, Netflix, Silicon Valley, Autodesk, Sequoia Capital, Fintech, Latin America, Anker


Construction's digital transformation is speeding up. Here are 10 contech startups to watch.

The pandemic has hit the construction tech space hard, leading to layoffs at SoftBank-backed Katerra and a pause on ProCore's plans for an IPO. But those short-term challenges may lead to long-term gains, with $265 billion in annual profits up for grabs according to McKinsey. Spending on construction technology has actually increased by 50% since the pandemic began by of the companies that McKinsey surveyed. The construction industry, which is notoriously old-school, is embracing technology th...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Australia, Softbank, Trends, Bloomberg, Citigroup, SEC, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, Autodesk, Norway, Greylock Partners, Khosla Ventures, Bain, Atomico


Where are all the robots?

Rajat Bhageria Contributor Share on Twitter Rajat Bhageria is founder and CEO of stealth robotics company Chef Robotics and is founder and managing partner at Prototype Capital. We were promised robots everywhere — fully autonomous robots that will drive our cars end-to-end, clean our dishes, drive our freight, make our food, pipette and do our lab work, write our legal documents, mow the lawn, balance our books and even clea...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Column, Hardware, US, Tech, Tesla, Intel, Artificial Intelligence, Colombia, Netflix, Bill Gates, SaaS, Nvidia, Ibm


AutoCAD is the software that turns dreams into reality and now you can learn how to use it

It doesn’t do you much good to come up with a brilliant concept that you can’t translate into a working real-world prototype. Whether you’re thinking about building a home, a mechanical tool or a toy, that’s where the magic of computer-aided design and drafting software like AutoCAD comes into play.  The longtime leader in the field, AutoCAD by Autodesk is used by architects, designers, engineers, and loads of other professionals to help flesh out 2D drawings into 3D structures, all crafted t...
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Dribbble, a bootstrapped ‘LinkedIn’ for designers, acquires Creative Market, grows to 12M users

Traditionally dominated by big players like Adobe and Autodesk, the world of design has been flush with a newer wave of startups that are creating collaboration spaces and new cloud-based tools designed to address the needs of creatives today. Today, two of those players are combining. Dribbble, an online community for designers that lets them post their work and look for work, is acquiring Creative Market, a marketplace for ready-to-use fonts, icons, illustrations, photos and other design as...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Adobe, Developer, Tech, Designers, M&a, Autodesk, Exit, Creatives, Winn, Dribbble, Creative market, Dyndrite, Design Software


Tech companies like Apple and Blue Origin and universities like Duke are using their arsenals of 3D printers to produce millions of face shields for medical workers (AAPL, HP, F)

The nation's arsenal of 3D printers is being deployed to produce protective equipment amid the coronavirus outbreak.  Universities like Duke, Harvard, and Northwestern are using their 3D-printing facilities to produce up to 1,000 face-shield components per day.  And major corporations like Apple and Ford are pivoting to face-shield production as the nation's medical workers face a shortage of personal protective equipment. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The nation's st...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, New York, Cook, California, Kaiser Permanente, Stanford, Boston, New York City, US, America, Trends, Adidas, Snapchat, Chicago, Harvard


Autodesk's former CEO and his maker friends are cranking out face shields for nurses and doctors

Autodesk's former CEO Carl Bass is a deeply talented artist and maker with his own fab lab in Berkeley. Now, Carl along with his pal Chris Taggart and their families have been cranking out a unique kind of plastic face shield to help protect nurses and doctors on the front lines of COVID-19. In some cases, they've had to be discreet in their donations due to health regulations. “There are a huge number of people around the country who make stuff and are trying to figure out how to help out...
Tags: Post, News, Diy, Makers, Autodesk, Berkeley, Bass, Carl, Frances Dinkelspiel, Taggart, Alameda Health System, Carl Bass, Peter Sims, PPE, Berkeleyside, Coronavirus


Adweek Together: The Future of Work

Maria Scileppi has had an enviable career. She's worked for some of the biggest names in advertising, including Young & Rubicam and 72andSunny. She is a past director of the Chicago Portfolio School. And in between, she's had stints at tech companies Autodesk and Dropbox focusing on the future of work. In February, just as...
Tags: Advertising, Autodesk, Young Rubicam, Adweek Together, Maria Scileppi, Chicago Portfolio School


Facebook just named two women to its board as it seeks gender parity — here are 13 tech companies that have recently diversified their boardrooms (FB)

Facebook went public with an all-male board, but nearly achieved gender parity last week when it added two women directors. The announcement came as companies face growing pressure from employees, customers, investors, and lawmakers to increase diversity within their ranks, especially among upper leadership. While the tech industry has moved slow so far, companies like Alphabet, Amazon, Airbnb, and HP are at least making some progress in the boardroom. Here are 13 tech companies that have adde...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, California, US, San Francisco, Trends, Paypal, Autodesk, Starbucks, Deloitte, National Basketball Association, Kpmg, Tivo, Sundar Pichai, Polycom


Datastax acquires The Last Pickle

Data management company Datastax, one of the largest contributors to the Apache Cassandra project, today announced that it has acquired The Last Pickle (and no, I don’t know what’s up with that name either), a New Zealand-based Cassandra consulting and services firm that’s behind a number of popular open-source tools for the distributed NoSQL database. As Datastax Chief Strategy Officer Sam Ramji, who you may remember from his recent tenure at Apigee, the Cloud Foundry Foundation, Go...
Tags: Google, TC, Cloud, Spotify, Enterprise, Developer, Tech, Data, Ceo, T-mobile, AT&T, Computing, New Zealand, Aws, Autodesk, Premier


15 architecture software startups that are shaking up the design process, according to VCs and users

Architecture, unlike it's counterparty industry, construction, has decisively become a digital industry, with almost all design taking place within popular software platforms like AutoCAD.  With the advent of virtual reality, machine-learning programs that can generate designs algorithmically, and the widespread popularity of cloud-based collaboration tools, tech continues to have drastic effects on architecture. We polled a range of architects, designers, and venture capitalists to create a l...
Tags: Accelerator, UK, New York, Pinterest, Minnesota, Germany, Boston, New York City, US, Trends, Mit, Netflix, Delta, Autodesk, Bmw, Crunchbase


Radha Mistry's Job at Autodesk is to Explore and Provoke Possible Futures

For this year's Core77 Design Awards, we're conducting in-depth interviews with some of our 2020 jury captains to get in a glimpse into their creative minds and to hear more about what they'll be looking for in this year's awards submissions. You could say the general purpose of an organization's collective body is to ask the question, "what's next?" In other words, any one person's job at a company is to help contribute to moving it forward and make it a success. But not everyone can say they...
Tags: Japan, UK, Design, London, France, Germany, India, US, Italy, Ethiopia, New Orleans, Sci Fi, Silicon Valley, Autodesk, North America, Designer Profiles


Here are the 11 companies that experts think Microsoft could try to acquire in 2020, including Salesforce, Twilio, and Workday (MSFT, CRM, TWLO, WDAY)

Microsoft spent more than $9 billion on acquisitions during its last fiscal year, mostly attributable to its $7.5 billion purchase of GitHub. Analysts expect the buying spree to continue, and speculated on a few big names that Microsoft might try to buy. The list includes Salesforce, Twilio and Workday — though be advised that there's no indication that anybody at Microsoft has so much as thought of buying any of these companies; this is all speculation from industry analysts. Also of note is ...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Trends, Linkedin, Autodesk, Salesforce, Amazon Web Services, Rbc, Coupe, AT T, RBC Capital Markets, Wedbush Securities, Avaya, Ringcentral, Brent Bracelin, Bracelin


Architecture software startups are looking to disrupt the design process with VR and machine learning — industry insiders say these are the 15 startups to watch

Architecture, unlike it's counterparty industry, construction, has decisively become a digital industry, with almost all design taking place within popular software platforms like AutoCAD.  With the advent of virtual reality, machine-learning programs that can generate designs algorithmically, and the widespread popularity of cloud-based collaboration tools, tech continues to have drastic effects on architecture. We polled a range of architects, designers, and venture capitalists to create a l...
Tags: Accelerator, UK, New York, Pinterest, Minnesota, Germany, Boston, New York City, US, Trends, Mit, Netflix, Delta, Autodesk, Bmw, Crunchbase


Architecture software startups are looking to disrupt the design process — insiders say these are the 15 hottest names to watch

Architecture, unlike it's counterparty industry, construction, has decisively become a digital industry, with almost all design taking place within popular software platforms like AutoCAD.  With the advent of virtual reality, machine-learning programs that can generate designs algorithmically, and the widespread popularity of cloud-based collaboration tools, tech continues to have drastic effects on architecture. We polled a range of architects, designers, and venture capitalists to create a l...
Tags: Accelerator, UK, New York, Pinterest, Minnesota, Germany, Boston, New York City, US, Trends, Mit, Netflix, Delta, Autodesk, Bmw, Crunchbase


These are the top 15 startups helping even non-programmers build simple apps, ahead of an expected software developer shortage

Low code/no code tools are rising in popularity as software becomes increasingly necessary in the workplace, and the demand for developers to build it is slated to outpace the supply. Low code/no code refers to tools that can help non-programmers build simple apps and automate common tasks quickly and easily. It's expected to be a market worth $52 billion by 2024, with tech titans like Microsoft and Google competing with small startups to capitalize on the opportunity.  Business Insider compil...
Tags: Google, Amazon, London, Microsoft, New York City, America, San Francisco, Trends, Atlanta, Nasa, New York Times, Netherlands, Silicon Valley, Autodesk, Ashton Kutcher, Seattle