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Contra wants to be the community that independent workers are missing

Whether you’re working on something new according to your Twitter bio, or self-employed, according to your LinkedIn bio, founder Ben Huffman thinks his platform, Contra, will be the best way for independent workers to explain and monetize what they are working on. Contra is a platform that wants professionals to create profiles that show project-based identities, versus a role-based identity that one would show on LinkedIn. It’s been built for what Huffman thinks is the future: digital knowledge...
Tags: Freelancing, Startups, TC, Facebook, New York, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Linkedin, Future Of Work, Tech, Shopify, Cowboy Ventures, Upwork, Huffman, Contra, Personnel


13 investors say lifelong learning is taking edtech mainstream

The venture potential of a startup that caters to individual students — instead of a slow-moving, small-pocketed institution — has a bullish aura that attracts investors. Add in a pandemic that forced many to embrace remote learning overnight, and it makes sense that we have seen companies like Outschool and ClassDojo turn first profits while startups like Quizlet and ApplyBoard reached $1 billion valuations. Last year brought a flurry of record-breaking venture capital to t...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Education, US, Tech, United States, Venture Capital, Lambda, Edtech, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Union Square Ventures, Cowboy Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Mckinsey, PitchBook


12 investors say lifelong learning is taking edtech mainstream

The venture potential of a startup that caters to individual students — instead of a slow-moving, small-pocketed institution — has a bullish aura that attracts investors. Add in a pandemic that forced many to embrace remote learning overnight, and it makes sense that we have seen companies like Outschool and ClassDojo turn first profits while startups like Quizlet and ApplyBoard reached $1 billion valuations. Last year brought a flurry of record-breaking venture capital to t...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, Education, US, Tech, United States, Venture Capital, Lambda, Edtech, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Union Square Ventures, Cowboy Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Mckinsey, PitchBook


Drata raises $3.2M for its compliance audit platform

Drata, a startup that helps businesses get their SOC 2 compliance, today announced that it has raised a $3.2 million seed round led by Cowboy Ventures and that it is coming out of stealth. Other investors include Leaders Fund, SV Angel and a group of angel investors. Like similar services, Drata helps businesses automate a lot of the evidence collection as they prepare for a SOC 2 audit. The focus of the service is obviously on running tests against the SOC 2 framework to help businesses prepare...
Tags: TC, Business, Tech, Economy, Companies, Audit, Cloud Services, Cto, Cowboy Ventures, Netapp, Startup Company, Soc, Leaders Fund, Markowitz, Portfolium, Auditing


Venture capitalists are condemning 'domestic terrorists' for storming the Capitol and urge Jack Dorsey to lock Trump's Twitter account

Trump supporters stand on the U.S. Capitol Police armored vehicle as others take over the steps of the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, as the Congress works to certify the electoral college votes. Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images The Trump-supporting protesters storming the US Capitol has consumed the world of VC Twitter.  Venture capitalists are condemning the chaos, with one investor calling the rioters "white terrorists" and another calling for the government to bring i...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Congress, Virginia, US, Trends, Venture Capital, Wisconsin, Silicon Valley, Biden, Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump, Madison, Greylock


It’s holiday season for tech unicorns

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. Did you follow all of the unicorn news from the last couple of weeks? No? Here’s a list of headlines to catch you up, because this holiday season is already featuring mega acquisitions, even more IPO filings, and a steady drumbeat of fundraises. Somehow, after one of the toughest years in recent memory, the tech industry is heading into December with ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Startups, TC, MetroMile, Mexico, Israel, Tech, SEC, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, EC, Ryan Reynolds, Edtech, Cowboy Ventures, Chris


Equity Dive: Edtech’s 2020 wakeup call

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week, we’re doing a first-ever for the show and taking a deep dive into one specific sector: Edtech. Natasha Mascarenhas has covered education technology since Stanford first closed down classes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. In the wake of the historic shuttering of much of the United States’ traditional institutions of education, ...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Stanford, Tech, United States, Equity, Edtech, Cowboy Ventures, Equity podcast, Jomayra Herrera, Edtech Natasha Mascarenhas, Sebastian Thrun Eschaton, Ian Dilick


Here’s how fast a few dozen startups grew in Q3 2020

Earlier this week I asked startups to share their Q3 growth metrics and whether they were performing ahead of behind of their yearly goals. Lots of companies responded. More than I could have anticipated, frankly. Instead of merely giving me a few data points to learn from, The Exchange wound up collecting sheafs of interesting data from upstart companies with big Q3 performance. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money. Read it every morning on Extra Crunch, or get The Exchange newsle...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Digital, Tech, Remote Work, Fertility, SaaS, Andreessen Horowitz, Canva, PPP, TechCrunch, Cowboy Ventures, Exchange, Bluevine, Don


Here’s what’s on tap for day two of Disrupt 2020

Who needs caffeine after day one of Disrupt 2020? Don’t know about you, but we’re flying high on entrepreneurial euphoria. Are you buckled in and ready to take on day two? Let’s look at just some of the events of the day. You’ve got your work — and fun — cut out for you trying to take in all the stellar startup goodness. Remember, this is merely a taste — you’ll find all the action listed in the Disrupt 2020 agenda. Note: unless otherwise stated, all times are PST. We have a terrific bunch of br...
Tags: Startups, Verizon, Tech, Sequoia Capital, Verizon Communications, Cowboy Ventures, Roelof Botha, Bbg Ventures, Katie Stanton, Lo Toney, Alexa von Tobel, Homebrew, Rajan Anandan, Nisha Dua, Sanyogita Shamsunder, Sequoia Capital India


LaunchNotes raises a $1.8M seed round to help companies communicate their software updates

LaunchNotes, a startup founded by the team behind Statuspage (which Atlassian later acquired) and the former head of marketing for Jira, today announced that it has raised a $1.8 million seed round co-led by Cowboy Ventures and Bull City Ventures. In addition, Tim Chen (general partner, Essence Ventures ), Eric Wittman (chief growth officer, JLL Technologies ), Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan (VP Product, LinkedIn ), Scot Wingo (co-founder & CEO, Spiffy ), Lin-Hua Wu (ch...
Tags: Startups, Business, Enterprise, Developer, Tech, Economy, Atlassian, Cowboy Ventures, Aileen Lee, Jira, Tyler Davis, Brereton, Steve Klein, Scot Wingo, Tim Chen, Recent Funding


Meet the Disrupt 2020 “TC10”

If 2020 hasn’t been wild enough, there’s an extra special twist going down at Disrupt 2020 beyond the fact that, for the first time ever, the conference will be fully virtual. It also happens to be the show’s 10th anniversary. Time flies when you’re changing the world, eh? As part of Disrupt’s 10th anniversary celebration, we’re doing something brand new. So it is with great pleasure that I introduce the TC10. The TC10 is a group of entrepreneurs, investors, etc. that have been a staple of the...
Tags: Google, TC, Stanford, US, San Francisco, Tech, Paypal, Mit, Silicon Valley, Sequoia Capital, Toshiba, Wall Street Journal, General Catalyst, Cnbc, Forerunner Ventures, Cowboy Ventures


The Station: Uber eats rides, the next micromobility trend, Levandowksi’s day in court

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. A series of recent and upcoming vehicle reveals have provided yet another reminder of how automakers are doubling down on tech. This isn’t just about the shift away from knobs and buttons and to...
Tags: Google, Lyft, Uber, Europe, California, Washington, China, New York City, Los Angeles, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Automotive, United States, Ford, Electric Vehicles


Effx raises $3.9M for its DevOps monitoring platform

Effx, a startup that aims to give developers better insights into their microservice architectures, today announced that it has raised a $3.9 million funding round led by Kleiner Perkins and Cowboy Ventures. Other investors and angels in this round include Tokyo Black, Essence VC Fund, Jason Warner, Michael Stoppelman, Vijay Pandurangan and Miles Grimshaw. The company’s founder and CEO, Joey Parsons, was an early employee at Rackspace and then first went to Flipboard and then Airbnb a f...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneur, Tech, Economy, Airbnb, Ruby, Rackspace, Flipboard, Kleiner Perkins, Cowboy Ventures, Kubernetes, World Wide Web, Kleiner


8 edtech investors talk re-skilling, digital universities, ISAs and other post-pandemic trends

We know that the coronavirus has brought unprecedented attention to the edtech market, but now what? What happens when schools are no longer clambering toward an overnight solution? When the surges slow? When our world reopens and there doesn’t need to be a full-suite of at-home solutions for kids and parents? As the next wave of edtech companies are being built to address these novel use cases, investors are looking for solutions that aren’t simply pandemic-era important. To some, that means sk...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Intel, Edtech, Union Square Ventures, Cowboy Ventures, TCV, Reach Capital, Owl Ventures, Jennifer Carolan, Rebecca Kaden, Shauntel Garvey, Ian Chiu, Emerge Education, Jan Lynn-Matern


Sale: Save 25% on annual Extra Crunch membership

As America fires up the grill for the 4th of July, Extra Crunch has a tasty deal you don’t want to miss. From now until July 5th, we are offering 25% off your first year of Extra Crunch membership. After the first year, membership fees will increase to $99/year plus tax. This offer is only valid for readers in the U.S. Claim this deal by navigating here . Extra Crunch is a membership program from TechCrunch that features weekly investor surveys, how-tos and interviews with experts on com...
Tags: TC, America, Tech, Cowboy Ventures, Aileen Lee, Zach Perret, Extra Crunch, Crunchbase AWS Zendesk Typeform DocSend


Extra Crunch Live: Discuss work and raising cash in a downturn with Revolution’s Steve Case and Clara Sieg right now

This afternoon, we’re chatting with Steve Case and Clara Sieg of Revolution as part of our new interview series, Extra Crunch Live. Topping our agenda, we will talk about jobs — in Silicon Valley, on the coasts and in the heartland. The technology sector is suffering through a contraction caused by the COVID-19 global health crisis, and layoffs are hitting nearly every company. We hope you’ll join the conversation. During our hour-long chat, Extra Crunch members can submit questions directly ...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, San Francisco, Events, Tech, Aol, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Revolution Ventures, Steve Case, Cowboy Ventures, Aileen Lee, Roelof Botha, ECL, Market Analysis


Extra Crunch Live: Discuss work and raising cash in a downturn with Revolution’s Steve Case and Clara Sieg at 12pm PT/3pm ET

This afternoon, we’re chatting with Steve Case and Clara Sieg of Revolution as part of our new interview series, Extra Crunch Live. Topping our agenda, we will talk about jobs — in Silicon Valley, on the coasts and in the heartland. The technology sector is suffering through a contraction caused by the COVID-19 global health crisis, and layoffs are hitting nearly every company. We hope you’ll join the conversation. During our hour-long chat, Extra Crunch members can submit questions directly ...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, San Francisco, Events, Tech, Aol, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Revolution Ventures, Steve Case, Cowboy Ventures, Aileen Lee, Roelof Botha, ECL, Market Analysis


Tech for good during COVID-19: Snorkels, thank you notes, and Headspace

Everyone is living a different pandemic right now. Your relationship with shelter-in-place mandates and social distancing can look wildly different depending on your profession, age, health and, often, privilege. It’s why a week of monotony for some of us might mean a week of madness for others. The best we can do, as exhaustion and Zoom fatigue sets in, is try to be patient, kind and thoughtful. That’s why this week we are showcasing a number of different tech initiatives trying to tackle the s...
Tags: Google, TC, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Chicago, Healthcare, Fda, Cowboy Ventures, Tech For Good, Chicago Public Schools, Major League, John Fennessy, Shure


Extra Crunch Live: Join Revolution’s Steve Case and Clara Sieg on May 21 at 3pm ET/12pm PT

On May 21 at 3pm ET/12pm PT, we’re hosting an Extra Crunch Live session with Steve Case and Clara Sieg of Revolution. This chat is the latest in our growing series featuring notable investors, entrepreneurs and technologists. Previously, TechCrunch editorial staff sat down (virtually, of course) with Cowboy Ventures’ Aileen Lee and Ted Wang, Sequoia’s Roelof Botha and Mark Cuban, to name a few. There’s a lot to talk about with Case and Sieg, and Extra Crunch members are encouraged to come with t...
Tags: Startups, TC, Advertising Tech, Events, Tech, Aol, Venture Capital, Revolution, Silicon Valley, Aerospace, Steve Case, Cowboy Ventures, Aileen Lee, Roelof Botha, Valley, Market Analysis


Startups Weekly: Investors are keeping terms friendly — instead they say ‘no’ more often

[Editor’s note: Want to get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that startups can use by email? Subscribe here.]  Multiple liquidation preferences, full-ratchet anti-dilution clauses and pay-to-play provisions are some of the words that still haunt startup founders who survived downturns in decades past. So far in this downturn, though, investors seem to be sparing the brutal terms that tend to surface when the money has all the leverage. Why? It’s easier to let a company fail by saying no...
Tags: TC, New York, China, San Francisco, Tech, Silicon Valley, East Coast, Alex, Bain Capital Ventures, Cowboy Ventures, Aileen Lee, Jordan Crook, Alex Wilhelm, Josh, Don, Mike Sullivan


Daily Crunch: There’s a major iPhone email security bug

Apple plans to fix an iPhone email security bug, Magic Leap cuts 1,000 staffers and Google is requiring all advertisers to identify themselves. Here’s your Daily Crunch for April 23, 2020. 1. A new iPhone email security bug may let hackers steal private data According to security firm ZecOps, the bug is in the iPhone’s default Mail app. By sending a specially crafted email to the victim’s device, an attacker can overrun the device’s memory, allowing the attacker to remotely run malicious co...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Google, Security, TC, Mobile, UK, Tech, Bloomberg, Netherlands, Magic Leap, PPP, Boston Dynamics, Benchmark, Cowboy Ventures, Aileen Lee


Cowboy VC’s Aileen Lee: Your coronavirus scenario planning should be more conservative

The tech industry (and the world at large) is not experiencing temporary anxiety — the uncertainty we’re all coping with is the new normal. Sudden shifts in behavior have made some startups targeting slow-moving, old-school industries more relevant than they could have imagined, such as those in telehealth, distance learning and remote work. Most, however are seeing massive decreases in revenue, forcing them to cut costs and even lay off teams to slash burn rates. Other startups simply won’t be ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Youtube, Tech, Fundraising, Healthcare, Venture Capital, Airbnb, PPP, Telemedicine, Cowboy Ventures, Aileen Lee, Enterprise Software, Roelof Botha, Classpass, Distance Learning


Extra Crunch Live: Join Precursor’s Charles Hudson for a Q&A this Thursday

The new Extra Crunch Live series is taking flight this week. Later today we’re talking to Cowboy Ventures’ Aileen Lee and Ted Wang. This Thursday we’re keeping the parade of well-known investors coming, when Charles Hudson will join Natasha Mascarenhas and I for a deep-dive into all things pre-seed and seed. Extra Crunch Live Episode 2: Charles Hudson will air at 3 PM PT/6 PM ET this Thursday. Important Note: Extra Crunch members will be able to ask their own questions live on the call. Hudson h...
Tags: TC, Ecommerce, Y Combinator, Pinterest, California, Events, Tech, Aol, Airbnb, Websites, Charles, Hudson, Cowboy Ventures, Aileen Lee, Analyst, Crunchbase


Extra Crunch Live: Join Aileen Lee and Ted Wang for a Q&A at 1:30pm ET/10:30am PT

Today’s a big day! Extra Crunch Live: Episode 1 featuring Aileen Lee and Ted Wang airs today at 1:30pm ET/10:30am PT and we could not be more excited to have such esteemed guests for the launch of this new speaker series for Extra Crunch members. The coronavirus has gripped the nation for the past five weeks (which has felt like 7,042 years), and at this point it’s fair to say that this is a totally transformed world. It’s incredible, really, how quickly our behavior changed and how lasting t...
Tags: TC, Microsoft, Tech, Times, Kpcb, Cowboy Ventures, Aileen Lee, Forbes, Lee, Wang, Fenwick West, Kirsten Green, Tellme, Cowboy Ventures Lee, Ted Wang, Extra Crunch Live


Extra Crunch Live: Join Aileen Lee and Ted Wang for a Q&A now

Today’s a big day! Extra Crunch Live Episode 1: Aileen Lee and Ted Wang airs in just a few minutes, at 1:30pm ET/10:30am PT. We could not be more excited to have such esteemed guests for the launch of this new speaker series for Extra Crunch members. You can check out the livestream below, or join the Zoom (details below) call to participate. The coronavirus has gripped the nation for the past five weeks (which has felt like 7,042 years), and at this point it’s fair to say that this is a tota...
Tags: TC, Microsoft, Tech, Times, Kpcb, Cowboy Ventures, Aileen Lee, Forbes, Lee, Wang, Fenwick West, Kirsten Green, Tellme, Cowboy Ventures Lee, Ted Wang, Extra Crunch Live


Week in Review: Facebook hardware finds pandemic market fit

Hey everybody, welcome back to Week in Review. The world of COVID-19 is our new reality, so I’ll continue to include links to some positive updates on research, but I’ll be shifting back the focus to covering tech’s movers and shakers of the week. If you’re reading this on the TechCrunch site, you can get this in your inbox  here , and follow my tweets  here . The big story One thing that’s been interesting to see over the past few weeks is how our relationship with screen time has changed...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Cowboy, America, Tech, Mit, Fda, Week in Review, Jeff Bezos, Facetime, Kpcb, Cowboy Ventures, Aileen Lee


Announcing the Extra Crunch Live event series

The startup world is going through yet another evolution. A few years ago, VCs were focused on growth over profitability. Now, making money is just as important, if not more, than sheer growth. And we’re in the midst of a global pandemic, which has brought the economy to a crawl and forced entrepreneurs to rethink both their short and long-term priorities. Startups want to hear from the voices they trust for guidance on how to navigate this difficult situation. That’s why we’re excited to introd...
Tags: TC, Cowboy, America, Tech, Silicon Valley, Kpcb, Cowboy Ventures, Aileen Lee, Megan Rose Dickey, Mitch Kapor, Roelof Botha, Unicorn, Kapor Capital, Mark, Conan O Brien, Freada Kapor Klein


Extra Crunch Live: Join Aileen Lee, Ted Wang for Q&A on 4/20 at 10:30am PT/1:30pm ET

The startup world is going through yet another evolution. A few years ago, VCs were focused on growth over profitability. Now, making money is just as important, if not more, than sheer growth. And we’re in the midst of a global pandemic, which has brought the economy to a crawl and forced entrepreneurs to rethink both their short and long-term priorities. Startups want to hear from the voices they trust for guidance on how to navigate this difficult situation. That’s why we’re excited to introd...
Tags: Microsoft, Events, Tech, Times, Kpcb, Cowboy Ventures, Aileen Lee, Forbes, Lee, Wang, Fenwick West, Tellme, Cowboy Ventures Lee, Ted Wang, Extra Crunch, COVID


Employees from Lever, the hot recruiting-software startup run by an ex-Googler, say the company just cut about 40% of its workforce as hiring dries up amid the sharp economic downturn

Lever, the software startup that helps companies streamline hiring, laid off close to 40% of its workforce on Wednesday, according to employees from the company.  Lever did not respond to Business Insider's request for comment.  At the beginning of the year, VCs predicted that the startup, run by All Raise leader and ex-Googler Sarah Nahm, would boom thanks to its ability to let hiring managers focus on people rather than the process.  But as the coronavirus outbreak has forced companies to pu...
Tags: Trends, Netflix, Beverly Hills, Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, Khosla Ventures, Cowboy Ventures, Aileen Lee, Index Ventures, Cirque de Soleil, PitchBook, Julie Bort, Lever, Sarah Nahm, Marissa Mayer Nahm


Focused on health in the home, Novi lands $1.5M to help CPG companies source clean, safe ingredients

Kimberly Shenk has been focused for a while now on “clean” products that are made without harmful chemicals. In 2017, Shenk and friend Jaleh Bisharat launched NakedPoppy, a site that curates and sells cosmetics that have been vetted by chemists (including some of its own products). Interestingly, as the young startup was announcing $4 million in seed funding last summer from Cowboy Ventures, among others, Shenk — who remains on the board of Naked Poppy — was splitting off to launch a second comp...
Tags: TC, Tech, Mit, Cowboy Ventures, Kevin, United States Air Force Academy, Rothenberg, CPG, Shenk, Jaleh Bisharat, Julia Hartz, Brian Rothenberg, Kimberly Shenk, Bisharat