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What is Roblox worth?

With Roblox joining the end-of-year unicorn stampede towards the public markets, we’re set for a contentedly busy second half of November and early December. I hope you didn’t have vacation planned in the next few weeks. This morning we need to get deeper into the Roblox S-1 so that we can better understand the nature of its revenue generation. Why? Because we want to start working on what the gaming company is worth; some comparisons are being made to Unity, another unicorn that went public ear...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gaming, Tech, Crunchbase, Unity, Natasha, Roblox, The Exchange, Robux


The DOJ has approved Mastercard’s acquisition of Finicity

Federal regulators have approved Mastercard’s acquisition of Salt Lake City-based startup Finicity, which provides open-banking APIs. The deal is expected to go for $825 million. “We were notified that the Department of Justice completed its review of our planned acquisition of Finicity and has cleared it to move forward,” Mastercard wrote in a statement. “We are pleased to have reached this milestone.” Finicity allows users to be able to decide how their financial information is shared an...
Tags: Tech, Salt Lake City, Department Of Justice, Doj, Intuit, Venmo, Mastercard, Visa, Crunchbase, Credit Karma, Finicity, Plaid Plaid


Reliance Retail buys Urban Ladder for $24.4 million

Reliance Retail has acquired a majority stake in furniture and decor platform Urban Ladder, making a broader push into e-commerce as the largest retail chain in India gears up to fight Amazon and Flipkart. In a filing to the local stock exchange, Reliance Retail said it had acquired a 96% stake in Urban Ladder for about $24.43 million. The Indian retail giant, which retains the option to acquire the remainder stake in the seven-and-a-half-years-old startup, said it has proposed to invest u...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Facebook, Ecommerce, Asia, India, Tech, Walmart, Mit, Flipkart, Amazon India, Crunchbase, Reliance, Reliance Retail, Future Group


Palo Alto Networks to acquire Expanse in deal worth $800M

Palo Alto Networks has been on buying binge for the last couple of years, and today it added to its haul, announcing a deal to acquire Expanse for $800 million in cash and equity awards. The deal breaks down to $670 million in cash and stock and another $130 million in equity awards to Expanse employees. Expanse provides a service to help companies understand and protect their attack surface, where they could be most vulnerable to attack. It works by giving the security team a view of how the...
Tags: Security, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, Palo Alto, M&a, Mergers and Acquisitions, Nikesh Arora, Palo Alto Networks, Crunchbase, Exit, Expanse, Tim Junio


Executive Jobs: Logistics, Transportation, Cloud Comm, Solar Tracking

Check out these great hidden executive job opportunities from Crunchbase: October was a bountiful month for startup funding Global venture funding in October held steady at $23 billion and followed a strong third quarter, according to Crunchbase data. At the same time, 14 new unicorn companies were created last month—the second-highest monthly total this year—indicating […] The post Executive Jobs: Logistics, Transportation, Cloud Comm, Solar Tracking first appeared on https://maryelizabethbradf...
Tags: Careers, Venture Capital, Crunchbase, Executive Job Search, Executive Career Management & Executive Jobs, Executive Job Search Tips, Business Startups, Hidden Job Opportunities, Hidden Job Market. Unadvertised Jobs, Logistics Transportation Cloud Comm Solar Tracking


Coupa Software snags Llamasoft for $1.5B to bring together spending and supply chain data

Coupa Software, a publicly traded company that helps large corporations manage spending, announced that it was buying Llamasoft, an 18 year old Michigan company that helps large companies manage their supply chain. The deal was pegged at $1.5 billion. This year Llamasoft released its latest tool, an AI-driven platform for managing supply chains intelligently. This capability in particular seemed to attract Coupa’s attention, as it was looking for a supply chain application to compliment its spen...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Enterprise, Supply Chain, Tech, Gm, M&a, Mergers and Acquisitions, Michigan, Goldman Sachs, Crunchbase, Exit, Ann Arbor Michigan, Coupa, Kimberly Clark


Boost Your C-Level Job Search: Hidden Job Tips + My Executive Search Tools

For the past few months, I have been focusing on sharing with my executive clients and readers where the money is flowing and what industries and niches are growing. See the latest hidden executive job opportunities from Crunchbase below! If you are in a passive or active job search and would like to learn how […] The post Boost Your C-Level Job Search: Hidden Job Tips + My Executive Search Tools first appeared on https://maryelizabethbradford.com/blog.
Tags: Careers, Venture Capital, Crunchbase, Executive Job Search, Executive Career Management & Executive Jobs, Executive Job Search Tips, Business Startups, Hidden Job Opportunities, Hidden Job Market. Unadvertised Jobs


Twilio is buying customer data startup Segment for between $3B and $4B

Sources have told TechCrunch that Twilio intends to acquire customer data startup Segment for between $3 and $4 billion. Forbes broke the story on Friday night, reporting a price tag of $3.2 billion. We have heard from a couple of industry sources that the deal is in the works and could be announced as early as Monday. Twilio and Segment are both API companies. That means they create an easy way for developers to tap into a specific type of functionality without writing a lot of code. As I wr...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Developer, Tech, M&a, Mergers and Acquisitions, Twilio, Crunchbase, Exit, Forbes, Haystack, Segment, Semil Shah


Venture capital gets less diverse in 2020

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. You can subscribe here. First, a big congrats on making it through the week. If you live in the United States, you just endured one of the wildest news weeks ever. Rapid-fire headlines and nigh-panic have been our lot since last Friday when the president announced he was COVID-19 positive. We’re...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Tech, United States, Venture Capital, Instacart, Robinhood, Coinbase, Greycroft, Exchange, Crunchbase, SPAC, ARR, Yotta, The Exchange, Zira


Human Capital: Uber engineer explains why he spoke out against Prop 22

Welcome back to Human Capital where we discuss the latest in labor, and diversity and inclusion in tech. This week’s eyebrow-raising moment came Wednesday when the U.S. Department of Labor essentially accused Microsoft of reverse racism (not a real thing) for committing to hire more Black people at its predominantly white company. And that wasn’t even the most notable news items of the week. Instead that award goes to Uber engineer Kurt Nelson and his decision to speak out against his empl...
Tags: Google, TC, Uber, Microsoft, Unions, Labor, California, Biz, US, Tech, Diversity, Kickstarter, Poland, Silicon Valley, Paradigm, Andreessen Horowitz


YCharts sells to PE firm in all-cash transaction as it looks to pass $15M ARR this year

This morning, YCharts, a financial data and charting service, announced that it has been purchased by LLR Partners, a private equity firm. The companies are dubbing the transaction a “growth recapitalization,” indicating that the smaller firm won’t be stripped of its talent in hopes of driving near-term positive EBITDA. The deal was an all-cash transaction, TechCrunch confirmed. Digging into YCharts itself, the company told TechCrunch via email that it expects to “surpass” $15 million in annu...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, M&a, TechCrunch, Crunchbase, Brown, Morningstar, ARR, LLR Partners, Hyde Park Angels, Sean Brown, LLR


Affirm files confidentially to go public

This afternoon Affirm, a startup focused on providing point-of-sale credit to consumers making online purchases, announced that it has filed to go public. The filing is confidential, so there’s little to be gleaned about the company’s performance from the news. That Affirm was exploring a public offering was reported by the Wall Street Journal back in July. In the aftermath of that news, TechCrunch tried to understand the valuation that Affirm was said to be targeting in its debut, which we p...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Finance, Tech, United States, SEC, Wall Street Journal, Affirm, Crunchbase, PitchBook


Startups joining SK Telecom’s accelerator include AI-driven mapping and vision for delivery robots

We don’t often cover telecom technology startups, but it’s periodically worth checking in to see what’s happening in that space. We can get a good indication from the latest cohort to emerge from an accelerator associated with South Korea’s largest wireless carrier, SK Telecom. This group of startups will join the Telecom Infra Project accelerator in South Korea, which is part of a global program of telecoms specialist centers, and run in partnership with SK Telecom. The cohort includes a...
Tags: TC, South Korea, Pinterest, Tech, Smartphone, Companies, Artificial Intelligence, Information Technology, Mobile Phones, Aol, Databases, SK Telecom, Crunchbase, Telecom Infra Project, Hangtime, Kiswe


The top 10 metro areas where Black and Latinx founders are securing the most funding to build their companies

Winner of Battlefield, 'Forethought,' and Tech Crunch team onstage during Day 3 of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018 at Moscone Center on September 7, 2018 in San Francisco, California. Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch Calls for racial and ethnic equity in the US have never been louder; more companies are backing entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds. If you're a Black or Latinx founder looking to get your idea off the ground, knowing where to access capital is key.  A...
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, Boston, New York City, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington Dc, Miami, Seattle, Golden Gate Bridge, Denver, TechStars, San Francisco Bay


Golden raises $14.5M to build a wiki-style database of tech knowledge

Golden is announcing that it has raised $14.5 million in Series A funding. The round was led by previous investor Andreessen Horowitz, with the firm’s co-founder Marc Andreessen joining the startup’s board of directors. When Golden launched last year, founder and CEO Jude Gomila told me that his goal was to create a knowledge base focused on areas where Wikipedia’s coverage is often spotty, particularly emerging technology and startups. Gomila told me this week that “companies, technologies and ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Wikipedia, Funding, Tech, Andreessen, Andreessen Horowitz, Marc Andreessen, Crunchbase, U S Air Force, Golden, Holden Page, Jude Gomila, Gomila, DCVC Harpoon Ventures, Gigafund `` Golden


The roadmap to startup consolidation in Southeast Asia is becoming clearer

While Southeast Asia’s startup ecosystems are still young compared to those in China or India, it has matured over the last five years. Unicorns like Grab, Gojek and Garena are continuing to grow, and more competitive startups are emerging in sectors like fintech, e-commerce and logistics. That leads to the question: Will consolidation start to pick up? The consensus by investors interviewed by Extra Crunch is: Yes, but slowly at first. In the meantime, there are still roadblocks to mergers and ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Indonesia, China, Southeast Asia, Singapore, India, Tech, Fintech, Hall, Golden Gate Ventures, Crunchbase, Gojek, Moka, Consolidation


Fundraising lessons from David Rogier of MasterClass

Nathan Beckord Contributor Share on Twitter Nathan Beckord is CEO of Foundersuite.com, 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 Are you ready for the coming wave of VC down rounds? Raising VC in Silicon Valley as a female POC ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Business, Entrepreneurship, Tech, David, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Michael, Crunchbase, Masterclass, Harrison Metal, Michael Dearing, David Rogier, Co-founder


Executive Jobs: Virtual Events, Self-Driving Tech, Pharmaceuticals, CXA

Check out these great hidden executive job opportunities from Crunchbase: Airtable lands $185M Series D Project management software company Airtable has landed $185 million in a Series D funding round, bringing its valuation to $2.5 billion. Thrive Capital led the round for the San Francisco-based company, which aims to make it easier for teams to […] The post Executive Jobs: Virtual Events, Self-Driving Tech, Pharmaceuticals, CXA first appeared on https://maryelizabethbradford.com/blog.
Tags: Careers, San Francisco, Venture Capital, Crunchbase, Executive Job Search, Executive Career Management & Executive Jobs, Executive Job Search Tips, Business Startups, Airtable, Hidden Job Opportunities, Hidden Job Market. Unadvertised Jobs


Progress snags software automation platform Chef for $220M

Progress, a Boston area developer tool company, boosted its offerings in a big way today when it announced it was acquiring software automation platform Chef for $220 million. Chef, which went 100% open source last year, had annual recurring revenue (ARR) of $70 million from the commercial side of the house. Needless to say, Progress CEO Yogesh Gupta was happy to bring the company into the fold and gain not only that revenue, but a set of highly skilled employees, a strong developer community an...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Open Source, Chef, Enterprise, Developer, Boston, Tech, M&a, Mergers and Acquisitions, Sap, Dfj, Crunchbase, Exit, Progress


A Utah company just raised $40 million for commercial production of robotic exoskeletons that help wearers lift up to 200 pounds

Guardian XO. Sarcos Robotics Sarcos Robotics just raised $40 million in a Series C funding round. Sarcos Robotics makes robots designed to increase human productivity and safety in industrial settings. The money will be used to scale up production of the Guardian XO, a robotic exoskeleton. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Sarcos Robotics raised an additional $40 million in a Series C funding round, which it will use to scale up production on its robotic exoskeleton, the ...
Tags: Wearables, Utah, Funding, Trends, Tech, Features, Venture Capital, Manufacturing, Robotics, Crunchbase, Salt Lake City Utah, Tech Insider, Sarcos Robotics, Mary Meisenzahl, Ben Wolff, CYTAR


Cisco acquiring BabbleLabs to filter out the lawn mower screeching during your video conference

We’ve all been in a video conference, especially this year, when the neighbor started mowing the lawn or kids were playing outside your window — and it can get pretty loud. Cisco, which owns the WebEx video conferencing service wants to do something about that, and late yesterday it announced it was going to acquire BabbleLabs, a startup that can help filter out background noise. BabbleLabs has a very particular set of skills. It uses artificial intelligence to enhance the speaking voice, while ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Enterprise, Tech, Cisco, Artificial Intelligence, M&a, Mergers and Acquisitions, Video Conferencing, Crunchbase, Exit, Patel, WebEx, Jeetu Patel, CRM Essentials


Muze redesigns mobile messaging as a free-form canvas for creativity

New York-based startup Muze is rethinking mobile messaging. While today’s messaging apps have expanded over the years to include support for sharing photos and videos, voice messages, reactions and more, Muze has fully redesigned the traditional messaging experience as a blank canvas, allowing for more creative interactions. The company’s new mobile app on iOS allows users to add text, pin their photos and GIFs, zoom in and out on content and even draw on the messaging canvas itself using differ...
Tags: Apple, Apps, New York, Messaging, Creative, Tech, SEC, App Store, Mobile Messaging, Crunchbase, Hiten Shah, Muze, Douglas Witte Willem Simons, Grant Davis Fenner Stevens


SugarCRM acquires Node to gain predictive customer intelligence

SugarCRM announced this morning it has acquired customer intelligence startup, Node . The companies did not reveal the purchase price, but the deal has closed. While Sugar gains a ton of AI expertise, it also adds a customer prediction element to the platform such as figuring out the customers most likely to convert or most likely to leave. This puts it in more direct competition with Adobe and Salesforce, who have had intelligence layers that provide that kind of predictability for some time...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Cloud, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, M&a, Private Equity, Mergers and Acquisitions, Sugar, CRM, Crunchbase, Exit, Node, Charlton, Accel KKR


Cobalt.io grabs $29M Series B to continue building out pentesting platform

The promise of SaaS has always been about taking tedious, expensive manual tasks and finding a way to build a platform to automate them. Cobalt.io is doing that with pentesting, the process of testing an application for security vulnerabilities before it goes out the door. Today, the startup announced a $29 million Series B led by Highland Europe. The company’s platform provides a way to move beyond traditional pentesting consultancies to connect pentesting professionals with companies who need ...
Tags: Security, Startups, TC, Cloud, Europe, Developer, Funding, Tech, SaaS, Denmark, Software Testing, Crunchbase, Jira, Highland Europe, Highland, Hansen


Extra Crunch Live: Join Wealthfront CEO Andy Rachleff August 11 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT about the future of investing and fintech

Wealthfront was one of the earliest and remains one of the most formidable companies in the so-called robo-advisor space — algorithmic apps that manage and optimize your savings and investments. Since its debut, the platform has skyrocketed in popularity, taking in more than $200 million in venture capital according to Crunchbase, including a recent $75 million round led by Tiger Global in 2018 when the company had just shy of $10 billion in assets under management. Since then, it’s added additi...
Tags: Travel, Finance, Venture Capital, Tiger Global, Wealthfront, Crunchbase, Andy Rachleff, Wealthfront Rachleff, Extra Crunch Live


Harness makes first acquisition, snagging open source CI company Drone.io

Harness has made a name for itself creating tools like continuous delivery (CD) for software engineers to give them the kind of power that has been traditionally reserved for companies with large engineering teams like Google, Facebook and Netflix. Today, the company announced it has acquired Drone.io, an open source continuous integration (CI) company, marking the company’s first steps into open source, as well as its first acquisition. The companies did not share the purchase price. “Drone is ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Open Source, Cloud, Enterprise, Developer, M&a, Mergers and Acquisitions, Harness, Jyoti Bansal, Crunchbase, Exit, Developer Tools, Google Facebook, Rydzewski


How investors in $10 billion UiPath spotted an emerging European software decacorn

Enterprise software startup UiPath is Europe's latest decacorn, hitting a valuation of $10 billion after a Series E fundraise in July. UiPath offers something called robotic process automation, which essentially aims to automate repetitive computer tasks. We spoke to two European backers of UiPath, who took a gamble that the startup's focus on an emerging area of enterprise software would pay off. "When I first met Daniel I was struck by his conviction," Reshma Sohoni, partner at Seedcamp, sai...
Tags: Asia, Spotify, Europe, UK, New York, India, US, America, Trends, Gartner, Romania, Accel, Crunchbase, Seedcamp, Daniel, Philippe Botteri


Intercom hires a CFO as it ramps toward an IPO

Today Intercom announced that it has hired a chief financial officer (CFO) as it ramps toward an IPO. The unicorn also promoted its COO to the CEO role earlier this year. The company’s recent CEO, Karen Peacock, told TechCrunch that her new CFO Dan Griggs was a strong candidate thanks to his experience helping take Rocket Fuel public, and for helping execute a “whole business transformation” at Sitecore, where he worked immediately before coming to Intercom. Intercom is a software startup tha...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Ipo, Tech, Intercom, Crunchbase, Cfo, Peacock, ARR, Rocket Fuel, Sitecore, Eoghan McCabe, Griggs, Intercom Intercom, Karen Peacock


Intercom hires a CFO as it ramps towards an IPO

Today Intercom announced that it has hired a chief financial officer (CFO) as it ramps towards an IPO. The unicorn also promoted its COO to the CEO role earlier this year. The company’s recent CEO, Karen Peacock, told TechCrunch that her new CFO Dan Griggs was a strong candidate thanks to his experience helping take Rocket Fuel public, and for helping execute a “whole business transformation” at Sitecore, where he worked immediately before coming to Intercom. Intercom is a software startup th...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Ipo, Tech, Intercom, Crunchbase, Cfo, Peacock, ARR, Rocket Fuel, Sitecore, Griggs, Intercom Intercom, Karen Peacock, Dan Griggs


The Exchange: Unicorn IPOs, tech earnings and my favorite VC round from the week

The TechCrunch Exchange newsletter just launched. Soon only a partial version will hit the site, so sign up to get the full download. Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange , a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter for your weekend enjoyment. It’s broadly based on the daily column that appears on Extra Crunch , but free. And it’s made just for you. You can sign up for the newsletter here . With that out of the way, let’s talk money, upstart companies and the latest spicy IPO ru...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Facebook, China, Tech, United States, Brazil, Airbnb, WSJ, Crunchbase, Lucas Matney, Trump, Chine, Nerdwallet