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Join Accel’s Andrew Braccia and Sonali De Rycker for a live Q&A on September 22 at 2 pm EDT/11 am PDT

In the midst of Disrupt 2020, we’re busy keeping tabs on all the panels, chats, demos and battling startups, but we’re also prepping for what comes next. Next Tuesday, the Extra Crunch Live series of Q&As with founders and investors resumes, this time with guests Andrew Braccia and Sonali De Rycker from Accel. If you are just catching up to Extra Crunch Live, we’ve been hosting live discussions since the early COVID-19 days here in the United States with folks like Mark Cuban, Plaid founder Zach...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, United States, Venture Capital, Naspers, Andrew Braccia, Accel, Sequoia, Roelof Botha, Sonali De Rycker, Braccia, ECL, Zach Perret, De Rycker


Extra Crunch Partner Perk: Discount on Dell XPS Laptop and Dell for Entrepreneurs Program

We’re excited to announce a new Partner Perk from Dell for Extra Crunch members. Starting today, annual and 2-year Extra Crunch members can get a discount on a Dell XPS Laptop as well as a discount on membership to the Dell for Entrepreneurs Program . What is the Dell for Entrepreneurs Program? The Dell for Entrepreneurs Program is committed to empowering others by being an end-end solution provider to help entrepreneurs grow and scale. The program includes IT consultation (from acc...
Tags: Startups, Hardware, Tech, Dell, Extra Crunch, Extra Crunch Partner Perks, Dell for Entrepreneurs Program


Extra Crunch Friday roundup: Edtech funding surges, Poland VC survey, inside Shift’s SPAC plan, more

I live in San Francisco, but I work an East Coast schedule to get a jump on the news day. So I’d already been at my desk for a couple of hours on Wednesday morning when I looked up and saw this: What color is the sky this morning pic.twitter.com/nt5dZp5wWc — Walter Thompson (@YourProtagonist) September 9, 2020 As unsettling as it was to see the natural environment so transformed, I still got my work done. This is not to boast: I have a desk job and a working air filter. (People who make...
Tags: Security, Startups, TC, Europe, Education, San Francisco, Tech, Policy, SaaS, Venture Capital, Poland, Delhi, East Coast, Edtech, Palantir, Warsaw


Reminder: $1,000 in AWS Activate credits available for Extra Crunch members

Calling all Extra Crunch members! We’ve partnered with Amazon Web Services for an Extra Crunch Partner Perk, and now eligible members can get $1,000 in AWS Activate credits as a part of an annual Extra Crunch membership plan. If you are already an Extra Crunch member, scroll down to the bottom of the post for directions on how to claim the credits. If you are not yet a member, keep reading. What is AWS? AWS (Amazon Web Services) is the premier service for your application hosting needs, and w...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Tech, Amazon Web Services, AWS Amazon Web Services, Extra Crunch


Extra Crunch discount now available for military, nonprofits and government employees

We’re excited to announce that government, nonprofit and military employees can get an Extra Crunch membership at a discounted rate of $50 per year, plus tax. If interested in claiming the deal, please contact our customer service team from your .org, .gov, .mil or similar work-related email domain. We’ll also accept other forms of verification, such as proof that the organization is a 501c3 or an employment ID. Our customer service team can be reached at [email protected] . Extra...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Policy, Non-profit, Extra Crunch, DocSend Typeform Crunchbase


Piggyback on popular Tweets to get brand awareness

Julian Shapiro Contributor Share on Twitter Julian Shapiro is the founder of BellCurve.com, a growth marketing team that trains startups in advanced growth, helps hire senior growth marketers and finds vetted growth agencies. He also writes at Julian.com. More posts by this contributor Accessing social groups through referrals More thoughts on growing podcasts We’ve aggregated many of the wor...
Tags: Google, Social, Videos, Startups, TC, Column, Twitter, Tweet, Tech, Social Media Marketing, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Real Time Web, Microblogging, Text Messaging


How to diagnose and treat machine learning models afflicted by COVID-19

Anupam Datta Contributor Share on Twitter Anupam Datta is co-founder, president and chief scientist of Truera, and also a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Justin Lawyer Contributor Share on Twitter Justin Lawyer is chief product officer of Truera and was formerly head of product on Google’s Cloud AI Platform. COVID-19 has disrupted t...
Tags: Google, Work, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Column, Developer, Finance, Tech, Banking, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Bank, Fintech, Cryptocurrency, Predictive Analytics


The ‘right’ way to downsize

Isaac Roth Contributor Share on Twitter Issac Roth is a seasoned entrepreneur who advises founders on open source technology and keeping communities engaged. Over this career, he’s created and sold multiple enterprise software companies and stays active as an advisor and investor. A little over a year into launching StrongLoop, an enterprise API startup eventually acquired by IBM, we were out over our skis. It was my doing — h...
Tags: Work, Startups, TC, Column, Business, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Management, Tech, Ibm, Telecommuting, Layoff, Extra Crunch, COVID-19, Isaac Roth, Issac Roth


Decrypted: The block clock tick-tocks on TikTok

In less than three months and notwithstanding intervention, TikTok will be effectively banned in the U.S. unless an American company steps in to save it, after the Trump administration declared by executive order this week that the Chinese-built video sharing app is a threat to national security. How much of a threat TikTok poses exactly remains to be seen. U.S. officials are convinced that the app could be compelled by Beijing to vacuum up reams of Westerners’ data for intelligence. Or is th...
Tags: Google, Android, Security, Social, TC, Apps, Privacy, China, Tech, Beijing, Motherboard, National Security Agency, Adware, Operating Systems, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Electronic Frontier Foundation


Despite booming consumer demand, VC interest in e-commerce startups falls in 2020

Walmart reported earnings this morning. Most of the numbers are immaterial to you and I, having little to nothing to do with the world of private capital and startups, but one metric did leap out: In its quarter ending July 31, Walmart’s U.S. “e-commerce sales” grew by 97% compared to the year-ago quarter, with what the company called “strong results across all channels.” The Exchange explores startups, markets and money. You can read it every morning on Extra Crunch, or get The Exchange newsle...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Tech, Walmart, Cb Insights, Market Analysis, The Exchange, Extra Crunch


Get a free annual Extra Crunch membership when you buy a Disrupt 2020 pass

Disrupt 2020 is right around the corner, and we’ve decided to sweeten the deal for what’s included with your event pass. Buy your ticket now and you’ll get a free year of Extra Crunch, our membership program focused on startups, founders and investors with more than 100 exclusive articles published per month. Extra Crunch unlocks access to our weekly investor surveys, daily private market analysis, and in-depth interviews with experts on fundraising, growth, monetization and other core st...
Tags: Media, Events, Tech, Silicon Valley, Extra Crunch, DocSend Typeform Crunchbase


In conversation with European B2B seed VC La Famiglia

Earlier this month, La Famiglia, a Berlin-based VC firm that invests in seed-stage European B2B tech startups, disclosed that it raised a second fund totaling €50 million, up from its debut fund of €35 million in 2017. The firm writes first checks of up to €1.5 million in European startups that use technology to address a significant need within an industry. It’s backed 37 startups to date (including Forto, Arculus and Graphy) and seeks to position itself based on its industry network, many of w...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Europe, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Berlin, Supply Chain, Tech, Adidas, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Private Equity, Logistics, Coinbase, Niklas Zennstrom, Swarovski


Robinhood raises $200M more at $11.2B valuation as its revenue scales

Robinhood announced this morning that it has raised $200 million more at a new, higher $11.2 billion valuation. The new capital came as a surprise. Astute observers of all things fintech will recall that Robinhood, a popular stock trading service, has raised capital multiple times this year, including an initial $280 million round at an $8.3 billion valuation, and a later $320 million addition that brought its valuation to $8.6 billion. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money. Y...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Fundraising, Robinhood, Fintech, Exchange, Market Analysis, The Exchange, Extra Crunch


PopSugar co-founder says pandemic will create ‘a huge windfall’ for digital media

It’s been less than a year since Group Nine Media acquired PopSugar — but it’s been a uniquely challenging time in digital media. Brian Sugar founded the eponymous women’s lifestyle site with his wife Lisa Sugar . Post-acquisition, he’s become president for the entirety of Group Nine (which also owns Thrillist, NowThis, The Dodo and Seeker) and also joined the company’s board. That job probably looks very different from what he expected last fall. The company had to lay off 7% of its staff ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Media, Advertising Tech, Tech, Digital Media, Thrillist, Online Advertising, Group Nine, Popsugar, Market Analysis, Group Nine Media, Lisa Sugar, Extra Crunch, Brian Sugar, COVID-19


Founders can raise funding before launching a product

It’s possible to raise VC funding even if you haven’t built a real product, according to Charles Hudson, founder and managing partner at seed-stage firm Precursor Ventures. It’s just very, very difficult. I interviewed Hudson during TechCrunch Early Stage, our virtual event for startup founders. He gave a short talk titled “How to sell an idea when you don’t have a product,” then answered questions from me and from attendees watching at home. Hudson said Precursor invests in about 25 startups...
Tags: Startups, TC, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Entrepreneur, Tech, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Zenefits, Hudson, Sand Hill Road, Product Management, Charles Hudson, Precursor Ventures, Extra Crunch, TechCrunch Early Stage


Extra Crunch Live: Join Anu Duggal for a live Q&A on August 20 at 11am PT/2pm ET

Rent the Runway and Glossier became unicorns within the same week in June 2019. That same year, only 2.7% of venture capital dollars went toward female-founded companies. Silicon Valley’s disconnect between the monetary success of female-founded companies and funding them in the first place is disheartening. The conversation is there, but the dollar sign momentum remains missing. Anu Duggal founded the Female Founders Fund before both were even a tangible reality. In 2014, the entrepreneur la...
Tags: Work, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Entrepreneurship, Events, Entrepreneur, Tech, Diversity, E-commerce, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Biotech, Melinda Gates, Rent The Runway, Bombay


Thoughts on ‘self-driving money,’ day trading and product development from Wealthfront’s Andy Rachleff

Andy Rachleff founded Wealthfront a decade ago to give investors a better and smarter way to manage their wealth, building on core academic research showing that a carefully balanced portfolio of low-fee ETFs outperformed more aggressive strategies. Since then, the company has taken in billions of dollars of invested capital under management and expanded into new banking services, including high-interest checking accounts. Rachleff and I talked on Extra Crunch Live about where Wealthfront is ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Events, Tech, Venture Capital, Robinhood, Wealthfront, Andy Rachleff, ECL, Market Analysis, Rachleff, Extra Crunch, Extra Crunch Live


Eliminate DevOps waste with Japanese management practices

Liran Haimovitch Contributor Share on Twitter Co-founder and CTO of Rookout, Liran is an award-winning cybersecurity practitioner and writer who advocates for modern software methodologies. Across the board, industries need to embrace modern workflows to keep up with the speed of startups. And out of all the various methodologies, I find the “lean methodology” to be the most intriguing of them all. It’s a unique combination of...
Tags: Work, Startups, TC, Column, Developer, Management, Tech, Engineer, Software Development, Toyota, Waste, Devops, Cto, MURI, Extra Crunch, Liran Haimovitch Contributor Share on Twitter Co


Edtech exits are increasing, but by how much?

Before the coronavirus made edtech more relevant, companies in the sector were historically likely to see slow, low exits. Despite successful IPOs by 2U, Chegg and Instructure in the United States, public markets are not crowded with edtech companies. Some of the largest exits in the space include LinkedIn’s scoop of Lynda for a $1.5 billion in cash and stock and TPG’s purchase of Ellucian for $3.5 billion. But both of those deals happened in 2015. Five years later, edtech is cooler and surging ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Education, Linkedin, Tech, United States, Venture Capital, Edtech, Pearson, Lynda, TPG, Market Analysis, The Exchange, Chip Paucek, Paucek, Extra Crunch


Five success factors for behavioral health startups

Courtney Chow Contributor Share on Twitter Courtney Chow is an associate with Battery Ventures in San Francisco who focuses on early and growth-stage internet, software and services companies. Justin Da Rosa Contributor Justin Da Rosa is a vice president with Battery Ventures in San Francisco. He focuses on consumer internet, online marketplace and software investments. Telehe...
Tags: Health, Google, Startups, TC, Column, San Francisco, Tech, Smartphone, Meditation, Depression, Hypertension, United States, Healthcare, Venture Capital, Health Insurance, Talkspace


Six Toronto VCs discuss COVID-19 and the post-pandemic era

As North America’s fourth-largest city, Toronto is one of the world’s top startup ecosystems. After spawning companies like Eventbrite and Crowdmark, Ontario’s capital has attracted international talent that complements its homegrown population of entrepreneurs and technical talent. Six investors we surveyed who work and live in the area said they believe Toronto will continue to thrive after the COVID-19 storm passes. Some of them focus exclusively on the region, while others invest elsewhere a...
Tags: Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Advertising Tech, Toronto, Tech, Remote Work, Artificial Intelligence, Canada, United States, SaaS, Gm, Venture Capital, North America, Fintech, Shopify


Minted.com CEO Mariam Naficy shares ‘the biggest surprise about entrepreneurship’

At TechCrunch Early Stage, Minted CEO and serial founder Mariam Naficy got into the weeds with us on some of the topics founders don’t often discuss. What’s the difference between expectations and reality when it comes to entrepreneurialism? How do you split responsibilities between co-founders? What’s the key to being great at hiring? We also talked about some of the harder parts of being a leader, including how to handle layoffs and what to do with an employee who likes to rock the boat. Minte...
Tags: Work, Startups, TC, Entrepreneurship, Events, Management, Tech, Humor, Mariam Naficy, Eve, Naficy, Extra Crunch, TechCrunch Early Stage


The race to building a fully functional quantum stack

David Cowan Contributor Share on Twitter David Cowan is a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners and one of the world’s leading investors across cloud infrastructure, cybersecurity, consumer and space technology. More posts by this contributor SpaceTech Is Venture Capital’s Final Frontier Security For Startups Tomer Diari Contributor Share on Twi...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Science, Developer, Finance, Tech, Mit, Api, Quantum, Bessemer Venture Partners, Emerging-technologies, Quantum Computing, Qubit, Quantum Mechanics, David Cowan


Duck Creek seeks $3B valuation for its software IPO

American software company Duck Creek has upped the stakes in its impending IPO, raising its price target from a range of $19 to $21 per share to $23 to $25 per share. The bump comes as software and cloud stocks have fallen more than 10% from recent highs, putting them in technical correction territory. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money. You can read it every morning on Extra Crunch, or get The Exchange newsletter every Saturday. The good news for the Boston-based startup foc...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Finance, Ipo, Boston, Tech, SaaS, Bigcommerce, Initial Public Offering, Duck Creek, Market Analysis, The Exchange, nCino, Extra Crunch


Dear Sophie: How can we sponsor H-1B transfers and extensions?

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: Can I bypass H-1B and sponsor a grad for a green card? A...
Tags: Work, Startups, TC, Column, California, Government, Tech, Dhs, Policy, Silicon Valley, Newark, Lawyers, H-1b Visa, Sophie, Alcorn, Department of Labor


No pen required: The digital future of real estate closings

Jeanne Casey Contributor Share on Twitter Jeanne Casey is a principal on the investment team at MetaProp, where she leads new investments into compelling proptech companies and works closely with portfolio companies on strategic growth initiatives. On a Wednesday at 4 p.m. in June 2017, I was in a small, packed office in midtown Manhattan. The overcrowded conference room, with at least five more people than any fire marshal wo...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Real Estate, Finance, Tech, Ceo, Manhattan, Morty, U S Census Bureau, Spruce, Patrick Burns, MetaProp, Market Analysis, Property Tech, PROPtech


Emergence’s Jason Green still sees plenty of opportunities for enterprise SaaS startups

Jason Green, co-founder and partner at Emergence, has made some solid enterprise SaaS bets over the years, long before it was fashionable to do so. He invested early in companies like Box, ServiceMax, Yammer, SteelBrick and SuccessFactors. Just those companies alone would be a pretty good track record, but his firm also invested in Salesforce, Zoom, Veeva and Bill.com. One consistent thread runs through Emergence’s portfolio: They focus on the cloud and enterprise, a thesis that has paid off ...
Tags: TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Tech, Green, SaaS, Silicon Valley, Bill, Salesforce, Box, David Sacks, Marc Benioff, Aaron Levie, Yammer, ServiceMax, Emergence


How Moovit went from opportunity to a $900M exit in 8 years

Omar Téllez Contributor Share on Twitter Omar Téllez is a private investor in several tech companies based in LatAm and Silicon Valley. A member of Niantic’s executive team, he was previously president of Moovit. More posts by this contributor Top VCs Are Chasing Digital Companies In Latin America Why Ed Tech Is Taking Off In Latin America In May 2020, Intel announced its purchase of Moovit, ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Transportation, Apps, Column, Entrepreneurship, Israel, Tech, Intel, Colombia, Automotive, Chile, M&a, Brazil


Back to school sale: Students can join Extra Crunch for $50 per year

The summer is coming to an end, and fall is almost here. Which means it’s time for students to “return” to school. To help those looking to get ahead, we are offering an annual Extra Crunch membership to students for $50 off. That’s a full year of Extra Crunch for only $50 (plus tax). You’ll also be grandfathered in at the discounted price for future years until you cancel. Make the most of your curriculum with Extra Crunch startup intelligence at your disposal.  How to claim the discount: ...
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Building a fintech giant is very expensive

Venture capitalists and other investors have poured capital into fintech startups around the world in recent years, including a record number of rounds worth $100 million or more in the second quarter of 2020. In Q2 2020 venture-backed fintech startups raised 28 nine-figure rounds, underscoring the scale of the bet investors are making on fintech’s long-term success. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money. You can read it every morning on Extra Crunch, or get The Exchange newslett...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, Finance, Germany, Tech, Fintech, Latin America, Starling, Nubank, Challenger Bank, Monzo, Market Analysis, The Exchange, Monzo Starling