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Pitch your startup to seasoned tech leaders, and a live audience, on Extra Crunch Live

TechCrunch is known for its pitch-offs. We’ve had them in cities all over the world, and heard from hundreds of startups who have shared the story of their company on our stages. We’re excited to be bringing the pitch-off to Extra Crunch Live. Anyone in the audience on an episode of Extra Crunch Live can virtually “raise their hand” to be selected to pitch in front of the audience and get feedback from our all-star guests. On ECL, pitch-off startups will have two minutes to tell us about their...
Tags: TC, Tech, Firstmark, Pitch-off, Cunningham, Orchard, ECL, Rick Heitzmann, Court Cunningham, Extra Crunch Live


The Daily Crunch: Tech stocks hammered after US Treasury Secretary speculates on hiking interest rates

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. Are startup valuations about to fall? Hello, friends! Alex here to talk to you for a hot second about money. Then we’ll get into startups, venture capital, what Big Tech is up to and more. I promise. But hang with me for a moment. Tech stocks got hammered today: The tech-heavy Nasdaq fell by more than 2%. Cloud stocks endured twice the damage. What happened? The ...
Tags: TC, Twitter, London, Instagram, Microsoft, Tech, Tesla, Austin, Holland, Silicon Valley, US Treasury, EC, Persona, Alex, Firstmark, Sarah


Pitch your startup to seasoned tech leaders, and a live audience, on Extra Crunch Live

TechCrunch is known for its pitch-offs. We’ve had them in cities all over the world, and heard from hundreds of startups who have shared the story of their company on our stages. We’re excited to be bringing the pitch-off to Extra Crunch Live. Anyone in the audience on an episode of Extra Crunch Live can virtually “raise their hand” to be selected to pitch in front of the audience and get feedback from our all-star guests. On ECL, pitch-off startups will have two minutes to tell us about their...
Tags: TC, Tech, Firstmark, Pitch-off, Cunningham, Orchard, ECL, Rick Heitzmann, Court Cunningham, Extra Crunch Live


Pitch your startup to seasoned tech leaders, and a live audience, on Extra Crunch Live

TechCrunch is known for its Pitch-Offs. We’ve had them in cities all over the world, and heard from hundreds of startups who have shared the story of their company on our stages. We’re excited to be bringing the Pitch-Off to Extra Crunch Live. Anyone in the audience on an episode of Extra Crunch Live can virtually ‘raise their hand’ to be selected to pitch in front of the audience and get feedback from our all-star guests. On ECL, pitch-off startups will have two minutes to tell us about their...
Tags: TC, Tech, Firstmark, Orchard, ECL, Rick Heitzmann, Court Cunningham


Hear how to raise big funding (and use it well) from FirstMark’s Rick Heitzmann and Orchard’s Court Cunningham

Orchard, founded in 2017, was relatively early to the proptech industry. The company, originally called Perch, focused on dual-trackers, which are folks who are both buying and selling a home simultaneously. FirstMark Capital led both the Series A and the Series B funding rounds for Orchard, doubling down on the real estate platform. It goes without saying, we’re absolutely thrilled to have FirstMark Capital Managing Partner Rick Heitzmann and Orchard CEO Court Cunningham join us on an upcoming ...
Tags: TC, Tech, FirstMark Capital, Firstmark, Cunningham, Orchard, Rick Heitzmann, Heitzmann, Court Cunningham, Extra Crunch Live Announcement, Pinterest Airbnb StubHub Tapad, Ro Discord Carta


Synthesia’s AI video generation platform hooks $12.5 million Series A led by FirstMark

As AI gets stronger, the possibilities of what we can do with it grow exponentially (for better or worse). Synthesia, an AI video generation platform, is looking to make video content creation as simple and efficient as possible, and FirstMark is taking a bet on it. The company has just announced the close of a $12.5 million Series A funding round led by FirstMark Capital, with participation from angels Christian Bach (CEO, Netlify) and Michael Buckley (VP Communications, Twilio), as well as exi...
Tags: Startups, Enterprise, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, FirstMark Capital, Firstmark, Michael Buckley, Matt Turck, Netlify, Recent Funding, Christian Bach, Synthesia, Victor Riparbelli, LDV Capital MMC Ventures, Taavet Hinrikus Martin Varsavsky


Hear how to raise big funding (and use it well) from FirstMark’s Rick Heitzmann and Orchard’s Court Cunningham

Orchard, founded in 2017, was relatively early to the proptech industry. The company, originally called Perch, focused on dual-trackers, which are folks who are both buying and selling a home simultaneously. FirstMark Capital led both the Series A and the Series B funding rounds for Orchard, doubling down on the real estate platform. It goes without saying, we’re absolutely thrilled to have FirstMark Capital Managing Partner Rick Heitzmann and Orchard CEO Court Cunningham join us on an upcoming ...
Tags: TC, Tech, FirstMark Capital, Firstmark, Cunningham, Orchard, ECL, Rick Heitzmann, Heitzmann, Court Cunningham, Extra Crunch Live Announcement, Pinterest Airbnb StubHub Tapad, Ro Discord Carta


Here.fm raises $2.9 million to reimagine video chat

Here.fm, a new web-based communication platform founded by Jesse Boyes and Seth Harris, has today announced the close of a $2.9 million seed round from FirstMark with participation by Y Combinator and a group of angel investors. Here is all about giving people the chance to create personal, shareable and flexible video chat rooms. Boyes and Harris, like the rest of us, moved to Zoom to collaborate when the pandemic hit and felt that there were several shortcomings. Harris explained that it felt ...
Tags: TC, Tech, Firstmark, Phil Libin, HARRIS, Boyes, Seth Harris, Jesse Boyes


Solve the ‘dead equity’ problem with a longer founder vesting schedule

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. The four-year vesting schedule that the typical startup uses today is a problem waiting to happen. If one founder ends up quitting a year or two before the last cliff, they still own a large share of the cap table through many rounds to come. The departing founder might consider that fair, but the remaining founder(s) are the ones adding on the additi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Youtube, Nigeria, Tech, Portugal, Brazil, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, EC, FirstMark Capital, Alex, Firstmark, Khosla


Why are VCs launching SPACs? Amish Jani of FirstMark shares his firm’s rationale

It’s happening slowly but surely. With every passing week, more venture firms are beginning to announce SPACs. The veritable blitz of SPACs formed by investor Chamath Palihapitiya notwithstanding, we’ve now seen a SPAC (or plans for a SPAC) revealed by Ribbit Capital, Lux Capital, the travel-focused venture firm Thayer Ventures, Tusk Ventures’s founder Bradley Tusk, the SoftBank Vision Fund, and FirstMark Capital, among others. Indeed, while many firms say they’re still in the information-gat...
Tags: Startups, Spotify, New York, Pinterest, Ipo, Tech, Venture Capital, FirstMark Capital, Firstmark, Draftkings, Chamath Palihapitiya, SPAC, Jason Robins, Jani, Bradley Tusk, SoftBank Vision Fund


Amid a boom in SPACs, few women investors

If you’ve been following the SPAC boom, you may have noticed something about these blank-check vehicles that are springing up left and right in order to take public privately held companies. They are being organized mostly by men. It’s not surprising, given the relative dearth of women in senior financial positions in banking and the venture industry. But it also begs the question of whether women, already hustling to overcome a wealth gap, could be left behind if the trend gains momentum. Consi...
Tags: TC, New York, California, Ipo, Tech, Marvin, Venture Capital, Reid Hoffman, SEC, Goldman Sachs, Emil Michael, Firstmark, Jefferies, TechCrunch, Nea, New York Islanders


No-code is the new blockchain

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 Natasha was on vacation, so Danny and your humble servant had to endeavour alone. She’s back next week, so we’ll be back to full strength as a collective soon enough. But even with a depleted hosting crew, we had a mountain of news to get through. And to joke about, as Danny was in the mood for a laugh. Here’s the rundown: Reddit Co-fou...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Root, Tech, Alexis Ohanian, Airbnb, Firstmark, Danny, Natasha, Reddit Co, Ohanian, Equity podcast, Zira, Unqork, FirstMark SPAC


HowGood launches Latis, a sustainability assessment tool for consumer product ingredients

The New York-based startup HowGood, which provides a sustainability database for consumer product ingredients, is publicly launching its product Latis and has already signed an initial customer with Danone North America, the company said. The company said that its Latis tool can be used to determine the impact of any ingredient or product against environmental and social metrics like biodiversity, greenhouse gas emissions, labor risk, and animal welfare. “Consumers no longer just want the best p...
Tags: TC, New York, Tech, Sustainability, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Food And Drink, Chemicals, Firstmark, Danone, Joanne Wilson, High Line Venture Partners, Contour Venture Partners, HowGood, Alexander Gillett, Danone North America, Takoua Debeche SVP of Research and Innovation


Orchard raises $69M, sets ambitious goals to be real estate’s Amazon

The company plans to use the money to expand its product offerings, grow its existing teams and launch in new markets.
Tags: Amazon, Technology, Radio, Mortgage, Firstmark, Revolution Growth, Orchard, Perch, Accomplice, Navitas, Patrick Conroy, Juxtapose, Court Cunningham


Laura Deming, Frederik Groce, Amish Jani, Jessica Verilli, and Vanessa Larco are coming to Disrupt

At TechCrunch Disrupt, our Startup Battlefield competition this year looks to be fiercer than ever, judging by the applicants. That’s actually saying something, considering the game-changing brands to emerge from our stage over the years, including Cloudflare, Dropbox, Vurb, Mint, GetAround, Fitbit, Yammer and more. Altogether, Startup Battlefield participants have gone on to raise $9 billion from investors and to generate 115 exits over the history of TechCrunch Disrupt, now in its tenth year. ...
Tags: TC, New York, Microsoft, Stanford, Angels, San Francisco, Events, Tech, Canada, New Zealand, Venture Capital, Firstmark, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Nea, Lily, Bay Area


Laura Deming, Frederik Groce, Amish Jani, Jessica Verrilli and Vanessa Larco are coming to Disrupt

At TechCrunch Disrupt, our Startup Battlefield competition this year looks to be fiercer than ever, judging by the applicants. That’s actually saying something, considering the game-changing brands to emerge from our stage over the years, including Cloudflare, Dropbox, Vurb, Mint, GetAround, Fitbit, Yammer and more. Altogether, Startup Battlefield participants have gone on to raise $9 billion from investors and to generate 115 exits over the history of TechCrunch Disrupt, now in its tenth year. ...
Tags: TC, New York, Microsoft, Stanford, Angels, San Francisco, Events, Tech, Canada, New Zealand, Venture Capital, Firstmark, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Nea, Techcrunch Disrupt, Jessica Verrilli


Venture capital is in a 'surprisingly rabid' phase despite tech layoffs and previously dire warnings that it would dry up, a VC says

The market for venture capital is "surprisingly rabid" despite the economic uncertainty produced by COVID-19, FirstMark Capital partner Matt Turck said. Turck said that investors have started approaching promising startups that aren't even looking for funding as they seek sure bets. That's made the market "more intense than it's probably ever been," Turck said. Although many smaller startups are having trouble getting funded, big deals for established companies have continued apace as investor...
Tags: Trends, Silicon Valley, Philadelphia, Nasdaq, Instacart, FirstMark Capital, Firstmark, Redpoint Ventures, Impossible Foods, Nyse, Matt Turck, Leslie Odom Jr, Bob Moore, Gong, Lyft Bird, Crossbeam


We got an exclusive look at the pitch deck Crossbeam used to get $25 million to help companies collaborate during COVID-19

Crossbeam, a startup that helps simplify the process of sharing data between companies, recently scored $25 million in Series B funding in a round that included Redpoint Ventures and FirstMark Capital. Business Insider has obtained an exclusive look at the pitch deck Crossbeam used to convince investors. Crossbeam's platform takes data from the disparate programs used by companies to track customer information and combines them to create a single, searchable set. Co-founder Bob Moore said he w...
Tags: Trends, Firstmark, Redpoint Ventures, Moore, Matt Turck, Bob Moore, Crossbeam, FirstMark Capital Business Insider


We got an exclusive look at the pitch deck Crossbeam used to get $12.5 million to help companies collaborate during COVID-19

Crossbeam, a startup that helps simplify the process of sharing data between companies, recently scored $25 million in Series B funding in a round that included Redpoint Ventures and FirstMark Capital. Business Insider has obtained an exclusive look at the pitch deck Crossbeam used to convince investors for its $12.5 million Series A round. Crossbeam's platform takes data from the disparate programs used by companies to track customer information and combines them to create a single, searchabl...
Tags: Trends, Firstmark, Redpoint Ventures, Moore, Matt Turck, Bob Moore, Crossbeam, FirstMark Capital Business Insider


Macro just raised $4.3M to make your never-ending Zoom calls more useful

In this pandemic world, in-person meetings are a thing of the past. Most meetings these days are done via video conference, and no company has capitalized on the shift quite like Zoom. Macro, a new FirstMark-backed company, is looking to capitalize on the capitalization. To Capitalism! Sorry. Let’s get back on track. Macro is a native app that employs the Zoom SDK to add depth and analysis to your daily work meetings. There are two modes. The first is essentially focused on collaboration, w...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Apps, Enterprise, Microsoft, Funding, Tech, FirstMark Capital, Firstmark, General Catalyst, 3m, Sdk, Roelof Botha, Macro, Keck


9 top VCs discuss the future of New York startups

New York City was an initial U.S. hotspot for the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s also one of the most expensive cities in the world — so you might think startups would be anxious to leave. However, when we surveyed a number of New York-based venture capitalists, they seemed bullish about the city’s future as a startup and technology hub. As AF Ventures’ David Levinson put it, “New York simply has too much to offer, from its richly diverse population, cultural significance and vast collection of ind...
Tags: Health, Security, Space, New York, New York City, Tech, Venture Capital, Ny, Firstmark, Eniac Ventures, Matt Turck, Peloton, Lerer Hippeau, Klara, David Levinson, Eric Hippeau


Executive Job Search: Biopharma, Gaming, Data, Fintech, IT

Check out these great hidden executive job opportunities from Cruchbase: FirstMark Capital closes on $650M for two funds New York’s FirstMark Capital announced two new funds totaling $650 million. FirstMark V, a $380 million fund, will invest in early-stage technology companies, while FirstMark Opportunity Fund III, a $270 million fund, will focus on follow-on rounds […]
Tags: Careers, Venture Capital, FirstMark Capital, Firstmark, Executive Job Search, Executive Career Management & Executive Jobs, Executive Job Search Tips, Business Startups, Hidden Job Opportunities, Hidden Job Market. Unadvertised Jobs, Biopharma Gaming Data Fintech


FirstMark Capital announces new funds with a fresh $650 million in investment capital

FirstMark Capital, the NY-based VC firm whose portfolio includes Shopify, Riot Games, Pinterest, Airbnb, InVision and more, has today announced the close of its two newest investment vehicles. FirstMark IV is a $380 million early-stage fund focused on seed and Series A investments, while FirstMark Opportunity III is a $270 million vehicle dedicated to follow-on investment in portfolio companies and select growth-stage investments. The total assets under management across all FirstMark vehicles i...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, Washington, Tech, Sydney, Venture Capital, Black Lives Matter, East Coast, FirstMark Capital, Firstmark, Jani, Juneteenth, Adam Nelson, Rick Heitzmann, Amish Jani


Bluecore raises $50M for its first-party, AI-based marketing automation tools

As more online brands look for ways to move beyond third-party cookies as a way of gaining more direct insights about their users and customers, a startup that has developed a platform to help them has raised a big round of funding. Bluecore, a marketing technology firm that uses data gained from direct marketing like email, social media, site activity and combines that with machine learning to make better predictions about who might want to buy what among its customers, is today announcing that...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Advertising Tech, Tech, Walmart, New York Times, Tommy Hilfiger, Firstmark, Bluecore, Norwest, Georgian Partners, Fayez Mohamood, Mohamood, Googles Facebooks, Amazon Gross Merchandise Value GMV, Sephora CVS Teleflora


nextmv picks up $2.7M to optimize and test decision models for the logistics industry

Optimization. Efficiency. Data-driven decisions. If I had a nickel for every time I hear these words from founders I’d be long retired. And yet, the process involved in achieving resource optimization, efficiency and making truly data-driven decisions is laborious to say the least, and usually involves an immense amount of talent and resources. And then there was nextmv. The YC-backed company, led by Carolyn Mooney and Ryan O’Neil, recently raised a $2.7 million seed round from FirstMark Capit...
Tags: TC, Uber, Tech, Dynamo, Lockheed Martin, FirstMark Capital, Firstmark, Yc, Mooney, Matt Turck, GrubHub, Operations Research, Ryan O Neil, Carolyn Mooney, Nextmv, GrubHub Mooney


[Postponed] Join the FirstMark Capital squad for a live Q&A on Zoom tomorrow at 9am PDT

Update: Unfortunately, we’re going to have to postpone this call. We’ll be in touch soon with the new dates. In the meantime, we have plenty of exciting calls slated and can’t wait to share them with you. Stay tuned! Stuck at home? JK! I know you are! You’re not alone. FirstMark Capital partners Rick Heitzmann, Amish Jani, Matt Turck, Beth Ferreira, and Adam Nelson are also working from home. But neither distance nor virus can truly keep us all apart. That’s why I’m thrilled to announce that t...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, FirstMark Capital, Firstmark, Nelson, Matt Turck, Beth Ferreira, Adam Nelson, Rick Heitzmann, Amish Jani, Eastern West Coast, Matt Turck Beth Ferreira, Heitzmann Jani Turck Ferreira


Join the FirstMark Capital squad for a live Q&A on Zoom tomorrow at 9am PDT

Stuck at home? JK! I know you are! You’re not alone. FirstMark Capital partners Rick Heitzmann, Amish Jani, Matt Turck and Beth Ferreira are also working from home. But neither distance nor virus can truly keep us all apart. That’s why I’m thrilled to announce that tomorrow at 12pm EDT/9am PDT, we will be joined by these wonderful FirstMark partners for a live Zoom chat. We’ll ask how they’re advising their portfolio companies during these challenging times, how COVID-19 has changed their inve...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, FirstMark Capital, Firstmark, Ferreira, Matt Turck, Beth Ferreira, Rick Heitzmann, Amish Jani, Heitzmann Jani Turck, Eastern West Coast


Boston Tech Watch: Robin, Markforged, Air Force AI & CozyKin

The Air Force and MIT partner on AI research. Meeting room tech raises more dough. “Autopilot” for 3D printers. And robot companies teaming up to fill your next ecommerce order. Read on for more of what went down this week in Boston tech news.—Robin Powered, a Boston startup building workplace desk- and meeting room-booking software, closed a $20 million Series B funding round led by Tola Capital and joined by previous investors Accomplice and FirstMark Capital and new investor Allegion Venture...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Boston, New York City, Trends, Tech, Cisco, Childcare, It, Cybersecurity, Mit, Vc, Materials, Venture Capital, 3d Printers, Ai


Down To Shop is a tongue-in-cheek mobile shopping network

Cyrus Summerlin and Max Hellerstin, who previously created the Push for Pizza app (which allowed users to order a pizza with the push of a button), are officially launching their new startup today, Down to Shop. The app bills itself as both a modern reinvention of QVC and “the funnest way to shop.” It allows users to watch funny videos featuring products that can be purchased directly from the app. In an email, Hellerstein said the pair created Down to Shop out of dissatisfaction with existing a...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Ecommerce, Apps, Media, Instagram, Advertising Tech, Los Angeles, Tech, Shop, Firstmark, Qvc, Summerlin, Hellerstein, Upright Citizens Brigade, Cyrus Summerlin


Pinterest prices IPO above range

Pinterest priced shares of its stock, “PINS,” above its anticipated range on Wednesday evening, CNBC reports. The company will sell 75 million shares of Class A common stock at $19 apiece in an offering that will attract $1.4 billion in new capital for the visual search engine. The NYSE-listed business had planned to sell its shares at between $15 to $17 and didn’t increase the size of its planned offering prior to Wednesday’s pricing. Valued at $12.3 billion in 2017, the initial public offer...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Lyft, Uber, Pinterest, Wall Street, San Francisco, Tech, Companies, Transport, Venture Capital, Search Engine, Silicon Valley, Kim, Andreessen Horowitz