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Gift Guide: The best books for 2020 recommended by VCs and TechCrunch writers (Part 1)

Welcome to TechCrunch’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide! Need help with gift ideas? We’re here to help! We’ll be rolling out gift guides from now through the end of December. You can find our other guides right here. This is Part 1 of the Best Books gift guide. Part 2 with even more selections will be posted shortly. 2020 was a tough year for all of us, but a strong one for books (how often do you get to say that?). Sales are up, driven by lockdowns, boredom, and the need for escape. Yet, 2020 also felt...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Spotify, Japan, England, London, Snowden, France, Stanford, Nsa, China, America, Book Review, Tech, Nike


Materialize scores $40 million investment for SQL streaming database

Materialize, the SQL streaming database startup built on top of the open source Timely Dataflow project, announced a $32 million Series B investment today led by Kleiner Perkins with participation from Lightspeed Ventures. While it was at it, the company also announced a previously unannounced $8 million Series A from last year that had been led by Lightspeed, bringing the total raised to $40 million. These firms see a solid founding team that includes CEO Arjun Narayan, formerly of Cockroach La...
Tags: Startups, TC, Open Source, Enterprise, Funding, Tech, Kafka, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins, Lightspeed Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Lightspeed, Sla, Streaming Databases, NARAYAN, Cockroach Labs


Affirm revealed its IPO paperwork. Here's a look inside the buy now, pay later frenzy, the new twist on financing that is a must have for everyone.

Klarna markets itself as a 'smoooth shopping' experience. Thomas Concordia/Getty Images Point-of-sale financing isn't new, but it's gotten renewed attention as a wave of startups like Affirm, Afterpay, and Klarna acquired millions of new users during the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, Affim published its S-1, the paper detailing its planned initial public offering.  These fintechs offer consumers the ability to buy now, pay later, both online and in-store. And now, incumbents ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Japan, UK, Etsy, Australia, France, Finance, China, US, Trends, Paypal, David, Canada, Tencent


Cato Network snags $130M Series E on $1B valuation as cloud wide area networking thrives

Cato Networks has spent the last five years building a cloud-based wide area network that lets individuals connect to network resources regardless of where they are. When the pandemic hit, and many businesses shifted to work from home, it was the perfect moment for technology like this. Today, the company was rewarded with a $130 million Series E investment on $1 billion valuation. Lightspeed Venture Partners led the round with participation from new investor Coatue and existing investors Gre...
Tags: Startups, TC, Cloud, Enterprise, Boston, Funding, Israel, Tech, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Juniper Networks, Palo Alto Networks, The Company, Kramer, Cato, ARR, Thoma Bravo


Salto raises $27M to let you configure your SaaS platforms with code

Salto, a Tel Aviv-based open-source startup that allows you to configure SaaS platforms like Salesforce, NetSuite and HubSpot with code, is coming out of stealth today and announced that it has raised a $27 million Series A round. This round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Salesforce Ventures. The general idea here — which is similar to the ‘infrastructure-as-code’ movement — is to allow business operations teams to automate the labor-intensive and error-...
Tags: TC, Tel Aviv, Tech, Cisco, Software, Computing, Salesforce, HashiCorp, Devops, Oracle, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Head, HubSpot, Salesforce Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Red Hat


Lightspeed Venture Partners backs Theta Lake’s video conferencing security tech with $12.7 million

Theta Lake, a provider of compliance and security tools for conferencing software like Cisco Webex, Microsoft Teams, RingCentral, Zoom and others, said it has raised $12.7 million in a new round of funding. Lightspeed Venture Partners led the round with commitments from Cisco Investments, angel investors from the collaboration and security space, and previous investors, Neotribe Ventures, Firebolt Ventures and WestWave Capital, the company said. The company’s financing comes as the COVID-19 p...
Tags: TC, Microsoft, Tech, Companies, Artificial Intelligence, Telecommunications, Computing, Machine Learning, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Security tools, Cisco Systems, Lightspeed, Partner, Cisco Investments, Research and Markets, Collaboration Tools


14 important people to know if you want a job at a growing startup

First Round Capital; Redpoint Ventures; Otto Baba/Brandon McGanty; Operator Collective; Samantha Lee/Business Insider Do you want to work for a hot-and-growing startup? Instead of sending a resume into the startup, a better method is to get to know the "talent partners" who work for the startup's venture capital investors. We spoke to 14 of top talent partners in our first-ever list of the people to know if you want to work at a startup. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories....
Tags: Startups, Trends, Recruiting, Venture Capital, Lithuania, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures, First Round Capital, Tech Insider, Samantha Lee, Melia Russell, Otto Baba Brandon McGanty, Nicole North


Discuss the unbundling of early-stage VC with Unusual Ventures’ Sarah Leary & John Vrionis

This year has been everything but business as usual for the venture and tech community. And we still have a presidential election ahead of us. So, why not listen to the aptly-named experts over at Unusual Ventures? Partners Sarah Leary (co-founder of Nextdoor) and John Vrionis, formerly of Lightspeed Ventures Partners, will join us on Tuesday, October 20 on the Extra Crunch Live virtual stage. Thanks to all of you who have joined us for our series of live discussions that has included tech leade...
Tags: Startups, TC, Wearables, Tech, Sydney, Venture Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Appdynamics, Winnie, Leary, John Vrionis, Unusual Ventures, Vrionis, Extra Crunch Live, Sarah Leary, Lightspeed Ventures Partners


Former Marvel execs launched an ambitious comics universe as the pandemic hit. 7 months later, they have Hollywood in their sights.

AWA previewed its comics at last year's New York Comic Con. AWA Two former Marvel executives, Axel Alonso and Bill Jemas, along with Fandom cochairman Jon Miller, founded the new comics company Artists, Writers and Artisans (AWA) last year. The company launched its first comic series, "The Resistance," in March, shortly before comics distribution was halted due to the pandemic. Business Insider talked with Alonso and Jemas about navigating a new comic publisher through the pandemic, ho...
Tags: Hollywood, Media, Entertainment, Comic Books, Marvel, Disney, Trends, Fox, Fox News, PERCY, Dc, James Murdoch, Resistance, Rupert Murdoch, Marvel Comics, News Corp


Months-old Uni raises $18.5 million seed round to expand India’s credit card market

The credit card industry in India appears to be stuck. According to industry estimates, between 30 million to 35 million people in the country today have at least one credit card, with up to 58 million being in circulation. Compare this to almost 1 billion debit cards. One reason the vast majority of the population has not made the cut is because they don’t have a credit score. And so few people have a credit score because banks and credit card companies still rely on age-old methodologies to de...
Tags: Asia, Finance, India, Funding, Tech, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Ola, Accel, Lightspeed India, Lightspeed, Gupta, Payu, Uni, Nitin Gupta, Nitin, Uni Nitin Gupta


This Startup Uses Deepfake Tech to Let Brands Create Video Sales Pitches at Scale

A new startup wants to make video production as easy as choosing a spokesmodel, a tone of voice and typing out a script. Bangalore-based Rephrase.ai raised $1.5 million this week in a seed round led by Lightspeed Venture Partners and AV8 Ventures for a platform that uses the same technology behind deepfakes to allow brands...
Tags: General, Advertising, Artificial Intelligence, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Bangalore


Rephrase.ai raises $1.5M to use synthetic media for personalized sales pitches

Bangalore-based Rephrase.ai has an ambitious vision for reshaping how movies and videos are made. CEO Ashray Malhotra laid it out for me yesterday, saying that his co-founder Nisheeth Lahoti “came up with this concept — he wants to build an engine that can take any script as input and create a professional movie,” no filming required. But Rephrase.ai is starting with what Malhotra said is a more “short-term, monetizable” goal: Offering technology that makes it easy to create personalized sales v...
Tags: Travel, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Funding, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Bangalore, Malhotra, Techstars Bangalore, AV8 Ventures, Synthetic Media, Ashray Malhotra, Nisheeth Lahoti


Edtech investors are panning for gold

The spotlight on edtech grows brighter and harsher: On one end, remote-learning startups are attracting millions in venture capital. On the other, many educators and parents are unimpressed with the technology that enables virtual learning and gaps remain in and out of the classroom. It’s clear that edtech’s nebulous pain points — screen time, childcare and classroom management — require innovation. But as founders flurry to a sector recently rejuvenated with capital, the influx of interest has ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Education, Tech, Netflix, Edtech, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Reach Capital, Owl Ventures, Carolan, Jennifer Carolan, Ian Chiu, Mercedes Bent, Disrupt 2020, Cowboy Vc, Jomayra Hererra


Amid layoffs and allegations of fraud, the FBI has arrested NS8’s CEO following its $100+ million summer financing

The tagline from today’s announcement from the United States Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York says it all: “Adam Rogas Allegedly Raised $123 Million from Investors Using Financial Statements that Showed Tens of Millions of Dollars of Revenue and Assets that Did Not Exist”. Rogas, the co-founder and former chief executive and chief financial officer and board member of the Las Vegas-based fraud prevention company, NS8, was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Tech, Fbi, United States, Manhattan, Las Vegas, Doj, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Justice Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Securities And Exchange Commission, Lightspeed Ventures, Lightspeed, Forbes


Outschool, newly profitable, raises a $45M Series B for virtual small group classes

Outschool, which started in 2015 as a platform for homeschooled students to bolster their extracurricular activities, has dramatically widened its customer base since the coronavirus pandemic began.The platform saw its total addressable market increase dramatically as students went home or campus to abide by COVID regulations instituted by the CDC. Suddenly, live, small-group online learning classes became a necessity for students. Outschool’s services, which range from engineering lessons th...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Taylor Swift, Education, Cdc, Tech, Edtech, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Forerunner Ventures, Nps, ARR, Amazon Mechanical Turk, SF Bay, Juni, Outschool


Forage, formerly InsideSherpa, raises $9.3 million Series A for virtual work experiences

Tech’s coveted internships were some of the first roles to be cut as offices closed and businesses shuttered in response to the coronavirus. A number of companies across the country, including Glassdoor, StubHub, Funding Circle, Yelp, Checkr and even the National Institutes of Health, canceled their internship programs altogether. For InsideSherpa co-founders Tom Brunskill and Pasha Rayan, the canceled internships were an opportunity. InsideSherpa, a Y Combinator graduate, hosts virtual work ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Ge, Education, Future Of Work, Tech, Internships, United States, National Institutes of Health, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Arizona State University, South East Asia, Northern Italy, Forage, ARR, Rayan


Lightspeed announces the launch of its Southeast Asia operations

Lightspeed’s Southeast Asia team: Akshay Bhushan, Marsha Sugana, Pinn Lawjindakul and Bejul Somaia Lightspeed Venture Partners announced the launch of its Southeast Asia operations today. Based out of the firm’s new regional headquarters in Singapore, Lightspeed’s team there will invest in startups throughout Southeast Asia from the three global funds it closed earlier this year, which total about $4 billion. The Southeast Asia team consists of partner Akshay Bhushan, who was a founding me...
Tags: TC, Asia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, Venture Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Flipkart, Lightspeed India, Lightspeed, Bhushan, Catterton, Bejul Somaia, Akshay Bhushan Marsha Sugana Pinn Lawjindakul, Bejul Somaia Lightspeed Venture Partners


Long-range delivery drone maker Volansi raises $50M

Robotics generally have seen an increase in interest during the pandemic, so it makes perfect sense that investors are taking a closer look at autonomous drone delivery. That’s good news for Volansi, which just announced a $50 million Series B. The round, led by Icon Ventures, brings the Bay Area-based startup’s total funding up to around $75 million. Also involved are existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners and YCombinator, as well as new names, Harpoon Ventures and Merck Global Health I...
Tags: Travel, Hardware, Drone, Delivery, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Bay Area, Icon Ventures, Volansi, Harpoon Ventures, Merck Global Health Innovation Fund Volansi


Hasura raises $25 million Series B and adds MySQL support to its GraphQL service

Hasura, a service that provides developers with an open-source engine that provides them a GraphQL API to access their databases, today announced that it has raised a $25 million Series B round led by Lightspeed Venture Partners. Previous investors Vertex Ventures US, Nexus Venture Partners, Strive VC and SAP.iO Fund also participated in this round. The new round, which the team raised after the COVID-19 pandemic had already started, comes only six months after the company announced its $9.9 mil...
Tags: TC, Enterprise, Web Development, Developer, Tech, Mysql, Software, Healthcare, Computing, Api, Financial Services, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Sap, Nexus Venture Partners, React, Partner


Dialpad acquires video conferencing service Highfive

VoIP provider Dialpad, the company behind the popular video conferencing service UberConference, today announced that it has acquired Highfive, a well-funded video conferencing startup that focuses on providing businesses with conference room solutions. The two companies did not disclose the purchase price, but Highfive raised $77.4 million from the likes of Lightspeed Venture Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst and Dimension Data ahead of today’s acquisition. Led by its CEO...
Tags: Google, TC, Voip, Tech, Ceo, Telecommunications, M&a, Andreessen Horowitz, Lightspeed Venture Partners, General Catalyst, Video Conferencing, Google-voice, Zoom, Unified Communications, Walker, Dimension Data


Reliable Robotics is bringing remote piloting to small cargo planes

Nearly one year ago, a Cessna 172 Skyhawk stealthily made aviation history when it landed at a small airport in Northern California marking the completion of the first successful remote-piloted flight of a passenger airplane in the United States. The company behind this milestone in commercial aviation history is Reliable Robotics, a startup founded in 2017 by former SpaceX and Tesla engineers who previously brought autopilot to the electric vehicle auto driving masses and made the Dragon rocket...
Tags: TC, Spacex, Tech, Tesla, United States, San Jose, Faa, Jetblue, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Fedex, Falcon, Robert Rose, Northern California, Rose, Cessna, David Neeleman


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


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


Payments services company Finix adds $30 million to its Series B

Finix, a startup that provides payments-related services to other companies, announced it has extended its Series B financing with a $30 million investment led by Lightspeed Venture Partners and American Express Ventures. The fintech startup has now raised over $96 million in venture capital. According to CEO and co-founder Richie Serna, $90 million of that total was grabbed in the last year alone. Finix declined to disclose its revenue, revenue growth, new valuation, current profitability, o...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Square, Stripe, Fintech, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Sequoia, Serna, Richie Serna, Finix


Andrew Chung Advice to Startups on Adapting To COVID-19

With the global dynamics being experienced, technology may be the key to better sustainability. The right technology guarantees one better education, health, and food security. It is for this reason that different tech companies are coming up. Fantastic to see @amazon enter #climatetech venture investing with their announcement of a new Climate Pledge Fund this morning. Welcome to the club! #cleantech https://t.co/bBSbMAF8aC — Clean Energy Ventures (@CEVteam) June 23, 2020 Andrew Chung is an...
Tags: Career, Europe, America, San Francisco, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Andrew Chung, Business Leader, Capital LLC, Clean Energy Ventures, COVID, Right Technology Guarantees, Kholsa Venture Firm


EXCLUSIVE: LinkedIn and Pinterest backer Bessemer Venture Partners plans to establish base in Europe, tempted by big exits such as Adyen, Spotify, and TeamViewer

One of the oldest venture capital companies in the US, Bessemer Venture Partners, plans to establish staff permanently in London as it looks to boost investment into Europe. Bessemer was an early backer of commerce platform Shopify, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. It has previously backed European companies such as Skype. Industry sources told Business Insider the firm would establish a London office this year. Partner Alex Ferrara said Bessemer did not have explicit plans to open an office in the ci...
Tags: Europe, UK, New York, London, Pinterest, Boston, US, Trends, Linkedin, Silicon Valley, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Permira, Sequoia, Bessemer Venture Partners, Business Insider, Bessemer


VCs say that these 29 companies are the top startups in the booming big data industry

Companies have a growing need for tools to help them store, analyze, and manage massive amounts of data. Business Insider asked venture capitalists to name the top startups in the big data space — including ones that they have no relationship to — and why they think the company will boom in 2020.  Here are the 29 startups they named, plus how much they've raised. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Data operations and data engineering have taken off, investors say. Companies a...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, US, Trends, Api, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Bob Muglia, Intel Capital, Madrona Venture Group, Ggv Capital, Business Insider, Sapphire Ventures, Glenn Solomon, Norwest Venture Partners


Trump's recent freeze on work visas horrified the tech industry. 16 top leaders who came to the US from around the world speak out on why they think it will 'make America less competitive'

President Trump's decision to suspend key immigrant work visas has been severely criticized by many in the US tech industry, which has long relied on foreign talent. Venture capitalists, founders, and CEOs who are immigrants themselves shared their frustrations with the Trump order with Business Insider. One of them, Togo-born F5 Networks CEO Francois Lo coh Donou, who grew up in France, told Business Insider that the executive order "sends the signal to highly-skilled immigrants around the wo...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, Hong Kong, UK, Microsoft, Yahoo, Bali, California, Mexico, France, China, India, US, America, Trends


16 top tech leaders who came to the US from around the world explain their forceful opposition to Trump's freeze on immigrant work visas: 'It's only going to make America less competitive'

President Trump's decision to suspend key immigrant work visas has been severely criticized by many in the US tech industry, which has long relied on foreign talent. Venture capitalists, founders, and CEOs who are immigrants themselves shared their frustrations with the Trump order with Business Insider. One of them, Togo-born F5 Networks CEO Francois Lo coh Donou, who grew up in France, told Business Insider that the executive order "sends the signal to highly-skilled immigrants around the wo...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, Hong Kong, UK, Microsoft, Yahoo, Bali, California, Mexico, France, China, India, US, America, Trends


The government's PPP was designed to keep afloat small business, like local barber shops and restaurants. But nearly 10,000 companies with deep pocketed investors also got loans from the program.

Startups backed by some of the most well-heeled venture firms received loans under the Paycheck Protection Program, a federal initiative designed to keep small businesses afloat during the coronavirus-related shutdowns, according to a new analysis by CB Insights. Some 87 portfolio companies of New Enterprise Associates, which has $24 billion in assets under management, were listed in the government's report as participants in the program. Another 55 companies backed by Andreessen Horowitz, whi...
Tags: Y Combinator, US, Trends, Startup, Silicon Valley, Ufc, Andreessen Horowitz, PPP, TechStars, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Nea, New Enterprise Associates, Cb Insights, Anand Sanwal, Bryan, Treasury Department