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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

Sequoia Capital has internal crash courses for its founders — here’s how they work

No matter what you think of Sequoia Capital, the firm doesn’t rest on its laurels. Though it’s now managing ungodly amounts of money and has for decades been considered among the top venture firms in the world, it routinely finds new ways to stay relevant and to ensure that it gets a first look at the most promising founders. It was the first firm to employ scouts, for example. Recently, to create more room between itself and its ever-growing number of competitors, the firm has also begun fin...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Tech, Venture Capital, Zappos, Talent, Sequoia Capital, Vmware, Sequoia, Jess Lee, Roelof Botha, Bryan Schreier, Lee, Botha, Tony Xu

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

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

Looking at how Gen Z has changed fundraising

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 had the full crew around once again — Natasha Mascarenhas, Danny Crichton, Chris Gates and myself. And as always, it was key to have the full crew as there was an ocean of news to get through. Before we get into the show, make sure you’ve checked out Danny’s latest work on the TechCrunch List… now, let’s get to it: The TikTok saga co...
Tags: Apple, TC, Pinterest, Podcasts, Microsoft, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, Venture Capital, Airbnb, Palantir, SPAC, Danny, Natasha, Equity podcast, TikTok Microsoft

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

Executive Hiring Trends: Venture Capital Series C | August 12-13, 2020

To get reports like these, set up a Google Alert with the topic “venture capital series c funding.” Learn how my clients use this information to create interviews here by going direct using LinkedIn here. Tesi, NordicNinja et al. in $54m series-C for Varjo Unquote Finland-based venture capital investors Tesi and NordicNinja have participated in […]
Tags: Careers, Venture Capital, Google Alert, Executive Career Management & Executive Jobs, Executive Job Search Tips, Hidden Job Market, Tesi, Venture Capital Firms, Business Startups, Executie Job Search, Varjo Unquote Finland

Conduit launches to help founders find actually useful angels and VCs

The bar for being a successful VC just keeps getting higher. With more and more capital sloshing around and not enough founders and startups to invest in, founders are getting the opportunity to be choosier and choosier about who they want to work with on their cap tables. You can’t just bring a checkbook anymore — founders want operational experience and deep domain expertise in critical areas like growth marketing or recruiting. That’s led to the creation of more service-led VC models like Swe...
Tags: New York City, Tech, Venture Capital, Lando, Kolli, Conduit, Jennifer Fleiss, Sweat Equity Ventures, Edward Lando, Sree Kolli

Join Extra Crunch Live today for a fintech extravaganza with Wealthfront’s Andy Rachleff at 1 pm EDT/10 am PDT

Fintech is quite possibly the hottest investment area in the venture world these days, and that is why we are so excited to have one of the world’s leading operators and investors talk more about the future of fintech, wealth management, neobanks, infrastructure and more later today on Extra Crunch Live at 1 p.m. EDT/10 a.m. PDT/5 p.m. GMT. For more than a decade, Andy Rachleff has been the founder and CEO of Wealthfront, an algorithmic wealth management app that has also been adding new bank...
Tags: Finance, Tech, Chase, Venture Capital, Goldman Sachs, Fintech, Wealthfront, Galileo, Andy Rachleff, Rachleff, Extra Crunch Live

Join Extra Crunch Live today for a fintech extravaganza with Wealthfront’s Andy Rachleff at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT

Fintech is quite possibly the hottest investment area in the venture world these days, and that is why we are so excited to have one of the world’s leading operators and investors talk more about the future of fintech, wealth management, neobanks, infrastructure and more later today on Extra Crunch Live at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / / 5pm GMT. For more than a decade, Andy Rachleff has been the founder and CEO of Wealthfront, an algorithmic wealth management app that has also been adding new banking...
Tags: Finance, Tech, Chase, Venture Capital, Goldman Sachs, Fintech, Wealthfront, Galileo, Andy Rachleff, Rachleff, Extra Crunch Live

9 Berlin-based VCs discuss how COVID-19 has changed the landscape

A breeding ground for European entrepreneurs, Berlin has a knack for producing a lot of new startups: the city attracts top international, diverse talent, and it is packed with investors, events and accelerators. Also important: it’s a more affordable place to live and work when compared to many other cities in the region. Berlin ranked 10th place in the 2019 Global Ecosystem Report, trailing behind only two other European cities: London and Paris. It’s home to unicorns such as N26, Zalando, ...
Tags: Health, Food, Startups, TC, Gaming, Europe, London, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Berlin, Israel, Tech, Paris, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Silicon Valley

Y Combinator President Geoff Ralston shares actionable advice for startup founders

Running a startup accelerator comes with a number of occupational hazards, but “skepticism is the easiest thing to fall into when you’ve seen too many companies,” said Y Combinator President Geoff Ralston, “and it’s the thing you have to avoid the most.” Ralston joined me last week for an hour-long Extra Crunch Live interview where we talked about several topics, including how YC has adapted its program during the pandemic, why he has “never stopped coding” and what he sees changing in tech. ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Entrepreneurship, Events, Tech, Venture Capital, Airbnb, Yc, Don, Ralston, Geoff Ralston, Extra Crunch, Growth and Monetization, Extra Crunch Live, Hunter Walk Kirsten Green

Seed funding tips and tricks from Uncork Capital founder Jeff Clavier

Angel funding, seed investing and generally focusing on earlier stage investing is a huge business in the world of startups these days — it helps investors get in early to the most promising companies, and (because of the smaller size of the checks) allows for even the less prolific to spread their bets. There was a time when it was immensely difficult for a founder to get a first check, not least because there were fewer people writing them. However, Jeff Clavier was an exception to that rul...
Tags: Startups, TC, Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneur, Tech, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Jeff Clavier, CRM, Keith Rabois, Seed Round, Clavier, Uncork Capital, Extra Crunch, Consumer Hardware

Start-Ups Braced for the Worst. The Worst Never Came.

The doomsday warnings about tech start-ups failing in the pandemic have not yielded the shakeout that many expected a few months ago.
Tags: News, Venture Capital, Airbnb, Start-ups, Layoffs and Job Reductions, Computers and the Internet, Getaround Inc, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV

IoT and data science will boost foodtech in the post-pandemic era

Sunny Dhillon Contributor Share on Twitter Sunny Dhillon is an early-stage investor at Signia Ventures in San Francisco where he invests in retail tech, e-commerce infrastructure and logistics, alongside consumer and enterprise software startups. More posts by this contributor From farm to phone: A paradigm shift in grocery An optimistic view of deepfakes Even as e-grocery usage has skyrocketed ...
Tags: Food, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Column, Internet Of Things, Science, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Supermarkets, Data Science, Venture Capital, Fda, Food Waste, Iot

How to pick the right Series A investors

Early-stage startup founders who are embarking on a Series A fundraising round should consider this: their relationship with the members of their board might last longer than the average American marriage. In other words, who invests in a startup matters as much — or more — than the total capital they’re bringing with them. It’s important for founders to get to know the people coming onto their board because they’ll likely be a part of the company for a long time, and it’s really hard to fire th...
Tags: Startups, TC, Entrepreneurship, Events, Tech, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Emergence Capital, Saper, Extra Crunch, Jake Saper, TechCrunch Early Stage

Wendell Brooks has resigned as president of Intel Capital

When Wendell Brooks was promoted to president of Intel Capital, the investment arm of the chip giant, in 2015, he knew he had big shoes to fill. He was taking over from Arvind Sodhani, who had run the investment component for 28 years since its inception. Today, the company confirmed reports that Brooks has resigned that role. “Wendell Brooks has resigned from Intel to pursue other opportunities. We thank Wendell for all his contributions and wish him the best for the future,” a company sp...
Tags: Enterprise, Ipo, Tech, Intel, Venture Capital, Chips, Intel Capital, Brooks, Lin, Wendell, Personnel, Anthony Lin, Wendell Brooks, Corporate Investment Arms, Executive Turnover, Arvind Sodhani

The rules of VC are being broken

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. As ever I was joined by TechCrunch managing editor Danny Crichton and our early-stage venture capital reporter Natasha Mascarenhas. We had Chris on the dials and a pile of news to get through, so we were pretty hype heading into the show. But before we could truly get started we had to discuss Cincinnati, and TikTok. Pleasantries and extortion out...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Y Combinator, Etsy, India, Venture Capital, Gumroad, Equity, Edtech, Shopify, Chris, Cincinnati, Natasha, Danny Crichton, Rigetti

Bio Roundup: A Telehealth Combo, FDA’s BCMA OK, Biogen’s Bet & More

The novel coronavirus has driven the pharmaceutical industry to upend its research priorities. Big Pharma companies are focusing on vaccine development and a slew of biotechs are testing compounds, previously intended for a wide range of indications, as potential COVID-19 treatments.This week saw another major development brought on by industry efforts to adjust to the new realities engendered by the pandemic, with the signing of an $18.5 billion merger in the digital health sector. How the tie...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Trends, Merck, Venture Capital, Fda, National, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Abbvie, Biotech, Khosla Ventures, Life Sciences, Big Pharma, Sanofi, Valeant Pharmaceuticals

Introducing Breyer Capital Austin

I am proud to announce that Breyer Capital has opened a new office in Austin, Texas.I personally will be spending significant time in the city, investing in new opportunities and working alongside longtime friends and colleagues. Breyer Capital’s Silicon Valley presence remains as important as ever, and at the same time, Austin offers a remarkable new frontier of opportunity.When I graduated from Harvard Business School after graduating from Stanford, I was one of a small number of classmates w...
Tags: Startups, Elon Musk, Texas, News, Stanford, Startup, Tesla, Austin, Michael Dell, Silicon Valley, Austin Texas, The University, Harvard Business School, Travis County, UT Austin, Mike Maples

A VC Firm with Real Estate Relationships Like No Other

[Note from editor: The “Mastermind Showcase” highlights companies and news from members of the GEM. Today’s showcase: Second Century Ventures.] Second Century Ventures is the strategic investment arm of the National Association of Realtors, the largest trade organization in the US, and invests in technology companies across real estate, financial services, banking, home services, and insurance. Dedicated to seeing the entrepreneurial spirit of real estate thrive, keeping the agent at the center...
Tags: US, Radio, Venture Capital, NAR, National Association of Realtors, Reach, Real Estate Accelerator, Second Century Ventures, Entrepreneurs and Tech

Can learning pods scale, or are they widening edtech’s digital divide?

Lucia, a six-year old, hides from Zoom calls and has rejected every edtech tool from Seesaw to Khan Academy. She will spend all of first grade in quarantine. Her mother, Claire Díaz-Ortiz, says her daughter fits squarely into the “distance learning death zone.” The idea is that younger children are too young to do distance learning solo, even with tools meant to make it easier. Here’s one kindergartner’s remote fall class schedule: Just got this schedule for my kindergartner’s “distance le...
Tags: Startups, TC, Facebook, Education, Tech, Venture Capital, Edtech, Zoom, Bay Area, Lucia, PRISMA, Claire Diaz Ortiz, Market Analysis, Owl Ventures, Diaz Ortiz, Aubrey Hirsch

Never Take Money From A VC: Part 1

My partner Chris Moody decided to be a vlogger and has started a new video series. I suggested he hang out on TikTok but he prefers trying to get famous on Youtube. So far he has 57 Views but 102 Subscribers. I find that fascinating. Enjoy! The post Never Take Money From A VC: Part 1 appeared first on Feld Thoughts.
Tags: Trends, Venture Capital, Moody, Feld, Chris Moody, Tiktok

The story behind Rent the Runway’s first check

When Rent the Runway co-founders Jennifer Fleiss and Jennifer Hyman got their first term sheet, it had an exploding clause in it: If they didn’t sign the offer in 24 hours, they would lose the deal. The co-founders, then students at Harvard Business School, were ready to commit, but their lawyer advised them to pause and attend the meetings they had previously set up with other investors. Twelve years later, Rent the Runway has raised $380 million in venture capital equity funding from ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Tech, Harvard, Fundraising, Alibaba, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Bain Capital Ventures, Rent The Runway, Harvard Business School, Hyman, Jennifer Hyman, Fleiss, Scott Friend

Gumroad founder Sahil Lavingia launches new seed fund in collaboration with AngelList

Gumroad founder Sahil Lavingia has teamed up with AngelList to launch his debut $5 million rolling fund to invest in early-stage entrepreneurs. He is cutting $100,000 to $250,000 checks for startups and has a particular interest in B2B, SaaS, future of work, video and developer tools. Limited partners include Arlan Hamilton, Josh Kopelman and AngelList founder Naval Ravikant. But, here’s the twist: Lavingia raised $5 million using just a Notion memo, a few tweets and a Zoom call with more tha...
Tags: TC, Pinterest, Tech, Venture Capital, SEC, Gumroad, Black, Zoom, Angellist, Naval Ravikant, Sahil Lavingia, Lavingia, Work Life Ventures, Earnest Capital, Coronavirus, COVID-19

As e-commerce accelerates, fintech startups raised record $100M rounds in Q2

Reading headlines here and there, one might assume that venture capital interest in fintech startups is setting records every quarter. After all: didn’t Robinhood raise $280 million and $320 million more this year? Stripe raised $600 million just a few minutes ago, and wasn’t it Monzo that raised £60 million a few weeks back? Oh, and Hippo raised $150 million the other day. And what about that huge Plaid exit earlier in the year and Chime’s jillion dollars that came right before 2019 ended? T...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Finance, Digital, Venture Capital, Square, Robinhood, Fintech, Shopify, Cb Insights, Hippo, Market Analysis, The Exchange, Extra Crunch

What Q2 fundraising data tells us about the rest of 2020

Russ Heddleston Contributor Share on Twitter Russ is the co-founder and CEO of DocSend. He was previously a product manager at Facebook, where he arrived via the acquisition of his startup, and has held roles at Dropbox, Greystripe and Trulia. Follow him here: @rheddleston and @docsend More posts by this contributor What the last 2 months of fundraising tells us about the future When is it time ...
Tags: Travel, Startups, TC, Facebook, Column, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Economy, Architecture, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Startup Company, Trulia, Russ, Russ Heddleston

Executive Job Search: E-Commerce, Mobile Apps, Food Delivery, Branding

Check out these great hidden executive job opportunities from Cruchbase: Grab eyes another $200M Southeast Asian ride-hailing leader Grab is reportedly raising $200 million from South Korea’s Stic Investments in what would rank as the latest of many giant fundraising rounds. The Singapore-based company is among the most richly financed tech startups in the region, […]
Tags: South Korea, Singapore, Careers, Venture Capital, Executive Job Search, Executive Career Management & Executive Jobs, Executive Job Search Tips, Grab, Business Startups, STIC Investments, Hidden Job Opportunities, Hidden Job Market. Unadvertised Jobs

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