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Audi launches its newest EV, the 2022 Q4 e-tron SUV

Audi has launched the Q4 e-tron, the fifth electric vehicle in its growing portfolio, as part of the German automaker’s plan to bring more than 30 EVs and plug-in hybrids to market by 2025. T he Q4 e-tron is Audi’s entry electric SUV model and the price reflects that. The vehicle, which was  first revealed as a concept at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, has a starting price of $44,995, including the $1,095 destination charge. It’s worth noting that the Q4 electric vehicle is about ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Automotive, Vw, Electric Vehicles, Venture Capital, Epa, Audi, Geneva International Motor Show


Just raises $8M in its effort to beat Root at the car insurance game

Just Insure , a pay-per-mile insurance technology company, has raised $8 million in a funding round.  CrossCut Ventures, ManchesterStory and Western Technology Investments co-led the investment, which brings its total raised to $15.3 million since its January 2019 inception. Los Angeles-based Just says it uses telematics “to reward safe drivers and reduce insurer bias” by looking at factors such as how, when and where customers drive, rather than factors such as ZIP code or marital status ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, MetroMile, Transportation, Apps, Finance, Funding, Los Angeles, Startup, Tech, Georgia, Arizona, Venture Capital, Ohio, Crosscut Ventures, Just


Blue Bear Capital raises $150M to fund climate, energy and infrastructure tech

Blue Bear Capital has raised a new $150 million fund that will be used to find and invest in startups developing technology aimed at speeding up the adoption and industrialization of renewable energy. This is the venture firm’s second fund, which it says is oversubscribed. Blue Bear has already backed nine new companies since 2020. The firm said the fresh cash will be used to fund digital technologies “making an outsized impact” in markets including wind, solar, the electric grid, EV infrastruc...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Tech, Nasa, Artificial Intelligence, Venture Capital, Bp, GreenTech, Tim Kopra, Blake, Advisory Board, First Reserve, Alex Krueger, Blue Bear Capital, Blue Bear, FreeWire Technologies


Which VCs are set to make a killing in GitLab’s IPO

Picking up where we left off Friday, let’s spend some more time in the GitLab IPO filing. It’s going to be an IPO week, mind; Toast and Freshworks are set to price Tuesday after the close of trading and begin to float on Wednesday. Expect final notes on the value of each and reports on how they trade when they do. The Exchange will also try to get on calls with the CEOs. But because it is Disrupt week, things are going to be a little chaotic. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money. ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Microsoft, Tech, Venture Capital, Goldman Sachs, Github, Khosla, Khosla Ventures, Cto, Iconiq Capital, Exchange, Gitlab, The Exchange, EC Newsletter


The Station: Gogoro scoots into a SPAC, a Rivian milestone and Tesla prepares to unleash FSD beta software

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hello readers: Welcome to The Station, your central hub for all past, present and future means of moving people and packages from Point A to Point B. The future of transportation beat was flooded with news this week as per ushe. There are two stories that I want to highlight here. First up, is that the first Rivian R1T electric pickup truck...
Tags: Transportation, Japan, Elon Musk, UK, New York, London, Supreme Court, Congress, California, Washington, Senate, China, India, Tech, General Motors, Tesla


What You Can Do to Attract Funding

Inspired Capital co-founder Alexa von Tobel talks about three ways (below) the entrepreneur turned investor suggests getting the attention of VCs.Communicate your passion.Prove that you're ready to learn.Don't focus only on the money.Read all her comments here. [Author: Laurel Delaney]
Tags: Sales, Venture Capital, Don, Alexa von Tobel, Laurel Delaney, Women Entrepreneurs, women VCs, Attract Funding, Ready To Learn


The GoPro-ification of the iPhone

Hello friends, and welcome back to Week in Review! Last week, we talked about some sunglasses from a company that many people do not like very much. This week, we’re talking about Apple and the company 1,600 times smaller than it that’s facing similar product problems. Thanks for joining in — follow my tweets @lucasmtny for more. (Photo by Brooks Kraft/Apple Inc.) the big thing When you get deep enough into the tech industry, it’s harder to look at things with a consumer’s set of eyes. I’ve...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google, Ipad, TC, Elon Musk, Technology, Ebay, Russia, Tech, Tesla, Mobile Phones, Tablet Computers, Venture Capital, Week in Review


What we can learn from edtech startups’ expansion efforts in Europe

Rhys Spence Contributor Share on Twitter Rhys Spence is head of research at Brighteye Ventures, a European edtech-focused fund, where he works with portfolio companies to help address priorities, with a focus on internationalization. More posts by this contributor The 2021 edtech avalanche has just begun It’s a story common to all sectors today: investors only want to see ‘uppy-righty’ charts in a pit...
Tags: Startups, Column, Europe, Sweden, Education, France, Tech, Spain, United States, United Kingdom, Venture Capital, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Edtech, Owl Ventures


SoftBank’s Marcelo Claure is coming to Disrupt next week

SoftBank has been on a tear in Latin America. The Japanese investment conglomerate just announced it has launched its second Latin America-focused fund with a $3 billion capital commitment from the company that may grow as the fund explores “options to raise additional capital,” according to SoftBank. The vehicle follows hot on the heels of SoftBank’s debut Latin America-focused fund, announced in March 2019 with an initial $2 billion in committed capital. It’s easy to see what all the fuss is a...
Tags: TC, Softbank, Events, Tech, Mexico City, Venture Capital, Ryan Reynolds, Latin America, Boston Dynamics, Bolivia, SoftBank Group Corp, Adam Neumann, Claure, IRR, Mobile US, Marcelo Claure


Extra Crunch roundup: Adtech investing, Intuit buys Mailchimp, ideal customer profiles

Major gains in online advertising have boosted valuations for adtech startups since the pandemic began, but one insider says investors are missing the party. “Adtech is having a moment,” writes industry veteran Casey Saran. “And while much of the oxygen has been soaked up by large legacy companies hitting the public market, there have been smaller deals that indicate a hunger for better creative adtech.” Saran shares five reasons “why VCs should consider ratcheting up their investment into adtec...
Tags: Startups, Business, Advertising Tech, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Boston, Tech, Atlanta, Chicago, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Lawyers, Alex, Intuit, Mailchimp, Adtech


Former Instacart CFO Sagar Sanghvi joins Accel as its newest partner

Instacart ‘s chief financial officer Sagar Sanghvi has departed from the on-demand grocery delivery company after nearly six years and is returning to his investing roots. Specifically, Sanghvi has joined Accel as a partner focused on global growth-stage consumer and enterprise investments. Prior to becoming CFO of Instacart, Sanghvi served as the company’s vice president of finance and strategy. Interestingly, when he became CFO of Instacart in 2019, he was succeeding Ravi Gupta, who ...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Tech, Palo Alto, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, Sequoia Capital, Instacart, KKR, Accel, Cfo, Miles, Gupta, Clements, Ravi Gupta


Mynd raises $57.3M at an $807M valuation to give people a way to invest in rental properties remotely

Mynd , a company that aims to make it easier for people to buy and manage single-family rental properties, announced today it has raised $57.3 million in funding from QED Investors. The financing values the Oakland, California-based company at $807 million, and brings the company’s total raised to $174.9 million since its 2016 inception. Invesco Real Estate led its previous round, a $40 million raise, and committed $5 billion to purchase and rent 20,000 single-family homes through Mynd over ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Real Estate, Finance, Funding, Tech, Venture Capital, QED Investors, Zendesk, Oakland California, Brien, Indianapolis Indiana, Reddy, Invesco Real Estate, Mynd, Doug Brien


Self Financial raises $50M to help the subprime consumer build credit and savings at the same time

Self Financial, a fintech company that aims to help consumers build credit and savings at the same time, announced today it has raised $50 million in Series E funding. Altos Ventures led the financing, which also included participation from Meritech Capital and Conductive Ventures and brings the Austin-based startup’s total raised to $127 million since its 2015 inception. The company, as many fintechs these days, aims to make building credit and savings more accessible, regardle...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Apps, California, Finance, Funding, Tech, Austin, Venture Capital, Fintech, James, Lee, Garvey, Silverton Partners, Altos Ventures


SoftBank deepens commitment to LatAm with two new partners focused on early-stage investing

In March 2019, SoftBank Group International made headlines when it announced the SoftBank Innovation Fund, which started out with a $2 billion commitment to invest in tech startups in Latin America. A lot has changed since then. SoftBank changed the name of the fund to the SoftBank Latin America Fund, or LatAm Fund for short. The Japanese investment conglomerate has dramatically ramped up its investing in the region, and so have a number of other global investors. In fact, venture capit...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Mexico, Softbank, Funding, US, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, Brazil, Argentina, Remove From TC River, Latin America, Early Stage, Crunchbase, Mckinsey


Inside Reach Capital’s edtech-powered returns

Reach Capital, a San Francisco-based venture firm co-founded by Jennifer Carolan and Shauntel Garvey, focused exclusively on edtech for years before the sector ballooned with unicorns. The rare, female-led partnership closed its third fund in February, a $165 million vehicle and its largest to date. That said, returns from its previous funds show that the early bet on a now-revitalized sector is paying off. Reach Capital’s second fund, an $82 million vehicle closed in 2017, posted a net internal...
Tags: TC, Education, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, Edtech, IVP, Cowboy Ventures, Fred Wilson, Winnie, IRR, Cambridge Associates, Reach Capital, Ellevation, Outschool, Jennifer Carolan


Index Ventures launches web-app to help founders calculate employee stock options

The ability to offer stock options is utterly essential to startups. They convince talented people to join when the startup is unlikely to be capable of matching the high salaries that larger, established tech firms can offer. However, it’s a complex business developing a competitive stock option plan. Luckily, London-based VC Index Ventures today launches both a handy web app to calculate all this, plus new research into how startups are compensating their key hires across Europe and the US. Op...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, London, Money, Australia, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Israel, US, Investment, E-commerce, Canada, United States, Venture Capital, Private Equity


Kapor Capital, Square co-founder Sam Wen back TomoCredit in its $10M Series A funding round

Building credit history can be difficult if you are a consumer that is having trouble getting access to credit in the first place. Enter TomoCredit, which has developed a credit card focused on building credit history for first-time borrowers. The San Francisco-based startup is announcing today that it has raised $10 million in a Series A funding round co-led by Kapor Capital and KB Investment Inc. (KBIC), a subsidiary of South Korea’s leading consumer bank. Lewis & Clark Ventures, AME Clou...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, South Korea, Finance, Funding, San Francisco, Startup, Tech, United States, Venture Capital, American Express, Payments, Kim, Fintech, Mastercard, Kapor Capital


Two years after launching, Inspired Capital has closed its second fund with $281 million

Inspired Capital, the New York-based early-stage venture firm that was founded in 2019 by entrepreneurs Alexa von Tobel and Penny Pritzker, is today announcing the close of their second fund with $281 million in capital commitments, an amount that brings the firm’s total assets under management to nearly half a billion dollars. (Inspired raised $200 million for its debut fund.) We talked earlier this week with von Tobel about the portfolio of 25 companies that her firm — which also counts as cof...
Tags: TC, New York, Softbank, Tech, Venture Capital, West Coast, Lucy, Penny, Mark, Bogota Colombia, Penny Pritzker, Alexa von Tobel, Tobel, Orum, Brynne McNulty Rojas, Mark Batsiyan


Two years after launching, Inspired Capital has finished raising its second fund

Inspired Capital, the New York-based early-stage venture firm that was founded in 2019 by entrepreneurs Alexa von Tobel and Penny Pritzker, is today announcing the close of their second fund with $281 million in capital commitments, an amount that brings the firm’s total assets under management to nearly half a billion dollars. (Inspired raised $200 million for its debut fund.) We talked earlier this week with von Tobel about the portfolio of 25 companies that her firm — which also counts as cof...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, Softbank, Venture Capital, West Coast, Lucy, Penny, Mark, Bogota Colombia, Penny Pritzker, Alexa von Tobel, Tobel, Orum, Brynne McNulty Rojas, Mark Batsiyan


Creative ad tech is on the cusp of a revolution, and VCs should take note

Casey Saran Contributor Share on Twitter An ad tech veteran who has logged time at Google and The Rubicon Project (now Magnite), Casey Saran is co-founder and CEO of Spaceback. 2021 has been a good year to be an ad tech investor. Valuations are surging, Wall Street is happy and exits are frequent and satisfying. It’s the perfect time to double down and invest in an area that has been largely ignored but is poised for major ups...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Column, Advertising Tech, Digital, Tech, E-commerce, Venture Capital, Machine Learning, Digital Advertising, Targeted Advertising, Digital Marketing, EC Column


Creative adtech is on the cusp of a revolution, and VCs should take note

Casey Saran Contributor Share on Twitter An ad tech veteran who has logged time at Google and The Rubicon Project (now Magnite), Casey Saran is co-founder and CEO of Spaceback. 2021 has been a good year to be an adtech investor. Valuations are surging, Wall Street is happy and exits are frequent and satisfying. It’s the perfect time to double down and invest in an area that has been largely ignored but is poised for major upsi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Column, Advertising Tech, Digital, Tech, E-commerce, Venture Capital, Machine Learning, Digital Advertising, Targeted Advertising, Digital Marketing, EC Column


As UK Gov reaches out to tech, investors threaten to ‘pull capital’ over M&A regulator over-reach

UK competition regulators are spooking tech investors in the country with an implied threat to clamp down on startup M&A, according to a new survey of the industry. As the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer engaged with the tech industry at a ‘Chatham House’ style event today, the Coalition for a Digital Economy (Coadec) think-tank released a survey of over 50 key investors which found startup investors are prepared to pull capital over the prospect of the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA)...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, London, Money, California, Entrepreneurship, Finance, US, Tech, Economy, Artificial Intelligence, United States, United Kingdom, Venture Capital, Treasury


Truepic, which just raised $26M in a Microsoft-led round, aims to verify the authenticity of photos and videos

Truepic, a digital image verification software provider, has raised $26 million in a Series B funding round led by M12, Microsoft’s venture fund. Adobe, Sony Innovation Fund by IGV, Hearst Ventures and individuals from Stone Point Capital also participated in the financing, which brings San Diego-based Truepic’s total raised since its 2015 inception to $36 million. Rather than trying to detect what is fake, Truepic says its patented “secure” camera technology proves what is real. The startu...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Microsoft, Funding, Startup, Tech, Software, Venture Capital, San Diego, McGregor, Stone Point Capital, Jeff McGregor, Truepic, Recent Funding, M12, Microsoft M12


SoftBank commits $3B more to investing in Latin American tech companies

SoftBank Group Corp. is doubling down on its commitment to Latin America. Today, the Japanese investment conglomerate is announcing the launch of the SoftBank Latin America Fund II, its second dedicated private investment fund focused on tech companies located in LatAm. SoftBank is launching the new fund with an initial $3 billion commitment. “Fund II will explore options to raise additional capital,” SoftBank said in a statement. The new fund builds upon SoftBank’s $5 billion Latin Ameri...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Mexico, Softbank, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, Brazil, Ecuador, Latin America, Marcelo, SoftBank Group Corp, Masayoshi Son, Claure, IRR


SpotOn raises $300M at a $3.15B valuation and acquires Appetize

Last year at this time, SpotOn was on the brink of announcing a $60 million Series C funding round at a $625 million valuation. Fast forward to almost exactly one year later, and a lot has changed for the payments and software startup. Today, SpotOn said it has closed on $300 million in Series E financing that values the company at $3.15 billion — more than 5x of its valuation at the time of its Series C round, and significantly higher than its $1.875 billion valuation in May (yes, just thr...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Instagram, Finance, Funding, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Startup, Tech, SaaS, Venture Capital, M&a, Square, Mobile Web, Payments, Online Payments


Southeast Asia-focused Jungle Ventures announces $225M first close for its fourth fund

(From left to right) Jungle Ventures’ founding partner Amit Anand, managing partner David Gowdey and founding partner Anurag Srivastava Southeast Asia’s funding boom is set to continue, with Jungle Ventures announcing today the $225 million first close of its fourth fund. Fund IV started raising in mid-May and is targeting a total of $350 million. The majority of its limited partners are returning from previous funds, and include Temasek Holdings, IFC (which put $25 million in Fund IV), DEG an...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Asia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, India, Tech, Venture Capital, Vietnam, Livspace, Jungle Ventures, Amit Anand, Anand, Southeast Asia Southeast Asia, Anurag Srivastava, Sociolla


What’s happening in venture law in 2021?

The venture world is growing faster than ever, with more funding rounds, bigger funding rounds, and higher valuations than pretty much any point in history. That’s led to an exponential growth in the number of unicorns walking around, and has also forced regulators and venture law researchers to confront a slew of challenging problems. The obvious one, of course, is that with so many companies staying private, retail investors are mostly blocked from participating in one of the most dynamic sect...
Tags: Government, Tech, Policy, Venture Capital, University of Washington, University of Kansas, Cardozo School of Law, Securities Regulation, Haifa University, Venture law, Startup Law, Yifat Aran, Matthew Wansley, Jennifer Fan, Alexander I Platt


The legal world needs to shed its ‘unicorniphobia’

Alexander I. Platt Contributor Alexander I. Platt is an associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Law. Once upon a time, a successful startup that reached a certain maturity would “go public” — selling securities to ordinary investors, perhaps listing on a national stock exchange and taking on the privileges and obligations of a “public company” under federal securities regulations. Times have changed. Successful startups today are now able to gr...
Tags: Uber, Column, Climate Change, Opinion, Government, Tech, Walgreens, Policy, Venture Capital, SEC, Times, Unicorns, Securities And Exchange Commission, Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, Holmes


Is it so bad to take money from Chinese venture funds?

Denis Kalinin Contributor Share on Twitter Denis Kalinin works at venture fund Runa Capital as Asia Business development manager, devoted to connecting the Western and Asian VC worlds and bringing long-term value to both. China is becoming a superpower in the tech industry. According to Straits Times, China is the only place in the world where it takes less than six years for a startup to become a unicorn — it takes seven year...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Asia, China, Germany, Singapore, Funding, Tech, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Crunchbase, Unicorn, CFIUS, Runa Capital, Runa


Iceland’s Crowberry Capital launches $90M seed and early-stage fund aimed at Nordics

Crowberry Capital, operating in Reykjavik and Copenhagen, has launched Crowberry II: a $90 million seed and early-stage fund aimed at startups in the Nordic region. A second close — bringing in an additional $40 million — is planned for July 2022. The EIF (European Investment Fund) is the lead LP on the fund, after putting in €20 million from the EU’s “InnovFin Equity” program. This is InnovFin Equity’s first VC fund in Iceland. Other investors include Icelandic Pension funds, several family off...
Tags: TC, Europe, Entrepreneurship, Articles, Tech, Eu, European Union, Economy, Venture Capital, FLO, Private Equity, Iceland, Copenhagen, Reykjavik, Founder, Startup Company