What AI startups need to achieve before VCs will invest

What AI startups need to achieve before VCs will invest

David Blumberg Contributor David Blumberg is founder and managing partner of early-stage venture capital firm Blumberg Capital. More posts by this contributor The Ascent Of Early-Stage Venture Capital Funding of artificial intelligence-focused companies reached approximately $9.3 billion in the U.S. in 2018, an amount that will continue to rise as Read more…

Nigeria’s Interswitch confirms $1B valuation after Visa investment

Nigeria’s Interswitch confirms $1B valuation after Visa investment

Nigerian digital payments firm Interswitch confirmed today it has reached unicorn status after Visa acquired a minority equity stake in the firm. “The investment makes Interswitch one of the most valuable African fintech businesses with a valuation of $1 billion,” Interswitch said in a release to TechCrunch. The Visa investment Read more…

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New startup Capital wants to reintroduce founders to venture debt

Why raise venture capital when you can raise debt and keep your equity? That’s the question a whole slew of new financial technology companies are hoping entrepreneurs will ask themselves as they begin to think about collecting outside capital for their businesses. Clearbanc made waves with its “20-Minute Term Sheet” Read more…

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Morpheus Space’s modular, scalable satellite propulsion could be a game-changer for orbital industry

Building effective propulsion systems for satellites has traditionally been a highly bespoke affair, with expensive, one-off systems tailor-made to big, expensive spacecraft hardware. But increasingly, companies including startups are looking at ways to provide propulsion tech that can scale with the projected boom in demand for orbital satellites, including cube Read more…

Venture capital firm Redpoint hires a ‘head of founder experience’

Venture capital firm Redpoint hires a ‘head of founder experience’

As access to top deals becomes more competitive, venture capital firms are creating new roles to attract top entrepreneurs. Now, in addition to recruiting top dealmakers, firms are bringing in culture experts and allocating roles to individuals who better understand and empathize with the founder journey. In keeping with this Read more…

Sydney’s AirTree Ventures closes $275M fund as Aussie unicorns gather pace

Sydney’s AirTree Ventures closes $275M fund as Aussie unicorns gather pace

The Australian scene industry has, in the last few years, started to generate a swathe of startups that have broken through internationally. Prior to this current era, Australia was scene has very much a local market in tech terms, with only occasional breakouts, like Atlassian . In fact, it’s now Read more…

All Raise expands to new geos, launches ‘VC Cohorts’

Startups Weekly: The unicorn from down under, an Uber TV show and All Raise’s expansion

Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy news pertaining to startups and venture capital. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about Revel, a recent graduate of Y Combinator that’s raised a small Read more…

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Greylock GP Sarah Guo is as bullish on SaaS as ever

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where each week we discuss other people’s money and what sense their investment choices make (or don’t). This week was honestly a treat. We had Kate Clark in the studio along with Alex Wilhelm and a special guest, Sarah Guo from Read more…

Airbnb’s WeWork problem

Airbnb’s WeWork problem

Airbnb may be another overvalued “unicorn,” but it’s no WeWork. The Information this morning reported new Airbnb financials — indicating a massive increase in operating losses — that immediately call Airbnb’s future into question. Precisely, Airbnb lost $306 million on operations on $839 million in revenue, namely as a result Read more…

All Raise expands to new geos, launches ‘VC Cohorts’

All Raise expands to new geos, launches ‘VC Cohorts’

Dozens of impeccably dressed women outfitted in jumpsuits and Rothy’s gathered at the Greylock offices last week for a “structured networking” session hosted by All Raise, an 18-month-old nonprofit organization that seeks to amplify the voices of and support women in tech. The organization, active in the Bay Area and Read more…