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Thirty-one women who “run the world” — and what can be learned from them –

Today, a new book called “Girls Who Run the World” hits real and virtual bookshelves, and for anyone with a middle-school aged kid or looking to inspire a high-schooler, it might be worth checking out. Featuring 31 women who are the CEOs of companies that have created themselves — think Spanx, Glossier, Caribou Sciences, and […] → Read More

Jackson Square Ventures just closed its third fund with $193 million; here’s how it plans to invest it –

Jackson Square Ventures (JSV), an eight-year-old, San Francisco-based early-stage venture firm that takes its name from the neighborhood in San Francisco where it’s headquartered, has closed its third fund with $193 million in capital commitments — a sizable step up from its first two funds, which had both rounded up roughly $120 million from the […] → Read More

VC Brad Feld on WeWork, SoftBank, and why venture firms may have to slow down their pacing in 2020 –

Yesterday, we had a chance to talk with renowned VC Brad Feld of Foundry Group, whose book “Venture Deals” was recently republished for the fourth time, for good reason. It’s a storehouse of knowledge, from how venture funds really work to term sheet terms, from negotiation tactics to how to choose (and pay for) the […] → Read More

Brad Feld: what founders need to know about recent changes in VC deal terms –

Extra Crunch offers members the opportunity to tune into conference calls led and moderated by the TechCrunch writers you read every day. This week, TechCrunch’s Connie Loizos hopped on the line with prominent investor, entrepreneur, thought leader, and Techstars co-founder Brad Feld to discuss the latest edition of his book “Venture Deals”, his advice to […] → Read More

Upgrade, the newest company by Renaud Laplanche, has a new credit card that it swears is good for you –

Three years ago, the founder of LendingClub, Renaud Laplanche, took the wraps off his second act, a consumer lending venture called Upgrade that now employs 350 people, has lent roughly $2 billion to 200,000 people, and has raised $142 million from investors. It was jumping into a crowded market that has only grown more frenzied, […] → Read More

SmileClubDirect’s former CEO is back with a new dental startup called Tend –

Tend is among a growing number of new dental brands that are attracting money from venture investors who are still kicking themselves for missing runaway stories. Among those breakout hits is newly public SmileDirectClub, which sells teeth-straightening products directly to consumers (and is beloved by analysts even though its shares have slipped since its September […] → Read More

This startup just raised $8 million to help busy doctors assess the cognitive health of 50 million seniors –

All over the globe, the population of people who are aged 65 and older is growing faster than every other age group. According to United Nations data, by 2050, one in six people in the world will be over age 65, up from one in 11 right now. Meanwhile, in Europe and North America, by […] → Read More

Report: WeWork cofounder Adam Neumann may have to unload property to pay off a giant loan –

Adam Neumann may be out of the daily flow of WeWork, but he seemingly remains top of mind to some of the company’s bankers. According to a new Business Insider piece, Neumann is working with JPMorgan, UBS, and Credit Suisse to consider new terms for a $500 loan that he took out before WeWork filed […] → Read More

GV is weighing the sale of its stake in Uber at the end of its lockup period next month –

Today at TC’s Disrupt show in San Francisco, we took the stage with David Krane, a longtime veteran of Google who took the reins as the CEO of its venture arm, GV, three years ago but hasn’t spoken publicly since. We asked him why he’s been in hiding before diving into some questions about Uber […] → Read More

Naspers CEO Bob van Dijk on SoftBank comparisons: ‘They’re broad, we’re focused; we invest in what we know’ –

Naspers, a South African internet company that has become a major investor in a wide range of digital commerce companies, has in recent years drawn comparisons to the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank. For one thing, Naspers, like SoftBank, is very global in nature, with investments in more than 90 countries. Naspers, like SoftBank, doesn’t shy from […] → Read More

In a new filing, the venture firm Mithril Capital says it has been under assault by its former general counsel –

It’s been a strange year for Mithril Capital Management, the venture firm co-founded in 2012 by Peter Thiel and his longtime associate Ajay Royan. Though Mithril enjoyed its biggest exit to date in February, when Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay $3.4 billion — plus another potential $2.35 billion in payments — for the surgical […] → Read More

In the dual-class shares debate, the big exchanges should get off the sidelines –

Adam Neumann’s fall from grace was astonishingly swift once his company, WeWork, filed to go public in August. Even while his spending was fairly well-documented across time (as were his apparent conflicts of interest), he was humiliated for enriching himself, then ultimately kicked out of the corner office before the company, in the least surprising […] → Read More

At the sixth annual Pear Demo Day, weather balloons, branded credit cards, and lots of top degrees –

Pear, a Palo Alto-based seed stage fund that has made its name through early bets on Guardant Health, DoorDash, Memebox, and Gusto, among others, hosted its sixth annual demo day this week in what proved to be a scorchingly hot afternoon in Woodside, California — not that invitees were put off by the heat. Hundreds […] → Read More

Vested, a newly minted startup, aims to tell startup employees precisely when to exercise their options –

Research when to sell shares in a privately held company, and the results, may have you laughing — not because they’re funny but they’re because there’s an almost comical amount of information available out there. From blog posts to advertisements to advertorials to calculators, the data is overwhelming to the point of being useless. It’s […] → Read More

CEO ouster, looming layoffs and devaluation turn WeWork into cautionary tale –

Major layoffs are all but inevitable at high-flying real estate startup WeWork after Adam Neumann succumbed to pressure today to step down as CEO and take the role instead of non-executive chairman of the company he cofounded nine years ago. Two well-placed sources tell us that the scope is likely to be massive, and includes […] → Read More

As Adam Neumann reportedly faces pressure to step down; it’s looking like a fight for life between WeWork and SoftBank –

According to a new WSJ report, certain members of WeWork’s board, which includes co-founder and CEO Adam Neumann, are planning to pressure Neumann to step down and instead become We’s non-executive chairman. The move, says the outlet, “would allow him to stay at the company he built into one of the country’s most valuable startups, […] → Read More

Want to crush competitors? Forget SoftBank, Blackstone suggests; it can write $500 million checks, too –

Back in January, Blackstone — the investment firm whose assets under management surpassed a jaw-dropping half a trillion dollars earlier this year — quietly began piecing together a new, growth equity platform called Blackstone Growth, or BXG. Step one was hiring away Jon Korngold from General Atlantic, where he’d spent the previous 18 years, including […] → Read More

An explosive breach of contract lawsuit against former Sequoia Capital partner Michael Goguen has been dismissed –

Three-and-a-half years ago, a lawsuit hit the San Mateo, Calif. county courthouse that briefly attracted the attention of the worldwide venture capital community, given its salacious nature. The defendant: longtime VC Michael Goguen, who’d spent 20 years with Sequoia Capital in Menlo Park, Calif. The plaintiff: Amber Baptiste, a former intimate who described him through […] → Read More

Netflix cofounder Marc Randolph on the company’s earliest days, the streaming wars, and moving on –

Netflix is today a company whose valuation hovers around $130 billion, but it was, of course, once a little startup, and in his new book “That Will Never Work,” Netflix’s cofounder and its first CEO Marc Randolph takes readers on a fun and surprisingly vivid journey through the streaming giant’s earliest days. It’s also instructive, […] → Read More

This young litigation finance startup just secured $100 million to chase cases it thinks will win –

If you haven’t heard much about litigation finance, that may change soon. The practice dates back decades, though it’s been picking up momentum since 2006, when Credit Suisse Securities founded a litigation risk strategies unit that it later spun off. What is litigation finance? In a nutshell, the idea is to fund plaintiffs and law […] → Read More