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Michael Arrington’s next act –

As longtime TechCrunch readers know well, Michael Arrington cofounded TechCrunch and Crunchbase, as well as the venture fund CrunchFund, which was later renamed Tuesday Capital. But In 2017, Arrington announced that he was shifting gears and becoming a full-time crypto investor, and despite a volatile ride since, he isn’t looking back, seemingly. As he said […] → Read More

The head of Citi Ventures on how, and why, to leverage corporate venture arms like his –

At our recent Early Stage event, we had the opportunity to talk at length with Arvind Purushotham, the managing director and global head of Citi Ventures, about how startups should think about corporate venture arms, including what a check from an enterprise like Citi can mean, and how to leverage that kind of Goliath once […] → Read More

Crypto investors like Terraform Labs so much, they’re committing $150 million to its ‘ecosystem’ –

There are many blockchain platforms competing for investors’ and developers’ attention right now, from the big daddy of them all, Ethereum, to so-called “Ethereum Killers” like Solana, which we wrote about in May. Often, these technologies are seen as so promising that investors are willing to fund not only the blockchains but an ecosystem of […] → Read More

Traditional VCs turn to emerging managers for deal flow and, in some cases, new partners –

Nasir Qadree, a Washington-based investor who just raised $62.1 million for his debut venture fund, recently told us that as his fundraising gained momentum, he was approached by established firms that are looking to absorb new talent. He opted to go it alone, but he’s hardly alone in attracting interest. Anecdotally, bringing emerging managers into […] → Read More

Nasir Qadree grew up in the projects; now he’s announcing one the largest debut funds for a solo VC –

Nasir Qadree had been working in the world of venture capital for the last six years, starting with a role at Village Capital in Washington, then as an associate director of social investments at AT&T, and as a venture partner with Pier 70 Ventures in Seattle. Qadree encountered even more opportunities to join established venture […] → Read More

Beyond ‘Netflix Party’: Startups and their VCs bet we’ll browse more of the web together –

Last year, during the pandemic, a free browser extension called Netflix Party gained traction because it enabled people to play the same Netflix TV shows and movies as far-flung friends and family. It also enabled them to dish about the action in a side bar chat. Yet that company — renamed Teleparty likely after receiving […] → Read More

Citi Ventures head honcho Arvind Purushotham is coming to TC Early Stage –

Corporate venture capital used to get a bad rap. The money flowed from corporations into startups when times were good, and quickly disappeared when the market turned. But startups and corporations discovered something over time: They’re a lot stronger together no matter the market conditions. Most big companies can’t gain enough insight into what’s bubbling […] → Read More

Renegade Partners rolls out its hotly anticipated debut fund with $100 million –

Renegade Partners — a Bay Area-based venture firm cofounded by veteran VCs Renata Quintini and Roseanne Wincek — is taking the wraps off a $100 million debut venture fund that’s been capturing the imagination of the business press since almost its conception in late 2019. The effort is interesting for a number of reasons, not […] → Read More

Renegade Partners rolls out its much-anticipated debut fund with $100 million –

Renegade Partners — a Bay Area-based venture firm co-founded by veteran VCs Renata Quintini and Roseanne Wincek — is taking the wraps off a $100 million debut venture fund that’s been capturing the imagination of the business press since almost its conception in late 2019. The effort is interesting for a number of reasons, not […] → Read More

Hear top VCs Albert Wegner, Jenny Rooke, and Shilpi Kumar talk green bets at the Extreme Tech Challenge finals –

This year, TechCrunch is proudly hosting the Extreme Tech Challenge Global Finals on July 22. The event is among the world’s largest purpose-driven startup competitions that are aiming to solve global challenges based on the United Nations’ 17 sustainability goals. If you want to catch an array of innovative startups across a range of categories, […] → Read More

Meet Mighty, an online platform where kid CEOs run their own storefronts; a “digital lemonade stand” –

For kids of a certain age — think 9 to 15 — options for enrichment are somewhat limited to school, sports, and camps, while the ability to make money is largely non-existent. A new startup called Mighty wants to provide them with a new alternative through a platform it’s building that, like a kind of […] → Read More

Uber’s first head of data science just launched a new venture fund to back nascent AI startups –

Kevin Novak joined Uber as its 21st employee its seventh engineer in 2011, and by 2014, he was the company’s head of data science. He transitioned out of the company in late 2017, after Travis Kalanick had been replaced as CEO by Dara Khosrowshahi. But by then, he’d already begun spending weekends and evenings actively […] → Read More

Toca Football raises $40 million to fuel its budding chain of giant soccer and entertainment facilities –

Toca Football, a nine-year-old, Costa Mesa, Ca.-based company that operates 14 sports centers across the U.S. that are focused on soccer training, has raised $40 million in Series E funding to roughly double the number of facilities that are now up and running in the U.S., as well as to open a site in the […] → Read More

Harness Wealth raises $15 million to democratize the power of family offices –

Family offices have existed since the 1800s, but they’ve never been so manifold as in recent years. According to a 2019 Global Family Office Report by UBS and Campden Wealth, 68% of the 360 family offices surveyed were founded in 2000 or later. Their rise owes to numerous factors, including the tech startups that mint […] → Read More

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong is coming to Disrupt –

Brian Armstrong, the founder and CEO of cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, is coming to Disrupt this September 21-23, and given how much there is to discuss, we couldn’t be more excited to host him. As some industry observers will know, Armstrong, a native of San Jose, Calif., whose parents were both engineers, nabbed two degrees from […] → Read More

Another U.S. investor — Activant Capital – is opening an office in Europe as the continent heats up –

Earlier this week, we caught up with Steve Sarracino the founder of the growth-equity firm Activant Capital in Greenwich, Conn., We’d last talked with Sarracino back in early April of last year, as people around the world were being forced into their homes by the pandemic, and his firm was just closing its third fund […] → Read More

This QR code startup just raised $5 million led by Coatue to make one-click shopping ubiquitous –

Amazon revolutionized one-click shopping, and it has a nearly $2 trillion market cap to show for the effort. Now a startup founded by JD Maresco, who previously cofounded the public safety app Citizen, says it plans to make it a lot easier for retailers who sell directly to their customers to make re-ordering their products […] → Read More

These Forge cofounders just raised $5 million to work on a new, still-stealth investing startup –

Sohail Prasad and Samvit Ramadurgam are cofounders who met during Y Combinator’s 2012 summer batch and went on to cofound Forge, which helps accredited investors and institutions buy and sell private company shares and which most recently raised $150 million in new funding in May. Forge — originally known as Equidate — has taken off […] → Read More

Mobile commerce startup Via rounds up $15 million in Series A funding –

Mobile commerce is where it’s at, and rising investment in so-called conversational commerce startups underscores the opportunity. Via, a two-year-old, Bay Area-based startup, is among those riding the wave, having identified some trends that are becoming clearer by the month. First, more e-commerce sales will be on mobile phones this year than desktops (as much […] → Read More

SOSV, the global venture firm, just closed a $100 million fund to back its maturing startups –

Sean O’Sullivan, the founder of the global venture outfit SOSV, has slowly but steadily built up a sizable operation over the years. SOSV started off as a family office, investing the capital of O’Sullivan after he cofounded two companies, including MapInfo, an outfit that went public in 1994 before Pitney Bowes it years later, in […] → Read More