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Ade Ajao, Maryanna Saenko, Charles Hudson, Ulili Onovakpuri, and Melissa Bradley are coming to Disrupt –

At TechCrunch Disrupt, our Startup Battlefield event is the centerpiece of the event, the true heart of this signature program. There’s good reason we take it so seriously. Over the years, our Startup Battlefield competition has helped launch dozens of nascent startups that have grown into game-changing brands, including Cloudflare, Dropbox, Vurb, Mint, GetAround, Fitbit, […] → Read More

Blavity has a big opportunity with Black millennials, despite struggling to fit the VC formula –

Black Lives Matter may be the largest movement in U.S. history, according to four different polls cited recently by the New York Times that suggest anywhere from 15 million to 26 million people in the U.S. have participated in demonstrations over the death of George Floyd and others since Floyd’s death in late May. Blavity, […] → Read More

Victress Capital, a fund founded by women to back women founders, just closed its second fund –

Women start 40 percent of the businesses in the U.S., but they receive just 3% of venture funding. It doesn’t take a math whiz to recognize that such an extreme funding gap could spell opportunity, but it might help if you are math minded, a longtime investor, and happen to be woman and so conceivably […] → Read More

Cendana Capital, which has been backing seed funds for a decade, has $278 million more to invest –

When in 2010, former VC Michael Kim set out to raise a fund that he would invest in a spate of micro VC managers, the investors to which he turned didn’t get it. Why pay Kim and his firm, Cendana Capital, a management fee on top of the management fees that the VC managers themselves […] → Read More

Facebook cofounder Saverin’s B Capital just closed its third flagship fund with $822 million –

It hasn’t taken long for B Capital to amass a pretty hefty third fund. Just five years after the venture firm was launched by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin and Raj Ganguly, a veteran of private-equity firm Bain Capital, the firm is taking the wraps off a third fund that has amassed $822 million in capital […] → Read More

Strap in — a virtual Tour de France kicks off this weekend on the online racing platform Zwift –

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on all manner of professional sports this year, and cycling has not been immune. For example, the best-known race on the planet, the Tour de France, normally staged in July, has had to be pushed back to August 29 through September 20. That doesn’t mean that the world — and […] → Read More

With DOJ charges, disgraced Mike Rothenberg could now be facing serious jail time –

While many in Silicon Valley might prefer to forget investor Mike Rothenberg roughly four years after his young venture firm began to implode, his story is still being written, and the latest chapter doesn’t bode well for the 36-year-old. While Rothenberg earlier tangled with the Securities & Exchange Commission and lost, it was a civil […] → Read More

Airvet, a telehealth veterinary platform, just clawed its way to a $14 million Series A round –

Telemedicine is becoming more widely embraced by the day — and not just for humans. With a pet in roughly 65% of U.S. homes, there is now a dizzying number of companies enabling vets to meet with their furry patients remotely, including Petriage, Anipanion, TeleVet, Linkyvet, TeleTails, VetNOW, PawSquad, Vetoclock, and Petpro Connect. One of […] → Read More

Tim O’Reilly makes a persuasive case for why venture capital is starting to do more harm than good –

It's part of structural inequality in our society, where we're building businesses that are optimized for their financial return rather than their return to society. → Read More

Even amid the pandemic, this newly funded travel startup is tackling the stodgy timeshare market –

The world is rife with me-too startups, which makes it all the more refreshing when a founder comes along that manages to find a broken market that’s hiding in plain sight. That’s what Mike Kennedy appears to be doing with Koala, a young outfit determined to update the stodgy world of property time-share management, wherein […] → Read More

A look at tech salaries and how they could change as more employees go remote –

Each year, the hiring platform Hired produces a look at tech salaries based on the data it says it gleans from hundreds of thousands of interview requests and job offers. This year, as in past years, it looked at salaries around the globe for software engineers, product managers, DevOps engineers, designers, and data scientists. Of […] → Read More

Stacy Brown-Philpot is stepping down as CEO of TaskRabbit –

TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot announced today that she is stepping down from her role at the freelance labor marketplace. Brown-Philpot joined TaskRabbit seven years ago as the company’s chief operating officer and was promoted to CEO in the spring of 2016. In the fall of 2017, the company was acquired for undisclosed financial terms in […] → Read More

Mail.ru cofounder Dmitry Grishin has a new $100 million fund; he gives a look here –

Grishin Robotics is an eight-year-old, Sand Hill Road venture firm that until now, has exclusively on the smart hardware industry. A newly closed $100 million fund will see it widen its aperture a bit, however, to focus also on online gaming and interactive entertainment, productivity tools, and education. It only makes sense, says firm founder […] → Read More

Former Facebook exec thinks big tech will get broken up “over the next 10 years” –

Investor Chamath Palihapitiya made part of his fortune at Facebook, where he was a vice president for more than four years, leaving roughly one year before the company’s 2012 IPO. He also thinks that Facebook, no matter its failings, has played an active role in enabling users to collect, report, and disseminate important information, particularly […] → Read More

Google lays out a spate of changes designed to diversify its management, its products, and startups –

As the world awakens to the ubiquity of longstanding police violence against Black people and the many other ways that people of color are systematically discriminated against, companies whose future depends on their ability to address their own role in these deeply entrenched and complicated societal issues are taking some action. For its part, on […] → Read More

A new Silicon Valley venture report shocks — because of how little the pandemic has impacted dealmaking –

The law firm Fenwick & West has published some new data to highlight how Covid-19 has impacted the world of venture capital in Silicon Valley. The biggest surprise? It’s how little impact the global pandemic seems to have had on dealmaking this spring. Consider first that valuations in April were actually higher than in March, […] → Read More

If you want to see more people of color in VC, “look to the people at the top,” says Lo Toney –

Last week, we suggested that for a truly diverse venture industry, the limited partners who provide investing capital to VCs — institutions like universities and hospital systems — need to start incorporating diversity mandates into their work. Say a venture firm wanted to secure a commitment from, say, the University of Texas System; it would […] → Read More

This startup just raised $12 million from top VCs to offer financial planning as an employee perk –

Companies increasingly recognize that one of the greatest stresses for their employees is financial wellness. Even at innovative tech startups, people typically bump up against the limits of how much they know about wealth management pretty fast. But providing financial education to a workforce, which has become increasingly common, is largely useless as most employees […] → Read More

COVID-19 nearly killed this office furniture startup; turning to home offices may save it –

A lot of U.S.companies have had near-death experiences in recent months. Among them is Branch, a 1.5-year-old, venture-backed New York-based startup that sells what it calls “exceptional office furniture, at half the price” — and which nearly went kaput because of the pandemic. After generating roughly $800,000 in revenue in the first weeks of March, […] → Read More

This startup is tackling women’s bladder leakage with grace (and a subscription business) –

No one likes to talk about urinary incontinence, but the loss of bladder control is something that impacts millions of people around the globe. Women are especially prone to developing related issues because of pregnancies, childbirth, and menopause, all of which can affect the urinary tract and the muscles that support it. According to a […] → Read More