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L.A.-based Upfront Ventures has two new general partners, bringing its GP count to eight –

Upfront Ventures, the 23-year-old, L.A.-based venture capital firm, is gearing up for far more deal-making. In addition to filing paperwork with the SEC this summer to raise its third growth-stage investment fund (it is also investing a $400 million early-stage fund and probably announcing another soon), the firm just added two new general partners to […] → Read More

Cloudflare, in its IPO filing, thanks a third cofounder: Lee Holloway –

Not every co-founder is acknowledged at the companies that they help to launch. Sometimes, they quit or they’re elbowed out. Often, they’re conveniently written out of the company’s history. In the case of Cloudflare, a third co-founder who began the company with its higher-profile CEO, Matthew Prince, and its COO, Michelle Zatlyn, is little known […] → Read More

Would you rent out your living room for a few hours? This startup is counting on it –

Recharge, a startup that tried convincing hotels to let its customers rent their rooms by the hour and even minute, has revamped and rebranded. Now Globe, the company is hoping to convince guests to sign up for short stays instead in people’s homes so that they can kick back between other commitments, and, if the […] → Read More

Darren Bechtel (yes, of those Bechtels) has raised $97.5 million for his firm, Brick & Mortar Ventures –

Brick & Mortar Ventures, a young, San Francisco-based venture firm that’s focused on startups innovating in or around architecture, engineering, construction, and facilities management, has closed with $97.2 million in capital commitments. The fund is one in a sea or debut funds that have swung open their doors in recent years, though it’s also interesting […] → Read More

A.Capital Partners, founded by Ronny Conway, targets $140 million for its third fund –

Silicon Valley investor Ronny Conway is raising his third early-stage venture fund, shows a new SEC filing that states the fund’s target is $140 million and that the first sale has yet to occur. The now six-year-old firm, A.Capital, focuses on both consumer and enterprise tech, and has offices in Menlo Park and San Francisco. […] → Read More

This startup is helping food app delivery workers start their own damn delivery companies –

Following many months of pressure, DoorDash, one of the most frequently used food delivery apps in the U.S., said late last month that it was finally changing its tipping policy to pass 100% of tips along to workers, rather than employ some of that money toward defraying its own costs. The move was a step […] → Read More

BlockFi, which lends money to cryptocurrency holders, just raised $18.3 million led by Valar Ventures –

Last year, we told you about a New York-based startup that had begun lending cold hard cash to cryptocurrency holders who don’t want to offload their holdings but also don’t necessarily want so much of their assets tied up in cryptocurrencies. Today, that two-year-old company, BlockFi, is announcing $18.3 million in Series A funding led […] → Read More

The SEC wants disgraced VC Mike Rothenberg to cough up more than $30 million –

Nearly three years ago, TechCrunch reported on suspected fraud committed by Mike Rothenberg, a self-described “millennial venture capitalist” who’d made a name for himself not only by eponymously branding his venture firm but for spending lavishly to woo startup founders, including on Napa Valley wine tours, at luxury boxes at Golden State Warriors games and […] → Read More

Lux Capital just closed on a whopping $1 billion in capital, doubling the amount of money it manages –

When founders think about the venture firms most likely to invest in space or robotics or other bleeding edge technologies, a handful of firms tend to jump immediately to mind. One of these is Lux Capital, a venture capital firm that has offices in New York and Menlo Park, Ca., and whose bets include Zoox, […] → Read More

The maker of popular selfie app Facetune just landed $135 million at a unicorn valuation –

Facetune, a photo editing app that empowers users to cover their gray hairs, refine their jaw lines, and reshape their noses, was first introduced around six years ago, and it quickly climbed to the top of the download charts, becoming Apple’s most popular paid app of 2017. Despite stiff competition, it has remaining highly popular, […] → Read More

YL Ventures, a specialist in Israeli cybersecurity startups, has closed its fourth fund with $120 million –

YL Ventures, a 12-year-old, Mill Valley, Calif.-based seed-stage venture firm that invests narrowly in Israeli cybersecurity startups, just closed its fourth fund with $120 million in capital commitments, bringing the total capital it now manages to $260 million. It’s an interesting firm in numerous ways that set it apart from many of its similar-size peers. […] → Read More

Understanding mental health in Silicon Valley, with professional coach and former investor Jerry Colonna –

Extra Crunch offers members the opportunity to tune into conference calls led and moderated by the TechCrunch writers you read every day. TechCrunch’s Connie Loizos recently sat down with VC-turned-professional coach Jerry Colonna for a chat about founder mental health, his less than predictable career path and his new book Reboot: Leadership and the Art […] → Read More

VC-turned-renowned executive coach Jerry Colonna on the unsorted baggage of CEOs –

Jerry Colonna was a good venture capitalist. Still, when he became engulfed in a dangerous depression after the bubble’s burst — owing to the economic crash, to the terrorist attack in New York, to the approach of middle age — he saved himself by leaving VC, a kind of accidental if lucrative profession, and […] → Read More, the global early-stage venture fund, has raised $400 million more from investors –

The firm, a 20-year-old, early-stage venture outfit that has historically invested out of dedicated funds in numerous geographies, including the U.S., Russia, Germany, Asia and Brazil, has raised $400 million in fresh capital across two new funds: a $225 million U.S.-focused fund that’s based in San Francisco, and a $175 million fund that’s focused […] → Read More

Susa Ventures, a young VC firm with some high-flying bets, just closed on $140 million in new capital –

Susa Ventures, a six-year-old, San Francisco-based, seed-stage venture firm, has closed on two new funds, a $90 million early-stage fund — its third flagship fund — along with its first opportunity fund, to which investors committed $50 million. Though young, Susa has some very fast-growing companies in its portfolio, which surely smoothed the fundraising process. […] → Read More

Venture-backed telemedicine startup Call9 is shutting down –

More than three years ago, we told you about Call9, a young, Palo Alto, Ca.-based telemedicine startup that wanted to reduce unnecessary visits to emergency rooms by those who call 911 most frequently, which is people in nursing homes. The company’s cofounders — Celina Tenev, a radiology postdoctoral fellow from Stanford, and Timothy Peck, who […] → Read More

Equity transcribed: SoftBank-backed startup cracks under pressure to scale –

Welcome back to the transcribed edition of the popular podcast Equity. This week, TechCrunch writers Kate Clark and Connie Loizos were joined in the studio by Canvas Ventures’ general partner Rebecca Lynn. This week, the crew talked about the big rounds raised by shoe resale marketplace StockX, which raised $110 million at a $1 billion […] → Read More

A rare glimpse into the sweeping — and potentially troubling — cloud kitchens trend –

Such is the conclusion of a growing chorus of observers who’ve been closely watching a new and powerful trend gain strength: that of cloud kitchens, or fully equipped shared spaces for restaurant owners, most of them quick-serve operations. While viewed peripherally as an interesting and, for some companies, lucrative development, the movement may well transform […] → Read More

SV Academy just landed $9.5 million to offer tuition-free training that puts people in tech jobs –

When you live in Silicon Valley, it feels like nearly everyone works in tech and that entry into the industry is wide open. Of course, the reality is very different. Even as software eats the world, not everyone has the training or connections to land a high-paying job in either the traditional tech industry or […] → Read More

Report: SoftBank-backed Brandless gets a new CEO amid turmoil at the company –

Brandless, a direct-to-consumer purveyor of food, beauty, and personal care products, says that every item it makes is non-genetically modified, kosher, fair-trade, gluten-free, often organic and, in the case of cleaning supplies, EPA “Safer Choice” certified. Beginning with its 2012 launch, items were also priced at $3 across the board. That changed in January, when […] → Read More