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Enterprise investor Jason Green on SPAC hopefuls versus startups bound for traditional IPOs –

Jason Green has a pretty solid reputation as venture capitalists go. The enterprise-focused firm the cofounded 17 years ago, Emergence Capital, has backed Saleforce, Box, and Zoom, among many other companies, and even while every firm is now investing in software-as-a-service startups, the firm remains a go-to for many top founders selling business products and […] → Read More

Talking tech’s exodus, Twitter’s new labels, and Medium’s future with founder Ev Williams –

Earlier today, we had the chance to talk with Twitter and Medium cofounder Ev Williams, along with operator-turned investor James Joaquin, who helps oversee the day-to-day of the “world-positive” venture firm they separately cofounded six years ago, Obvious Ventures. We collectively discussed lot of venture-y things, some of which we’ll publish next week, so stayed […] → Read More

AliveCor, which helps its users manage their heart health, scores another FDA approval –

Last week, AliveCor, a nine-year-old, 92-person company whose small, personal electrocardiogram devices help users detect atrial fibrillation, bradycardia, and tachycardia from heart rate readings they can take at their own kitchen table, raised $65 million from investors. Today, it’s clearer why investors — who’ve now provided the Mountain View, Ca., company with $169 million altogether […] → Read More

A16z is now managing $16.5 billion, after announcing two new funds –

Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) has closed a pair of funds totaling $4.5 billion, the firm confirmed in a blog post this morning. The firm has raised $1.3 billion for an early-stage fund focused on consumer, enterprise, and fintech; and closed a $3.2 billion growth-stage fund for later-stage investments. The firm did not immediately respond to request […] → Read More

Steve Case’s Revolution is targeting $500 million for its fourth growth fund –

Revolution, the Washington, D.C.-based investment firm founded by AOL cofounder CEO Steve Case and former AOL senior exec Ted Leonsis, is raising $500 million for its fourth fund, shows a new SEC filing. Asked about the effort earlier today, the firm declined to comment. This new fund was was expected. It has been more than […] → Read More

Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney likens fight against Apple to fight for civil rights –

Earlier today, Apple announced it will reduce the App Store commissions for smaller businesses so that developers earning less than $1 million per year pay a 15% commission on in-app purchases, rather than the standard 30% commission. Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games, says the move — an apparent reaction to current investigations into Apple […] → Read More

Masa Son says SoftBank now has “$80 billion in cash on hand” just in case –

Masayoshi Son, the founder and CEO of the Japanese conglomerate, has had a topsy turvy year or two, but the story he is eager to tell is that he is back and in the black. Such was the overarching message delivered at a virtual Dealbook conference earlier today, with Son joining from Tokyo and sounding […] → Read More

These Stanford students are racing to get laptops to kids around the U.S. who most need them –

The digital divide is not a new phenomenon. Still, it largely took Americans by surprise when, as the U.S. began to shut down to slow the spread of Covid-19 in March, schools grappled with how to move forward with online classes. It wasn’t just a matter of altering students’ curriculum. Many lacked either internet access […] → Read More

This fintech-focused VC firm just closed a $75 million debut fund; backers “came out of the woodwork” –

It’s no secret that’s a massive digital transformation happening within financial services companies and amid the growing number of non-financial outfits that are also adding financial products to their offerings. Still, Sheel Mohnot formerly a general partner at the fintech fund of 500 Startups, and Jake Gibson, co-founder of personal finance startup NerdWallet, were a […] → Read More

Former Dropbox CFO Ajay Vashee is joining the powerhouse venture firm IVP in January –

Ajay Vashee — who spent the last eight years at Dropbox, rising from the head of finance to CFO over his tenure and helping to take the company public in 2018 — is joining the powerhouse venture firm IVP in January. it’s the realization of hopes established long ago for Vashee, who fell in love […] → Read More

Mirror founder Brynn Putnam on life with Lululemon — and whether or not she sold too soon –

Brynn Putnam has a lot to feel great about. A Harvard grad and former professional ballet dancer who opened the first of what have become three high-intensity fitness studios in New York, she then launched a second business in 2016 when — while pregnant with her son — she was exercising at home and couldn’t […] → Read More

VC and former politician Steve Westly is feeling electrified right now; here’s why –

A former controller and CFO of the state of California, Steve Westly is passionate about government. The onetime eBay exec and early Tesla board member has also been a proponent of clean energy for roughly 30 years, so he’s feeling optimistic right now, with former U.S. VP Joe Biden amassing a growing number of electoral […] → Read More

Why Florida residents may soon be seeing jet-powered ‘flying taxis’ –

Florida is renowned for its strange news stories. In recent weeks alone, one resident reported an alligator in her garage that turned out to be a pool floatie; another discovered a python in her washing machine; and a horse needed to be pulled out of a septic tank by firefighters. Still, don’t dismiss Orlando residents […] → Read More

Report: U.S. visas granted to students from mainland China have plummeted 99% since April –

It’s no secret that the Trump administration has pursued a variety of avenues to keep foreigners out of the U.S., including through a recent overhaul of the H-1B visa program for high-skilled foreign workers that will require employers to pay H-1B workers higher wages and narrow the types of degrees that would qualify an applicant […] → Read More

VC Seth Bannon on how a Biden administration might best support climate startups –

It’s too soon to know who will win the U.S. election tomorrow. Tomorrow may be even be too soon to know who wins the election. But it’s always a good time to talk with investors about how they’re thinking about the future, and some can’t help but ponder the possibilities if Joe Biden wins the […] → Read More

You can start a venture fund if you’re not rich; here’s how –

For years — decades, even — there was little question about whether you could become a venture capitalist if you weren’t comfortable financially. You couldn’t. The people and institutions that invest in venture funds want to know that fund managers have their own “skin in the game,” so they’ve long a sizable check from the […] → Read More

Space investors will see into the future at TechCrunch Sessions: Space –

If the projections are to be believed, the amount of money swirling around the space industry is poised to grow considerably over the next decade. Consider that the aviation giant Boeing estimates that the aerospace market will reach $3 trillion in market size between now and 2029. It’s most certainly in Boeing’s best interest to […] → Read More

AOL founder Steve Case, involved early in Section 230, says it’s time to change it –

AOL founder Steve Case was there, just outside of Washington, D.C., when in 1996 the Communications Decency Act was passed as part of a major overhaul of U.S. telecommunications laws that President Bill Clinton signed into law. Soon after, in its first test, a provision of that act which states that, “o provider or user […] → Read More

Fab founder Jason Goldberg is back with Moxie, a new live-streaming fitness marketplace –

Amid a pandemic that has closed down fitness centers worldwide, a spate of companies has muscled their way into the booming at-home fitness market. In just the last two weeks, three-year Future, which promises at-home customers access to elite training, closed on $24 million in Series B funding; and Playbook, a nearly five-year-old fitness platform […] → Read More

Facebook employee-turned-critic Tim Kendall traces “extractive business models” to VCs –

Last month, former Facebook and Pinterest executive Tim Kendall told Congress during a House hearing on the dangers of social media that Facebook made its products so addictive because its ad-driven business model relies on people paying attention to its product longer every day. He said much the same in the Netflix documentary “The Social […] → Read More