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While people puzzle over WeWork, niche co-working spaces continue gaining traction –

This week, a young, New York-based startup called Alma raised $8 million in funding to expand its “co-practicing community of therapists, coaches, and wellness professionals,” which it first launched from a space on Madison Avenue last fall. As CNN was first to report, the company is charging psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers and acupuncturists $165 […] → Read More

Bill Gates on making “one of the greatest mistakes of all time” –

At a recent event hosted for founders by the venture firm Village Global, one of its most prominent investors, Bill Gates, sat down with Eventbrite cofounder and CEO Julia Hartz to discuss founding a company and the tough decisions necessary at nearly every turn in order to create and sustain a thriving enterprise. As part […] → Read More

Slack and Zoom are flying high; they’re also being chased already by upstarts –

Two of the highest-flying now-public enterprise companies of the year — Slack and Zoom — are different in many ways, besides the fact that one is focused on workplace messaging, while the other is centered around video conferencing. Slack began life as a very different startup; Zoom founder Eric Yuan knew from the outset that […] → Read More

People familiar with Slack’s upcoming public offering share what to expect –

Slack, the popular workplace messaging company, is expected to list on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday in the second major direct listing in the U.S. after Spotify introduced the concept to investors in April of last year. At this point, plenty of industry observers think it makes sound sense for Slack to embrace […] → Read More

VC Lior Susan has a big idea that seems to be working: building next-generation industrial companies –

Many investors in Silicon Valley are waiting the next big platform. That’s fine with Lior Susan, a former Flex exec who in 2015 cofounded Eclipse Ventures with the legendary venture capitalist Pierre Lamond, long of Sequoia Capital. The duo, along with a team that has now grown to 13 people — happen to think the […] → Read More

Chewy founder Ryan Cohen on its fast-approaching IPO: “It’s like seeing my baby graduate” –

Ask any venture capitalist about the most important ingredient to success in startups, and they’ll tell you it centers on founders who can persuade not only investors to part with some of their capital but, more important, who can convince people to leave what are often more stable jobs in order to build a company […] → Read More

London’s LocalGlobe just closed on two funds totaling $295 million –

Seven months ago, TechCrunch’s Steve O’Hear reported that LocalGlobe had begun the fundraising process for two separate funds. The London-based seed-stage venture firm was raising yet another seed-stage venture fund, O’Hear said at the time; he also noted that LocalGlobe was also expect to raise its first opportunities fund. Fast forward and today, the firm, […] → Read More

Modern Fertility raises $15 million to sell its hormone tests — and gather more fertility data from its users –

A fresh $15 million in funding led by Forerunner Ventures should help. Forerunner founder Kirsten Green, who takes a board seat as part of the round, is known for countless savvy bets on a wide number of consumer brands that have taken off with users, from Dollar Shave Club to Bonobos to Glossier. With Forerunner’s […] → Read More

A peek inside Sequoia Capital’s low-flying, wide-reaching scout program –

It was a brilliant idea. It allowed Sequoia to keep tabs on entrepreneurs — and nascent technologies — not yet in its universe. It cemented the firm’s ties to the founders who were already in its family. Not last, it grew Sequoia’s already considerable influence in Silicon Valley. Fast forward, and the ripple effects of […] → Read More

A Google Walkout organizer just left the company, saying “if they won’t lead, we will” –

Claire Stapleton, a longtime Google employee who helped organize a 20,000-person walkout of Google employees last November over the company’s handling of sexual harassment allegations, announced today on Medium that she has left the outfit. She cited her health, writing that it “pains me greatly to leave because I care so much about this company, […] → Read More

Voatz has raised $7 million in Series A funding for its mobile voting technology –

Voatz, the four-year-old, Boston, Ma.-based voting and citizen engagement platform that has been at the center of debate over the merits and dangers of mobile voting, has raised $7 million in Series A funding. The round was co-led by Medici Ventures and Techstars, with participation from Urban Innovation Fund and Oakhouse Partners. Voatz, which current […] → Read More

VC and Warriors’ minority owner Mark Stevens banned from NBA Finals after shoving Kyle Lowry –

Venture capitalist Mark Stevens has been banned from the rest of the NBA Finals after last night shoving Toronto Raptor’s player Kyle Lowry and hurling expletives at him after Lowry crashed into a row of seats. Notably, Stevens was not in the same row but rather can be seen on video rising from his chair […] → Read More

Unraveling the ‘Secrets of Sand Hill Road’ and the VC thought process, with Andreessen Horowitz’s Scott Kupor –

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 sat down with Scott Kupor, managing director at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz to dig into his new book Secrets of Sand Hill Road, discuss his advice for new […] → Read More

David Krane, the CEO of GV, is coming to Disrupt –

David Krane has a very big job. He’s the CEO and managing partner of GV, and he oversees the fund’s global activities, investing in tech companies including Uber, Nest, and Blue Bottle Coffee among hundreds of others. Yet the journalism major and former director of global communications and public affairs for Google maintains a surprisingly […] → Read More

Possible Finance lands $10.5 million to provide consumers softer, kinder short-term loans –

It’s easy to be skeptical of lending companies of every stripe. They uniformly rely on customers who don’t have enough money to cover their bills and are willing to pay interest on money borrowed in exchange for capital they can spend sooner — sometimes immediately. Unfortunately, those consumers with the worst credit, or no credit […] → Read More

Distru, a maker of supply chain software for the cannabis industry, has raised $3 million led by Felicis –

Distru, a nearly three-year-old, Oakland-based startup whose platform aims to help track cannabis through its seed-to-sale process, has raised $3 million in seed funding led by Felicis Ventures, with participation from Village Global, Global Founders Capital, and numerous notable angel investors, including Elad Gil, Katie Stanton, and Avichal Garg. The deal is an interesting one […] → Read More

Groupon cofounder Eric Lefkofsky just raised another $200 million for his newest company, Tempus –

When serial entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky grows a company, he puts the pedal to the metal. When in 2011 his last company, the Chicago-based coupons site Groupon, raised $950 million from investors, it was the largest amount raised by a start-up, ever. It was just over three years old at the time, and it went public […] → Read More

This longtime cannabis investor has funded Pax and Juul, among others; here’s her approach –

If you’re a cannabis investor or a founder working on a cannabis-related startup, you’ve probably heard of Poseidon Asset Management. The San Francisco-based investment firm is one of very few that is focused narrowly on the industry, which remains fairly insular for now. Poseidon has also been at it longer than most outfits, having begun […] → Read More

Online lender SoFi has quietly raised $500 million in funding, led by Qatar –

Usually when it comes to big sums of funding, companies like to boast about them. Online lending startup Social Finance, better known as SoFi, took another tack this morning, quietly announcing in a press release that it has closed half a billion dollars in a single funding round led by Qatar Investment Authority, a Doha, […] → Read More

Business author Julian Guthrie on the biggest difference between ‘alpha’ men and women –

If you’ve been out and about in Silicon Valley in the last month or so, chances are you’ve heard of “Alpha Girls,” a new book written by longtime journalist Julian Guthrie about four investors who’ve made a big impact on the world of startup investing. The book recognizes the four — Theresia Gouw, MJ Elmore, […] → Read More