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Mary Ann Azevedo


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Past articles by Mary:

We’ll probably retire before Databricks IPOs

The Equity crew is unpacking the latest from Divvy homes, companies we wish would just go public already (we're looking at you, Databricks and Lime), the quick grocery delivery market and transparency in venture capital. → Read More

Armed with First Republic alums, Citizens Bank unveils new startup-focused private bank

When Silicon Valley Bank imploded in March, Sam Heshmati wasn’t naive enough to think that First Republic Bank -- where he had worked for more than a Led by former First Republic managing director Sam Heshamati, Citizens Private bank aims to be the 'go to bank’ for the innovation sector. → Read More

Flexport's Ryan Petersen joins venture firm Founders Fund as a partner

Founders Fund was an early, and repeat, investor in Flexport, which developed software to help companies move freight globally. → Read More

Clair raises, Deel defends allegations and Mercury shares post-SVB growth figures

There was plenty to talk about this week, including Clair's raise, some allegations against Deel and exclusive post-SVB growth numbers shared by banking services startup Mercury. → Read More

Hey, stuck startups, reducing growth could make you less fundable

Equity, the TechCrunch podcast about the business of startups, is bringing you two interviews this week. → Read More

SVB’s collapse drove 26K customers to Mercury in 4 months

Fintech startup Mercury exclusively shares just how much its customer base grew in the wake of SVB's collapse in March. → Read More

Deel under fire for alleged questionable hiring practices, advice to other companies

A California Senator is urging the state’s Labor and Workforce Development Agency to conduct an investigation into Deel's business practices. → Read More

Fintech M&A gets a big boost with Visa-Pismo deal

São Paulo–based Pismo has seen explosive growth in recent years – jumping from 10 million accounts at the end of 2020 to 80 million today. → Read More

Well done, Pismo and Visa! You gave SoftBank a win

Equity: THE podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. → Read More

Visa acquires Brazilian fintech startup Pismo in $1B blockbuster deal

Credit card giant Visa is acquiring Brazilian payments infrastructure provider Pismo for $1 billion in cash. → Read More

Brex refocuses on startups with hire of SVB veteran, ex-a16z partner

Jason Mok is a former operating partner of a16z and spent over 16 years within various roles at Silicon Valley Bank. → Read More

Nubank’s CEO explains what the US could learn from LatAm fintech

Nubank is a $35 billion Sao-Paulo, Brazil-based digital bank that offers credit cards, checking accounts and life insurance to consumers. → Read More

No SSN, no problem, says Maza, a fintech startup aimed at undocumented immigrants

There are many fintech companies offering digital banking services to a variety of demographics, but one segment of the population has been underserved more than others: the undocumented immigrant. → Read More

Khosla Ventures just doubled down on this handyman-on-demand service for homeowners

In the last two years, Honey Homes has grown to over 500 members and has completed over 20,000 tasks for homeowners. → Read More

Announcing the Fintech Stage agenda at TechCrunch Disrupt

Check out the agenda for the brand-new Fintech Stage at TechCrunch Disrupt with some of the brightest minds in fintech. → Read More

As the generative AI craze rages on, Ramp acquires customer support startup had raised a total of $3.5 million in funding from investors such as Initialized Capital, Y Combinator and Ramp's co-founders. → Read More

Did this one feature entice Robinhood to acquire X1?

When Robinhood announced that it was acquiring credit card startup X1 for $95M, it caused all sorts of chatter in the fintech world. → Read More

Dropbox hearts AI, the creator-platform wars and why we're bullish on fake booze

Welcome to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. → Read More

Plaid unveils new collaboration network aimed at giving fintechs a way to share fraud intelligence

Fintech startup Plaid got its start as a company that connects consumer bank accounts to financial applications, but has since been gradually expanding its offerings. → Read More

Navan takes a swipe at expense management startups with new Mastercard and Visa partnerships

Navan is addressing a presumably large market of companies who would prefer to continue working with an existing bank partner. → Read More