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Mary Ann Azevedo


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Recent articles by Mary:

Daylight's sunset and Meta's year of focus

 Hello, and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. Mary Ann and Alex were a dynamic duo this week, taking on a blizzard of tech news, startup updates, and questions that linger over hundreds of billions of dollars worth of venture capital investments. […] → Read More

Celebrity investors pile into consumer savings startup Checkmate

Google Ventures led savings startup Checkmate's $15M Series A, which included participation from The Chainsmokers, Paris Hilton and angels. → Read More

QED closes on $925M to back fintech startups globally

Since its founding in 2007, QED Investors has backed over 200 fintech companies globally, including 28 unicorns. → Read More

Daylight, the LGBTQ+ neobank, calls it quits

Daylight had raised a total of $20 million in venture funding and was recently the target of a lawsuit by three former employees. → Read More

Anthemis targets $200M for new fund after layoffs and canceled SPAC

Anthemis Group, a London-based fintech-focused venture capital fund, laid off 28% of its staff earlier this year. → Read More

This fintech segment saw a flurry of fundraises

What happened at accelerator Newchip? Plus, which sector saw a number of startups raise venture capital last week? → Read More

This Austin accelerator made big claims; employees and customers say it didn’t deliver

Austin-based digital accelerator Newchip falls apart as accusations on the part of former employees and customers fly. → Read More

The billionaires are trying to live longer… again

Hello, and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This week Mary Ann, Becca, and Alex gathered to chew through the biggest news of the week. Here’s what the gang got into today: Vice goes bankrupt: Now is not a great time […] → Read More

Freshly shareholders, including Insight Partners, sue Nestlé for ‘failing to make earnout payments’

The shareholders allege that Nestlé failed to make earnout payments to Freshly shareholders pursuant to the $1.5B merger agreement. → Read More

Landlord-focused insurtech Obie lands $25.5M led by Battery Ventures

Obie says it managed to achieve "a significant increase" in valuation from its May 2021 Series A round. → Read More

Fintech startup Brex was among the bidders for SVB’s early-stage and growth portfolios

Brex confirms that it put its name in the hat for parts of Silicon Valley Bank's business after the institution shut down. → Read More

Venture-backed everything for real-world problems, please

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

Wellthy lands $25M to help caregivers feel less overwhelmed

Wellthy works with health plans and hundreds of employers to offer its tech-enabled care concierge service as a benefit. → Read More

Petal raises $35M, spins off data unit ‘to bring credit scores into the 21st century’

The United States credit system as it exists today has been around for decades and many would argue it’s long been in need of an overhaul. In the meantime, a number of startups have emerged in recent years to offer consumers more options when obtaining credit. Petal is one such company. The New York-based startup, […] → Read More

Charlie’s new banking app aims to help seniors ‘make the most of their limited resources’

Charlie, a new startup offering banking services for the 62+ community, launched today with $7.5 million in funding. → Read More

The fintech space continues to be competitive and drama-filled

It was a very busy week in the startup and venture worlds, and the fintech industry was no exception. The Interchange takes a look here. → Read More

RapidAPI headcount down 82% from fresh layoffs less than two weeks after cutting 50% of staff

RapidAPI, a startup that built out an API marketplace, reportedly has just 42 employees remaining - down 82% from one month ago. → Read More

Ex-Fin Capital general partner, who led its investment in Pipe, starts new venture firm

Peter Ackerson, who first joined Fin Capital in August of 2019, has started a new firm -- Audere Capital. → Read More

Aaron Burr’s tech angle, blue skies, and no photos at this time

Alex, Natasha and Mary Ann talk about Finix's Stripes, blue skies and paparazzi all in the realm of a busier-than-usual tech cycles. → Read More

Senate Banking chair urges FDIC to look into Tellus, a fintech backed by Andreessen Horowitz

Tellus, an Andreessen Horowitz-backed fintech company that claims it can offer people higher yields on their savings balances by using that money to fund certain U.S. single-family-home loans, is under scrutiny by the U.S. government. On May 2, as first reported by Barron’s, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs […] → Read More