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Join a Q&A with General Catalyst’s Peter Boyce and Katherine Boyle on Tuesday at 4pm ET/1pm PT –

General Catalyst is one of the top VC firms in the U.S., with portfolio companies that include Snap, Kayak, Airbnb, Stripe, HubSpot, GitLab and many others. We’re thrilled to have GC’s Peter Boyce and Katherine Boyle join us for the next episode of Extra Crunch Live, our live video series where we ask VCs about […] → Read More

Welcome raises $6M to help your company hire and keep employees –

Welcome, the HR software that helps organizations make and close offers to new candidates, announced the close of a $6 million seed round today, led by FirstMark Capital. Participating investors include Ludlow Ventures, Nat Turner and Zach Weinberg, and Keenan Rice and Ben Porterfield (which were existing investors), as well as a wide array of […] → Read More

Fundr, launching its first portfolio, uses an algorithm to remove bias from investing –

For all the ways that the Silicon Valley scene excels, diversity and inclusion is not one of them. But a new startup called Fundr is looking to do the heavy lifting to help investors diversify their portfolio. Fundr is an investment marketplace founded by Lauren Washington, Boris Moyston, and Jean-Philippe Desmontils. The platform is aimed […] → Read More

How Ryan Reynolds and Mint Mobile worked without becoming the joke –

In the past decade, celebrity interest and investment in tech companies has significantly increased. But not all celebrity investments are created equally. Some investors, like Ashton Kutcher, have prioritized the VC pursuits. Some have invested casually without getting overly involved. Others have used their considerable platforms to market their portfolio to varying degrees of success. […] → Read More

Original Content podcast: Just don’t watch Netflix’s ‘Holidate’ with your parents

You might think that a new Netflix film called “Holidate” offers holiday-themed romance that’s perfect for a family watch party. You’d be wrong. The film stars Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey as a pair of strangers who agree (in classic romantic comedy style) to keep each other company on holidays. And while the movie can’t […] → Read More

Friday app, a remote work tool, raises $2.1 million led by Bessemer –

Friday, an app looking to make remote work more efficient, has announced the close of a $2.1 million seed round led by Bessemer Venture Partners. Active Capital, Underscore, El Cap Holdings, TLC Collective, and New York Venture Partners also participated in the round, among others. Founded by Luke Thomas, Friday sits on top of the […] → Read More

Original Content podcast: ‘The Crown’ introduces its Princess Diana –

“The Crown,” Netflix’s lavish historical drama about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, has returned for a fourth season that focuses on Elizabeth’s relationship with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and on Prince Charles’ troubled marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales. We’ve had conflicting opinions about the show’s past seasons, and the new season hasn’t exactly […] → Read More

Why Bessemer’s Byron Deeter thinks SaaS companies could grow even faster in 2021 –

Byron Deeter is not backing down from his optimism about the cloud and the end of the COVID-19-induced wave of software buying doesn’t have him too worried. Of course, Deeter is an investor at Bessemer, a venture capital concern that has done well betting on the cloud, so you might expect him to stay a […] → Read More

Bond Vet raises $17 million to be the CityMD of veterinary care –

Bond Vet, the NYC-based tech-forward veterinary startup, has announced the close of a $17 million Series A financing. The round was led by Talisman Capital Partners. The startup has clinics across NYC that are meant to fill the gap between veterinary ERs and the veterinary equivalent of a primary care physician, modeling the business after […] → Read More

Extra Crunch Live: Join Bessemer’s Byron Deeter for a live Q&A today at 12pm PT/3pm ET –

Byron Deeter’s portfolio includes Twilio, DocuSign, Box, Canva, Intercom, SendGrid and many more. He is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced SaaS and cloud investors in the biz, which is why Alex Wilhelm and I are more than thrilled to lead a live Q&A with Deeter on today’s forthcoming episode of Extra Crunch Live. […] → Read More

OpenPhone rings up $14 million to put your work phone in an app –

Communication tools are evolving quickly. We have all kinds of social media for our personal lives, Slack for chatting with our coworkers, Discord for gaming and other communities, and Zoom and FaceTime for when we want to look someone (almost) in the eyes. But the business phone has been mostly stuck in the past. OpenPhone […] → Read More

Amazon’s Kuiper Systems chief David Limp is coming to Sessions: Space –

TechCrunch Sessions: Space (December 16 & 17) is just a few short weeks away and there is perhaps no better time than the end of this horrid year to set our eyes to the horizon and dream of some place far, far away. David Limp, Amazon’s SVP of Amazon Devices and Services, is just the […] → Read More

Undock raises $1.6M to help solve your group scheduling nightmares –

Over the past decade, many startups have tried (and many have failed) to rethink the way we schedule our meetings and calls. But we seem to be in a calendrical renaissance, with incumbents like Google and Outlook getting smarter and smarter and newcomers like Calendly growing significantly. Undock, an Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator-backed startup, is looking […] → Read More

Original Content podcast: ‘The Vow’ offers a muddled look at the NXIVM cult –

“The Vow” is a fascinating documentary, but we can’t quite recommend it whole-heartedly. As we discuss on the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, HBO’s new docuseries tells the story of NXIVM (pronounced nex-ee-um), a self-improvement company that was subsequently revealed as a sex cult, with its leader Keith Raniere sentenced to 120 years […] → Read More

Gaming startup Statespace raises $29 million, tops 1.5 million MAUs –

Statespace, the training platform for gamers, has today announced the close of a $29 million Series B financing led by Khosla Ventures. This comes just six months after the announcement of a $15 million Series A funding, also led by Khosla. Founder and CEO Wayne Mackey described the funding as pre-emptive as the company experiences […] → Read More

mmhmm videochat software is now available to all on the Mac App Store –

mmhmm, the presentation software developed by Evernote founder Phil Libin, is today coming out of beta. The mmhmm app is now officially available in the Mac App Store. The software allows folks to spice up their video calls with the ability to add different backgrounds, play videos, add images, and use filters, among other cool […] → Read More

mmhmm videochat software is now available to all for Mac –

mmhmm, the presentation software developed by Evernote founder Phil Libin, is today coming out of beta. The mmhmm app is now officially available for Mac. The software allows folks to spice up their video calls with the ability to add different backgrounds, play videos, add images, and use filters, among other cool effects. The app […] → Read More

Boostrapped Clearfind wants to cut your software spend, for a small fee –

Software is eating the world, and that grub can be costly. As the market for enterprise tools and software continues to balloon, organizations are spending more and more on that software across an increasingly complicated and rapidly evolving landscape. That’s where Clearfind comes in. Clearfind was founded (and bootstrapped) by James Layfield and Jocelyn Simon. […] → Read More

Original Content podcast: ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ is the historical chess drama we need right now

On paper, “The Queen’s Gambit” might not sound like a compelling drama: Based on a novel by Walter Tevis, the Netflix series tells the story of Beth Harmon as she rises through the world of competitive chess, eventually taking on the world champion from the Soviet Union. But on the latest episode of the Original […] → Read More

Original Content podcast: Bill Murray’s charm can’t hide the sadness of ‘On the Rocks’

“On the Rocks,” a new film on Apple TV+, focuses on a troubled marriage between Laura (a writer played by Rashida Jones) and Dean (a startup executive played by Marlon Wayans). When Laura begins to suspect Dean of cheating on her, she turns to her father Felix (Bill Murray) for help. The film reunites Murray […] → Read More