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Natasha Mascarenhas


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Recent articles by Natasha:

Welcome to spooky season in startups

In today’s newsletter, we’ll talk about the beauty of pivots, a creative way to prove that your startup hires entrepreneurial people and the latest from 500 global. → Read More

500 Global’s take on the rising competition among startup accelerators

500 Global, a startup accelerator formerly known as 500 Startups, has rebranded to become a venture firm. Here's how it impacts startups. → Read More

We’re all just a Hop, Skip and a Drive away from a better Hustle

Equity, TechCrunch's weekly startups and venture podcast, gets into the latest startup financing and trends from ideas to IPOs. → Read More

Truepill, a digital health unicorn, conducts fourth round of layoffs in 2022

Truepill has laid off its fourth round of employees this year, in the latest tech layoff update amid a volatile market. → Read More

The biggest moonshots from 500 Global’s latest Demo Day

VC firm 500 Global held a Demo Day showcasing a handful of its portfolio companies. Here's TechCrunch's top picks. → Read More

Hustle Fund’s side hustle just helped it close a third fund

Hustle Fund, built by Elizabeth Yin and Eric Bahn, just closed its third investment fund and shared its secret: a revenue-generating business. → Read More

CoRise’s approach to up-skilling involves fewer courses and more access

Despite the boom of education technology investment and innovation over the past few years, founder Julia Stiglitz, who broke into the edtech world as an early Coursera employee, thinks there’s a lot of room to grow. Her new startup, CoRise, sells expert-led programming to people who want to up-skill their careers. It’s a fresh play […] → Read More

Building startups in public has an end date

This week on the Equity podcast, Natasha Mascarenhas asked: How does the 'build in public' mindset impact the way that startups are built? → Read More

Twitter’s first comms exec is building a comms network for execs

Mixing Board is a network for communications and marketing professionals to share advice and upskill their executive function. → Read More

Tiger Global, fickle checks and the difficulty of acceleration

Welcome to Startups Weekly, a fresh human-first take on this week’s startup news and trends. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. When On Deck had to cut its staff twice within a matter of months, its co-founders Erik Torenberg and David Booth published a memo promising to focus more. Thus marked the company’s […] → Read More

The ‘ideal runway’ is a myth, isn’t it?

Startups are given a lot of advice about extending their runway, but after speaking to sources, it seems like there is no magic number. → Read More

When VCs fund the thing you didn’t think they’d ever fund

Startup financing from Polywork, Remofirst and Block Party, plus Instacart news and layoff update. → Read More

On Deck tried to do it all. Now, it’s trying to do less, better

On Deck shakes up its leadership, winds down startup accelerator and refocuses on a founder-led future. → Read More

Network isn’t a dirty word

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This is our Wednesday show, where we niche down to a single topic, think about a question and unpack the rest. This week, Natasha asked: What does breaking into venture capital look like today, […] → Read More

Video game coaching marketplace Metafy cuts 23% of staff despite doubling revenue

The founder said that Metafy has most of the team needed to build over those next two years, but will hire in critical roles moving forward. → Read More

YC’s Michael Seibel clarifies some misconceptions about the accelerator

Y Combinator's Michael Seibel spoke to TechCrunch’s Equity podcast about Y Combinator amid market change. We extracted four key excerpts from the interview to analyze further. → Read More

Community isn’t a buzzword, it’s a challenge

Welcome to Startups Weekly, a fresh human-first take on this week’s startup news and trends. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. I first covered Launch House in Oct 2020, when the co-founders described a strong focus on inclusion when creating hacker homes. A co-founder said then, “I wouldn’t say we’re the next Y […] → Read More

Chain Reaction x Equity talk the Ethereum Merge

If you are into web3, the biggest news of the week in tech was not the massive Figma-Adobe deal. No, the leading story of the last few days — arguably even the last few weeks — has been the Ethereum Merge. The Merge, an upgrade to the Ethereum blockchain that moved it from a proof […] → Read More

Launch House holds private town hall, says investigation is underway

Launch House addressed the harassment and assault allegations surfaced by a Vox Investigation earlier this week. → Read More

Launch House’s community reacts to misconduct and harassment allegations

Launch House is facing community and investor backlash after a report from Vox detailed sexual harassment allegations. → Read More