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Recent articles by Alex:

The second wave of unicorn layoffs is brutal –

This morning, let's remind go over what happened in the first wave of recent unicorn layoffs (Zume, Oyo, Uber, etc) and how it compares to what is happening today as ZipRecruiter, Bird and TripActions cut staff of their own. → Read More

Equity Monday: Three funding rounds and a downturn –

Good morning friends, and welcome back to TechCrunch’s Equity Monday, a short-form audio hit to kickstart your week. If you missed Friday’s main episode, it was a fun one so take the time if you have the minutes; we’re settling into a new hosting lineup that is shaping up to be our best ever, so we’re […] → Read More

Lime’s valuation, variable costs and diverging categories of on-demand companies –

We're wrapping the week with Lime, scooters and the divergence between Uber and Lyft and their two-wheeled rivals. → Read More

Stocks fall sharply Friday morning as the mid-week recovery falls short –

The major American stock market indices are down sharply this morning at the open, with stocks falling after a multi-day rally helped shave some losses off their calendar-year results. So far, 2020 has proven to be a toxic year for publicly traded equity, as a decade-long bull market collided with a global pandemic and stark […] → Read More

Stripe goes Fast for $20M, D2C tips and tricks and what’s happening to tech internships? –

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. The three of us were back today — Natasha, Danny and Alex — to dig our way through a host of startup-focused topics. Sure, the world is stuffed full of COVID-19 news — and, to be clear, the […] → Read More

TechCrunch’s favorite companies from 500 Startups’ latest demo day –

Today 500 Startups hosted a virtual demo day for its 26th batch of startups, a group of companies that TechCrunch covered back in February. 500 is not the only accelerator that moved its traditional investor pitch event online; Y Combinator made a similar move after efforts to flatten the spread of COVID-19 required changes that […] → Read More

Salesforce’s Benioff pledges no ‘significant’ layoffs for 90s days –

In a Twitter thread on Tuesday, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, outlined an 8-step plan to keep people safe, find treatments and a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus, while working to find a way to get people back to work safely. He also asked that all CEOs take “a 90 day “no lay off” pledge” to […] → Read More

Slack’s slowing growth turns around as remote work booms –

The demand for remote friendly services is probably bigger than we thought. → Read More surpassed $130M ARR before the remote-work boom –

As efforts to flatten the spread of COVID-19 pushes employees from their offices, remote work is undergoing a surge in popularity. Well-known remote-work friendly companies like Zoom have seen a rise in usage, while Slack has already reported that it is successfully converting new users into paying customers, which is pushing up its growth rate. […] → Read More

Public optimism doesn’t convert to checks, founders report –

VCs love to tweet that they are still writing checks, and in some cases, it's even true. But there are those who are noting a considerable slowdown in the background. → Read More

Looking back at Zoom’s ascent a year after it filed to go public –

Zoom, a video chat service then popular with corporations, filed to go public on March 22, 2019. Best known in venture and corporate circles, Zoom was far from a household name at the time. However, the groundwork for its 2020-era consumer breakthrough during the novel coronavirus epidemic was detailed during its IPO march in the […] → Read More

Stocks blast higher on expectation of sweeping federal action –

There are no free market fanatics on corporate boards the moment the economy wobbles. Today makes the point, with stocks shooting higher on the back of news that a sweeping federal package of aid and stimulus should soon pass Congress. The goal of the financial package is to blunt the impact of COVID-19-related market disruptions […] → Read More

Startups valuations drop as exits are delayed and the stock market reprices tech –

The public markets are in turmoil as the economic impact of COVID-19 comes into focus; however, it is less clear what the impact of the changing value of public companies today will have on the valuations of private firms. → Read More

Where top VCs are investing in D2C –

If you’re looking for toothbrushes, skin-care face masks, mattresses, glasses or even socks, there’s a digitally-native, direct-to-consumer (D2C) company or two that can help you out. And thanks to smart digital marketing, the cult followings that ensue and the economics of e-commerce, D2C has changed how we relate to consumer goods (while attracting a waterfall […] → Read More

Stocks broadly fall as Nasdaq dips modestly, SaaS gains on the day –

The stock market’s movements in recent weeks have often felt like unified action. When one American index fell, the others were generally right there with it, rising and falling in concert. Today wasn’t like that. Indeed, in regular trading today the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) was down sharply. The S&P 500 dipped a little […] → Read More

$100M rounds are down but not out in 2020 –

This morning we're taking a look at mega-rounds — funding events of $100 million or more. → Read More

Equity Monday: What’s going on with $100M rounds? –

Good morning friends, and welcome back to TechCrunch’s Equity Monday, a short-form audio hit to kickstart your week. Equity was busy last week, so catch up if you missed anything. We interviewed the CEO of Y Combinator, hosted a call with the TechCrunch staff digging into our favorite Demo Day companies, hosted Equity Monday on a […] → Read More

Coterie raises $8.5M to build ‘commercial insurance as a service’ –

Ohio-based Coterie, a startup working on in the commercial insurance space, has announced today it has raised $8.5 million Series A. The company had previously raised a little over $3 million in early investments, bringing its equity capital raised to nearly $12 million to date; the firm also told TechCrunch that it has raised $2.5 […] → Read More

For Uber and Lyft, this week has been a wild ride –

This morning let's unpack what Uber said and ask if it's reasonable that investors are pushing Lyft higher alongside Uber. → Read More

Raising in a recession –

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week’s episode was a testament to making do, as we’ve had to cancel some trips, juggle a few guests, and get up and running as a podcast that have guests dial in without losing our stride. So, […] → Read More