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Past articles by Margaux:

How a 1,200-member crypto group plans to raise billions, buy their own NBA team, and then collectively run it

The Krause House is a group of basketball fans raising money to buy an NBA team with crypto. If successful, the group plans to collectively run it. → Read More

How Gen Z crypto VCs are quietly rebuilding the internet — and making a fortune in the process

Gen Z VCs are leading the charge at important crypto funds. They are making money on crypto, while fixing their disillusionment with Big Tech. → Read More

A crypto VC known as 'SEVEN' founded a company that can prevent Big Tech from gathering data on you. Here's how he's trying to create an uncensored internet.

Dr. Steven "SEVEN" Waterhouse cofounded Orchid Labs with a host of big name programmers to provide a private, uncensored internet. → Read More

Here's an exclusive look at the pitch deck counterfeit detection startup MarqVision used to raise a $5 million seed round from SoftBank and Y Combinator

MarqVision uses AI and photo recognition software to scan online listings for counterfeit products. Its process has a 95% success rate. → Read More can write your emails, website and love letters for you. Here's the pitch deck it used to nab $11 million from VCs like Wing, Sequoia, and Tiger Global. raised $11 million Series A from firms like Wing Venture Capital, Sequoia, and Tiger Global. Here's the pitch deck they used to sway top VCs. → Read More

DoorDash ceased a pilot program to deliver free rape kits to college students. Here's the inside story.

The DoorDash cofounder Stanley Tang helped arrange the program. When DoorDash's communications and legal team discovered it, they suspended it. → Read More

A 23-year-old VC shares how he made $150,000 mining an Andreessen Horowitz-backed altcoin

In the last two years, a 23-year-old VC made over $150,000 by mining Helium tokens. He says it's not too late for people to capitalize on the altcoin. → Read More

Lux Capital's Deena Shakir has risen to become one of the few Arab American women in VC. She shares how 9/11 shaped her career and what investors are overlooking.

The Lux Capital partner Deena Shakir tells Insider about her path to becoming a top VC and what areas of healthcare she thinks VCs are overlooking. → Read More

A wild party and a COVID outbreak are forcing Launch House — where young founders pay to live and work in mansions — to face scrutiny over safety

Launch House operates luxury homes where founders live, work, and socialize. Prior cohorts describe rocky early days. Launch House says it's changed. → Read More

A crypto social club that costs $8,000 to join just got a $100 million valuation from Andreessen Horowitz and other top VCs. Here's why.

Friends With Benefits started as an informal crypto social club. But now, top VCs are taking notice and see huge benefits from backing the group. → Read More

Startups can now rent the 'luckiest' office in Silicon Valley: The site where Twitter and Instagram were born

The 6,400 square-foot office in San Francisco where Twitter and Instagram got their start has some "good juju," the building's leasing company said. → Read More

Interview: Y Combinator's Geoff Ralston on the 'superpower' that makes the accelerator successful as nearly 400 startups pitch investors on Demo Day

As hundreds of YC startups pitch investors on Demo Day, Ralston answers critics who say YC has become too big in this exclusive interview. → Read More

Andreessen Horowitz is giving up power in prominent crypto organizations to college students — why this strategy could set the course for other VCs

Andreessen Horowitz now has vast crypto organization influence with its huge investments. This new strategy allows platforms to remain decentralized. → Read More

Venture capitalists say Y Combinator startups are getting expensive. Leaked fund data shows how YC valuations have shot up since 2018.

Y Combinator's upcoming Demo Day has brought the usual grumbles about rising startup valuations. Leaked data shows exactly how much more expensive startups have become. → Read More

Y Combinator is no longer the elite startup club it once was. 51 YC alumni tell us what's better, what's worse, and why they still think it's worth it.

Y Combinator was once an enclave where aspiring tech founders rubbed shoulders with billionaires. Then the coronavirus forced the accelerator online. → Read More

A partner at Andreessen Horowitz reveals some of the secrets behind its big strategy to take crypto mainstream

A16z has a huge $2.2 billion crypto fund. A partner tells Insider about the strategies it uses to get a leg up investing in crypto startups. → Read More

How a crypto startup raised $12.5 million in 31 seconds and won over Andreessen Horowitz

Yield Guild Games made $12.5 million in 31 seconds by selling YGG tokens. Famed VC firm Andreessen Horowitz believes it's the future of crypto. → Read More

How an anonymous crypto founder convinced heavyweights like Andreessen Horowitz and Sequoia to invest over $40 million into his startup

The BitClout founder Diamondhands and the Sequoia partner Shaun Maguire explain why top VCs invested millions into the controversial company. → Read More

A 24-year-old VC who raised $7.6 million on his own explains how Gen Zers can launch their own venture firms

Josh Browder, a Thiel fellow who founded DoNotPay, raised $7.6 million, invested in over 45 companies. He says Gen Zers can work for themselves as VCs. → Read More

Experts say this is the very real nightmare scenario for crypto startups

Four crypto experts say the worst-case scenario for crypto startups is a failure of security and that such incidents happen all the time. → Read More