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Recent articles by Danny:

Attorney Sophie Alcorn answers readers’ immigration questions –

We had a great time hosting noted immigration attorney Sophie Alcorn on a live conference call with Extra Crunch members earlier this week. Sophie writes our “Dear Sophie” column, where she answers questions about immigration status, particularly for founders and others in the tech ecosystem who want to work in the United States. Dear Sophie: […] → Read More

Declining ad rates may signal a reset for startup SEM strategies –

With limited prospects for growth, one of the iron laws of economic downturns is that advertising is among the first budgets to be cut. Advertising revenues have already cratered at many alt-weekly newspapers, which heavily rely on local events and restaurants that have been shuttered in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. BuzzFeed even went […] → Read More

Join our conference call with immigration attorney Sophie Alcorn Tuesday at 1pm PDT –

The world has been turned upside-down the past few weeks, with flight cancellations, global travel bans and a massive slowdown of worldwide commerce. For immigrants to the United States here on work visas, these are particularly ambiguous and challenging times. We’ve had prominent Silicon Valley immigration attorney Sophie Alcorn of Alcorn Immigration Law talk about […] → Read More

MIT Solve launches global challenge around health security and pandemics –

There is an immediate need for startups to handle the crisis around the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, from diagnostics to identify potential carriers of the virus to assisting the treatment of patients with respiratory symptoms. As we get a grip on this crisis though, what’s going to help the world stop the next pandemic […] → 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

GC’s Niko Bonatsos on Y Combinator, edtech and investing in the shadow of coronavirus –

This week, Extra Crunch hosted a call with General Catalyst managing director Niko Bonatsos to discuss a number of startup topics, including what the novel coronavirus is doing to investing in the Valley, as well as his thoughts on robotics, homeschooling, edtech, SMBs, international investing and what he’s looking to see today in startups. Joining […] → Read More

Across furtive videocons, junior VCs wait for the layoffs to begin –

Amid post-YC Demo Day discussions and online “coffee” catchups, there is a lingering sense of dread among VCs — particularly junior VCs — about their own job security. Over the past few days, I have heard rumors — and they are just rumors, for now — about three recognizable venture firms and how they are […] → Read More

Don’t be stupid by holding off on announcing your funding round –

For those who have followed TechCrunch and/or me for a long time, you know that I like to harp on the fact that fewer and fewer startups are filing their Form Ds with the SEC, which discloses information about non-public equity rounds. In fact, the playbook has become so common in Silicon Valley and so […] → Read More

What we’re getting right and wrong about coronavirus and VC investing –

It has only been nine days since I wrote an overview of the state of VC investing during the rise of the novel coronavirus pandemic. And what a week it has been: The markets have triggered circuit breakers for an unprecedented third time, a global economic depression seems in the offing and the Trump administration […] → Read More

China clamps down further on dissent as it expels journalists from NYT, WSJ and WaPo –

As China continues to handle the fallout of the novel coronavirus that first originated in Wuhan in Hubei province in early-to-mid December, the Chinese Communist Party announced today that it would rescind the press credentials for certain journalists working at The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, and would further […] → Read More

Join General Catalyst’s Niko Bonatsos on a live WFH conference call tomorrow at 12pm PT –

Coronavirus is spreading, work from home is the new open office layout, and YC Demo Day just finished yesterday completely online. There is huge change underway in the world these days, but one thing is not changing: the enthusiasm of VC investors for finding and backing the next great generation of founders. We are hosting […] → Read More

SoftBank’s debt outlook turns negative –

Japanese telecom conglomerate SoftBank Group has faced a litany of bad news in recent weeks, including reported revelations from the Wall Street Journal that the head of its Vision Fund was using corporate espionage firms to sabotage his corporate peers and that activist hedge fund investor Elliott Management had invested in the company to try […] → Read More

Hashicorp soars above $5B valuation in new $175M venture round –

The rise of the cloud over the past decade has forced software developers and DevOps engineers to completely rearchitect the modern web application, ensuring scalability, performance, and security. That’s a really painful proposition when done manually, which is where Hashicorp comes in to play. The company’s suite of products helps everyone in the tech workforce […] → Read More

Edtech notches a win as Teachable is acquired by Hotmart –

Edtech has been a hot category for investors for some time. Surging demand for better classes globally from new entrants to the knowledge economy has pushed revenues to new highs. Now, coupled with the rapid propagation of coronavirus forcing dozens of colleges and universities to shut down and move entirely online, the sector is even […] → Read More

Stock markets halted for unprecedented third time due to coronavirus scare –

The morning after the Federal Reserve cut its interest rates to near zero at the urging of the president (a move meant to stabilize jittery markets worried about the economic fallout from the global response to the novel coronavirus pandemic), all of the indexes posted major losses. For the third time in the past two […] → Read More

FAANG stocks diverge in performance as coronavirus reaches critical period –

It’s looking to be another wild week on Wall Street, with index futures showing hefty drops in the 5% range following the Fed’s announcement over the weekend of an interest rate cut and an expansion of quantitative easing. Around the world, markets in Europe were down heavily as traders surveyed the full scale of the […] → Read More

Clobbered by coronavirus econ news? Here’s an in-depth, 90-day rewind –

There’s just been a torrent of economic news since the first identification of patients with COVID-19 in Wuhan, China in early December 2019 until the declaration of a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday. Investors have fled the public market, more and more companies are teetering on the abyss, and surprisingly, some […] → Read More

The dollars and cents of raising VC during the coronavirus pandemic –

The novel coronavirus is raging across the planet. Millions are quarantined, the stock market is violently gyrating and one of the preeminent VC firms in the Valley is back to saying RIP Good Times. The daily stream of news is terrifying, and we are going to learn even more in the coming weeks. For founders, […] → Read More

If we could see alternate realities, would we want to take a look? –

Well, here we are. After many weeks (and a somewhat inconsistent publishing schedule), we have arrived at the final story of Ted Chiang’s Exhalation collection, number nine of nine. It has been a fun journey reading each of these speculative science fiction stories, and I do think they have much to tell TechCrunch readers. Even […] → Read More

What is the purpose of belief in a world of innovation? –

We are reading the penultimate short story in Ted Chiang’s collection Exhalation. Omphalos questions what it means to believe: in our world, in alternative worlds, and in ourselves. Given that beliefs are crucial to everything we do in innovation and science, I thought the theme deeply dovetailed with a lot of what TechCrunch readers care […] → Read More