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Recent articles by Danny:

Voyage’s driverless future, ghost work, B2B growth strategies, and Black Hat takeaways –

Inside Voyage’s plan to deliver a driverless future In the autonomous vehicle space, startups have taken radically different strategies to building our AV future. Some companies like Waymo have driven all across different types of environments in order to rack up the datasets that they believe will be needed to effectively maneuver without a human […] → Read More

WeWork S-1, building marketplaces, improving content marketing, and the demise of Tumblr –

WeWork’s S-1 misses these three key points After much discussion, WeWork finally dropped its S-1 filing with the SEC today as it makes preparations for its IPO. While the company has been producing sizable revenues the past few years, the company didn’t disclose everything I think it needed to in order for investors to make […] → Read More

WeWork’s S-1 misses these three key points –

No startup is as polarizing as WeWork, and for good reason. The company, whose relentless growth has seen it open 528 locations across 111 cities in just about nine years, has never been entirely forthcoming on exactly how the unit economics add up at its locations. And so we have had a beautiful Rorschach test […] → Read More

How young VCs bootstrap new venture firms –

We spend a lot of time talking about new funds, and new startup venture raises, but we spend little time talking about the cash flow challenges of running a venture fund. Let’s change that today. Starting a new venture fund is extremely challenging. In addition to just the monstrous task of fundraising — which can […] → Read More

Kobalt, Apple and smartwatches, Hadoop, customer support, and social work and AI –

The Kobalt EC-1: How a Swedish saxophonist built Kobalt, the world’s next music unicorn My favorite pieces we host on Extra Crunch are our EC-1 series of in-depth profiles and analyses of high-flying, fascinating startups. We launched Extra Crunch with a multi-part series on Patreon, and then we covered augmented reality and Pokémon Go creator […] → Read More

HealthTech VCs, fundraising in August, reducing churn, North, and co-ops as startups –

What tech gets right about healthcare This week, our long-time healthtech correspondent Sarah Buhr talked to leading health VCs Phin Barnes of First Round Capital, Matt Ocko of DCVC, and Nick Naclerio of Illumina Ventures about what they are seeing in the healthtech ecosystem, how they are thinking about investments in the space, as well […] → Read More

How to fundraise in August –

August is often considered the black hole of venture capital fundraising. Everyone is on vacation (well, everyone who’s not a founder anyway) while half of Silicon Valley is slogging down to Black Rock City for Burning Man. It understandably can just seem like an exercise in futility to try to raise any funding at all. […] → Read More

Morty raises $8.5M series A to help first-time homebuyers secure their mortgages –

For the past decade, Brian Faux has been fighting on the front lines of housing finance. In between pursuing a career in mortgage lending and holding stints at Freddie Mac and Wells Fargo, Faux spent more than two years in the detritus of the 2008 financial crisis advising the Department of Housing and Urban Development […] → Read More

Series A(ggregate) –

We spend a lot of time around here covering the latest startup fundraises, and for good reason. While capital is certainly an input and not an output, there is nothing quite like the closing of a round of several million in venture capital to prove that yes, the startup I’m working on is at least […] → Read More

Pro rata rights, immigration, the sharing economy, AWS, Ray Dalio, and China’s smartphones –

What founders need to know about pro rata rights Pro rata used to be reasonably simple. Venture investors who bought preferred shares in startups had the right to lock in a certain percentage of equity provided they continued funding the company in the future rounds of financing. But as VCs have raised ever larger funds […] → Read More

Dreading 10x engineers, virtual beings, the fate of Netflix, and Salesforce’s acquisition –

The dreaded 10x, or, how to handle exceptional employees The reality (myth?) is that there are engineers who are ten times more productive than other engineers (some would argue 100x, but okay). Jon Evans, who is CTO at HappyFunCorp, dives into the strengths and weaknesses of these vaunted people and how to manage them and […] → Read More

Catalyst raises $15M from Accel to transform data-driven customer success –

Managing your customers has changed a lot in the past decade. Out are the steak dinners and ballgame tickets to get a sense of a contract’s chance at renewal, and in are churn analysis and a whole bunch of data science to learn whether a customer and their users like or love your product. That […] → Read More

Spacetech growth, the future of micromobility, and how to solve the hell of open offices –

Is space truly within reach for startups and VC? With the 50th anniversary of the moon landing taking place this past week, Darrell Etherington takes a temperature check of the current state of spacetech, chatting with startups like Wyvern and NSLComm. What he finds is actually a fairly positive picture — not only are there […] → Read More

Fintech decacorn Nubank raises $400m led by TCV –

Another day, another mega round for a fintech startup. And this one is mega mega. Brazil-based Nubank, which offers a suite of banking and financial services for Brazilian consumers, announced today that it has raised a $400 million Series F round of venture capital led by Woody Marshall of TCV, the growth-stage fund best known […] → Read More

Why the hell is Robinhood worth $7.6B? –

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. → Read More

Why do media companies struggle to produce anything of value? –

It’s the absolute best economy the United States has seen in decades, and yet, you wouldn’t know it from looking at the employee rolls at major news and media outlets. Thousands of journalists have lost their jobs this year through restructurings and layoffs while cities like Youngstown, Ohio have lost their one and only daily […] → Read More

Fintech mega rounds, Gogoro scooters, Waymo, Shift, Microsoft, and employee engagement –

Final Reminder: Extra Crunch Event Discount for Tomorrow’s Summer Party TechCrunch’s annual Summer Party is tomorrow — come meet all the staff at the Park Chalet beer garden on the Pacific Coast in San Francisco. If you want to join us, be sure to use your event discount (part of the annual EC subscription offering) […] → Read More

SMB payroll startup Gusto raises $200m series D, plans R&D expansion to NYC –

Every employee loves receiving their paycheck. It just so happens though that paying employees can be a royal pain, what with incredibly diverse labor laws across all 50 U.S. states. While large, Fortune 500 employers have a bevy of options, from traditional firms like ADP to newer entrants like Workday, small and medium businesses (SMBs) […] → Read More

Embedded finance, or why fintech mega VC rounds have become so common –

Another day, another monster fintech venture round. This morning, it was personalized banking app MoneyLion, which raised $100 million at a near unicorn valuation. Last week, it was N26, which raised another $170 million on top of its $300 million round earlier this year. Brex raised another $100 million last month on top of its […] → Read More

From liberal arts PhD to pre-IPO startup CEO with Shift’s Toby Russell –

Transitioning between different types of professional roles can be challenging — new expectations arise, and fresh ways of seeing the world are required to be successful. A few weeks ago, I interviewed Anjul Bhambhri of Adobe about how she transitioned from engineering into product, where she now leads the company’s customer experience cloud. This week, […] → Read More