RSS Startups

  • Is your startup the next TikTok? September 26, 2020
    Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. And I don’t mean building an app that gets the world addicted to short-form videos. I mean, where you build a huge company that spans the world and then get turned into […]
    Eric Eldon
  • Black founders face a unique set of challenges September 25, 2020
    The notion that Black people in America need to work twice as hard as others to succeed may be a depressing sentiment, but it has been deeply ingrained into the psyches of many African-Americans. At TechCrunch Disrupt, several Black founders spoke about some of the burdens that come along with being a Black person in […]
    Megan Rose Dickey
  • Privacy data management innovations reduce risk, create new revenue channels September 25, 2020
    Investments in privacy tools and management practices now are almost certain to deliver major business dividends in the future.
    Walter Thompson

RSS Funding

  • Alexis Ohanian files for a new $150M fund, with a nod to his Olympian family September 25, 2020
    According to an SEC filing, Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit and early-stage VC firm Initialized Capital, is raising a new fund, named 776, with a target of $150 million. The filing comes three months after the entrepreneur left Initialized Capital and a month after The Information first reported on his plans. Ohanian declined to […]
    Natasha Mascarenhas
  • Why isn’t Robinhood a verb yet? September 24, 2020
    Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s VC-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week Natasha Mascarenhas, Danny Crichton and your humble servant gathered to chat through a host of rounds and venture capital news for your enjoyment. As a programming note, I am off next week effectively, so look for Natasha […]
    Alex Wilhelm
  • As tech stocks dip, is insurtech startup Root targeting an IPO? September 24, 2020
    During the week’s news cycle one particular bit of reporting slipped under our radar: Root Insurance is tipped by Reuters to be prepping an IPO that could value the neo-insurance provider at around $6 billion. Coming after two 2020 insurtech IPOs, Root’s steps toward the public markets are not surprising. But they are good news […]
    Alex Wilhelm


  • Funding Friday: NextMaker Box September 25, 2020
    Regular readers will know that I am a huge fan and funder of teaching kids to code. I believe helping young people learn to think logically via coding exercises is helpful to their development in so many ways. So when I came across the NextMaker project on Kickstarter, I backed it instantly. NextMaker is a […]
    Fred Wilson
  • Universal Access and Choice September 24, 2020
    Our current investing thesis at USV is about expanding access to knowledge, wellness, and capital. We believe that these are core human needs and that opening up access to them is both good for society and also good business. Our approach to these challenges is centered on lowering the costs of these services and increasing […]
    Fred Wilson
  • Priorities September 23, 2020
    I am in the middle of a week of back to back to back to back all day meetings. Which means I am not responsive on email, which means I am not getting anything done, which means I can’t be easily reached. Which means I am stressed. In times like this, I like to remind […]
    Fred Wilson