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  • Evaluating The Risks And Rewards Of Unicorn Capital Crunch Network

    Evaluating The Risks And Rewards Of Unicorn Capital

    This is the best time to raise money for your startup. At least since 1999. But raising money can be a double-edged sword for entrepreneurs — and receiving a high valuation can cut two ways. First, some context. According to the April 2015 MoneyTree report from PwC, investments in later-stage companies rose by 50 percent, to $4.2 billion, in the first quarter of 2015, the largest… Read More

  • Y Combinator President Sam Altman to Take the Stage at Disrupt SF 2015

    Y Combinator President Sam Altman to Take the Stage at Disrupt SF 2015

    He’s the former co-founder of the social startup Loopt, which was funded by his current company — Y Combinator — in 2005 and acquired by the Green Dot Corporation in 2012. He’s Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator, and we’re thrilled that he’ll be joining us once again for an on-stage interview at Disrupt SF 2015. When it comes to seed-stage accelerators… Read More

  • Dollar Shave Club Raises $75M To Fend Off Gillette And Harry’s

    Dollar Shave Club Raises $75M To Fend Off Gillette And Harry’s

    Dollar Shave Club, the subscription service for razors (and more!) has closed a $75 million Series D round at a pre-money valuation north of $500 million. This funding comes less then a year after a $50 million Series C, and brings total fundraising to $148 million. Read More

  • More Startup Funding Is Available, But Who’s Getting It? Crunch Network

    More Startup Funding Is Available, But Who’s Getting It?

    Last year was fantastic for startup fundraising, continuing an upward trend with a dramatic increase to more than $47 billion (a 62 percent increase from 2013’s figures). On the surface, this is great news — more venture capitalists are pouring more money into startups, thereby increasing the amount of available resources for new ideas. Read More

  • Airbnb Adds A Pricing Recommendation Tool For Renters

    Airbnb Adds A Pricing Recommendation Tool For Renters

    Airbnb renters will now get pricing recommendations for their listings as part of an update to the room-sharing service today. It’s called Price Tips, and it creates ongoing suggestions for pricing creates based on several metrics, like demand for rooms, travel, and so on. For example, if there’s a conference in San Francisco, it will suggest the room owner to raise the prices… Read More

  • Airbnb Hopes To Have Almost A Million Stays A Night By Summer

    Airbnb Hopes To Have Almost A Million Stays A Night By Summer

    Over 500k people are staying in an Airbnb tonight. And the company hopes to have nearly 800k staying in one by this summer. CEO Brian Chesky gave these numbers at Code today, revealing his wide-eyed plan for the housing yield-management startup. In addition to wanting there to be a million stays by summer, Chesky expressed his desire for Airbnb to own all experiences around a vacation. Read More

  • Tilt’s Global Ambitions Grow As It Reaches A $400M Valuation

    Tilt’s Global Ambitions Grow As It Reaches A $400M Valuation

    This year — like many rapidly growing startups — is a year of major international expansion for Tilt, a startup centered around funding projects that is well on its way to being worth $400 million. Tilt serves as a way for people to raise money ahead of an event happening — such as funding T-shirts for a sorority or raising money for a school charity event. Users commit… Read More

  • Handy Expands Its Vacation Rental Cleaning Service

    Handy Expands Its Vacation Rental Cleaning Service

    Collaborative consumption is reworking all sorts of established societal norms and regulatory processes. It’s also generating new business opportunities for startups that sit outside the immediate category. To wit: on-demand cleaning startup Handy is today launching a hospitality service tailored for vacation rental hosts — expanding on an existing cleaning offering for Airbnb… Read More

  • The Upcoming Shakeout In Travel Tech Crunch Network

    The Upcoming Shakeout In Travel Tech

    The last few years have been a dizzying and heady time for travel startups, filled with mammoth funding rounds, high-profile acquisitions, and dramatic examples of young startups soaring past incumbents. Last year, Uber eclipsed Hertz and Avis after it raised money at an $18 billion valuation. The rapidly growing company then went on to raise another $1.6 billion at a $41 billion valuation as… Read More

  • Airbnb Finally Releases An App For Browsing Its Listings On Tablets

    Airbnb Finally Releases An App For Browsing Its Listings On Tablets

    Airbnb is finally rolling out an app that will enable users to browse and search its listings on a device that’s bigger than a phone, but not quite as unwieldy as a laptop. But more than that, the new app for iPad and Android tablets is designed to provide users with some inspiration for where they might want to take their next trip. Read More

  • Airbnb Hires Former Dropbox Exec Sara Adler As Its Head Of Corporate Development

    Airbnb Hires Former Dropbox Exec Sara Adler As Its Head Of Corporate Development

    There’s a battle going on for tech talent in the Bay Area, and private companies increasingly are turning to M&A as a way to bring new members onto their teams. Following along on that trend, Airbnb has hired Sara Adler, who had previously worked at Dropbox and Facebook, as its head of corporate development. Adler will step into the newly created role to create some structure in… Read More

  • Thiel Fellow Raises $25M For OYO Rooms, A Network of Branded Budget Hotels in India

    Thiel Fellow Raises $25M For OYO Rooms, A Network of Branded Budget Hotels in India

      In the largest funding round to date for a Thiel Fellow project, Ritesh Agarwal has raised $25 million from Lightspeed, Sequoia and others to build a branded budget hotel network across India. Called OYO Rooms, the company partners with property owners across India and makes sure that their facilities meet a baseline of requirements from linen quality to breakfast to Internet access for… Read More

  • Ventoura App Combines P2P Guiding And Traveler Matching

    Ventoura App Combines P2P Guiding And Traveler Matching

    Meet Ventoura: the latest startup seeking its fortune by building a peer-to-peer platform. This one is playing in the travel space, and has just launched an app where travelers can connect with others headed to the same destination so they have some drinking buddies when they land — a la Tinder Passport. Read More

  • The Sharing Economy Is On The Brink Of Disrupting Business Travel Crunch Network

    The Sharing Economy Is On The Brink Of Disrupting Business Travel

    The foundations of the business travel ecosystem are under more strain than ever before. U.S. companies are projected to spend $310 million on business travel in 2015 (up 6.2% from last year), but how they spend that money has become a source of tension and uncertainty. Sharing economy startups like Airbnb and Uber are challenging traditional travel vendors – and in the process… Read More

  • A Super Angel’s View On Venture Capital In 2015 Crunch Network

    A Super Angel’s View On Venture Capital In 2015

    As the first quarter of 2015 draws to a close, it’s clear that the venture capital industry is evolving. Since 2005, thousands of new millionaires have been minted by the IPOs of Alibaba Group, Lending Club, Go Pro, Box, Zendesk, Facebook, Pandora, Zynga, Linkedin, Homeaway, Zipcar and countless others. Read More

  • How Much Should You Charge For Your Airbnb? Beyond Pricing Scores $1.5M To Tell You

    How Much Should You Charge For Your Airbnb? Beyond Pricing Scores $1.5M To Tell You

    Hotels have sophisticated pricing engines to tell them how much their rooms should cost. Airbnb hosts don’t, or at least didn’t until Beyond Pricing. The startup’s tool plugs into your Airbnb listing, and uses signals about future demand to automatically reprice your room on the fly. Beyond Pricing will charge a 1% fee of people’s Airbnb rate, but can help hosts make 10%… Read More

  • Tech Bubble? Maybe, Maybe Not Crunch Network

    Tech Bubble? Maybe, Maybe Not

    I’ve heard people wonder if we’re in a bubble with regard to startups. Is it as bad as the 2000 dot-com bubble? Might it actually be worse? I thought it would be worthwhile to look at the available data to see if we can figure this out with more than just a personal opinion. After all, I’m responsible for running Google Ventures, and data are important to us, as is the answer. Read More

  • A Steady Erosion Of Confidence In Government Crunch Network

    A Steady Erosion Of Confidence In Government

    Governments around the world are facing significant political turmoil and enormous economic stress as they struggle with an alarming and unprecedented array of public policy crises today. And – whether it’s the desperate water scarcity in Brazil, the darkness-inducing rural electricity shortfall in India, the precipitous financial meltdown in Russia, or the festering income… Read More

  • Y Combinator’s Sam Altman On The Elements Of A Successful Startup Crunch Network

    Y Combinator’s Sam Altman On The Elements Of A Successful Startup

    You don’t have to have millions of dollars or the best team possible to launch a winning startup. What you do need to have, however, is passion according to Sam Altman in an interview he gave with at Startup Grind 2015 When an entrepreneur has a project he feels passionate about, he’ll be much more likely to succeed than someone who simply launches a startup for the sake of… Read More

  • The Battle Is For The Customer Interface Crunch Network

    The Battle Is For The Customer Interface

    In 2015 Uber, the world’s largest taxi company owns no vehicles, Facebook the world’s most popular media owner creates no content, Alibaba, the most valuable retailer has no inventory and Airbnb the world’s largest accommodation provider owns no real estate. Something interesting is happening. Since the industrial revolution the world has developed complex supply chains… Read More

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