Alex Wilhelm

Alex Wilhelm is the editor-in-chief of Crunchbase News and co-host of Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast.

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IPO mistakes, fintech results, and the Zenefits ‘mafia’

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter for your weekend enjoyment.

As the world stays home, edtech’s Q2 venture totals rose sharply

My friend and colleague Natasha Mascarenhas has been reporting on the edtech beat quite a lot in 2020. So far reading her coverage, I’ve discovered that not only is edtech less dull than I antic

The rules of VC are being broken

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. As ever, I was joined by TechCrunch managing edit

Uber’s delivery business is now larger than ride-hailing

Uber reported its second-quarter earnings Thursday, and buried in the blizzard of less-than-rosy numbers is a stunning figure that illustrates how much the company has changed during the COVID-19 pand

Uber shares drop 4% after it loses more money than expected in Q2

Today after the bell, American ride-hailing giant Uber released its second-quarter results. The company’s revenue fell compared to both the year-ago quarter (Q2 2019), and the sequentially prece

Robinhood’s Q2 soars

Robinhood’s huge, two-part Series F round came partially in Q2 and partially in Q3. The app-based trading platform announced the first $280 million  in early May, valuing the company at around

Go public now while software valuations make no sense

Software valuations are bonkers, which means it’s a great time to go public. Asana, Monday.com, Wrike and every other gosh darn software company that is putting it off, pay attention. Heck, even

As e-commerce accelerates, fintech startups raised record $100M rounds in Q2

Reading headlines here and there, one might assume that venture capital interest in fintech startups is setting records every quarter. After all: Didn’t Robinhood raise $280 million and $320 mil

Software stocks set new records despite earnings, pandemic

You might have missed it, but amidst the current political-M&A-pandemic-election-disinformation news cycle we find ourselves in this week, SaaS and cloud companies reached new public market record

Intercom hires a CFO as it ramps toward an IPO

Today Intercom announced that it has hired a chief financial officer (CFO) as it ramps toward an IPO. The unicorn also promoted its COO to the CEO role earlier this year. The company’s recent CE

AgentSync raises $4.4M for its insurtech compliance service

Today AgentSync announced that it has closed a $4.4 million seed round, co-led by Elad Gil and Caffeinated Capital. Other well-known names from the Silicon Valley scene took part in its funding round,

Trump calls TikTok a hot brand, demands a chunk of its sale price

Today the president appeared to bless the budding Microsoft-TikTok deal, continuing his evolution on a possible transaction. After stating last Friday that he’d rather see TikTok banned than sol

After Shopify’s huge quarter, BigCommerce raises its IPO price range

When BigCommerce, the Texas-based Shopify competitor, first announced an IPO price range, the numbers looked a little light. With a range of just $18 to $20 per share, it appeared that the firm was ta

Is the 2020 SPAC boom an echo of the 2017 ICO craze?

I wanted to write an essay about Microsoft and TikTok today, because I was effectively a full-time reporter covering the software giant when it hired Satya Nadella in 2014. But, everyone else has alre

Equity Monday: Could Satya and TikTok make ByteDance investors happy enough to dance?

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday, our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest big

The Exchange: Unicorn IPOs, tech earnings and my favorite VC round from the week

The TechCrunch Exchange newsletter just launched. Soon only a partial version will hit the site, so sign up to get the full download. Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-mar

The leading arguments for a Microsoft-TikTok tie-up

Here they are, ranked by how much weight we put behind them:  

Working to understand Affirm’s reported IPO pricing hopes

News broke last night that Affirm, a well-known fintech unicorn, could approach the public markets at a valuation of $5 to $10 billion. The Wall Street Journal, which broke the news, said that Affirm

The iron rule of founder compensation is dead

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. We had the full team this week: Myself, Danny and

Big tech crushes Q2 earnings expectations

Today after the bell, Apple, Alphabet, Facebook and Amazon reported their earnings results. Each bested expectations, and all but one are up sharply in after-hours trading. Coming on the heels of a da
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