Anna Escher

Anna Escher manages Audience Development at TechCrunch.

Anna Escher

Tembici, which says it owns 80% of the market share in Latin America’s micromobility space, now has $47 million more in capital to double down on its docked e-bike offering. …

Tembici raises $47M Series B to expand its fleet of electric bikes

Belvo, a Latin American fintech startup that launched just 12 months ago, has already snagged funding from two of the biggest names in North and South American venture capital. The…

Belvo scores $10M from Founders Fund and Kaszek to scale its API for financial services

U.S. companies rely on Mexican manufacturers for goods ranging from automotive and aerospace parts, to avocados and other produce, to electronics and furniture. But the trucking system that transports these…

Nuvocargo, a trucking managed marketplace, raises $5.3M in seed funding

Another startup has turned to downsizing and fund raising to help weather the uncertainty around the economy amid the global coronavirus health pandemic. People.ai, a predictive sales startup backed by…

Sales startup People.ai lays off 18% of staff, raises debt round amid COVID-19 uncertainty

Latin America’s leading legacy food delivery company iFood and Delivery Hero-owned Domicilios.com are merging in a bid to take on the food startup Rappi on its home turf. The price…

IFood merges with Delivery Hero’s Domicilios.com to challenge Rappi in Colombia

Amid expectations that early-stage funding and valuations will decline due to an economic downturn caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak, young startups like the Brazilian dental company SouSmile, which raised…

SouSmile raises $10M to grow its anti-braces aligner brand

With world events overtaking the tech world’s preferences to meet for coffees and convene at events, Y Combinator skipped its famous two-day live Demo event and went for a radical…

The 20 best startups from Y Combinator’s W20 Demo Day

With YC’s W20 Demo Day coming in at nearly 200 companies, we’ve decided to split our recap into multiple posts for easier reading. These are the Healthcare/Biotech, Fintech, and Non-profit…

All the companies from Y Combinator’s W20 Demo Day, Part IV: Healthcare, Biotech, Fintech and Nonprofits

With YC’s W20 Demo Day coming in at nearly 200 companies, we’ve decided to split our recap into multiple posts for easier reading. These are the hardware, AI/ML, and developer-focused…

All the companies from Y Combinator’s W20 Demo Day, Part III: Hardware, Robots, AI and Developer Tools

With YC’s W20 Demo Day coming in at nearly 200 companies, we’ve decided to split our recap into multiple posts for easier reading. Here are this cohort’s consumer-focused companies

All the companies from Y Combinator’s W20 Demo Day, Part II: Consumer Companies

Y Combinator’s Demo Day was a bit different this time around. As concerns grew over the spread of COVID-19, Y Combinator shifted the event format away from the two-day gathering…

All the companies from Y Combinator’s W20 Demo Day, Part I: B2B Companies

Nubank, the Brazilian digital bank valued at $10 billion, is launching its Nu credit card in Mexico – a country where the unbanked population counts 36 million people.  The Sao…

Valued at $10B, Nubank launches it’s Nu credit card in Mexico

Magma Partners has more than doubled the size of its investable capital with the close of its latest $50 million fund. The Santiago, Chile-based venture firm founded in 2013 had…

Magma Partners scores $50M to build the a16z of Latin America

Jordi Greenham, the co-founder and CEO of Mexican long-term rentals startup Homie, has resigned after a sexual harassment investigation was carried out by the company’s ethics board. On February 14,…

CEO of Mexico-based Homie resigns after allegations of sexual harassment from job applicant

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Married co-founders are a startup’s secret weapon

“If I was running Clearbanc by myself, it probably would have gone off the cliff eight times at this point,” says Clearbanc co-founder Andrew D’Souza.  “If I were running the company by myself, it would be half its size,” adds Michele Romanow, Clearbanc’s other co-founder. In addition to starting the $420 million-backed fintech company together, D’Souza…

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Married co-founders are a startup’s secret weapon

Millennials are tired of being drunk, but are locked into a culture that puts alcohol at the center of professional events and outside-of-work gatherings. Twenty-somethings in New York and San…

Haus raises $4.5 million to replace your wine club membership

Antonia Rojas Eing, the youngest female partner of Latin America’s major VCs, has joined ALLVP as a partner.  Twenty-nine-year-old Rojas Eing first entered the investment world in Germany (she is…

Antonia Rojas Eing joins ALLVP as the youngest female VC partner in Latin America

Loft may have better product market fit in Brazil than Opendoor does in the U.S. And now the São Paulo-based property tech company has growth funding to prove it. Andreessen…

How two-year-old Loft nabbed $175M led by Andreessen Horowitz

Another startup hoping to capitalize on the fintech opportunity in Mexico has closed on a new sum of funding. Mexican challenger bank Albo has secured a $19 million extension to…

Albo raises $19M Series A to scale Mexico’s largest neobank

Three months after Goldman Sachs lent $100 million to Mexican fintech Konfio, SoftBank has invested another $100 million into the financial services company. The investment confirms Reuters’ August report that…

SoftBank pours $100M into Mexico’s Konfio

Ualá, an Argentine personal finance management app, has raised a $150 million Series C led by Tencent and SoftBank’s Latin America-focused Innovation Fund. Ualá is a mobile banking app and…

Argentine fintech Ualá raises $150M led by Tencent and SoftBank

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The cloud kitchen craze has reached Latin America. Food tech startup Muy landed a fresh $15 million Series B to expand into Mexico and soon Brazil. The service is currently…

Muy raises $15M to grow its new cloud kitchen concept

QuintoAndar, the Brazilian real estate technology developer, has secured a massive $250 million Series D led by SoftBank, as the Japanese conglomerate continues to deploy its $5 billion commitment to…

SoftBank mints QuintoAndar a new unicorn in Latin American real estate tech

Flat has raised one of Mexico’s largest pre-seed rounds to take the Opendoor real estate marketplace model across the Rio Grande.  The company snagged a $4.6 million pre-seed round to expand…

Flat, a Mexican property tech startup, raises $4.6M pre-seed led by ALLVP

After two days of founders tirelessly pitching, we’ve reached the end of YC’s Summer 2019 Demo Days. TechCrunch witnessed more than 160 on-the-record startup pitches coming out of Y Combinator,…

Our 12 favorite startups from Y Combinator’s S19 Demo Day 2

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Here are the 82 startups from day 2 of Y Combinator’s S19 Demo Days

Team TechCrunch was back for Day 2 of Y Combinator’s Summer 2019 Demo Days, where we heard from another massive chunk of startups that are taking disruption very seriously, even if they’re aiming to upend companies that only launched in Y Combinator a few classes ago. The total class of on-record Demo Days launches came…

4:38 pm PDT • August 20, 2019
Here are the 82 startups from day 2 of Y Combinator’s S19 Demo Days

tY Combinator, the genesis for many of the companies that have shaped Silicon Valley including Airbnb, PagerDuty and Stripe, has minted another 200 some graduates. Half of those companies made…

The 11 best startups from Y Combinator’s S19 Demo Day 1

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All 84 startups from Y Combinator’s S19 Demo Day 1

It’s that time of year, Silicon Valley’s investor technocrati and advice-giving Twitter celebrities descended upon Pier 48 in San Francisco to judge the latest summer batch of Y Combinator startups. TechCrunch was there, as well, and we were tapping away feverishly as co-founders pitched to woo investors. There are 197 companies in total in the…

6:07 pm PDT • August 19, 2019
All 84 startups from Y Combinator’s S19 Demo Day 1

Any first responder knows that situational awareness is key. In domestic violence disputes, hostage rescue or human trafficking situations, first responders often need help determining where humans are behind closed…

Lumineye helps first responders identify people through walls