Christine Hall

Senior Reporter, TechCrunch

Christine Hall writes about enterprise/B2B, e-commerce, and foodtech. She most recently reported on venture capital rounds for Crunchbase News. Based in Houston, Christine previously reported for publications including the Houston Business Journal, the Texas Medical Center’s Pulse magazine, and Community Impact Newspaper. She has an undergraduate journalism degree from Murray State University and a graduate degree from The Ohio State University. Email her at <a href=" or on Twitter at @christinemhall.

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Kudos uses AI to figure out consumer spending habits so it can then provide more personalized financial advice, like maximizing rewards and utilizing credit effectively.

Kudos lands $10M for an AI smart wallet that picks the best credit card for purchases

The investor lawsuit is related to Bolt securing a $30 million personal loan to Ryan Breslow, which was later defaulted on.

Bolt founder Ryan Breslow wants to settle an investor lawsuit by returning $37 million worth of shares

The key to taking on legacy players in the financial technology industry may be to go where they have not gone before. That’s what Chicago-based Aeropay is doing. The provider…

Cannabis industry and gaming payments startup Aeropay is now offering an alternative to Mastercard and Visa

Here are quick hits of the biggest news from the keynote as they are announced.

Google I/O 2024: Here’s everything Google just announced

When Newchip, an online accelerator promising to help startups, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March 2023, it was revealed that the company had just…

Newchip’s bankruptcy serves as a cautionary tale to founders

So did investors laugh them out of the room when they explained how they wanted to replace Quickbooks? Kind of.

Embedded accounting startup Layer secures $2.3M toward goal of replacing QuickBooks

PeakBridge intends to invest in between 16 and 20 companies, investing around $10 million in each company. It has made eight investments so far.

Food VC PeakBridge has new $187M fund to transform future of food, like lab-made cocoa

Co-founder and CEO Bowie Cheung, who previously worked at Uber Eats, said the company now has 200 customers.

Healthy growth helps B2B food e-commerce startup Pepper nab $30 million led by ICONIQ Growth

We took the pulse of emerging fund managers about what it’s been like for them during these post-ZERP, venture-capital-winter years.

A reckoning is coming for emerging venture funds, and that, VCs say, is a good thing

Cleaning the outside of buildings is a dirty job, and it’s also dangerous. Lucid Bots came on the scene in 2018 with its Sherpa line of drones to clean windows…

Lucid Bots secures $9M for drones to clean more than your windows

Mushrooms continue to be a big area for alternative proteins. Canada-based Maia Farms recently raised $1.7 million to develop a blend of mushroom and plant-based protein using biomass fermentation. There’s…

Meati Foods bites into another $100M amid growth to 7,000 retail locations

Today is Apple iPad Event day, and we bring you all the iPad goodness you can stand, including if some of the rumors are true of what’s coming, like a…

Here’s everything Apple just announced at its Let Loose event, including new iPad Pro with M4 chip, iPad Air, Apple Pencil and more

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They thought they were joining an accelerator — instead they lost their startups

Lacey Hunter thought all was well as she put her startup through the three-month Newchip accelerator. Then the organization filed for bankruptcy in May 2023. Things went from bad to worse later that year when she discovered warrants of her company — rights to buy an ownership stake — had become part of the proceedings,…

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They thought they were joining an accelerator — instead they lost their startups

Hyde Park Venture Partners is known for having visibility into more than 90% of mid-continent startups and being early backers of companies like ShipBob, FourKites, G2, LogicGate and Dentologie.

Chicago-based Hyde Park Venture Partners closes $98M Fund IV with two investments made so far

“Teampay represents this new class of fintech companies that came up,” said Paystand CEO Jeremy Almond.

Paystand acquires Teampay to be DeFi version of ‘Venmo for B2B payments’

The company produces plant-based ingredients from raw microalgae biomass, generated from spirulina or chlorella, that it claims is more nutritious than meat.

Edonia grabs €2M to turn microalgae into less bitter-tasting ground meat alternative

Dripos brings together point-of-sale, mobile payments, employee management and payroll, loyalty and marketing automation and administrative functions like accounting and banking.

Dripos raises $11M Series A to replace Square, Toast and 8 other pieces of software

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Fintech Fundid was shut down over interest rates and a strained cap table

To keep going, Fundid “needed to put up a lot more collateral because of the changing environment,” Stefanie Sample said.

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Fintech Fundid was shut down over interest rates and a strained cap table

After a tumultuous year, banking-as-a-service (BaaS) startup Synapse has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and its assets will be acquired by TabaPay, according to the two companies. The deal is…

SoftBank-backed TabaPay is buying the assets of a16z-backed Synapse, after it filed for bankruptcy

Dataplor’s “secret sauce” combines technology and public domain data with a human factor, employing over 100,000 people, called Explorers, to validate all the data via computer.

For Dataplor’s data intelligence tool, it’s all about location, location, location

Companies can identify qualified suppliers from Diagon’s network of equipment suppliers, system integrators and service providers. Then leverage a toolkit to manage those complex projects.

Diagon puts ex-Tesla supply chain muscle to work for small businesses

Overall, 16% of Maven’s portfolio companies have reached a minimum $500 million exit or valuation, which is 10x industry average, the firm said.

Consumer tech investing is still hot for Maven Ventures, securing $60M for Fund IV

Don’t have time to be in Las Vegas? That’s OK: We’ve summed up the most important parts of this year’s Google Cloud Next.

Google Cloud Next 2024: Everything announced so far

Today, Yoshi Mobility settled into three business lines: preventative maintenance, virtual vehicle inspections and electric vehicle charging.

Yoshi Mobility has come a long way since gassing up cars on the side of the road

With Metalab Ventures, the venture arm will play the role of a long-term value investor, essentially “putting our money where our mouth is,” CEO Luke Des Cotes said.

Metalab goes from quietly building the internet to investing in it

Cross-border is hot right now, so it’s no surprise that one of the trends among Y Combinator’s Winter 2024 batch of nearly 30 fintech startups is how to more easily…

Cross-border fintech stands out in Y Combinator’s Winter 2024 cohort

Homebase’s human resources and team management app targets the two-thirds of Americans who will never work from home.

Team management app Homebase welcomes $60M Series D to give SMBs ‘superpowers’

Garry Tan expressed his displeasure at California State Assembly member Matt Haney over a proposed late-night email bill he authored.

Y Combinator’s Garry Tan chastises a San Francisco lawmaker again — this time about an email bill

Onego Bio claims Bioalbumen is “bioidentical” to ovalbumin, which is the major protein in chicken egg white.

Animal-free egg protein startup Onego Bio is one step closer to cracking the traditional egg market

Supaglue’s team will accelerate the work Stripe’s been working on real-time analytics and reporting across its platform.

How a tiny 4-person startup, Supaglue, caught Stripe’s eye