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Black Girls Code founder Kimberly Bryant has been fired by her board

Kimberly Bryant is officially out from Black Girls Code, eight months after being indefinitely suspended from the organization that she founded. In a statement provided to TechCrunch, a Black Girls Co

How a16z’s investment into Adam Neumann further solidifies the ‘concrete ceiling’

The Neumann announcement reminded many founders that one cannot out-educate, out-network and out-assimilate the systemic barriers designed to discriminate against them.

Serena Williams’ next act in venture capital is essential in this moment

When Serena Williams steps from away tennis, she’ll be walking into an arena as white as the one she just left.

TechCrunch staff asks: What’s really the best Taylor Swift song?

Which Taylor tune is really the best? After realizing how many of us scribblers had an opinion on the matter, we decided to make our case in a public manner.

The Silicon Peach is still ripe: Atlanta’s venture ecosystem stands strong

TechCrunch conducted a city vibe check with those in the Atlanta area to see how the ecosystem is faring. The verdict? The Silicon Peach is doing just fine

SaaS startup Stimulus closes oversubscribed $2.5 million seed round

Her product is a hit with investors, the most notable of which include Morgan Stanley, The BFM Fund and Northwestern Mutual Futures Ventures.

Black Founders Matter ousts Black founder, morphs into BFM Fund

On May 31, days before the story about the Black Founders Matter pledge was published on TechCrunch, the fund presented its founder, Marceau Michel, with an offer to resign.

Digital marketplace Clutch closes $1.2M pre-seed round led by Precursor Ventures

The duo aims to democratize the tools needed for everyone to become a content creator.

Fintech Guava raises $2.4M to provide banking services to Black small-business owners

Founded last year, Guava aims to reduce the racial wealth gap by providing financial services to Black small businesses.

VCs and founders alike say investors should fold reproductive rights into ESG standards

In the post-Roe era, some VC investors and founders believe the social definition of ESG investing should expand to incorporate pressing human rights issues such as reproductive healthcare.

After Roe’s reversal, founders of women’s health startups prepare for battle

TechCrunch conducted a vibe check with the women founders taking themselves and their companies to the front lines of the fight for abortion.

What can Black VCs and founders expect in H2 2022?

There are billions of dollars to invest, so all that's needed is to put more of that capital to work in the businesses of minority founders.

Roe’s reversal will shake up how startups are built

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This is our Wednesday show, where we niche down to a single to

Roe reversal weighs heavily on emerging tech cities in red states

The recent increase in conservative legislation and political division could affect the tech landscape, deterring workers from migrating to these hubs and causing an exodus of talent from red states.

As the global venture capital market slows, Africa charts its own course

Experts say that most recent deals were finalized months before macroeconomic challenges hit the global VC landscape. This means there’s a lag in what’s reported as the current state of VC in Afri

One to watch: Debut Capital’s Pilar Johnson works to augment funding for overlooked founders

Debut Capital raised $1 million in three months. Its founder, Pilar Johnson, had no previous experience in the industry.

AI Squared raises $6M to help companies integrate AI into existing applications

AI Squared integrates AI it into existing applications in a timely and straightforward manner.

Backstage Capital cuts majority of staff after pausing net new investments

Hamilton said this could have been avoided if the "system we work within were different."

VCs shouldn’t confuse risk management with not funding diverse founders

"Clapping from the sidelines only goes so far."

It’s time for LPs to take more responsibility in the fight for economic equality

On an institutional level, the onus for change lies on those with the power to make it happen.
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