Mary Ann Azevedo

Mary Ann is a Senior Reporter at TechCrunch.

The Latest from Mary Ann Azevedo

When VCs fund the thing you didn’t think they’d ever fund

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. Coming to hang with us at Disrupt, where Equity is kicking off

A Strava co-founder races into a lucrative market – lending against life insurance

Mark Shaw likes running around. The serial entrepreneur joined activity and fitness tracking platform Strava as a co-founder in 2009 to lead engineering as CTO. He spent eight years there, and as of i

Remofirst raises $14.1M to make it cheaper and easier for businesses to hire remote workers globally

Remote work has never been as accepted, or mainstream, as it is today. Yet some businesses hesitate to explore the option of hiring people in other countries because the prospect can be daunting and c

SMB-focused Pie Insurance raises $315M Series D

Pie Insurance, which provides workers’ compensation insurance to small businesses, has closed on a $315 million Series D round of funding. In 2021, the size of this round wouldn’t have turned head

Insurtech gets more specialized, with products just for e-bikes and factory-built homes

The ways in which we live and get around have evolved over the past few decades. For example, sales of e-bikes are outpacing sales of electric cars in the U.S., according to recent research. And pre-f

Varo’s bank charter milestone, more corporate cards and BNPL under a microscope

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Most fintechs partner with banks; Varo became one, and says it’s paying off

Last month, Varo Bank celebrated the two-year anniversary of obtaining its national bank charter. The move made Varo the first-ever all-digital nationally chartered U.S. consumer bank. The startup lau

Where’s the center of the startup world? Depends on which VC you ask

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. Alex, Natasha and Mary Ann jumped on the mic, with Theresa

Payall lands $10M in a16z-led seed round to help banks facilitate more cross-border payments

When financial institutions want to offer a debit card or credit card, they hire an issuing processor to help them with those services. When they want to offer merchants the ability to accept cards, t

Construction tech startup Kojo rebrands, expands and lands $39M in Series C funding

Kojo, a startup that aims to help construction companies in the U.S. manage their materials supply chains “seamlessly,” has raised $39 million in a Series C round of funding led by Battery Venture

Lease-to-own fintech startup Kafene raises $18M to battle BNPL

Kafene, a lease-to-own startup aimed at underbanked consumers who don’t have access to traditional credit, raised $18 million in a Series B funding round. While there are similarities to the buy now

Regulators appear to be growing increasingly wary of banks and fintech startups getting too cozy

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People are going back to the office — except in the Bay Area

Over the past decade, startups migrated north from Silicon Valley to make San Francisco the country’s hottest tech hub. The streets of the city were bustling as throngs of — mostly tech &#8212

Kim Kardashian and the financialization of trendsetters

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. What. A. Week. Alex, Natasha and Mary Ann jumped on the mic,

Our 10 favorite startups from YC’s S22 Demo Day: Part 2

This list is for fun, in no particular order -- just startups that stood out to TechCrunch reporters for one reason or another.

Mesh Payments closes on $60M as demand for its corporate spend offering surges

Financial management startup Mesh Payments has landed $60 million in new funding, 10 months after its last raise. Founded in Israel and now with headquarters in New York, Mesh Payments is one of a gro

Brex’s departing CRO explains his decision to join Founders Fund

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We Reali don’t know when real estate will get Better

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This was a Live Week, meaning that Alex, Natasha and Mary A

Fintech startup Alloy leans on fraud prevention to land new $1.55B valuation

When Alloy was founded in 2015, its mission was to help banks and fintechs make better identity and risk decisions using its single API service and SaaS offering.  Since that time, the startup has ev

Landa can make you a landlord with just $5

It’s safe to say that millions of Americans dream of becoming real estate investors but can’t or don’t due to a variety of challenges, including lack of accreditation, capital and time. So it’
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