Mary Ann Azevedo

Mary Ann is a Senior Reporter at TechCrunch.

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B12 raises $15.7M to become the Shopify for professional services firms

When it comes to the digital world, many professional service firms are still working to get caught up — especially the smaller players. Today, B12, a startup that is focused on helping those sm

Tiger Global and a slew of high-profile investors make a $35M bet on LatAm fintech Pomelo

Just over five months after raising a $9 million seed funding round, Latin American fintech Pomelo announced today that it is raising $35 million in Series A financing led by Tiger Global Management.

PayPal said to be exploring potential acquisition of Pinterest

In what would be a blockbuster acquisition, PayPal is reportedly exploring the purchase of social media company Pinterest, according to Bloomberg. According to the publication, San Jose, California-ba

UpEquity, a digital mortgage startup that makes all cash offers, secures $50M in debt and equity

UpEquity, a digital mortgage company that makes cash offers on a buyer’s behalf, announced today it has raised $20 million in equity funding and secured $30 in debt financing. S3 Ventures led the eq

Brazil’s Hash raises $40M in a round led by QED and Kaszek for its white-label payments software

Hash, a payment infrastructure fintech, announced today that it has raised $40 million in a Series C funding round co-led by QED Investors and Kaszek. The raise comes just six months after the Brazili

BluePallet raises $5M to take its chemical industry marketplace global

BluePallet, an online marketplace connecting manufacturers with the chemical industry, announced today that it has raised $5 million in a funding round led by Vinmar Ventures, a subsidiary of petroche

SoftBank, Amazon, Accel and others put $108M in Brazilian banking and payments infra provider Pismo

There is no question that fintech has exploded in recent years. But along with that, we have also seen a related surge in funding into companies that provide the infrastructure that financial institut

With customers like Coinbase and Shopify, remote hiring startup Deel raises $425M at a $5.5B valuation

As more people continue to work remotely, organizations globally have had to adjust — particularly when it comes to onboarding new employees and figuring out how to pay them, in some cases, acro

Coinbase goes fishing for OpensSea’s catch

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week was one of our strongest shows yet, with a wide diversity

Founded by ex-Braintree and PayPal execs, Pagos raises $10M to offer API-driven payment intelligence

Pagos, a payment intelligence infrastructure startup founded by former Braintree and PayPal execs, has raised $10 million in seed funding. Started earlier this year, the remote-first Pagos is building

What chip shortage? MagicCube raises $15M to ‘replace all chips,’ starting with POS terminals

MagicCube, a mobile security startup, has raised $15 million in a round led by Mosaik Partners. Bold Capital, Epic Ventures, card-reader/POS hardware maker ID Tech and unnamed individual investors in

Zeus Living closes on $55M to offer flexible, furnished rentals as it expands beyond corporate housing

During the pandemic and shift to remote work that came with it, many people took advantage of their newfound flexibility to try living in different places. One startup poised to benefit from this is Z

Matik raises $20M to automate the process of creating personalized customer presentations

Matik, which has created automated data-driven software for customizing Google Slides or PowerPoint presentations, has raised $20 million in a Series A funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z).

From $0 in revenue to a $7.25B valuation: Why TripActions’ $275M raise has fintech to thank

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, TripActions was primarily known for merging many aspects of corporate trip booking — flights, hotels and rental cars — with expense tracking. But Palo Alto-based T

Nelo joins the BNPL rush, with $20M in new funding and the Mexican market in its sights

Buy now, pay later (BNPL) has been making headlines all over the place this year — from Square’s planned acquisition of Afterpay to Affirm going public. Still, Latin America remains an under-p

Alviere lands $70M in funding to help brands offer bespoke financial products and services

Alviere, an embedded finance startup that aims to help any brand deliver financial products and services to its customers and employees, announced today it has closed $70 million of new funding. In Ap

Productfy raises $16M to build ‘DeFi for traditional finance’

Productfy Inc., a banking-as-a-service (BaaS) platform that aims to build “DeFi for traditional finance,” has raised $16 million in a Series A round of funding led by CM Ventures. Existing backers

Community is the new AI

Natasha and Mary Ann and Alex were all aboard this week with Grace on the dials, which meant that we had a flat lovely time recording Equity for you. Of course, Equity is TechCrunch’s ventu

Global startups raise $158B in Q3, an all-time record

We're beginning to see why it feels so busy out there. It is!

Mark Cuban-backed Otto raises $4.5M to turn car equity into credit

Otto, a fintech startup which aims to allow people to tap into their vehicle’s equity for access to credit, has raised $4.5 million in a seed round of funding. The Dallas-based company is building a
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