Mary Ann Azevedo

Mary Ann is a Senior Reporter at TechCrunch.

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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

Y Combinator-backed CostCertified lands $8.45M to build the ‘Amazon for construction’

CostCertified, a Canadian startup which provides real-time, interactive residential construction estimates, raised $8.45 million in a seed round of funding. FUSE, a Pacific Northwest venture firm whic

Copper Banking adds $9M in funding as digital banks clamor for teen customers

Copper Banking, a digital banking service aimed at teens, announced today it has raised a total of $13.3 million in seed funding. PSL Ventures, an arm of Pioneer Square Labs, led a $4.3 million raise

Sure raises $100M at a $550M valuation to help companies launch insurance products with its ‘flexible’ APIs

Sure, an insurance infrastructure startup, announced today that it has closed on $100 million in Series C funding at a $550 million valuation. New York-based Declaration Partners and European growth i

From bootstrapped to a $417M valuation, Chile’s Buk raises $50M for its HR management platform

Chile’s Buk, which has developed a human resources management platform for Latin American companies, announced today that it has raised $50 million in a Series A funding round that values the compan

Senior care startup Honor secures $370M in debt and equity, reaches unicorn status

Senior care can be a sensitive topic as many older people find themselves in situations where they need care, but are not to the point where they need the kind of around-the-clock care provided by nur

Index, Sequoia and Canvas investors weigh in on how to raise your first dollars

Founders seeking to raise their first round of capital may feel overwhelmed with the prospect. There is definitely plenty of capital out there, but there are also a lot of startups clamoring for it.

Stable raises $46.5M in Greycroft-led round to help businesses manage ‘volatile’ commodity prices

Stable, an insurtech aiming to help minimize a businesses’ risk due to volatile commodity prices, today announced it has raised $46.5 million in a Series A round of funding led by Greycroft. Notion

Why and when startups should look to diverse sources of capital

Venture capital is a popular source of capital for early-stage startups, but it's not the only one. Debt is an increasingly popular alternative, as is non-dilutive, revenue-based financing.

Vareto raises $24M from GV, Menlo and all-star angels to reinvent financial planning for enterprises

Vareto, a startup aiming to help companies conduct more forward-looking financial planning and analysis, is coming out of stealth today with $24 million in total funding. GV (formerly Google Ventures)

Here for influencer-branded mac and cheese

Natasha and Mary Ann and Alex were all aboard this week under the guidance of Chris and Grace, meaning that we were running full-strength for our roundup of this super busy week. Before we ho

Accel, Tiger and Stripe’s COO back Mexico City-based Higo as it raises $23M for its B2B payments platform

Just six months after raising $3.3 million in seed funding, Mexico City-based Higo announced today it has raised $23 million in a Series A round led by Accel. Tiger Global Management also participated

Alloy raises $100M at a $1.35B valuation to help banks and fintechs fight fraud with its API-based platform

Alloy, which has built an identity operating system for banks and fintechs, announced Thursday that it has raised $100 million at a $1.35 billion valuation. Lightspeed Venture Partners led the Series

Found comes out of stealth with $32M in funding, former Bumble exec as its new CEO

Found, a startup focused on weight care management, is emerging from stealth today with $32 million in total funding and the news that it has appointed former Bumble COO Sarah Jones Simmer as its new

Sisu Data raises $62M to stop companies from making clouded business mistakes

Sisu Data, which aims to help businesses make better decisions, announced today it has raised $62 million in a Series C round of funding led by Green Bay Ventures. Existing backers Andreessen Horowitz

Ocrolus lands $80M at a $500M+ valuation to automate document processing for fintechs and banks

If you’ve ever had to take out a loan, you know just how many documents are involved in the approval process. It’s a lot. The process is tedious and time-consuming, and in many more cases than you

Global Founders Capital leads $9.3M investment into Awning, a real estate brokerage for individual investors

Earning passive income as an investor in single-family rental homes is a dream for many, but also something that can be intimidating to break into. Awning is a startup that aims to make the process le

Meru Health secures $38M in equity and debt for ‘holistic’ online mental health platform

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly been devastating on many levels. But if there’s any silver lining in the global crisis, it could be that it’s less taboo to talk about feeling anxious, depres
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