Mary Ann Azevedo

Mary Ann is a Senior Reporter at TechCrunch.

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Branch snags $147M at a $1.05B valuation, showing that thorny insurtech market not impervious to growth

Branch, a startup offering bundled home and auto insurance, has raised $147 million in Series C funding at a postmoney valuation of $1.05 billion. Weatherford Capital, a family-owned private investmen

Former Better.com exec alleges company misled investors ahead of SPAC

One of Better.com’s former executives has filed a lawsuit against the online mortgage lender, alleging that the company and its CEO Vishal Garg misled investors when it attempted to go public via a

PayPal is finally allowing users to move their cryptocurrency to other wallets

In response to customer demand, PayPal announced today that its users will now be able to transfer cryptocurrency from their accounts to other wallets and exchanges. “This feature was the most deman

Ecuadorian payments infrastructure startup Kushki lands $100M at a $1.5B valuation

Ecuadorian payments infrastructure company Kushki has raised $100 million in an extension to its Series B round, more than doubling its valuation to $1.5 billion. The startup had raised $86 million in

Affirm and Klarna ramp up competing efforts to attract US consumers

Welcome to The Interchange, a take on this week’s fintech news and trends. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. Buy now, pay later has become nearly ubiquitous here in the U.S. As such, compan

Sheryl Sandberg, Substack and the art of still raising money for groceries

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 another live week from the Equity crew, meaning that

Insurtech Policygenius cuts 25% of staff, less than 3 months after raising $125M

Policygenius, an insurtech that raised $125 million in a Series E round less than three months ago, has reportedly laid off about 25% of its staff. The number of employees affected is not confirmed bu

Pulley raises $4.4M seed to shorten the construction permitting process ‘from months to days’

If you’ve ever had to get a construction permit, you know that the process can be very painful and time-consuming. There are many reasons for this, and they vary depending on where you are located a

Affirm teams up with Stripe as the BNPL wars intensify

Two fintech giants are partnering up. Affirm is making its buy now, pay later technology available to businesses that use Stripe’s payments tech. This means that a whole slew of companies that were

Finix goes head-to-head with Stripe

Welcome to The Interchange, a take on this week’s fintech news and trends. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. We’ve all been keeping up with the recent drama of Stripe vs. Plaid. Rather th

A ping-pong match between bulls and bears

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. Happily we were once again at full strength this week, with Al

Roofstock founder closes on $90M fund to back early-stage proptech startups

Early-stage proptech startups have a potential new source of capital in 1Sharpe Ventures, which recently closed its $90 million inaugural fund. Roofstock co-founder and chairman Gregor Watson and real

Fintech Bolt just laid off over 100 employees across engineering, sales and marketing

One-click checkout startup Bolt has laid off at least 100 employees and counting across go-to-market, sales and recruiting roles, sources say. CEO Maju Kuruvilla confirmed the workforce reduction in a

Zip lines up $43M at a $1.2B valuation for its growing ‘concierge for procurement’

The process to make any purchase within a business can be long and cumbersome, involving multiple departments and lots of back and forth. A pair of Airbnb alums have teamed up to build a software busi

PayPal laid off 83 employees as it reduces Bay Area presence

PayPal laid off dozens of employees from its San Jose headquarters, filings show. As first reported by The Information and later confirmed by Techcrunch, the layoffs impacted 83 employees. PayPal’s

Nowports streamlines LatAm’s shipping to deliver a $1.1B valuation

  Nowports, an automated digital freight forwarder in Latin America, has raised $150 million in a Series C funding round which values the company at $1.1 billion. For the unacquainted, digital fr

MainStreet’s valuation could fall 60% to $200 million amid investor recapitalization pursuit

Weeks after laying off about 30% of its staff, MainStreet is said to be raising another round of funding at a $200 million valuation, sources tell TechCrunch. The news is significant in that MainStree

Stripe and Plaid suit up for battle

Plaid and Stripe are now standing face to face, if not already on each other’s toes.

Venture’s mixed signals

Welcome back to The Interchange, the weekly TechCrunch series that looks at the latest — and what’s ahead — in the global fintech industry. It’s an incredible time to be a financial technology

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