Natasha Mascarenhas

Natasha Mascarenhas

Senior Reporter

Natasha Mascarenhas is a senior reporter at TechCrunch covering early stage startups and venture capital trends. She also tracks the different networks that play into founder success, from loneliness to immigration. Before TechCrunch, Natasha reported on the same beat for Crunchbase News. She also has bylines in the Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, BostInno, and is proudly from New Jersey.

Reach Natasha via e-mail at natasha.m@techcrunch.com or through DM on Twitter @nmasc_.

The Latest from Natasha Mascarenhas

3 views: How wrong were our 2022 startup predictions?

How did our core startup theses for 2022 age in practice? Let's talk about acquisitions, usage-based pricing and open source.

FTX’s failure could be a stress test for corporate credit card startups

Startups serving startups feels a bit riskier in a post-FTX cryptocurrency era. Here's how Ramp, Brex and Rain are thinking.

Tech’s homogeneity problem

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OK, I take back what I said about tech layoffs

Welcome to Startups Weekly, a nuanced take on this week’s startup news and trends by Senior Reporter and Equity co-host Natasha Mascarenhas. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. Well, that did

TechCrunch staff on what we lose if we lose Twitter

While nobody knows what will happen to Twitter, we can't help but consider what we'd miss if it went away.

Pick your poison: Recruitment or retention?

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This week, Alex and Natasha discussed the latest and greatest

Bahama homes were purchased with FTX corporate funds

A new bankruptcy filing, first reported by CNBC, shows that FTX’s corporate funds were used to purchase homes in the Bahamas among other personal items. The details arise less than a week after the

SBF regrets declaring FTX bankrupt

The saga of FTX, formerly one of the world’s largest crypto exchanges that fell rapidly into bankruptcy, took a new turn today after Vox published a series of messages with its former CEO Sam Bankma

Unit’s banking-as-a-service platform is getting into the charge card game

If the banking-as-a-service fintech Unit does its job right, it will be ubiquitous among businesses and simultaneously have a name unknown to the end user. The company gives companies a way to embed f

Maven, now valued at $1.35 billion, is answering a countrywide demand: More fertility benefits

Maven, a women’s health clinic and benefits platform, has had no shortage of macroeconomic plot twists: From investors questioning its market size to the still on-going pandemic to, most recently, t

The power pendulum is swinging back to employers, isn’t it?

We talked with entrepreneur Nolan Church about the layoffs sweeping across the tech workforce -- and how to handle them better.

Tech layoffs may get worse before they 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 is our Wednesday show, where we niche down to a single pe

Laid off from your tech job? Day One wants to give you $100,000 to start a company

Day One Ventures, a venture firm launched in 2018 with a pitch to combine venture capital acumen with marketing and communications support, has launched a program aimed explicitly at those impacted by

Harmonic helps investors query the startup searches of their wildest dreams

Siri, show me fintech companies, founded in the last two years, that haven’t raised over the past year but have grown headcount by 100% in the same time frame; and can it be founded by Stanford

Tweep’s Twitter

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Jack Dorsey breaks his silence, owns ‘responsibility for why everyone is in this situation’ at Twitter

Jack Dorsey, who stepped down as Twitter CEO less than one year ago, finally addressed the layoffs that impacted approximately 50% of the company he co-founded in 2006. The workforce reduction, led by

Most of the unicorns aren’t

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. Oh what a week. What a week. Things are busier than ever at T

Revere is creating a ratings system for the venture capital industry

The venture capital industry is built on signals. Lead investors help close rounds, pro rata rights show promise of a company, and the partner title gives validity to folks within firms looking to clo

Digital bank Chime is cutting costs across the board – including 12% of staff

Digital bank Chime confirmed today that it is laying off 12% of its workforce, or about 160 people. The Information first reported the news. According to an internal memo obtained by TechCrunch, Chime

Investors are either ghosting, quiet quitting or rewriting their entire playbook

This week, Natasha Mascarenhas and Alex Wilhelm interviewed one of their favorite reporters, Business Insider's Melia Russell, on the Equity podcast.
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