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

Black Girls Code founder Kimberly Bryant has been fired by her board

Kimberly Bryant is officially out from Black Girls Code, eight months after being indefinitely suspended from the organization that she founded. In a statement provided to TechCrunch, a Black Girls Co

VSC Ventures adds $14 million to its storytelling-meets-checkbook investment pitch

It’s a hard time to be building in public. Which means that it’s a hard time to tell your story as an entrepreneur. Which means that for a new venture firm like VSC, which offers public relations

Let’s officially stop comparing Adam Neumann and Elizabeth Holmes

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Pomelo exits stealth mode with $20M seed to rethink international money transfer

Eric Velasquez Frenkiel had a seemingly simple thought when visiting his family in the Philippines, impressed by the cashless economy that had formed. Instead of sending money to his family once a yea

Six conversations that bring nuance to tech’s layoff wave

This cycle of tech layoffs has been consistent yet highly nuanced. No two layoffs are the same, both when comparing two separate companies which happened to have cut a fifth of staff in the same hour

Tech industry reacts to Adam Neumann’s a16z-backed return to real estate

WeWork co-founder and former chief executive Adam Neumann’s career arc has felt synonymous with the rise and eventual fall of unicorn dreams. The entrepreneur, whose fall from grace has attracted gl

Startup yachts, Adam Neumann and wait what year is it again?

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You’re not that special (I swear, there’s a startup angle here)

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So, when is the SoftBank Execution Fund III dropping?

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Digital health unicorn Truepill conducts third round of layoffs in 2022

Truepill, a platform that helps other companies offer diagnostics, telehealth services and prescriptions, has conducted its third mass layoff in a string of workforce reductions, sources tell TechCrun

7 investors discuss why edtech startups must go back to basics to survive

Investors are preparing for a time of going heads down, helping their portfolio companies that want to prioritize growth instead of raising more capital, and rethinking their metrics of success.

Edtech isn’t special anymore, and that’s a good thing

Edtech is facing a reality check in the form of discipline. Investors explained that while the whole startup ecosystem is slower this year, edtech hasn’t escaped that trend.

Finix raises $30 million as fintech’s spotlight picks its sides

Finix announced today that it has raised $30 million in new venture capital, bringing its total known raised to $133 million. The round comes nearly two years after the do-it-yourself payments company

Founders, whales and the sea change in the entrepreneurial energy

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Haus, a VC-backed aperitif startup, is up for sale after Series A falls through

Haus launched in 2019 as an answer to a generation’s craving for a more transparent alcohol brand, raising millions in venture funding from angels such as Casey Neistat, Away co-founder Jen Rubio an

Groupon cuts over 500 staff, plans to focus ‘only on mission-critical activities’ from now on

Chicago-based Groupon today laid off more than 500 of its employees — 15% of its 3,416-person headcount — according to posts from former employees on social media. The reduction impacted w

Venture investors to founders: Turn down for what?

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Investors prepare for a founder downturn. Or influx. Wait, what?

There are two sides forming in early-stage venture capital: the investors who admit that talent has shifted and those who stand by deal flow that is as loud as ever.

A troubling startup layoff trend has emerged

We don’t need to tell you about the layoffs that are defining the tech landscape right now, concentrated particularly in late-stage companies that are struggling to raise extension rounds and grow i

Robinhood’s hangover, YC’s reduction and Uber’s return to form

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