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

When your startup’s core mission is set to be overturned

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How close are we to understanding what’s going on?

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Tech employees face another tough week of cross-stage layoffs

Unfortunately, there’s more where last week came from. Following last week’s slew of layoffs in tech, this week had another dose of staff cuts across tech companies. Impact was felt across

Scott Galloway’s edtech startup, Section4, lays off a quarter of staff

Section4, an upskilling startup launched by prominent NYU professor Scott Galloway, has laid off a quarter of staff sources say. The layoffs, which occurred last week, affected employees across all le

Leland breaks into the coaching space with a focus on careers, not classes

The coaching world is crowded. There’s BetterUp, a re-skilling platform that wants to bring executive coaching to employees, and Sounding Board, which mixes SaaS and coaching services. Not to mentio

Tech layoffs don’t happen to companies, they happen to people

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AboveBoard’s $6 million seed will help place underrepresented folks in executive roles

Lucinda Duncalfe, CEO and founder of AboveBoard, knows that she’s not the first to try to disrupt hiring pipelines in order to better position diverse candidates. But, the seasoned entrepreneur is o

Freada and Mitch Kapor are ‘stepping back’ from Kapor Capital

Kapor Capital co-founders Freada and Mitch Kapor are stepping back from the venture capital firm they launched over a decade ago. In a blog post announcing the news, the Kapor’s say that Uriridiakog

Modern Fertility co-founder leaves Ro a year after acquisition

Modern Fertility co-founder Afton Vechery is leaving healthcare unicorn Ro about a year after her company, built alongside co-founder Carly Leahy, was sold for north of $225 million. According to an i

The Great Resignation, meet the Great Reset

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Need advice on navigating a tough startup market? Start here

The market for startup investment has changed. From the hottest year in startup VC history to a period of pessimism, how did we get here? This digest of TechCrunch coverage looks to answer that.

Post-pandemic reset leads to wave of layoffs in tech

OK, maybe it is a reckoning. Over the past week, we’ve witnessed an alarming amount of layoffs across the startup ecosystem, from buzzy, big names like Cameo, On Deck and Robinhood, to B2B platforms

Stripe is playing checkers with Plaid

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On Deck cuts 25% of staff, scales back accelerator

On Deck, a tech company that connects founders to each other, capital and advice, has laid off 25% off its staff, per sources familiar with the company. The layoffs were announced today during an inte

Fintech MainStreet cuts about 30% of staff, citing ‘incredibly rough market’

MainStreet, a startup that helps other startups uncover tax credits that was valued at $500 million last year, has laid off about 30% of its staff, according to a tweet from CEO Doug Ludlow. In that t

200 investments in, Backstage Capital is pivoting to fund only existing portfolio companies

Backstage Capital, founded by Arlan Hamilton in 2015, has officially invested in 200 companies led by historically overlooked founders. And that’s all, for now. Going forward, the firm will only

The BNPL crackdown hasn’t crushed Walnut and its latest $110M Series A

Walnut was founded by Roshan Patel and Yash Joshi to bring the buy now, pay later model to healthcare, arguably the home of some of the least transparent and taxing financial transactions. After being

Cameo conducts layoffs a year after hitting unicorn status

Cameo, a platform that allows fans to buy personalized videos from celebrities, has laid off 87 members of its staff, according to a tweet from CEO Steven Galanis. The layoffs, as first reported by Th

Afore’s fresh $150 million fund includes a plan to standardize the pre-seed world

Venture firm Afore Capital first splashed on the scene with the aim to institutionalize that angels, friends and family round. Now, after investing in over 80 companies over five years, the eight-pers

OK, this one is for the crypto-curious

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