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

Ego-ish and how tech’s main characters are all a bit different

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 to

3 views: Predicting 2023’s key startup themes

A good way to be wrong is to predict the future. A good way to be incredibly and embarrassingly wrong is to predict the future in a medium that is public and everlasting.

Copycats can drown  

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. To end the yea

Tech’s growth story shifted this year. How has that impacted transparency?

Vijay Chattha, a seasoned startup comms expert, appeared on the Equity podcast to talk with Natasha Mascarenhas about startup storytelling and vulnerability.

Are we bullfighting in Spain? Because that’s a red flag

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. For the last time in 2022, the whole Friday gang got together

BloomTech, previously Lambda School, cuts half of staff

A little over a year after buzzy coding bootcamp Lambda School rebranded as Bloom Institute of Technology, the venture-backed startup is conducting massive layoffs, according to sources. The workforce

SBF claims massive ignorance on obvious conflicts in FTX downfall

“I didn’t ever try to commit fraud on anyone, I was shocked by what happened this month,” Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), the founder and former chief executive of the fallen FTX, said at The New York

Frequent conflict is a new requirement for startup leaders

Leadership coach Karla Monterroso talks about layoffs, conflict and management amid a downturn.

How tech PR’s job changed in 2022

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What’s next on crypto’s chopping block?

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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

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

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?

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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
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