Natasha Mascarenhas

Natasha Mascarenhas

Reporter

Natasha Mascarenhas is a 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

Mentor Collective shakes off its boots to scale student support services

Mentorship is a crucial ingredient to a student’s success. The demand for a platform to make the art of advice more accessible is thus easy for entrepreneurs to identify then pitch, but the serendip

Data wants to disrupt your deal flow (again)

Welcome to Startups Weekly, a fresh human-first take on this week’s startup news and trends. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. AngelList’s recently closed early-stage venture fund brings

Is algorithmic VC investment compatible with due diligence?

In algorithmic investing, investors use a company’s metrics to decide whether to participate in a deal. But when the art of choice is factored out, it becomes more difficult to perform deep due dili

Wordle’s Blizzard of transparency

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How many unicorns are just piñatas filled with expired candy?

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To reinvent itself in telehealth, Wheel lands $150 million Series C

When Michelle Davey was first building Wheel, a healthcare platform that helps staff clinical workforces, she had to convince investors on two visions: one, that consumers will soon demand high-qualit

Is this the year that we get our dream back-channeling platform?

Welcome to Startups Weekly, a fresh human-first take on this week’s startup news and trends. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. Among many of the entrepreneur catchphrases out there, the on

The friends with benefits of the financial world

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Dorm Room Fund returns to campus with new $10.4 million fund

Dorm Room Fund, a venture capital operation that launched to invest in student-led startups, has raised a new $10.4 million fund, per SEC filings. The filing marks Dorm Room Fund’s largest fund to d

Would you marry your investors?

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Harry’s files paperwork for fresh $139.9M financing

Harry’s goal since birth was to target incumbents in the global shave market, which is forecasted to reach $22.5 billion by 2030.

Career Karma lands $40M to evolve into an edtech employee benefit

Career Karma raised its first millions off of a pitch that resonates with anyone who has ever googled coding bootcamps: a navigation tool for aspiring students and working professionals. Instead of cr

The end of the demo day, dilution and other startup accelerator resolutions

Welcome to Startups Weekly, a fresh human-first take on this week’s startup news and trends. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. In April 2020, NextView VC launched its debut accelerator in t

Startup accelerators’ definition of ‘value add’ is due for a refresh

Much has changed about the way launch pads for startups look, feel and show value today. The earliest investors are rethinking signaling risk, dilution and even the worth of a traditional demo day.

VC Joe Lonsdale’s tweets about ‘woke’ tech diversity spark investor pushback

Last week, in response to a Black entrepreneur who said VCs are racist, venture capitalist and entrepreneur Joe Lonsdale attributed disparities in venture capital investing to “average black culture

3 views: Pay attention to these startup theses in 2022

Natasha Mascarenhas, Alex Wilhelm and Anna Heim explain their perspectives on the startup models we can expect to see in 2022.

The Equity team’s 2022 predictions

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. As is tradition on the show, we used the last episode of the ye

3 views: How due diligence will change in 2022

TechCrunch’s Alex Wilhelm, Natasha Mascarenhas and Mary Ann Azevedo, the trio behind the Equity podcast, dive into what's in store for startup due diligence.

Kimberly Bryant’s suspension surfaces ongoing tensions at Black Girls Code

On the morning of December 21st, Kimberly Bryant, CEO and co-founder of nonprofit organization Black Girls Code, learned that she could no longer access her work e-mail. The board of directors at the

Remembering the startups we lost in 2021

When we penned the intro for this piece last year, little did we know that — in many ways — we’d still be deep in it by the time 2021’s feature rolled around. Amid another holiday seas
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