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

Twitter rivals, unicorn trivia and valuation homework

Welcome back to Equity, the podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. It’s Tuesday, not Monday, but hey, the week ahead is as busy as

Clearco co-founder Michele Romanow steps down, cuts 30% of staff

In pursuit of profits, Clearco co-founder Michele Romanow has stepped down as chief executive of the company around a year after assuming the official role. The shift comes alongside yet another round

The slow-burn standardization of venture capital

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Is it time for a Common App for startup founders?

Is it time for a Common App that helps startup founders pitch a ton of investors all at once? Afore Capital wants to make it happen.

Frank-ly, the Kardashian method won’t work for SBF

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, Natasha was joined by Mary Ann Azevedo and Rebecca

Career Karma’s latest layoff underscores edtech’s new challenge

Learning navigation platform Career Karma has laid off another 22 people across its global and domestic workforce, less than five months after it cut 60 staff members, according to sources. CEO and co

Stripe’s internal valuation gets cut to $63 billion

Stripe, a richly valued payments startup, has cut its internal valuation yet again, according to sources familiar with the manner. It is now valued, internally, at $63 billion. The cut, first reported

Carta lays off 10% as CTO lawsuit looms

Carta, an equity management platform that was last privately valued at $7.4 billion, has cut 10% of its staff, confirming earlier rumors that a workforce reduction was going to happen. Judging by Link

Will what happened at CES, stay at CES?

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 t

Some investors are (cautiously) implementing ChatGPT in their workflows

For investors, ChatGPT’s surge isn’t just an inspiration for them to run and back the next big AI tool.

Generative AI’s Magic Leap

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Labor trends in 2023: Over-employment, fatigue and hope

Welcome to Startups Weekly, a nuanced take on this week’s startup news and trends by Senior Reporter and Equity co-host Natasha Mascarenhas.

CES, NYE, SBF and FTX. Lol.

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Burned by layoffs, tech workers are rethinking risk

Tech isn’t as collegial as it used to be. Rocket ships are being unveiled as sputtering messes, mission-driven startups don’t feel so mission oriented when responding to investor pressure, and wid

Remember how this whole working thing works?

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Here’s how you described the tech industry’s 2022 in a headline

As readers know, we have fun with headlines on this site. But clearly, so do all of you. As part of our end-of-the-year coverage, the Equity podcast team asked listeners to write a headline that repre

Remembering the startups we lost in 2022

It’s been a year. This roundup is never a particularly fun one to write. No one wants to see startups fail, but we’re all keenly aware that most ultimately do. A commonly cited figure suggest that

Tech’s latest controversy? The return of the five-day, in-person work week

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Equity’s 2023 predictions on the future of building, crypto and AI

Hello and welcome back to Equity, the podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. To end the year, we are bringing back our predictions episod

Juno raises millions to provide family-first healthcare from Inglewood to Harlem

Even after billions of venture capital raised and invested into the digital health space, it’s still difficult to access quality healthcare. And while that may raise questions as to whether a scrapp
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