Rebecca Szkutak

Becca is a senior writer at TechCrunch+ that covers venture capital trends and startups. She previously covered the same beat for Forbes and the Venture Capital Journal.

The Latest from Rebecca Szkutak

Deal Dive: Why this startup chose to sell itself over raising a Series A

Heroes Jobs realized that its user acquisition costs were too high to be successful as a solo company and decided to partner.

Digital Nomads need insurance too with Sarah Sandnes from SafetyWing

Welcome back to Found, where we get stories behind the startups. This week, Becca and Dom are joined by Sarah Sandnes, co-founder of SafetyWing.

Deal Dive: Gradiant is the new kind of unicorn worth getting excited about

The 10-year-old company that's been grinding away in a tough industry offers a lot of hints of what the unicorns of 2023 will look like.

The billionaires are trying to live longer… again

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 Mary Ann, Becca and Alex gathered to chew through t

The new rules of venture debt are already being written

Venture debt, in many ways, used to be an afterthought. But in the post-SVB world, raising this kind of debt is going to look very different.

5 investors discuss what’s in store for venture debt following SVB’s collapse

VCs don't think venture debt is going away anytime soon, but five investors said getting it now will look different than before.

Emerging managers shouldn’t rush a first close – even in this market

It may be tempting for managers to close on capital as soon as they have it in this quieter funding environment, but that's probably not the best move.

Motherhood, mentorship and management with Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan from Samooha

Welcome back to Found, where we get the stories behind the startups. This week Becca and Dom are joined by Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan, the co-founder and CEO at Samooha, a startup creating the in

Active founders make good investors, but do they make good VCs?

Data from AngelList shows that founder-led VC firms outperform but the data is incomplete. While the strategy works well, it has drawbacks, too.

Deal Dive: AI relationship coach Amorai offers more questions than answers

Amorai is creating an AI relationship coach but the startup isn't sharing what it could look like, and an AI expert isn't sure it would work.

Boxed wine can be bougie with Allison Luvera and Lauren De Niro Pipher from Juliet

Welcome back to Found, where we get the stories behind the startups. This week we welcome Dominic Madori-Davis to the show as the new cohost of Found! The team is also joined by Allison Luvera and Lau

Ascend raises $25 million for pre-seed AI startups in the Pacific Northwest

Investing in artificial intelligence (AI) startups is the latest bandwagon VCs are piling onto. But as last year’s crypto experts quickly work to rebrand as AI experts, they’ll have to com

Deal Dive: VC interest in wildfire tech grows as the world burns around us

As wildfires continue to become a larger threat, the group of entrepreneurs looking to create tech solutions grows with it.

Down rounds are a ‘ticket to try again,’ says founder who raised 3 in a row

Russ Wilcox, founder of E Ink, recently joined TechCrunch's Found podcast to talk about how he raised multiple down rounds before a successful exit.

Has the seed stage come back down to earth? It depends where you look

While some seed investors are seeing deal valuations soften, others are passing on companies still looking for too much.

Filling in the learning disability assessment gaps with Stefan Bauer from Marker Learning

Welcome back to Found, where we get the stories behind the startups. This week Darrell and Becca are joined by Stefan Bauer, the co-founder and CEO at Marker Learning, a startup that looks to make lea

How startups can produce social content that actually resonates

It's hard to win on social media, but Redpoint's head of content Rashad Assir thinks the potential rewards make it totally worth the grind.

Blank Street cracked the code on making coffee shops attractive to VC

Blank Street's focus on efficiency appeals to venture capitalists but time will tell if its approach draws in long-term customers.

Curing disease with CRISPR with Trevor Martin from Mammoth Biosciences

Welcome back to Found, where we get the stories behind the startups. This week Darrell and Becca are joined by Trevor Martin the co-founder and CEO of Mammoth Biosciences, a startup that uses CRISPR t

Yeah, the data is bad, but I’m still optimistic about emerging managers

Emerging managers saw the funding declines of 2022 continue into 2023. But I think the space is worth getting excited about.
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