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

Reddit should go public at $5B, according to secondary data

If secondary buyers aren't buying shares at more than a $5 billion valuation, it wouldn't be wise for Reddit to price its IPO above that.

Black Tech Nation Ventures’ diversity thesis undeterred by growing DEI backlash

Black Tech Nation Ventures launched in 2021 to address the funding gap for Black founders amid a wave of venture diversity initiatives after the murder of George Floyd in 2020. Three years later, amon

Europe remains hard to crack for North American GPs

While North American VCs can see the potential value in backing European startups, it hasn't been easy for firms to launch strategies.

Zola wants to bring the wedding industry into the 21st century

Welcome back to Found, where we get the stories behind the startups. This week Becca and Dom are joined by Shan-Lyn Ma, the co-founder and CEO of Zola, an online platform for wedding planning and gift

Groover connects artists with tastemakers to help them find their audience

Groover offers a platform for independent musicians to connect with music curators and be able to better promote themselves.

Video game startups could be a bright spot for VC in 2024

Video game startups weren't immune to recent market pressures, but the industry heads into 2024 on better footing than some sectors.

Tigran Sloyan from CodeSignal talks closing the talent gap and mitigating bias in hiring

This week Becca and Dom are joined by Tigran Sloyan, the co-founder and CEO of skills assessment platform CodeSignal.

Deal Dive: VCs are no longer gunshy about firearm startups

Kai Kloepfer started biometric “smart” gun startup Biofire as a science fair project after the Aurora, Colorado, mass shooting in 2012 brought the U.S.’s gun violence problem close to ho

Why a B2B startup is placing a bet on a $7M Super Bowl ad

Papaya Global bought a Super Bowl ad slot with the hope of the commercial driving brand recognition for the software company.

How Beatrice Dixon bootstrapped until The Honey Pot found a home

This week Becca and Dom are joined by Beatrice Dixon, the CEO and co-founder of The Honey Pot.

Deal Dive: It’s time for VCs to break up with fast fashion

VCs have long supported fast-fashion companies but the controversies and lawsuits they draw makes them riskier investments.

Pitch competitions help level the playing field for underrepresented founders, but it isn’t enough

Pitch competitions are a bright spot for underrepresented founders but not without burdens that regular funding doesn't have.

Navigating media’s ups and downs with theSkimm co-founders

Welcome back to Found, where we get the stories behind the startups.

Deal Dive: Can AI fix lost and found?

Boomerang thinks so. It uses machine learning to match photos and descriptions of lost items to streamline the lost and found process.

Where gut health meets hypergrowth with Ben Goodwin from Olipop

Welcome back to Found, where we get the stories behind the startups. This week Becca and Dom are joined by Ben Goodwin, the co-founder and CEO of Olipop, a soda startup making low-sugar pop with probi

How Magic Spoon CEO knew it was time to transition from DTC to in-store retail

This week Becca and Dom are joined by Gabi Lewis, the co-founder and CEO of the cereal company Magic Spoon.

Will startup valuations start to recover in 2024? Investors aren’t so sure

Most VCs think valuations are close to the bottom, if not already there, but few think there will be any relief in 2024.

Countdown Capital winding down is not a bad omen for micro funds

As long as micro funds can be nimble enough to gain meaningful ownership, they shouldn't be too concerned about Countdown's fate.

Deal Dive: Tier and Dott’s merger is not a sign of what’s to come in M&A this year

M&A is expected to rise in 2024, but we won't likely see a lot of consolidation among startups that wouldn't make it on their own.

What happens to Carta now?

If a noticeable chunk of Carta startup and venture customers do leave, it would hurt the company's otherwise impressive revenue figures, but that seems unlikely to happen.
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