Startups

Notch will sell you insurance in case your Instagram gets hacked

Getting hacked sucks. It’s even worse if you’re a digital creator whose social media accounts literally pay your bills. When creators get hacked, it can mean that they aren’t able to

4 climate tech investors sound off on Supreme Court’s EPA ruling

The U.S. was delivered a setback in its efforts to mitigate climate change. Investors are dismayed but still optimistic.

Retail investors or guinea pigs?

From early IPOs to startup crowdfunding, are non-professional investors assuming more risk than they should?

YC makes a Product Hunt, Product Hunt makes an a16z, a16z makes a YC

You can't avoid the chaotic, fascinating web of venture and startups these days.

Sequoia Capital reportedly raising two funds, and despite slower VC environment, it’s not alone

This news comes out just over a month after the venture capital giant warned founders to expect a longer economic recovery.

The end of a second straight month of layoffs in tech

June brought another wave of layoffs in tech, with cuts impacting roughly the same number of employees as May: 16,000 employees, according to tracker layoffs.fyi. Another layoff aggregator from TrueUp

Most startups were overvalued before 2021, and now it’s causing problems

In a normalizing market like this one, once-inflated valuations can become a big problem, particularly for founders, employees and early investors.

TechCrunch+ roundup: SaaS success stats, leveraging ad tech chaos, 2022 layoff trends

I remember the dread I felt as a startup worker during downturns when I read about mass layoffs at tech firms that had previously been considered ascendant.

OpenSea’s $13B valuation doesn’t make sense as NFT trading volumes plunge

The web3 faithful will note that the NFT market goes up and down, and as it is down today, it will go up again. That may be true, and it may even be correct soon. Today, however, it is not true.

Fintech Klarna reportedly raising at a $6.5B valuation, giving new meaning to the phrase ‘down round’

In a sign of the times, Swedish buy now, pay later giant Klarna is reportedly close to inking a new round of funding that would slash its valuation to $6.5 billion — about 1/7 of what the compan

AI-powered photo stock startup Wirestock lands partnership with Getty Images

As a stock photographer, taking great photos is often only just a tiny part of the job. To run a successful business, keywording, categorizing, captioning and all the other admin that goes with it can

Recurring revenue growth is the key to overcoming economic headwinds

Capchase concluded that "best-in-class" SaaS startups are still growing and that unit economics are reliable predictors of future success.

Short video app Triller confidentially files to go public

TikTok rival Triller has confidentially submitted to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission paperwork for an initial public offering of its Class A common stock. The announcement comes as the com

When do layoffs matter? Trick question — always

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This was a live week on the podcast, meaning that Mary Ann and

Promoted grabs more funding to help e-commerce marketplaces achieve profitability

For many marketplaces, those search, recommendation and ad functions are typically siloed, but Promoted has them all under one umbrella.

Visby Medical tests positive for a Series E extension at $1B+ valuation

Medical diagnostics company Visby Medical raised $100 million in a Series E round earlier this year. Today, the company told me it extended that round by an additional $35 million at the same valuatio

3 questions for the startup market as we enter Q3

What will Q3 2022 bring for global startups? Let's talk through what we're tracking, expecting and perhaps even dreading.

Fleetzero begins its search for the first giant ship to convert to battery power

Fleetzero has an ambitious goal: to compete with global shipping companies with its own boats, powered entirely by electricity. The company just secured $15.5 million in new funding and is looking for

Here’s Carta’s response to venture becoming more global

Equity service platform Carta has acquired Vauban, an online platform that helps investors back private companies from end to end.

What to look for when hiring a growth marketing agency

The rapid expansion of the growth marketing industry has created a significant problem for startups looking to hire.
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