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Fintech investors appear to be favoring later-stage deals as sector takes a hit, recent data shows

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25 French unicorns, 25 French unicorns, do I hear 100?

French President Emmanuel Macron hopes there will be 100 French unicorns by 2030. Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire, 10 homegrown decacorns. But shouldn't we all dream of centaurs instead?

Startup layoffs, the art of reinvention and a MasterClass in change

Changes within a particular startup can be used as benchmark questions for their larger market; in other words, we can use the micro to better understand the macro.

Daily Crunch: Months after rejecting a $17B bid, Zendesk sells to private equity group for $10.2B

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TechCrunch+ roundup: Non-dilutive biotech capital, long-term angel investing, WayRay’s $80M pitch deck

As a veteran startup worker who has been laid off during economic downturns, it's dissonant to hear investors say this is a good time to launch a software startup. They're not wrong, however.

VCs shouldn’t confuse risk management with not funding diverse founders

"Clapping from the sidelines only goes so far."

Late-stage tech companies must do right by their employees: Reassess your 409A valuations

Though it may seem counterintuitive, a lowered valuation could reap benefits for your employees and your company’s recruitment efforts.

How I navigated my pregnancy as a Series A founder

While the experience wildly varies from woman to woman, and there is no "correct" path to take, I want to share what worked for me while I was a pregnant founder and CEO.

Startups must reevaluate how they hire and develop talent

If you’re still thinking of a four-year degree as a requirement for your revenue teams, you’re missing out on a huge talent base.

The new unicorn litmus test

Zendesk agreed to sell itself to an investor collective for $10.2 billion. An 11-figure sale of any company is notable, but in the case of Zendesk, it's not for the reasons you might initially expect.

All this startup news, and we didn’t even talk about Juul

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Today Natasha and Alex were on the mics, kicking back and riffing t

How to use human-centered AI with Forethought and NEA

Deon Nicholas is the CEO and co-founder of Forethought, the AI company whose mission is to transform customer experiences with human-centered AI. Forethought has raised over $100 million in venture ca

​​Forests are a multitrillion-dollar asset. Vibrant Planet bets SaaS can save them

Vibrant Planet is definitely a software play — from its cloud focus to its per-seat licenses, it’s SaaS through and through — but its end goal is different from many others.

Zomato acquires Blinkit for $568 million in instant-grocery delivery push

Zomato has acquired Blinkit, a struggling 10-minute grocery delivery startup, in a $568.1 million all-stock deal as the loss-making food delivery firm looks to broaden its offerings at a time when its

3 views on why startup math may soon get a lot more creative

The terms are relative, and it’s the job of a journalist to get as close to the truth as possible (and push back when fluff is used as a replacement for truth).

Dublin-based corporate gifting platform &Open raises $26M Series A led by Molten Ventures

Last year we covered how “&Open” (yes, “ampersand open,” pronounced “And Open”) had raised a raised $7.2 million seed to make it easier for brands to send gifts to customers to boost l

India’s central bank cracks down on fintech startups

For nearly all fintech startups, lending has long been the end game. A notice from India’s central bank this week has thrown a wrench into the ecosystem, scrutinizing just who all can lend. The Rese

Wondermed pulls $4,600K out of a hole to ply you with ketamine

For those of us who’ve been a little bit wobbly on the mental health front over the past couple of years, there are a bunch of options starting to crop up. The on-demand chat-based therapy optio

Daily Crunch: London-based SumUp pins $8.5B valuation with $624M debt-equity round 

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Security-as-code startup Jit comes out of stealth with $38.5M in seed funding

Jit, a startup that helps developers automate product security by codifying their security plans and workflows as code that can then be managed in a code repository like GitHub, today announced that i
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