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VSC Ventures adds $14 million to its storytelling-meets-checkbook investment pitch

It’s a hard time to be building in public. Which means that it’s a hard time to tell your story as an entrepreneur. Which means that for a new venture firm like VSC, which offers public relations

ThreatX raises a fresh round of capital to protect APIs and web apps

ThreatX, a vendor selling API protection services to mainly enterprise clients, today announced that it raised $30 million in a Series B funding round led by Harbert Growth Partners with participation

Choose your angel: Learn how they invest and what motivates them

How angels invest shapes your cap table, how many investors you need to wrangle signatures from and how many headaches you have to deal with down the road.

Malwarebytes lays off 125 employees citing ‘strategic reorg’

Cybersecurity giant Malwarebytes has laid off 125 employees, or about 14% of its global workforce. News of the layoffs began circulating on LinkedIn last week, with former employees sharing that they

Cloudera launches its all-in-one SaaS data lakehouse

Cloudera, the Hadoop-centric big data company that IPO’d in 2017 and then went private again in a $5.3 billion deal in 2021, is now putting its emphasis on becoming the unified data fabric for h

Web3 giant Parity Technologies teams up with Watr over platform to track ethical commodities

As the U.S. and Europe bake in abnormal summer heat, the climate continues to climb up the world’s agenda. With everyone now talking about energy, how commodities are traded is also becoming a talki

Reddit launches a new developer portal to give third-party apps and bots a boost

Any Redditor knows that the best thing about Reddit is bearing witness to the strange and occasionally brilliant stuff that the community itself comes up with — and the company is well aware of that

As a startup founder, you really need to understand how venture capital works

Once you're on the VC-fueled treadmill, you can't easily step back off.

Spotify and Samsung expand their partnership in 2022, with more pre-installs, integrations and free trials

Spotify is again expanding its 2018 partnership with Samsung in 2022, the company announced. This year, Samsung and Spotify are working together on a number of cross-platform integrations involving Sa

How Typewise got into YC after pivoting to B2B productivity

Swiss startup Typewise is showing the power of sticking at it: The team behind patented text prediction technology — whose fascination with typing productivity started off as a consumer keyboard

TikTok launches new ad solutions with smarter targeting and amplified product discovery

TikTok announced today that it’s launching a new commerce ad suite called “Shopping Ads” to make it easier for brands to advertise on the platform. The company is currently testing t

TechCrunch launches TheTruthSpy spyware lookup tool

TechCrunch today launched a spyware lookup tool that allows anyone to check if their Android device was compromised by a fleet of consumer-grade spyware apps, including TheTruthSpy. The aim is to help

Learn why to pitch a vision and not metrics on today’s TechCrunch Live 12:00 p.m. PDT/3:00 p.m. EDT

I’m thrilled to have Ethena’s CEO Roxanne Petraeus and Homebrew’s Hunter Walk on TechCrunch Live this week to speak on the importance of pitching a vision and strategies used to tackle and g

Investment in infrastructure is critical for crypto startups, not a ‘nice to have’

It's said that the best investment opportunity in a gold rush is the business selling the picks and shovels. But an even better place to invest is the land all those shops and miners need to rent.

Kickstarter sent password reset emails to millions of users, but didn’t tell anyone why

Crowdfunding website Kickstarter sparked fears overnight of a possible security incident after the company sent unsolicited password reset emails to millions of users without prior explanation. The em

Google Cloud will shutter its IoT Core service next year

Google Cloud announced this week that it’s shutting down its IoT Core service, giving customers a year to move to a partner to manage their IoT devices. The announcement appeared at the top of the I

Highbeam inks $7M to shine light on e-commerce-specific banking needs

By focusing on e-commerce, Highbeam is able to provide a single financial view of the business and help entrepreneurs decide the right cash and credit options.

Let’s officially stop comparing Adam Neumann and Elizabeth Holmes

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 to

HR startup HiBob’s valuation surges 50% to $2.45B on a $150M raise

Cloud-based human resource (HR) platform HiBob today announced that it has raised $150 million in a Series D round of funding at a $2.45 billion valuation. This represents a nearly 50% increase compa

Israel’s venture slowdown lags due to ecosystem’s founder mentality

While the venture scene in Israel mirrors the same funding pullback as other geographies, it seems to be doing so with fewer negative outcomes.
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