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Airbnb, Automattic and Pinterest top rank of most acquisitive unicorns

It takes a lot more than a good idea and the right timing to build a billion-dollar company. Talent, focus, operational effectiveness and a healthy dose of luck all play a part.

FanDuel co-founder Tom Griffiths just closed a seed round for his decidedly noncontroversial new startup, Hone

Tom Griffiths has founded four companies, two of which “weren’t much to write home about,” he jokes. The third captured the world’s attention: FanDuel, the fantasy sports compa

Unicorns aren’t special anymore

There are 145 "active unicorns" today worth an aggregate valuation of $555.9 billion. In 2013, there were just 39.

In venture capital, it’s still the age of the unicorn

Howie Xu Contributor Share on Twitter Howie Xu is the vice president of artificial intelligence and machine learning at Zscaler. He previously co-founded TrustPath and served as an entrepreneur in res

VCs say Silicon Valley isn’t the gold mine it used to be

In the days leading up to TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018, The Economist published the cover story, ‘Why Startups Are Leaving Silicon Valley.’ The author outlined reasons why the Valley has &#8

Cowboy Ventures just rounded up $95 million for its third fund

Cowboy Ventures, the early-stage venture firm launched in 2012 by longtime VC Aileen Lee, has lassoed $95 million in capital commitments for its third fund, up from the $55 million that it raised for

Top VCs Megan Quinn, Sarah Tavel and Aileen Lee are coming to Disrupt SF

In many ways, it’s the best of times and the worst of times to be a venture capitalist. While money continues to flood into Silicon Valley, the math keeps getting harder to square. At what point

Cowboy Ventures’ Aileen Lee says enough with favoring the ‘good guys’

Diversity and inclusion is a trash fire in Silicon Valley and in the business world at large. But let’s just focus on tech for now. At the Code Conference this evening, All Raise and Cowboy Vent

VC Aileen Lee just offered some very specific advice to female founders looking for funding

Researchers from HBR discovered that investors tend to ask men questions about the potential for gains at their startups, while they ask women about the potential for losses. At Y Combinator's Female

Unilever buys Dollar Shave Club for reported $1B value

Unilever creates and captures a unicorn with its plans to acquire Dollar Shave Club. Announced this evening, the $130 billion dollar multinational consumer goods company is speculated to be paying $1

Tally raises $15 million for app to make credit cards less expensive, easier to manage

San Francisco-based Tally Technologies raised $15 million in Series A venture funding to launch an app that promises to help people maintain good credit while avoiding fees, charges and other credit c

Female Founders: The State Of The Union

Building a tech company from the ground up and having it succeed is an ambitious goal. Doing that as a female founder and CEO is another beast, entirely. When you stop and look at what it takes to be

Do You Have To Be In San Francisco To Be A Tech Entrepreneur? The VCs Say No.*

With sky-high rents on both housing and commercial office space, do you really have to be in the Bay Area to hit a home run? A number of VCs today at TechCrunch Disrupt said not necessarily. Dana Sett

Meet The Disrupt SF 2015 Speakers And Judges

Disrupt SF is just a few weeks away, and we have some of the most iconic entrepreneurs and thought leaders in the tech industry lined up to speak throughout the three-day-long conference.

Confused About the Market? These Four Investors Will Set You Straight At Disrupt

Raising money these days is a confusing morass, what with all the unicorns and hedge funds and secondaries and pre-seed, post-seed, and Series B crunches to process. But good news: At our Disrupt SF I

Aileen Lee Is Coming To Disrupt SF 2015

Aileen Lee has attracted widespread attention for coining the term “unicorn” in a November 2013 <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2013/11/02/welcome-to-the-unicorn-club/">TechCrunch article</a>

Startups, A Rich Man’s Game

Despite the Silicon Valley echo chamber, starting a company remains easily among the most risky career moves for workers. The stress of the job can easily lead to burnout or long-lasting mental health

Aileen Lee’s Cowboy Ventures Is Raising A $55 Million Second Fund

Cowboy Ventures, the early-stage investment firm led by Aileen Lee, is in the midst of raising its second fund. According to an SEC filing, the firm is seeking to raise $55 million — which is up fro

How Investors Are Trying To Change The Culture Of Silicon Valley

Over the last year, the tech press has been filled with stories of high-flying startups struggling with issues of gender discrimination and harassment, sometimes with those issues coming from the foun

Kleiner Perkins Invests $15M in Rent the Runway

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