Extra Crunch Live: Join Aileen Lee and Ted Wang for a Q&A now
Today’s a big day! Extra Crunch Live Episode 1: Aileen Lee and Ted Wang airs in just a few minutes, at 1:30pm ET/10:30am PT. We could not be more excited to have such esteemed guests for the lau
Daily Crunch: Stripe now valued at $36B
Stripe raises new funding, Uber acknowledges financial uncertainty and a controversial facial recognition startup accidentally exposes its source code. Here’s your Daily Crunch for April 17, 202
Extra Crunch Live: Join Aileen Lee, Ted Wang for Q&A on 4/20 at 10:30am PT/1:30pm ET
The startup world is going through yet another evolution. A few years ago, VCs were focused on growth over profitability. Now, making money is just as important, if not more, than sheer growth. And we
Compete in Startup Battlefield and Launch at Disrupt SF 2020
Early-stage founders: Don’t miss your chance to follow in the footsteps of tech giants. We know COVID-19 has created challenges for startup founders, but fear not. Disrupt SF is still proceeding as
NakedPoppy launches curated beauty marketplace for wellness junkies
Cowboy Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Maveron and more are betting on cruelty-free, organic and sustainable makeup sales.
Startups Weekly: Will the real unicorns please stand up?
In this week's newsletter: CrowdStrike readies its IPO, Brex eyes a $2B valuation and SoFi lands a whopping $500M.
The Crunchbase Unicorn Leaderboard is back, now with a record herd of 452 unicorns
We are very pleased to announce that the new and improved Crunchbase Unicorn Leaderboard re-launched today after nearly a year’s absence from TechCrunch. Venture investors did a lot of handwringing
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
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