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Startups Weekly: Diamond-encrusted disruption

In this week's newsletter: Andreessen Horowitz's latest investment, Pietra, is tackling the $250 billion jewelry market.

Tastemakers raises $1M to sell Africa experiences to the world

New York-based startup Tastemakers has raised a $1 million seed-round — led by Precursor Ventures — for its business that connects Africa adventures to global consumers. Tastemakers’ platfor

YC is doubling down on these investment theses in its most recent batch

Changes at YC, trends in the startup universe and a breakdown of the accelerator's latest batch.

Fresh out of Y Combinator, Tandem lands millions from Andreessen Horowitz

Tandem is amongst the most sought after companies of Y Combinator's summer batch.

The 11 best startups from Y Combinator’s S19 Demo Day 1

tY Combinator, the genesis for many of the companies that have shaped Silicon Valley including Airbnb, PagerDuty and Stripe, has minted another 200 some graduates. Half of those companies made their p

Revenue-based investing: A new option for founders who care about control

Does the traditional VC financing model make sense for all companies? Absolutely not. VC Josh Kopelman makes the analogy of jet fuel vs. motorcycle fuel. VCs sell jet fuel which works well for jets...

Peer-to-peer boat rental marketplace Boatsetter raises $10M as it looks to grow globally

Obviously, not everyone owns a boat, and boat ownership is far more unique than car ownership — which makes it maybe an ideal category for peer-to-peer marketplace rentals. P2P boat rental start

Kobalt, Apple and smartwatches, Hadoop, customer support, and social work and AI

The Kobalt EC-1: How a Swedish saxophonist built Kobalt, the world’s next music unicorn My favorite pieces we host on Extra Crunch are our EC-1 series of in-depth profiles and analyses of high-flyin

Startups seek sperm… and venture capital backing

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.

‘The Operators’: Experts from Airbnb and Carta on building and managing your company’s customer support

Airbnb's Global Product Director of Customer and Community Support, and Carta's Head of Enterprise Relationship Management share how companies should be thinking about customer service.

Doubling down on business travelers, Airbnb acquires Urbandoor

Airbnb has today announced the acquisition of Urbandoor, a platform that offers extended stays to corporate clients. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Urbandoor was founded in 2015, according

What happened to the sharing economy?

A few years ago, Silicon Valley couldn’t stop using a trendy buzzword — the sharing economy. The good old top-down economic model with a clear separation between service providers and clients was

‘The Operators’: Experts from WeWork and Brex talk marketing – Getting the most bang for your buck

Welcome to this transcribed edition of The Operators. TechCrunch is beginning to publish podcasts from industry experts, with transcriptions available for Extra Crunch members so you can read the conv

Andreessen Horowitz values camping business Hipcamp at $127M

Hipcamp raises $25 million Series B to take its campsite booking service global.

Airbnb introduces new search tools for business travelers

The home-sharing giant is making things easier for business travelers with a new work trip toggle

India’s budget hotel startup Oyo enters co-working business with $30 million Innov8 acquisition

India’s Oyo has expanded its hotel chain business to more than 80 countries and entered the co-living spaces segment in recent years. The firm, which has raised about $1 billion since last Septembe

The rise of the new crypto “mafias”

Ash Egan Contributor Ash Egan leads crypto investing at Accomplice. He formerly was a VC at ConsenSys Ventures and Converge. In the early 2000s, journalists popularized the term “PayPal mafia&#8

Live like a robber baron for a night with Airbnb Luxe

Airbnbs are a mixed bag. Pictures only tell half the story, and sometimes you don’t really know what you’re getting into until you get there. Say what you will about Airbnb’s new white glove Lux

GuestReady raises $6M to help hosts on Airbnb and other services manage their property

GuestReady, a three-year-old service that lets shared-economy hosts manage their business on Airbnb and other rental sites, has announced a $6 million Series A round. The investment was led by existin

Airbnb launches ‘Adventures’ for tourists seeking more thrills

Airbnb has debuted a new extension of its growing business in providing travel experiences in addition to temporary housing. Called Airbnb Adventures, it’s effectively a collection of tours and
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