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Y Combinator bets on the booming podcast industry

Brew helps creators get paid to podcast with a subscription-based app complete with original shows.

Startups Weekly: Uber’s headline-grabbing week and sextech at SXSW

In this week's newsletter: The college admissions scandal engulfs TPG, Accel raises $2.5B for three funds and investing app Stash brings in $65M.

Zeus raises $24M to make you a living-as-a-service landlord

Cookie-cutter corporate housing turns people into worker drones. When an employee needs to move to a new city for a few months, they’re either stuck in bland, giant apartment complexes or Airbnbs me

Passbase is building a full-stack identity engine with privacy baked in

Digital identity startup Passbase has bagged $600,000 in pre-seed funding led by a group of business angel investors from Alphabet, Stanford, Kleiner Perkins and EY, as well as seed fund investment fr

The next frontier in real estate technology

From entertainment to transportation, technology has upended nearly every major industry -- with one notable exception: real estate.

HotelTonight, Slack stakeholder Accel stays on top with $2.5B fund

Sources confirm Accel has nabbed $2.5 billion -- its largest pool of capital yet -- for three new funds.

Flight-hailing startup BlackBird raises $10 million to replace driving with flying

The origin story of BlackBird, a startup that links travelers to planes and commercial pilots through an app, didn’t begin with air travel. It was prompted by car sickness. BlackBird CEO and fou

137 Ventures raises $210M to give liquidity to startup employees

This is the Palantir, Airbnb and Flexport backer's fourth growth-stage venture capital fund.

Startups Weekly: What’s up with YC? Plus, mobility layoffs and Airbnb’s grand plans

In this week's startups newsletter: Y Combinator president Sam Altman is stepping down, Marie Kondo is raising VC and Munchery has finally filed for bankruptcy.

Daily Crunch: Airbnb is acquiring HotelTonight

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe her

Changes at YC, $1.5B more for ride hailing and Airbnb buys HotelTonight

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

Airbnb agrees to acquire last-minute hotel-booking app HotelTonight

Airbnb to purchase HotelTonight, a hotel-booking app last valued at $463 million.

Court dismisses Paris lawsuit against Airbnb for illegal listings

A court in Paris has dismissed a case against Airbnb, as Le Monde reported. Last month, the City of Paris sued Airbnb for 1,010 illegal listings. According to the mayor’s office, Airbnb failed to co

Blueground raises $20 million for flexible apartment rentals

Blueground, the startup providing turnkey flexible rental apartments, has raised $20 million in a round led by Athens-based VentureFriends, with participation from Endeavor Catalyst, Dubai’s Jab

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.

When do you go native?

So you’re a startup founder. Or you’re in charge of a new project at a big company. (Or maybe you just imagine being either of these things.) And you suddenly realize: you have to make a w

Uber Freight snags Airbnb, Box veterans as it eyes global expansion

Uber Freight, which helps truck drivers connect with shipping companies, has made two high-profile hires this month as it continues to scale up its app and plans for a global expansion. The company ha

A modest proposal to make apps suck less

Ben Schippers Contributor Ben Schippers is a co-founder of HappyFunCorp. More posts by this contributor The technology industry needs to think more seriously about device addiction Tesla, a great fami

Paris sues Airbnb for illegal listings and seeks $14.2 million

The City of Paris first warned Airbnb, and it is now taking action. The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, told the JDD that the city is suing the company for 1,010 illegal listings. The fine could be wort

Airbnb hires a global head of transportation

Airbnb has hired Fred Reid, the founding CEO of Virgin America, as its global head of transportation.
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