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How European seed firm Connect Ventures finds ‘product-first’ founders

Connect Ventures, the London-based seed-stage VC that was an early investor in Citymapper and Typeform announced a new $80 million fund last month to continue investing in “product-led” founders.

A COVID-19 resilience test for B2B companies

While we are seeing lower valuations, we believe certain B2B technology companies may be uniquely poised to thrive, and are pursuing investment opportunities in this space with a renewed focus.

B2B SaaS growth may be on a path to recovery

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between. As the economy has worsened, the market for many goods and services has slowed. S

Talking venture, B2B and thesis-driven investment with Work-Bench’s Jon Lehr

Earlier this week, the Equity crew caught up with Work-Bench investor Jon Lehr to get his take on the current market, and how his firm goes about making investment decisions. The conversation was a tr

How should B2B startups think about growth? Not like B2C

Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of B2B companies apply ineffective demand generation strategies to their startup. If you’re a B2B founder trying to grow your business, this guide is for you...

Washé raises $3.5 million for its on-demand car washing service and biz platform

Another startup wants to make on-demand car washing work, where others have failed. Washé, a Boca Raton-based service for on-demand washes, has raised $3.5 million in seed funding to continue to grow

Salesforce will acquire enterprise e-commerce software startup CloudCraze

Salesforce is set to buy CloudCraze, an enterprise e-commerce solution built on its cloud-based customer relationship management platform. Based in Chicago, CloudCraze announced on its site that it’

Wizeline expands its outsourced IT services business into southeast Asia

Wizeline, a provider of outsourced programming services, is expanding its global footprint with agreements to partner with a slew of development shops across Southeast Asia. Founded in 2014, the compa

B2B platform Releaf helps African businesses by taking the guesswork out of networking

Releaf is a new B2B marketplace that wants to help African businesses prosper by helping them find partners they can trust. The startup, which is currently taking part in Y Combinator, has signed up a

Guesty raises $3M to be a Salesforce for property managers

Companies like Guesty, which just raised $3 million, are building tech to help property managers optimize their listings.

Growlabs nabs $2.2M to automate outbound sales

Just six months into its life, Growlabs, a startup using machine intelligence to support outbound sales teams, has raised a $2.2 million seed round. Growlabs helps businesses reduce their customer acq

Nauta Capital closes out $170M third fund

Early stage VC firm Nauta Capital, which has offices in London, UK, Barcelona, Spain and Boston in the US, has closed out a 2016 fund raising -- capping it off at $170 million.

Holiday Shopping Season For SMBs? Not So Much

It’s an established fact that Americans love to shop during the holidays. The frenzy of rushing to the local mall or Main Street to snap up the latest “Black Friday” deals is a time-honored trad

You’ve Only Got One Shot At Building A Consumer Unicorn

Imagine if the founder of a very successful consumer technology company knocked on your door and offered to get you in on the ground floor of their new enterprise. Almost any VC would jump at the chan

Acceleprise Accelerator Aims $3.5M Fund At Early Stage Enterprise Apps

Acceleprise Ventures, a San Francisco-based incubator anchored by investor Sean Glass, announced a new $3.5 million fund with a pronounced enterprise app bent. It also announced 10 newly funded compan

Traxpay Raises $15M, Teams With MasterCard To Be The PayPal Of The B2B World

Traxpay, a German startup that has created a platform for businesses in a supply chain to make payments to each other — think PayPal for the B2B world, or an Alipay of the Western world —

Gillmor Gang: Action Items

The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Semil Shah, Danny Sullivan, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — played the latest favorite game of the Mobility Addicted. It's called Lock Screen, and some

With $1.8M From Angels, Xola Launches A Booking And Marketing Engine For Local Activity Providers

While software is improving the efficiency and day-to-day operations of many businesses, those that offer bookable experiences — from back-country outfitters and urban tour guides and helicopter

Stitch Labs Raises $3.5 Million As It Makes Plans To Address Inventory Management For Larger Business

Stitch Labs, the startup founded in 2011 to help small and medium-sized businesses manage their sales operations, has raised $3.5 million in Series A financing. Founder Brandon Levey said that Stitch

42 Is The Answer To Everything…In Personalized Analytics For Retail

An online retailer platform called simply “42” is debuting today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY with new ideas about how to bring the intelligence of online e-commerce tools to brick-and-mortar
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