Twitter rivals, unicorn trivia and valuation homework
Welcome back to Equity, the podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. It’s Tuesday, not Monday, but hey, the week ahead is as busy as
Clearco co-founder Michele Romanow steps down, cuts 30% of staff
In pursuit of profits, Clearco co-founder Michele Romanow has stepped down as chief executive of the company around a year after assuming the official role. The shift comes alongside yet another round
We Reali don’t know when real estate will get Better
Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This was a Live Week, meaning that Alex, Natasha and Mary A
Clearco cuts international staff as it retracts presence, announces new partner
Clearco, a Toronto-based fintech capital provider for online companies, is walking back the international expansion it once touted as the future of the company. One month after cutting 25% of its tota
A troubling startup layoff trend has emerged
We don’t need to tell you about the layoffs that are defining the tech landscape right now, concentrated particularly in late-stage companies that are struggling to raise extension rounds and grow i
Public tech’s espresso shot is quite literally the cloud
Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. Last week we said that you needed to pay attention to the publ
Clearco cuts 25% of staff, considers ‘strategic options’ for international operations
Clearco, a Toronto-based fintech capital provider for online companies, tells TechCrunch that it has laid off 125 people, or 25% of its entire staff. Those impacted will receive severance pay, a two-y
The $2B-dollar baby
Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. We had an illness on the team, so instead of recording our usu
Clearco co-founder Andrew D’Souza steps back as Michele Romanow assumes CEO role
Clearco co-founder Andrew D’Souza tells TechCrunch that he has stepped back from his role as chief executive at the fintech company. Michele Romanow, the co-founder and president of Clearco, is now
Data wants to disrupt your deal flow (again)
Welcome to Startups Weekly, a fresh human-first take on this week’s startup news and trends. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. AngelList’s recently closed early-stage venture fund brings
The Naked Market flashes some new capital to create better-for-you food brands
Its proprietary technology enables The Naked Market to quickly gauge what products are winning with consumers so they can be scaled.
Asymmetric Capital Partners hits ground running with $105M debut fund targeting B2B startups
The new firm brings together a foursome with operator, venture capital and private equity expertise.
Why and when startups should look to diverse sources of capital
Venture capital is a popular source of capital for early-stage startups, but it's not the only one. Debt is an increasingly popular alternative, as is non-dilutive, revenue-based financing.
Intuit launches venture arm to invest in startups with innovation for small businesses, consumers
Intuit Ventures will identify growth opportunities and trends beneficial for Intuit's key customers — small businesses and consumers.
E-commerce-as-a-service platform Cart.com picks up $98M to give brands scaling tools
The company provides software, services and infrastructure to small businesses so they can scale online.
Clearco gets the SoftBank stamp of approval in new $215M round
Toronto-based Clearco, a fintech capital provider for online companies, has raised $215 million in a round led by SoftBank Vision Fund II. The financing event closed just weeks after Clearco completed
What the MasterClass effect means for edtech
MasterClass, which sells a subscription to celebrity-taught classes, sits on the cusp of entertainment and education. It offers virtual, yet aspirational learning: an online tennis class with Serena W
Clearbanc rebrands its way into a unicorn
After five years of providing non-dilutive financing for founders, Clearbanc is tired of being only a bank. So, it’s rebranding, and has just raised a $100 million Series C at a $2 billion valuation