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Data show 2021 was a bonkers, record-setting year for venture capital

With a history of venture capital activity setting records in recent years, you may not feel like last year was all too special. It was.

Please effect a golf clap as Apple’s value reaches $3 trillion

We lose sight of the fact that the tech giants are just that: huge. Their scale is a bit hard to parse, frankly, as their wealth is effectively uncountable.

Dealroom raises €6M Series A for its startup data, market intelligence service

European startup and venture capital data company Dealroom has raised a €6 million Series A, it told TechCrunch. The company’s new capital comes nearly two years after it raised €2.75 millio

Student media giant Chegg acquires language learning startup Busuu for $436M

Chegg, the NYSE listed student media learning platform is acquiring Busuu, the online language learning startup established in Europe in 2008, for approximately $436 million (€385 million) in an all

5 critical pitch deck slides most founders get wrong

A pitch deck needs to achieve two things: tell your company story and convince the investor that they can make money with your idea.

VCs are racing to pay more to get smaller pieces of less profitable companies

While perusing SVB's State of the Market" report, we found an interesting pattern: Venture capital investors are racing to pay more to buy smaller pieces of startups that are less profitable than befo

Allbirds prices IPO above range, putting more points on the board for DTC startups

Allbirds' IPO pricing backs up our view that tech-enabled unicorns going public can hope for an upper-single-digit revenue multiple provided they can make a good case to public market investors.

How startups are turning data into software gold

Storing great pools of data is an increasingly figured-out challenge. Between public clouds, and data lakes more specifically, you can stick oceans of corporate data in any number of places. But lever

Cannabis investment jumps 82% the second half of 2021, 165% over 2020 levels

Cannabis equity fundraising is quickly hitting new highs. An analysis of Crunchbase data reveals cannabis companies are seeing larger checks from equity financing, and the number of rounds is seemingl

Seven years after raising $542M at a $2B valuation, Magic Leap raises $500M at a $2B valuation

Magic Leap has had one hell of a journey, and to their credit, it seems investors are still addicted to giving them money. The augmented reality startup announced today that they have raised $500 mill

Robinhood buys Say Technologies for $140M to improve shareholder-company relations

The deal is notable because it is Robinhood's first major purchase since going public in July, and because it illustrates where Robinhood may look to invest some of its newly liquid equity wealth.

Egyptian ride-sharing company Swvl plans to go public in a $1.5B SPAC merger

Queen's Gambit Growth Capital, the women-led SPAC in charge of the deal, called Swvl 'a disruptive platform that solves complex challenges and empowers underserved populations.'

Michael Arrington’s next act

As longtime TechCrunch readers know well, Michael Arrington co-founded TechCrunch and Crunchbase, as well as the venture fund CrunchFund, which was later renamed Tuesday Capital. But In 2017, Arringto

European VC soars in Q1

A stunning first quarter in venture capital funding was not restricted to the United States; Europe also had one hell of a start to the year.

1Password acquires SecretHub and launches new enterprise secrets management tool

1Password, the password management service that competes with the likes of LastPass and BitWarden, today announced a major push beyond the basics of password management and into the infrastructure sec

Roblox raises at $29.5 billion valuation, readies for direct listing

Roblox is now one of the world’s most valuable private companies in the world after a monster Series H raise brings the social gaming platform a stratospheric $29.5 billion valuation. The compan

Niantic buys competitive gaming platform Mayhem

Pokémon GO creator Niantic has acquired a small SF gaming startup building a league and tournament organization platform to help gamers create their own communities around popular titles. Mayhem was

One final $100M ARR company and the startups we want to meet in 2021

As we head toward the exits of 2020, we have one more name to add to our roll call of private companies that have reached the $100 million annual recurring revenue (ARR) milestone. Well, one and a hal

As Next Insurance makes its first acquisition, insurtech looks energetic

Expect to keep hearing about insurtech for quarters and quarters to come.

Thumbtack acquires home management startup Setter

Thumbtack, a marketplace where you can hire local professionals for home improvement and other services, is announcing that it has acquired Setter. Founded in 2016, Setter provides its customers with
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