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VCs have growing appetite for ‘AgriFood’

Venture investors are pouring billions of dollars into feeding their hunger for food and agriculture startups. Whether that trend line is due to enthusiasm for the sector or just broader heavy investi

2019 US VC funds take a more boutique approach

Ever since the rollout of the $100 billion SoftBank Vision Fund, established VCs have been outdoing each other to raise ever-bigger funds. But let’s not write the epitaph on smaller funds.

Startups Weekly: Lyft’s S-1, cash for fertility startups and litigious VCs

In this week's newsletter: Justin Caldbeck battles Jonathan Teo, venture capital flows to mental health and some tips on term sheets.

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.

Startups Weekly: Is Y Combinator’s latest cohort too big?

Plus, e-scooter subscription services are a thing now, the Vision Fund is betting big on autonomous delivery and Facebook almost bought Unity.

Spotify says it paid $340M to buy Gimlet and Anchor

Startups Weekly: Spotify gets acquisitive and Instacart screws up

This week in startups: Turvo takes center stage, a mental health unicorn emerges and Reddit rakes in cash.

How students are founding, funding and joining startups

Young founders who want to start companies while still in school have an increasing number of resources to tap into that exist just for them.

Startups Weekly: Even Gwyneth Paltrow had a hard time raising VC

This week in startups: Celebrities mingle with VCs at the Upfront Summit, Pinterest preps banks for IPO and Sam Altman has a grand new idea.

Startups Weekly: Is Munchery the Fyre Festival of startups?

Munchery goes under, a new podcast documents the Theranos saga, experts explain direct listings and more.

After raising $125M, Munchery fails to deliver

On-demand food delivery startup Munchery is shutting down, the startup announced in an e-mail to customers on Monday.

Startups Weekly: Squad’s screen-shares and Slack’s swastika

We’re three weeks into January. We’ve recovered from our CES hangover and, hopefully, from the CES flu. We’ve started writing the correct year, 2019, not 2018. Venture capitalists ha

The trust dilemma of continuous background checks

First, background checks at startups, then Huawei’s finance chief is arrested, SoftBank’s IPO is subscribed and I am about to record our next edition of TechCrunch Equity. It’s Thursday, Decembe

In venture capital, it’s still the age of the unicorn

Howie Xu Contributor Share on Twitter Howie Xu is the vice president of artificial intelligence and machine learning at Zscaler. He previously co-founded TrustPath and served as an entrepreneur in res

Africa Roundup: Local VC funds surge, Naspers ramps up and fintech diversifies

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Acquisitions, more than IPOs, will create Africa’s ear

The SaaS VC gap: China & other markets trail the US

Chinese startups rule the roost when it comes to total reported venture dollars raised so far in 2018. That is, mostly. In one key category at least — software-as-a-service, better known as SaaS —

Teamable, the Tinder for hiring, raises $5M and acquires Simppler

Teamable, a provider of hiring software that leverages employees’ social networks, has brought in $5 million from new investor Foundation Capital and existing backers True Ventures and SaaStr Fu

Local venture capital fund formation is on the rise in Africa, led by Nigeria

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Acquisitions, more than IPOs, will create Africa’s ear

Early-stage SaaS VC slip snaps recovery as public software stocks soar

Jason Rowley Contributor Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor Ride-hailing, bike and scooter companies probably raised less mon

Bots replacing office workers drive big valuations

A lot of people still get paid to sit in offices and do repetitive tasks. In recent years, however, employers have been pushing harder to find ways to outsource that work to machines.
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