Founder Stories

Startups aren’t (just) a young person’s game

There’s a pervasive myth in Silicon Valley: Startups are only founded by a bunch of 20-year-olds who recently dropped out of college.

How do you know when it’s time to shut down?

Hello, and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This is our Wednesday show, where we niche down to a single pe

Founders shouldn’t have to choose between mental health and grit

Hello, and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This is our Wednesday show, where today we’re niching do

Special episode: Augmenting creativity with Alice Albrecht from re:collect (Found)

The Equity crew is kicking off your week with a special episode from our sister podcast, Found, the stories behind the startups. Co-hosts Darrell Etherington and Becca Szkutak spoke with Alice Albr

Why this founder feels confident facing the economic downturn

Welcome to another episode of Found, the podcast where you get the stories behind the startups. This week we’re joined by Nikki Pechet who started Homebound to make home-building easier and more

Meet the newest crypto builders from web3 accelerator Alliance DAO’s demo day

It seems like every time a demo day ends, there’s a new one waiting around the corner — and as you know, TechCrunch is no stranger to covering them. Oftentimes these events are filled with traditi

Vertical farming founder is reimagining agriculture from the ground up

Welcome back to Found, the TechCrunch podcast that brings you the stories behind the startups. This week’s guest, Bowery Farming founder and CEO Irving Fain wants you to taste the best strawberr

Landed founder is connecting blue-collar workers to better jobs while helping employers decrease turnover

Welcome back to Found where we tell you the stories behind the startups. This week we talk to Landed founder and CEO Vivian Wang who is on a mission to connect blue-collar workers with high-quality jo

Found celebrates one year by bringing on four founders in a roundtable episode

Found is officially one year old and we’ve got a brand new look! To celebrate we decided to have back four founders who made us think, laugh and have generally stuck with us since we talked with

Founders should be honest about their failures according to Forage CEO

Welcome back to Found, the weekly TechCrunch podcast where we get the stories behind the startups. This week Darrell and Jordan talked with Justin Intal from Forage on Found Live. He talks about how p

Venus Aerospace CEO is making flying faster and greener without sacrificing family time

This week on Found, we are talking to the co-founder and CEO of Venus Aerospace. Sassie Duggleby is leading the team at Venus Aerospace to develop a spaceplane that could go from LA to Tokyo in an hou

Everly Health founder discusses leading a startup through two acquisitions

Hello and welcome to this week’s episode of Found. The podcast in which we get into the stories behind the startups. This week, Everly Health founder and CEO Julia Cheek is talking about taking

Deadline extended: Apply to Startup Battlefield at TC Disrupt 2021

When you’re head-down and nose to the grindstone — I’m looking at all you hard-working early-stage startup founders — it’s easy to miss a deadline for an outstanding opportunity. Case in poi

Veeva defied detractors when it launched a cloud life sciences biz a decade ago

It’s safe to say that Veeva is not a household name, but 10 years ago this month the company launched the first of a set of enterprise tools, like content management and CRM, designed for the un

Robinhood co-founder Baiju Bhatt to talk fighting the establishment at Disrupt NY

When an app wins an Apple Design Award and has hundreds of thousands of people on its waiting list, people are going to want to know how exactly the founders did it. So, TechCrunch is excited to

Founder Stories: For Matt Tucker, A Life’s Work In Building Jive Software

Jive‘s CTO, Matt Tucker, is a pretty unassuming guy. If you didn’t know him, you’d never know Tucker is a co-founder of the 13-year old company, which he helped launch from his colle

Founder Stories: When It Comes To Open-Source Technologies, Reverb’s Tony Tam Has A Word For It

Have you ever watched a TED talk and thought, "That should be a company!" Well, that's happened a few times, I'm sure, and one of them is right here in Silicon Valley. Years ago, wordsmith <a target="

Founder Stories: Kakul Srivastava On How Tomfoolery Will Make Our Work More Social And Fun

Mobile messaging and mobile communications tools have grown like a weed on the consumer side -- but what about in a work context? With more and more people buying better and better smartphones, taking

Founder Stories: The Struggle of Entrepreneurship Is An A/B Test

It’s cliché to point out that most overnight successes in technology actually take years of work, yet in the case of Optimizely, we have yet another example of such a phenomenon. Earlier this y

Founder Stories: Airbnb’s Nate Blecharczyk On Being The Only Engineer For The First Year

This week on Founder Stories, I sat down with <a target="_blank" href="">Airbnb</a> co-founder <a target="_blank" href="">Nate
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