Equity podcast: Circle raises $110M, VCs hunt liquidity and the Vision Fund’s possible twin

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Today Matthew Lynley, Connie Loizos and I were joined by Semil Shah,

AppDynamics founder launches Unusual Ventures, a new $160M seed-stage fund

Jyoti Bansal, the founder of AppDynamics, which he sold for $3.7 billion just as it was about to go public, and John Vrionis, a former venture partner at Lightspeed, where he invested in companies li

Commerce specialist Lightspeed POS raises $166M as it preps for an IPO in 2019

E-commerce and digitally-based financial transactions have consistently been one of the biggest and most lucrative areas of the tech world, and today a commerce startup out of Canada is laying down it

Terminal makes it easy for companies to open international offices

Born out of a frustration with recruiting within the peninsula-trapped City of San Francisco, Terminal is a platform allowing companies to tap into talent abroad. Starting with campuses in Kitchener-

India’s Magicpin raises $7M to connect consumers and local businesses

Magicpin, an India-based company that combines elements of Foursquare with offline-to-online services, has closed a $7 million Series B round. The money comes from existing backers Lightspeed India Pa

PlushCare nabs $8M Series A to prove telehealth can go mainstream

Today, PlushCare, a telehealth service, is announcing an $8 million Series A led by GGV Capital with participation from Lightspeed Venture Partners and Exponent. Telehealth is anything but new, Telad

BlueVine Raises $40 Million To Help Small Businesses With Cash Flow

Another big bet on fintech, Palo-Alto based BlueVine has raised $40 million to provide credit lines for small businesses. The round is led by Menlo Ventures, with participation from Rakuten, Lightspee

India’s Shuttl Raises $20M To Accelerate Its Smart Shuttle Bus Service

India's transportation app future isn't just about Uber and billion-dollar homegrown rival Ola. That's because Shuttl, an eight-month-old startup that provides air-conditioned minibuses, just raised $

Retail Software Startup LightSpeed Now Caters For Restaurants After Buying Belgian Startup POSIOS

LightSpeed, a Montreal-based startup that provides point-of-sale software for retailers, is expanding into the restaurant and hospitality industry. The company, which last month bagged a $35 milli

Retail Software Startup LightSpeed Raises $35 Million From iNovia

LightSpeed wants to provide the software and services that help brick-and-mortar retailers increase sales and improve the general customer experience. To do that, the company has raised $35 million in

Sequoia Backs Simplisafe In A Play For The Home Security Market

Sequoia Capital has made a minority investment in the do-it-yourself home security company Simplisafe in a play on the home security and automation market, TechCrunch has learned. The investment fr

As Chinese Investors Pile Into Bitcoin, China’s Oldest Exchange, BTC China, Raises $5M From Lightspeed

Chinese Bitcoin exchange, BTC China -- the world's largest by trading volume according to -- has closed a $5 million Series A from institutional investors Lightspeed China Partners and

Netskope Comes Out Of Stealth With $21M From Social+Capital And Lightspeed And A Cloud Platform To Manage Enterpise Apps

The double rise of cloud-based services and consumerization have been two of the biggest developments in enterprise IT, but they have also led to one of the biggest conundrums: IT managers and CIOs wh

You Don’t Have To Love Apple To Use LightSpeed’s Retail Software, Thanks To LightSpeed Cloud

<a target="_blank" href="">LightSpeed</a>, an Accel-backed company offering tools for physical retailers to both manage their business and engage their customers, is aim

LightSpeed Launches The StoreMaster, A Real-Time Dashboard For Retail Data

<a target="_blank" href="">LightSpeed</a>, the retail software company that <a href="">raised $30 million from Ac

WeFi's Directory Nearly 30 Million WiFi Hotspots Strong, Raises More Funding

<img src="" width="165" height="169" /><a href="">Lightspeed Venture Partners</a> and <a href="http://www.pit