TechCrunch+ roundup: Minimizing M&A mayhem, cybersecurity PM checklist, open source AI
Can open-source foundation AI models level the playing field while addressing concerns about privacy and bias?
Unlocking the M&A code: 5 factors that can make (or break) a deal
CEOs often make the mistake of assuming that a product will seamlessly integrate into their existing tech stack, especially in a tuck-in acquisition.
Going private: A guide to PE tech acquisitions
Signs point to robust PE buyout activity in 2023 supported by lower market volatility, falling valuations, a more stable interest rate environment and large pools of available capital.
IBM acquires GraphQL startup StepZen to step up its game in API management
GraphQL, developed internally at Facebook to help developers with API management before getting rolled out as an open source query language in 2015, has gained traction as an alternative (or complemen
Marqeta buys fintech Power Finance in $275M all-cash deal, its first acquisition
Marqeta has agreed to acquire two-year-old fintech infrastructure startup Power Finance for $223 million in cash, marking the first acquisition in the publicly traded company’s 13-year history. Abou
Deel enters equity management space with acquisition of Capbase
Remote payroll startup Deel has acquired fintech Capbase for an undisclosed amount in a cash and stock deal, the companies told TechCrunch exclusively. As its name suggests, San Francisco-based Capbas
Fidelity makes first acquisition in 7 years, snapping up fintech Shoobx
Investment giant Fidelity announced today that it has acquired Shoobx, a venture-backed fintech startup, for an undisclosed amount. Jason Furtado and Stephan Richter founded Boston-based Shoobx in 201
A timeline for startup M&A processes: Key steps and factors to consider
During downturns, think of M&A as a game of musical chairs. Companies that test the market earlier in the cycle tend to see better outcomes.
It will take a ‘bulletproof’ startup to break the IPO logjam
It appears that the S-1 drought is set to continue until some brave company breaks the logjam in style.
Ask the professor: Wharton’s Mori Taheripour on how to negotiate the right way
Mori Taheripour teaches negotiations at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has taught undergraduates, MBA students and executive MBA students how to have better business c
Vodafone confirms merger talks with Three UK in a ‘no cash’ deal to scale up in 5G
Another major piece of mobile M&A appears to be in the works in the U.K. Today, Vodafone confirmed that it was in merger discussions with Three UK, a carrier owned by CK Hutchison, to accelerate t
$10B crypto developer platform Alchemy buys coding bootcamp in first-ever acquisition
Web3 developer infrastructure startup Alchemy, which last raised a $200 million Series C1 last February, has just made its first acquisition ever — and it’s in the education space. The co
Social investment platform eToro to acquire fintech startup Gatsby for $50M
Multi-asset social investment network and Robinhood competitor eToro has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Gatsby — a fintech startup which also aimed to go head to head against Robinhood
Q3 outlook forecasts cloudy days ahead for fintech M&A
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Crypto startup Blockdaemon continues acquisition spree, buying Sepior
Crypto infrastructure provider Blockdaemon has acquired Danish startup Sepior, a digital asset security company providing key management services for institutional clients, for an undisclosed price. T
IBM acquires Databand to bolster its data observability stack
IBM today announced that it acquired Databand, a startup developing an observability platform for data and machine learning pipelines. Details of the deal weren’t disclosed, but Tel Aviv-based D
It’s time to talk about consolidation in the EV charging industry
President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill included a $7.5 billion tranche of cash set aside to build out a national network of 500,000 electric vehicle chargers. Ever since Biden signed the bill
Amid real estate tech industry layoffs, HomeLight raises $60M and acquires lending startup Accept.inc
Just days after publicly traded real estate tech companies Redfin and Compass laid off a combined 900-plus employees, another proptech — HomeLight — is announcing that it has secured $60 m
Faster ML models, crypto M&A and what’s ahead for on-demand pricing
Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. Alex and Grace are back to cover the biggest, boldest and ba
Why founders should start talking now to bankers and potential buyers
Founders have gotten the memo that the ground is shifting under their feet right now. What to do about it is the question. Already, teams are making plans to scale back their spending to preserve capi