A love letter to micro funds, the backbone and future of venture capital
Micro funds offer an opportunity for LPs and startups in niche categories, small markets or emerging geographies.
Why Q3’s median valuations actually make perfect sense
Valuations have been top of mind this year as VCs navigate their overvalued portfolios and founders scramble to conserve cash and grow into lofty valuations.
The US venture capital slowdown doesn’t look that bad
New Q3 2022 data from PitchBook on venture capital aggregates in the U.S. make it a bit hard to square reality with the leading narrative.
Is the glass half-empty or half-full in the seed market?
New data from Carta indicates that valuations for very early-stage startups are holding up better than we might have expected in the current slowdown.
Tighter VC capital forces AI startups to face the music
A new report from PitchBook shows that VC activity in the AI sector declined precipitously over the past few months.
A look at progress toward venture equity this Women’s Equality Day
Progress in the amount of venture capital funding raised by companies by all-women teams has been slow and daunting, if steady.
Checking in on China’s venture scene as Q3 rolls along
How are the myriad issues in China's economy impacting Chinese startups?
Boulevard books $70M to help beauty and wellness salons with their bookings
Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but when it comes to getting ahold of an appointment for your hair or another treatment…that’s a different story: The bespoke nature of a lot of t
You can now get startup shares on the cheap
Which is more reflective of the market today: H1 2022 numbers compared to their year-ago comps or the high-impact repricings seen by Instacart, Klarna and others?
What downturn? Investors remain bullish on HR tech as the Great Resignation slows
HR tech platforms are still getting a lot of investor attention despite headwinds at the macroeconomic level that have the potential to affect their sales.
TechCrunch+ roundup: Convertible note fundraising, fintech’s falloff, how to mark-to-market
If your company is on the cusp of an opportunity, convertible note financing could be a way forward, but only if you have a realistic valuation — and a plan to reach it.
While venture cools down around the world, climate startups are blazing hot
Climate tech winners in the second quarter spanned a range of businesses, from renewable energy developers to EV manufacturers and nuclear startups.
Casavo, an Opendoor-style proptech from Italy, raises $410M to expand its instant buyer platform across Europe
Opendoor opened the door, so to speak, to the idea of applying technology to the concept of house flipping to both scale the opportunity and make it considerably more efficient. While its share price
Record VC fundraising isn’t necessarily good news for first-time fund managers
VC firms are holding on to their checkbooks as the investment market slows to a crawl, but fund managers are taking advantage of the lull to fill up their coffers to the point of overflowing.
So are we in a startup recession or what?
There's perhaps more capital in the private markets than investors really want to admit.
Felix Capital closes fourth fund at $600M, its biggest yet
Amid rising uncertainty about how financing will look for tech in the months and maybe years to come, one of the newer kids on the VC block in Europe is today announcing the closing of its latest and
It’s correction time for Latin American VC activity
Let’s dig into the early Q2 data on venture capital investment into LatAm startups, and then discuss the halo effect — or lack thereof — of Latin American giants like Nubank.
North American and European insurtechs are recalibrating after a blockbuster 2021
Let’s explore insurtech activity in both North America and Europe, compare recent results and look ahead to what could be coming.
No one told the crypto world that startup megadeals aren’t as plentiful anymore
Watching the mega-round venture world contract as the crypto world stays silly is a good reminder that the web3 world is in fact siloed from the rest of the global economy to a large degree.
Fintech NovoPayment raises first venture round in 15 years to expand its full-stack banking API platform
The digital transformation of banking and payments services is a red-hot trend that’s shown no signs of slowing down. Banking-as-a-service (BaaS) products like Synapse, Unit and Bond have helpe