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A look at the top trends exciting NYC’s consumer VCs

To learn more about the next wave of consumer startup investment outside Silicon Valley, I’m speaking to leading B2C-focused investors in various hubs about the trends they’re excited about ri

How Arweave’s Permaweb cheaply hosts sites & apps forever

What if you could pay now to store something online permanently? You could preserve a website against censorship, save legal contracts or offer an app even after your company fails. That’s the p

Patch Homes locks in $5M Series A to give homeowners financial freedom without debt

Home ownership has long been touted as the American dream. But rising rates of mortgage debt and student loan debt are making the pursuit of home ownership a nightmare. Debt-burdened individuals or t

Cloudflare files for initial public offering

After much speculation and no small amount of controversy, Cloudflare, one of the companies that ensures that websites run smoothly on the internet, has filed for its initial public offering. The comp

Birth control delivery startup Nurx approaches $300M valuation

Nurx raises $52 million in debt and equity funding in a round co-led by Kleiner Perkins and USV.

Libra, Facebook’s global digital currency plan, is fuzzy on privacy, watchdogs warn

Privacy commissioners from the Americas, Europe, Africa and Australasia have put their names to a joint statement raising concerns about a lack of clarity from Facebook over how data protection safegu

Web3 platform 3Box raises seed to bring back control of user data

Few debates in technology have been as intense over the past few years as the debate over privacy. As companies like Facebook and Google have swelled with all the minutia of our daily lives — our li

Equity transcribed: Slack’s IPO, the VCs behind Facebook Libra, founder salaries and trouble in scooter-land

Welcome back to this week’s transcribed edition of Equity. This week, TechCrunch’s Danny Crichton filled in for co-host Alex Wilhelm – who was out in preparation for his wedding this we

Facebook announces Libra cryptocurrency: All you need to know

Facebook has finally revealed the details of its cryptocurrency, Libra, which will let you buy things or send money to people with nearly zero fees. You’ll pseudonymously buy or cash out your Li

Helium launches $51M-funded ‘LongFi’ IoT alternative to cellular

With 200X the range of Wi-Fi at 1/1000th of the cost of a cellular modem, Helium’s “LongFi” wireless network debuts today. Its transmitters can help track stolen scooters, find missi

Sofar Sounds house concerts raises $25M, but bands get just $100

Tired of noisy music venues where you can hardly see the stage? Sofar Sounds puts on concerts in people’s living rooms where fans pay $15 to $30 to sit silently on the floor and truly listen. Ne

USV closes on $450M for new funds, adds two partners

USV is expanding its partnership to manage the new funds.

Birth control delivery startup Nurx taps Clover Health’s Varsha Rao as CEO

Rao, Airbnb's former head of global operations, joined Clover Health as COO in 2017.

Verified Startup Lawyer: Stephane Levy

Stephane Levy got his start in the days of Silicon Alley almost two decades ago, and built up his practice with New York startups and beyond through all the ups and downs since then. Today, as a partn

Union Square Ventures secures $429M across two new funds

USV co-founder Fred Wilson expect U.S. venture capitalists will "take a more cautious stance in 2019."

Cap table management tool Carta valued at $800M with new funding

Carta, formerly known as eShares, has raised $80 million from Meritech and Tribe Capital.

Plus-sized clothing startup Dia&Co gets another $70M from Sequoia, USV

Dia&Co co-founder and CEO Nadia Boujarwah wants to change the retail market for plus-sized women.

Quizlet hits 50M monthly users

Following a $20 million round earlier this year, Quizlet is seeing solid growth in revenue and MAUs.

As some pricey coding camps fade away, Codecademy barrels ahead with affordable paid offerings and a new mobile app

Between 2013 and last year, the number of boot camp schools tripled to more than 90 in the U.S. alone, according to Course Report, an outfit that tracks the industry. Some — including The Iron Y

Tiger Global is in talks to invest in cryptocurrency unicorn Coinbase at $8B valuation

Coinbase may raise up to $500 million at an $8 billion valuation. The cryptocurrency trading platform has also announced two new high-level hires.
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