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7 investors discuss why edtech startups must go back to basics to survive

Investors are preparing for a time of going heads down, helping their portfolio companies that want to prioritize growth instead of raising more capital, and rethinking their metrics of success.

There’s always another nightmarish crypto hack around the corner

Welcome back to Chain Reaction. Last week, we looked at the near-term future for crypto gaming as VCs zero in on where to place consumer bets. This week, we’re looking at hardware wallets and th

Alloy Automation, Fiveable and Parthean founders discuss raising first dollars at TC Disrupt

When you’re building a startup and thinking about what it’s going to take to raise your first dollars in a slowing capital market, perspective can be very helpful. In this case perspective, like a

Ghost appears with new funding, marketplace to match buyers with unsold products

Ghost created a marketplace, similar to eBay, that provides a way for brands to get rid of excess inventory and will handle all of the posting, sales and shipment of goods sold.

XFuel hopes to sail past biofuels’ troubled past with modular reactor design

Dublin-based XFuel announced an €8.2 million investment round led by AENU, a new German VC firm, and joined by Union Square Ventures and HAX/SOSV.

TechCrunch podcasts this week: Layoffs, the crypto downturn, investor offense and Columbus, Ohio

TechCrunch is more than just a site with words. We’re also building a growing stable of podcasts focused on the most critical topics relating to the startup and venture capital worlds. To help y

How investors are playing offense right now (their words, our two cents)

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 to

Primitives wants to turn your crypto wallet into a social network

Only a handful of “whales,” or big spenders, still own the majority of NFTs. While the digital assets have piqued widespread consumer interest, the user experience associated with actually

Coinbase’s lost momentum

Hey everyone, and welcome back to Chain Reaction. In our Chain Reaction podcast this week, Anita and I chatted with Mercedes Bent of Lightspeed Venture Partners on backing blockchain startups and the

a16z, Coatue, USV invest in $725M developer fund for Dapper’s Flow blockchain

The web3 world is continuing to discover that it’s a lot harder to build a developer ecosystem than it is to build a platform. The Flow blockchain launched by NBA Top Shot creator Dapper Labs is

USV quietly announces $625M in fresh funding for ‘both Web2 and Web3’ teams

Union Square Ventures (USV), the 19-year-old, New York-based venture firm, has raised $275 million for its eighth early-stage fund and $350 million for its fourth opportunity fund, the firm announc

Slope brings on new CFO, customers, capital as it rises to offer businesses buy now, pay later

Its API technology can approve businesses for the BNPL in seconds so they can begin offering the installments.

Brilliant Planet is running algae farms to pull carbon out of the air

Sure, you can run machines to decarbonize the air, but where’s the fun in that when you can invite Mother Nature to do the work for you? Brilliant Planet does just that: By using seawater and re

Mundi raises $16M to grow its ‘modern financial platform’ for cross-border trade

Mundi, a financial services platform for cross-border trade, announced today it has raised $16 million in a Series A funding round led by Union Square Ventures.  The investment marks Union Square Ven

m3ter comes out of stealth with $17.5M for usage-based pricing technology, used by SaaS companies

A lot of SaaS products are sold on flat-rate subscriptions. But there is a growing trend, especially among more price-conscious customers, to demand more granular pricing, and we now live in a world w

Soona, a virtual photo shoot platform for e-commerce, raises $35 million Series B

Alongside the dramatic growth in e-commerce, in part fueled by the pandemic, there’s also increased demand for services that can help merchants more easily participate online. A startup called S

Juro draws $23M into its browser-based contract automation platform

London-based legaltech startup Juro has grabbed $23 million in Series B funding for its browser-based contract automation platform. In total the startup has raised $31.5M since being founded back in

Sofar nets a $39M round B to grow its ocean-monitoring autonomous buoy network

The ocean is vast and mysterious … but rather less so when you have thousands of little autonomous buoys reporting back interesting info to you every day. That’s just what Sofar Ocean has, and

Clarifai moves beyond computer vision to manage companies’ unstructured data

Clarifai enables customers to make sense of the 90% of unstructured data they have using artificial intelligence.

Fiveable lands $10M Series A to become ‘the hallways of the educational internet’

As the pandemic continues to unevenly play out, the backdrop of our days has never felt more stagnant. While tech workers may turn to virtual HQs or Twitter Spaces for spontaneous chats, high schoole
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