venture capital for startups

Crypto valuations may sink until September as VCs play a waiting game

Tons of capital has been raised across the crypto industry in recent months, but there has been a noticeable pause in deployment. That might change in the coming months.

Mantium raises $12.75M in seed funding, launches cloud-based AI platform

Ohio-based startup Mantium has today announced closing $12.75 million in seed funding, as well as the launch of a cloud-based AI platform — which allows users to build with large language models

The 3% gap in no-code

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Up top the crew this week was the regular conting

TechCrunch is back in Berlin January 15th

We just could not stay away! In December, TechCrunch held Disrupt at the Berlin Arena. We were wowed by the Berlin startup scene and just couldn’t get enough. In fact, Germany’s own Blik b

Automakers accelerate their interest in startups

It’s no secret that automakers have shown more interest in startups lately. Nor is it any secret what’s driving that surge, given the massive shifts the industry faces from the rise of electric c

For startups, VC funding is always in season

We’ve entered the dog days of summer. For many, that means time on the beach, backyard barbecues and, if you’re like us, seeking out the blissful respite afforded by a solid air conditioning sys

How startups outside the Bay Area can fundraise in a big way

Raising venture capital is tough for any startup. But it can be a little more difficult when you’re located outside of Silicon Valley. More difficult, but definitely not impossible.

Check out the trailer for our new series “The Down Round”

The new series “The Down Round” is a six-episode look at what many are considering the burst of the Silicon Valley bubble. While Silicon Valley has boomed for most of the past decade, fund

Who invests in hardware?

We’re still in the early days of the hardware renaissance. Driven by decreased development costs, shorter times to market and a shift in hardware business models away from commoditized consumer elec

Venture capital is a hell of a drug

Cheap and accessible capital has advantages: More founders get to pursue big dreams and previously “unfundable companies” not only raise huge amounts of money, but some achieve unicorn status. Dis

You earn a million dollars a year and can’t get funded?

The funding environment is so overheated that it often seems like no idea is too silly to attract investment. You might be surprised by how many companies struggle to raise money -- even those that ma

Questions you need to ask your VC

Most entrepreneurs focus on the hard economics of the deal when they negotiate with investors: percentage ownership, valuation, preferences and other terms. Those things are all important -- but so is

Unicorns along the Wasatch: Utah’s flourishing startup and enterprise scene

Silicon Valley has traditionally been the startup Garden of Eden, but it’s no longer the only game in town. Utah -- specifically Salt Lake City and its ecosystem -- has become a formidable breeding

Dear startups, focus on the steak, not the sizzle

We are once again learning the old lesson that if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it probably shouldn’t get a SaaS multiple.

Here’s why we only did three deals last year

There has been a huge disconnect between private and public company valuations over the last few years. This isn’t the first time I’ve said it. It probably won’t be the last. During this period

Startups need to do due diligence, too

Dear VCs, there’s something you need to know about raising funds this year

Times are changing. Startups and VCs are facing tougher times, layoffs, down rounds and eroding valuations. However, already a record amount of money has gone into U.S. venture funds this year. As an

How easy access VC funding has softened the startup world

The last decade has seen a period of extremely high venture capital activity, with a record peak of investment reached in 2015. This period of high VC investments has led to many amazing new products

Turning your idea into a funded company

The cost of entry to the startup world has decreased dramatically in the last decade. We’re now at the point where the tools that were once only available to enterprise users have made their way int

500 Startups brings its ‘Distro Dojo’ program to LA for post-seed startups looking for big growth

500 Startups has been aiming to globalize its brand and work toward attracting the attention of young, cool companies outside the Bay Area echo chamber. This has taken 500’s investments into dis
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