There was just one fintech unicorn minted in the first quarter
Global fintech funding totaled $15 billion in the first quarter of this year, growing 55% from the fourth quarter, according to CB Insights’ latest State of Fintech report. While this generally ma
Trading-focused blockchain Sei raises $30M, bringing valuation up to $800M
Sei, a layer-1 blockchain focused on trading, has raised $30 million, Jayendra Jog, co-founder of Sei Labs, exclusively told TechCrunch. A company spokesperson shared an $800 million valuation for the
Reliance-backed Dunzo nears fresh funding of $50 million
Reliance Retail and Google, two existing backers of Dunzo, are among those holding discussions to invest in the new round, sources said.
Hygraph raises $30M to scale out a new, federated approach to managing digital content
The Series B was led by European investor One Peak, with previous backers OpenOcean and SquareOne, and new investor Boris Lokschin also participating.
Isar Aerospace raises $165 million to bring more sovereign launch to Europe
German launch startup Isar Aerospace has scored $165 million (€155 million) in new funding as it races toward the inaugural flight of its Spectrum small rocket later this year. The company, founded
Sequoia Capital India, GFC back 1-click payment checkout startup Nimbbl in $3.5m funding
Nimbbl, which aims to improve conversions for merchants with its 1-click payment checkout solution, has raised $3.5M from Sequoia Capital India and others.
Huupe, a ‘smart’ basketball hoop startup, raises its game with $11M
A startup built on a smart hoop, a video backboard, and streamed training videos is looking for a slam dunk with basketball-crazy consumers.
Dope Security nabs $16M led by GV to build out secure web gateways designed to work on endpoints, not in the cloud
Dope has designed a secure web gateway product that's run on an organizations' endpoints: devices connected to the company network.
Filmustage leverages AI to break down film scripts, create shooting schedules and more
An AI platform for the film industry, Filmustage, is today announcing new funding. First launched in 2020, the platform is designed to streamline pre-production in the film industry using a variety of
The lack of VC funding to women is a Western societal shortfall
The issue of women founders not receiving equitable venture funding is a shortfall of the West: It’s here, everywhere in the U.S., and over there, all throughout Europe.
Singapore’s Arbor Ventures notches $193M toward next early-stage fintech fund
Arbor Ventures, funder of fintech and shopping startups like installment loan company Tabby and Amazon brand factory Heyday, has locked down $193 million toward its largest fund to date, TechCrunch ha
Argentinian fintech infrastructure startup Geopagos leaves the boot straps behind with $35M funding round
Geopagos, a payments infrastructure startup based in Buenos Aires, has raised $35 million in a round led by Riverwood Capital. The financing marks the company’s first ever institutional funding. Fou
OK, don’t fear: The long shots are still getting venture funding
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
Protagonist launches $100M fund to make early-stage crypto companies the main character
Protagonist, a fairly new crypto fund and incubation lab, has launched its first $100 million fund to focus on early-stage crypto companies. The firm began in the beginning of 2022 and originally was
Crypto is altering the investing landscape for even the most disciplined VCs
Is it hype, is it crypto, or is it both at the same time?
Fintech Roundup: Will financial technology startups dodge the venture slowdown?
Welcome to my weekly fintech-focused column. I’ll be publishing this every Sunday, so in between posts, be sure to listen to the Equity podcast and hear Alex Wilhelm, Natasha Mascarenhas and me r
Fintech Roundup: More female founders in fintech? Yes, please
Welcome to my new weekly fintech-focused column. I’ll be publishing this every Sunday, so in between posts, be sure to listen to the Equity podcast and hear Alex Wilhelm, Natasha Mascarenhas and me
10 fintech investors discuss what they’re looking for and how to pitch them in Q1 2022
We interviewed fintech investors to shed some light on just what they're looking for and the best way to pitch them.
Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian’s 776 closes new $500M venture fund
Seven Seven Six, better known as 776, announced today that it has closed on $500 million across two vehicles for its second fund. The raise was “oversubscribed,” with $300 million going toward fun
Bain Capital Ventures taps ex-Affirm exec as its newest partner to focus on early-stage fintech and commerce
Bain Capital Ventures has named Christina Melas-Kyriazi, a former Affirm executive and angel investor, as its newest partner. Melas-Kyriazi will be based in the firm’s San Francisco office and focus