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Passbase grabs $3.6M to power privacy-preserving online ID checks

Passbase grabs .6M to power privacy-preserving online ID checks Digital identity startup Passbase has closed a $3.6 million seed round, led by Cowboy Ventures and Eniac Ventures, with participation from Seedcamp and other European investors. The 2018 founded startup bagged a $600k pre-seed round earlier this year for its full-stack identity engine with […]

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Almost sold out! Buy a ticket to the 14th Annual TechCrunch Summer Party

Almost sold out! Buy a ticket to the 14th Annual TechCrunch Summer Party Last call, startuppers! TechCrunch’s Silicon Valley summer soiree — a.k.a. the 14th Annual TechCrunch Summer Party — is nearly sold out. If you want to join the brightest members of the startup community on July 25 and celebrate your […]

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Final ticket release to the 14th Annual TechCrunch Summer Party

Final ticket release to the 14th Annual TechCrunch Summer Party One of Silicon Valley’s most fun and enduring traditions — the 14th Annual TechCrunch Summer Party — takes place on July 25. If you don’t have a ticket yet, know this: We just released the last batch of tickets. Once they’re gone, that’s […]

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Airbnb, Automattic and Pinterest top rank of most acquisitive unicorns

Airbnb, Automattic and Pinterest top rank of most acquisitive unicorns Jason Rowley Contributor Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor Companies raising supergiant VC aren’t getting any younger Coastal startups don’t have a monopoly on raising big at early-stage It takes a […]

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FanDuel cofounder Tom Griffiths just closed a seed round for his decidedly noncontroversial new startup, Hone

FanDuel cofounder Tom Griffiths just closed a seed round for his decidedly noncontroversial new startup, Hone Tom Griffiths has founded four companies, two of which “weren’t much to write home about,” he jokes. The third captured the world’s attention: FanDuel, the fantasy sports company that was routinely in the press — not […]

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Unicorns aren’t special anymore

Unicorns aren’t special anymore When Aileen Lee, the former Kleiner Perkins partner and founder of the seed-stage venture capital firm Cowboy Ventures, coined the term “unicorn” in 2013 on this very site, there were just 39 companies that had earned the title. She called them “the lucky/genius few.” Her definition: U.S. software […]

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The Venture Twins

The Venture Twins Justine and Olivia Moore like to introduce themselves together, otherwise, it can be a little confusing. They live together in an apartment in Menlo Park. They share clothes. They both wear Rothy’s sustainable ballet flats and are big fans of Glossier. Their desks are only inches apart, because yes, […]

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VCs say Silicon Valley isn’t the gold mine it used to be

VCs say Silicon Valley isn’t the gold mine it used to be In the days leading up to TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018, The Economist published the cover story, ‘Why Startups Are Leaving Silicon Valley.’ The author outlined reasons why the Valley has “peaked.” Venture capital investors are deploying capital outside the Bay […]

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Deep-linking startup Branch is raising more than $100M at a unicorn valuation

Deep-linking startup Branch is raising more than 0M at a unicorn valuation Branch, the deep-linking startup backed by Andy Rubin’s Playground Ventures, will enter the unicorn club with an upcoming funding round. The four-year-old company, which helps brands create links between websites and mobile apps, has authorized the sale of $129 million […]

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Some of the top female founders in the U.S. are backing the latest Female Founders Fund

Some of the top female founders in the U.S. are backing the latest Female Founders Fund Roughly five years after the launch of its first fund in 2013, Female Founders Fund (F3) has closed on $27 million for its latest seed fund — backed by some of the startup world’s top women entrepreneurs and investors. […]

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