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Why each Libra member’s mutiny hurts Facebook

Why each Libra member’s mutiny hurts Facebook There’s a strategic cost to the defection of Visa, Stripe, eBay, and more from the Facebook -led cryptocurrency Libra Association . They’re not just names dropping off a list. Each potentially made Libra more useful, ubiquitous, or reputable. Now they could become obstacles to the […]

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Why San Francisco is still the gold mine for tech startups

Why San Francisco is still the gold mine for tech startups Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where each week we discuss other people’s copious dollars and lacking sense. This week was special! Kate and Alex at Disrupt where they recorded live in front of an audience. Equity has […]

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Payments giant Stripe debuts a credit card in its latest step into the financing fray

Payments giant Stripe debuts a credit card in its latest step into the financing fray Last week, when the popular payments startup Stripe made some waves with its first move into money lending through the launch of Stripe Capital, we reported that the company was also soon going to be launching a […]

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APIs are the next big SaaS wave

APIs are the next big SaaS wave Daniel Levine Contributor Share on Twitter Daniel Levine is a partner at Accel. He joined the firm in 2010 and focuses on product-first startups aimed at consumers, developers, and bottoms-up business users. While the software revolution started out slowly, over the past few years it’s […]

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The 11 best startups from Y Combinator’s S19 Demo Day 1

The 11 best startups from Y Combinator’s S19 Demo Day 1 Y Combinator, the genesis for many of the companies that have shaped Silicon Valley including Airbnb, PagerDuty and Stripe, has minted another 200 some graduates. Half of those companies made their pitch to investors today during Day 1 of Y Combinator’s […]

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Startups Weekly: SoftBank’s second act

Startups Weekly: SoftBank’s second act Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I noted some challenges plaguing mental health tech startups. Before that, I wrote […]

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Embedded finance, or why fintech mega VC rounds have become so common

Embedded finance, or why fintech mega VC rounds have become so common Another day, another monster fintech venture round. This morning, it was personalized banking app MoneyLion, which raised $100 million at a near unicorn valuation. Last week, it was N26, which raised another $170 million on top of its $300 million […]

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Still in stealth mode, Duffel raises $21.5m in Series A from Benchmark for its travel platform

Still in stealth mode, Duffel raises .5m in Series A from Benchmark for its travel platform Ten months ago London startup Duffel hinted that it would be “a new way to book travel online, aiming at the booking experience ‘end to end’”, and announced a healthy $4.7M funding round, but not much […]

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Startups Weekly: The Peloton IPO (bull vs. bear)

Startups Weekly: The Peloton IPO (bull vs. bear) Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a newsletter published every Saturday that dives into the week’s noteworthy venture capital deals, funds and trends. Before I dive into this week’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about the proliferation of […]

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A peek inside Sequoia Capital’s low-flying, wide-reaching scout program

A peek inside Sequoia Capital’s low-flying, wide-reaching scout program Ten years ago, Sequoia Capital began quietly encouraging founders of its portfolio companies to consider which of their founder friends they might like to get behind financially. Sequoia would let them write checks to those companies, and it would share with them any […]

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