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Equity Monday: A global selloff, MURAL snags $23M, and two unicorns that can’t raise

Equity Monday: A global selloff, MURAL snags M, and two unicorns that can’t raise Good morning friends, and welcome back to TechCrunch’s Equity Monday, a short-form audio hit to kickstart your week. Regular Equity episodes still drop Friday morning, so if you’ve listened to the show over the years don’t worry — we’re […]

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LA tech industry mourns Kobe Bryant

LA tech industry mourns Kobe Bryant The Los Angeles startup community is joining the rest of the world in mourning the death of NBA superstar, entrepreneur and investor Kobe Bryant who was killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., shortly before 10 a.m. on Sunday. Reports indicate that Bryant, his 13-year-old […]

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As the venture market tightens, a debt lender sees big opportunities

As the venture market tightens, a debt lender sees big opportunities David Spreng spent more than 20 years in venture capital before dipping his toe into the world of revenue-based financing and realizing there was a growing appetite for alternatives to venture capital. Indeed, since forming debt-lending company Runway Growth Capital in […]

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Lighter Capital secures $100M to grow its equity-free financing business

Lighter Capital secures 0M to grow its equity-free financing business Lighter Capital announced today that it has secured access to $100 million to lend to growing startups. The firm is best-known for its work with revenue-based financing, in which expanding companies repay borrowed funds out of future receipts. Lighter has also expanded […]

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Where top VCs are investing in adtech and martech

Where top VCs are investing in adtech and martech Lately, the venture community’s relationship with advertising tech has been a rocky one. Advertising is no longer the venture oasis it was in the past, with the flow of VC dollars in the space dropping dramatically in recent years. According to data from […]

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Lame LPs, founder referenceability, and the future of VC signaling

Lame LPs, founder referenceability, and the future of VC signaling I’m still going through some of the comments I received on last week’s articles about the heightened competition among VCs for the best (typically SaaS) venture deals. Some more notes on whether large funds investing in small rounds causes VC signaling risk […]

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Court rules Mike Rothenberg must fork over more than $31 million to settle SEC allegations

Court rules Mike Rothenberg must fork over more than million to settle SEC allegations Mike Rothenberg, the once high-flying VC bent on bringing the party to Silicon Valley, must now pay a whopping $31.4 million to settle a California federal court ruling in favor of Security and Exchange Commission allegations. TechCrunch deemed […]

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Catalyst Fund gets $15M from JP Morgan, UK Aid to back 30 EM fintech startups

Catalyst Fund gets M from JP Morgan, UK Aid to back 30 EM fintech startups The Catalyst Fund has gained $15 million in new support from JP Morgan and UK Aid and will back 30 fintech startups in Africa, Asia, and Latin America over the next three years. The Boston based accelerator […]

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Deep tech VCs on what they view as some of the most impactful young startups right now

Deep tech VCs on what they view as some of the most impactful young startups right now During this week’s Democratic debate, there was a lot of talk, unsurprisingly, about ensuring the future of this country’s children and grandchildren. Climate change was of particular interest to billionaire Tom Steyer, who said repeatedly […]

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The paradox of 2020 VC is that the largest funds are doing the smallest rounds

The paradox of 2020 VC is that the largest funds are doing the smallest rounds I talked yesterday about how VCs are just tired these days. Too many deals, too little time per deal, and constant hyper-competition with other VCs for the same equity. VCs are just tired One founder friend of […]

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