Browsing Category: Startups

  • What I learned the hard way from naming 30+ startups

    Drew Beechler Contributor Share on Twitter Drew Beechler is the director of marketing at High Alpha, a venture studio that creates and funds B2B SaaS companies. There’s a lot wrapped up in a name: feelings, emotions, connotation, unconscious bias, personal history. It’s an identity — it gives something meaning and importance. In leading marketing and …

    July 6, 2021 | by Raheel Ayub
  • Allozymes looks to upend chemical manufacturing with rapid enzyme engineering and $5M seed

    Part of the complex process that turns raw materials into finished products like detergents, cosmetics and flavors relies on enzymes, which facilitate chemical transformations. But finding the right enzyme for a new or proposed drug or additive is a drawn out and almost random process — which Allozymes aims to change with a remarkable new …

    July 6, 2021 | by Raheel Ayub
  • Meet Super.mx, the Mexico City-based insurtech that raised $7.2M from VCs and unicorn CEOs

    Super.mx, an insurtech startup based in Mexico City, has raised $7.2 million in a Series A round led by ALLVP. Co-founded in 2019 by a trio of former insurance industry executives, Super.mx’s self-proclaimed mission is to design insurance for “the emerging Latin American middle class,” according to CEO Sebastian Villarreal. “That means insurance that is …

    July 6, 2021 | by Raheel Ayub
  • Didi gets hit by Chinese government, and Pleo raises $150M

    Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture-capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is Equity Monday Tuesday, our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest private market news, talks about the coming week, digs into some recent funding rounds and mulls over a larger theme or narrative from the private markets. You …

    July 6, 2021 | by Raheel Ayub
  • Wagmo raises $12.5 million to offer pet insurance (and a lot more)

    The pet care industry has boomed over the past several years. From Chewy’s IPO to the various veterinarian startups that have sprung up, VC money (and consumer cash) is flowing into the space. Wagmo is no different. The pet insurance and perks startup has closed on a $12.5 million Series A financing, led by Revolution …

    July 6, 2021 | by Raheel Ayub
  • MAGIC Fund raises $30M to scale its global founders-backing-founders fund

    Influential entrepreneurs like Paul Graham and Naval Ravikant always preach the need for startups to have founders-turned-investors on their cap table. As Ravikant puts it, “founders want to know that the people they are taking money from have first-hand experience.”  His platform AngelList has helped individual founders-cum-investors source and participate in deals via collectives. However, …

    July 6, 2021 | by Raheel Ayub
  • Free Extra Crunch membership included with TC Early Stage tickets

    TechCrunch Early Stage is coming up soon, and all attendees can get 3 months of free access to Extra Crunch as a part of a ticket purchase. Extra Crunch is our members-only community focused on founders and startup teams.  Head here to buy your ticket to TC Early Stage.  Extra Crunch unlocks access to our …

    July 6, 2021 | by Raheel Ayub
  • TravelPerk buys UK-based Click Travel in latest pandemic purchase

    Business trip booking platform TravelPerk has bagged another rival — picking up UK-based Click Travel. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed but we’re told it’s the third — and largest — acquisition for TravelPerk to date. The Barcelona-based startup has been on a bit of a shopping spree since the pandemic crisis hit …

    July 6, 2021 | by Raheel Ayub
  • ManoMano raises $355 million for its home improvement e-commerce platform

    French startup ManoMano has raised a Series F funding round of $355 million led by Dragoneer Investment Group. The company operates an e-commerce platform focused on DIY, home improvement and gardening products. It is currently available in six European countries. Following today’s funding round, the company has reached a valuation of $2.6 billion. In addition …

    July 5, 2021 | by Raheel Ayub