Minted.com CEO Mariam Naficy shares ‘the biggest surprise about entrepreneurship’

At TechCrunch Early Stage, Minted CEO and serial founder Mariam Naficy got into the weeds with us on some of the topics founders don’t often discuss. What’s the difference between expectations and reality when it comes to entrepreneurialism? How do you split responsibilities between co-founders? What’s the key to being great at hiring? We also […]

Labster lands new cash to bring its virtual reality science lab software to Asia

You could Zoom call into your science class, or you could conduct a lab experiment in virtual reality. During the coronavirus pandemic, the latter has never felt more full of potential. The global need for learning solutions beyond Zoom is precisely why Labster, a Copenhagen-based startup that helps individuals engage in STEM lab scenarios using […]

What’s different about hiring data scientists in 2020?

Michael Li Contributor Share on Twitter Tianhui Michael Li is founder of The Data Incubator, an eight-week fellowship to help PhDs and postdocs transition from academia into industry. Previously, he headed monetization data science at Foursquare and has worked at Google, Andreessen Horowitz, J.P. Morgan and D.E. Shaw. More posts by this contributor Five building […]

The race to building a fully functional quantum stack

David Cowan Contributor Share on Twitter David Cowan is a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners and one of the world’s leading investors across cloud infrastructure, cybersecurity, consumer and space technology. More posts by this contributor Space is open for business SpaceTech Is Venture Capital’s Final Frontier Tomer Diari Contributor Share on Twitter Tomer Diari is […]

Merico raises $4.1M for its developer analytics platform

Merico, a startup that gives companies deeper insights into their developers’ productivity and code quality, today announced that it has raised a $4.1 million seed round led by GGV Capital, with participation from Legend Star and previous investor Polychain Capital. The company was originally funded by the open source-centric firm OSS Capital. “The mission of Merico […]

Digital Startup Alley exhibitors: Tune in tomorrow for free media training

Tomorrow’s a big day for early-stage startup founders preparing to exhibit in Digital Startup Alley at Disrupt 2020. We’re kicking off the first of three exclusive, interactive webinars to help exhibitors make the most of their Startup Alley experience. Tune in tomorrow, August 12 at 1 p.m. PT/ 4 p.m. ET for The Dos and […]

No pen required: The digital future of real estate closings

Jeanne Casey Contributor Share on Twitter Jeanne Casey is a principal on the investment team at MetaProp, where she leads new investments into compelling proptech companies and works closely with portfolio companies on strategic growth initiatives. On a Wednesday at 4 p.m. in June 2017, I was in a small, packed office in midtown Manhattan. […]

How Moovit went from opportunity to a $900M exit in 8 years

Omar Téllez Contributor Share on Twitter Omar Téllez is a private investor in several tech companies based in LatAm and Silicon Valley. A member of Niantic’s executive team, he was previously president of Moovit. More posts by this contributor Top VCs Are Chasing Digital Companies In Latin America Why Ed Tech Is Taking Off In […]

Valence, the site dedicated to increasing economic opportunity for the Black community, raises $5.25 million

Valence, the Los Angeles-based online community dedicated to increasing economic opportunity for the Black community, has raised $5.25 million in financing as it looks to continue to expand its network for Black professionals in all fields. The timing for the investment is critical as the country reckons with the implications and effects of systemic racism. […]

Accessing social groups through referrals

Julian Shapiro Contributor Share on Twitter Julian Shapiro is the founder of BellCurve.com, a growth marketing team that trains startups in advanced growth, helps hire senior growth marketers and finds vetted growth agencies. He also writes at Julian.com. More posts by this contributor More thoughts on growing podcasts Creating a robust churn-reversal system We’ve aggregated many […]