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Justworks’ Series B pitch deck may be the most wonderfully simple deck I’ve ever seen

By |February 28th, 2021|

It may be tough to remember, but there was a time long ago when Justworks wasn’t a household name. Though its monthly revenue growth charts were up and to the right, it had not even broken the $100,000 mark. Even then, Bain Capital Venture’s Matt Harris felt confident in betting on the startup. Harris says --> READ MORE

How investors are valuing the pandemic

By |February 27th, 2021|

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s broadly based on the daily column that appears on Extra Crunch, but free, and made for your weekend reading. Want it in your inbox every Saturday morning? Sign up here. Ready? Let’s talk money, startups and spicy IPO rumors. Kicking off with a tiny --> READ MORE

How capital-as-a-service can help you get your first check in 2021

By |February 27th, 2021|

“A lot of founders mix up raising money with making money.” This quote, which Career Karma founder Ruben Harris mentioned off-hand on a phone call with me, has been on my mind for months. In fact, raising money can cost you money, in the form of that sweet, sweet ownership and equity. That’s why Clearbanc, --> READ MORE

Storm Ventures promotes Pascale Diaine and Frederik Groce to partners

By |February 27th, 2021|

Storm Ventures, a venture firm that focuses on early stage B2B enterprise startups, announced this week that it has promoted Pascale Diaine and Frederik Groce to partners at the firm. The two new partners have worked their way up over the last several years. Groce joined Storm in 2016 and has invested in enterprise SaaS --> READ MORE

This Week in Apps: Twitter targets creators, Clubhouse security, Spotify’s plans for paid podcasts

By |February 27th, 2021|

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. A new forecast this week expects consumer spend to grow --> READ MORE

If you haven’t followed NFTs, here’s why you should start

By |February 27th, 2021|

Cooper Turley Contributor Share on Twitter Cooper is the crypto strategy lead at Audius. He manages social tokens like RAC and FWB and curates NFTs alongside prominent musicians and motion designers. He is an active contributor to web3 publications like The Defiant and Bankless and oversees a DeFi newsletter (This Week in DeFi). He is --> READ MORE

6 Copenhagen investors share their outlook on investing in 2021

By |February 27th, 2021|

While Denmark and Copenhagen don’t often come up as a destination for European startups, it has a thriving local tech scene that’s home to some of the better startup conferences. After all, who doesn’t want to visit Copenhagen? A highly educated population, great universities, excellent healthcare and great transport links to Europe make the city --> READ MORE

What the NFT? VC David Pakman dumbs down the intensifying digital collectibles frenzy

By |February 27th, 2021|

Non-fungible tokens have been around for two years, but these NFTs, one-of-one digital items on the Ethereum and other blockchains, are suddenly becoming a more popular way to collect visual art primarily, whether it’s an animated cat or an NBA clip or virtual furniture. “Suddenly” is hardly an overstatement. According to the outlet Cointelegraph, during --> READ MORE

Daily Crunch: Facebook launches rap app

By |February 26th, 2021|

Facebook unveils another experimental app, Atlassian acquires a data visualization startup and Newsela becomes a unicorn. This is your Daily Crunch for February 26, 2021. The big story: Facebook launches rap app The new BARS app was created by NPE Team (Facebook’s internal R&D group), allowing rappers to select from professionally created beats, and then --> READ MORE

Astra awarded NASA launch contract for storm observation satellites

By |February 26th, 2021|

Astra, the Alameda-based space launch startup that recently announced its intent to go public via a SPAC merger, has secured a contract to deliver six cube satellites to space on behalf of NASA. Astra stands to be paid $7.95 million by the agency for fulfilment of the contract. This will be a key test of --> READ MORE