Putting numbers on the global venture slowdown

“Tell me something I don’t know,” was my first reaction when reports on venture capital in 2022 hit my inbox this month. It is pretty clear by now that there was a slowdown, so what’s the point of harping on about it as we enter a new year? The point, as often with data, is […]

Twitter rivals, unicorn trivia and valuation homework

Welcome back to Equity, the podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. It’s Tuesday, not Monday, but hey, the week ahead is as busy as ever. Here’s what I chatted about today: Big tech: Good news for Bitcoin and Ethereum, even as late-stage companies in the space […]

Fledgling startup founders — buy an early-bird ticket to build your future

The early stages of building a startup is no cakewalk even during a strong economy — much less during the uncertain one we’re currently living in. If you’re an aspiring or newly minted founder, you’ll find invaluable information, guidance and support — at an early-bird price you can afford — during TechCrunch Early Stage, a […]

Clearco co-founder Michele Romanow steps down, cuts 30% of staff

In pursuit of profits, Clearco co-founder Michele Romanow has stepped down as chief executive of the company around a year after assuming the official role. The shift comes alongside yet another round of layoffs, this time impacting 30% of staff across all teams, Romanow confirms. Now, Clearco only has 140 staff, down from 500 just […]

Build a company, not a feature

A lot of entrepreneurs are incredible idea generators and hackers; they have a knack for seeing something that’s broken or something that could be better and creating a solution around that. The problem is this: It’s rare that even very good features make good companies. It’s rarer still that companies built on a feature make […]

Beaconstac lands $25M investment for its QR code management platform

QR code tech, which exploded during the pandemic as businesses searched for hygienic alternatives to physical touchpoints, continues to grow in popularity particularly across sectors such as restaurants and outlet retail. According to Insider Intelligence, more than 99.5 million smartphone users will scan a QR code by 2025, up from 83.4 million in 2022. There’s […]

Modernizing the live music industry with Mir Hwang from GigFinesse

Welcome back to Found, where we get the stories behind the startups. This week Darrell and Becca are joined by GigFinesse co-founder and CEO Mir Hwang. Mir talks about how his struggles to book music gigs as a teenager pushed him to launch the company that connects artists with venues for live shows. Mir also […]

Shanaya Bhardwaj Likes To Challenge Herself with Diverse Set of Characters

Shanaya Bhardwaj New Delhi (India), January 17: Recently, after being flourished in several Film Festivals, Virangana, an inspiring short film is now released on Disney Hotstar. Shanaya, who plays the protagonist in the film, has recently won Best Actress in Himachal Pradesh Short Film Festival. Shanaya plays the role of Manu, a housewife and Rani Lakshmi […]