How to Create a Brand Style Guide for Your Healthcare Organization

We’ve written about branding over the years, everything from strategy and concepts to tactics and execution.  This time I’d like to focus on what happens when your strategy is said and done. You can now create great content, right? Well, not exactly.  You need a brand style guide that communicates your strategy in a guidebook. […]

5 investors discuss what’s in store for venture debt following SVB’s collapse

There are many questions around the implications of Silicon Valley Bank’s (SVB) collapse that won’t be answered for a long time. But there’s one question that many startups and investors are hoping will get answered sooner rather than later: What happens to venture debt? SVB was one of the larger, if not the largest, providers […]

Ask Sophie: Which visas are best for U.S. startup accelerators?

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Ask Sophie: Can […]

Are rising seed-stage valuations a poisoned gift for startups?

Compared to a year ago, startup valuations have dipped across the board, no matter if you’re a startup raising a seed round or a Series E. But there’s good news if you’re a growth-stage startup: Valuations for startups raising Series A, B and C rounds across the world ticked higher in Q1 2023 from Q4 […]

From root to crown, Mast Reforestation is regrowing the tree economy for the 21st century

Here’s the problem: the planet is burning, and there’s not much we can do about it. Forests are in peril not just because of the ravages of climate change, but because the industries that support them remain traditional and under-resourced. Mast Reforestation is building a tech-forward forest-as-a-service company that vastly simplifies and accelerates the process […]

AI touches everything, everywhere all at once at Disrupt

Like it or not, AI is part of our lives from here on out — for better or worse. In the past six months alone, TechCrunch has written nearly 600 articles focused on the impact of AI technology in our lives across industries as varied as film, healthcare, marketing and supply chains to name but […]

Union AI raises $19.1M Series A to simplify AI and data workflows with Flyte

Union AI, a Bellevue, Washington–based open source startup that helps businesses build and orchestrate their AI and data workflows with the help of a cloud-native automation platform, today announced that it has raised a $19.1 million Series A round from NEA and Nava Ventures. The company also announced the general availability of its fully managed […]

Landlord-focused insurtech Obie lands $25.5M led by Battery Ventures

Obie, a real estate-focused insurance technology company, has raised $25.5 million in a funding round led by Battery Ventures. Since the company’s last raise — a $10.4 million Series A — nearly two years ago, the startup says it has gone from securing insurance for over $3 billion worth of property to $20 billion worth. […]

Emerging managers shouldn’t rush a first close – even in this market

Fundraising has gotten increasingly tough over the last year for funds of all stripes, and especially so for emerging managers. In the first quarter of 2023, venture firms led by up and coming managers raised $1.62 billion, a mere 13% of the total capital raised in the U.S., according to PitchBook. Emerging managers and new […]