• Monzo, the UK challenger bank, raises £113M Series F led by YC’s Continuity fund at a £2B post-money valuation June 24, 2019 11:01 pm
    Monzo, the fast-growing U.K.-based challenger bank with more than two million account holders, has raised £113 million (~$144m) in additional funding. Confirming TechCrunch’s scoop in April, the Series F round is led by Y Combinator’s “Continuity” growth fund, and gives the company a new £2 billion (~$2.5b) post-money valuation. That’s double the £1 billion valuation […]
    Steve O'Hear
  • What startup names are most effective? June 24, 2019 5:44 pm
    Entrepreneurs take a long journey when naming their brainchild, comparable to a parent naming their own flesh and blood. There are many reasons behind naming...
    Arman Tabatabai
  • Only 24 hours left to apply to Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF 2019 June 24, 2019 5:23 pm
    Early-stage startup founders it’s now or never, it’s do-or-die, it’s [insert your preferred time-crunch cliché here]. The application deadline for the Startup Battlefield at Disrupt San Francisco 2019 expires in just 24 hours. If you’re ready to go up against a cadre of approximately 15-30 outstanding startups on the Disrupt Main stage, then apply to compete in […]
    Neesha A. Tambe
  • The next service marketplace wave: Vertical market-networks June 24, 2019 4:11 pm
    Ivan Smolnikov Contributor Ivan Smolnikov is the CEO and founder of Smartcat, the market network platform for the translation industry. The last few decades have produced many successful marketplaces. We went from goods marketplace pioneers such as eBay and Amazon to simple service marketplaces such as Uber, Lyft, Doordash, Upwork, Thumbtack, TaskRabbit, and Fiverr. But […]
    Arman Tabatabai
  • Trash uses AI to edit your footage into a fun, short videos June 24, 2019 4:01 pm
    Trash is a new startup promising to make it easier for anyone to create well-edited videos. Social video is an area that CEO Hannah Donovan knows well, having previously served as general manager at Vine (the video app that Twitter acquired and eventually shut down). She said that in user research, even though people had […]
    Anthony Ha
  • SpaceRyde wants to make access to space more available and more affordable June 24, 2019 2:56 pm
    Life can be tough for a small satellite operator – it may be relatively cheap and easy to build small sats (or CubeSats, as they’re sometimes called), but arranging transportation for those satellites to get to orbit is still a big challenge. That’s why SpaceRyde is pursuing a novel way of launching light payloads, that […]
    Darrell Etherington
  • Two days left to apply to Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF 2019 June 23, 2019 9:43 pm
    What do early-stage startups Forethought, Pi and Recordgram have in common with successful tech companies like Dropbox, Mint and TripIt? They all competed in Startup Battlefield, our epic pitch competition. If you’re ready to step up, go big and launch your startup to the world, you need to get moving. We stop accepting applications in […]
    Neesha A. Tambe
  • Equity transcribed: Slack’s IPO, the VCs behind Facebook Libra, founder salaries and trouble in scooter-land June 22, 2019 2:30 pm
    Welcome back to this week’s transcribed edition of Equity. This week, TechCrunch’s Danny Crichton filled in for co-host Alex Wilhelm – who was out in preparation for his wedding this weekend – joining Kate to cover the big news of the week. Kate and Danny dive straight into Slack’s IPO and the implications of its direct […]
    Kate Clark
  • Startups Weekly: The scooter cash desert June 22, 2019 12:00 pm
    In this week's newsletter: Slack's direct listing, Juul's conundrum and Facebook's new cryptocurrency.
    Kate Clark
  • Ray Dalio is coming to Disrupt SF June 21, 2019 5:53 pm
    When it comes to the gods of finance, few people reach the stratosphere of Ray Dalio . The founder of Bridgewater, the investment firm that has grown to manage $150 billion in assets, Dalio is one of the most successful financial entrepreneurs of his generation, and indeed, of all time. While Dalio and Bridgewater are […]
    Danny Crichton
  • Slack and Zoom are flying high; they’re also being chased already by upstarts June 21, 2019 5:42 pm
    Two of the highest-flying now-public enterprise companies of the year — Slack and Zoom — are different in many ways, besides the fact that one is focused on workplace messaging while the other is centered around video conferencing. Slack began life as a very different startup, while Zoom founder Eric Yuan knew from the outset […]
    Connie Loizos
  • Apply to Startup Battlefield for a shot at TC fame and fortune June 21, 2019 5:30 pm
    What would a $100,000 cash infusion do for your early-stage startup? Don’t just imagine it. Apply to compete in Startup Battlefield at Disrupt San Francisco 2019 on October 2-4. Our premier pitch competition has launched hundreds of startups on an exponential success trajectory, attracts massive media and investor attention and, yeah, it offers a fat $100K […]
    Neesha A. Tambe
  • ‘This is Your Life in Silicon Valley’: Nomiku Founder CEO Lisa Fetterman on why Silicon Valley doesn’t care about female founders June 21, 2019 5:11 pm
    Welcome to this week’s transcribed edition of This is Your Life in Silicon Valley. We’re running an experiment for Extra Crunch members that puts This is Your Life in Silicon Valley in words – so you can read from wherever you are. This is your Life in Silicon Valley was originally started by Sunil Rajaraman and […]
    Sunil Rajaraman
  • Prices increase tonight on passes to Disrupt SF 2019 June 21, 2019 5:00 pm
    This is it, the final day the super-early-bird is hanging out at TechCrunch dispensing serious savings on passes to Disrupt San Francisco 2019. Once the clock ticks onto 11:59 p.m. (PT) tonight, the bird flies off to parts unknown. The known part? Ticket prices go up. Disrupt events provide outstanding ROI at any price. But […]
    Emma Comeau
  • Nowports raises $5.3 million to become Latin America’s digital shipping answer to Flexport June 21, 2019 4:38 pm
    Nowports, a developer of software and services to track freight shipments from ports to destinations across Latin America, has aims to become the regional answer to Flexport’s billion-dollar digital shipping business. Almost 54 million containers are imported and exported from Latin America each year, and nearly half of them are either delayed or lost due […]
    Jonathan Shieber
  • Early-bird pricing ends tonight for TC Sessions: Mobility 2019 June 21, 2019 3:30 pm
    The robotaxi’s blowin’ its horn and zooming autonomously down the home stretch. At 11:59 p.m. (PT) on June 21 — that’s tonight, people — we hit the brakes on early-bird pricing for TC Sessions: Mobility 2019. Don’t miss your chance to join us in San Jose, Calif. on July 10 and save a smooth $100. […]
    Emma Comeau
  • Space startup Wyvern wants to make data about Earth’s health much more accessible June 21, 2019 3:25 pm
    The private space industry is seeing a revolution driven by cube satellites, which are affordable, lightweight satellites that are much easier than traditional satellites to design, build and launch. It’s paving the way for new businesses like Wyvern, an Alberta-based startup that provides a very specific service that wouldn’t even have been possible to offer […]
    Darrell Etherington
  • Northzone’s Paul Murphy goes deep on the next era of gaming June 21, 2019 2:44 pm
    As the gaming market continues to boom, billions of dollars are being invested in new games and new streaming platforms vying to own a piece of the action. Most of the value is accruing to the large incumbents in a space, however, and the entrance of Google and other big tech companies makes it difficult […]
    Eric Peckham
  • African fintech dominates Catalyst Fund’s 2019 startup cohort June 21, 2019 1:00 pm
    African fintech has taken center stage for the Catalyst Fund, a JP Morgan Chase and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-backed accelerator that provides mentorship and non-equity funding to emerging markets startups. The organization announced its 2019 startup cohort and three out of the four finance ventures — Chipper Cash, Salutat and Turaco — have an […]
    Jake Bright
  • The VCs behind Libra, Facebook’s new cryptocurrency June 21, 2019 1:00 pm
    Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.
    Kate Clark