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Badi bags $10M to build out its room rentals platform in Europe

Barcelona-based Badi launched a marketplace for urban room rentals in September 2015 with the goal of making it easier to find flatmates. The startup has now closed a $10 million Series A investment, led by Spark Capital, with the aim of ramping up its presence across Europe. Spark’s general partner …

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What Silicon Valley tech VCs get wrong about consumer investing

Ryan Caldbeck Contributor Ryan Caldbeck is the founder and chief executive of the consumer and retail investment marketplace CircleUp. More posts by this contributor: When I began fundraising for CircleUp six years ago, I encountered many investors whose eyes would glaze over when I mentioned “consumer.” These investors would fidget …

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Equity podcast: Dog-walking startup gets $300M, Airbnb isn’t going public and Amazon is fine

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week Matthew Lynley and Alex Wilhelm were joined by General Catalyst’s Steve Herrod, who helped us dig through the week’s biggest news. As a group, we looked at Wag’s mega-round, a $300 …

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Airbnb CFO Laurence Tosi is out

Airbnb CFO Laurence Tosi is leaving the company, Airbnb announced today. This comes shortly after The Information reported there were some tensions brewing between Chesky and Tosi over the future of the company. In a blog post, Airbnb said Tosi “has decided to dedicate his full time and energy to …

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