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SoftBank’s debt, Ford buys Spin, and Chinese coffee is huge money – TechCrunch

SoftBank’s debt, Ford buys Spin, and Chinese coffee is huge money – TechCrunch Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week was a blast. Connie and I were in the studio with our guest, True Ventures’s Tony Conrad, while …

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Even Financial acquires Birch Finance, a credit card rewards startup – TechCrunch

Even Financial acquires Birch Finance, a credit card rewards startup – TechCrunch On the heels of a funding round to the tune of $18.8 million, Even Financial has acquired Birch Finance for an undisclosed sum. Even offers products like a pre-approval API, real-time pricing, machine learning optimization, a product comparison …

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Failed drone startup Airware auctions assets, Delair buys teammates – TechCrunch

Failed drone startup Airware auctions assets, Delair buys teammates – TechCrunch Airware desperately sought cash for 18 months before running out of money and shutting down last month, leaving about 120 employees without jobs after the startup had burned $118 million in funding. Bandaid strategic investments from construction company Caterpillar …

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Twilio shops, Uber and Lyft IPO scuttlebutt, and Instacart raises $600M – TechCrunch

Twilio shops, Uber and Lyft IPO scuttlebutt, and Instacart raises $600M – TechCrunch Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we had the Three Excellent Friends (Connie Loizos, Danny Chrichton, and Alex Wilhelm) on hand to kick things …

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Palo Alto Networks to acquire RedLock for $173 M to beef up cloud security – TechCrunch

Palo Alto Networks to acquire RedLock for $173 M to beef up cloud security – TechCrunch Palo Alto Networks launched in 2005 in the age of firewalls. As we all know by now, the enterprise expanded beyond the cozy confines of a firewall long ago and vendors like Palo Alto …

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China’s secret startup advantage: liquidity – TechCrunch

China’s secret startup advantage: liquidity – TechCrunch This year’s rush of IPOs from Chinese tech companies has dominated headlines, but what’s more interesting is how quickly they got there. Traditionally, “going public” represented the gratifying culmination of sleepless nights and missed birthdays that went into building a company. The peak …

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Cluep, a Canadian startup that raised just $500k, acquired for $40M – TechCrunch

Cluep, a Canadian startup that raised just $500k, acquired for $40M – TechCrunch Everyone loves a tale of a bootstrapped startup founder’s journey to an eight-figure exit. The team at Toronto-based Cluep have a good one. The founders of the adtech startup raised less than $500,000 from angel investors before selling their …

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MariaDB acquires Clusterix – TechCrunch

MariaDB acquires Clusterix – TechCrunch MariaDB, the company behind the eponymous MySQL drop-in replacement database, today announced that it has acquired Clusterix, which itself is a MySQL drop-in replacement database, but with a focus on scalability. MariaDB will integrate Clusterix’s technology into its own database, which will allow it to offer …

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