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PayPal and American Express expand partnership, will allow use of points for PayPal purchases – TechCrunch

PayPal and American Express expand partnership, will allow use of points for PayPal purchases – TechCrunch PayPal this week announced an expanded relationship with American Express that will allow cardholders to use their Membership Rewards points when shopping from PayPal merchants, as well as more integrated experience within both PayPal …

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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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These are the most successful companies to emerge from Y Combinator – TechCrunch

These are the most successful companies to emerge from Y Combinator – TechCrunch Earlier this month, Brex, a credit card provider to startups, announced it had raised $125 million at a $1.1 billion valuation. The round was impressive for a couple of reasons. 1. The founders are a pair of …

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Anaplan hits the ground running with strong stock market debut up over 42 percent – TechCrunch

Anaplan hits the ground running with strong stock market debut up over 42 percent – TechCrunch You might think that Anaplan CEO, Frank Calderoni would have had a few sleepless nights this week. His company picked a bad week to go public as market instability rocked tech stocks. Still he …

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SpankChain spanked – TechCrunch

SpankChain spanked – TechCrunch SpankChain, a cryptocurrency aimed at decentralized sex cams, has announced that a hacker stole about $38,000 from their payment channel thanks to a broken smart contract. They wrote: At 6pm PST Saturday, an unknown attacker drained 165.38 ETH (~$38,000) from our payment channel smart contract which …

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Zuora partners with Amazon Pay to expand subscription billing options – TechCrunch

Zuora partners with Amazon Pay to expand subscription billing options – TechCrunch Zuora, the SaaS company helping organizations manage payments for subscription businesses, announced today that it had been selected as a Premier Partner in the Amazon Pay Global Partner Program.  The “Premier Partner” distinction means businesses using Zuora’s billing …

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The Hack Fund will use crypto to give startups early liquidity – TechCrunch

The Hack Fund will use crypto to give startups early liquidity – TechCrunch Now that “utility” tokens have become a popular and international way to fund major blockchain projects, a pair of investors are creating a new way to turn tokens into true equities. The investors, Jonathan Nelson and Laura …

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Robinhood cuts trading fees, grows profits with in-house clearing – TechCrunch

Robinhood cuts trading fees, grows profits with in-house clearing – TechCrunch As zero-commission stock trading app Robinhood starts preparing to IPO, an engineering investment two years in the making could accelerate its quest for profitability. Most stock broker services have to pay an external clearing house to reconcile trades between buyers …

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