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TechCrunch Conversations: Direct listings – TechCrunch

TechCrunch Conversations: Direct listings – TechCrunch Last April, Spotify surprised Wall Street bankers by choosing to go public through a direct listing process rather than through a traditional IPO. Instead of issuing new shares, the company simply sold existing shares held by insiders, employees and investors directly to the market – …

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Squad’s screen-shares and Slack’s swastika – TechCrunch

Squad’s screen-shares and Slack’s swastika – TechCrunch We’re three weeks into January. We’ve recovered from our CES hangover and, hopefully, from the CES flu. We’ve started writing the correct year, 2019, not 2018. Venture capitalists have gone full steam ahead with fundraising efforts, several startups have closed multi-hundred million dollar …

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Backing Culture Genesis, T.I. launches TechCypha, an investment syndicate for tech deals – TechCrunch

Backing Culture Genesis, T.I. launches TechCypha, an investment syndicate for tech deals – TechCrunch With an inaugural investment into the Los Angeles-based entertainment startup Culture Genesis, Clifford Harris Jr., who’s better known as “T.I.”, has launched a new syndicated investment vehicle called Tech Cypha. Launched by the music and cultural impresario with …

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ConsenSys Invests in Two Crypto Startups to Lead VCs Into Ethereum Ecosystem

ConsenSys Invests in Two Crypto Startups to Lead VCs Into Ethereum Ecosystem Despite recent belt-tightening at Brooklyn-based ethereum venture studio ConsenSys, the company’s investment arm is ramping up outreach to independent startups. ConsensSys Ventures, headed by managing partner Kavita Gupta, announced two new investments on Thursday: $1 million in the …

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VC funding of cybersecurity companies hits record $5.3B in 2018 – TechCrunch

VC funding of cybersecurity companies hits record $5.3B in 2018 – TechCrunch 2018 wasn’t all bad. It turned out to be a record year for venture capital firms investing in cybersecurity companies. According to new data out by Strategic Cyber Ventures, a cybersecurity-focused investment firm with a portfolio of four cybersecurity …

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A look at Birdies, the popular slipper shoe startup that just raised $8 million more from investors – TechCrunch

A look at Birdies, the popular slipper shoe startup that just raised $8 million more from investors – TechCrunch Bianca Gates is a first-generation American, her parents having immigrated to the U.S. from Latin America. As such, she says, after waitressing her way through college at UC Irvine, she was …

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Redpoint Ventures is raising another $400M to invest in Chinese companies – TechCrunch

Redpoint Ventures is raising another $400M to invest in Chinese companies – TechCrunch Redpoint Ventures is doubling down on China. The firm, headquartered in Menlo Park, has filed documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to raise $400 million across two new China-focused funds. The firm has set a …

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On-demand workspace platform Breather taps new CEO – TechCrunch

On-demand workspace platform Breather taps new CEO – TechCrunch Breather’s new CEO Bryan Murphy / Breather Press Kit Breather, the platform that provides on-demand private workspace, announced today that it has appointed Bryan Murphy as its new CEO. Before joining Breather, Murphy was the founder and President of direct-to-consumer mattress …

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