Hey, look, some startups are still raising money • TechCrunch

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. Don’t forget that the code “EQUITY” can save you money on Disrupt tickets and TechCrunch+ access. And it makes us here on the show look good! Markets: Stocks are mostly down around the world today, taking … Read more

Startups are building businesses out of DevOps tools for existing sales platforms • TechCrunch

The growing market for sales tools has given rise to a curious cottage industry: DevOps startups specifically targeting the software used in sales and marketing functions. (Here, “DevOps,” refers to tools that automate processes between software development and IT teams.) It’s become a blossoming sector all its own, with vendors selling DevOps platforms for software … Read more

Connect with Google Cloud for Startups, Blackstone Launchpad and more at TechCrunch Disrupt • TechCrunch

Mark your calendars, startup fans, because TechCrunch is returning — live and in person — to the beautiful City by the Bay to host our flagship event, TechCrunch Disrupt, on October 18–20 at the Moscone West Convention Center followed by an online recap event on October 21. TC Disrupt is the grande dame of tech … Read more

Which Ethereum-focused startups will survive the Merge? • TechCrunch

As the Ethereum network transitions its system through a new upgrade called the Merge, many are wondering which startups within its ecosystem will be best positioned to thrive in a post-Merge world. Overall, it seems like the post-Merge startups that will succeed are ones that provide accessibility to both Web 2.0 and web3 users, whether … Read more

Open source startups have a natural growth model: PLG • TechCrunch

Tracking the growth and frequency of open source startups has been a long-running project at TechCrunch. This column joined the fun in the last few years, noting what seemed to be a rising wave of startups building open source projects that they later monetized. BuildBuddy built its service to work with Bazel, an open source … Read more

Sequoia India and SEA taps international operators to help startups launch and expand overseas • TechCrunch

Sequoia India and Southeast Asia has launched a new program to help its portfolio’s early-stage founders connect with international operators who can help the startups expand to new markets, the venture firm said, as it aggressively scales its offerings in the key regions. In addition to providing founders with advice, connections and help, the operators … Read more

Cantos launches its third fund, ploughing $50M into near-frontier startups – TechCrunch

Hard tech is hard, but when there are major breakthroughs, that can come with outsize returns and enormous opportunities. Cantos just closed its third fund to invest in science-forward companies at the pre-seed and seed stages to ‘improve billions of lives and saving the planet.’ “I have a bachelor’s in international relations. I’m not technical … Read more

This founder wants to take on the biggest coaching startups with a group-focused approach – TechCrunch

Nishika de Rosairo, the founder and chief executive of HumanQ, has a vision for employee coaching that disagrees with some of the biggest, and most valuable startups out there. Instead of one-to-one coaching, which venture-backed companies like BetterUp and Sounding Board offer employees and managers, HumanQ wants to make group coaching an impactful alternative. “We … Read more

How gender-affirming health care startups are navigating legal miasma – TechCrunch

Kate Anthony started in the Lone Star State. It was there, in 2019, that she launched her app Euphoria, seeking to provide information and resources on gender-affirming care. She knew the stakes were going to be high, and as the state passed anti-trans legislation, she and her company were forced to flee. Settling in Denver, … Read more

Flexible apartment startups gain more traction, as Landing lands $125M in debt and equity funding – TechCrunch

Startups looking to make it easier for people to rent apartments on a flexible, shorter-term basis, are gaining momentum thanks in part to the rise of remote work. Last week, Dealbook reported that a flexible living startup, Flow, founded by WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann, has locked down $350 million from Andreessen Horowitz. Earlier today, TechCrunch … Read more