Online lender Earnest sells to Navient, in a disappointing deal for investors

Earnest, a well-funded fintech startup with bold ambitions to create a modern financial institution, is selling to the student-loan company Navient for $155 million in...

Meet Catherine Ulrich, FirstMark Capital’s newest partner

FirstMark Capital is one of the most successful early-stage VCs in New York city. With investments in Airbnb, Frame.io, Kinsa, InVision, and Brooklinen, among many...

Roofstock, a marketplace for single-family homes with tenants, just closed on $35 million in...

Roofstock is a two-year-old, Oakland, Ca.-based marketplace for buyers and sellers of single-family homes that have tenants residing in them. The idea behind it is...

HYPR raises $8 million to prevent another Equifax hack

The recent Equifax hack is yet another reminder that major corporations are still leaving themselves susceptible to attacks. There are countless cybersecurity startups looking to fix this...

The United States’ share of global early-stage capital slips again

Alex Wilhelm is the editor-in-chief of Crunchbase News and co-host of Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast. More posts by this contributor: Tech hubs tend to...

Ex-500 Startups partners launch Hustle Fund to level the playing field for founders

Ex-500 Startups partners Elizabeth Yin and Eric Bahn want to focus on potential impact, not on whether or not founders have a degree from Stanford...

A candid talk with investors who fund VCs about Binary Capital and much more

On Wednesday night, at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco, this editor sat down with Michael Kim of Cendana Capital and Elizabeth “Beezer” Clarkson of...

Building a Series A SaaS valuation estimator (2017 edition)

Alex Rosen is managing director at Ridge Ventures. More posts by this contributor: I have financed nearly 50 early-stage companies and the question of proper...

Roku nearly doubles since IPO, up another 13% on day two

Digital streaming business Roku has soared in its public debut. After pricing its IPO Wednesday at $14 per share, Roku finished its first day of trading...

Some VCs want to jump into ICOs, but a host of challenges remain

Venture capitalists are in a pickle. Companies have raised more than $1.7 billion through initial coin offerings, or ICOs, this year by selling their own...

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Google to launch two flagship smartwatches in first quarter next year

After a few rumours about a flagship Google smartwatch, Android Wear's product manager Jeff Chang has now confirmed that the company is working...