Natasha Mascarenhas
Natasha Mascarenhas
Natasha Mascarenhas is a reporter at TechCrunch covering early stage startups and venture capital trends. She also tracks the different networks that play into founder success, from loneliness to immigration. Before TechCrunch, Natasha reported on the same beat for Crunchbase News. She also has bylines in the Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, BostInno, and is proudly from New Jersey. Reach Natasha via e-mail at natasha.m@techcrunch.com or through DM on Twitter @nmasc_.Source
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Spark Capital decides to “sever all ties” with David Dobrik’s Dispo app weeks after leading deal – TechCrunch

Spark Capital decides to “sever all ties” with David Dobrik’s Dispo app weeks after leading deal – TechCrunch

Spark Capital has decided to ‘sever all ties’ with Dispo, a photo-sharing app co-created by famous YouTuber David Dobrik. The move, announced by the firm late Sunday, was triggered by a that exposed allegations from a woman who said that a member of Dobrik’s Vlog Squad sexually assaulted her.“In light of recent news about the Vlog Squad and David Dobrik, the cofounder of Dispo, we have made the decision to sever all ties with the company,” Spark Capital tweeted. “We have stepped down from our position on the board and we are in the process of making arrangements to ensure we do not profit...

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Natasha Mascarenhas
Mar 22
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Reddit co-founder on GameStop: ‘The collective public cannot unsee this’ – TechCrunch

Reddit co-founder on GameStop: ‘The collective public cannot unsee this’ – TechCrunch

When Robinhood, a startup that promises to make finance accessible for all, temporarily limited trading on GameStop, AMC, and other memestocks, many retail investors were pissed that the fintech darling suddenly didn’t live up to its name. The specific reasons may have been , but the choice looked corrupt to the average person.Here’s why: The presence of a massive hedge fund as a main Robinhood partner and supporter of the short-sellers is exactly what Robinhood users are rallying against. The obvious conflict shows that “democratizing finance” was always somewhat of an ironic tagline....

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Remembering the startups we lost in 2020 – TechCrunch

Remembering the startups we lost in 2020 – TechCrunch

year, running a successful startup is a tremendous lift. After the events of 2020, however, no doubt many already lean businesses are hanging on by the skin of their teeth. For every company that saw increased interest in their offerings during the pandemic, there were several that simply couldn’t make it through the finish line.We’ve put this list together for several years now. It’s not a fun task, but it seems worthwhile to commemorate the startups that have closed up shop over the past 12 months. (Some of them were acquired by larger companies before shutting down, but all of them began...

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Chamath Palihapitiya’s next big Hustle

Chamath Palihapitiya’s next big Hustle

Chamath Palihapitiya, the founder of Social Capital, does not do minority investing anymore. If he finds a startup he likes, he just buys it outright. The billionaire co-founded Social Capital in 2011, and seven years later, he pivoted the investment firm into a technology holding company. The transition wasn’t one that the investors hired into Social Capital were expecting — or a direction in which they wanted to move with Palihapitiya — prompting virtually all of them to jump ship over time. Palihapitiya, who said publicly in the aftermath of that exodus that he doesn’t think investing...

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Group Nine Media Acquires PopSugar To Access Market Of Millennial Women

Group Nine Media Acquires PopSugar To Access Market Of Millennial Women

Fresh off a $50 million funding round in September, Group Nine Media has acquired PopSugar, a woman-focused publisher and lifestyle brand. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the Wall Street Journal reported that PopSugar, a San Francisco company, was valued at $300 million through the purchase PopSugar’s online network of websites — offering everything from fashion tips to entertainment updates — attracted venture capital interest from industry behemoths like Sequoia and Institutional Venture Partners (IVP). It has raised $41 million in venture capital funding to date,...

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October 8, 2019
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