3 views: Predicting 2023’s key startup themes

A good way to be wrong is to predict the future. A good way to be incredibly and embarrassingly wrong is to predict the future in a medium that is public and everlasting. With that in mind, welcome back to another episode of “TechCrunch Predicts.” As we did last year, TechCrunch’s Natasha Mascarenhas, Anna Heim and […]

Operative Intelligence helps contact centers figure out what customers really need

A company may have a good contact center, but ideally they are able to help customers before they need to make a call. Operative Intelligence helps contact centers figure out what customers want more quickly, improving automated inquiries and cutting down on wait times. The Melbourne and Los Angeles-based startup announced today it has raised […]

If Rowy has its way, if you can use Excel, you can build software

Low and no-code application building continues apace. Gently hum “Row row row your code, gently down the streams,” as we talk with the founder behind Rowy, the company that’s like Airtable on a lot of steroids, or Excel on a lot of steroids and a couple of lines of illegal substances. Of course, low-code solutions […]

Thoughts on the demise of Circle’s SPAC deal

Circle Internet Financial (Circle), the company behind the popular USDC stablecoin, called off its merger with a blank check company this morning, ending its SPAC-led run toward going public. Circle’s SPAC deal made news when announced last year and earlier this year when it was repriced. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money. Read it […]

Which way is up? The end of free money and the importance of keeping cash on hand

Max Schireson Contributor Share on Twitter Max Schireson is an operating partner at investment firm Battery Ventures. He was previously the CEO of database company MongoDB. More posts by this contributor For better or for worse: Managing founder-CEO tension inside a startup Tracking the explosive growth of open-source software It’s always hard to run a startup, but […]

Is this what good news feels like?

Hello and welcome back to Equity, the podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. It is the first Monday of December, so this show is getting into the holiday spirit. And by that, we mean thinking far too much about the geopolitical-technological landscape, naturally. Here’s what […]

Twelve Labs lands $12M for AI that understands the context of videos

To Jae Lee, a data scientist by training, it never made sense that video — which has become an enormous part of our lives, what with the rise of platforms like TikTok, Vimeo and YouTube — was difficult to search across due to the technical barriers posed by context understanding. Searching the titles, descriptions and […]

Loft Dynamics raises $20M to tackle pilot shortage with VR training

Loft Dynamics, a Swiss startup creating virtual reality (VR) simulation technology for helicopter pilots, has raised $20 million in funding from U.S. venture capital (VC) firms including David Sacks’ Craft Ventures, Sky Dayton, and Up Ventures. Alongside the funding, the company is also formally announcing its name-change from VRM Switzerland. Founded out of Zurich in […]