Ah yes, gotta love the: "Here's a Woman for Ya" pitch. https://twitter.com/KateClarkTweets/status/1184563144611360768
As @jkk raises a second fund for @JaneVC, instead of leading her pitch with a reference to gender, she phrases her investment thesis as follows: “We’re going to invest in an underlooked asset class that is overperforming.”
New from me + @geneteare: https://news.crunchbase.com/news/q3-2019-diversity-report-over-20b-invested-in-female-founded-co-founded-startups-this-year-alone/
PSA: The sole act of adding a woman, or women, to your startup’s C-suite is not newsworthy. Good for you but pitching that to me as something that “fits with my diversity beat” isn’t a good look. Reaching 50/50 gender balance is also good & also not something I’ll write about.
Reading an entire article before realizing I wrote it makes me very uneasy.
all of the lights in our office just turned off and we don't know if it's because of the PG&E power shutoffs, earthquakes, or implosion of WeWork as a business
TIL: Those “MATH” hats are for @AndrewYang, not because people in Seattle just really like math. (It’s an acronym: Make America Think Harder)
Aboard the Sustainable Ocean Alliance's floating startup https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/16/in-the-accelerator-over-the-sea/
A behind-the-scenes look at our VC Cohorts program, which helps women build community, grow as investors, and access new opportunities.💞📈Thanks, @KateClarkTweets! https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/16/all-raise-expands-vc-cohorts/
Off to LA ✈️
Read this story for evidence @AllRaise is helping VCs source and share deals: https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/16/all-raise-expands-vc-cohorts/
WeWork's chief communications officer quits https://www.axios.com/wework-chief-communications-officer-quits-2101db7a-f403-4f06-9052-15f2a41d59c7.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twsocialshare&utm_campaign=organic
Turns out my initial reporting on ZeroDown was wrong. The company was worth not $70M with its first round of VC, but a whopping $150M. Anyway, they've launched a home search engine to compete with Zillow and Redfin. Read about it here: https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/15/zerodown-valued-at-150-million-plans-to-take-on-zillow/
Hope my copy editor enjoys adding all the "n"s to my story.
8 tips for founders trying to raise their first round of venture capital https://tcrn.ch/2BfUdzv by @KateClarkTweets
In an effort to train a new generation of angel investors, @spearhead will give founders $1 million each to invest in startups of their choosing: https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/15/spearhead-will-give-1m-to-15-founders-to-invest-freely/
The scooters have returned https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/15/uber-lime-and-spin-scooters-are-now-legal-in-sf/
.@Hellorevel, a platform that connects women over the age of 50 for social events, raised $2.5M in a seed round a few days ago (per @KateClarkTweets)
Wrote about them as part of my Loneliness In Tech series: https://news.crunchbase.com/news/loneliness-in-tech-nothing-beats-vulnerability-even-if-its-tech-generated/
Little personnel scoop this evening. Nuro poaches Bird's chief legal officer & former Lyft VP David Estrada: https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/14/birds-chief-legal-policy-officer-is-leaving-the-company/