How COVID-19 and the resulting recession are impacting female founders

Last week The Exchange dug into recent data concerning the amount of venture capital raised by female founders. As a refresher, the numbers were not good. In Q3 2020, PitchBook data reported that US-based female founders raised $434 million across 136 rounds. That dollar amount was off from $841 million in Q2 2020, for context. […]

Databricks crossed $350M run rate in Q3, up from $200M one year ago

The Exchange regularly covers companies as they approach and crest the $100 million revenue mark. Our goal in tracking startups growing at scale is to scout future IPO candidates and better understand the late-stage financing market. Today we’re digging into a company that is a little bit bigger than that. Namely Databricks, a data analytics company […]

Is the Twilio-Segment deal expensive?

The Twilio-Segment acquisition was the biggest story of the weekend, and in our current IPO lull, it is the most-discussed deal of the moment. So it hasn’t been a surprise to see folks working to figure out if the $3.2 billion price tag Twilio expects to pay for Segment is cheap, reasonable or expensive. The […]

Venture capital gets less diverse in 2020

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Funding for female founders falls to 2017 levels as pandemic shakes up the VC market

So much for progress. New data out this week from PitchBook indicates that the number of rounds raised by female-founded and co-founded companies fell year-over-year, with dollars invested in those rounds collapsing to 2017-era levels. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money. Read it every morning on Extra Crunch, or get The Exchange newsletter every […]

Understanding Airbnb’s summer recovery

New numbers concerning Airbnb’s summer performance were reported this week, with The Information adding to the performance figures that Bloomberg previously detailed earlier this year. Airbnb announced that it filed privately to pursue a debut this August. We have yet to see its public IPO filing, but, all the same, the flotation is coming. The Exchange […]