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The intersection of technology, startups, and venture capital touches everything now. That’s why Equity, TechCrunch's flagship podcast, digs into the business of... more

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The new Equity crew on a proposed AI 'kill switch' and why it's rough out there for VCs

Say hi to the new Equity crew! To kick off today's show, Mary Ann invited her new co-hosts -... more

24 May 2024 · 29 minutes
Here's how startups can crack the US market, according to Australian VCs

Today, we’re listening back to not one but two interviews from the other side of the globe, thanks to our... more

22 May 2024 · 47 minutes
Maven takes the clout-chasing out of social media as Reddit teams up with OpenAI

The AI news continues this week, and we're kicking things off with OpenAI's deal with Reddit. Per the terms of... more

20 May 2024 · 11 minutes
AI's busy week, and why the heck are so many VCs leaving their firms?

This week, Mary Ann, Becca and Haje dug into three funding deals, proving that bigger is not always better (or... more

17 May 2024 · 33 minutes
Newchip's bankruptcy is a cautionary tale for founders

For months, TechCrunch Senior Reporters Mary Ann Azevedo and Christine Hall have been following the story of Newchip's bankruptcy and... more

15 May 2024 · 22 minutes
OpenAI gears up for a big announcement, and Apple Store workers authorize a strike

Last week was a busy one for some Apple Store employees. Over the weekend, workers at Apple’s Townson, Maryland store... more

13 May 2024 · 11 minutes
Acquisitions are heating up, and Mercury eyes the fintech crown

Finally, some good news! This week, we were pleasantly surprised to see that FTX victims would be getting some money... more

10 May 2024 · 31 minutes
$450M for Noname, two billion-dollar rounds, and good news for crypto startups

This morning on Equity, not only do we have good news for crypto founders, we're also digging into Akamai spending... more

08 May 2024 · 16 minutes
Dorsey leaves Bluesky, tech giants do more with less, and the next IPO

Today on Equity, we had to talk about the news that Jack Dorsey is out at Bluesky. After all, Dorsey... more

06 May 2024 · 11 minutes
Inside TC’s Techstars investigation and how AI is accelerating disability tech

The Equity crew had a lot to parse this week. We had notes on wallet-as-a-service’ startup Ansa's latest fundraise, and... more

03 May 2024 · 34 minutes
A new venture capital supergroup is forming

This week on Equity, we dug into the Chowdeck round. It’s a Nigerian company that is putting up impressive growth... more

01 May 2024 · 10 minutes
Musk’s xAI shows there’s more money on the sidelines for AI startups

We’re off to an AI-heavy start to the week. OpenAI has a new deal with the Financial Times that caught... more

29 Apr 2024 · 13 minutes
Good news for Rubrik, bad news for TikTok, and encouraging news for Early Stage startups

This week, Rubrik’s strong IPO pricing and warm reception by the public markets after its listing add more weight to... more

26 Apr 2024 · 27 minutes
The TikTok ban clears key hurdle while Perplexity AI continues to shake up search

Today on Equity, we have som bad news for TikTok fans in the U.S.: A bill that would force a... more

24 Apr 2024 · 12 minutes
Salesforce's silly deal dies as we keep our eyes on Ibotta and Rubrik

Today we dug into the latest markets news, including upcoming earnings, IPOs, and what impact — if any — the... more

22 Apr 2024 · 13 minutes
Notable Capital's Hans Tung on the state of VC and the upside to down rounds

This week, Mary Ann talked to Hans Tung, managing partner of Notable Capital (formerly GGV Capital), which is focused on... more

20 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
Tesla’s busy week, and is fintech having a moment?

It’s been more than a minute since Tesla went public, but the EV company was inescapable on TechCrunch this week.... more

19 Apr 2024 · 31 minutes
An $11B bonanza for space startups, and where is all that a16z money going?

Today’s Equity episode is focused on all things startups, which means we got to chat through NASA's $11 billion opportunity... more

17 Apr 2024 · 10 minutes
OpenAI plans new Tokyo office as Tesla layoffs arrive

Equity is back with two critical headlines this morning. First, OpenAI is going to Japan with plans for an office... more

15 Apr 2024 · 12 minutes
Beeper acquired by Automattic, fintech's decline and YC's lack of LatAm founders

Today, the Equity crew dug into Automattic buying Beeper for $125 million. Recall that the WordPress parent company bought Texts.com... more

12 Apr 2024 · 30 minutes
A $60M venture fund with a twist, and more startup-on-startup acquisitions

Today on Equity’s startup-focused Wednesday show, we dug into the Multiverse's acquisition of Searchlight, a deal that reminded us of... more

10 Apr 2024 · 11 minutes
Spotify’s new AI playlists, the US’s latest chip deal, and a shot at data privacy

Now that we are finally past Y Combinator’s demo day — though our Friday show is worth listening if you... more

08 Apr 2024 · 9 minutes
What we've learned from the women behind the AI revolution

Today on Equity, Alex is joined by TechCrunch's Dominic-Madori Davis and Kyle Wiggers to discuss their ongoing Women in AI... more

06 Apr 2024 · 20 minutes
From YC to IPO: Winter 2024 Demo Day, Rubrik and Ibotta

What a week, everyone. Two full days of Y Combinator demo day activity kept us busy, but the latest accelerator... more

05 Apr 2024 · 30 minutes
Nvidia might be clouding the funding climate for AI chip startups, but Hailo is still fighting

On the podcast this morning we have BlaBlaCar's new credit facility and how it managed to land it, how PipeDreams... more

03 Apr 2024 · 10 minutes
Ads on Discord, AT&T passcode resets, and podcast changes for Android users

Equity has what you need to know to kick off Q2! Alex is talking through the latest in stocks and... more

01 Apr 2024 · 11 minutes
SBF's sentencing, Databricks' GPT rival, and who's investing in the "underdog" founders

As the week comes to a close, we're also shutting the book on the trial of former FTX CEO Sam... more

29 Mar 2024 · 31 minutes
Why a16z-backed Wonderschool is acquiring EarlyDay

This is our interview show, where we sit down with guests, think about their work, and unpack the rest. This... more

28 Mar 2024 · 33 minutes
Spotify throws its hat in the edtech ring

Today on Equity, Alex is catching you up on stocks around the world, crypto prices, and the weekend's biggest news.... more

25 Mar 2024 · 11 minutes
A $700M SAFE, more IPOs, and how one venture fund is transcending borders

The Equity crew is closing out the week with a look at Onyx's pivot to B2B, a climate incubator set... more

22 Mar 2024 · 32 minutes
Astera Labs going public and the Inflection-Microsoft AI saga

On today's episode, Astera Labs is going public after pricing above-range, and Microsoft scoops up Inflection AI talent. We'll also... more

20 Mar 2024 · 13 minutes
LinkedIn wants a piece of Wordle’s success

Here’s what we got into this morning: Apple may tap Google for AI: Sure, Apple is working on its own AI... more

18 Mar 2024 · 12 minutes
How to avoid all the IPO work without annoying investors

It's Equity Friday! Today our beloved Mary Ann was off on well-deserved break, so our friend and fellow-podcaster Rebecca Szkutak... more

15 Mar 2024 · 30 minutes
Startups are hiring fewer workers and paying out less in equity comp

Equity is back with your mid-week startup check-in! We have new data from Carta on how startup compensation is changing,... more

13 Mar 2024 · 12 minutes
Musk’s Grok goes open-source and Reddit updates its IPO filing

Today on Equity, we're kicking off another week with a look at Reddit's new IPO filing, the potential impact of... more

11 Mar 2024 · 11 minutes
How many startups shut down last year compared to the year before? A lot.

This week, Mary Ann interviewed Roger Lee, an entrepreneur who’s spent the better part of a decade building tools for... more

09 Mar 2024 · 27 minutes
What's the Deel with Remofirst, and why are VCs playing musical chairs?

Today on Equity, Alex and Mary Ann are highlighting deals of the week including Mews' massive new round and how... more

08 Mar 2024 · 31 minutes
OpenAI fires back at Musk, and Monzo raises a megaround

Alex hopped back on the mic this morning to talk about OpenAI bringing receipts to its tussle with Musk and... more

06 Mar 2024 · 11 minutes
Apple’s €1.84B fine, new AI rules in India, and the latest pre-IPO round

This is our Monday show, in which we take a look back at the weekend and what’s ahead in the... more

04 Mar 2024 · 10 minutes
The tourist VCs in LatAm have gone home

This week, Mary Ann talked to David Vélez, the co-founder and CEO of Nubank. The pair dove deep into why... more

02 Mar 2024 · 19 minutes
Will we reach AGI before Stripe goes public?

Alex and Mary Ann are sending you off into the weekend with news on Stripe's recovered valuation, Fervo Energy's $200M... more

01 Mar 2024 · 33 minutes
Microsoft invests in yet another AI company

For Equity's mid-week update, we're talking through startup news from Microsoft and Mistral AI, Thrasio and Glean. We're also covering... more

28 Feb 2024 · 10 minutes
Why some VCs are pulling back from Europe, Google’s AI push, and who is the CEO of Byju’s?

Equity is back with another Monday morning recap of the weekend and look ahead at the week to come. We're... more

26 Feb 2024 · 11 minutes
Equity Shot: All about the Reddit IPO!

Weekend team, we have something both short and sweet for you: A dig into the Reddit IPO filing that came... more

24 Feb 2024 · 9 minutes
Match Group’s deal with OpenAI is just business with AI glitter on top

This week Mary Ann, Kirsten, and Alex gathered to chat through a massive sheaf of news including deals of the... more

23 Feb 2024 · 31 minutes
Could Reddit’s upcoming IPO reward its power users?

On today's episode, we're talking about Reddit's upcoming IPO (again), along with some impressive raises for edtech startup Loora, Bioptimus... more

21 Feb 2024 · 9 minutes
The regulatory clock is ticking for TikTok

Today on Equity, Alex is back on the mic and talking through the latest for stocks and crypto, Planity's hefty... more

20 Feb 2024 · 12 minutes
Foundry is shutting down in slow motion

On today's news round up, Alex, Mary Ann and Karyne are talking through Deals of the Week from Rasa, Hippo... more

16 Feb 2024 · 31 minutes
OpenAI board member Bret Taylor has a new AI startup

Welcome to our Wednesday show, in which we talk through the week’s leading startup and venture capital news. Today we... more

14 Feb 2024 · 10 minutes
Peak XV's AI field trips, and why we don't set self-driving cars on fire

This morning we have an interesting mix of stories, which bring technology, politics and AI together in interesting ways. To... more

12 Feb 2024 · 11 minutes
Adam Neumann's bid for WeWork's scraps

Today on Equity, we're digging deep into our favorite deals of the week from Starship Technologies and Ambience Healthcare, why... more

09 Feb 2024 · 37 minutes
Fintech, edtech, and SaaS are not dead

We're taking a deep look at a number of startup fundraisings, including new capital for vertical saas, fintech and edtech,... more

07 Feb 2024 · 9 minutes
Yandex takes a big hit to get rid of Russian assets

On today's episode, Crypto price movements after the spot Bitcoin ETF, yet another reason for investors to think twice about... more

05 Feb 2024 · 14 minutes
The feast and famine cycle of tech

This week on Equity, we're going over startup raises that caught our eye and bigger deals of the week, including... more

02 Feb 2024 · 33 minutes
Why one founder thinks the Apple Vision Pro is going to make it

This is our interview show, and today we're bringing Anshu Sharma back on the podcast. Last time Sharma was on,... more

01 Feb 2024 · 30 minutes
Meet the startup taking on Nvidia

This is our startup-focused, Wednesday episode, so today we’re counting down important venture rounds and chatting our way through other... more

31 Jan 2024 · 10 minutes
How a browser startup is taking on Google search

Today on Equity, we're taking a look at how Arc's new mobile app is taking on Google search, why it... more

29 Jan 2024 · 13 minutes
How can venture capital survive a three-year liquidity drop?

This week, we invited Senior Data Editor at Crunchbase News Gené Teare to come back on the podcast. We'll dig... more

27 Jan 2024 · 32 minutes
Brex and the curse of having too much money

This week on Equity, Plural VC announces a new fund, Fantuan teams up with Chowbus, Vroom leaves the car selling... more

26 Jan 2024 · 31 minutes
Who knew M&A would be the thing we couldn’t shut up about?

This is our startup-focused, Wednesday episode, so today we're counting down important venture rounds, and chatting our way through other... more

24 Jan 2024 · 10 minutes
It’s 2021 for AI while the rest of the startup market is stuck in 2024

Equity is starting the week with a look at stocks, crypto's post-ETF boom, the newest AI unicorn, how Canva is... more

22 Jan 2024 · 10 minutes
The other side of AI hype

Today on Equity, Alex and Mary Ann are chewing through funding rounds galore from Pomelo, Tandem and Briq. We also... more

19 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
Back in the Unicorn Club with Cowboy Ventures’ Aileen Lee

Today on Equity, we invited Cowboy Ventrues’ Aileen Lee to chat through her massive new entry concerning the unicorn world.... more

18 Jan 2024 · 32 minutes
AI versus SaaS, EV charging, and a new $250M fund

Our newly revamped Wednesday show focuses on all things startups and venture capital. This week, we're digging into raises from... more

17 Jan 2024 · 11 minutes
See? Fintech isn’t doomed, it just needs more time

Today on Equity, we're covering the weekend's headlines and prepping for the week ahead with a look at stocks around... more

16 Jan 2024 · 10 minutes
When it comes to startups’ flight to quality, have we swung too far in the other direction?

This week, we talked to Jenny Fielding, co-founder and managing partner at Everywhere Ventures, a founder collective and early-stage (think pre-seed)... more

13 Jan 2024 · 28 minutes
CES, Circle-ing back to IPOs and why we're over the moon about Overmoon

This week on Equity, Shimmer raises fresh capital to offer 1:1 personalized ADHD coaching, vacation rental startup Overmoon shows impressive... more

12 Jan 2024 · 36 minutes
AI hardware, fintech woes and venture capital's shedding phase

This is our newly revamped Wednesday episode, and we’re going to be digging deep into critical startup and venture capital news.... more

10 Jan 2024 · 10 minutes
Equity Monday: Bitcoin ETFs, Carta’s latest mess, and let’s go to the Moon

Equity is kicking off the week with an update on Bitcoin ETFs, why Carta is in trouble (again), new competition... more

08 Jan 2024 · 11 minutes
Are megafunds squeezing out small VCs and distorting the seed market?

This week on Equity, we kicked things off with news of Ruth Foxe Blader leaving Anthemis to launch Foxe Capital... more

05 Jan 2024 · 29 minutes
How Duly is shaking up the Indian sexual wellness market

Today, we’re bringing you a special mini episode led by TechCrunch’s very own Morgan Sung. During this year’s Disrupt, Morgan... more

03 Jan 2024 · 9 minutes
AI versus copyright, and why you shouldn't put all your eggs in one NFT basket

Welcome to 2024, everybody! Equity is back with a look at the latest in tech news from the weekend and... more

02 Jan 2024 · 10 minutes
The Equity crew predicts we'll see a lot less VCs in 2024

We're saying goodbye to 2023 with an Equity tradition: our predictions episode. As we try to do every year, we... more

29 Dec 2023 · 26 minutes
Equity down under: How Australian startups can crack the US market

We’re spinning the globe with not one but two interviews thanks to our friend and colleague Rebecca Bellan, who’s been... more

27 Dec 2023 · 48 minutes
VCs are entering 2024 with “healthy paranoia”

Today, we're joined by Deepka Rana, a London-based Principal at Northzone focused on early-stage companies across consumer internet and B2B... more

26 Dec 2023 · 30 minutes
SVB, SBF and (more) OpenAI: The 2023 chronicles, pt. 2

This is the second of a two-part series looking back at 2023. Mary Ann and Alex called on two colleagues... more

22 Dec 2023 · 30 minutes
AI-driven gaming with Hilary Mason from Hidden Door

Today, we’re bringing you a special mini episode led by TechCrunch senior reporter and co-host of our sister podcast, Found,... more

20 Dec 2023 · 16 minutes
Startup Shutdowns and AI Showdowns: The 2023 chronicles

It was a very, very busy year in the worlds of technology, startups, and venture capital, and the Equity crew... more

18 Dec 2023 · 32 minutes
Cruise layoffs, exosuits, and why French startups are bubbling up

Today on Equity, we kicked off our recording with a breaking story from Cruise which announced it will be cutting... more

15 Dec 2023 · 32 minutes
Why Automattic spent $50M on Texts.com

This week, Equity brought Matt Mullenweg, the CEO of Automattic and co-founder of WordPress onto the show, along with Kishan... more

13 Dec 2023 · 30 minutes
Why Automattic spent $50M on Texts.com

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This week, Equity brought Matt Mullenweg, the CEO of Automattic and co-founder of WordPress onto the show, along with Kishan Bagaria, the... more