Early-stage founders: Beat the clock & buy a $79 Founder pass to TC Disrupt 2021 – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 6 minutes If you’re an early-stage founder, you’d be wise to make TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 (September 21-23) your must-attend virtual destination. It’s the OG of tech startup conferences, draws more than 10,000 attendees from around the world and features some of the most gifted, visionary minds and makers across the entire tech spectrum. Cash-strapped founders in the … Read more

All Raise launches virtual bootcamp for women and nonbinary founders – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 7 minutes More doesn’t necessarily mean better — and that’s a lesson for life and for tech. To focus on the latter, the startup ecosystem is experiencing a boggling influx of capital right now. However, the increase in dollars isn’t being evenly distributed to all founders. For the vast majority of people, especially women and nonbinary entrepreneurs, … Read more

UTEC launches a new initiative to help deep-tech founders commercialize their work – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 5 minutes The University of Tokyo Edge Capital Partners (UTEC) is launching a new program to address a problem the venture capital fund says many deep-tech founders face. They may raise pre-seed capital from an incubator or accelerator program, but reach a funding gap before moving on to early-stage rounds. Without financial resources, it takes longer to … Read more

The Station: Aurora SPACs, a spin on the VanMoof X3 and a chat with Outdoorsy founders – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 32 minutes The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hello and welcome to The Station, your central hub for all past, present and future means of moving people and packages from Point A to Point B. Before … Read more

Female Founder Fund closes third fund with $57M for female, BIPOC founders – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 8 minutes Female Founders Fund announced Tuesday the closing of its Fund III after raising $57 million to create what the seven-year-old New York-based early-stage fund considers “the largest fund for seed capital specifically for female founders.” The oversubscribed fund is backed by institutional investors including Goldman Sachs, Cambridge Associates, Melinda French Gates’ Pivotal Ventures, Twitter, Plexo … Read more

Bambee founder talks about entrenched fundraising challenges facing Black founders – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 11 minutes Allan Jones dropped out of college and spent a decade learning how to run a startup. In 2016, that education resulted in the launch of Los Angeles-based Bambee, which helps small companies by acting as their HR department with the goal of keeping them in compliance with government rules and regulations. But he found getting … Read more

The Artemis Fund focuses on women founders in underserved communities – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 8 minutes The Artemis Fund is a Houston-based firm built by three women with the goal of encouraging more women-led startups. The company launched in 2019 and has raised a $15 million initial fund, which closed earlier this year. Diana Murakhovskaya, who launched the firm with Stephanie Campbell and Leslie Goldman, says that the three women met … Read more

Austin-based iFly.vc closes $46M second fund from legendary tech founders – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 6 minutes To compete with the myriad venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, iFly.vc has a unique vantage point. Its founder Han Shen has straddled the United States and China for several decades. He was the first hire on the investment team of Formation 8, the VC firm co-founded by Palantir’s Joe Lonsdale. After iFly.vc backed Weee! … Read more

Why former Alibaba scientist wants to back founders outside the Ivory Tower – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 9 minutes Min Wanli had a career path much coveted by those pursuing a career in computer science. A prodigy, Min was accepted to a top research university in China at the age of 14. He subsequently obtained Ph.D. degrees in physics and statistics from the University of Chicago before spending nearly a combined decade at IBM … Read more

Pietra raises $15M from Founders Fund to help creators launch their own product lines – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 5 minutes In the white-hot creator economy space, startups are increasingly looking to build paint-by-numbers platforms to help budding creators more easily execute on what were once seemingly insurmountable business challenges. The ex-Uber team at Pietra is cashing in on this vision with a plan to build a backend for launching and scaling creator product lines. The … Read more