Category: Founders

Black founders face a unique set of challenges
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Black founders face a unique set of challenges

The notion that Black people in America need to work twice as hard as others to succeed may be a depressing sentiment, but it has been deeply ingrained into the psyches of many African-Americans. At TechCrunch Disrupt, several Black founders spoke about some of the burdens that come along with being a Black person in…

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Unmortgage founder’s new startup wants to make it free to sell your house
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Unmortgage founder’s new startup wants to make it free to sell your house

Having left his previous company under unceremonious circumstances, Rayhan Rafiq-Omar, who founded Unmortgage, is launching his next proptech venture. Called Free.co.uk, the startup wants to eradicate listing fees when selling your house, as well as streamlining other parts of the house selling process. Instead of charging for a listing on Rightmove, it hopes to make…

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Should SaaS founders be raising capital now?
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Should SaaS founders be raising capital now?

Roger Hurwitz Contributor Roger Hurwitz is a founding partner at Volition Capital. He focuses primarily on investments in software and technology-enabled business services. More posts by this contributor COVID-19 quickly put the stock market in the ICU, with signs of unprecedented volatility and declines. However, the market’s resilience and swift action by the Fed made…

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Instagram founders launch COVID-19 spread tracker Rt.live
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Instagram founders launch COVID-19 spread tracker Rt.live

Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have teamed up to launch their first product together since leaving the Facebook mothership. Rt.live is an up-to-date tracker of how fast COVID-19 is spreading in each state. “Rt” measures the average number of people who become infected by an infectious person. The higher above the number 1,…

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Founders Factory backs Creator Fund, student-led VC to back EU student startups
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Founders Factory backs Creator Fund, student-led VC to back EU student startups

It seems like everyone wants student entrepreneurs. Entrepreneur First makes startups out of raw student material, for instance. Most countries want high-skilled students to stick around and make new companies. Only the U.K. likes to charge them a fortune for an education and then kick them out if they don’t earn enough. But I digress!…

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The Org nabs $8.5M led by Founders Fund to build a global database of company org charts
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The Org nabs $8.5M led by Founders Fund to build a global database of company org charts

LinkedIn has cornered the market when it comes to putting your own professional profile online and using it to network for jobs, industry connections and professional development. But when it comes to looking at a chart of the people, and specifically the leadership teams, who make up organizations more holistically, the Microsoft-owned network comes up…

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European founders look to new markets, aim for profitability
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European founders look to new markets, aim for profitability

11 entrepreneurs share their hopes and predictions for the year ahead To get a better sense of what lies ahead for the European startup ecosystem, we spoke to several investors and entrepreneurs in the region about their impressions and lessons learned from 2019, along with their predictions for 2020. We asked for blunt responses —…

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Female Founders Alliance absorbs Monarq accelerator to better promote women and non-binary founders
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Female Founders Alliance absorbs Monarq accelerator to better promote women and non-binary founders

Seattle’s Female Founders Alliance, which runs the Ready Set Raise accelerator for women and non-binary founders, has acquired New York’s Monarq, an incubator with similar goals and origins. The latter will be integrated into the former, but it seems to be a happy collaboration rather than a consolidation of necessity. Monarq was founded three years…

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Fusion GPS Founders Admit Dossier Was Not a ‘Finished Product’
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Fusion GPS Founders Admit Dossier Was Not a ‘Finished Product’

In their new book, Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, co-founders of the controversial Fusion GPS opposition research outfit, admit their firm’s infamous anti-Trump dossier was not a “finished product.” Yet that same dossier reportedly served as a roadmap for the FBI’s investigation into unsubstantiated and unproven allegations of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016…

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EcoCoin Founder’s $1.9 Billion Uber Fortune Now Bigger than Travis Kalanick’s Stake
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EcoCoin Founder’s $1.9 Billion Uber Fortune Now Bigger than Travis Kalanick’s Stake

Travis Kalanick now has fewer Uber shares than his fellow co-founder, Garrett Camp. Camp is expected to launch his Eco cryptocurrency beginning mid next year. Uber’s chair of its board is, however, playing contrarian with the stock. Since the expiry of the lockup period last week, former Uber (NYSE: UBER) CEO Travis Kalanick has received…

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