Electric Capital closes $1 billion in funds to back crypto startups, buy tokens – TechCrunch

Electric Capital closes $1 billion in funds to back crypto startups, buy tokens – TechCrunch

Fervor surrounding the opportunities in the crypto space has seemed to upend the venture world over the past couple years with major players shaking up how their firms are fundamentally organized in order to compete with so-called crypto native investment firms. While a plethora of breakout web3 funds popped up in the past several months, … Read more

Katherine Wu leaves Coinbase Ventures to join crypto investment firm Archetype – TechCrunch

Katherine Wu leaves Coinbase Ventures to join crypto investment firm Archetype – TechCrunch

Coinbase Ventures investor Katherine Wu is leaving the company for early-stage crypto venture capital firm Archetype, less than a year after joining Coinbase as a senior deal lead in September. “[T]oday is my last day at coinbase sometimes you take that leap of faith and it just doesn’t land quite right- that’s ok!” Wu wrote … Read more

Recruiting recruiters, crypto marketing, earned media 101 – TechCrunch

Recruiting recruiters, crypto marketing, earned media 101 – TechCrunch

Do you have recent experience recruiting talent for pre-revenue startups? If this describes you — or someone you know — please read this important announcement. TechCrunch Experts is recruiting recruiters Growth marketing (TechCrunch+) Create a social media punch list for cryptocurrency marketing: Facebook began allowing crypto companies to advertise on its platform last December, but … Read more

Soon all blockchain companies will be crypto speculators – TechCrunch

The race to fund crypto’s future sure is expensive  – TechCrunch

Welcome to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s inspired by the daily TechCrunch+ column where it gets its name. Want it in your inbox every Saturday? Sign up here.  It’s a little hard to sit down and write up some jaunty notes on the current state of the technology startup market when news just broke that … Read more

If crypto companies are going to spend this much money, can we at least get an 11th F1 team? – TechCrunch

If crypto companies are going to spend this much money, can we at least get an 11th F1 team? – TechCrunch

Tracking the influx of tech money into Formula 1, a racing series famous for its high costs and reputation-laundering for authoritarian governments, has been a fun game in recent years. Tech concerns, flush with capital and power, have poured money into F1 teams and F1 branding because they can afford it — and the sport … Read more

Sardine’s algorithm helps crypto and fintech companies detect fraud – TechCrunch

Sardine’s algorithm helps crypto and fintech companies detect fraud – TechCrunch

It’s a great time to be in the fraud detection business in crypto and fintech. Crypto in particular has faced some high-profile scams recently, and many companies operating within the ecosystem are beefing up their compliance capabilities to ensure they don’t end up in any regulatory hot water. Sardine, a compliance platform for fintech companies, … Read more

Despite bumps, crypto investment starts 2022 with a roar – TechCrunch

Despite bumps, crypto investment starts 2022 with a roar – TechCrunch

Regardless of your perspective on blockchain-centered projects, venture capitalists appear to have made up their minds about the sector: Investments into crypto-themed companies — the web3 space, as its supporters call it — set records in 2021, records that could be beaten in 2022 if early data indicates where capital will flow this year. The … Read more

India proposes 30% tax on crypto and NFTs income – TechCrunch

India proposes 30% tax on crypto and NFTs income – TechCrunch

India on Tuesday proposed launching a digital rupee by next year and a 30% tax on income from transfer of virtual digital assets such as cryptocurrencies and NFTs in one of the most remarkable tech and business-focused federal budgets presented by New Delhi. India has proposed a tax deduction at source on payments made related … Read more

Hundreds of Y Combinator alumni join crypto collective to back web3 startups – TechCrunch

Hundreds of Y Combinator alumni join crypto collective to back web3 startups – TechCrunch

A crypto collective backing web3 startups is seeking new members. The only condition for joining? Applicants must be alumni of the Y Combinator accelerator. The group, called Orange DAO, is an effort to build out a venture structure which can scout out and back young crypto startups. It was formed this fall with a few … Read more

2022 crypto predictions from Prime Trust CFO Rodrigo Vicuna – TechCrunch

2022 crypto predictions from Prime Trust CFO Rodrigo Vicuna – TechCrunch

Rodrigo Vicuna Contributor Cryptocurrency and blockchain had a breakout year in 2021. ust look at the numbers: 80 million unique crypto wallets; Bitcoin and Ether grew 60% and 407%, respectively; El Salvador adopted bitcoin as official currency; the NFT market generated $2.5 billion in trades. Even Burger King announced a whopper when they got in … Read more

Tom Brady’s buzzy celebrity NFT startup Autograph banks $170M from Silicon Valley’s top crypto investors – TechCrunch

Tom Brady’s buzzy celebrity NFT startup Autograph banks $170M from Silicon Valley’s top crypto investors – TechCrunch

Autograph, an NFT agency co-founded by athlete Tom Brady with a particularly deep bench of star power, has banked new funding from crypto investors who hope the platform can bring a new generation of celebrities and their fans into the fold of crypto collectibles. The startup tells TechCrunch it has closed a $170 million Series … Read more

Inflection raises $40 million for its second crypto-focused fund – TechCrunch

Inflection raises $40 million for its second crypto-focused fund – TechCrunch

Early-stage venture firm Inflection has raised a new found to invest into the “open economy”, as the firm says in its investment thesis. With that term, the firm means that it plans to cover all things crypto, web3 and blockchain with its new $40.7 million fund. Limited partners in the Mercury Fund include Accolade Partners, … Read more

Crypto.com expands venture arm to $500 million to back early-stage web3 startups – TechCrunch

Crypto.com expands venture arm to $500 million to back early-stage web3 startups – TechCrunch

Crypto.com, a popular cryptocurrency exchange, has extended its venture arm’s fund size to $500 million as it looks to more aggressively back early-stage startups to help the nascent ecosystem grow, following similar moves by rivals Binance, Coinbase and FTX. The broadening of Crypto.com Capital comes less than a year after the Singapore-headquartered firm unveiled its … Read more

The race to fund crypto’s future sure is expensive  – TechCrunch

The race to fund crypto’s future sure is expensive  – TechCrunch

Welcome to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s inspired by the daily TechCrunch+ column where it gets its name. Want it in your inbox every Saturday? Sign up here.  Welcome to the weekend! We made it. Barely, I think, given how tired everyone sounds on the phone and over on Twitter. But we … Read more

Regulating crypto could create American super apps – TechCrunch

Regulating crypto could create American super apps – TechCrunch

David Donovan Contributor David Donovan leads the Global Financial Services Practice for the Americas for digital consultancy Publicis Sapient and is a former Fidelity Investments executive. Much of Chinese society has come to depend on so-called super apps like WeChat to do multiple tasks, from making a medical appointment to hailing a taxi to getting … Read more

How will the crypto selloff impact the NFT market? – TechCrunch

How will the crypto selloff impact the NFT market? – TechCrunch

Major cryptocurrencies are currently enduring price declines from already depressed levels. It’s a selloff, though likely not one large enough to shake the confidence of the crypto faithful. Still, the impact of falling crypto prices on assets priced in crypto should prove interesting. The NFT market, largely built on the Ethereum blockchain, has seen a … Read more

‘Borderless’ crypto networks wrestle with state sanction compliance – TechCrunch

‘Borderless’ crypto networks wrestle with state sanction compliance – TechCrunch

The United States’ financial sanctions against countries like Iran create a messy regulatory environment where cryptocurrency startups have to pick their battles carefully. So far, the battles these companies aren’t picking are having real effects on users and can sometimes directly contradict the company’s alleged decentralization philosophy. “Something will come down on someone. We just … Read more

Z Fellows wants to give you $10K to launch a crypto startup – TechCrunch

Z Fellows wants to give you $10K to launch a crypto startup – TechCrunch

Capital may help someone take the jump into entrepreneurship, but what about the activation energy to let them think that big in the first place? To Cory Levy, the latter has always been more important. The entrepreneur behind First Text, a low-friction service that connects founders to investors, launched Z Fellows last year to test … Read more

Katie Haun is splitting off from a16z to launch her own crypto fund – TechCrunch

Katie Haun is splitting off from a16z to launch her own crypto fund – TechCrunch

Katie Haun, who co-led Andreessen Horowitz’s $2.2 billion crypto fund, is splitting off from the firm and taking a number of colleagues with her — including operating partner Rachael Horwitz — to start a new crypto-centric fund, Axios reports. Haun joined the firm in 2018 after a career as a federal prosecutor for the Justice … Read more

Crypto company Anchorage raises $350 million at $3 billion valuation – TechCrunch

Crypto company Anchorage raises $350 million at $3 billion valuation – TechCrunch

Less than a year after raising an $80 million Series C round, Anchorage is announcing that it has raised a $350 million Series D round. With today’s funding round, the company has reached a valuation of more than $3 billion. Anchorage offers a custody solution for big institutions, such as publicly traded companies or funds. … Read more

WildWorks, maker of Animal Jam and Feral, angers fans with embrace of crypto gaming – TechCrunch

WildWorks, maker of Animal Jam and Feral, angers fans with embrace of crypto gaming – TechCrunch

Less than a year ago, WildWorks, the makers of the kid’s virtual world game Animal Jam, launched its next big effort with a game aimed at Gen Z teens, called Feral. But in recent days, the company has angered many of its core users with news that it’s reusing Feral’s technology platform and many of … Read more

Stacked raises $35M to bring passive investing tools to retail crypto traders – TechCrunch

Stacked raises $35M to bring passive investing tools to retail crypto traders – TechCrunch

Stacked, a web-based platform that provides passive investment tools for retail investors interested in crypto, just announced it raised a $35 million Series A co-led by Alameda Research, a crypto trading firm owned by FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried. Bybit and BitDAO partner Mirana Ventures co-led the round alongside Alameda. Fidelity International Strategic Ventures, DRW Venture … Read more

How Credit Karma, acquired amid COVID chaos, fared in its first year under Intuit – TechCrunch

How Credit Karma, acquired amid COVID chaos, fared in its first year under Intuit – TechCrunch

February 24, 2020, is a day Ken Lin will never forget. The Credit Karma CEO was about to announce that the company he founded 13 years earlier was about to be acquired for more than $7 billion. Meanwhile, the stock market was in free fall. “I remember waking up and the Dow futures were down … Read more

Facebook’s top crypto executive David Marcus is leaving the company – TechCrunch

Facebook’s top crypto executive David Marcus is leaving the company – TechCrunch

Facebook parent company Meta is losing its top crypto executive later this year. David Marcus who leads crypto unit Novi and previously helmed the company’s Messenger unit, announced Tuesday that he will be leaving the company later this year. Marcus joined Facebook in 2014. His departure marks another major exit from a long-time Facebook executive … Read more

Coinbase acqui-hires team behind BRD crypto wallet – TechCrunch

Coinbase acqui-hires team behind BRD crypto wallet – TechCrunch

As crypto proponents look to onboard a new generation of users, one of the major consumer onramps has been a host of consumer wallet apps with slick interfaces. Today, Coinbase announced that it is bringing on the team from BRD — a crypto wallet startup that first launched its mobile wallet back in 2014. While … Read more

TabTrader raises $5.8M for a mobile app that aggregates crypto exchange data – TechCrunch

TabTrader raises $5.8M for a mobile app that aggregates crypto exchange data – TechCrunch

As many of the top cryptocurrencies seem to temporarily stabilize near all-time-highs, users looking to speculate on tokens that are a bit more volatile are searching across exchanges to find deals. Amsterdam-based startup TabTrader has been capitalizing on this search with a platform that aggregates prices and token availability across dozens of exchanges. While other … Read more

As crypto unicorns multiply, the US stands out as ground zero for blockchain winners – TechCrunch

As crypto unicorns multiply, the US stands out as ground zero for blockchain winners – TechCrunch

The market for crypto-focused investing is growing rapidly. News that Paradigm put together a $2.5 billion fund the other day is a reminder of the scale of funds now available to startups looking to build on the blockchain. Andreessen Horowitz has a mega-fund in the market as well, while Coinbase Ventures is setting a blistering … Read more

a conversation with Nader Al-Jani – TechCrunch

a conversation with Nader Al-Jani – TechCrunch

Nader Al-Naji, a crypto entrepreneur who today lives in L.A., has been on a roller coaster in recent years — and he doesn’t pretend otherwise. In 2018, roughly 16 months after raising $140 million from investors for a cryptocurrency startup that aimed to develop a stablecoin, Al-Naji and his Princeton classmates returned $130 million when … Read more

Crypto VC firm Paradigm debuts monster $2.5 billion fund – TechCrunch

Crypto VC firm Paradigm debuts monster $2.5 billion fund – TechCrunch

As the crypto market continues to push towards new heights, investors are finding heightened LP appetite for exposure to the space, leading to new venture funds that are huge — even by 2021 standards. Paradigm, a crypto VC firm founded in 2018 by Coinbase co-founder Fred Ehrsam and former Sequoia Capital partner Matt Huang, has … Read more

We ‘can’t rest on our laurels’ – TechCrunch

We ‘can’t rest on our laurels’ – TechCrunch

It’s no surprise that Katie Haun is a major proponent of NFTs or non-fungible tokens. The former federal prosecutor who today co-leads the powerful crypto practice of Andreessen Horowitz, has been a student of the technology since at least 2018, when a16z first backed Dapper Labs, which is now quite valuable. At the time, Canadian-based … Read more

Collecting zero-party data, Airbnb CEO interview, crypto volatility – TechCrunch

Collecting zero-party data, Airbnb CEO interview, crypto volatility – TechCrunch

Back when most commerce took place on the local high street, shoppers who exchanged personally identifiable information with merchants received something in return. Shops kept track of customers’ hat, shoe and dress sizes, along with their birthdays, anniversaries and personal preferences. In return, buyers got a first look at new products and service that anticipated … Read more

Twitter is building a crypto team – TechCrunch

Twitter is building a crypto team – TechCrunch

Remember when Twitter dropped NFTs and enabled Bitcoin tips? Given that founder and CEO Jack Dorsey’s Twitter bio is literally just “#bitcoin,” it’s not surprising that Twitter is interested in cryptocurrency and other decentralized technologies. Today, Twitter said that it’s formally launching a crypto team, which will aim to be “a center of excellence for … Read more

NFTs and crypto wallets could be in Discord’s future – TechCrunch

NFTs and crypto wallets could be in Discord’s future – TechCrunch

Discord is already the de facto home for NFT communities, but the company could be planning to deepen those connections in a big way. On Monday, Discord founder and CEO Jason Citron tweeted a screenshot depicting Discord integrated with popular crypto wallet service MetaMask and WalletConnect, an open protocol that many mobile crypto wallets are … Read more

Notabene raises $10.2M to help crypto exchanges comply with new global regulations – TechCrunch

Notabene raises $10.2M to help crypto exchanges comply with new global regulations – TechCrunch

Notabene, a New York, NY-based crypto compliance SaaS startup, has raised $10.2 million in a Series A funding round co-led by F-Prime Capital and Jump Capital. The latest investment brings Notabene’s valuation to $45 million. New investors include crypto exchanges Luno and Bitso, who were Notabene’s customers prior to the fundraise, as well as the … Read more

Studio behind ‘early access’ crypto game Blankos Block Party banks monster $1.25B valuation from a16z – TechCrunch

Studio behind ‘early access’ crypto game Blankos Block Party banks monster $1.25B valuation from a16z – TechCrunch

A16z Crypto has been minting plenty of NFT unicorns this year. In July, they backed NFT marketplace OpenSea at a $1.5 billion valuation. They participated in a September raise for NBA Top Shot-maker Dapper Labs, which valued the company at a whopping $7.6 billion. Just last month, they backed the team behind play-to-earn crypto game … Read more

Sam Altman’s Worldcoin wants to scan eyeballs in exchange for crypto – TechCrunch

Sam Altman’s Worldcoin wants to scan eyeballs in exchange for crypto – TechCrunch

As investors race to capitalize on surging interest in cryptocurrencies, startups are getting creative in how they onboard a generation of crypto users to their first wallets. Worldcoin is perhaps one of the most audacious efforts to bribe the world to embrace their currency. The startup, founded by OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and Alex Blania, … Read more

Facebook scales back its crypto ambitions once again – TechCrunch

Facebook scales back its crypto ambitions once again – TechCrunch

Facebook is launching a small pilot of its cryptocurrency wallet named Novi. A limited number of people in the U.S. and Guatemala can sign up to Novi and start using it. Instead of issuing its own stablecoin (Diem) on its own blockchain (the Diem network), the company is partnering with Paxos and Coinbase to let … Read more

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