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Will fintech unicorn Flywire’s proposed IPO reach escape velocity?

What we're looking at here is a fintech unicorn IPO. A great way to kick off the week, to be honest, though I'd thought that Robinhood would be the next such debut.

Big Tech is now worth so much we’ve forgotten to be shocked by the numbers

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Optimism reigns at consumer trading services as fintech VC spikes and Robinhood IPO looms

You could be excused for expecting the boom in consumer asset trading to keep going up and to the right. But will it? There are data in both directions.

Fintech startups set VC records as the 2021 fundraising market continues to impress

The first three months of the year were the most valuable period for fintech investing, ever. Where did the fintech venture capital market push the most money in Q1, and why? Let's dig in.

Zomato juice: Indian unicorn’s proposed IPO could drive regional startup liquidity

The IPO parade that has continued in 2021 is not a strictly domestic affair. Other countries are getting in on the unicorn liquidity rush. This week, India-based food-delivery unicorn Zomato filed to

What can the OKR software sector tell us about startup growth more generally?

In the never-ending stream of funding rounds, from time to time, a group of startups working on the same problem will raise money nearly in unison. So it was with OKR software last year.

To be frank, I do not know how to value Honest Company

Is this a company going public while markets are hot so it can try to limp across the finish line? Or is Honest something honestly more exciting?

Building a creator-focused OS

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s broadly based on the daily column that appears on Extra Crunch, but free, and made for your weekend reading. 

After going public, once-hot startups are riding a valuation roller coaster

This is why I only buy index funds. No one knows what anything (interesting) is worth.

How are VCs handling diligence in a world where deals open and close in days, not months?

Some venture capitalists are turning to data to move more quickly. Some are spending more time preparing to be vetted themselves. And some investors are simply doing the work beforehand.

A cooling trend in public markets makes UiPath’s down-round IPO a win for the company

Robotic process automation (RPA) unicorn UiPath last night priced its IPO at $56 per share, above its raised price target range of $52 to $54. The company sold 9,416,384 shares at that price, alongsid

Insurtech startups are leveraging rapid growth to raise big money

The investment landscape for insurtech startups is off to a hot start in Q2 2021.

European VC soars in Q1

A stunning first quarter in venture capital funding was not restricted to the United States; Europe also had one hell of a start to the year.

Why it’s not surprising to see nine-figure AI rounds 

This week Scale AI raised a $325 million Series E. The company, as TechCrunch has written, works in the data labeling space. And it has been on a fundraising tear over the last few years.

What we all missed in UiPath’s latest IPO filing

Robotic process automation platform UiPath filed its first S-1/A this week, setting an initial price range for its shares. The numbers were impressive, if slightly disappointing because what UiPath i

Coinbase’s direct listing alters the landscape for fintech and crypto startups

Is there less risk and more opportunities for VCs who are looking to back crypto and fintech startups?

Inside the US’ epic first-quarter venture capital results

We're diving into the data with help from Sarah Kunst of Cleo Capital, Jenny Lefcourt of Freestyle Capital, Iris Choi of Floodgate and Laela Sturdy of CapitalG.

Expect an even hotter AI venture capital market in the wake of the Microsoft-Nuance deal

In light of the Microsoft-Nuance deal, we dug into the AI venture capital market. What’s happening on the startup side in the artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) space?

Ride-hailing’s profitability promise is in its final countdown

Last month was Uber's best in history in terms of gross sales on its platform. That's good, but not as good as you might think.

This startup summer could be blistering

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