Anna Heim

Anna Heim

Reporter, TC+

Reporter at TechCrunch+, exploring SaaS and more. Former LATAM & Media Editor at The Next Web, startup founder and Sciences Po Paris alum.

The Latest from Anna Heim

8 authors and their 8 gift book picks for this holiday season

Book blurbs have become a central part of the publishing industry: Who better to endorse a book than other authors and thought leaders? In that same spirit, we asked several writers to recommend books

Drug discovery startup Pepper Bio hopes to challenge Eroom’s law with new funding

The biotech startup's $6.5 million seed round is led by VC firm NFX but it is perhaps equally noteworthy to see that Merck is also participating in the round.

Non-unicorn insurtech Luko urgently needs a buyer, but will it be Allianz?

Luko's parent company, Demain ES, will be put for sale via a legal notice in the newspaper after Admiral abandoned ship.

The best puzzles to gift in 2023, from space themes to robots and science

Today’s jigsaw puzzles don’t always look like yesteryears’, and that’s for the best: Not all of us care for scenery, birds and flowers as much as we like Disney and Pixar, for

Time for moderation?

Flexport CEO Ryan Petersen made it clear that while he was keen on buying Convoy because of the "incredible tech stack" it built, he wasn't buying its strategy.

Remote connects talent and employers with a new job board

Remote, the HR tech company that allows companies to hire, manage and pay remote workers, is launching a remote job marketplace called Remote Talent. CEO and co-founder Job van der Voort said it seeme

Will Airbnb’s co-founder build your next home?

Samara raised $41 million "to bring high quality ADUs to every backyard in California and beyond." ADUs refer to accessory dwelling units, or more plainly, backyard homes.

10 years on, Aileen Lee feels the unicorn’s legacy is far from over

From which metrics she thinks it's a good idea to focus on to her favorite memorabilia, the creator of the "unicorn" moniker, Aileen Lee looks back on ten years of this very special creature.

Will this former future unicorn be sold for parts?

While Luko could still sell itself, it seems less likely to receive a "very competitive offer."

Not many unicorns were spotted in the UK and France this year

Since France and the U.K. have both been vocal about their unicorn goals, it is these two countries we are looking at today.

Charting the last 10 years of the unicorn era

We've witnessed an incredible unicorn stampede over the last 10 years.

For VCs and founders, building in public is about filling the top of the funnel

Getting enough people to pay attention to you and to your thesis can help beyond raising money.

Can AI lift our spirits?

The last quarter in venture capital was quite gloomy. Even AI didn't change the picture that much, but its impact is starting to show in other ways. 

Big Tech’s massive ad businesses are getting a boost from AI

As the American economy posts impressive growth, we take a look at how much money Big Tech companies raked in from advertising in Q3.

Not everyone is fond of venture debt

To understand the issue with venture debt, it is important to note that the devil is often in the details — or in this case, in the contract terms.

In insurtech, too, business models aren’t one-size-fits-all

German insurtech company Getsafe is still bullish about direct-to-consumer insurance, but others are moving away from this business model.

European venture deal-making shows signs of recovery, but for how long?

European venture capital data is down sharply from prior highs in the third quarter, but there’s enough bullish material inside the data that the European startup scene has quite a lot going for it.

Latin America’s Q3 2023 venture results show glimmers of light

While some Latin American data, sourced from Sling Hub and Distrito, illustrates certain positive trends, other data from the region points the other direction.

Accessercise’s app makes it easier for people with disabilities to exercise

Accessercise, which developed a fitness app for people who want to exercise despite their disabilities, was one of the Startup Battlefield 200 finalists at TechCrunch Disrupt 2023.

More funding for defense tech?

It is too early to tell how long the Israel-Hamas war may last, but it is likely to make democracies' need for defense tech even clearer.
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