Anna Heim

Anna Heim

Reporter, TC+

Extra Crunch Daily 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

YC batch shows founders remain optimistic about fintech

Taking another look at the recent cohort of startups that went through the American accelerator Y Combinator, you wouldn’t really be able to tell that fintech had lost much of its founder favor.

Has France cracked the YC recipe?

Three of the eight French startups selected for Y Combinator's Summer 22 batch are also former residents of the Station F campus in Paris, so we chatted with its director, Roxanne Varza.

Our 10 favorite startups from YC’s S22 Demo Day: Part 2

This list is for fun, in no particular order -- just startups that stood out to TechCrunch reporters for one reason or another.

The biggest moonshots in YC’s S22 batch

Do bigger checks lead to bigger swings? Y Combinator’s latest participants are the second batch to land a $500,00 check as part of the accelerator’s recently refreshed standard deal. And while the

Where is Y Combinator startup-hunting in 2022?

YC's smaller cohort had us curious about the second-order effects of admitting fewer companies: What would a smaller batch do to the geographic makeup of the companies at the accelerator?

Come play YC bingo with TechCrunch

We here at TechCrunch love a good demo day, replete with startups showing off their idea, traction and, at times, product. Sitting through dozens or hundreds of pitches, be it at Techstars or Y Combin

Our 11 favorite companies from YC’s S22 Demo Day: Part 1

TechCrunch is tuned in, as always, to YC's Demo Day, and in keeping with our historical coverage, we compiled a list of our favorites from the first day’s pitches.

It’s not just you: The freemium bar is shifting

Here's another sign of the times: Free tiers are becoming less generous.

Tracking cybersecurity investment during the venture downturn

Is cybersecurity venture capital deal activity holding up better than other sectors this deep into Q3?

As US SPACs flounder, did Europe largely dodge a bullet?

Things have turned so sour for SPACs that it leaves us with a question: Why did anyone think that this was a good idea again?

More venture funds are betting on Central and Eastern Europe

Startup founders in Central and Eastern Europe will soon have more dry powder to chase.

Checking in on China’s venture scene as Q3 rolls along

How are the myriad issues in China's economy impacting Chinese startups?

Will M&A bring relief to media startups amid a public-market hangover?

With public-market exits effectively off the table and M&A for media startups historically capped around 6x-8x, the upside in media deals isn’t very high compared to other investing opportunities.

German startups could use more venture capital, but Germany’s government has a plan

Germany's €30 billion plan for its startups has a national goal -- making sure that profits from homegrown successes stay home.

These 5 investors are betting on helping you live longer and better

"Longevity tech is only getting started now and will infiltrate all aspects of our life in the next five to 10 years."

5 investors explain why longevity tech is a long-term play

It’s becoming clear that longevity as a theme has resonated with investors, though it appears it will be some time before more generalist investors take interest.

There’s a reason why US Midwest startups had fewer layoffs, Chicago VC says

Over time, many cities across the Midwest have been building out bona fide startup ecosystems, as M25's annual ranking of Midwest startup hubs makes clear.

The venture slowdown finally hit early-stage valuations, PitchBook data shows

According to PitchBook, the median valuation of early-stage U.S. startups that raised venture capital was lower last quarter than in Q1 2022.

5 things you may have missed in Disney’s latest earnings

Disney is arguably doing a few things faster or better than Netflix. But the House of Mouse is also bracing for changes that will affect the entire streaming sector and justify some broader caution.

Is the future of the microchip industry going to be Made in America?

With all eyes on Taiwan and worries mounting around semiconductor supply, the U.S. CHIPS Act is timely. But it is not unique: Other countries also aspire to reduce their reliance on imported chips.
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