Diversity

EQT Ventures promotes Laura Yao to partner; hires Anne Raimondi as operating partner

EQT Ventures, an investment firm based in Europe that has raised more than €1.2 billion ($1.4 billion USD), announced that it has promoted Laura Yao to partner. At the same time, the firm announced

BBG Ventures just closed on $50 million to fund more women-led startups

BBG Ventures, an eight-year-old, New York-based seed- and early-stage venture firm that only backs founding teams which feature at least one woman, just locked down $50 million in capital for its thir

R/GA Ventures announces its new Coalition Venture Studio to support Black founders

Design and marketing consultancy R/GA is expanding its Venture Studios program with the launch of a new Coalition Venture Studio focused specifically on supporting Black-led and Black-owned startups.

Dear Sophie: When can I finally come to Silicon Valley?

I was originally looking at opening an office in Silicon Valley to be close to software engineers and investors, but then… COVID-19 :) A lot has changed over the last year - can I still come?

Bevy raises $40M Series C with 20% coming from Black investors

You might expect that a startup that makes community building software would be thriving during a pandemic when it’s so difficult for us to be together. And Bevy, a company whose product powers

Most African YC-backed startups in today’s batch are focused on fintech

In Africa, Y Combinator is known to be a major backer of most of the continent’s well-known startups. Two of the most talked-about in the last two quarters — Flutterwave and Paystack &#821

5 trends in the boardrooms of high-growth private companies

Just as countless aspects of corporate life have been reshaped over the course of the last year, boards of directors are undergoing significant and lasting transformation.

Brian Brackeen returns as an advisor to facial recognition startup Kairos following his ouster as CEO

Brian Brackeen, the founder and former CEO of facial recognition startup Kairos, has made his way back to the company following his ouster in 2018. Brackeen is now chairing the company’s scienti

Tech companies should oppose the new wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation

The tech industry should be more vigilant than ever in opposing discriminatory state-level anti-LGBTQ legislation that would target workers and their families.

Dear Sophie: What type of visa should we get to fundraise in Silicon Valley?

Should we come to Silicon Valley to meet with venture capitalists? How should we begin that process? What type of visa should we get and how easy is it to get?

Fired GitHub employee reaches ‘amicable resolution’ with company

GitHub has reached an “amicable resolution” with the person the company fired in the aftermath of the attack on the U.S. Capitol in January, the former employee told TechCrunch. On the day

Black Tech Nation Ventures is a new fund for Black entrepreneurs

Kelauni Jasmyn, general partner at the new Black Tech Nation Ventures, can explain her aims for the new firm quite succinctly: “The goal is to get more Black people funded.” That’s something Jas

4 signs your product is not as accessible as you think

More than one-fourth of the U.S. adult population lives with some form of disability, and businesses that are ignorant or slow to respond to accessibility needs are producing products for a smaller gr

Dear Sophie: What are the pros and cons of the H-1B, O-1A and EB-1A?

I’m an entrepreneur who wants to expand my startup to the U.S. What are the benefits and drawbacks of various types of visas and green cards?

Your deal flow is not diverse enough

Recognizing the issue is the first step to solving any problem. The increase in awareness and action is sure to bring forth important development that makes the future brighter for women entrepreneurs

Meet SeekOut, a profitable diverse hiring startup that just raised $65M

Most companies claim they want a diverse staff, but at the same time complain they don’t know how to go about recruiting more diverse candidates. Enter SeekOut — a startup that is out to give

Rep. Barbara Lee says the pipeline problem is ‘a total myth’

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-13 California) took time out of her busy schedule to join us for TechCrunch Sessions: Justice. During our wide-ranging discussion, she talked about the issues in tech that unfortun

Leading VC funds club together to offer remote office hours for 250+ European women founders

In the wake of International Women’s Day, a group of leading VC funds are grouping together to offer remote office hours for 250-plus women founders from across Europe on May 6th this year. Women fo

A glimpse inside the minds of tech’s DEI leaders

Diversity and inclusion as an idea has been on the agenda of tech companies for years now. But the industry still lacks true inclusion, despite best efforts put forth by heads of diversity, equity and

The path forward for essential workers

Gig workers and warehouse workers have become essential in a pandemic-ravaged economy. In California, a law went into effect earlier this year that makes gig workers independent contractors. Meanwhile
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