Hello and invite back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unload the numbers behind the headings. Today we had an option of all sorts of news, but as we cut the show together as a group Danny pushed all the funding rounds up. When Alex and Natasha delved into the show we had a lot of excellent news to cover. We’re avoiding COVID-19 news, however the pandemic is simply a part of the broader stories we want to inform. For the foreseeable future, coronavirus will be always be part of our interviews. However the conversation can’t start and stop there. What was on the docket? 3 things: Accelerator news for the early-stage creators, moneying rounds, obviously, and some layoff news that deserved pointing out as it may trickle down beyond the regrettable hosts. Here’s the rundown: Y Combinator moves its brand-new accelerator class to a virtual

setting. We want to know what the

  • move will imply for worldwide start-ups and Silicon Valley as the efficient nexus of nerddom. Mentioning accelerators, Boston-area VC firm simply released one for the first time ever. It’s choosing a different approach from YC and 500 Start-ups: no demonstration day, smaller sized associate, and no pledges to lead future rounds.
  • Miro raises a $50 million Series B. The obviously profitable Miro had us curious when again about remote work, which startups are going to do the best in the coming recession, and the company takes on. Is it more contra-Notion? Contra-Mural? Neither?
  • Confluent put together a $250 million round at a $4.5 billion appraisal. This funding event showed that megarounds are not dead. Alex thinks the business is nearly IPO prepared, however with the general public offering window relatively closed, we’re not holding our breath for an S-1.
  • Pepper raised money to make a bra that fits small-chested women much better. For those of you reading this that can connect to the troubles of uncomfortable bras, Jaclyn Fu wants to have a word for you.
  • Human Capital raised $15 million for its engineer-focused skill company. This one was a bit controversial, specifically in the altering financial environment.
  • In the media startup world, The Dipp introduced to offer us (well, those people that subscribe) TV and entertainment news. We’ll constantly nerd out about new news companies, and the reality that this was established by former Bustle associates captured our eye.
  • And after that there were the layoffs. Magic Leap cut 1,000 tasks, while coding school Lambda School and 2020 IPO Casper each made smaller cuts. It’s a bummer of a subject, but expect cuts to stay on the program for a while yet.
  • We didn’t get to talk through some Silicon Valley or European equity capitaldata, not to point out what we’re seeing in Boston since we ran out of time! More quickly.

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    Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.