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Equity podcast.

April 10, 2020

Equity is TechCrunch’s venture capital podcast. In each episode, you'll hear the stories behind the money that runs Silicon Valley. TechCrunch reporter Alex Wilhelm teams up with Danny Crichton and the most notable VCs in the industry to analyze who's raising, who's selling out and who's going public.



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This week we — Natasha and Danny and Alex and Grace — had more than a little to noodle over, but not so much that we blocked out a second episode. We try to stick to our current format, but, may do more shows in the future. Have a thought about that? equitypod@techcrunch.com is your friend and we are listening.

This is Equity (Monday) Tuesday, our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest private market news, talks about the coming week, digs into some recent funding rounds and mulls over a larger theme or narrative from the private markets.

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture-capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. We’re back on this lovely Saturday with a bonus episode!

This week we had a lot to get through, as the news volume in early 2021 has been rapid, and serious. Sadly this means that some early-stage rounds missed the cut, though we did make sure to have some Series A material in the show.

This is Equity Monday, our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest private market news, talks about the coming week, digs into some recent funding rounds and mulls over a larger theme or narrative from the private markets.

The normal crew assembled to chatter about a chunk of creator and gamer news. And some big numbers, the sorts that we always find fun to chat about.

Equity crew is back to start the new year in full force, with Alex, Natasha, and Danny on the mics and Chris behind the scenes. The reunion led to extreme Dad joke energy from all of us, which helped get through the mountain of tech news that we had in front of us.

In fact, there was so much to talk about that we have a bonus episode coming out Saturday dealing with Roblox and the gaming environment. Stay tuned.

For now, here's what's in today's episode:

This is Equity Monday, our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest private market news, talks about the coming week, digs into some recent funding rounds and mulls over a larger theme or narrative from the private markets. You can follow the show on Twitter here and myself here — and don’t forget to check out the second of our two holiday eps, the most recent looking at what we think might happen this year.

This episode is in good fun. If you don't agree with we think is up ahead, that's fine. You're probably right. But we're nothing if not up for a challenge, so we kept the tradition alive this year.

This is the last Equity episode of 2020. And while we can't tell you yet what our plans are for 2021, we can say -- nay, project -- that there are a lot of fun and big things coming for Equity. We're planning our busiest year ever, by far.

And with that, we're out of here. Thanks for several million downloads this year, our biggest annum to date.

This is Equity Monday, our weekly kickoff that tracks the latest private market news, talks about the coming week, digs into some recent funding rounds and mulls over a larger theme or narrative from the private markets. You can follow the show on Twitter here and myself here — and don’t forget to check out the first of our two holiday eps, the last one talking to VCs about what surprised them in 2020.

Anyhoo, from vacation, here's what Chris and I got up to:

A report looking at how ecommerce changed during 2020.

The epic carnage surrounding the Chinese government's clamping down on its tech sector (more here, and here from TechCrunch).

Lalamove raised $515 million in a Series E.

Yuanfudao raised another $300 million.

Indian startups did not have the strongest year of venture fundraising, which felt a bit surprising. And it doesn't appear that Japan did either.

But here in the United States, holy shit things were bonkers.

Today is our holiday look-back at the year, bringing not only our own Danny and Natasha and Chris and Alex into the mix, but also five venture capitalists who we got to leave us their notes as well. The goal for this episode was to reflect on a year that no one could have ever predicted, but with a specific angle, as always, on venture capital and startups.

The weekend was busy, as always, so there was a lot of chew over this morning. Here's a partial list:

SoftBank is going to put together a number of SPACs. Indian fintech Pine Labs has raised $75 million to $100 million at a valuation of around $2 billion RealPage is selling to private equity for $9.6 billion

Zoom is under fresh scrutiny here in the US

Bolt has raised $75 million more in a Series C1. We talk about why that's fun, and its current competition. Group14 has raised a $17 million Series B that has us thinking about the future. And WorkWhile wants to help hourly workers and employers get along better.

Closing, here's the Owen Thomas piece that I mentioned at the very end of the show.