Natasha Mascarenhas

Natasha Mascarenhas

Natasha Mascarenhas is a reporter at TechCrunch covering early stage startups and venture capital trends. She also tracks the different networks that play into founder success, from loneliness to immigration. Before TechCrunch, Natasha reported on the same beat for Crunchbase News. She also has bylines in the Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, BostInno, and is proudly from New Jersey.

Reach Natasha via e-mail at natasha.m@techcrunch.com or through DM on Twitter @nmasc_.

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Payments services company Finix adds $30 million to its Series B

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And we’re back! Today was part two of Y Combinator’s absolutely massive Demo Day(s) event for its Summer 2020 class. As we outlined yesterday, this is the first YC accelerator class to tak

Our 12 favorite startups from Y Combinator’s S20 Demo Day: Part 2

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YC’s most anticipated startup raised $16M from a16z before Demo Day

Trove, a startup that sells a suite of internal compensation tools to other startups, has quietly graduated from this summer’s Y Combinator batch with millions in venture capital and a whopping valu

Here are the 98 companies from Y Combinator’s Summer 2020 Demo Day 1

Today was part one of Y Combinator’s two-parter Summer 2020 Demo Day, where nearly 100 companies debuted their efforts to the world for the first time. The Summer 2020 batch of companies was the

Our 11 favorite companies from Y Combinator’s S20 Demo Day: Part 1

Startup incubator and investment group Y Combinator today held the first of two demo days for founders in its Summer 2020 batch. So far, this cohort contains the usual mix of bold, impressive and, at

Meet the anti-antitrust startup club

More entrepreneurs and investors are willing to throw caution to the wind and go after core segments like search, email and video conferencing with gusto.

Hear from experienced edtech investors on the market’s overnight boom at Disrupt 2020

Edtech’s reputation has been revitalized due to the coronavirus pandemic, which forced millions of students to adopt remote education overnight. But behind the scramble is a crop of investors who ha

Anu Duggal on COVID-19, promoting diversity and building a fund

It has been nearly a decade since Anu Duggal, founding partner of Female Founders Fund, started raising money to invest in women-led startups. In 2020, the investor says her thesis — that there

Join Female Founders Fund’s Anu Duggal for a live Q&A right now

Startups are rebounding. Venture capitalists are open for business. And during the pandemic, the pace of dealmaking has not slowed down. But how is this new era of uncertainty impacting underrepresent

Chamath Palihapitiya’s next big Hustle

Chamath Palihapitiya, the founder of Social Capital, does not do minority investing anymore. If he finds a startup he likes, he just buys it outright. The billionaire co-founded Social Capital in 2011

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Rent the Runway and Glossier became unicorns within the same week in June 2019. That same year, only 2.7% of venture capital dollars went toward female-founded companies. Silicon Valley’s disconnect

Edtech exits are increasing, but by how much?

Before the coronavirus made edtech more relevant, companies in the sector were historically likely to see slow, low exits. Despite successful IPOs by 2U, Chegg and Instructure in the United States, pu

Labster lands new cash to bring its virtual reality science lab software to Asia

You could Zoom call into your science class, or you could conduct a lab experiment in virtual reality. During the coronavirus pandemic, the latter has never felt more full of potential. The global nee

Does 👁👄👁 illustrate the power of meme culture in fundraising?

Fundraising was once a formal process. A decade ago, founders would make pilgrimages to the stodgy investor offices that line Sand Hill Road. Now, as the coronavirus ravages the world and venture capi

Can learning pods scale, or are they widening edtech’s digital divide?

Lucia, a six-year old, hides from Zoom calls and has rejected every edtech tool from Seesaw to Khan Academy. She will spend all of first grade in quarantine. Her mother, Claire Díaz-Ortiz, says her d

The story behind Rent the Runway’s first check

When Rent the Runway co-founders Jennifer Fleiss and Jennifer Hyman got their first term sheet, it had an exploding clause in it: If they didn’t sign the offer in 24 hours, they would lose the d

Gumroad founder Sahil Lavingia launches new seed fund in collaboration with AngelList

Gumroad founder Sahil Lavingia has teamed up with AngelList to launch his debut $5 million rolling fund to invest in early-stage entrepreneurs. He is cutting $100,000 to $250,000 checks for startups a

Y Combinator Demo Day to remain virtual and will be streamed live

After feedback from the investor and founder communities, Y Combinator is making a change to how it does Demo Days in a remote world. The accelerator announced today that it will keep its two-day Demo

Boston’s Q2 shows that the startup rebound isn’t ahead of us, it’s upon us

The coronavirus caused some disagreement amongst Boston’s venture capital community. Looking back at our mid-2020 survey of its VCs, some saw the city’s strength in biotech and healthcare as a com
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