BLCK VC co-founder Sydney Sykes talks specific actions firms can take to be more inclusive – TechCrunch

[ad_1] BLCK VC is on a mission to double the number of Black venture capitalists out there by 2024. The reason behind it shouldn’t need explaining — only 2% of all partner-level VCs are Black, and 81% of VC firms don’t have a single Black partner. It’s no surprise then, that the startup ecosystem that…

Join us for a live Q&A with Plaid CEO Zach Perret June 18th at 10 am PT/1 pm ET – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Extra Crunch Live, ’s chat series for Extra Crunch members, is tacking towards founders after bringing on a host of investors: on Thursday, June 18, Plaid CEO Zach Perret will join us for a conversation. Plaid, known for APIs that connect fintech applications with users’ bank accounts, came to prominence in late 2018 when…

June 17 at 2pm EST/11am PDT/6 pm GMT – TechCrunch

[ad_1] One of the earliest disruptions created by the novel coronavirus manifested in the form of event cancellations. Some of the world’s biggest tech conferences, like F8 and Google NEXT, got postponed and others turned to digital options to still connect. Even Disrupt is going digital this year. It is an unprecedented time for the…

Steve Case and Clara Sieg on how the COVID-19 crisis differs from the dot-com bust – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Steve Case and Clara Sieg of Revolution recently spoke on ’s new series, Extra Crunch Live. Throughout the hour-long chat, we touched on numerous subjects, including how diverse founders can take advantage during this downturn and how remote work may lead to growth outside Silicon Valley. The pair have a unique vantage point, with…

Join Box CEO Aaron Levie May 28th at noon PT/3 pm ET/7 pm GMT – TechCrunch

[ad_1] We’ve been on a roll with our Extra Crunch Live Series for Extra Crunch members, where we’re talking to some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley about business, investment and the startup community. Recent interviews include Kirsten Green from Forerunner Ventures, Charles Hudson from Precursor Ventures and investor Mark Cuban. Next week, we’re…

Join Alexia and Niko Bonatsos for a Q&A today at 2 pm EDT/11 am PDT – TechCrunch

[ad_1] The Extra Crunch Live series continues today with two venture capitalists: Alexia and Niko Bonatsos. The two investors don’t work for the same firm, but they each have an interesting perspective on the world of investing. Alexia is a former journalist — and a former co-editor of — who now runs Dream Machine, her own venture…

Forerunner Ventures’ Kirsten Green demystifies the COVID-19 consumer – TechCrunch

[ad_1] “In general, the consumer has proven to be more resilient than I would have thought,” said Kirsten Green, founder of Forerunner Ventures, which has investments in breakout D2C stars like Glossier, Hims and Bonobos. She joined us for an Extra Crunch Live conversation to help us better understand buying habits in the COVID-19 era.…

Sequoia’s Roelof Botha is more optimistic about startups today than he was a year ago – TechCrunch

[ad_1] “I just think change unfairly favors the startup, the nimble small company,” says Roelof Botha. The Sequoia partner, whose portfolio includes Unity, 23andMe, Instagram, Instacart, Xoom and YouTube, says he’s hopeful about the opportunities this pandemic has created for companies across a variety of sectors, including healthcare, cloud computing, social and others. We spoke…

Precursor Ventures’ Charles Hudson on ‘the conversation no one has during an upmarket’ – TechCrunch

[ad_1] For pre-seed startups, precarious times are baseline until they secure their first customer, first hire and first check. But no matter how built-in turbulence might be for a pre-seed founder, we’re entering a period where stresses are amplified and outlooks are unpredictable. In light of the new market conditions, a harder fundraising market and…

Your coronavirus scenario planning should be more conservative – TechCrunch

[ad_1] The tech industry (and the world at large) is not experiencing temporary anxiety — the uncertainty we’re all coping with is the new normal. Sudden shifts in behavior have made some startups targeting slow-moving, old-school industries more relevant than they could have imagined, such as those in telehealth, distance learning and remote work. Most,…