Author: Sarah Buhr

Silicon Valley law firm Gunderson Dettmer’s legal advice for Pied Piper

TECHCRUNCH Gunderson Dettmer is the law firm a good majority of tech startups turn to in the Valley for fundings, mergers, licensing and other deals and it’s been in the business of offering tech companies everyday legal advice to everyone from Oracle to DoorDash since the dot-com boom. It was ranked the “most active law firm globally” in PitchBook’s recently-released first quarter 2017 Global Venture Capital League Tables and closed more than 1,200 VC financing deals last year — so what advice does it have for Richard Hendrick’s character in HBO’s Silicon Valley right now? I don’t want to give away any spoilers for those...

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Target just gave Casper $75 million

TECHCRUNCH Target has reportedly rolled $75 million into Casper, the direct-to-consumer mattress startup you may have heard about in all those podcasts. The funding is a good chunk of what should end up being a more than $100 million round, according to a source at Recode, which first reported the news. Target has confirmed it gave a bunch of money to Casper but would not confirm the amount (sigh). We’ve reached out to Target for more and will update if and when we hear back. The investment allegedly happened after acquisition talks fell through. Target had offered to buy Casper for...

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A U.S. senator has introduced the first bill to give gig workers benefits

TECHCRUNCH While some in Silicon Valley indulge in free meals, laundry service and egg freezing, an estimated fifty percent of the workforce won’t even have basic benefits by 2020 — and Virginia Senator Mark Warner wants to do something about that. While legislators in Washington state have proposed a bill requiring a benefits program for gig workers, Warner has just proposed the first ever piece of national legislation aimed at helping on-demand and other non-traditional workers without traditional benefits like paid sick days or a retirement plan to have some sort of a safety net. The bill asks the federal government to set aside $20 million in funding...

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R.I.P. Imzy

TECHCRUNCH Imzy, the kinder, gentler online community platform will be shutting down on June 23rd. Company co-founder Dan McComas made the announcement in a blog post today, stating his apologies and explaining to the community Imzy just couldn’t find its place in the market: Some of you have been here since our launch into beta and some are brand new. We’ve loved getting to know all of you and seeing you build communities and make new friends. Unfortunately, we were not able to find our place in the market. We still feel that the internet deserves better and hope...

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Tennis star Serena Williams joins SurveyMonkey’s board

TECHCRUNCH Serena Williams (yes, THAT Serena Williams) has joined the board of consumer survey startup SurveyMonkey, along with Intuit CEO Brad Smith. This is the tennis superstar’s first venture into Silicon Valley and, according to a SurveyMonkey spokesperson, came about at the suggestion of fellow board member and Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg. Sandberg joined the board last summer after suffering the loss of her husband Dave Goldberg, who had been the company’s CEO before he unexpectedly passed away. It’s easy to make the connection to the Valley through William’s fiancé and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. However, Sandberg...

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This coffee butter-chugging startup just pulled in $19 million more in funding

TECHCRUNCH Dave Asprey, the man famous for encouraging Silicon Valley execs to put butter in his special blend of coffee, has raised another $19 million to keep on doing just that. His company and lifestyle brand Bulletproof 360 claims to make coffee free of something called mycotoxins, which is, basically, mold and can make you very ill if ingested. Asprey says about 75 percent of other brands are full of these mycotoxins and they are affecting the brains and bodies of America’s leaders. But for $18.95 you can get a bag of Asprey’s “Upgraded” blend of zero mycotoxins coffee. But...

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Clue now advises women on what to do if they forgot to take their contraceptive pill

TECHCRUNCH Clue, the app for tracking your period and all things related, surveyed a fraction of its 5 million worldwide users and found out that in some countries a lot of young women didn’t know what to do if they didn’t take their contraceptive pill on time. In Russia, for instance, you can buy the pill without a prescription and Clue found one out of four women there were given zero advice to go along with even the basics about their period. Not taking the pill on time can start a woman’s cycle and could potentially lead to an unwanted...

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Capsule raised $20 million from Thrive

TECHCRUNCH Capsule, a New York-based pharmacy delivery startup, has raised $20 million from Thrive Capital, founder Eric Kinariwala told TechCrunch editor Jordan Crook on stage today at Disrupt NY. The raise was first noted in the Wall Street Journal but Kinariwala came on stage today during our Founders Spotlight portion of the event to chat about his plans to cut out third-parties and streamline the supply chain to lower costs and bring customers better delivery options. The company only delivers to the New York area for now but it will have to figure out how to take on entrenched companies like...

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