Hello and welcome to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we break down the numbers behind the headlines.
Natasha and Alexis and Grace and Chris were joined by none other than TechCrunch Mary ann azevedo, during his very first appearance in the series. She’s pretty much the best person and we are delighted to have it on the pod.
And it was good that Mary Ann was on the show this week as she wrote about half of the dang site. Which meant we had to include all kinds of his work in the recap. Here is the agenda:
- Funding Rounds from: Ramp, which raised $ 300 million for a valuation of $ 3.9 billion; NoRedInk, which put together an impressive $ 50 million Series B; and Playbook, which builds a sort of Dropbox for designers. Each company has given us something different to noodle about, be it the divergent strategies of Ramp and Brex, how NoRedInk is different from Grammarly, and why Dropbox isn’t the Dropbox for designers.
- Then we toured the world to focus on Latin America, a booming startup scene that Mary Ann recently profiled for Extra Crunch. In a nutshell, venture capital is helping to spur a huge wave of startup activity in the region – or maybe a wave of startup activity is driving a boom in venture capital investment? – leading to huge companies, and possibly the inclusion of more people in the modern banking and digital economy. (For more, here are notes on the Brazilian market’s rising tally of exits! And Flink rose, which was also worth chewing on.)
And that’s an envelope, for, well, at least the next five seconds.