Closing the race and gender funding gap

Hello and welcome help to Equity, TechCrunch’s project capital-centered podcast, where we unpack the numbers on the help of the headlines.

This week became once fairly diverse than frequent. First, we managed to come help shut to our venerable time target (20 minutes) in region of our regular dimension (Half-hour). And, 2d, Alex is coming help to TechCrunch beginning next week!

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That performed, let’s dig into the news that Kate and Alex discussed, beginning with Harlem Capital’s $40.3 million contemporary fund. The Contemporary York-primarily based entirely outfit has a highlight on investing in minority entrepreneurs, who receive enormously lower than their white male counterparts. That is thought of as one of the most largest funds with a diversity mandate to this level, and that’s something to be stoked about.

Subsequent we grew to turn into to Mike Cagney’s canny fundraising skill. The outdated long-established SoFi CEO, ousted for depraved habits, is inserting collectively one more gigantic funding round for his startup, Figure Technologies. The expected $103 million round comes after the corporate raised $120 million earlier than.

With over $50 million raised of the extra than $100 million it expects, preserving Figure is in part a financial legend. Then again, due to Cagney’s piece in the project, it’s moreover a yarn of how posthaste cash forgives.

Pivoting to Europe, Kate and Alex chewed into the latest document on European project capital, pulling from Atomico and Forbes. The headlines are handsome easy: There are extra EU-primarily based entirely unicorns than ever, extra cash invested in the converse, and the cash is mostly finding male fingers. 

Disappointing diversity metrics apart, it’s an encouraging home of metrics for a converse that has long learned itself left to the facet when fundamental startup markets are discussed. 

And at final, Alex desired to be in contact about two impending US-listed skills IPOs. Coming in the wake of the WeWork fiasco and sporting similar piece prices but divergent growth profiles, the debuts of Bill.com and Sprout Social are events.

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