Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines.
This week, Natasha Mascarenhas, Mary Ann Azevedo and Rebecca Szkutak got on the micOur deals of the week included a look at a large new fund focused on Africa, a startup raising big bucks to address the nursing shortage and Rebellyous raising in a crowded and struggling space toward its effort to ‘rethink the nugget.’ We took a few to chat through the latest around FTX, which is attempting to take back its political donations at the same time Robinhood is trying to buy back the 7.6% stake that an SBF entity acquired last year. We also marveled at how low Twitter Blue numbers really are. To throw it back for a second, Mary Ann walked us through the latest with Stripe AND all of our questions around its financial backing at the current moment. Becca reminds us that secondaries, dear friends, may be quiet but are livelier than ever. We end with notes on AI and inclusion, based on Dom’s recent piece looking at the data behind the disparities. Reminder to use code EQUITY for 50% off annual TC+ memberships!
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