When VCs Fund What You Didn’t Think They’d Ever Fund TechCrunch

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alexander, Natasha and Mary Ann jumped on the mic, with Theresa in charge of production, to talk about the biggest headlines of the week!

  • Offers of the week! This time around, Polywork raised $28 million, Block Party raised $4.8 million, and Remofirst and its own recent fundraiser. Naturally, we had to leave 234 deals on the cutting room floor, but these were the ones we couldn’t wait to discuss further. Also, don’t Polywork, Block Party, and Remofirst seem like fun people to have dinner with? Only U.S?
  • Insurtech Goes Niche: From there, it was time to tell a series of Mary Ann stories, focusing on specialist insurtech companies, and the fact that Pie just proved that it’s still possible to rise to nine figures as a that insurance-focused startup.
  • The big wars of delivery: Next up was News From Instacart, including the fact that its IPO is still ongoing and it’s busy launching products as it heads to public markets. It also turns out that a group of companies would like more than a slice of their business. Doordash, for one.
  • Dismissals and others: And then layoffs. Layoffs at Metafy, layoffs at Sundae and layoffs at Ola. However, we found a silver lining and ran with it.

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