The friends with benefits of the financial world – TechCrunch

Hello, and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about startup business where we break down the numbers and nuances behind the headlines.

This is Friday’s episode, and it’s a recap of the headlines, startup funding rounds, and just about anything else emerging in the world of startups and technology. Fortunately this week, we didn’t talk about NFTs, and I don’t think we said “token” once.

Instead, Mary Ann, Natasha, and Alex went back to what we might consider the Roots of Equity. This is what we got:

  • We started with a look at Fertilis’ recent tour. Fertilis is an Australian startup that is working to make IVF more reliable. We like the concept, although the startup has a lot of work to do before it moves the needle for couples hoping to conceive.
  • Mary Ann combined two core equity themes: Fintech and SaaS, but more interestingly, a fintech that only wants a SaaS startup. Although we tried to define Arc’s relationship with the startups she serves, Alex settled on her being a friend that has benefits for the financial world.
  • Speaking of fintech, Brex has made headlines (again) with its new surge and new executive — thanks to Meta.
  • We keep coming back to the hiring conversation, and for good reason. Career Karma (news here) and SeekOut (news here) have two different strategies when it comes to employee empowerment in companies — and we all agreed that retention, versus placement, is the future of recruitment technology.
  • We’ve finished with a conversation about accelerators thanks to Y Combinator’s news and feedback. Additionally, the new AngelList and Dorm Room Fund remind us that staying fit in strategy is still the way early stage project operations win deals.

A big hug to all of you for surviving the start of the work year during the increased spread of the Coronavirus. we can do this! We’ll get through it as a big team, okay?

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