Outsized seed rounds, neobanks and spicy M&A? Hello, 2023 • businessupdates.org

by Ana Lopez

Hello and welcome back to Equitya podcast about the business of startups, where we unravel the numbers and nuances behind the headlines.

This week, Natasha Mascarenhas, Mary Ann Azevedo And Rebecca Szkutak stepped on the microphone to talk about startups, hobbies and focaccia. What else did you expect?

This is what we started:

  • Descope secured a $53 million (!) seed round, a phenomenal new venture fund and a neobank to make credit more accessible to young people in Mexico.
  • Then we flipped to talk about buy now, pay later (BNPL), which included some chatter about Affirm’s recent woes and which parts of BNPL seem to be growing despite questions whether this is the end of the BNPL boom as we see it. know .
  • Tech layoffs are as pervasive as ever, so we talked about what advice some VCs have for the laid-off workers considering launching their own startups, and what we thought of that advice.
  • Finally, we ended with a jump across the pond to talk about the EU tech scene. Especially about the fact that it’s much more put together than the US, and all that jazz.

With that, we skip next week’s Equity Monday due to the holiday and back with more on Wednesday, led by Becca!

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