Why Latin American SaaS startups are different from their U.S. peers

Hipster coffee shops in Budapest often look the same, as if they were in Portland, Oregon or São Paulo. That’s one of the effects of globalization: Some trends have become ubiquitous. But take a closer look, and you’ll soon realize that even things that look the same can actually come in different flavors. Take SaaS,…

Yandex takes a big hit to get rid of Russian assets

Listen here or wherever you get your podcasts. Hello, and welcome back to Equity, the podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This is our Monday show, in which we look back at the weekend and the week ahead. A big thanks to Maggie for stepping back into…

Deal Dive: It’s time for VCs to break up with fast fashion

Fast fashion is an industry ensnared in labor issues and copyright problems, and it has an immense environmental impact due to its wastewater and carbon emissions. It also happens to have the potential to make a lot of money, fast. But despite all these issues, VCs won’t stop loving the sector. On Wednesday, my colleague…

Pitch Deck Teardown: PhageLab’s $11M Series A deck

As a species, we have a problem. Bacteria are becoming more and more resistant to antibiotics. Makes sense: Antibiotics kill off all the bacteria they can, but the remaining ones that somehow survive continue to grow and spread. Guess which gene they all have in common? That’s right, the one that makes them resistant to…

Why one founder thinks the Apple Vision Pro is going to make it

Listen here or wherever you get your podcasts. Hello, and welcome back to Equity, the podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This is our interview show, where we sit down with interesting, knowledgeable folks and dive deep into what they are building, designing or thinking about. Today,…

Finvest app will have you invested in US Treasury Bills in minutes

Apps like Robinhood made investing in stocks easier, and Finvest wants to do the same thing for investing in U.S. Treasury Bills. Shivam Bharuka, co-founder and CEO of Get Moving, started working on Finvest in 2023. With interest rates at such high levels, Bharuka wanted to take advantage of the environment — however, banks were…