The friends with benefits of the financial world

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hello and welcome back equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuances behind the headlines.

This is our Friday episode, a run-down of major news headlines, startup funding rounds, and everything else that’s popping up in the startup and tech worlds. Happily, this week we didn’t talk about NFTs, and I don’t think we said “tokens” even once.

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Instead, Mary Ann and Natasha and Alex return to what we might consider Equity’s roots. Here’s what we got into:

  • We started by looking at the most recent fertilization phase. Fertilis is an Australian startup working to make the IVF process more reliable. We’re big fans of the concept, though the startup has a lot of work ahead of it before pinning the needle to couples hoping to conceive.
  • Mary Ann brought together two very equity disciplines: fintech and SaaS, but more interestingly, fintech that only wants to serve SaaS startups. Even though we tried to define Ark’s relationship with the startups that landed on Alex with benefits for the financial world.
  • Speaking of fintech, Brex made headlines (again) with its new growth and new executive — thanks to the meta.
  • We keep returning to the hiring conversation, and it’s for good reason. Career Karma (news here) and SeekOut (news here) have two different strategies when it comes to empowering employees at companies – and we can all agree that retention, versus placement, is the future of hiring tech.
  • We ended with a conversation on the accelerator thanks to the news of Y Combinator and then the enterprise response. At the same time, the new AngelList and Dorm Room Funds remind us that the way to stay niche in strategy is by winning early-stage enterprise operating deals.

A big hug to all of you for surviving till the start of the work year during a COVID surge. We can do this! We’ll get through this as one big team, okay?

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