Please Welcome Sophia Kunthara To The Crunchbase News Team

Today we finally get to announce that Sophia Kunthara has joined the Crunchbase News team as a late-stage venture reporter!

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Sophia joins News after wrapping up her time as a Hearst Journalism Fellow at the San Francisco Chronicle and Connecticut Post. Before her fellowship, she interned at Reuters on its business desk and with the Arizona Republic’s copy and breaking news desks, among other roles.

Sophia’s first day is also a big milestone in our progress as a team. As I mentioned, her role at Crunchbase News is the late-stage market: big rounds, IPO filings, all the good stuff. If you’ve read our work over the past few years, you’ve seen us hit on those topics again and again. But there is so much more to do! We haven’t even covered half of what’s out there, let alone sit back and bundle the discrete events into trends. With Sophia, we’re starting to better hone our individual output towards discrete topics. Beats, if you will.

When the News team was smaller, we couldn’t specialize. Now that we’re bigger and more mature, we can, and it’s going to rock.

The Team

We’re spread out around the country, with Holden in Minnesota, Jenna in Wyoming, Joanna elsewhere in California and around the country, Mary Ann in Austin, Jason in Chicago, and Alex often in Providence. But with Sophia aboard, our SF crew has grown to three:

The Crunchbase News SF crew: Natasha Mascarenhas, Sophia Kunthara, and Alex Wilhelm

That’s all for now. Make sure that you follow Sophia on Twitter. If you want to use electronic mail, her address is

Please send her all of your tips concerning maturing (Series C and later, please) private companies that are still growing like hell. If they are venture-backed, even better.

Illustration: Li-Anne Dias.

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