Marisa Kendall covers venture capital and startups for The Mercury News in San Jose. Her beat includes keeping tabs on VC funding trends, exploring new, innovative technology pioneered by local startups, and following “unicorn” companies including Uber, Lyft and Airbnb. Marisa started her career as a crime reporter in Southwest Florida before moving to the Bay Area to cover Silicon Valley’s legal battles for The Recorder in San Francisco. She joined The Mercury News in January.