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The malls and grocery stores of the 20th century are being converted into industrial conveyor belts of goods and services traveling from the internet to your home.


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TC Sessions: Space is happening this December 16 and 17 — our first-ever dedicated space event. This is a live, virtual two-day conference featuring the most important people in the space industry, across public, private and defense. We’re thrilled to be hosting NASA’s head of the…


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Did you follow all of the unicorn news from the last couple of weeks? No? Here’s a list of headlines to catch you up....


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The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hi and welcome back to The Station. I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. If you’re inter…


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The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Po…


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This is The TechCrunch Exchange, a newsletter that goes out on Saturdays, based on the column of the same name. You can sign up for the email here. I had a neat look into the world of mental health startup fundraising planned for this week, but after being slow-motion carpet-bombed by S-1s, that is…


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Jason Rowley Contributor Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor Ride-hailing, bike and scooter companies probably raised less money than you thought To get big faster, younger unicorns start buying startups sooner Since the earl…


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Online education has been one of the hotspots in the tech world this year, as people turn to e-learning tools to fill in the gaps variously arising from closed schools, closed offices, social distancing and more time on our hands at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And that is giving a big bu…


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Exclusive: The data exposure is one of the biggest this year.


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As part of Global Entrepreneur Week, MIT Enterprise Forum Cambridge hosts collegiate entrepreneurs battling for title of Best Student Start-up


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What do you call the grey area between a Series A and a Series B? In 2020, when the money is taken on opportunistically, you call it a Series A-1 extension, according to Teampay. Even if the new capital was raised at a new, higher valuation. At least that’s what Teampay CEO Andrew Hoag has [&…


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NextView Ventures, a Boston-based venture capital fund, has raised an $89.6 million fund, according to SEC filings. The firm’s fourth fund, its largest to date, is oversubscribed, with early documents indicating a $70 million goal. The NextView Ventures team did not immediately respond to request f…


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The battle between Epic Games and Apple continues, Facebook faces criticism in India and Pinterest appoints its first Black board member. This is your Daily Crunch for August 17, 2020. The big story: Epic Games files injunction against Apple Epic’s legal and PR fight with Apple and its App St…


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Corporate gobbledygook is widely ridiculed. But it's pervasive in the American workplace and never goes away. There's new research into who uses jargon and why.


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Netflix tests a free promotional offering, Amazon’s drone delivery gets trial flight approval from the FAA and Neuralink shows off its human-brain tech. This is your Daily Crunch for August 31, 2020. The big story: Netflix sets some content free Netflix has taken some of its best-known Origin…


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The Trump administration moves forwards with plans to ban TikTok and WeChat (although TikTok gets a partial extension), Unity goes public and we announce the winner of this year’s Startup Battlefield. This is your Daily Crunch for September 18, 2020. The big story: US TikTok ban is imminent T…


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The UK is moving ahead with a plan to regulate big tech, responding to competition concerns over a ‘winner takes all’ dynamic in digital markets. It will set up a new Digital Market Unit (DMU) to oversee a “pro-competition” regime for Internet platforms — including tho…


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This week turned out to be a surprisingly busy one in space news – kicked off by the Trump administration's FY 2021 budget proposal, which was generous to U.S. space efforts both in science and in defense.


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The Netherlands’ ecosystem has been flourishing; more than $85 million was invested in regional startups in 2019 alone. The nation’s proximity to the U.K., Belgium, France and Germany makes Amsterdam a natural gateway to those markets. Long ago the savvy Dutch realized this, and built up Schi…


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It seems like SoftBank and the Mubadala Corp. aren’t finished taking big swings at the commercial real estate business in the U.S. Even after the collapse of WeWork, the investors are doubling down on a similar business model as part of a syndicate investing $700 million into REEF Technology.…


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Like other accelerators, Brinc hasn’t let 2020 get in the way of its program for early-stage startups. The firm is known for focusing on food technology, health tech, clean energy and hardware, and has a knack for finding some of the most interesting startups in those spaces. Today, we joined Brinc…


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YouTube and Instagram influencers make hundreds or millions of dollars touting everything from Fyre Festival to fashion week to makeup. Here's how.


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With COVID-19 infections spiking again at an alarming rate, Chicago is scrambling to catch up to other cities forecasting outbreaks by analyzing human waste flushed down thousands of toilets. Signs of the novel coronavirus show up in sewers about a week before people surge into hospitals with symptoms of the disease, which during the past nine months has killed more than 1.3 million people ...


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An Amazon Web Services outage has a wide effect, Salesforce might be buying Slack and Pinterest tests new support for virtual events. This is your Daily Crunch for November 25, 2020. And for those of you who celebrate Thanksgiving: Enjoy! There will be no newsletter tomorrow, and then Darrell Ether…


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Jason Green has a pretty solid reputation as venture capitalists go. The enterprise-focused firm he co-founded 17 years ago, Emergence Capital, has backed Saleforce, Box and Zoom, among many other companies, and even while every firm is now investing in software-as-a-service startups, his remains a…


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A spate of startups focused on mental health recently made enough noise as a group that they caught the eye of the Equity podcast crew. Sadly, the segment we’d planned to discuss this topic was swept away by a blizzard of IPO filings that piled up like fresh snow. But in preparation, I reache…


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European startup studio eFounders has looked back at the first half of 2020 to share some metrics about its portfolio companies. The startup studio that is focused on building Software as a Service enterprise startups has now launched 25 companies in total. Those startups have raised $148 million i…


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“We see this as a once in a lifetime opportunity. We just hunt for deals,” said one of the company's co-founders.


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Rolling funds, the rise of solo capitalists, crowd syndicates and team-based seed funds all scream one thing in unison: venture capital is growing and getting unbundled at the same time. While the asset class remains largely exclusive and skewed white and male, innovation does have the potential to…


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Multibillion-dollar startup Nikola Motors initially refused to return a $4M loan from the Paycheck Protection Program, before quietly returning the funds in April.


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The coronavirus pandemic has meant entrepreneurship now involves trying to figure out how to operate in a business environment that can shift on a weekly basis.


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Small and medium businesses and sole-traders account for the vast majority of businesses globally, 99.9% of all enterprises in the U.K. alone. And while the existence of millions of separate companies, with their individual demands, speaks of a fragmented market, together they still represent a lot…


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Everyone loses if this summer's controversy contributes in any way to OnlyFans being shut down. Because right now, it’s still the best option out there.


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Walmart and TikTok announced this morning they will be partnering on the first pilot test of a new shoppable product experience on TikTok’s social video app. Walmart, as you may recall, had planned to invest in TikTok when the app was being threatened with a ban from the U.S. market unless it…


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A rare fight between the policymakers tasked with guiding America's economy through the Covid-19 crisis could hit businesses at an already tense moment.


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With hundreds of thousands of Uber and Lyft drivers facing uncertain futures in California, two startups hope drivers will take a chance on their alternative approaches to the ride-hail business.


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Fintech has been a key startup story in recent quarters, with leading players in the genre raising titanic rounds at eye-popping valuations. Consider companies like Robinhood, and its epic capital run this year on the back of huge revenue growth, or Chime, which also raised huge sums while riding a…


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As the coronavirus continues to spread, fitness studios around the country are shutting their doors and adjusting to a new reality.


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To shutter employment-based visa programs, even temporarily, is to shut out the innovation and entrepreneurialism our economy desperately needs.


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It will spend $2 billion to tackle climate change even as its carbon footprint grows


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As Web Summit in Dublin wraps up another gang-busting year of packing out the pubs and bars, and bringing the traffic to a halt (some 30,000 people attended this year), TechCrunch took a turn around some of the stages to hunt down any interesting startups we could find. It’s a little tough to take …


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It’s more than two years since a flagship update to the European Union’s data protection regime moved into the application phase. Yet the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been dogged by criticism of a failure of enforcement related to major cross-border complaints — l…


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Marathon Venture Capital in Athens, Greece has completed the first closing of its second fund, reaching the €40 million / $47 million mark. Backing the new fund is the European Investment Fund, HDBI, as well as corporates, family offices and HNWIs around the world (plus many Greek founders). It pla…


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The space industry, once dominated by government-funded programs and a small handful of corporations, has seen a surge in startups in recent years. And with startups aplenty, the venture firms can never be far behind. Venture capital has played an increasingly important role in rooting out the best…


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Sure, we’re heading into a holiday weekend here in America, but that doesn’t mean that the good ship TechCrunch is going to slow down. We’re diving right back in next week with another installment in season two of Extra Crunch Live, our regular interview series with startup founde…


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Coronavirus cases in the United States are reaching new peaks. E-commerce is continuing to boom. And b8ta, a San Francisco startup that is betting on the future of physical retailers, is doubling down on its in-person footprint. B8ta offers shelf space to unique digital products, such as electric s…


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Intel continues to snap up startups to build out its machine learning and AI operations. In the latest move, TechCrunch has learned that the chip giant has acquired Cnvrg.io, an Israeli company that has built and operates a platform for data scientists to build and run machine learning models, whic…


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Initialized Capital, the early-stage venture firm that got its start inside of Y Combinator almost a decade ago and spun out of the organization roughly five years later, has closed its newest fund with $230 million in capital commitments, co-founder Garry Tan announced on Medium earlier today. The…


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Ever hear the expression, “every master was once a disaster?” Now apply that to developing a well-crafted pitch. It takes practice and honest feedback to make a masterful pitch, and that’s exactly what you’ll get when you participate in our next Pitchers & Pitches. It’s 50% competition, 50% mas…


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Slack is now a Salesforce property, marking a substantial shift in the business software industry.


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The rest of the world may be slowing down as we prepare for Christmas and New Year's, but we are not taking our foot off the gas.


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Stretch the robot is designed to spur research into robot butlers.


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For those who have followed TechCrunch and/or me for a long time, you know that I like to harp on the fact that fewer and fewer startups are filing their Form Ds with the SEC, which discloses information about non-public equity rounds. In fact, the playbook has become so common in Silicon Valley an…


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Antitrust panel says the messages show Zuckerberg trying to buy out his competition.


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America’s innovators need a bipartisan national innovation policy, steered by a top-down coordinating body.


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Facebook adds a personal off switch for political ads, T-Mobile lays off hundreds of Sprint employees and a content management platform raises $80 million. Here’s your Daily Crunch for June 17, 2020. 1. Facebook adds option for US users to turn off political ads, launches voting info hub Face…


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It’s no secret that a massive digital transformation is happening within financial services companies and amid the growing number of non-financial outfits that are also adding financial products to their offerings. Still, Sheel Mohnot, who was formerly a general partner at the fintech fund of…


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Emerging market challenger banks will have to look carefully at market conditions, possible target segments, sustainable revenue sources and the regulatory structure that best supports their desired business model.


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The Zero Emission Transportation Association aims to have all light, medium and heavy-duty vehicles sold in the United States be 100% electric by 2030.


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There is no doubt that the new wave of innovation will come from the emerging markets, and the African Diaspora can play an important role.


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That's almost 10 billion ways to start a virus — in just one year in the U.S. alone.


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How the newsletter startup could disrupt the media industry.


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Even in a non-hell year, running a successful startup is a tremendous lift. After the events of 2020, however, no doubt many already lean businesses are hanging on by the skin of their teeth. For every company that saw increased interest in their offerings during the pandemic, there were several th…


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Prominent environmental nonprofits dominate the first round of "Bezos Earth Fund" grants, which total $791 million.


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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made his third congressional appearance since July. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey joined him in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.


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The American venture capital world has staged an impressive comeback from the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. For a moment, there was worry that startups would struggle to raise for quarters, leading to layoffs, slowed hiring and budget cuts. But as the pandemic accelerated plans to shift op…


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There’s no lack of news these days on China’s tech giants teaming up with traditional carmakers. Companies from Alibaba to Huawei are striving to become relevant in the trillion-dollar auto industry, which itself is seeking an electric transition and intelligent upgrade as 5G comes of a…


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The SoftBank Vision Fund has been screaming from the venture headlines the last few months, driven by eye-popping rounds (and valuations!) into some of the most notable startups around the world. Yet, SoftBank isn’t the only player rapidly buying up the cap tables of top startups. Indeed, ano…


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Tomorrow’s a big day for early-stage startup founders preparing to exhibit in Digital Startup Alley at Disrupt 2020. We’re kicking off the first of three exclusive, interactive webinars to help exhibitors make the most of their Startup Alley experience. Tune in tomorrow, August 12 at 1 p.m. PT/ 4 p…


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The COVID-19 pandemic is making life worse for many startups, but not all. Those benefiting are often taking advantage of the market updraft to add more capital to their accounts. Robinhood, for example, saw usage of its consumer fintech product rise rapidly. Then the company raised a Series F wort…


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I believe creating a broader picture of compensation is essential for startups, global conglomerates and every company in between.


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Women start 40% of the businesses in the U.S., but they receive just 3% of venture funding. It doesn’t take a math whiz to recognize that such an extreme funding gap could spell opportunity, but it might help if you are math minded, a longtime investor and happen to be a woman and so conceiva…


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On the heels of Hippo’s funding round and our exploration of how the private markets appear to be more conservative than public investors at the moment, we’re asking a new question: are a bunch of insurtech startups undervalued? Hippo — an insurtech startup focused on home insuran…


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Tel Aviv-based visual search and product discovery platform Syte, already used by brands like Farfetch and Fashion Nova, plans to expand in the United States and Asia-Pacific region after its latest funding. The startup announced today it has raised a $30 million Series C, with an additional $10 mi…


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Yum China hires Roskam — New coalition will push for liability protections


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Building new connections — What the FTC's Zoom settlement could mean for telehealth


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Zuoyebang, a Beijing-headquartered startup that runs an online learning app, said on Monday it has raised $750 million in a new financing round as investors demonstrate their continued trust in — and focus on — Asia’s booming edtech market. U.S. investment firm Tiger Global and Hong Kon…


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We’ve been so focused on building our startup that we haven’t kept up with all the recent changes. What are we supposed to do?


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WeWork can skirt local eviction moratoriums because it doesn't offer traditional leases, and members say it's wreaking havoc on their credit.


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Once viewed as an experimental marketing category, CEOs at public companies are now regularly touting their influencer marketing wins to investors.


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This week's rundown includes how a viral TikTok video on body positivity helped Sienna Mae Gomez get the attention of celebs like Lizzo.


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