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Startups are doing fine, but scale-ups and unicorns are in deep water

The trends that we can spy inside the data are an effective argument against the era in which startups were encouraged to stay private as long as possible.

Deep tech startups must use these 4 techniques when fundraising

It is imperative to show that investors' money will go into a product that genuinely has the power to change the world.

Snapchat+ keeps growing as net revenue tops $20M for first time

Snapchat’s premium subscription is showing no signs of slowing growth as it comes off its best month ever, in terms of in-app revenue, new data indicates. As it turns out, many of Snapchat&#8217

The animated VTuber Ironmouse won Content Creator of the Year at the Game Awards

This year at the Game Awards, the coveted Content Creator of the Year award went to Ironmouse, a fan-favorite VTuber. It marks the first time that an animated character has won the award, showing how

Navigating 2024: The impact of interest rate plateau on financial startups

The rise in interest rates has primarily influenced the shift to a more challenging environment for startups over the past 18 months.

Ex-Uber CSO Joe Sullivan on why he ‘had to get over’ shock data breach conviction

Before joining Uber as chief security officer in 2015, Joe Sullivan served for two years as a federal prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice, where he specialized in computer hacking

SaaS goes to space as some software startups are in a race to survive

Welcome back to Equity. This is our Friday show, and today, Mary Ann Azevedo, Kirsten Korosec and Alex Wilhelm got together to go over the week's biggest tech and startup news.

With its second app, Amo wants to make photo sharing as simple as taking a photo

Less than three weeks ago, French startup Amo released ID. As I hinted in my article covering this much-anticipated launch, ID was Amo’s first idea. Today, the social consumer startup is releasing i

Microsoft and OpenAI tie-up faces ‘relevant merger’ scrutiny by UK regulator CMA

The whirlwind management drama at OpenAI last month concluded with co-founder Sam Altman reinstated within a week of his surprise dismissal — and a much bigger role for Microsoft, which ended up

Threads is rolling out its hashtags without the hash symbol globally

Meta’s social network Threads got a major update Thursday as the company started rolling out tags (without the hash symbol) on the platform. Users will be able to tag only one topic per post to

India’s top VCs face fresh obstacles as startup investment plummets

High-flying venture investors in India managing hundreds of millions of dollars are tempering expectations, making early-stage startup bets that in best-case scenarios they hope will return 3 to 5 tim

Backed by Cresta founders, Trove’s AI wants to make surveys fun again

Surveys have become an integral part of many aspects of our lives, but most of them are tedious, leading to ineffective responses and actions. Dinghan Shen and Yuan Xue, two software engineers working

Anthropic’s latest tactic to stop racist AI: Asking it ‘really really really really’ nicely

The problem of alignment is an important one when you’re setting AI models up to make decisions in matters of finance and health. But how can you reduce biases if they’re baked into a mode

X begins rolling out Grok, its ‘rebellious’ chatbot, to subscribers

Grok, a ChatGPT competitor developed by xAI, Elon Musk’s AI startup, has officially launched on X, the site formerly known as Twitter. Grok began rolling out late this afternoon to X Premium Plus su

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Keep your business model simple

It appears that the allure of complex pricing models and business strategies often proves too tempting to resist.

Google’s best Gemini demo was faked

Google’s new Gemini AI model is getting a mixed reception after its big debut yesterday, but users may have less confidence in the company’s tech or integrity after finding out that the mo

Battery swapping is great for EV fleets, but can it work for consumers?

Battery swapping could usher in freedom for a wide range of people, allowing them to participate in the EV transition in ways that traditional built-in batteries don't.

Amazon is piloting a new $9.99 monthly grocery subscription for Prime members in three cities

Amazon is piloting a new grocery subscription offering for Prime members in three cities, the company revealed on Thursday. The new $9.99 per month subscription gives Prime members access to unlimited

YouTube now lets you pause comments on videos

YouTube announced today a new comment moderation setting, “Pause,” letting creators and moderators prevent viewers from adding new comments yet keep existing comments on videos. Instead of turning
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