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VCs at Freestyle, Plexo Capital and Sequoia join Startup Battlefield judges

Are you ready to rumble, TechCrunch style? Twenty of the most promising and creative early-stage startups — chosen from the elite Startup Battlefield 200 — will bring the heat for $100,000 in the

YouTube TV users can now subscribe to standalone networks without a base plan

YouTube TV launched a new option that allows subscribers to purchase add-ons without subscribing to the full channel offering in the service’s Base plan. With this new à la carte plan, subscrib

We’re all just a Hop, Skip and a Drive away from a better Hustle

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. Before we get into this week’s show notes, some programm

Arrival produces long-awaited battery-electric commercial van

EV startup Arrival said Friday it has produced its first battery-electric van, a significant step toward its goal to deliver the vans to commercial customers at scale. The Arrival van is the first veh

Astra brings on new CFO as it looks to scale launch and propulsion businesses

Astra is bringing on Silicon Valley veteran Axel Martinez as its new Chief Financial Officer, a C-suite change that in many ways demarcates a new chapter for the space company. Martinez’s career inc

Social media a factor in death of UK schoolgirl, inquest finds

The inquest into the death of British schoolgirl, Molly Russell, has concluded that social media was a factor in her demise, the BBC reports. The 14-year-old had viewed thousands of pieces of content

Microsoft says two new Exchange zero-day bugs under active attack, but no immediate fix

Microsoft has confirmed two unpatched Exchange Server zero-day vulnerabilities are being exploited by cybercriminals in real-world attacks. Vietnamese cybersecurity company GTSC, which first discovere

Everstores, an OpenStore-style D2C Shopify aggregator out of Europe, emerges from stealth with €18 million

A wave of Amazon-merchant aggregator startups, floating close to $15 billion in funding, have rushed in, rolled up, and rushed out of the e-commerce market in the last several years. Now, a new tide,

HSBC invests in Singapore’s customer intelligence and risk assessment startup

HSBC Asset Management, the investment arm of Britain’s HSBC Group, has led a seed round of $4 million in Singapore’s customer intelligence and risk assessment startup Bizbaz, the two said Friday.

TestGrid is a “one-stop shop” for testing apps at scale

Created by developer who needed to test apps at scale, TestGrid is an on-demand platform that lets users run tests on websites and apps across browsers, operating systems. The startup, which is launch

Uniswap Labs eyes over $100 million in new funding

Uniswap Labs is in early stages of putting together a new round, according to four sources familiar with the matter, as the parent firm of the world’s largest decentralized exchange gears up to

Amazon launches QVC-style livestream shopping in India

Amazon has launched a QVC-style livestream shopping in India, the company said Friday, broadening its offerings in the key overseas market where it has deployed over $6.5 billion to win customers. The

Why this Blizzard vet thinks the next killer web3 game will come from China

This year, around 3.2 billion people — or about 40% of the world’s population — will play games, with total spending nearing $200 billion, estimates industry researcher Newzoo. The p

Binance founder Changpeng ‘CZ’ Zhao shares his vision of web3 opportunities at TC Sessions: Crypto

When it comes to the decentralized world of crypto, few single entities loom larger or carry more weight in the industry than exchange behemoth Binance. The blockchain giant processed $34 trillion in

SoftBank Vision Fund is reportedly laying off 30% of its workforce, or at least 150 employees

The Vision Fund, a venture capital arm of SoftBank, has launched a sweeping layoff process, cutting at least 30% of its workforce globally, or approximately 150 of the 500 employees, according to a re

GV aims to help build a company that can sniff out disease, literally

Alex Wiltschko has what he thinks is a big idea. He wants to build a company that digitizes scent. It’s a natural step for Wiltschko, who has a PhD in neurobiology from Harvard, where he studied

Here are some of the cringiest revelations in the Elon Musk text dump

A new, particularly juicy document has surfaced in discovery leading up to the Elon Musk v. Twitter trial, slated to take place in a few weeks. Behold: a trove of texts between Musk and key figures at

Google Colaboratory launches a pay-as-you-go option, premium GPU access

Google Colaboratory (Colab for short), Google’s service designed to allow anyone to write and execute arbitrary Python code through a web browser, is introducing a pay-as-a-you-go plan. In its f

mmhmm co-founders are building the great pyramid of hybrid work

Welcome back to Found, where we get the stories behind the startups. When Phil Libin co-founded Evernote he spent tons of money making the perfect working environment with chic offices, a shuttle b

Truepill, a digital health unicorn, conducts fourth round of layoffs in 2022

Truepill, a platform that helps other companies offer diagnostics, telehealth services and prescriptions, has conducted its fourth layoff of the year. Sources say the layoff impacted around 65% of the
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