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Will December bring startup winter?

Borrowing has become more expensive, and profits are harder to come by, which means that 2023 has been a savage year in startup land.

Travelsist hopes its air travel concierge will take off from Atlanta

Founded by a former flight attendant, Atlanta-based startup Travelsist and its Travelsistants provides assistance to travelers on behalf of airports and airlines.

DNA companies should receive the death penalty for getting hacked

DNA companies should receive the death penalty for getting hacked Personal data is the new gold. The recent 23andMe data breach is a stark reminder of a chilling reality – our most intimate, persona

Fundraising trends for 2024: Get to the point, explain ‘why now’

It appears that investors have even less patience for long, rambling pitch decks. The name of the game now is "Short and Sweet."

Mulch and the enduring appeal of internet absurdism

I am haunted by mulch posts.  The most recent mulch video came to me in the middle of the night, when I was hours into scrolling through a particularly nasty bout of insomnia. The video was an edit o

‘Secondaries summer’ is over, but 2024 looks promising

Secondary venture activity has ebbed and flowed over the last few months, following a particularly busy summer. But 2024 may see investors returning for good, writes Rebecca Szkutak. Full TechCrunch+

OpenAI taps former Twitter India head to kickstart in the country

OpenAI is working with former Twitter India head Rishi Jaitly as a senior advisor to facilitate talks with the government about AI policy, TechCrunch has exclusively learned. OpenAI is also looking to

Google’s AI-assisted NotebookLM note-taking app is now open to users in the US

Google’s AI note-taking app is now available to all users in the United States who are at least 18 years old, the company announced on Friday. The experimental app is also getting a slew of new

X’s AI chatbot Grok now ‘rolled out to all’ US Premium+ subscribers, English language users are next

Yesterday, X began rolling out Grok, the “rebellious” AI chatbot developed by Elon Musk’s xAI startup, to Premium+ subscribers on X’s platform. Today, Musk says that Grok&#8217

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 of 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 3-5x inves
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