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Indian fintechs request central bank to treat full-KYC PPI same as bank account to survive crackdown

Payments giants and fintech startups in India on Saturday requested the central bank to treat widely used prepaid payment instruments on par with bank accounts for customers who have undertaken certai

Crypto community or crumbling cult? And other TC news

This week on the TechCrunch Podcast I talk with Jacquelyn Melinek about the power and pitfalls of crypto communities and Devin Coldewey about why Pornhub’s COO and CEO have unceremoniously stepped d

25 French unicorns, 25 French unicorns, do I hear 100?

French President Emmanuel Macron hopes there will be 100 French unicorns by 2030. Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire, 10 homegrown decacorns. But shouldn't we all dream of centaurs instead?

Startup layoffs, the art of reinvention and a MasterClass in change

Changes within a particular startup can be used as benchmark questions for their larger market; in other words, we can use the micro to better understand the macro.

Juul can keep selling vaping products in the US for now

A federal appeals court froze the FDA’s ban on Juul products Friday after the company sought an emergency administrative stay. On Thursday, the U.S. regulator took sweeping action against the e-

NASA determines Space Launch System testing complete

The testing campaign for NASA’s super big, super expensive Space Launch System is now complete, the agency declared on Friday. All that’s left now for the rocket is launch the Artemis I de

Daily Crunch: Months after rejecting a $17B bid, Zendesk sells to private equity group for $10.2B

Hello, friends, and welcome to Daily Crunch, bringing you the most important startup, tech and venture capital news in a single package.

TechCrunch+ roundup: Non-dilutive biotech capital, long-term angel investing, WayRay’s $80M pitch deck

As a veteran startup worker who has been laid off during economic downturns, it's dissonant to hear investors say this is a good time to launch a software startup. They're not wrong, however.

Bird gets a warning from the NYSE because its stock price is too low

Scooter and micromobility company Bird has to fly at a slightly higher altitude — at least if it wants to keep its New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) listing. The company issued a press release on Frida

VCs shouldn’t confuse risk management with not funding diverse founders

"Clapping from the sidelines only goes so far."

MrBeast explains YouTube’s algorithm

At the first VidCon since 2019, YouTube’s top earner in the U.S., MrBeast, got on stage to talk to YouTube’s director of discovery Todd Beaupré about one of the biggest questions on creat

Late-stage tech companies must do right by their employees: Reassess your 409A valuations

Though it may seem counterintuitive, a lowered valuation could reap benefits for your employees and your company’s recruitment efforts.

How I navigated my pregnancy as a Series A founder

While the experience wildly varies from woman to woman, and there is no "correct" path to take, I want to share what worked for me while I was a pregnant founder and CEO.

Twitter rolls out its closed caption toggle on iOS and Android, tests new ways to start Spaces

Twitter announced this week that it’s introducing a few new features for users. Most notably, the social media giant is rolling out its closed caption toggle to all users on iOS and Android. Twi

Startups must reevaluate how they hire and develop talent

If you’re still thinking of a four-year degree as a requirement for your revenue teams, you’re missing out on a huge talent base.

Startups keep laying off swaths of employees as the downturn continues

It’s nearly been two months since we started this accidental weekly column about layoffs happening within startups. Workforce reductions have impacted startup employees in every massive sector, from

TechCrunch podcasts roundup: Bill Gates on climate, the current health of fintech, and Latashá on what web3 offers artists

TechCrunch is more than just a site with words. We’re also building a growing stable of podcasts focused on the most critical topics relating to the startup and venture capital worlds. Embedded bel

Uh oh! European carriers are trying to get into ‘personalized’ ad targeting

As Google works on reconfiguring its adtech stack to move away from cookie-based ad targeting to something else that’s not yet fixed but which it claims will be better for individual web users&#

The new unicorn litmus test

Zendesk agreed to sell itself to an investor collective for $10.2 billion. An 11-figure sale of any company is notable, but in the case of Zendesk, it's not for the reasons you might initially expect.

Zendesk’s final selling price is a warning shot for unicorns

Zendesk selling for a mid-single-digit multiple with positive free cash flow, 30% revenue growth and a recent re-acceleration of top-line expansion should be downright terrifying for unicorns.
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