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How should web3 companies approach fundraising during a downturn?

It’s a delicate balance of gauging the various fundraising options available and knowing which practices to embrace or avoid along the way.

a16z says ‘WeBack’ to WeWork’s Neumann with its biggest check ever

Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) seems determined to keep the capital flowing to controversial WeWork founder Adam Neumann. The storied venture firm wrote its largest individual check ever, at $350 million,

Report: Apple explored ads in Apple Maps as it weighs broader ads push

A new report from Bloomberg indicates Apple may be expanding its advertising business beyond the App Store and other first-party apps like News and Stocks. This plan could see Apple introducing ads in

TikTok rolls out a basic in-app, text-to-image AI generator

TikTok has rolled a new in-app text-to-image AI generator that lets users type in a prompt and receive an image that can be used as the background in their videos. The effect is called “AI green

VCs set sights on African countries beyond the ‘Big Four’

Outside the Big Four, investments ballooned to $1.4 billion, up 382% year on year, according to Partech's 2021 report.

Announcing the first tranche of Startup Battlefield judges

The Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt on October 18–20 is set to be our most epic yet. This year’s competitors, selected from our handpicked cohort, the Startup Battlefield 200, are some o

What you might have missed at Black Hat and Def Con 2022

Hackers, researchers, cybersecurity companies and government officials descended on Las Vegas last week for Black Hat and Def Con, a cybersecurity double-bill that’s collectively referred to as “h

UK government pushes ‘social tariffs’ to bring cheaper broadband to hard-up households

The U.K. government is rolling out a new scheme designed to create and promote cheaper broadband for lower-income households across the country. Several internet service providers (ISPs) in the U.K.,

Unity rejects AppLovin’s $20 billion merger offer

Unity announced this morning that it is committed to its merger with ironSource and will reject AppLovin’s $20 billion proposal. Last month, the news broke that Unity — a widely used game

When the dam breaks, IPOs are going to be wild

No one expects every startup worth $1 billion to be ready to go public, but the collection of billion-dollar startups that are ready to list is larger than you might think.

Gorgias’ valuation rises to $710M with $30M Series C for e-commerce customer support

Gorgias' technology brings all of the channels that shoppers use to contact online stores into one feed for each company.

Your future shrimp meal could come from Atarraya’s farming technology

The company's three-pronged technology includes creating ideal environment for the shrimp, remote operations management and AI-powered automation to monitor and feed them.

Snap says Snapchat+ now has 1 million subscribers, introduces new features

Snap said today that the company’s paid subscription plan Snapchat+, which launched in June, now has more than 1 million users across the globe. The firm also introduced new features like priori

Mobot secures capital to grow its fleet of robots that bug-test mobile apps

Mobile apps have to be bug-tested across countless devices to ensure they work as intended. Users don’t look kindly on poor experiences — 88% say they’ll abandon apps based on minor

The Station: Arrival slashes EV targets, more Tesla FSD controversy and NHTSA loses its captain

The Station is your central hub for all past, present and future means of moving people and packages from Point A to Point B. 

Porsche signs 25-year solar energy deal

Apparently, solar power is hot right now. Porsche said Monday that it plans to build and operate a solar power microgrid at its U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, reducing its annual carbon emissions by 3.

Tencent veterans secure $13M to build cross-chain decentralized identities

There are many startups working on decentralized identities for the next generation of the internet. Four Tencent veterans want their offering .bit, an identity protocol built on the blockchain, to be

Meta invests in Take App, a Singaporean startup that helps merchants sell via WhatsApp

WhatsApp has long transcended its roots as a simple messaging app for friends, and is now a core communication tool for businesses seeking a direct channel to their customers’ pockets — bo

Pastel, a Nigerian bookkeeping and digital platform for merchants, raises $5.5M led by TLcom

There’s no end to digitizing the operations of small and medium businesses (SMBs) in the traditional retail sector across sub-Saharan Africa. In Nigeria alone, this industry, worth more than $200 bi

Uber to sunset free loyalty program in favor of subscription membership

Ride-hailing giant Uber is shutting down its free loyalty program, Uber Rewards, so it can focus on its subscription-based Uber One membership. Uber first launched the rewards program in 2018 as a sor
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