As US SPACs flounder, did Europe largely dodge a bullet?
Things have turned so sour for SPACs that it leaves us with a question: Why did anyone think that this was a good idea again?
Music streaming service Deezer is testing a meditation app
France-based music streaming service Deezer is testing a well-being app called Zen in Belgium that features content for guided yoga, meditation and inspiration. The app is currently only available on
As Deezer goes public via SPAC, is the blank-check boom really over?
Let’s chat through the results of the Deezer deal, how quickly the IPO market has changed more generally, and then drill into the European SPAC market in the wake of Deezer’s demonstrative debut.
Bidding adieu to the SPAC craze
The implosion of the SPAC boom has proven a multiquarter process. We may be in the final throes of the experiment, at least from a startup perspective.
Unpacking music streaming economics through the lens of Deezer’s SPAC
The Exchange procured Deezer's release and investor presentation. Let's parse the data and see what the economics of a smaller music streaming business look like today.
Music streamer Deezer is going public via SPAC at a $1.1B valuation
A European music streamer, Deezer is going public via a SPAC deal, valuing the Spotify competitor at $1.1 billion. Deezer will merge with the “blank-check” company I2PO, which is headed by
Tidal is investing in direct artist payments, a step toward fair streaming payouts
Tidal and many independent music distributors teamed up recently to introduce a direct artist payments system. These partnerships foreshadow a larger pivot from Tidal toward experimenting with streami
Daily Crunch: Amazon unveils its own game-streaming platform
Amazon announces a new game service and plenty of hardware upgrades, tech companies team up against app stores and United Airlines tests a program for rapid COVID-19 testing. This is your Daily Crunch
Sisense nabs $100M at a $1B+ valuation for accessible big data business analytics
Sisense, an enterprise startup that has built a business analytics business out of the premise of making big data as accessible as possible to users — whether it be through graphics on mobile or
SoundCloud buys artist distribution platform Repost Network
The past year has seen Spotify embark on a series of acquisitions to beef up its service, particularly on podcast content. Now it is the turn of SoundCloud, another European music startup — albe
EC-exclusive interview with Tim Cook, Slacklash, and tech inclusion
An EC-exclusive interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook TechCrunch editor-in-chief Matthew Panzarino traveled to Florida this week to talk with Tim Cook about Apple’s developer education initiatives and a
Fitbit is partnering with Adidas and Blue Apron for an activity rewards program
Fitness should be its own reward, but sometimes you need a little extra push. Fitbit today announced that it’s been testing a new Rewards program in beta, with plans to launch a premium paid version
The war over music copyrights
VC firms haven’t been the only ones raising hundreds of millions of dollars to invest in a booming market. After 15+ years of being the last industry anyone wanted to invest in, the music industry i
SoundShare’s new app lets you create playlists with friends, stream them to Apple TV
SoundShare, an app that lets you text your friends entire songs, was already one of the more clever iOS applications available. Recently, the app rolled out an update that introduces a redesign and wh
Deezer expands Hi-Fi beyond Sonos to Google Cast and Chromecast speakers
Once nipping at the heels of Spotify in the world of music streaming services, we don’t hear too much about Deezer these days. Little surprise: today, the company originally based out of Paris o
Pax Labs brings in Deezer’s Tyler Goldman as new CEO
Pax Labs, the folks responsible for the Ploom and the Juul and the Pax loose-leaf vaporizer, have today announced some leadership changes. Former Deezer CEO Tyler Goldman will be taking over as CEO, a
Deezer opens its $9.99 on-demand music service in the US to everyone, no free tier included
As rumors swirl of yet more consolidation in the digital music market, a longtime player out of Europe already live in 180 countries is finally making a full entry into the U.S. in a play for more
After Cancelling Its IPO, Deezer Raises Another $109M From Access And Orange
Deezer, the Paris-based music and other audio streaming service with 6.3 million users that planned but ultimately cancelled an IPO last year, has now tapped existing investors for more funding. Tod
Deezer Introduces Family Plan, $16 For Up To 6 People
Shortly after <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2015/10/27/deezer-postpones-ipo/">indefinitely postponing its IPO</a>, music streaming startup <a target="_blank" href="http://www.deezer.com">Deezer</a>