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Jay-Z and Jack Dorsey launched a Bitcoin academy in a public housing complex

Twitter co-founder and Block CEO Jack Dorsey is teaming up with artist Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) to launch The Bitcoin Academy at Marcy Houses, the public housing complex in Brooklyn, New York where Jay-Z grew up. The initiative aims to provide financial education with an emphasis on Bitcoin as a path to financial freedom, featuring free…

4:14 pm PDT • June 9, 2022
Jay-Z and Jack Dorsey launched a Bitcoin academy in a public housing complex

Michael Broughton was the first in his family to go to college. But he almost didn’t, when he had trouble securing the necessary financing to pay his tuition. The experience…

Altro has raised $18M to help you build credit just by paying for your Netflix subscription

Buoyed by a new $33 million investment, plans are in the works to add another 20 hair color bar locations and hire 850 new colorists by the end of the…

Madison Reed, which made DTC hair color a thing, is now going after larger retail footprint

Marcy Venture Partners, the venture firm co-founded in 2018 by Shawn Carter (Jay-Z), former Roc Nation CEO Jay Brown and former Walden VC general partner Larry Marcus, says it has…

Marcy Venture Partners, co-founded by Jay-Z, just closed its second fund with $325 million

Homeownership is one of the key components to building intergenerational wealth, and Landis is working to make that a reality for renters.

Sequoia, Jay-Z, Will Smith back Landis’ $165M debt, equity round toward making homeownership accessible to everyone

For every crypto-skeptic that see NFTs as yet another hype bubble, there’s an acolyte who sees NFTs as the key to unlocking the future of the creative web. Bitski, an…

Bitski raises $19 million from a16z to become the ‘Shopify for NFTs’

This morning Square, a fintech company that serves both individuals and companies, announced that it has purchased a majority stake in Tidal, a music streaming service. The deal, worth some…

Square buys majority of Tidal, adds Jay-Z to its board in bid to shake up the artist economy

Jack Dorsey and Jay Z create a bitcoin endowment, Datadog acquires a Startup Battlefield company and BuzzFeed experiments with AI-generated quizzes. This is your Daily Crunch for February 12, 2021.…

Daily Crunch: Jack Dorsey and Jay Z invest in bitcoin development

Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey and rapper Jay Z have created an endowment to fund bitcoin development initially in Africa and India, Dorsey said on Friday. The duo is…

Jack Dorsey and Jay Z invest 500 BTC to make Bitcoin ‘internet’s currency’

While most technology companies are building up a surveillance state to serve political powers and private profiteering, Uptrust is using some of those same tools to make it easier to…

Uptrust raises new money to fight mass incarceration with technology

Two years after getting a $100 million commitment from 21st Century Fox to build a mobile-based live streaming platform that could compete with Twitch, the startup Caffeine has scored another…

Caffeine inks exclusive agreement with Drake preps Ultimate Rap League for launch

Congratulations Southern California Gelson’s store shoppers, you’re getting Impossible Foods on your grocery shelves. The meatless ground meat substitute will be appearing in stores across Southern California as the first step…

Impossible Foods will debut in SoCal grocery stores on Friday as first step in phased national rollout

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…

SoundCloud buys artist distribution platform Repost Network

Ethos, the startup marketing a new life insurance product for people who probably haven’t really thought about life insurance, may have 99 startup problems but new capital ain’t one. The…

The Jay-Z-backed life insurance startup, Ethos, has raised $35 million

Nationwide, 62 percent of the jail population accounts for people who can’t afford bail, according to the Vera Institute of Justice. A lot of these incarcerated individuals are behind bars…

Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and First Round Capital invest $3 million in bail reform startup Promise

Just weeks after signing a large licensing deal with leading indy label representative ICE, Facebook has continued its march into the world of music with the news that it has…

Facebook and Warner Music ink recorded and published music deal for videos and messages

Roc Nation, the full-service entertainment management company created by the music impresario Shawn Carter (better known as JAY-Z), is making an investment in financial trading platform Robinhood. The investment, through Roc…

Backing Robinhood, JAY-Z’s Roc Nation invests in would-be Rockefellers

More news about Jay Z’s new venture (Arrive), robots that fix their mistakes and Y Combinator launches its MOOC. All this on Crunch Report.

Jay Z’s new venture capital firm Arrive, has arrived — the rap and business mogul has been planning the launch for a while, according to reports that surfaced in February, but…

Jay Z launches Arrive to fund startups, offer branding support and more

Verizon is finally buying Yahoo, Jay Z is planning a VC fund, Uber investigates sexual harassment claims, Boeing doubles down on satellites and Skurt offers on-demand rental cars. All this…

Sprint takes a 33% stake in Tidal, The SEC is investigating Yahoo, a study from Cambridge on vaccinating fake news, Apple fixes more MacBook Pro bugs and a big Snapchat…

JetSmarter has raised $105 million in Series C funding, at a $1.5 billion pre-money valuation, to build its marketplace for private jet services, according to Sergey Petrossov, the startup’s founder…

Jay-Z backed JetSmarter raises $105 million to become Uber for private jets

In the wake of Prince’s untimely death, more and more stories have been revealed about his secret life of good works: anonymous checks, civil rights activism, charity concerts, etc. But…

How Prince and Bowie started streaming music services

Kanye West’s decision to flip-flop on whether or not his new album, “The Life of Pablo,” would be an exclusive to music streaming service Tidal, has now been met with…

Jay Z, Tidal & Kanye West sued for misstatements about ‘The Life of Pablo’ exclusivity

It would appear that Jay Z, rap legend and Tidal music screaming service owner, has been hanging out with the folks over at Samsung. According to a report from Variety,…

Meeting Between Jay Z And Samsung Could Forecast Tidal Acquisition

Tidal, the high-definition music streaming service acquired by rapper and music mogul Jay-Z, is gearing up for its official relaunch under new ownership later today, and it will be doing so by…

Jay-Z To Relaunch His New Tidal Music Service Today With Madonna, Kanye, Daft Punk Exclusives In Tow

Where Neil Young’s Pono may have flopped with critics, another hi-fidelity music service soon to be owned by a music superstar is hoping to fly. Tidal, a new hi-fi streaming service from…

Tidal, The Hi-Fi Music Service Jay-Z Is Buying, Expands To 22 More Markets, Reports Only 12K Users

Skullcandy has officially announced the availability of their Roc Nation Aviator headphones, the only headphones officially sanction by Jay Z. Jay Z is a rapper who raps about, among other…

This is probably a question that the record labels should be asking, but I’ll ask it here anyway: how do you guys listen to music in 2009? On your iPhone…

Knowing you guys, you not only knew Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3 leaked several days ago, but you grabbed it instantly, and gained some nice ratio buffer in the process. Oh,…