The petty shall inherit the pennies

Hello and welcome back to Equity, the podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. Our Monday show covers the latest in tech news from the week

Twitter won’t let you retweet, like or reply to Substack links

So much for “free speech absolutism.” Twitter is censoring Substack links by making the posts impossible to reply to, like or retweet. While quote-tweeting works, simply pressing the retwe

3 takeaways from Substack’s newly released financial results

Let's dig into Substack's growth model, ponder over its financial health and compare its upcoming capital raise to its potential cash needs.

Substack’s new short-form ‘Notes’ feed looks a lot like Twitter

Substack announced today that it’s introducing a new Notes feature that is designed to let users share posts, quotes, comments, images, links and ideas. Notes shared on the platform are displaye

Substack takes a different tack to raise more capital

Substack is framing its crowdfund as a way for its users to buy into the platform they use. The sticky bit is price.

Substack opens up a $2 million community fundraising round

Substack is opening up a community fundraising round, letting writers invest in and own a piece of the company. The company announced on Tuesday that writers can make an investment, of at least $100,

Substack brings its ‘Chat’ discussions feature to the web

Substack announced today it’s bringing its “Chat” feature to the web after launching it on mobile last November. Chat allows writers to communicate directly with their loyal readers

Perhaps Substack can grow just fine without venture dollars

Substack, a publishing platform known for its newsletter service, announced this week that it had crossed the 2 million paid subscription mark. What does that add up to for its business?

WhatsApp said to plot a newsletter play

Every day, about three dozen newsletters drop into my inbox. Some focus on the new thesis venture capitalists are developing for the Indian and crypto markets. Most look at news gathering. The rise of

Substack introduces ‘private Substacks’ that readers can request to subscribe to

Newsletter platform Substack announced today that it’s introducing several new features, including private Substacks. A private Substack is a publication that you can host alone or readers can r

Substack targets Twitter with launch of discussions feature, Substack Chat

Another company hoping to capitalize on Twitter’s upheaval in the wake of Elon Musk’s takeover is the newsletter platform Substack. The company has openly targeted Twitter’s user bas

Substack officially launches its ‘Reader’ Android app

Substack is officially launching its Android app following beta tests, the company announced on Tuesday. The rollout of the Android app comes six months after Substack introduced its iOS app. The Subs

When do layoffs matter? Trick question — always

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This was a live week on the podcast, meaning that Mary Ann and

Substack cuts 13 jobs to avoid raising more venture capital

The newsletter platform Substack laid off 13 employees today, mostly in HR and writer support roles. Co-founder and CEO Chris Best informed the company after holding meetings with the affected employe

TechCrunch podcasts this week: Layoffs, the crypto downturn, investor offense and Columbus, Ohio

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. To help y

Sheryl Sandberg, Substack and the art of still raising money for groceries

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This was another live week from the Equity crew, meaning that

What’s the TAM for paid newsletters?

While Substack was correct that it had identified a niche worth exploiting, it may not be a market slice that is amenable to venture-speed revenue expansion.

Substack rolls out a new podcast player, additional moderation tools and more

Substack is rolling out a new podcast player, additional moderation tools, leaderboard categories and more, the company announced this week. The new upgraded podcast player has launched in the Substac

To defeat Elon Musk, Twitter needs … more NFTs

Ahhhh I can’t tell you how much I’m finally excited to say … Welcome to Chain Reaction. This is a new experiment for TechCrunch — it’s a newsletter and a podcast working toge

Substack wants to join the podcast monetization fray

Uploading paywalled audio on Substack isn’t new, but the newsletter platform is re-upping its attempt to woo podcasters into using its service. Substack posted two blog posts today urging creato
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