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Amazon buys Roomba’s maker, Bolt vanishes, and YC slims down

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Robinhood’s hangover, YC’s reduction and Uber’s return to form

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. Alex, Natasha and Mary Ann got together with Maggie this week f

YC and a16z back virtual reality basketball app Gym Class

Despite Zuckerberg & Co. spending billions of dollars on virtual reality tech every fiscal quarter, the wider VR startup ecosystem has been having a tough few years coming down from the highs of 2

Daily Crunch: Unknown hacker drains millions of dollars from thousands of Solana hot wallets

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Y Combinator narrows current cohort size by 40%, citing downturn and funding environment

Y Combinator says it has intentionally shrunk the number of startups within its accelerator for the Summer 2022 batch. As first reported by The Information and independently verified by TechCrunch, Y

Mudafy raises $10M in Founders Fund-led Series A to fix LatAm’s ‘broken’ real estate process

Mudafy, a tech-enabled real estate broker operating in Latin America, has raised $10 million in a Series A round of funding led by San Francisco-based Founders Fund. Founded in mid-2019, Mudafy operat

How the problem of hiring healthcare staff has become a fertile ground for startups

The healthcare crisis — more evident now as summer heatwaves put pressure on hospitals — is resulting in a staffing boom. But healthcare professionals in Europe can end up with bad terms and pay d

Shinkei Systems’ AI-guided fish harvesting is more humane and less wasteful

Fresh fish isn’t really that fresh — even straight off the boat. The way they’re caught and killed is not only inhumane but detrimental to the resulting meat. There’s a far superio

Here’s why a gold rush of NLP startups is about to arrive

Remember Natural Language Processing? NLP arose several years ago but it was only in 2018 that AI researchers proved it was possible to train a neural network once on a large amount of data and use it

Nash raises cash to help merchants manage local deliveries

The pandemic normalized delivery in the U.S. But even before the health crises struck, delivery sales at restaurants alone were increasing at a rate of 7% to 8% per year, roughly twice that of sales a

Techstars CEO Maëlle Gavet outlines the accelerator’s newest program in Africa

In April, startup accelerator Techstars, in partnership with ARM Labs, a Lagos-based innovation program focusing on fintech startups, announced the launch of ARM Labs Lagos Techstars Accelerator Prog

Don’t abandon founders in times of austerity: 3 ways to support your portfolio

How you as an investor react to and treat your founders in a downturn will determine if they will want to continue working with you.

Alloy Automation, Fiveable and Parthean founders discuss raising first dollars at TC Disrupt

When you’re building a startup and thinking about what it’s going to take to raise your first dollars in a slowing capital market, perspective can be very helpful. In this case perspective, like a

Sudanese fintech Bloom nabs $6.5M, backed by Y Combinator, GFC and Visa

Bloom, a Sudan-based fintech that offers a high-yield savings account and adjacent digital banking services, has raised a $6.5 million seed round. This investment is coming after the startup’s undis

This niche cryptographic technique could transform privacy in web3

Privacy is a core concern in crypto. Once you know a crypto wallet address corresponds to a certain individual, you can track all the transactions that individual has made through their wallet on any

Yes, it’s become harder for startups to raise funding

To better understand where the venture market stands today, we’ve pulled in a dataset from DocSend, a software service that helps founders create and share their pitch decks with investors.

Flush with new cash, AssemblyAI looks to grow its AI-as-a-service business

Large-scale machine learning models are at the heart of headline-grabbing technologies like OpenAI’s DALL-E 2 and Google’s LaMDA. They’re impressive, to be sure, capable of generatin

Bobidi launches to reward developers for testing companies’ AI models

In the rush to build, test and deploy AI systems, businesses often lack the resources and time to fully validate their systems and ensure they’re bug-free. In a 2018 report, Gartner predicted th

Kindly makes hormonal health care more approachable

Hormonal healthcare can be intimidating, as it touches on the most intimate parts of our lives. Kindly wants to make it accessible to more people, with a combination of at-home diagnostic tests (inclu

Battery recycling could be the next investor darling of the EV era

Automakers and suppliers, keen to fortify an EV supply chain and avoid raw materials shortages, are turning to a domain once overlooked: battery recycling. Suddenly awash in interest from EV makers an
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