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Tesla resurrects long-range RWD Model 3 for the Chinese market - techcrunch

Tesla resurrects long-range RWD Model 3 for the Chinese market

Tesla is now producing and selling the long-range rear-wheel drive version of its Model 3 electric vehicle at its Shanghai factory, a month after receiving approval from the Chinese government. The move might not be a milestone, but it’s notable because Tesla discontinued production of the long-range RWD Model 3 in the U.S. and now […]
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Google starts highlighting virtual care options in Search and Maps - techcrunch

Google starts highlighting virtual care options in Search and Maps

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on virtual care options as both doctors and patients try to reduce in-person visits for routine care as much as possible. Patients aren’t always aware of what’s available to them, though, so over the course of the next two weeks, Google will roll out new features in Search […]
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Airbnb is buying trust during the COVID-19 travel slowdown - techcrunch

Airbnb is buying trust during the COVID-19 travel slowdown

Demand will return to the world travel market in time -- how much, no one knows -- and Airbnb wants to be a well-liked participant in the return to form.
techcrunch - 3 hours ago
Tips, tactics and cashflow strategies for startup survival during a crisis - techcrunch

Tips, tactics and cashflow strategies for startup survival during a crisis

We’re in unprecedented times and are likely at the beginning of a long journey back to normal  —  whatever the new "normal" turns out to be.
techcrunch - 3 hours ago
Amid unicorn layoffs, Boston startups reflect on the future - techcrunch

Amid unicorn layoffs, Boston startups reflect on the future

As domestic and global economies grapple with the COVID-19 era, its impact on startups is coming into focus: All will be impacted, many will suffer and some will close. Boston, a city that TechCrunch keeps tabs on, has seen a number of well-known startups struggle in recent weeks. Their misfortunes come quickly after companies in […]
techcrunch - 4 hours ago
So many Fintech eggs in so many baskets - techcrunch

So many Fintech eggs in so many baskets

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. The whole crew was present this week: Natasha, Danny and Alex, along with our intrepid producer Chris. And like the last few episodes it was good to have everyone around as there was so very much to get through. Even better there […]
techcrunch - 4 hours ago
How to Stop Google Photos from Backing-up All Image Folders - gadgets to use

How to Stop Google Photos from Backing-up All Image Folders

Google Photos‘ cloud backup is a great feature; in fact, a life savior for people who often tend to lose their valuable pictures. However, the same gets annoying when it starts to back up things that you don’t want it to. Therefore, in this article, let’s see how to stop Google Photos from backing up […] The post How to Stop Google Photos from Backing-up All Image Folders appeared first on Gadgets To Use.
gadgets to use - 4 hours ago
Startups, VCs in India request ‘relief package’ from the government to fight coronavirus disruption - techcrunch

Startups, VCs in India request ‘relief package’ from the government to fight coronavirus disruption

More than six dozen startup founders, venture capitalists, and lobby groups in India have requested the government to grant them a “robust relief package” to help combat severe disruptions their businesses face due to the coronavirus outbreak. In a joint letter to India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, startups requested the government to bankroll 50% of their […]
techcrunch - 7 hours ago
WhatsApp Tips: How to Save WhatsApp Status Video and Photos - gadgets to use

WhatsApp Tips: How to Save WhatsApp Status Video and Photos

WhatsApp status was a feature launched back in 2017 and is a great feature to share something with all your contacts at once. You can put a lot of things in the status like pictures, videos and even links to YouTube videos. This WhatsApp status deletes itself after 24 hours so you can put more […] The post WhatsApp Tips: How to Save WhatsApp Status Video and Photos appeared first on Gadgets To Use.
gadgets to use - 9 hours ago
Apple iPhone 9 Leaks and Rumor Round-up: What We Know So Far - gadgets to use

Apple iPhone 9 Leaks and Rumor Round-up: What We Know So Far

As you’d acknowledge, the Apple iPhone 9 or iPhone SE 2020 is one of the most awaited smartphone launches of the year. Fortunately, there have been ample leaks floating around the web, giving us enough on what to expect with the device. Let’s have a brief look at the latest iPhone 9 leaks and rumors. […] The post Apple iPhone 9 Leaks and Rumor Round-up: What We Know So Far appeared first on Gadgets To Use.
gadgets to use - 11 hours ago
It’s “bullshit” that VCs are open for business right now (but that could change in a month) - techcrunch

It’s “bullshit” that VCs are open for business right now (but that could change in a month)

This afternoon, the law firm Fenwick & West hosted a virtual roundtable discussion with New York-based venture capitalists: Hadley Harris, a founding general partner with Eniac Ventures; Brad Svrluga, a cofounder and general partner of Primary Ventures; and Ellie Wheeler, a partner with Greylock. Each investor is experiencing the coronavirus-driven lockdown in unique and even […]
techcrunch - 18 hours ago
After an extended quarantine, the next ISS crew arrives in orbit - techcrunch

After an extended quarantine, the next ISS crew arrives in orbit

Working from home is easy for some and difficult for others, but one place it’s downright impossible is the International Space Station. So pandemic or no pandemic, the latest crew had to get themselves up there. They’ve just had a successful launch and arrival, but only after a protracted quarantine period. To be clear, ISS […]
techcrunch - 19 hours ago
Starship Technologies is sending its autonomous robots to more cities as demand for contactless delivery rises - techcrunch

Starship Technologies is sending its autonomous robots to more cities as demand for contactless delivery rises

Starship Technologies has launched a robot food delivery service in Tempe, Arizona, as part of the autonomous delivery startup’s expansion plans following a $40 million funding round announced last August. Starship Technologies, which launched in 2014 by Skype co-founders, Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, has been ramping up commercial services in the past year, including […]
techcrunch - 21 hours ago
$75M weed giant Caliva ditches Eaze, launches delivery - techcrunch

$75M weed giant Caliva ditches Eaze, launches delivery

It’s a brutal time for marijuana startups. I’m hearing some are raising at 1/5th of their 2019 valuation amidst rampant competition, tall taxes, and slow legalization. The struggles for marijuana’s best-known startup, delivery service Eaze, continue as today it’s losing one of its top partners. $75 million-funded weed brand empire Caliva has dropped Eaze in […]
techcrunch - 21 hours ago
Free tool helps manufacturers map where COVID-19 impacts supply chain - techcrunch

Free tool helps manufacturers map where COVID-19 impacts supply chain

Assent Compliance, a company that helps large manufacturers like GE and Rolls Royce manage complex supply chains through an online data exchange, announced a new tool this week that lets any company, whether they’re a customer or not, upload bills of materials and see on a map where COVID-19 is having an impact on their […]
techcrunch - 21 hours ago
Seeqc raises $5M to help make quantum computing commercially viable - techcrunch

Seeqc raises $5M to help make quantum computing commercially viable

Seeqc, a startup that is part of a relatively new class of quantum computing companies that is looking at how to best use classical computing to manage quantum processors, today announced that it has raised $5 million from M Ventures, the strategic corporate venture capital arm of Merck, the German pharmaceutical giant. Merck will be […]
techcrunch - 22 hours ago
Facebook to supply free Portals to some care home residents under NHS scheme - techcrunch

Facebook to supply free Portals to some care home residents under NHS scheme

The UK government is pulling in tech firms to connect isolated residents and patients in care with family and friends via video call devices and services during the COVID-19 crisis. First to join is Facebook, which is supplying up to 2,050 of its Portal video-calling devices for free to hospitals, care homes and other settings […]
techcrunch - 22 hours ago
NASA seeks miniature scientific payload concepts for robotic Moon rover scouts - techcrunch

NASA seeks miniature scientific payload concepts for robotic Moon rover scouts

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is seeking ideas from the public around what kind of scientific equipment they could use to outfit tiny lunar rovers to help with Artemis and other Moon missions. The call, issued via crowdsourcing platform HeroX and called ‘Honey, I Shrunk the NASA Payload’ in a very contemporary nod to a movie […]
techcrunch - 22 hours ago
Report: Apple’s iOS 14 contains code that would let you sample apps before download - techcrunch

Report: Apple’s iOS 14 contains code that would let you sample apps before download

Apple has under development a feature that would allow iOS users to interact with a third-party app, even if the app wasn’t yet installed on your device, according to a report from 9to5Mac. The report is based on information discovered in the iOS 14 code, which is not necessarily an indication of launch plans on […]
techcrunch - 22 hours ago
On the heels of its NTWRK investment, FaZe Clan looks at global expansion despite pandemic - techcrunch

On the heels of its NTWRK investment, FaZe Clan looks at global expansion despite pandemic

FaZe Clan, the eSports mega-franchise worth over $240 million, is still planning on moving forward with its international expansion this year on the heels of a multi-million dollar funding round backed by investors including Jimmy Iovine and the startup shopping network, NTWRK. Backed by Drake, Live Nation and Iovine, NTWRK is not just an investor […]
techcrunch - 23 hours ago
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Fintech CAC and the Great Credit Card Craze

Fintech CAC and the Great Credit Card Craze

techcrunch - 1 month ago

Hello and welcome back to our regular morning look at private companies, public markets and the gray space in between.
Today we’re getting two items out of my notebook while sticking to our recent fintech theme (Q1 fintech VC results here and more on investing patterns into the category here). Let’s chat about fintech customer acquisition costs and the rise of card-focused plays inside of the category.

For a little context: I’ve been hunting down a story on rising fintech customer acquisition costs (CAC) for what feels like a year. After a host of calls and chats on the topic, I’m admitting defeat. Details below, but I’m excited to cross the topic off my to-do list.

Regarding cards, I’ve spoken to both the CEOs of Brex and Ramp in recent weeks and corresponded a bit with Coinbase. So let’s chat interchange a little bit as well. Today is a fintech grab-bag, and we’re all going to be better for it. Onward!

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