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The startup market is taking on more and more risk - techcrunch

The startup market is taking on more and more risk

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter for your weekend enjoyment.
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Paris asks scooter sharing services to restrict speed to 10km/h - techcrunch

Paris asks scooter sharing services to restrict speed to 10km/h

Riding a scooter in Paris will soon feel incredibly… slow. The City of Paris has announced that scooter sharing services should restrict the maximum top speed to 10km/h (that’s 6.2mph). That decision comes following a number of pedestrian injuries that involved a scooter. Paris has been an important market for scooter sharing companies. It’s a […]
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Apple’s mixed reality headset may be a standalone device - techcrunch

Apple’s mixed reality headset may be a standalone device

Apple's long-rumored mixed reality headset will be powered by two processors, according to renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In Kuo's latest research report, and won't need to be tethered to an iPhone.
techcrunch - 1 day ago
Italy fines Apple and Google for ‘aggressive’ data practices - techcrunch

Italy fines Apple and Google for ‘aggressive’ data practices

Apple and Google have been fined €10 million apiece by Italy’s competition and market authority (AGCM) which has found they did not provide their users with clear enough information on commercial uses of their data — in violation of the country’s consumer code. The regulator also accuses the pair of deploying “aggressive” practices to push […]
techcrunch - 1 day ago
Our Black Friday discounts end soon — grab your $20 pass to TC Sessions: Space - techcrunch

Our Black Friday discounts end soon — grab your $20 pass to TC Sessions: Space

If you celebrated the American Thanksgiving yesterday, you’re probably stuffed to the gills and barely able to move. Good news, though. It takes only a few clicks — no cardio required — to score a $20 pass to TC Sessions: Space 2021 before our Black Friday sale ends Sunday, November 28 at 11:59 pm (PT). […]
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IoT data collector Samsara’s IPO will be fun to watch - techcrunch

IoT data collector Samsara’s IPO will be fun to watch

Samsara would have to command a revenue multiple of just under 12x to meet its final private price. Will it manage that? Er, yes. Yes, it will.
techcrunch - 1 day ago
Jefa raises $2 million for its challenger bank for women in LATAM - techcrunch

Jefa raises $2 million for its challenger bank for women in LATAM

Fintech startup Jefa has raised a $2 million seed round to build a challenger bank with a product specifically designed for women living in Latin America and the Caribbean. The company has managed to attract 115,000 women on its waitlist and participated in TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield last year. Investors in Jefa include The Venture Collective, […]
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Germany’s incoming government wants to end coal use by 2030 - techcrunch

Germany’s incoming government wants to end coal use by 2030

Germany plans to phase out coal by 2030, eight years earlier than previously planned, as part of its latest climate pledge. That same year, it wants 80% of its electricity sourced from renewables.
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PPC Affects After BERT Update; Impact on Promoters - readwrite

PPC Affects After BERT Update; Impact on Promoters

Google makes constant updates to the algorithms every year for increasing relevance in the SERP. As an online marketer, you are already aware of this fact. So far, BERT has been one of the most significant algorithm updates rolled out by Google and is considered the most significant change since the search engine giant released […] The post PPC Affects After BERT Update; Impact on Promoters appeared first on ReadWrite.
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Vauban, an AngelList-like platform for VCs and angels to run and raise funds, closes $6.3m - techcrunch

Vauban, an AngelList-like platform for VCs and angels to run and raise funds, closes $6.3m

It’s always been a slight puzzle why AngelList never really properly took off in Europe, especially when, a few years ago, there was such a dearth of funding options for poorly served European startups. But the reasons are fairly simple when you look at them. For starters, the US tech industry boomed in the last […]
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Astroscale raises $109M for its on-orbit services technology - techcrunch

Astroscale raises $109M for its on-orbit services technology

Japanese space startup Astroscale has raised $109 million in a new Series F round of financing, brining the company’s total funding raised to date to $300 million. The company specializes in on-orbit servicing technology, designed to help reduce the amount of debris that exists in operating orbital altitudes, and also to extend the life of […]
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Perfeggt brings in first capital to shell out plant-based egg alternative - techcrunch

Perfeggt brings in first capital to shell out plant-based egg alternative

Worldwide, over 1.3 trillion eggs are produced annually, and Perfeggt co-founders believe this market is largely untapped and has room to grow with plant-based alternatives.
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Pyxo wants to build the biggest network of reusable food containers - techcrunch

Pyxo wants to build the biggest network of reusable food containers

Meet Pyxo, a French startup that has been thinking a lot about single-use plastic food packaging for the past three years. The company wants to offer a service that makes it as easy and as cost-efficient to use reusable food storage containers at scale. The idea behind Pyxo comes from a fair at the Tuileries […]
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Pet video marketplace Camlist eyes UK growth after raising $1.3 million pre-seed funding - techcrunch

Pet video marketplace Camlist eyes UK growth after raising $1.3 million pre-seed funding

Camlist, a video marketplace for pets, has raised $1.3 million in a pre-seed round, funding that the startup plans to use to develop its platform and grow its workforce — as it looks to expand its reach in the UK, its second market (after the U.A.E.), which it entered earlier this year. Unlike other marketplaces, […]
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Ant is changing how consumers borrow money from its app - techcrunch

Ant is changing how consumers borrow money from its app

In December 2020, Beijing laid out a guideline for Ant Group to “rectify” its business after calling off its IPO, which could have been the largest initial public offering in history. In the plan, regulators asked Ant to revamp its credit business, among other changes that would make it subject to the same set of […]
techcrunch - 2 days ago
How Pilot convinced Index Ventures to think long-term about margins - techcrunch

How Pilot convinced Index Ventures to think long-term about margins

Whether you agree or not, it's hard to ignore the fact that the multipliers in Silicon Valley and the growth of software businesses have changed the way we think about a startup's timeline.
techcrunch - 2 days ago
Coinbase acquihires team behind BRD crypto wallet - techcrunch

Coinbase acquihires team behind BRD crypto wallet

As crypto proponents look to onboard a new generation of users, one of the major consumer onramps has been a host of consumer wallet apps with slick interfaces. Today, Coinbase announced that it is bringing on the team from BRD — a crypto wallet startup that first launched its mobile wallet back in 2014. While […]
techcrunch - 3 days ago
Robots and AI assist in designing and building Swiss university’s ‘hanging gardens’ - techcrunch

Robots and AI assist in designing and building Swiss university’s ‘hanging gardens’

Architecture and construction have always been, rather quietly, at the bleeding edge of tech and materials trends. It’s no surprise, then, especially at a renowned technical university like ETH Zurich, to find a project utilizing AI and robotics in a new approach to these arts. The automated design and construction they are experimenting with show […]
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TabTrader raises $5.8M for a mobile app that aggregates crypto exchange data - techcrunch

TabTrader raises $5.8M for a mobile app that aggregates crypto exchange data

As many of the top cryptocurrencies seem to temporarily stabilize near all-time-highs, users looking to speculate on tokens that are a bit more volatile are searching across exchanges to find deals. Amsterdam-based startup TabTrader has been capitalizing on this search with a platform that aggregates prices and token availability across dozens of exchanges. While other […]
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Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri will testify before the Senate on teen mental heath - techcrunch

Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri will testify before the Senate on teen mental heath

Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri will testify before the Senate for the first time as part of a series of hearings about online safety for children and teens. Per the New York Times, Mosseri’s hearing will take place on December 6. Mosseri’s upcoming testimony comes after Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) wrote a letter to Facebook […]
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Bringing it in-house: What to look for when hiring a general counsel

Bringing it in-house: What to look for when hiring a general counsel

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A recent Corporate Counsel article highlighted a growing trend: More senior legal leaders are migrating to startups to take on general counsel roles. For some, its an attempt to find a better work-life balance (whoops!), while others are eager to build and manage their own team or see it as an opportunity to work for a mission-driven company.

This is great news for startups, especially those in regulated industries, where building strong in-house legal teams has been a challenge and fees can really add up if they choose a law firm. Founders can find top-tier talent out there, and discovering the right resource for your early to mid-sized company has never been more likely.

The abundance of available legal talent brings challenges as well as opportunities. Whether youre the CEO of a high-growth startup or even a mid-sized technology company, finding the right legal leader will have implications for your business down the line. Its a move you want to get right from the very beginning.

Know what a GC can bring to the business

The primary benefit of bringing on an in-house attorney is that they will become an expert in every aspect of your business, which will let them provide more actionable legal advice as well as a (sometimes) unique input on various business decisions.

You dont want a lawyer who will panic and create more chaos in an already chaotic environment, and you definitely dont want the lawyer who presents you and the rest of the management team the facts and leaves the decision to you (its a “business decision).

Another big aspect is that law firms are, by nature, highly risk-averse. This can often be at odds with the business’ ability to accomplish its objectives. However, CEOs are going to take risks to move the business forward, and having an excellent lawyer in-house who can manage the potential downside of those risks is critical.

CEOs need a lawyer who they can trust to manage a situation after it becomes an issue, as well as one who is thoughtful and clear on communicating potential risks up front. Leaders dont need someone telling them not to take risks, or saying, I told you so when things go wrong; they need someone who can manage the consequences (good and bad) of business decisions in a calm, organized and professional manner.

Finally, cost is a factor. Law firms traditionally charge an hourly rate, which can become frustrating to manage and fiscally untenable for a startup trying to stretch funding. While alternative fee arrangements are becoming more commonplace, most firms limit those arrangements to a relatively plain vanilla representation and will charge hourly for more complex matters.

Hiring a full-time lawyer and paying that lawyer a decent wage will allow you to better manage costs and they, over time, should provide you with better advice.

Experience and attitude matter

An important aspect to evaluate is the risk appetite of a legal chief candidate. Many in-house attorneys claim to be “commercial,” but thats rarely the case. Relatively few in-house leaders are willing to actually make the call to take on almost certain risk to accomplish a business objective.

Theres something about how lawyers are trained that makes us jump to the worst-case scenario, but in reality, theres a lot of room between taking the risk and the catastrophic scenario. Great GCs make the business decision, shoulder the risk, and do so with the confidence that they can manage the results to preserve the commercial value of the decision while managing the matter to prevent the worst-case scenario.

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