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Original Content podcast: ‘The Lovebirds’ has charming leads and not much else - techcrunch

Original Content podcast: ‘The Lovebirds’ has charming leads and not much else

“The Lovebirds” was originally slated for a theatrical release, but with movie theaters closed, Paramount decided to release the film through Netflix instead. But even without a global pandemic, a Netflix release was probably the right call. As we discuss latest episode of the Original Content podcast, this doesn’t feel like a movie that would […]
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This Week in Apps: Facebook launches trio of app experiments, TikTok gets spammed, plus coronavirus impacts on app economy - techcrunch

This Week in Apps: Facebook launches trio of app experiments, TikTok gets spammed, plus coronavirus impacts on app economy

We continue to look at how the coronavirus outbreak is impacting the world of mobile apps, with fresh data from App Annie about trends playing out across app categories benefiting from the pandemic.
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Watch live as SpaceX launches its first ever spacecraft with people on board - techcrunch

Watch live as SpaceX launches its first ever spacecraft with people on board

SpaceX is once again preparing to make history – the private spaceflight company is set to launch its Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission in collaboration with NASA today. This is the second time they’ve prepared to launch this mission, after an attempt on Wednesday last week was scrubbed due to bad weather. Today’s attempt is set […]
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Amid unprecedented growth on its platform, Acorns cuts roles and shuts down an office - techcrunch

Amid unprecedented growth on its platform, Acorns cuts roles and shuts down an office

Acorns, which helps millions of people invest their spare change in the stock market, has laid off between 50 to 70 people, TechCrunch has learned from multiple sources. The Irvine, Calif.-based company would not confirm the total number of people laid off, but did confirm that there were cuts at the company as a result […]
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Toyota’s first plug-in hybrid RAV4 Prime priced a skosh under $40,000 - techcrunch

Toyota’s first plug-in hybrid RAV4 Prime priced a skosh under $40,000

When Toyota unveiled the 2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime in November, the vehicle garnered a lot of attention because it achieved two seemingly conflicting goals. It was Toyota’s most fuel efficient and one of its most powerful vehicles. Now, it’s getting praise for managing a base price under $40,000. Toyota said Friday that the standard trim […]
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As wildfire season approaches, AI could pinpoint risky regions using satellite imagery - techcrunch

As wildfire season approaches, AI could pinpoint risky regions using satellite imagery

The U.S. has suffered from devastating wildfires over the last few years as global temperatures rise and weather patterns change, making the otherwise natural phenomenon especially unpredictable and severe. To help out, Stanford researchers have found a way to track and predict dry, at-risk areas using machine learning and satellite imagery. Currently the way forests […]
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Brex, the credit card for startups, cuts staff amid restructuring - techcrunch

Brex, the credit card for startups, cuts staff amid restructuring

Brex, last valued at $2.6 billion, is restructuring its credit card for startups business and cut 62 staff members, the co-founders Pedro Franceschi and Henrique Dubugras said in a blog post. “Today we’re restructuring the company to better align our priorities with this new reality, while simultaneously accelerating our product vision. With that, I have […]
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Sony will show off the first PlayStation 5 games on June 4th - techcrunch

Sony will show off the first PlayStation 5 games on June 4th

Sony has been dishing out details on the PlayStation 5 piece-by-piece, rather than dropping all of the details at one big mega event. First came word of the Holiday 2020 release window. Then came an overview of the specs — like that it’ll have a super fast solid state drive by default. Most recently, they […]
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Jeremy Conrad left his own VC firm to start a company, and investors like what he’s building - techcrunch

Jeremy Conrad left his own VC firm to start a company, and investors like what he’s building

When this editor first met Jeremy Conrad, it was in 2014, at the 8,000-square-foot former fish factory that was home to Lemnos, a hardware-focused venture firm that Conrad had cofounded three years earlier. Conrad —  who as a mechanical engineering undergrad at MIT worked on self driving cars, drones and satellites — was still excited […]
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4 views on the future of retail and the shopping experience

While the present is largely bleak, preparing for the future has retailers adopting technologies faster than ever. Their resilience and innovation means retail will look and fee different when the world reopens.
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SpaceX’s Starship SN4 launch vehicle prototype explodes after static engine fire test - techcrunch

SpaceX’s Starship SN4 launch vehicle prototype explodes after static engine fire test

SpaceX had just conducted yet another static fire test of the Raptor engine in its Starship SN4 prototype launch vehicle on Friday when the test vehicle exploded on the test stand. This was the fourth static fire test of this engine on this prototype, so it’s unclear what went wrong vs. other static fire attempts. […]
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YouTube and Tribeca’s global online film festival starts today - techcrunch

YouTube and Tribeca’s global online film festival starts today

Today, the online film festival We Are One is kicking off 10 days of films, talks, musical performances and VR experiences. The event is a collaboration between Tribeca Enterprises (the organization behind the Tribeca Film Festival) and YouTube, with help from 21 film festivals from around the world. Think of it as an attempt to […]
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Aaron Levie: ‘We have way too many manual processes in businesses’ - techcrunch

Aaron Levie: ‘We have way too many manual processes in businesses’

Box CEO Aaron Levie has been working to change the software world for 15 years, but the pandemic has accelerated the move to cloud services much faster than anyone imagined. As he pointed out yesterday in an Extra Crunch Live interview, who would have thought three months ago that businesses like yoga and cooking classes […]
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Salesforce stock is taking a hit today after lighter guidance in yesterday’s earning’s report - techcrunch

Salesforce stock is taking a hit today after lighter guidance in yesterday’s earning’s report

In spite of a positive quarter with record revenue that beat analyst estimates, Salesforce stock was taking a hit today because of lighter guidance. Wall Street is a tough audience. The stock was down $8.29/share or 4.58% as of 2:15 pm ET. The guidance, which was a projection for next quarter’s earnings, was lighter than […]
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Audi launches high-tech car unit Artemis to fast track a ‘pioneering’ EV to market - techcrunch

Audi launches high-tech car unit Artemis to fast track a ‘pioneering’ EV to market

Audi has created a new business unit called Artemis to bring electric vehicles equipped with highly automated driving systems and other tech to market faster — the latest bid by the German automaker to become more agile and competitive. The traditional automotive industry, where the design to start of production cycle might take five to […]
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Echo Looks will cease functioning in July, as Amazon discontinues the camera - techcrunch

Echo Looks will cease functioning in July, as Amazon discontinues the camera

Introduced in mid-2017, the Look was one of the more obscure — and, honestly, kind of bizarre — entries in the Echo line. It was a small camera designed to take videos and selfies of its owner, using machine learning to help choose outfits. No surprise, really, that it never caught fire. And now, three […]
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The best investment every digital brand can make during the COVID-19 pandemic - techcrunch

The best investment every digital brand can make during the COVID-19 pandemic

Customers don’t just forget about the companies that treated them well — and post-crisis, they’ll be more likely to return to the vendors who gave them a good experience.
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Charge and disinfect your smartphone with this Qi charger for just $50 - venture beat

Charge and disinfect your smartphone with this Qi charger for just $50

SPONSORED DEALS: This affordable device gives your phone a UV light bath
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TinyML is giving hardware new life - techcrunch

TinyML is giving hardware new life

Today and going forward, billions of tiny devices will act as an extension of our brains, feelings and emotions as a natural extension of everyday life.
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Bunq adds donations to charities and tests redesign - techcrunch

Bunq adds donations to charities and tests redesign

Challenger bank Bunq is adding a new feature that lets you donate to charities directly from the app. In addition to that, Bunq is also in the process of redesigning its app. The company is launching a public beta test to get feedback from its users. Other fintech startups, such as Revolut and Lydia, have […]
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Strategies for surviving the COVID-19 Series B squeeze

Strategies for surviving the COVID-19 Series B squeeze

techcrunch - 1 week ago

A generation of companies now needs to forget what it has learned. The world has changed for everyone, and nowhere is this more true than in fundraising.

Ive been investing in technology companies for over twenty years, and Ive seen how venture capitalists respond in bull and bear markets. I’ve supported companies through the downturns that followed the dot-com bubble and the global financial crisis, and witnessed how founders adapt to the new environment. This current pandemic is no different.

A growth company that only a few months ago was shopping for a $20 million, $30 million, or even $40 million Series B, with a choice of potential investors, must now acknowledge that the shelves may well have emptied.

VCs who were assessing potential new deals at the beginning of the year have had to abruptly adjust their focus: Q1 venture activity in Europe was under its 2019 average, and the figures for the coming months are likely to be much worse as the pipeline empties of deals that were already in progress.

The simple reason for this is that VCs are having to rapidly reallocate their two principal assets: time and capital. More time has to be spent stitching together deals for portfolio companies in need of fresh funding, with little support from outside money. As a result, funds will be putting more capital behind their existing companies, reducing the pool for new investments.

Added to those factors is uncertainty about pricing. VCs take their lead on valuation from the public markets, which have plummeted in tech, as elsewhere. The SEG index of listed SaaS stocks was down 26% year-to-date as of late March. With more pain likely ahead, few investors are going to commit to valuations that founders will accept until there is more certainty that the worst is behind us. A gap will open between newly cautious investors and founders unwilling to bear haircuts up to 50%, dramatic increases in dilution and even the prospect of down rounds. It will likely take quarters not weeks for that gulf to be bridged and for many deals to become possible again.

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