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Today is Monday, June 6, 2022, and in case you didn’t know, it’s also Apple’s WWDC. Hadje and our other colleagues are focused on today, so you get me solo. Check out all the tidbits and attributes of these great writers below. Also, Lucas‘sand Anitanewsletter with “the arrest was heard throughout the crypto world” is something you should check. Finally, we give you five reasons why you won’t want to miss out. TC Sessions: Climatestarting next week, so get your ticket today. — Christine
TechCrunch Top 3
- Everything related to Apple: As mentioned, this week our team will bring you everything related to WWDC, starting with live keynote reveal how Silicon chip M2 to refurbished macbook air to a new name for macOS (Ventura, “Mace Ventura”) and all the new features you can stand. Okay, we even have a special. WWDC 2022 a page where you can access all Apple products for a week.
- Elon Musk is unhappy: When we’re not writing about Apple, we’re writing about our favorite billionaire’s journey to buying Twitter. Musk’s legal team today filed a filing with the SEC saying Musk is unhappy that Twitter won’t honor his request for data regarding the number of “spam and fake accounts” the social media giant has if he doesn’t get those numbers. , he is going to take his toys and go home, figuratively speaking.
- Unicorns can lose their magic: In this edition of “The Exchange” Alex a debate about glut and jam and why the last 2 years have been kind of a “unicorn bonanza”.
Startups and VK
Not a day goes by that we don’t hear about a new cybersecurity threat or hack, so it’s no surprise that companies like AppOmni keep making big money to help fix a problem—in this case, vulnerabilities in SaaS application stacks.
Another company raising some capital is Magical, which wants to prove that robotic process automation not ready for consolidationand there are still a few rabbits left to get out of the hat.
Want more? I will gladly submit:
- Order matters: When Hadje does not write about Apple, he helps startups figure it out the best slide order for your presentations.
- Catch up with the credit craze: in Nigeria Indicina keeps Africa’s bad credit infrastructure from getting in the way creating technology to record credit transactions across the continent.
- An apple for a teacher.: ingrid reports that Go1, a corporate training company, has taken over $100 million to give it a $2 billion valuation.
- Conscious connection of money: Mixing your money with your significant other can end badly, but how Natasha writes, Ivella earned $3.5 million to make it both fun and flexible.
- Radar service on a chip: Vayyar raises $108M in Series E funding to “Introducing a “family” of machine learning-based sensor solutions for robotics, retail, public safety, and smart building products.” Kyle writes.
- Search for drugs with the help of robots: Creating new drugs is costly and time consuming, but the Hong Kong Insilico made $50 million use artificial intelligence and a robotic laboratory to speed up the process in a more cost-effective way.
- Middle East gets Bolt via Fenix: Mobile startup from Abu Dhabi using the “superpower of micromobility” to not only make sure that your products are delivered to you within 10 minutes, but also to provide some other services that you may be interested in.
Fighting the stigma of “copycats” in SaaS: three techniques that work
In a world where ideas are cheap, it’s easy to be labeled a “copycat” if your product is only a mile away from your competitor’s domain, regardless of the value you offer.
“It’s always hurtful to hear a potential client say, ‘Oh, you’re like the cheaper/newer version of [your biggest competitor].’ It hurts even more when you know you have a great product,” writes Sachin Gupta, CEO and co-founder of HackerEarth.
Based on his own experience, Gupta explains three ways founders can make their company and product stand out:
- Use and promote your data.
- Double discount for your product.
- Rethink and reinvent your marketing.
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Big Tech Inc.
- Lots of important news in our newsletters, from Mary Anna story about Affirm and Stripe work together to enable US Stripe consumers to pay in installments Kirstena story about New Ford Sales Process as well as Sarahlook at number of downloads in the App Store and Google Play.
- Etsy invests $25 million in new purchase protection program for buyers and sellers this will hit the online market on August 1st. At its core, the new program means buyers can get a full refund if items “do not match the item description, arrive damaged, or don’t arrive at all.” We don’t think the sellers are maliciously trying to scam anyone, but it looks like sellers need to be careful about what they post.
- IBM announced the purchase of Randori.offensive security startup. Carly called the move “another sign of the company’s ongoing transition from its legacy business to cloud-based AI-powered cybersecurity software and services, which it recently supported with its acquisition of the ReaQTA endpoint security platform.”
- It might be Apple’s big day, but how Brian let’s say: “a Termination of the Google Pixel function waiting for no one.” Some of the phone’s new features include the ability to add a shortcut from the homepage to a screenshot of the vaccine map, and a talk mode for the Google Audio Amplifier.
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