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It’s Monday and we’re excited to start another week of summer tech news. Speaking of summer, as VCs stop answering their phones, preferring to drink lime and elderberry martinis, play pickleball, dig bitcoin mines, and kite surf (I can only assume that this is what VCs do during their summer holidays). ), this gives us technical reporters. a little more time to delve into some of the stories and companies that tickle our curiosity.

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The cryptocurrency-related regulatory environment is changing in the US as the SEC targets the big players in the web3 world with the promise of shaking up business with aggressive action as usual. David Nage talks about how regulatory scrutiny affects venture capital investment in web3. This is a great conversation with Lucas as well as Anita in this week’s edition of Chain Reaction for podcast lovers!

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Oui Capital, an Africa-focused venture capital firm based in Lagos and Massachusetts. announced today that it has completed the first close of its $30 million. second fund, Tage reports. The firm aims to strengthen its presence on the continent.

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Build a solid deck for quarterly board meetings

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Board meetings are great for getting feedback on your progress and your plans for the future, but what’s the best way to let them know what’s going on?

Ridge Ventures partner Yusuf Khan says that often the best and easiest way to “make sure you’re giving board members the information they want to see is to just ask them.”

“Reaching out to the board of directors not only helps set direction, it also gives you an opportunity to build relationships. People appreciate the opportunity to speak out,” he says.

Khan also offers seven presentation tips to keep your board informed about your progress, plans, product, and finances.

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Hyundai is considering acquiring South Korea’s lidar-free 42dot autonomous mobile platform.. This was announced by the representative of 42dot. Katia that the startup is in talks, but warned that terms, including the size of the stake and the valuation of the deal, have yet to materialize.

In one of the most mind-blowing moves in recent memory, Spotify has announced that it will be introducing a Play button and a Shuffle button at the top of album playlists to make it easier to play music the way you like it. Sarah reports. Plot twist: separate buttons only available to paid subscribers. As Sarah concludes, “streamers may be disappointed to learn that what should be an app update in favor of better usability is oddly sold to them as a reason to upgrade.”

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