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This week, TechCrunch Podcast Managing Editor Darrell Etherington takes you through the week’s most important tech events and sits down with the TC writers to explore some of them in depth. In this episode, he talks with Zach Whittaker about Apple’s latest security feature, Lockdown Mode, and with Amanda Silberling about the end of the lawsuit against former Theranos chief Sunny Balwani.
Note that we recorded the episode before the news broke about Elon’s attempt to end the Twitter acquisition deal. Read Taylor Hatmaker’s report here to stay up to date.
Articles from the issue:
- Apple Says Lockdown Mode in iOS 16 Will Help Block Government Spy Attacks
- Former Theranos chief Sunny Balwani found guilty
Other news of the week:
- Elon Musk tweeted that he was canceling the deal
- Elon Musk has everything confused because of the report on the new twins, which he shared with the head of Neuralink
- Huge Data Leak of 1 Billion Records Reveals China’s Vast State of Surveillance
- Hotel giant Marriott confirms another data breach
- Apple is reportedly planning to launch an extreme sports Apple Watch with a large screen and a metal case.
Lucas and Anita return this week to discuss the latest episode of the meme investment crossover with GameStop launching the NFT marketplace. We also break down this week’s latest drama with the liquidation of crypto hedge fund 3 Arrows Capital. When we discussed some of the new crypto funds pouring fresh capital into the space, things weren’t all that bleak.
In their interview this week, Lucas and Anita talk to Navin Jain. Naveen is the founder of Yat, a web startup that allows people to buy their own emoji URLs. There have been some wildly expensive sales in the market this year, but when will expensive emojis be able to tell us about the future of identity?
Bowery Farms Founder and CEO Irving Fane wants you to taste the best strawberries you’ll ever taste, grown just a few miles from your city home. As the leading and largest vertical farming company in the US, their goal is to make farming possible in urban environments, as well as the ability to grow a wide range of crops from anywhere in the world. Darrell and Jordan tell him about how all agtech companies have a place in fighting climate change, what led him to found Bowery, and how they thoughtfully innovate and scale.
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Alex, Natasha as well as Mary Ann Enjoyed another episode of Equity Live this week, hopping on Twitter Spaces to discuss everything from the Musk meme costume to the new take on Wordle that caught Spotify’s attention. When we stopped recording the episode, it became known on the news that Stripe lowers its internal valuation by 28%. Luckily, we do this three times a week to keep up to date with what’s happening in the near future.
In the meantime, here’s what we got in today’s episode:
- Spotify acquired Hurdle, which seemed like a throwback to trivia and, of course, a homage to its famous predecessor, Wordle, owned by the NY Times. Until now, only one of us has played guessing music by music, so tweet @equitypod your thoughts on if it actually fun.
- We also talked about a startup that is trying to solve the problem of male infertility in a personalized, engaging way. This attracted the attention of investors, and ours too.
- Our latest deal this week, Continuum, gave us the opportunity to talk about creating one of the worst jobs in startups: firing people. The fractional working game seems even more important given the volatility of startups at all stages right now. Hopin for example had his second layoff in four months this week as well as parted ways with their chief operating officer, chief financial officer and other executives. There was a personnel reshuffle at Medium: Ev Williams stepped down.
- The last two themes of the episode were built around Instacart and the future of grocery delivery, as well as the latest in the Twitter and Elon Musk saga.
This is our Wednesday show where we stick to one topic, think about the issue and reveal the rest. This week, Natasha asked: How does Rowe’s failure affect how companies are built?
This question was inspired by a recent TechCrunch+ column. “Reverse Row has a strong impact on emerging tech cities in the red states.” Reporters behind the article Dominic-Madori Davis as well as Becca Shkutakjoined Equity to tell this story and help us understand more of the nuances behind this huge setback.
We chatted about reclaiming geographic boundaries, the selective silence of the money behind the money, and how founders need to rethink their growth strategy if they come from the red states. We also chatted about how some of the founders have already begun to react to Roe v. Wade being overturned and their feelings about the legitimacy of what happens next.
- Stocks around the world have fallen partly due to government actions, partly due to the complex web of negative factors that we have been discussing for several months.
- Cryptocurrencies are more balanced; if you like $20,000 bitcoin, this is your moment.
- tiger slowdown is not just a surge, according to TechCrunch. The investment center is set to slow its development until the end of 2022 and hopes to raise a new fund.
- Unacademy desire to cut costs, go public in two years according to TechCrunch. As well as Kadamos raised more capitalnoting a fairly quick reload after a raise a few months ago.
- Quick Hits: Uber files are a mess, Layoffs do not solve talent crisis in Southeast Asiaas well as Fintech staff cuts start to pile up.
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