Robco links up with $14M led by Sequoia to bring modular robotics to industrial SMBs

After years of outsourcing and offshoring manufacturing to countries with cheaper labour and bigger production ecosystems, the U.S. and Europe are on a mission to bring some of that industrial work back to its own shores. Today, a startup ...

Doglapan book review: An angry and indignant Ashneer Grover doesn’t hold back in this tell-all memoir

“If you choose to work with your spouse, there should be no hesitation in designating them as co-founders as well as giving them a seat on the board” “It is important to remember that the investor is just another ...

Tiger Global startup investments drop 70% in 11 months of 2022 as funding winter worsens

Tiger Global Management, one of the world’s most aggressive technology investors, has demonstrated its confidence in India this year by continuing to deploy capital, albeit on a smaller scale, while slowing investments elsewhere in the world due to macroeconomic ...

Uber sues NYC Taxi & Limo Commission to block rate increase for drivers

Uber is suing the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC), which last month approved a fare hike for ride-hail apps and taxi drivers amid a post-pandemic driver shortage, rising operational costs and higher inflation. The ride-hail company ...

ADIA looks to invest $400 million in Lenskart at $4.5 billion valuation

ETtechAbu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) is in advanced discussions with Lenskart and its existing stakeholders for an investment of $350-400 million, the largest fundraise by the omni channel eyewear retailer, said people aware of the development. Some of Lenskart’s investors ...

Twitter Blue to relaunch with actual verification process, higher price for Apple users

Twitter is officially bringing back the Twitter Blue subscription Monday, starting in five countries before rapidly expanding to others, according to Esther Crawford, director of product management at Twitter. Web sign-ups will cost $8 per month and iOS sign ...

The one slide 99% of founders get wrong when fundraising

There’s one slide that almost every founder gets wrong when they are putting together a pitch deck to raise money from venture capitalists. The slide is usually known as “the ask,” and it typically lives toward the end of ...

There are a lot of reasons to be excited about Canada’s venture market

Canada’s venture market isn’t immune from the global market downturn, but unlike the U.S. — where everything seems increasingly bleak — there are quite a few bright spots in Canada’s ecosystem this year. Data from the Canadian Venture Capital ...

Avarni is building a comprehensive dataset to analyze supply chain emissions 

For companies aiming toward net zero, tracking scope 3 carbon emissions is a key challenge. Scope 3 are emissions along a supply and value chain, which means they have to account for a large number of partners. Avarni automates much ...

Fintech giants face uphill battle

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5 lessons we’ve learned from building a venture fund from scratch

Eric Tarczynski Contributor Share on Twitter Eric Tarczynski is managing partner and founder of Contrary Capital. More posts by this contributor 2023 VC predictions: Finding an exit from the ‘messy middle’ This month, we’re five years into building Contrary. Along ...

Paytm can't use IPO proceeds for buyback; co's strong liquidity to be used

AgenciesOne 97 Communications Ltd, the operator of India’s largest digital payments provider Paytm, cannot use proceeds of its mega initial public offering (IPO) for the proposed repurchase of its own shares, as rules prohibit such a move, sources said, adding ...

Despite turbulence in sector, some startups still bullish on campus hiring

ETtechDespite continuing upheaval in the sector and layoffs across the board, a sizeable number of startups and ecommerce companies are bullish on campus hiring this year, with some feeling this may be a time to benefit from the slowdown in ...

Another week of layoffs, executive departures and AI-generated everything

Hello again! Greg here again with Week in Review. WiR is the newsletter where we take the most read TechCrunch stories from the last seven days and wrap them up in as few words as possible — no fluff, ...

This Week in Apps: Apple App Store’s new pricing, Twitter app makers shift to Mastodon, debate over Lensa AI

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. Global app spending reached $65 billion in the first half of 2022, up only ...

Edtech’s brightest are struggling to pass

Welcome to Startups Weekly, a nuanced take on this week’s startup news and trends by Senior Reporter and Equity co-host Natasha Mascarenhas. To get this in your inbox, subscribe here. Outschool laid off a quarter of staff, or 43 people, ...

Hybrid pricing can help app developers better monetize their apps

W elcome to the TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s inspired by the daily TechCrunch+ column where it gets its name. Want it in your inbox every Saturday? Sign up here. It seems like everyone has been talking ...

With Kite’s demise, can generative AI for code succeed?

Kite, a startup developing an AI-powered coding assistant, abruptly shut down last month. Despite securing tens of millions of dollars in VC backing, Kite struggled to pay the bills, founder Adam Smith revealed in a postmortem blog post, running ...

Here’s how Audi Q4 50 E-Tron stacks up against the Tesla Model Y

After many delays, Audi has a new E-Tron on the market. It’s the Q4, a little SUV based on the same MEB platform that sits beneath the Volkswagen ID.4’s skin. That means a similar layout and, most significantly, the identical ...

OpenAI’s attempts to watermark AI text hit limits

Did a human write that, or ChatGPT? It can be hard to tell — perhaps too hard, its creator OpenAI thinks, which is why it is working on a way to “watermark” AI-generated content. In a lecture at the University ...

Is ChatGPT a “virus that has been released into the wild”?

More than three years ago, this editor sat down with Sam Altman for a small event in San Francisco soon after he’d left his role as the president of Y Combinator to become CEO of the AI company he ...

Daily Crunch: Grocery delivery app Getir bags rival Gorillas in a $1.2B acquisition

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. We’ve made it to Friday, folks. If you’re anything like me, that means finishing the workday with ...

Musk’s ‘Twitter Files’ offer a glimpse of the raw, complicated and thankless task of moderation

Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, is feverishly promoting his “Twitter Files”: selected internal communications from the company, laboriously tweeted out by sympathetic amanuenses. But Musk’s obvious conviction that he has released some partisan kraken is mistaken — far from conspiracy ...

Proposed legislation would force US higher education endowments to reveal where they invest

In January, Missouri Representative Emanuel Cleaver will introduce the Endowment Transparency Act into Congress, a move that could, frankly, change everything. Cleaver’s proposed legislation seeks to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require universities and colleges to ...

The Block founder says he’s exploring ways to get the publication into ‘trustworthy’ hands

Crypto news publication The Block announced today that its CEO, Michael McCaffrey, has resigned after failing to disclose a series of loans from former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried’s company Alameda Research. Axios first reported the news. The capital was ...

2022: The good, the bad, and the wake-up calls

Hello and welcome back to Equity, the podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. We are nearly at the end of the year, so your friendly, local podcast crew is trying ...

Gift Guide: On-the-go fitness tech to boost their training anywhere

Keeping fit doesn’t need a lot of technology. A decent pair of running shoes and an exercise mat might just do it. But of course sometimes a little extra tech can give an inspiring boost — so long as whatever ...

Microsoft acquires startup developing high-speed cables for transmitting data

Microsoft today announced that it acquired Lumenisity, a U.K.-based startup developing “hollow core fiber (HCF)” technologies primarily for data centers and ISPs. Microsoft says that the purchase, the terms of which weren’t disclosed, will “expand [its] ability to further optimize ...

Ireland’s privacy watchdog engaging with Twitter over data access to reporters

Elon Musk’s desire to stir conspiratorial shit up by giving select outsiders aligned with his conservative agenda access to Twitter systems and data could land the world’s richest man in some serious doodoo with regulators on both sides of ...

Computer vision technology startup Brodmann17 has shut down

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Amazon ends support for third-party HIPAA-compliant Alexa skills

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TechCrunch+ roundup: VC trick questions, building 3-case models, B2B sales coaching

I have nothing against the investor class, but sitting in a room with several VCs while I try to sell them on my billion-dollar idea sounds very stressful. When an investor inevitably asks founders about their valuation expectations, it is ...

Roblox will let 13+ users import contacts and add recommended friends

Roblox is adding two new ways for people who spend time in its virtual worlds to find old friends and make new ones. The company announced Friday that it would introduce a contact importer and friend recommendations, two new features ...

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Vanguard announced earlier this week that it was leaving the Net Zero Asset Managers initiative, a nascent attempt by the industry to self-regulate its carbon emissions. Its departure reinforces the need for government oversight of climate risks in investments. ...

Disney+ ad-supported plan is currently unavailable on Roku devices

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Announcing The Cross Chain Coalition Web3 Demo Day, a free online event

Despite a turbulent Web3 market, dedicated people and companies continue working to build meaningful products and a better global financial system. Mark your calendar and join crypto experts, engineers, top-tier ecosystems, institutions and VCs for The Cross Chain Coalition ...

Hook your investors with the perfect summary slide

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Getaround braves chilly public markets with SPAC combination

This column would like to apologize for somehow missing the buildup to Getaround‘s SPAC combination, which was voted on yesterday and began trading this morning. I don’t know how we managed to get so far behind on this particular ...

Corporate Crossings | Aashima Arora joins VC firm LocalGlobe as Partner

Representative image Aashima Arora, who was an investment lead at crypto unicorn Polygon’s $100 million venture funding arm till recently, has moved to venture capital (VC) firm LocalGlobe as a Partner. The 26-year-old is the youngest woman to become ...

Tesla hopes China boss will bring secret sauce to Gigafactory Texas

Tom Zhu, Tesla’s China president who oversaw Gigafactory Shanghai’s transformation into the world’s largest EV plant, has been appointed to run the new Gigafactory in Austin, Texas, Bloomberg reported earlier this week. That would make the China chief, who ...

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