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Startups Weekly: What countries want your startup?

By |August 8th, 2020|

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7am PT). Subscribe here. They say business needs certainty to succeed, but new tech startups are still getting funded aggressively despite the pandemic, recession, trade wars and various large disasters created by nature or humans. But before --> READ MORE

Share Ventures, an LA-based studio for company creation, is MoviePass co-founder Hamet Watt’s next act

By |August 8th, 2020|

Nearly eight years ago, Hamet Watt and Stacy Spikes launched MoviePass, the subscription-based movie ticketing service that captured the minds and dollars of investors and brought thousands of cinephiles a too-good-to-be-true deal for all-you-can watch movie passes. Watt, who came to MoviePass as an entrepreneur in residence at True Ventures, previously founded the brand and --> READ MORE

How I accidentally gatecrashed a startup’s morning meeting

By |August 8th, 2020|

There’s a certain kind of panic that at some point gets us all. You just got to work but did you leave the oven on at home? The gut-punch “call me ASAP” message from your boss but now they’re not answering their phone. Or that moment you unexpectedly see your camera light flash on your --> READ MORE

Daily Crunch: Trump bans transactions with ByteDance and Tencent

By |August 7th, 2020|

Trump escalates his campaign against Chinese tech companies, Facebook extends work from home until the middle of 2021 and Netflix adds support for Hindi. Here’s your Daily Crunch for August 7, 2020. The big story: Trump signs orders banning US business with TikTok owner ByteDance and Tencent’s WeChat Both orders will take effect in 45 --> READ MORE

Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ hands-on

By |August 7th, 2020|

During an Unpacked event that featured the announcement of five key new devices, the Galaxy Tab S7 didn’t get a ton of love. Understandable, perhaps. It doesn’t quite have the star power of the Note line, nor does it have the novelty of a new foldable or Bluetooth earbuds. Tablets in general just aren’t exciting --> READ MORE

Human Capital: Uber and Lyft’s ongoing battle with the law and a brief history of diversity at Snap

By |August 7th, 2020|

Welcome back to Human Capital (formerly known as Tech at Work), which looks at all things labor in tech. This week presented Uber and Lyft with a fresh labor lawsuit as a judge heard arguments from Uber, Lyft and lawyers on behalf of the people of California in a separate suit brought forth by California’s --> READ MORE

R&D Roundup: Supercomputer COVID-19 insights, ionic spiderwebs, the whiteness of AI

By |August 7th, 2020|

I see far more research articles than I could possibly write up. This column collects the most interesting of those papers and advances, along with notes on why they may prove important in the world of tech and startups. This week: supercomputers take on COVID-19, beetle backpacks, artificial spiderwebs, the “overwhelming whiteness” of AI and --> READ MORE

Federal judge approves ending consent decrees that prevented movie studios from owning theaters

By |August 7th, 2020|

A federal judge has approved the Department of Justice’s efforts to end the Paramount Consent Decrees — 70-year-old court orders that prevented movie studios from engaging in a variety of anti-competitive behaviors, including ownership of movie theaters. U.S. District Court Judge Analisa Torres cited the rise of streaming services like Netflix as one of the --> READ MORE

How to pick the right Series A investors

By |August 7th, 2020|

Early-stage startup founders who are embarking on a Series A fundraising round should consider this: their relationship with the members of their board might last longer than the average American marriage. In other words, who invests in a startup matters as much — or more — than the total capital they’re bringing with them. It’s --> READ MORE

IoT and data science will boost foodtech in the post-pandemic era

By |August 7th, 2020|

Sunny Dhillon Contributor Share on Twitter Sunny Dhillon is an early-stage investor at Signia Ventures in San Francisco where he invests in retail tech, e-commerce infrastructure and logistics, alongside consumer and enterprise software startups. More posts by this contributor From farm to phone: A paradigm shift in grocery An optimistic view of deepfakes Even as --> READ MORE