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Dear Startups: Don’t repaint, reinvent

By |May 15th, 2021|

I feel hungover. No, not in the traditional sense, but in the dizzying way you feel when half of your world is celebrating double vaccinations and no masks, and the other half, across the world, is mourning death and not a shred of light at the end of the tunnel. The privilege of watching this --> READ MORE

Maybe SPACs were a bad idea after all

By |May 15th, 2021|

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. It’s broadly based on the daily column that appears on Extra Crunch, but free, and made for your weekend reading. Want it in your inbox every Saturday? Sign up here. Ready? Let’s talk money, startups and spicy IPO rumors. Hello friends, I was out yesterday --> READ MORE

Leveling the playing field

By |May 15th, 2021|

Williesha Morris Contributor Share on Twitter Williesha Morris has been a journalist and freelancer off-and-on for over a decade. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, playing video games or chatting about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In 2011, a product developer named Fred Davison read an article about inventor Ken Yankelevitz and his QuadControl video game --> READ MORE

This Week in Apps: Apple talks App Store fraud, responds to antitrust complaints; Facebook growth is slipping

By |May 15th, 2021|

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. The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices --> READ MORE

Rocket Lab’s 20th Electron launch ends in failure with the loss of its payload

By |May 15th, 2021|

Rocket Lab flew its 20th Electron mission on Saturday morning, but the launch ran into a significant issue just after its second stage engine ignited. The engine appeared to shut down just after the ignition, which is not what it’s supposed to do, and which is likely the result of an automated emergency shutdown process --> READ MORE

Amazon launches free video streaming service in India

By |May 15th, 2021|

Amazon has long maintained that its video streaming service, Prime Video, helps drive more sales on the shopping app. Now the e-commerce giant is testing what happens when it brings a video streaming service directly to the shopping app. The e-commerce giant, which launched an ad-supported streaming service (IMDb TV) in the U.S. two years --> READ MORE

European AI needs strategic leadership, not overregulation

By |May 15th, 2021|

Mark Minevich Contributor Share on Twitter Mark Minevich is president of Going Global Ventures, an adviser at Boston Consulting Group, a digital fellow at IPsoft and a leading global AI expert and digital cognitive strategist and venture capitalist. More posts by this contributor Use AI responsibly to uplift historically disenfranchised people during COVID-19 Using AI --> READ MORE

Solana, a blockchain platform followed by top crypto investors, says it’s far faster than Ethereum

By |May 15th, 2021|

Solana isn’t widely known yet outside of the crypto community. But insiders think the blockchain platform is interesting for a wide variety of reasons, beginning with its amiable founder, Anatoly Yakovenko, who spent more than a dozen years as an engineer working on wireless protocols at Qualcomm and who says he had a lightbulb moment --> READ MORE

Extra Crunch roundup: Selling SaaS to developers, cracking YC after 13 tries, all about Expensify

By |May 14th, 2021|

Before Twilio had a market cap approaching $56 billion and more than 200,000 customers, the cloud-communications platform developed a secret sauce to fuel its growth: a developer-focused model that dispensed with traditional marketing rules. Software companies that sell directly to end users share a simple framework for managing growth that leverages discoverability, desirability and do-ability --> READ MORE

Daily Crunch: Stripe buys Y Combinator alum Bouncer for undisclosed sum

By |May 14th, 2021|

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. Wrapping the week here at Daily Crunch with a big thanks to Henry for taking over yesterday and a fist bump to everyone who has written in with notes on its format. --> READ MORE