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There we go, today is Friday! We’re planning on spending some quality time with the headset and our collection of amazing podcasts – here’s our roundup of this week’s episodes, enthusiastically curated and collected by Henry, We are taking Monday off for Juneteenth. If you are outside the US (or not entirely in motion inside the US for that matter), This New York Times article is a great introduction,
Also, Haje seems to have a fever today, so if some of the jokes in this newspaper make even less sense than usual, let’s blame him for running on three and a half brain cells today. , hodges And Christine
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- Getting to Mars with Fewer People: Not sure if it’s a coincidence, but commenters on our story from yesterday felt that the group of SpaceX employees who circulated an open letter challenging Elon Musk’s Twitter behavior should be fired needed. today, Darrell Brings us the news that this may have actually happened to some of that employee group. He reports that other employees did not appreciate being inundated with unsolicited offers to join the group and took his action with the corporate. Click here to learn more about Musk’s Twitter plan.
- integrate into alibabaCaniao: Logistics service operated by Alibaba, made its debut in Pakistan in 2018 to support Daraz, an e-commerce company that was bought by Alibaba. Rita reports that it is likely that Caniao will now follow Alibaba as it expands its footprint around the world.
- Some new approach to VC: We got a double treat dominican-madoric today. He interviewed several Black Gen Z VCs who have successfully entered an industry that has not traditionally included them. You can read his interview with Fearless Fund’s Ariane Simone here or under today’s TC+ section.
Startups and VCs
In Startups Today, Brex noted that it is “less suited to meet the needs of smaller customers” and that the company is moving out of the small business space by catering to startups, Mary Ann Report.
We are also impressed by Immutab’s half-billion dollar fund to promote Web3 gaming adoption, as Jacqueline Today’s report. Also, can we just say that our crypto, blockchain and web3 reporting has really made progress over the past few months, so definitely pay more attention to that front. Start with our web3 tag on the site and work your way through some of our previous stuff too!
Best of the rest:
- A Roundup of the Robot Revolution: If you are into Robot, MUST SUBSCRIBE BrianActuator newsletter. This week’s issue, “Financing the Robot Revolution,” is an especially good one, if you ask us, but it’s a great source for constantly keeping a finger on the pulse of robots. Do robots also have pulses? Reply on postcard or tweet, please.
- reddit? i barely know itSocial news giant Reddit is buying machine learning platform Spell, reports TailorPossibly to improve your spam hunting and recommendation algos.
- more banks, less banking: For LatAm’s Small Businesses, Mono Aims to Be “First Unbanked Bank”, Report Christine,
- That’s a lot of cheddar, you guys: Rohlick also made $231 million in a market that has gotten a little bored with food delivery startups, ingrid report,
- this much only! No crypto for you! Thai crypto exchange Huobi announces it is shutting down in July, writes Rita,
- investor? i barely know or: (These sentences don’t make sense! Don’t worry, we’ll send her back to bed as soon as this newsletter ends.) We enjoyed this guest column Tory Reeswhere he explains how he turned his investors into a great source of customer feedback.
Why did Fearless Fund’s Ariane Simone trade as bearish as ever for minority founders?
In America, black women are the most entrepreneurial demographic, but when they need access to capital, they are more likely to fall into the funding gap.
Of the $330 billion in VC funding that startups received last year, “fewer than five black women raised money before the Series A stage, and one of them was Rihanna,” reports Dominic-Madori Davis,
To help level the playing field for minority women working in tech and consumer packaged goods, entrepreneur Ariane Simone co-founded the Fearless Fund in 2019 with business consultant Ayanna Parsons and actress Keshia Knight Pulliam.
The fund has backed 31 companies so far, and despite the cold in the markets, it has no bearish plans.
“Companies that are venture-backed have seen their fair share of horror stories,” Simone said. “They are generally not bothered by the current macroeconomic environment.”
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Big Tech Inc.
Privacy is a good thing, so it’s nice to see WhatsApp come out with a new feature that lets you hide your profile photo, bio and “last seen” status from people you don’t want to see, Ayesha Report. The new privacy opt-in goes by “Except my contacts…” and is where you can list those people.
Now we’ll go across the pond to a couple of stories Natasha Lee, In the first one, we learn that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is on his way back to the US. The UK Home Secretary has accepted an extradition request after several attempts by the US to prosecute Assange for conspiracy to hack and computer abuse. done, he informed. In Natasha’s second story, she dives deeper into the field’s data improvement study, one of them replacing cookie pop-ups with browser-related opt-outs. if this tl; dr, she says, “there’s a lot of exclusive British red tape coming in for your digital operations as well.”
Don’t forget to read these too:
- Snap, uh, snap it with the new paid tier: If you like to be the first to test out or learn about new features of the app, Snap has something for you, Ivan writes.
- blocked, Carly It is reported that the website of the popular proxy service company Rosox, known to be run by Russian cybercriminals, was confiscated by the US government.
- remote shoppingRoku and Walmart claim they are the first streaming and retail partnerships to enable purchaseable ads while you stream your favorite shows. lauren informed of.
- Well, that prediction came true, Manish After moving all its US data to Oracle servers, you guessed it, some new claims surfaced that user data was being accessed from China, writes TikTok.
- Good news for parents of young childrenFDA approves COVID-19 vaccine for babies under 6 months old Darrell informed of.