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Human Capital: Uber‘s Black employee base shrinks

Welcome back to Human Capital, where I break down the latest in diversity, equity and inclusion, and labor in tech. TL;DR: This week, Apple announced its third head of diversity and inclusion in four years, Uber‘s Black employee base shrunk despite the company committing to anti-racism and Reddit brought on its second Black board member []

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How the pandemic drove the IPO wave we see today

This is The TechCrunch Exchange, a newsletter that goes out on Saturdays,based on the column of the same name. You can sign up for the emailhere. I had a neat look into the world of mental health startup fundraising planned for this week, but after being slow-motion carpet-bombed by S-1s, that is now shoved off []

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A bug meant Twitter Fleets could still be seen after they disappear

Twitter is the latest social media site to allow users to experiment with posting disappearing content. Fleets, as Twitter calls them, allows its mobile users post short stories, like photos or videos with overlaying text, that are set to vanish after 24 hours. But a bug meant that fleets weren‘t deleting properly and could still []

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Affirm, Airbnb, C3.ai, Roblox, Wish file for tech IPO finale of 2020

For some of the most awaited Silicon Valley tech companies of the decade, this week looked good enough to file for IPOs

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This Week in Apps: Apple slashes commissions, Twitter launches Fleets, warnings about Parler

Welcome back to This Week inApps, theTechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, witha record204 billion downloads and 120 billion in consumer spending in 2019. People are nowspendingthree hours and 40 minutes per day []

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Hulu UX teardown: 5 user experience fails and how to fix them

Hulu is the first major streaming platform to offer a social watching experience. And with most major league sports now being allowed to resume behind closed doors, Hulu‘s combined proposition with ESPN will likely help entertain the service‘s 30+ million users over the winter months. But users have a surplus in choice of streaming services []

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All IPOs should be paid for in Robux

Hello and welcome back toEquity, TechCrunch‘s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is an all-time first for the show, it‘s an Equity Leftovers. Which means that we‘re not focusing on a single topic like we would in an Equity Shot. This is just, well, more Equity. []

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Watch SpaceX launch a satellite that will monitor the world‘s oceans

SpaceX is set to launch a Falcon 9 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Saturday morning, with a target liftoff time of 9:17 AM PST (12:17 PM EST). This is the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Mission, which carries a satellite of the same name developed by the European Space Agency, NASA, and both U.S. []

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Xesto is a foot-scanning app that simplifies shoe gifting

You wait ages for foot-scanning startups to help with the tricky fit issue that troubles online shoe shopping and then two come along at once: Launching today in time for Black Friday sprees is Xesto which, like Neatsy, which we wrote about earlier today, also makes use of the iPhone‘s TrueDepth camera to generate []

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Daily Crunch: Roblox is going public

Roblox opens its books, Snap makes an acquisition and Pfizer and BioNTech seek regulatory approval for their vaccine. This your Daily Crunch for November 20, 2020. The big story: Roblox is going public The child-friendly gaming company filed confidentially to go public in October, but it only published its S-1 document with financial information late []

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Extra Crunch roundup: A fistful of IPOs, Affirm‘s Peloton problem, Zoom Apps and more

DoorDash, Affirm, Roblox, Airbnb, C3.ai and Wish all filed to go public in recent days, which means some venture capitalists are having the best week of their lives. Tech companies that go public capture our imagination because they are literal happy endings. An Initial Public Offering is the promised land for startup pilgrims who may []

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Restaurant search engine FoodBoss adds support for direct delivery from restaurants

FoodBoss aims to be something like Kayak for online food ordering - the place where you can search across different service and apps to find the lowest prices and fastest delivery times. One limitation, however, is the fact that the service was limited to third-party services like Uber Eats and Postmates, with no way to []

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Walmart is buying JoyRun assets to add ‘peer-to-peer‘ product delivery

The last time we wrote about JoyRun, it was raising 10 million. Today, the Bay Area startup has some very different news to share, as it becomes part of Walmart as Walmart has purchased select assets in a bid to enhance its supply chain. The mega-retailer announced today that it has acquired select assets []

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Kea raises 10M to build AI that helps restaurants answer the phone

Kea is a new startup giving restaurants an opportunity to upgrade one of the more old-fashioned ways that they take orders - over the phone. Today, Kea is announcing that it has raised a 10 million Series A led by Marbruck, with participation from Streamlined Ventures, Xfund, Heartland Ventures, DEEPCORE, Barrel Ventures and AVG Funds, []

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A16z is now managing 16.5 billion, after announcing two new funds

Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) has closed a pair of funds totaling 4.5 billion, the firm confirmed in a blog post this morning. The firm has raised 1.3 billion for an early-stage fund focused on consumer, enterprise, and fintech; and closed a 3.2 billion growth-stage fund for later-stage investments. The firm did not immediately respond to request []

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Mobileye taps Luminar to supply lidar for its robotaxi fleet

Luminar, the buzzy sensor startup that is on the verge of becoming a publicly traded company, locked in a supplier deal to furnish Intel subsidiary Mobileye with lidar for its fleet of autonomous vehicles. The deal, announced Friday, will see a rising star paired with a company that has long dominated the automotive industry. While []

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Prices increase tonight for our space-focused event, TC Sessions: Space

‘Space, the final frontier‘ You can probably recite the ‘Star Trek‘ opening monologue in your sleep. But we‘re talking science fact, not fiction, and TC Sessions: Space 2020 provides real opportunity to connect with the people, information and funding you need to boldly build the future of space technology. Go boldly, yes. But why pay []

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ORIX invests 60M in Israeli crowdfunding platform OurCrowd

Japan-based financial services group ORIX Corporation today announced that it has made a 60 million strategic investment into the Israeli crowdsourcing platform OurCrowd. In return, the crowdfunding platform will provide the firm with access to its startup network. OurCrowd also says that the two groups will collaborate to create financial products and investment opportunities for []

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AllRight, an English language learning app for children, raises 5M from Genesis Investments

AllRight is a platform for English language learning, aimed at children four years or older, which combines lessons with real teachers and homework with ‘AI-powered‘ tutors. It‘s now raised a 5 million Series A round led by Genesis Investments, with participation from TMT Investments, TerraVC, and existing investors Flashpoint and Misha Lyalin. The Ukraine-based startup []

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Despite commitment to anti-racism, Uber‘s Black employee base has decreased

Uber today released its latest diversity report, showing a decline in the overall representation of Black employees in the U.S. despite an increased focus on racial justice this year in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd. In 2019, Uber was 9.3% Black while this year, only 7.5% of its employees are Black. []

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Loadsmart raises 90 million to further consolidate its one-stop freight and logistics platform

Leading on-demand digital freight platform Loadsmart has raised a 90 million Series C funding round, led by funds under management by BlackRock, and co-led by Chromo Invest. The funding will be used to continue to build out its platform to offer even more end-to-end logistics services to its freight customers, and the company says that []

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Xesto is a foot scanning app that simplifies shoe gifting

You wait ages for foot scanning startups to help with the tricky fit issue that troubles online shoe shopping and then two come along at once: Launching today in time for Black Friday sprees is Xesto which like Neatsy, which we wrote about earlier today, also makes use of the iPhone‘s TrueDepth camera to []

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Google, Facebook and Twitter threaten to leave Pakistan over censorship law

Global internet companies Facebook, Google and Twitter and others have banded together and threatened to leave Pakistan after the South Asian nation granted blanket powers to local regulators to censor digital content. Earlier this week, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan granted the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority the power to remove and block digital content that pose []

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What is Roblox worth?

With Roblox joining the end-of-year unicorn stampede towards the public markets, we‘re set for a contentedly busy second half of November and early December. I hope you didn‘t have vacation planned in the next few weeks. This morning we need to get deeper into the Roblox S-1 so that we can better understand the nature []

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