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What about 30 billion under 30

Hello and welcome back toEquity, TechCrunch‘s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. We‘re back with not an Equity Shot or Dive of Monday, this is just the regular show! So, we got back to our roots by looking at a huge number of early stage rounds. And []

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Henry picks up cash to be a Lambda School for Latin America

Latin America‘s startup scene has attracted troves of venture investment, lifting highly-valued companies such as Rappi and NuBank into behemoth businesses. Now that the spotlight has arrived, those same startups need more talent than ever before to meet demand. That‘s where one seed-stage Buenos-Aires startup wants to help. Henry has created an online computer science []

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Fantasy startup Esports One raises 4M more

Esports One, a startup bringing the fantasy approach to esports, is announcing that it has raised an additional 4 million in funding. When I first wrote about Esports One in April, co-founder and COO Sharon Winter described it as the first all-in-one fantasy platform in the esports world, allowing you to research players, create fantasy []

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This is a good time to start a proptech company

I believe building a successful proptech company is less about anticipating economic upswings and markets and more about timing and taking advantage of the right technological trends.

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MLCommons debuts with public 86,000-hour speech data set for AI researchers

If you want to make a machine learning system, you need data for it, but that data isn‘t always easy to come by. MLCommons aims to unite disparate companies and organizations in the creation of large public databases for AI training, so that researchers around the world can work together at higher levels, and in []

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Developers can now enroll in Apple‘s ‘Small Business Program‘ for reduced App Store fees

Just a few weeks back, we learned that Apple would be launching an App Store Small Business Program that would reduce its fees from 30% to 15% for developers earning less than 1M per year from the App Store. That program is starting to roll out now, with Apple opening up the enrollment process just []

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All of Warner Bros‘ theatrical movies will get simultaneous releases on HBO Max next year

Following last month‘s news that Wonder Woman 1984 will be released simultaneously on HBO Max and in U.S. theaters, Warner Bros. and its parent company WarnerMedia just announced that they will follow the same strategy with every theatrical release that they‘ve got planned for 2021. That includes movies like Godzilla vs. Kong, Mortal Kombat, In []

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Stripe announces embedded business banking service Stripe Treasury

Fintech startup Stripe has announced an ambitious new product today called Stripe Treasury. The company is partnering with banks to offer a banking-as-a-service API. In other words, Stripe clients will be able to provide bank accounts to their customers. This is part of a bigger trend called embedded finance. Essentially, instead of separating banking services []

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Two key UK military non-profits join forces to boost veteran training in cyber and tech

Advancements in the tech and the cyber threat landscape are creating vast job opportunities. The global cyber security market is projected to reach 210 billion by 2026. But in the UK, out of 952,000 working aged (16-64) UK military veterans and 15,000 service leavers a year, only 4% of them are working in tech and []

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Boost ROI with intent data and personalized multichannel marketing campaigns

With automation and intent data, brands can more easily connect with leads, prospects, and customers at a personal, intimate level.

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Twitter finally shuts down its abandoned prototype app twttr

Twitter is shutting down its experimental app twttr, which the company had used publicly prototype new features back in 2019. The app was first introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2019, then launched to testers that March. Its primary focus had been on trying out new designs for threaded conversations, including things like []

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Join a Q&A with General Catalyst‘s Peter Boyce and Katherine Boyle on Tuesday at 4 pm EST/1 pm PST

General Catalyst is one of the top VC firms in the U.S., with portfolio companies that include Snap, Kayak, Airbnb, Stripe, HubSpot, GitLab and many others. We‘re thrilled to have GC‘s Peter Boyce and Katherine Boyle join us for the next episode of Extra Crunch Live, our live video series where we ask VCs about []

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All of Warner Bros‘ theatrical movies will get a simultaneous release on HBO Max next year

Following last month‘s news that Wonder Woman 1984 will be released simultaneously on HBO Max and in U.S. theaters, Warner Bros. and its parent company WarnerMedia just announced that they will follow the same strategy with every theatrical release that they‘ve got planned for 2021. That includes movies like Godzilla vs. Kong, Mortal Kombat, In []

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Bill Gates just released a plan for US leadership on climate change, including 35B in funding

Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft and one of the world‘s richest men and most prolific philanthropists, has just released a broad new plan on how the U.S. could take the lead in the fight against climate change. [We] need to revolutionize the world‘s physical economy-and that will take, among other things, a dramatic infusion []

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NASA selects four companies for Moon material collection as it seeks to set precedent on private sector outer space mining

NASA has selected the winning candidates that they‘ve decided to tap to collect lunar resources for eventual Earth return, from a number of commercial companies who applied. The four companies all have rides booked on future commercial lunar lander missions, and the agency is using this as a demonstration of what kinds of efficiencies it []

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Thoma Bravo acquires Flexera for second time paying 2.85B

Thoma Bravo must really like Flexera, an IT asset management company out of Chicago. The private equity firm bought the company for the second time today. Sources told TechCrunch the price was 2.85 billion. Technically, Thoma Bravo is getting a majority stake in the company, buying it from previous owners TA Associates and Ontario Teachers‘ []

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As Crypto comes back, Binance-backed Injective Protocol launches Testnet for its DeFi trading platform

Decentralized exchange protocols that allow crypto traders and investors to trade across different blockhains have been in development for a while. A significant new development now comes with the launch of the ‘Testnet‘ from Injective Protocol. Injective has been backed by Binance, one of the biggest centralized exchanges in the Crypto world. Injective Protocol is []

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YouTube introduces new features to address toxic comments

YouTube today announced it‘s launching a new feature that will push commenters to reconsider their hateful and offensive remarks before posting. It will also begin testing a filter that allows creators to avoid having to read some of the hurtful comments on their channel that had been automatically held for review. The new features are []

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VCs who want better outcomes should use data to reduce founder team risk

An objective, data-backed process helps us make better investment decisions, avoid costly mistakes and discover opportunities we might have otherwise overlooked.

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Google‘s co-lead of Ethical AI team says she was fired for sending an email

Timnit Gebru, a leading researcher and voice in the field of ethics and artificial intelligence, says Google fired her for an email she sent to her direct reports. According to Gebru, Google fired her because of an email she sent to subordinates that the company said reflected behavior that is inconsistent with the expectations of []

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Join a Q&A with General Catalyst‘s Peter Boyce and Katherine Boyle on Tuesday at 4pm ET/1pm PT

General Catalyst is one of the top VC firms in the U.S., with portfolio companies that include Snap, Kayak, Airbnb, Stripe, HubSpot, GitLab and many others. We‘re thrilled to have GC‘s Peter Boyce and Katherine Boyle join us for the next episode of Extra Crunch Live, our live video series where we ask VCs about []

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Find out how startups like Skyroot and Bluefield are building new industries at TC Sessions: Space 2020

At our fast-approaching first TC Sessions: Space event, which is happening December 16-17, we‘re going to be highlighting some of the most exciting startups and founders tackling big problems with innovative and groundbreaking solutions. Some of those companies are focused on building tomorrow‘s spacecraft, and others are working on in-space technologies that could become the []

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AWS expands startup assistance program

Last year, AWS launched the APN Global Startup Program, which is sort of AWS‘s answer to an incubator for startups deeply involved with AWS technology. This year, the company wants to expand that offering, and today it announced some updates to the program at the Partner keynote today at AWS re:Invent. While startups technically have []

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Atlassian brings new DevOps metrics to Jira

Atlassian is launching an update to its ubiquitous Jira issue and project tracking service today and specifically the Jira Software Cloud version that brings a number of new features for visualizing and measuring how code moves through the development pipeline. With this, project managers and developers will be able to get deeper insights []

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