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The most learn story this week is sort of a wild one: Bolt Mobility, an on-demand bike/scooter rental firm co-founded by Usain Bolt, kinda simply…vanished. “The departure has been abrupt,” writes Rebecca, “leaving cities with deserted gear, unanswered calls and emails, and many questions.”
Amazon buys iRobot: Bezos desires all of the issues. Entire Meals! One Medical! And now…Roomba? On this newest in a sequence of seemingly sudden and considerably stunning acquisitions, Amazon is dropping $1.7 billion for the corporate finest recognized for its robo vacuums.
Fb shuts down stay purchasing: If you happen to use Fb’s “stay purchasing” characteristic to promote issues through stream, it may be time to discover a new platform. Whereas stay streaming isn’t going away, the devoted shopping-focused options will go darkish come October.
Starbucks is stepping into web3: I’d roll my eyes, however given how many individuals I do know insist on shopping for a Starbucks mug from each main metropolis they go to…
Extra Robinhood layoffs: Oof. Only a few months again, Robinhood reduce 9% of its full-time workers; this week, the corporate confirmed it’s letting go of one other 23%. Citing overhiring over the previous few wild years, CEO Vlad Tenev writes “I authorized and took duty for our formidable staffing trajectory — that is on me.”
YC will get smaller: It needed to occur finally. Y Combinator had been getting greater and larger with every accelerator class, peaking at an absurd 414 firms within the final batch. They’re scaling issues again a bit with the following cohort — however at roughly 250 firms, it’s nonetheless comparatively enormous.
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This week on the earth of TechCrunch podcasts, the Fairness crew talked about YC’s smaller (however nonetheless fairly enormous) cohort, Darrell and Becca talked about “Instagram being MySpaced by TikTok” on The TC Podcast, and Burnsy talked with Convoy co-founder Dan Lewis concerning the freight firm’s “secret progress hack” on TechCrunch Dwell.
Glambook’s $2.5 million seed deck: Glambook just lately raised thousands and thousands to construct what it calls “Uber for the wonder trade.” How’d they persuade traders to get on board? On this newest version of his Pitch Deck Teardown sequence, Haje buzzes by means of the deck and helps clarify why sure issues made the reduce.
What actually occurs when your startup will get acquired?: There’s extra to getting acquired than ready for a bag of money to look in your desk. Yair Snir, VP at Dell Applied sciences Capital, offers us the high-level overview of the entire course of, “from NDA to LOI.”
Pricey Sophie: “How lengthy am I required to remain at my present job after I get my inexperienced card?” It’s an affordable query! Immigration lawyer Sophie Alcorn weighs in.