How many lives does Bitcoin have?

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. For this week’s deep dive Danny, Alex, and a bunch of the TechCrunch crew took on the recent happenings in the world of Bitcoin. In a break from our regular format, we r…

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YC makes a Product Hunt, Product Hunt makes an a16z, a16z makes a YC

Tech innovation is a cycle, especially in the main character-driven world of early-stage venture capital and copycat nature of startups.

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When do layoffs matter? Trick question — always

Equity is the TechCrunch podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines.

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Want in on the next $100B in cybersecurity?

There are massive opportunities for business value creation in cybersecurity. Many unicorns will be built in these spaces, and there are a few specific areas worth betting on.

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Max Q — China’s space station gets a staff

Max Q is a weekly newsletter from TechCrunch all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Mondays in your inbox. This week, China started staffing up its own space station, and Rocket Lab got the nod from NASA to develop small satellites for the purposes of exploring Mars. Meanwhile, space…

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Super Follows and Ticketed Spaces are coming to Twitter

In Twitter’s latest appeal to one-up competitors, from Clubhouse to Patreon, the company announced today that it will begin rolling out applications for Super Follows and Ticketed Spaces. Twitter first teased the Super Follow feature during an Analyst Day event in February. Super Follows allo…

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A newly tech-skeptical FTC will reportedly review Amazon’s acquisition of MGM

Amazon’s purchase of MGM must pass the scrutiny of the FTC, newly chaired by prominent Amazon critic Lina Khan, The Wall Street Journal has reported. While the $8.45 million merger is not likely to be stopped, it may provide early indicators of how the agency is revising its approach to mega-…

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Merlyn Mind emerges from stealth with $29M and a hardware and software solution to help teachers with tech

We’ve chronicled, in great detail, the many layers of technology, services and solutions that have been wrapped around the world of education in recent years — and especially in the last year, which became a high watermark for digital learning tools because of COVID-19. Today, a startup…

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Airbank centralizes all your business bank accounts and financial data

Meet Airbank, a startup that is taking advantage of open banking regulation and related APIs to aggregate all your bank accounts. Focused on startups and small and medium companies, the company wants to build an all-in-one banking interface to access financial data, initiate payments, manage cash f…

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To sustain diversity, investors must tune into their unconscious biases

Most of the time, investors don’t even know they are acting on these biases. They don’t realize they may have already written you off, which is part of the problem.

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Oyster, an HR platform for distributed workforces, snaps up $50M on a $475M valuation

The future of work is long on long-distance, and today a startup that’s built a platform to help organizations hire global talent and build out those remote workforces is announcing a round of funding on the heels of strong growth. Oyster — which provides tools to help with hiring, onbo…

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