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TechCrunch Top 3
- Twitter artists leave: The Twitter saga has entered a new chapter today, though not surprising given what is happening: some of its key executives, including Consumer GM Kayvon Beykpour’s GM and revenue manager Bruce Falk, have been told by current Chief Executive Officer Parag Agraval that their services are no longer needed. We are watching this – there will probably be more.
- SoftBank delay: Just as we saw with Tiger Global yesterday, as one story commentator put it, “The pandemic really makes us reevaluate every decision.” As an example, SoftBank said it could cut investment in start-ups by more than half in the coming fiscal year.
- Terra was back on the road: Jacqueline continues to keep up with the latest on TerraUSD, announcing that Terraform Labs has resumed blockchain production after halting for a while. This follows the “collapse of Terra’s ecosystem this week”, which toppled its stable coin, UST and the rest of the cryptocurrency market. in the meantime, Alex I dived how great crypto start-up venture capital investments they walked in the first quarter, before “everything went to hell,” as he put it. Indeed, “crypto winter is coming” and if you want to learn more, see today Chain reaction podcast.
Startup and VC
- Let’s start with some news about mergers and acquisitions, right? After outsourcing its digital identity verification, Checkout.com decided to bring this feature into your home with acquisition of Ubble. Although the terms of the deal were not disclosed, Checkout.com can certainly afford it after that grabbing $ 1 billion in funding in January. Meanwhile, desktop companies for 3D printing MakerBot and Ultimaker decided to make it official, tying the knot in a merger that will separate MakerBot from the parent company Stratasys. And beyond the lake, Nexy grabbed Orderbirda startup providing on-site services for the sale of restaurants and other hotel companies – a large market at the moment.
- show me the money: While the supply of financial services is hot in Latin America, payments end up where they are in Africa. Intermediate switch took a big circle today as it seems to be spreading across the continent.
- Call all customers: Customer service requests have come in fast and furious, as most shopping has gone online in the last two years. The introduction of aid tools was not something that small businesses could do due to the complexity of adding a technology layer. Here’s where Tidio enters. Its automated customer service can make companies get up and running quickly, take on repetitive tasks, and keep up with customers who call a lot.
- Brazilian fintech is now valued at $ 1.5 billion: Supporting businesses to offer their own financial services continues to be hot, hot, hot in latin america. Dock is the newest company to see the fruits of its labor, raising $ 110 million. He now manages over 65 million active accounts.
When and how to hire the first growth trader in your startup
Emotion and intuition often lead to a lot of hiring in start-ups at an early stage, but when a company reaches the product market and finds its target audience, “this signals that hiring a growth trader will allow your efforts to scale much faster.” than without one, ”said Jonathan Martinez, who has helped scale companies such as Chime, Uber and Postmates.
In a post on TC +, Martinez explains how to identify the right type of hiring growth, what traits to look for, and how to set clear expectations and milestones once on board.
“Priorities should include creating a stack of growth technologies, creating a roadmap for testing to find the most effective growth levers, and stable testing of creativity and copying over the first 90 days.”
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