Hundreds of SPACs waiting in the woods

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Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. The fully vaxxed and officially fully immune took over the podcast this week, with Natasha and Danny co-hosting the show while the inimitable Alex is out from Shot No. 2. Grace and Chris, as always, were behind the … Read more

Edtech stocks are getting hammered but VCs keep writing checks

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After years in the backwaters of venture capital, edtech had a booming 2020. Not only did its products become must-haves after schools around the globe went remote, but investors also poured capital into leading projects. There was even some exit activity, with well-known edtech players like Coursera going public earlier this year. But despite a … Read more

The gaming industry needs more than just coders

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Josh Vesely Contributor Share on Twitter Josh Vesely is the senior vice president of Randstad’s Enterprise Solutions Group. While the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on countless businesses across the globe, the $118 billion gaming industry not only survived, it thrived, with 55% of American consumers turning to gaming for entertainment, stress relief, relaxation and a connection to the outside world … Read more

5 ways to raise your startup’s PR game

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Adam LaGreca Contributor Share on Twitter Adam LaGreca is the founder of 10KMedia and previously led communications for DigitalOcean, Datadog and Gremlin. More posts by this contributor Dear Google, the future is fewer people writing code There’s a lot of noise out there. The ability to effectively communicate can make or break your launch. It … Read more

What to expect from Google’s all-virtual I/O

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While Apple, Microsoft and the like were scrambling to bring their respective developer conferences online, Google made the executive design to just scrap I/O outright last year. It was a bit of an odd one, but the show went on through news-related blog posts. While we’re going to have to wait another year to darken … Read more

Extra Crunch roundup: Selling SaaS to developers, cracking YC after 13 tries, all about Expensify

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Before Twilio had a market cap approaching $56 billion and more than 200,000 customers, the cloud-communications platform developed a secret sauce to fuel its growth: a developer-focused model that dispensed with traditional marketing rules. Software companies that sell directly to end users share a simple framework for managing growth that leverages discoverability, desirability and do-ability … Read more