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Tooling around: Two years ago, two former Palantir engineers started Kurtosis, a crypto-focused developer tool system, and have now raised $20 million in fresh funding to hire a team to get a new product out in the next year, Jacquelyn reports.
Strapping on some capital: Argentine fintech Geopagos leaves the bootstrap life behind as it takes in $35 million in new capital to help businesses launch their own financial services products, Mary Ann writes.
Startups and VC
Lots of startup news again today, so let’s dig in. First, Natasha M brings us some additional layoff news from On Deck, which is cutting another third of its staff after cutting a quarter a few months ago. For those of you who can add fractions, that’s a lot, right?
Also, buy now, pay later is still more prevalent in the world of consumers (see Anita’s funding story on Halliday), but businesses want in on the fun, too. That’s where Kontempo comes in with $30 million and its approach to enabling sales teams to approve credit, Kyle reports.
From NDA to LOI: What really happens when your startup is being acquired?
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Last week, VP and managing director of Dell Technologies Capital Yair Snir shared an article explaining why founders should plan on getting acquired, particularly since their odds of going public are so long.
In a follow-up, he takes readers inside the postacquisition integration period/process:
The shopping sprint
The road to an LOI
Bringing in bankers
Diving into due diligence
Defining “day one”
You’ve been acquired!
"While IPOs may get more headlines, a well-timed, well-planned acquisition can mean even larger opportunities for you, your team and the technologies you’ve built," says Snir.
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Big Tech Inc.
When it comes to cryptocurrency, BlackRock is now saying, “Why beat them when you can join them?” Anita writes about the asset managing giant joining forces with Coinbase to provide its clients with access to crypto, initially Bitcoin. And speaking of Coinbase, Jacquelyn and Alex write for TechCrunch+ on why that partnership, and others Coinbase has, is delighting investors.
In the realm of social media, we enjoyed Amanda’s story where she spoke with Patreon CEO Jack Conte on why Instagram and Facebook are on his list, and not in a good way. And Aisha tells us what’s up with some new Clubhouse features.
Car talk: Volkswagen is gearing up to roll out a cheaper version of its 2023 ID.4 later this year, Kirsten writes. Meanwhile, Rebecca brings us stories on UFODrive, a European electric vehicle rental startup, debuting in San Francisco, and what’s happening with Lyft employees following some layoff news.
Streamers away: In today’s streaming news, Tage reports on Amazon Prime Video launching a local service in Nigeria, while Lauren writes about SoundCloud announcing some layoffs and Paramount+ having a good quarter in terms of subscriber count.
Giving back, just not in the way they wanted: Manish reports that the State Bank of Pakistan ordered fintech startup Tag to refund all funds to customers, “citing violation of regulatory requirements and ‘other concerns,’ posing existential questions on the startup’s future.”