Amazon buys Roomba’s maker, Bolt vanishes, and YC slims down – TechCrunch


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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 tools, unanswered calls and emails, and plenty of questions.”

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Amazon buys iRobot: Bezos needs all of the issues. Entire Meals! One Medical! And now…Roomba? On this newest in a collection of seemingly sudden and considerably shocking acquisitions, Amazon is dropping $1.7 billion for the corporate finest recognized for its robo vacuums.

Fb shuts down stay buying: For those who use Fb’s “stay buying” characteristic to promote issues by way of stream, it is perhaps 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. Just some months again, Robinhood lower 9% of its full-time workers; this week, the corporate confirmed it’s letting go of one other 23%. Citing overhiring over the previous couple of wild years, CEO Vlad Tenev writes “I authorised and took accountability for our bold staffing trajectory — that is on me.”

YC will get smaller: It needed to occur ultimately. Y Combinator had been getting larger and greater with every accelerator class, peaking at an absurd 414 firms within the final batch. They’re scaling issues again a bit with the subsequent cohort — however at roughly 250 firms, it’s nonetheless comparatively big.

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This week on the earth of TechCrunch podcasts, the Fairness crew talked about YC’s smaller (however nonetheless fairly big) cohort, Darrell and Becca talked about “Instagram being MySpaced by TikTok” on The TC Podcast, and Burnsy talked with Convoy co-founder Dan Lewis in regards to the freight firm’s “secret development hack” on TechCrunch Reside.

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Glambook’s $2.5 million seed deck: Glambook not too long ago raised hundreds of 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 collection, Haje buzzes by way of the deck and helps clarify why sure issues made the lower.

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.”

Expensive Sophie: “How lengthy am I required to remain at my present job after I get my inexperienced card?” It’s an affordable query! Immigration legal professional Sophie Alcorn weighs in.

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