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TechCrunch is extra than only a web site with phrases. We’re additionally constructing a rising steady of podcasts centered on probably the most vital subjects referring to the startup and enterprise capital worlds. That will help you discover the fitting present in your pursuits, we’ve compiled our audio output from the week.

Embedded under is the newest from Chain Response, our stellar crypto-focused podcast hosted by Lucas and Anita. Additionally, you will discover Discovered, a long-form bit of labor that goes deep on the true saga of firm formation, from Jordan and Darrell. There’s an audio-only model of TechCrunch Dwell hosted by Matt that options founders and buyers discussing profitable pitch decks. Lastly, there’s Fairness, TechCrunch’s long-running, Webby-award-winning podcast centered on enterprise capital and the newest startup information, hosted by NatashaMary Ann and Alex.

And if you’re extra into the written over the spoken phrase, now we have newsletters on the above subjects as properly.

The TechCrunch Podcast

Episode 13: Instagram is being Myspaced by TikTok and different TC information

This week on the TechCrunch Podcast, Becca Szkutak comes on to speak concerning the fraught state of extension rounds for a lot of early-stage startups and Devin Coldewey about upcoming adjustments to Instagram that numerous customers agree will make the app a lot worse. And as all the time, Darrell will catch you up on the tech information you might have missed this week.

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Chain Response

Episode 17: Hackers are stealing crypto within the nicest approach potential

Welcome again, this week Lucas and Anita welcome Jacquie Melinek as a brand new everlasting co-host on Chain Response. They dove into the new crypto subjects of the week, together with the $190 million draining of the Nomad bridge by each ‘black-hat’ and ‘white-hat’ hackers. In addition they mentioned the widespread Solana pockets assault and a very deep spherical of layoffs at Robinhood.

You’ll discover one thing totally different concerning the present this week apart from a brand new co-host — we’re splitting up the information evaluation and interview phase into totally different episodes! On Tuesdays you’ll hear us sit down with consultants within the crypto area and on Thursdays, we’ll dive into the most popular web3 subjects of the week. Catch us early subsequent week for an interview with Uniswap COO MC Lader.

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The TechCrunch Dwell Podcast

Episode 14: Convoy.com’s secret progress hack (trace: truck stops)

Dan Lewis launched Convoy in 2015 into the extremely fragmented business of trucking. Now value $3.8 billion, the corporate is a pacesetter in bringing digital providers to trucking and freight. I’m thrilled to have him on TechCrunch Dwell this week, together with Chris Howard, founding companion at Gasoline Capital, which invested in Convoy’s first a number of rounds.

As you’ll hear, in 2014 and 2015, freight was prepared for reinvention. Uber was turning into a verb, and the trucking business wanted a digital resolution to attach the totally different elements of the business. Convoy launched on the proper time, CEO Chris Howard advised me. Beginning in 2014 wi-fi carriers began providing free smartphones, and as soon as truckers obtained their palms on these gadgets, the business shortly began to vary.

However there’s extra to this story than simply free smartphones. Lewis and his fellow co-founders spent numerous hours with truckers, making an attempt to grasp the market and the way digital providers would influence their companies. Dan even explains that the corporate sometimes holds off-sites at truck stops.

Throughout this occasion, we’ll have a look at Convoy’s early pitch decks, which illustrates why Convoy launched when it did and the way it established clear guiding rules.

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Episode 70: Carolyn Childers, Chief

Comics are the muse for thus many motion pictures, TV reveals, and video video games nonetheless creators nonetheless battle to be pretty compensated for his or her materials. Chris Giliberti based Zestworld, a creator-centered platform that gives options for the artist to publish their work, handle commissioned paintings, and personal their IP and licensing. On this episode Chris and Darrell nerd out about upcoming initiatives, the very best methods to monetize digital customized artwork, and constructing a group on-line that looks like strolling by way of your native comedian e-book retailer. Jordan can be there, simply not nerding out as a result of she has but to seek out the comedian e-book for her.

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Episode 551: Robinhood’s hangover, YC’s discount and Uber’s return to type

Howdy and welcome again to Fairness, a podcast concerning the enterprise of startups, the place we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines.

AlexNatasha and Mary Ann obtained along with Maggie and Grace this week for our weekly roundup present, and per ordinary, there was quite a bit to speak about, together with the actual fact that there have been much more subjects than ordinary to select from because the summer time slowdown appears to be fading away.

What else did we get into? The next:

  • To kick off our Offers of the Week, we mentioned the truth that a startup which focuses on melancholy, suicidality and associated psychological well being circumstances is shopping for an organization referred to as KetaMD in an effort to increase its telehealth prowess and, particularly, to develop its tech-facilitated ketamine-based therapies. Don’t know what ketamine is? You’re not alone.
  • From there, it was time to speak about a brand new $100 million fund, which boasts some high-profile LPs and companions, that’s out to speculate solely in Latino(a) startup founders. We then dug into the hows and whys of a fintech firm that goals to get shoppers to deduct on a regular basis bills immediately from their paycheck – an idea that took us a bit to wrap our heads round.
  • We then moved on to Robinhood and the information that the retail funding behemoth had laid off 23% of its workers – simply 3 months after letting go of 9% of its workforce. The three of us had ideas on CEO Vlad Tenev’s acceptance of duty for the layoffs, and naturally, on simply how a lot dang information has surrounded the corporate previously 18 months or so.


  • Subsequent up? We chatted about Y Combinator’s considerably shocking resolution to shrink its cohort by 40% – what that might imply for the early-stage enterprise scene. We additionally get into its elevated examine measurement and in-person return. So many variables! Just one experiment!
  • Lastly, we riffed about Uber and the way the corporate each reported optimistic free money stream and but was deeply unprofitable within the second quarter (due to Alex breaking that down for us).

And we had a blast in addition! See you subsequent time!

Fairness drops each Monday at 7 a.m. PDT and Wednesday and Friday at 6 a.m. PDT, so subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify and all of the casts.

Episode 550: Is it the bootstrapper’s time to leap on the enterprise treadmill?

Howdy and welcome again to Fairness, a podcast concerning the enterprise of startups, the place we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines.

That is our Wednesday present, the place we area of interest right down to a single matter, take into consideration a query and unpack the remainder. This week, Natasha and Alex requested: Is it the bootstrapper’s time to leap on the enterprise treadmill?

The episode was impressed by Natasha’s latest Startups Weekly column, “The bootstrapped are coming, the bootstrapped are coming” and the companion TechCrunch+ piece, “Will once-bootstrapped startups flip to enterprise throughout a watershed second?” However, after all in basic Fairness model, we continued the dialog with nuance and numbers as a spotlight.

Right here’s what we obtained into:

  • The definition of bootstrapping, and our personal additions and subtractions
  • The development of extra bootstrapped firms taking up enterprise, or no less than extra enterprise capitalists being thinking about bootstrapped firms
  • What the heck is a enterprise treadmill, and what to medicine should do with it?
  • We ended by each agreeing that we’re, certainly, the very best.

There’s ample historical past in relation to bootstrapping firms ultimately elevating cash. We simply wish to know if it’s going to occur extra typically as we speak, and earlier. Let’s chat!

Fairness drops each Monday at 7 a.m. PDT and Wednesday and Friday at 6 a.m. PDT, so subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify and all of the casts.

Episode 549: Public tech’s espresso shot is sort of actually The Cloud

Howdy and welcome again to Fairness, a podcast concerning the enterprise of startups, the place we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines.

Final week we mentioned that you just wanted to concentrate to the general public markets, and we weren’t kidding. It was an enormous week for earnings — with notes from throughout together with the advert market and cloud spend. However this week’s Monday present was extra than simply one other entry within the collection, it was an experimental dwell present! Natasha joined Alex for the enjoyable, and that is what they obtained into:

  • Shares up, crypto largely flat after a strong week of positive aspects.
  • Will Alibaba delist, or not? That query issues extra than simply what occurs to the singular Chinese language tech big. The query actually belies a bigger question relating to the flexibility of Chinese language tech firms to entry overseas markets extra usually, locations the place the capital can stream at a excessive clip. Given China’s financial woes, chopping off that individual liquidity pipe is perhaps dangerous.
  • From there we went to Clearco layoffs, UiPath shopping for Refiner, and Oui’s first shut of its new fund.
  • After which we wrapped with a dive into Huge Tech earnings. The important thing gist? These firms are too huge to summarize, and with out the cloud they’d be struggling.
  • Amazon’s shares rise on earnings beat, regardless of $2B loss
  • Apple’s providers income progress slows to $19.6B in Q3, reaches 860M paid subscriptions
  • Microsoft misses expectations, factors to overseas change charges and weakened PC market 
  • Meta posts its first ever quarterly income decline
  • And by way of CNBC, Alphabet misses on earnings and income for second quarter

So, what’d you assume? Ought to we go dwell once more? Subsequent time with Fairness-themed espresso cups that nobody can take pleasure in aside from us? Tell us, and don’t fear, the Fairness workforce is again on Wednesday with a smashing bootstrapping present.

Fairness drops each Monday at 7 a.m. PDT and Wednesday and Friday at 6 a.m. PDT, so subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify and all of the casts.

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