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This week noticed two huge occasions working in parallel: an Apple hardware announcement and Y Combinator’s Demo Day. Both a kind of on their very own would typically lead our site visitors for the week — having them smash into one another on the identical day was … attention-grabbing. And perhaps a bit of exhausting.
The Apple stuff: Apple’s occasion, as their occasions are likely to do, largely dominated the tech information cycle this week. Quite than flip this whole publication into one huge listing of Apple issues, I’ll simply say: new iPhones, new AirPods, and a beefy new Apple Watch. Need extra phrases than that? Here’s our roundup of the news.
Y Combinator moonshots: Startups are onerous. However each YC batch has a minimum of a handful of corporations that appear a bit of additional onerous — the moonshots, if you’ll. From fake fish to groups that need to reinvent flying, the Demo Day crew rounded up a few of the wildest pitches.
Musk/Twitter drama continues: Elon Musk continues to be aiming to undo his multibillion-dollar supply for Twitter, and Twitter nonetheless desires to carry him to it. This week a Delaware decide made two choices within the ordeal: The trial won’t be delayed by a month as Musk’s authorized crew had requested, however Musk will be allowed to “amend his counterclaim with particulars” disclosed by Twitter safety whistleblower Peiter “Mudge” Zatko earlier this month.
LG wants you to buy NFTs on your TV: NFT gross sales have reportedly tanked over the last few months. Will the flexibility to purchase/promote/commerce NFTs on LG sensible TVs be the factor that turns that round? No, no, it won’t.
Kim Kardashian’s new gig: “America’s favourite actuality star is leveling up her repertoire,” writes Anita, with one other job title: personal fairness investor. Kardashian is teaming up with Jay Sammons, previously the pinnacle of Client/Media/Retail on the Carlyle Group, to launch a brand new personal fairness agency known as SKKY Companions.
Jeep’s EVs: One other legendary auto model is diving deep into electrical automobiles — this time it’s Jeep, which this week revealed plans to roll out three completely different EVs (the Recon, Wagoneer S, and Avenger) by 2025. The corporate, notes Jaclyn, expects “EVs to compose half of its gross sales in North America — and all of its gross sales in Europe — by 2030.”
Patreon layoffs: Patreon, an organization that helps creators construct out paid membership choices, laid off staff this week. The layoffs purportedly depart Patreon with out a lot of a safety crew, which appears … not ideal?
What’s up in TC podcast land this week? “Promoting Sundown” star Christine Quinn stopped by Found to inform ’em about her new startup, the Chain Reaction crypto crew talked concerning the newest drama at Binance, and Burnsy took a digital journey to Minnesota to place the highlight on the Minneapolis startup scene for TechCrunch Live.
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The most important slides in your pitch deck: Reporter/former VC/resident pitch deck skilled Haje shares his insights on which of the perhaps-too-many slides in your deck are most important.
The freemium bar is shifting: Throughout merchandise from Slack to Google Meet to Heroku, many corporations are shifting up their free tiers to supply much less. Why now? Anita explores the development.