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TechCrunch Top 3

  • Tata Group embraces e-commerce with a super app: The Indian conglomerate known for its myriad of businesses, including software and telecommunications, has brought all of its holdings together under one big, er, “super app” called Tata Neu, which launched today to give the company some weight in the e-commerce with offers such as groceries, electronics and hotels. We report that this has been in the works for at least three years and also includes a loan and insurance payment service.
  • Better.com’s layoff saga isn’t any better: TechCrunch obtained a leaked video of a 12-minute meeting that took place with the remaining employees after 900 of their colleagues were laid off in December. In it, CEO Vishal Garg admits that his lack of discipline may have caused the company to lose some $200 million, saying, “Today we recognize that we over-hire and hire the wrong people. And in doing so we fail. I failed. … We probably could have made more money last year and been skinnier and meaner and hungrier.”
  • When you learn it’s time to go public… the cloud, that is: Businesses have been migrating to the cloud for a while now. However, when public travel system provider Amadeus saw the danger seven years ago, the company decided to embark on a journey that would prove arduous but set it on a path to operating more efficiently.

Startups and VCs

Ladies, gentlemen, and human beings who don’t fit any of those descriptions, today requires every ounce of self-control. I want to point out that I didn’t make a terrible joke about the multiple meanings of “seed” in regards to Conceive’s seed fundraiser. The company is building a community and services to support people trying to increase our global population, one small human being at a time. Once Conceive is successful, Singapore’s Parentinc jumps the gun; he just raised $22 million for his parenting community and the D2C brand.

“The Folklore highlights the best design talent around [Africa], and the demand for these culture-reflective products is skyrocketing,” says Folklore’s CEO of its $1.7 million fundraiser and launch of a B2B fashion e-commerce platform. Also in Africa, we are seeing profound growth in temporary workers and the sharing economy, and ImaliPay has just raised $3 million to help offer financial services to temporary workers across the continent.

I have to admit that the only thing scarier to me than self-driving trucks (like the Kodiak Robotics big rigs that drove non-stop for 131 hours) is self-driving heavy construction equipment. I’ve seen “Terminator” and I know how this ends.

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3 ways deep tech founders can get out of pilot purgatory

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Because so many deep tech startups operate on the cutting edge, founders in this space have a harder time raising funds, acquiring customers, and achieving product-to-market fit.

Many of these companies will soon stall because they never make it from pilot stage to full-scale implementation. “This is a big, pervasive, industry-specific problem,” says Champ Suthipongchai, co-founder and general partner at Creative Ventures.

“While I don’t claim to have a silver bullet, I do know of three ways deep tech founders can ensure their time in pilot purgatory ends in a launch.”

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It’s the opening day of Major League Baseball, and while we were eating our peanuts and Cracker Jack (which also has peanuts in it, but we digress), we saw some Big Tech companies hit it out of the park today. General Motors chose Opening Day to announce that the Bolt had returned after a major recall, while streaming services prepare to host live sporting events on their platforms.

Speaking of streaming services, HBO Max’s Apple TV app is being updated to address some of the performance issues users were seeing and introduce some new features, including a “binge mode” that lets you skip the end credits and starting the next episode of a TV show Spotify introduced new features and functionality for its “Car Thing” in-car entertainment system, such as handling calls and playing music from other media. Meanwhile, TikTok has again delayed the opening of its first UK data center, which will be in Dublin, citing a delayed schedule due to the global pandemic.

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