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The TechCrunch High 3

  • It’s a hen, it’s a airplane, it’s a drone: Dronamics raised $40 million in a pre-Collection A spherical (or actually large seed spherical if you happen to’d relatively take a look at it that manner) to begin an autonomous cargo drone airline in Europe, Mike writes. It has some bold targets, too: The CEO says it will likely be in a position to ship to all of Europe in the identical day from a single warehouse.
  • Preempted: Some Disney+ Hotstar clients had been none too happy when the stream went down in the midst of a preferred cricket match. Manish has extra, together with particulars that this sort of factor is just not an remoted incident.
  • Pointing fingers: Carly and Zack report {that a} information breach has Atlassian and Envoy briefly blaming one another for what went down that led to 1000’s of Atlassian staff having their information uncovered.

Startups and VC

With so many fintechs shedding workers, it may be simple to imagine that all the trade is in misery, however that’s not the case. In reality, some corporations are discovering alternative within the lots of layoffs, Mary Ann discovers. Right here’s who’s hiring. In the meantime, Natasha M and Alyssa collected a complete listing of 2023 tech layoffs.

The U.S. Securities and Alternate Fee has charged the collapsed blockchain agency and stablecoin operator Terraform Labs and its founder Do Kwon with defrauding U.S. buyers who bought the digital belongings Terra USD and Luna, Kate studies.

And now we have 5 extra for you:

In order that founder you backed turned out to be problematic. Now what?

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Early-stage buyers don’t intently handle the entrepreneurs they bathe with money, even when issues go off the rails. And in some instances, they could not be capable of exert a lot authority.

Assuming a VC makes an funding through a SAFE notice, “if that stake hasn’t transformed to fairness, they don’t have a lot say if issues begin to go unsuitable,” studies Rebecca Szkutak.

To study extra about how buyers deal with problematic CEOs, she spoke to:

  • Cameron Newton, founder and basic accomplice, Relevance Ventures
  • Eric Bahn, co-founder and basic accomplice, Hustle Fund
  • Angela Lee, enterprise accomplice, professor, Columbia Enterprise College

We even have just a few extra for the weekend:

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Huge Tech Inc.

The pandemic pressured us to search out new methods to collaborate in a distant office, and a few corporations have been in a position to leverage that want. Rita studies that Feishu, ByteDance’s Slack-like instrument, was certainly one of them, producing $100 million in 2022. She writes, “ByteDance’s heavy funding in Feishu is telling of the state of enterprise software program in China. At a time when Silicon Valley buyers are heralding product-led progress — providers that convert customers by means of their merchandise, as exemplified by Calendly — software program in China nonetheless largely counts on gross sales, advertising and marketing and providers to recruit customers.”

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