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- One rival at a time: The digital design world received a deal with at the moment when Adobe introduced it was shopping for Figma, certainly one of its largest rivals, in a $20 billion deal that has each traders and Figma fans pondering what is going to change and if these modifications will probably be unhealthy, Ingrid stories. In the meantime, Alex offers his tackle the deal over in TechCrunch+ land.
- “The Merge” is right here: Discuss of “The Merge” has been with us for weeks, and at the moment it’s lastly right here. If you happen to don’t observe cryptocurrency, which means that Ethereum, certainly one of crypto’s hottest blockchains, has now switched to proof-of-stake consensus, which additionally means it is going to now eat rather a lot much less electrical energy, Romain writes. And for TC+, Jacquelyn tells us why it issues that Lido, Coinbase, Kraken and Binance have a majority stake of ETH.
- There’s a repair for that: Apple is clearing a path for straightforward iPhone 14 integration with a setup repair. Ivan has extra.
Startups and VC
Right this moment, Haje has been working round at Micromobility America. They insist on utilizing the MMA acronym, so he’s anticipating a fist to the face any second, however to date the one threat of damage has been from neck-breaking micromobility within the type of electrical rollerblades. It’s most likely a coincidence that Kav introduced it’s spooling up a 3D printing manufacturing unit for bike helmets on the identical day.
Seems to be like mobility is all over the place nowadays — Matt notes that mobility startups are filling the void in a Detroit auto present that’s a shell of its former self.
The TechCrunch group has been terribly busy. There’s a wall of reports on the TechCrunch homepage; right here’s a number of of those that caught our eye this tremendous Thursday:
Pitch Deck Teardown: Helu.io’s $9.8M Sequence A deck
Serving to small- and medium-sized enterprises with their controlling, reporting and budgeting might not sound thrilling, however Austrian fintech startup Helu.io’s storytelling expertise excited traders sufficient to boost a $9.8 million Sequence A in July.
Aside from some particulars concerning unit economics and income, Helu shared its total profitable pitch deck with us. As these slides counsel, its founders took a simple method:
Downside: “The CFO’s ache is Excel.”
Resolution: “Goodbye Excel sheets.”
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Large Tech Inc.
At any time when Name of Responsibility is talked about, we are able to’t assist however recall Rashida Jones’s character in “The Workplace” giving the sport a shout-out. In at the moment’s case, Jordan was there as Activision unveiled what the sport’s subsequent technology will appear to be.