TechCrunch introduces a significant new effort, Amazon tests a smart shopping cart and ICE pull back from its questionable trainee visa rule change. Here’s your Daily Crunch for July 14, 2020.
The big story: Behold, The TechCrunch List
Back in June we published a story with the rather grand headline “ How we’re reconstructing the VC market. It was, in impact, revealing The TechCrunch List, which has actually been a months-long task to bring more transparency to who in fact writes first checks for start-ups.
Today, we published the list– or a minimum of the very first variation. I’ll let Handling Editor Danny Crichton describe: The TechCrunch List is a verified, curated list of investors who have shown a dedication to first checks and leading rounds from seed through development, organized by market vertical …
Eventually, The TechCrunch List is a living and breathing directory of the most active VCs who want to lead in the industry. We intend for the List to be routinely updated as founders give us more financiers and recommendations change their tastes and their portfolios.
You can read about the 11 VCs who got the most passionate recommendations from creators (Additional Crunch subscription needed) and browse
the full list. The tech giants Amazon to check Dash Cart, a clever grocery shopping cart that sees what you purchase— The cart, which will recognize and charge you for items positioned inside its basket, will initially be evaluated in the Amazon grocery store opening in Forest Hills, California.
UK U-turns on Huawei and 5G, offering operators until 2027 to rip out existing package— The U.K. federal government is prohibiting telcos from purchasing 5G equipment from Huawei and ZTE, and need to remove any equipment from those companies by 2027.
Google Play Pass expands outside the US, adds more titles and annual rates— Play Pass is the Android option to Apple Arcade, offering membership access to a range of apps and games.
Start-ups, financing and equity capital
Identity platform Auth0 raises $120M Series F financing round at $1.92 B evaluation— Developers can just include a couple of lines of code to link applications to Auth0’s identity management service.
Blackstone’s growth investors lead a $200 million investment into Oatly, the oat-milk juggernaut— Star investors include Oprah Winfrey, Roc Country, Natalie Portman and previous Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. (I’ve attempted the milk. It was fine.)
Whatever you might perhaps want to learn more about fundraising will be covered at TC Early Stage— There will be thorough sessions, as well as fireside talks with Figma’s Dylan Field, Minted.com’s Mariam Naficy, Sequoia’s James Buckhouse and Jess Lee and Greylock’s Reid Hoffman and Sarah Guo.
Guidance and analysis from Bonus Crunch
Investors are searching for Chromium start-ups— Lucas Matney uses an overview of intriguing internet browser startups developing on top of Google’s Chromium job.
The IPO market stays hot, as nCino rates above range and Jamf targets a ~$2B appraisal— Alex Wilhelm has the latest on IPO pricing.
(Tip: Bonus Crunch is our subscription membership program, which intends to equalize details about startups. You can register here.)
After colleges sue, ICE backs down from trainee visa rule change— A lots universities and colleges threatened legal action versus the administration’s order to revoke visas for global students studying at U.S. colleges that prepare to supply their classes exclusively online in the fall.
NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock formally launches tomorrow— The service has actually currently been readily available to parent company Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Flex cable clients considering that April, but tomorrow marks the launch to a basic audience, with anybody in the United States able to sign up and access Peacock on a variety of gadgets (but not Roku or Amazon Fire TV).
Hand-crank a level of Super Mario Bros. on Lego’s brand-new 2,646-piece NES kit— This is lovely but I would absolutely lose a few of those pieces.
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Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.