TechCrunch starts a major new initiative, Amazon exams a smart browsing cart and ICE backs down from its controversial student visa rule change. Here’s your Daily Crunch for July 14, 2020.
The big-hearted story: Behold, The TechCrunch List
Back in June we published a fib with the very pretentious headline” How we’re rebuilding the VC industry . It was, in effect, announcing The TechCrunch List, which has been a months-long project to bring more transparency to who really writes first checks for startups.
Today, we produced the directory — or at least the first account. I’ll let Managing Editor Danny Crichton explain 😛 TAGEND
The TechCrunch List is a confirmed, curated listing of investors who have demonstrated a commitment to first checks and passing rounds from grain through proliferation, organized by market horizontal …
Ultimately, The TechCrunch List is a living and breathing directory of the most active VCs who are willing to lead in service industries. We aim for the List to be regularly updated as benefactors utter us more recommendations and investors deepen their delicacies and their portfolios.
You can read about the 11 VCs who got the most enthusiastic recommendations from benefactors( Extra Crunch membership compelled) and browse the full roster.
The tech giants
Amazon to test Dash Cart, a smart-alecky grocery browsing go-cart that sees what you buy — The cart, which will identify and charge you for components placed inside its basket, will firstly be tested in the Amazon grocery store opening in Woodland Hills, California.
UK U-turns on Huawei and 5G, sacrificing hustlers until 2027 to rip out existing paraphernalium — The U.K. government is forbidding telcos from buying 5G equipment from Huawei and ZTE, and must remove any equipment from those companies by 2027.
Google Play Pass expands outside the US, computes more entitlements and annual pricing — Play Pass is the Android alternative to Apple Arcade, offering subscription access to a variety of apps and games.
Startups, funding and venture capital
Identity platform Auth0 heightens $120 M Series F fund round at $1.92 B valuation — Developers can time include a few texts of system to connect lotions to Auth0′ s identity management service.
Blackstone’s growth investors result a $200 million investment into Oatly, the oat-milk juggernaut — Celebrity investors include Oprah Winfrey, Roc Nation, Natalie Portman and onetime Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.( I’ve tried the milk. It was fine .)
Everything you could possibly want to learn about fundraising will be covered at TC Early Stage — There will be in-depth periods, as well as fireside converses with Figma’s Dylan Field, Minted.com’s Mariam Naficy, Sequoia’s James Buckhouse and Jess Lee and Greylock’s Reid Hoffman and Sarah Guo.
Advice and analysis from Extra Crunch
Investors are browsing for Chromium startups — Lucas Matney offers an overview of interesting browser startups building on top of Google’s Chromium project.
The IPO market stays sizzling, as nCino costs above range and Jamf targets a ~$ 2B valuation — Alex Wilhelm has the most recent on IPO pricing.
( Reminder: Extra Crunch is our subscription membership program, which aims to democratize information about startups. You can sign up now .)
After colleges sue, ICE backs down from student visa rule change — A dozen universities and colleges warned legal action against the administration’s order to lift visas for international students studying at U.S. colleges that plan to provide their castes exclusively online in the fall.
NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock officially propels tomorrow — The service has already been available to parent company Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Flex cable purchasers since April, but tomorrow tags the launch to a general gathering, with anyone in the United Country able to sign up and access Peacock on a range of inventions( but not Roku or Amazon Fire TV ).
Hand-crank a position of Super Mario Bros. on Lego’s new 2,646 -piece NES kit — This is beautiful but I is undoubtedly lose some of those pieces.
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