Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.
This week had the whole crew aboard to record: Grace and Chris offsetting us sound good, Danny to provide levity, Natasha to actually recall actualities and Alex to divert us from biding on topic. It’s collaboration, parties — and our changes are proof of it.
And it’s good that we had everyone around the virtual table, as there was quite a lot to get through 😛 TAGEND
The squad felt all kinds of ways about the Amazon-MGM deal. Some of us are more positive than the remain, but what gists out from the transaction is that for Amazon, the acquire expenditure is modest and the company is famously playing a supposedly long-game. Let’s see how James Bond fits into it. Alex receives four pitches for not bringing up F1 thanks to the Bond-Aston Martin connection. Turning to the SPAC game, we chit-chat through the recent Lordstown Motors earnings solutions, and what we can parse from them involving blank-check companionships, promises and world. After launching last June with exactly$ 2 million, Collab Capital has closed its entry fund at its target goal: $50 million. The Black-led firm endows alone in Black-led startups, and get checks from Apple, PayPal and Mailchimp to specify a few. We talk about this accomplishment, and mention a few cases other Black-led venture capital firms uttering curves in the industry lately. We Resolved our modulation puns and eventually spoke about the Affirm spin-out, which raised $60 million in a funding round for BNPL for businesses .~ ATAGEND There are bigger questions there around the accessibility and moment of BNPL, and if it’s really re-inventing the motor or just repackaging it with simpler UX. Next up, we got into a can of worms about the future of engagements thanks to Rewatch, which raised a $ 20 million Series A this week to be provided by Andreessen Horowitz. The startup facilitates other startups create internal, private YouTubes to archive their fulfills and any video-based comms. We could only deplete a second on this, so if you crave our longer beliefs in the form of text, check out our three deems on specific topics on Extra Crunch !( Discount Code: Equity) From there we had Interactio and Fireflies.ai, two more startups that are tackling the intricacies of joins in the COVID-1 9 age, and whatever happened next. Both recently parent new sources of funding, and Alex brought forward Kudo to add one more upstart to the mix. Noom, a weight loss platform, bulked up with $540 million in funding after virtually doubling its income from 2019 to 2020. The pandemic has represented many beings gain weight, but we chew into why Noom’s moment might be right now after a decade in the works.
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