April 16, 2024

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Haje is wrapping up this text earlier than heading to TechCrunch Early Stage 2023 in Boston on April 20. It’s not too late to get your ticket! In the meantime, on the Fairness podcast right this moment, the pod crew wonders, What’s an Indignant Hen price? It seems, Sega thinks it’s $775 million for the entire fowl farm.

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Apple’s bulletins have been massive for readers right this moment, so right here we go:

  • Psst, wanna set up an app?: Apple likes to maintain issues near the vest, however Ivan writes that the buyer tech big is reportedly contemplating permitting individuals to sideload apps to their iPhone in iOS 17.
  • Apple makes issues interest-ing: Final October, Apple unveiled a brand new monetary product, and right this moment, the corporate spilled a little bit extra tea about its Apple Card financial savings accounts, that includes a 4.15% rate of interest, reviews Romain.
  • Watch this: Apple Watch customers have been ready — can we are saying patiently? — for a brand new software program replace. Effectively, Sarah reviews right this moment the watch is prone to get its greatest software program replace since its 2015 debut.

Startups and VC

Again in January, a $810 million deal fell aside to purchase Indignant Birds makers Rovio, however the firm recommended they have been nonetheless in talks with different potential events. Right now, Paul reviews that deal turned official as Japanese gaming big Sega has confirmed that it’s shopping for Finland’s Rovio in an all-cash deal price $775 million.

Because the economic system has gotten more durable, loads of corporations have switched from shopping for to renting. There’s an acronym for this — XaaS, or “every part as a service,” additionally known as “servitization.” An instance of this is able to be ServiceNow, which automates companies for enterprise operations. A newish participant on this house is Equipme, out of Germany, which secured $3.8 million in a seed funding spherical led by La Famiglia VC, Mike writes.

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No, you’re not elevating cash to extend your runway

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Haje typically hears founders say they’re elevating cash to extend their runway by 18 to 24 months. In a way, that’s correct, however solely from the startup’s standpoint.

That’s not what an investor is searching for. Your organization surviving for one more yr and a half will not be the aim of a fundraise; that’s a facet impact at finest. Ask your self — what occurs on the finish of these 18 months?

Founders ought to talk to buyers what a spherical of funding unlocks. That’s expressed in milestones, not in time. The aim is to rework the corporate sufficiently that you are able to do one thing that you just can’t do at this second, and on this piece, Haje breaks down how.

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Large Tech Inc.

There was no “up, up and away” for SpaceX right this moment, which was trying to fly its Starship launch system for the primary time. Aria reviews that the flight take a look at became a moist costume rehearsal because of a frozen stress valve. Now SpaceX is April 19 as the subsequent attainable date to attempt once more.

Luxurious automobile fans collect ’spherical. Mercedes debuts the Maybach EQS SUV, which incorporates options that Matt writes are “dripping with historic Maybach design parts: two-tone paint, imposing wheels, a correct hood decoration and, sure, a grill with filigree slats regardless that it’s electrical and there isn’t a radiator to guard.”

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