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Daily Crunch: Roblox is going public

Roblox opens its books, Snap makes an acquisition and Pfizer and BioNTech seek regulatory approval for their vaccine. This your Daily Crunch for November 20, 2020. The big story: Roblox is going public The child-friendly gaming company filed confidentially to go public in October, but it only published its S-1 document with financial information late yesterday. How do the numbers look? Well, Roblox is certainly growing quickly — total revenue increased 56% in 2019, and then another 68% in t...
Tags: Gaming, Europe, Finance, Tech, Pakistan, Pfizer, Hutchinson, Don, Danny Crichton, Orix, Roblox, Vonne Hutchinson, BioNtech, ReadySet, Daily Crunch, Carlos Gonzalez Cadenas


Extra Crunch roundup: A fistful of IPOs, Affirm’s Peloton problem, Zoom Apps and more

DoorDash, Affirm, Roblox, Airbnb, C3.ai and Wish all filed to go public in recent days, which means some venture capitalists are having the best week of their lives. Tech companies that go public capture our imagination because they are literal happy endings. An Initial Public Offering is the promised land for startup pilgrims who may wander the desert for years seeking product-market fit. After all, the “I” in “ISO” stands for “incentive.” A flurry of new S-1s in a single week forced me to r...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Gaming, Entrepreneurship, China, Ipo, India, San Francisco, Tech, ISO, NewCo, Alibaba, Venture Capital, Airbnb, Autodesk


Equity Shot: Airbnb’s IPO is finally here

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Today we have an Equity Shot for you about Airbnb’s S-1 filing, as it looks to go public before the year is out. First we get into Airbnb’s macro performance, which shows a stable-picture historical revenue growth. There are a ton of numbers to get to so get ready for a quick dive into net revenue, gross margins and losses. Then we discuss the dramatic drop in b...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Podcasts, Tech, Airbnb, Exit, Danny Crichton, Moderna, Equity podcast, Equity Shot


DoorDash IPO bets that the pandemic has accelerated change

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. DoorDash has become the go-to delivery choice for millions of people cooped up during the pandemic this year. Now it has filed an S-1, revealing its financials as it nears a long-intended IPO. These innards show an exciting business — and a larger story about how the year is going for tech companies in general. When the company filed initial public of...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Spotify, California, China, Singapore, Softbank, Tech, Paypal, Nasa, Beijing, Tencent, Pfizer, EC, Biden


Extra Crunch roundup: Inside DoorDash’s IPO, first-person founder stories, the latest in fintech VC and more

One of my favorite series of Monty Python sketches is built around the concept of surprise: Chapman: I didn’t expect a kind of Spanish Inquisition. [JARRING CHORD] [Three cardinals burst in] Cardinal Ximénez: NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition! I was reminded of this today when I needed to reschedule a few stories so we could cover DoorDash’s S-1 filing from multiple angles. First, Managing Editor Danny Crichton looked at how well the company’s co-founders and many investors stand to ma...
Tags: Food, Startups, TC, Gaming, Ecommerce, Europe, California, Entrepreneurship, Ipo, San Francisco, Tech, Diversity, Paypal, SaaS, Square, Payments


The 2020s promise better tech solutions to humanity’s biggest problems

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. Let’s think beyond Monday, for a minute, to the trends playing out in technology this coming decade. While humanity’s problems have never been greater, our tools have never been better. Here’s more, from Danny Crichton: The 2010s were all about executing on the dreams of mobile, cloud, and basic data. Those ideas had historical antecedents going back ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Facebook, Youtube, Root, America, Tech, Paypal, Yale, Alex, Tim Kendall, Alex Wilhelm, Danny, Natasha, LTV


Daily Crunch: Zoom adds end-to-end encryption to free calls

Zoom adds a much-requested feature (but with a catch), TikTok partners with Shopify and Jack Dorsey lays out his argument for tomorrow’s Senate hearing. This is your Daily Crunch for October 27, 2020. The big story: Zoom adds end-to-end encryption to free calls Zoom was criticized earlier this year for saying it would only offer end-to-end encryption to paid users. Now it says free users will have the option as well, starting in Zoom 5.4.0 on both desktop and mobile. There are, however, a f...
Tags: Security, Spacex, Enterprise, Microsoft, Senate, New York City, Tech, Sony, Jack Dorsey, Shopify, Zoom, Atlanta Los Angeles, Danny Crichton, StarLink


Was Quibi the good kind of startup failure?

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. Startup failure is easy to hold up as a type of martyrdom for progress, especially if the founders are starting out scrappy in the first place and trying to save the world. But heroic narrative gets complicated when the startup failure involves the biggest names in entertainment, dubious product decisions, and well over $1 billion in losses in an alre...
Tags: Startups, TC, MetroMile, Twitter, US, Tech, Netflix, United States, Alibaba, Switzerland, Ohio, EC, Tim Weller, Alex, Datto, Zurich


4 quick bites and obituaries on Quibi (RIP 2020-2020)

In memory of the death of Quibi, here’s a quick sendoff from four of our writers who came together to discuss what we can learn from Quibi’s amazing, instantaneous, billions-of-dollars failure. Lucas Matney looks at what the potential was for Quibi and how it missed the mark in media. Danny Crichton discusses why billions of dollars in VC funding isn’t enough in competitive markets like video. Anthony Ha discusses the crazy context of Quibi and our interview with the company earlier this year...
Tags: Startups, Media, Tech, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Lucas Matney, Anthony Ha, Meg Whitman, Danny Crichton, Brian Heater, WndrCo, Quibi


Ousted Uber cofounder Travis Kalanick has reportedly spent $130 million on his ghost kitchen startup. Here's what it's like inside one of the secretive locations.

A delivery worker signing in on a tablet inside San Francisco's CloudKitchens location in late 2019. Katie Canales/Business Insider Travis Kalanick, the ousted Uber cofounder, opened a San Francisco location for CloudKitchens, a startup that rents commercial space and turns it into shared kitchens for restaurateurs in late 2019. Kalanick has shelled out more than $130 million on 40 such commercial properties, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. His CloudKitchens con...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Saudi Arabia, US, Careers, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Features, Retail, Travis Kalanick, Soma, Kalanick, Coca Cola, Wall Street Journal, WSJ


Three views on the future of media startups

The Equity crew this week chewed through a trio of media stories, each dealing with private companies and their successes. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Axios was growing rapidly and near profitability. The paper also broke news that Morning Brew might exit to Business Insider for a hefty $75 million potential payout. Meanwhile, we covered the news that The Juggernaut raised $2 million for its paywalled publication focused on South Asian news. The conversation, as a result, was ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Tech, Wall Street Journal, Alex Wilhelm, Danny Crichton, Morning Brew, Axios, The Juggernaut, Media Startups, Natasha Mascarenhas


Airbnb nears IPO as Asana and Palantir land their direct listings

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. The going has not always been easy but the tech IPOs keep coming. Airbnb itself is almost here, in what is likely to be the ultimate stock market listing of this dramatic year. After the pandemic triggered mass layoffs for the short-term rental marketplace, it has managed to make up all of the lost ground to pre-pandemic projections, TechCrunch and ot...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Startups, TC, Spotify, Milan, China, India, Softbank, US, Tech, Tesla, Spain, Barcelona, Rome


What if the kernel is corrupt?

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s VC-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week, Alex is on a much deserved vacation (but not from Twitter, it seems) so Danny Crichton and I chatted through the news and happenings of the week. Somehow we winded our way through the latest tech controversies, gave Chris Wallace a shout out, and ended with some funding rounds. I’ll be out next week so don’t miss me too much, but expect the entire E...
Tags: Apple, TC, Softbank, Tech, Abu Dhabi, Black Lives Matter, Equity, Alex, Coinbase, Silver Lake, Duolingo, Clubhouse, Chris Wallace, Danny, Luis Von Ahn, Danny Crichton


Is your startup the next TikTok?

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. And I don’t mean building an app that gets the world addicted to short-form videos. I mean, where you build a huge company that spans the world and then get turned into a political football. The Bytedance-owned app developer still appears headed for a shutdown in the US, after the already convoluted talks stalled out this past week. Each national gove...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Europe, London, China, Southeast Asia, India, US, Tech, Eu, European Union, West, EC


Is your startup the next Tik Tok?

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. And I don’t mean building an app that gets the world addicted to short-form videos. I mean, where you build a huge company that spans the world and then get turned into a political football. The Bytedance-owned app developer still appears headed for a shutdown in the US, after the already convoluted talks stalled out this past week. Each national gove...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Europe, London, China, Southeast Asia, India, US, Tech, Eu, European Union, West, EC


Snowflake, Unity, JFrog move towards IPOs despite public market turmoil

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. Warren Buffet is eager to invest in a money-burning SaaS unicorn that is about to IPO. Despite recent tech stock declines and growing fears of US election turbulence, this is one reason that Snowflake is on track to be one of the biggest offerings of the year. And it is not the only company defying the pandemic and newer problems in order to get out o...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Startups, TC, Adobe, China, Ipo, US, Tech, Vienna, Poland, Belarus, Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, Silicon Valley, Houston


Extra Crunch Friday roundup: Edtech funding surges, Poland VC survey, inside Shift’s SPAC plan, more

I live in San Francisco, but I work an East Coast schedule to get a jump on the news day. So I’d already been at my desk for a couple of hours on Wednesday morning when I looked up and saw this: What color is the sky this morning pic.twitter.com/nt5dZp5wWc — Walter Thompson (@YourProtagonist) September 9, 2020 As unsettling as it was to see the natural environment so transformed, I still got my work done. This is not to boast: I have a desk job and a working air filter. (People who make...
Tags: Security, Startups, TC, Europe, Education, San Francisco, Tech, Policy, SaaS, Venture Capital, Poland, Delhi, East Coast, Edtech, Palantir, Warsaw


Warren Buffett invests in an unprofitable business

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. The whole crew was back, with Natasha Mascarenhas and Danny Crichton and myself chattering, and Chris Gates behind the scenes tweaking the dials as always. This week was a real team effort as we are heading into the maw of Disrupt — more here, see you there — but there was a lot of news all the same. So, here’s what we got to: AngelList is doubli...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Podcasts, Ipo, Tech, Venture Capital, Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, Snowflake, Edtech, Silver Lake, Sprinklr, Danny


Daily Crunch: Taboola and Outbrain call off their merger

A massive content recommendation merger falls apart, Microsoft reveals the release date and pricing for its flagship game console and Alexa enables phone calls for AT&T customers. This is your Daily Crunch for September 9, 2020. The big story: Taboola and Outbrain call off their merger Looks like the two biggest companies in the content recommendation market won’t be teaming up after all. Taboola and Outbrain announced an $850 million merger last year, but apparently a “challenging cultu...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, Advertising Tech, NFL, Tech, Snapchat, Xbox, Palantir, Alexa, Alex Wilhelm, Lens, Taboola, Outbrain, SPAC, AT T, Yubico


The future of retail and office space is up in the air, and proptech investors are optimistic

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. The malls and grocery stores of the 20th century are being converted into industrial conveyor belts of goods and services traveling from the internet to your home. The customer is no longer even allowed inside, as Connie Loizos details this week in a closer look at Amazon and other online-first companies taking over commercial spaces near you. America...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Startups, TC, Facebook, Europe, Utah, New York, London, Instagram, Australia, Youtube, China, Ipo, Berlin, India


Palantir’s concentrated governance is great for execs, but what about shareholders?

A few days ago I wrote down a few notes making a bullish case for Palantir, searching to find good news amidst the company’s huge historical deficits. Heading into the next phase of Palantir’s march to the public markets, I was very curious to see how the company would hone its S-1 filing to give itself the best possible shot during its impending debut. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money. You can read it every morning on Extra Crunch, or get The Exchange newsletter every Saturday...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Ipo, Tech, Palantir, Snap, Danny, Danny Crichton, The Exchange


Edtech is the new SaaS

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. The whole crew was back, with Natasha Mascarenhas and Danny Crichton and myself chattering with Chris Gates behind the scenes making it all work. An extra shoutout to Natasha this week as we spent a lot of time talking about edtech, a category that she spearheads for us and has brought to the show. It’s a big deal! We’re on YouTube now, don’t fo...
Tags: Apple, TC, Youtube, Tech, SaaS, Venture Capital, Bumble, Patreon, Impossible Foods, Fred Wilson, Startup Accelerator, Natasha, Danny Crichton, Juni, Owl Ventures, Equity podcast


Startups Weekly: With Asana, JFrog, Palantir, Snowflake, Sumo and Unity, we’re in peak season for tech IPOs

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. Pandemic numbers are looking better, it’s still a couple months before U.S. elections and a growing line of tech companies have already ventured out into public markets successfully this summer. Hard to imagine conditions beating the present any time soon, whether you’re traditionally banked, going with a direct listing or getting inside a SPAC vehicl...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Asia, Europe, Boston, Tech, Walmart, Chicago, West, Paris, Conan, SEC, Silicon Valley, EC


A faster, easier, cheaper way of going public

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast (now on Twitter!), where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This is the fourth episode of the week, pushing our production calendar to the test. Happily we’ve managed to hold it together amidst the news deluge that the last few days have brought. It was a good week for our scheduling change, with the main episode of the show coming to you on Thursday afternoon versus Friday morning. Change is good. But unc...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Boston, Tech, Walmart, Venture Capital, SEC, New York Stock Exchange, Equity, Bill Gurley, SPAC, Desktop Metal, Danny Crichton, Equity podcast


Startups Weekly: Will future unicorns go public sooner?

The public markets are staying receptive to tech IPOs, and tech unicorns are trying to recover from pandemic damage, polish up their financials, and head back towards the starting gates. This week, it’s Airbnb and Palantir, finally. Both have been startup icons of the past decade, and literally helped define the term “unicorn.” Now, both are illustrating the challenges that can come from sticking to private funding for years when going public was feasible. First up, the travel rental company fil...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Facebook, Microsoft, Stanford, China, San Francisco, Tech, Airbnb, Ryan Lawler, Max Levchin, Alex, Intuit, Oracle, Palantir


Daily Crunch: Palantir docs show $579M net loss

We dive into Palantir’s finances, Apple fires back against Epic Games and Lambda School raises funding. This is your Daily Crunch for August 21, 2020. The big story: Palantir docs show $579M net loss Danny Crichton got a hold of the confidential S-1 filing for secretive data analytics company Palantir and has been unpacking the details. As far as the top-line numbers go, Palantir reported revenue of $742 million in 2019, up 25% from the previous year, with a net loss of $579 million. And it had ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Finance, Tech, Sony, Airbnb, Palantir, Ftc, Aaron Levie, Trump, Danny, Danny Crichton, Brian Heater, Triller, Lambda School, Anu Duggal


Just what would an enterprise company like Microsoft or Oracle do with TikTok?

By now you’ve probably heard that under pressure from the current administration, TikTok owner ByteDance is putting the viral video service up for sale, and surprisingly a couple of big name enterprise companies are interested. These organizations are better known for the kind of tech that would bore the average TikTok user to tears. Yet, stories have persisted that Microsoft and even Oracle are sniffing around the video social network. As TechCrunch’s Danny Crichton pointed out last week, ba...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Social, TC, Cloud, Facebook, Nordstrom, Video, Enterprise, Microsoft, US, Social Media, Tech, Larry Ellison, Viral Videos


Startups Weekly: The US is finally getting serious about 5G

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7am PT). Subscribe here. There are few things that US political leaders can agree on these days, but one of them thankfully appears to be 5G. Manufacturing, transportation, agriculture, health care and many other industries are beginning to incorporate the fast, device-to-device connectivity provided by the fifth-generation wireless standard. But the key 3.5 GHz band of spectrum...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Pinterest, Microsoft, Minneapolis, China, US, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, United States, Airbnb, Black Lives Matter, Seoul, Alex


IPO mistakes, fintech results, and the Zenefits ‘mafia’

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange , a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter for your weekend enjoyment. It’s broadly based on the weekday column that appears on Extra Crunch , but free. And it’s made just for you. You can sign up for the newsletter here .  With that out of the way, let’s talk money, upstart companies and the latest spicy IPO rumors.  (In time the top bit of the newsletter won’t get posted to the website, so do make sure to sign up if you want the whole th...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Texas, Ipo, Tech, Bigcommerce, Nasdaq, Rackspace, Bill Gurley, SPAC, Dan Primack, Wrike, Danny Crichton, Brent Bellm, The Exchange


Startups Weekly: What countries want your startup?

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7am PT). Subscribe here. They say business needs certainty to succeed, but new tech startups are still getting funded aggressively despite the pandemic, recession, trade wars and various large disasters created by nature or humans. But before we get to the positive data, let’s spend some time reviewing the hard news — there is a lot of it to process. TikTok is on track to get ba...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Facebook, Hong Kong, Europe, Microsoft, Etsy, China, India, US, America, Tech, Tencent, Silicon Valley, South America