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How Duolingo became a $2.4B language unicorn

At the heart of Duolingo is its mission: to scale free education and increase income potential through language learning. However, the same mission that has helped it grow to a business valued at $2.4 billion with over 500 million registered learners, has led to tensions that continue to define the business. How do you survive as a startup if you don’t want to charge users? How do you design a startup that isn’t too hard to lose people, but isn’t too easy to compromise education? How do you bala...
Tags: Startups, TC, Elon Musk, Boston, Tech, CMO, Tesla, Yale, Mary Barra, Gm, SEC, Bill, EC, Argo, Edtech, Duolingo

Extra Crunch roundup: How Duolingo became an edtech leader

The pandemic has just pushed edtech mainstream, but language-learning startup Duolingo had already spent the past decade figuring out how to build a successful edtech app. In our latest installment of the EC-1 series, Natasha Mascarenhas goes deep with the company to understand how it found product-market fit, then figured out how to grow like a consumer tech startup and monetize like a SaaS startup. After a record 2020, the Pittsburgh-based company also opened up about its plans for the future,...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, Utah, Education, Ipo, Boston, Tech, CMO, Bloomberg, Paypal, United States, Nba, Square, Holland, SEC

New antibody rationally designed for better tumor inhibition

Recently, Prof. XIE Can from the High Magnetic Field Laboratory of the Hefei Institutes of Physical Science (HFIPS), in a collaboration with Prof. YAN Xiyun's lab from the Institute of Biophysics, reported the structural basis of mAb AA98's inhibition on CD146-mediated endothelial cells (EC) activation and designed higher affinity monoclonal antibody HA98 for cancer treatment.
Tags: Science, EC, Institute of Biophysics, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science HFIPS, YAN Xiyun

The European Commission has authorized the consumption of yellow mealworms in the EU

The Tenebrio molitor is commonly referred to as a yellow mealworm. Getty Images / Passakorn_14 The European Commission has now approved the consumption of dried yellow mealworms in the EU. This is the first time an insect has been approved as a "novel food" in the EU. The bugs are high in essential amino acids and can be eaten as a snack or used as a food ingredient. See more stories on Insider's business page. As of Monday, May 3, the European food industry and consumers in all the EU...
Tags: UK, Bugs, Life, International, Trends, Sustainability, Eu, European Union, European Commission, EC, Insects, FAO, Nordic, European Commission EC, BI International, Edible Insects

The Daily Crunch: Peloton share price falls 14% after product recall and data breach; CEO apologizes

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here.  Hello friends and welcome to Daily Crunch, bringing you the most important startup, tech and venture capital news in a single package. Today’s entry marks the third time the new crew and I have put this note together for you. Frankly, it’s been a blast. We also want to improve the missive over time. So! Shoot me a note directly with your feedback. Turning to tod...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Lyft, Uber, Microsoft, San Francisco, Tech, CMO, Kendrick Lamar, Ibm, Brian, EC, Sarah, Emergence Capital

StudySmarter books $15M for a global ‘personalized learning’ push

More money for the edtech boom: Munich-based StudySmarter, which makes digital tools to help learners of all ages swat up — styling itself as a ‘lifelong learning platform’ — has closed a $15 million Series A. The round is led by sector-focused VC fund, Owl Ventures. New York-based Left Lane Capital is co-investing, along with Lars Fjeldsoe-Nielsen (ex WhatsApp, Uber and Dropbox; now GP at Balderton Capital), and existing early stage investor Dieter von Holtzbrinck Ventures (aka DvH Ventures). T...
Tags: Europe, Balderton Capital, Indonesia, Tech, Netflix, Munich, EC, Duolingo, Anki, Ugc, Holtzbrinck Ventures, Brazil India, Dieter, NLP, Lars Fjeldsoe Nielsen, Netflix Netflix

The Daily Crunch: Tech stocks hammered after US Treasury Secretary speculates on hiking interest rates

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Are startup valuations about to fall? Hello, friends! Alex here to talk to you for a hot second about money. Then we’ll get into startups, venture capital, what Big Tech is up to and more. I promise. But hang with me for a moment. Tech stocks got hammered today: The tech-heavy Nasdaq fell by more than 2%. Cloud stocks endured twice the damage. What happened? The ...
Tags: TC, Twitter, London, Instagram, Microsoft, Tech, Tesla, Austin, Holland, Silicon Valley, US Treasury, EC, Persona, Alex, Firstmark, Sarah

The product-led growth behind edtech’s most downloaded app

Duolingo CEO and co-founder Luis von Ahn was tired of the gray and dreary design aesthetic edtech companies used to emulate universities. Instead, he and the company’s early team sought inspiration from games like Angry Birds and Clash Royale, looking to build a class that screamed more cartoon anarchy than lecture hall. From that frenetic creativity came the company’s distinctive mascot: a childish and rebellious evergreen-colored owl named Duo. Duolingo didn’t just throw out the old colors tho...
Tags: Startups, TC, Education, Tech, EC, Edtech, Duolingo, Angry Birds, Pittsburgh, Luis Von Ahn, Tyler Murphy, Super Mario Brothers, Ahn, EC-1, EC Edtech, Duo Duolingo

How Duolingo became fluent in monetization

As its meandering route to monetization will demonstrate, Duolingo isn’t mission-oriented, it’s mission-obsessed. Co-founders Luis von Ahn and Severin Hacker never wanted to charge consumers for access to Duolingo content, a purpose imbued throughout the company’s culture. For years in order to work at Duolingo, you had to be comfortable with joining a company in Pittsburgh that was in no rush to make money. The startup, filled with education enthusiasts and mission-driven employees, became “ver...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Education, Tech, Brazil, Silicon Valley, EC, Edtech, Duolingo, Sand Hill Road, Pittsburgh, Gordon, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers KPCB, Luis, Luis Von Ahn

My Erin Condren Life Planner Launch Day Order! #LifePlannerLaunch

  For my  , I decided to go #TeamFlora all the way. My daily planner will be the new Erin Condren A5 Ring Agenda in Blush ($89) with the Flora daily inserts. I love playing with agendas whether TN or Ring and it will be fun to decorate it up. I have a Silouette so I can finally figure it out to make some tabs or dashboards for it. I got the 2 pack of Flora notepad in Peony to match my Life Planner and I can also stick the other pad in the back of my 7X9 LP. The skinny checklist sticky pad will ...
Tags: Fashion, EC, Mcc, Peony, Flora, Erin Condren, Peony Flora Planner Folio

The Daily Crunch: TechCrunch’s parent company sold for $5B, Duolingo’s origin story

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. TechCrunch’s new home The original plan was to spend a minute today explaining that the Daily Crunch is now being put together by a new and expanded team. I, your friend Alex, will be writing and collecting the main sections from here on out. We’ll also have input from Walter and Annie on the Extra Crunch side of things (like today’s Exchange column!), along with...
Tags: Apple, TC, Twitter, Microsoft, Tech, Annie, EC, FirstMark Capital, Alex, Sarah, EMC, Mary Meeker, Duolingo, Zoomo, Lucas Matney, Anthony Ha

The Duolingo EC-1

Education may well be the most important activity we conduct as a society — and it may also be the hardest space to build a startup in. Selling to school districts and universities is notoriously difficult, but enticing consumers is even harder. Learning takes focus, patience, tenacity and resources, and most consumers would prefer to watch some lip-sync videos on TikTok than stare at math equations (not to mention that such entertainment is free). Engagement and education feel aggressively at o...
Tags: Startups, TC, Education, Tech, EC, Edtech, Duolingo, Pittsburgh, Mascarenhas, Luis Von Ahn, Danny Crichton, EC-1, Richard Dal Porto, EC Edtech, Natasha Mascarenhas Mascarenhas, Nigel Sussman Duolingo

Erin Condren New Life Planner Launch!

It's here! The new  launch to EC Insiders today and general launch is on Tuesday, May 4th. SIgn up to be an EC Insider using my link and if you are new to EC, you can get $10 off your first purchase. Thank you to the Erin Condren team for sending me some of their new Life Planner launch products to review. This year there are so many choices and sizes (8.5 X 11, 7X9, A5 Coiled, A5 Ring Planner, Binder), along with three main designs to choose from: an updated Mid-Century Circles design, Flora ...
Tags: Fashion, EC, Flora, Binder, Erin Condren, Flora Vertical

Erin Condren New Life Planner 2021-22 Flora Vertical Photos

    The new launch to EC Insiders on Monday, May 3rd and the general launch is on Tuesday, May 4th. SIgn up to be an EC Insider using my link and if you are new to EC, you can get $10 off your first purchase. I am #teamflora this year and I am so here for it! I did an IGTV flip through of this planner but as promised here are photos of the planner. I did the more photos for the month of July and the rest of the year are the dividers from July 2021- June 2022. I have an 18 month planner and af...
Tags: Fashion, EC, Erin Condren, EC Flora Life Planner

European Union: European Commission Proposes Legislation Regulating AI - Arnold & Porter

On April 21, the European Commission (Commission) proposed legislation (EC Proposal) that would comprehensively regulate artificial intelligence systems in the European Union, including...
Tags: News, European Union, EC, Arnold, Porter, European Commission Commission

Emotional marketing and an e-mail titan walk into a bar

My mom cuts to the chase when she is describing my beat to others. In her words, I cover companies like Uber before they become companies like Uber. And honestly? I can’t exactly disagree with the description. The best feeling in tech journalism is telling a story about a startup before it becomes a household name. As an early-stage reporter, I honestly bet a lot on the potential of a savvy edtech founder or creative marketplace play. And when I’m doing my job right, I point to the unique insigh...
Tags: Startups, TC, Microsoft, India, Tech, Sydney, Miami, Las Vegas, EC, Fintech, Shopify, Ryan Hoover, Jira, Sara Mauskopf, Singh, Novak

Streaming mad: EC charges Apple with abuse of dominance, distorting competition in Spotify case

If found guilty, Cupertino could have to cough over $27bn The European Commission today said it believes Apple has abused its absolute control of app distribution on iOS, resulting in the disadvantage of third-party streaming services that compete with Apple Music.…
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Software, European Commission, EC, Cupertino

European Commission takes legal action against AstraZeneca for breach of contracts

The European Commission is going to take legal action against the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for breaching the established contracts and not delivering the agreed doses. This was announced on Twitter by Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, who pointed out that "every life counts." See more stories on Insider's business page. This is an automated machine translation of an article published by Business Insider in a different language. Machine transl...
Tags: Trends, Eu, European Union, United States, United Kingdom, European Commission, Astrazeneca, Brussels, EC, Reuters, Johnson Johnson, La Stampa, BI International, Ministry of Health Read, auto-translation Spanish, International Licensed Content

Extra Crunch roundup: Klaviyo EC-1, micromobility’s second wave, UiPath CFO interview, more

Origin stories are satisfying because we already know the hero will overcome the odds — and in doing so, they’ll reveal their core strengths. This week, we published a four-part series about how Klaviyo co-founders Andrew Bialecki and Ed Hallen bootstrapped their startup into an e-commerce marketing automation platform now valued at $4.15 billion. Neither founder was bitten by a radioactive spider or received a serum that enhanced their entrepreneurial skills; instead, they focused on outreach t...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Europe, Advertising Tech, Finance, US, San Francisco, United States, Michael Dell, SaaS, Venture Capital, SEC, Dell, EC, Vmware

UK: EDPB Publishes Response To European Commission On Processing Personal Data For Health-Related Research - Stevens & Bolton

Beverley Flynn, head of data protection comments on the EDPB recently issued response to the questions raised by the EC clarifying the application of the GDPR in respect of processing personal data for health-related research.
Tags: UK, News, EC, Bolton, EDPB, Beverley Flynn

The Klaviyo EC-1

E-commerce is booming as retailers race to transform their brick-and-mortar footprints into online storefronts. By some counts, the market grew an astonishing 42% in 2020 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and estimates show that online spending in the U.S. will surpass $1 trillion by 2022. It’s a bonanza, and everyone is figuring out this new terrain. Consumers are likely familiar with the front-end brands for these storefronts — with companies like Amazon, Shopify, Square, and Stripe owning...
Tags: TC, Enterprise, Boston, Tech, SaaS, EC, Mailchimp, Morrison, Klaviyo, Danny Crichton, Roblox, EC-1, Richard Dal Porto, EC Marketing Tech, Klaviyo EC, Amazon Shopify Square

Marketing in 2021 is emotional and not just transactional

Brands are emotions made physical. The clothes we wear, the media we consume, the devices we use — all signal not only to others what we value and see in ourselves, they also are a way to construct our very identities. Experimenting to deepen that bond has been at the core of the marketing profession for a century; its origins rooted in Freudian psychoanalysis. There had always been one critical limitation, though: Marketers had to appeal to the masses. Radio, television and print media allowed ...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Enterprise, Boston, Tech, Radio, SaaS, EC, Klaviyo, EC-1, COVID, EC Marketing Tech, ECI Media Management

Drama and quirk aren’t necessary for startup success

Many of the stories in our EC-1 series tell tales of startups in the wilderness hacking out green field opportunities. Klaviyo is a different breed of company: One that went into an established market and challenged powerful incumbents, ultimately finding success with a new, more data-oriented generation of email marketers. As such, the lessons that it offers are, perhaps, more subtle; its insights bordering on common sense. But as the saying goes, common sense to an uncommon degree becomes wisd...
Tags: TC, Enterprise, Boston, Tech, SaaS, Silicon Valley, EC, Klaviyo, EC-1, EC Marketing Tech

Frontline Combat #9 - Wally Wood art

Frontline Combat #9 Frontline Combat v1 #9, 1952 - The Civil War is the theme for this special EC issue. Wally Wood chronicles the early days leading up to the conflict. In St. Louis, crowds gather in the streets, anticipating violence. The artwork is exquisitely drawn, starting with the opening panel. A pair of military drums in the foreground and a riverboat in the far distance are [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Comics, War, EC, 1950s, St Louis, Wood, 13, Unknown, Wally Wood, AALink

What does it take to create a startup ecosystem?

Say it louder for the people in the back: As tech grows bigger by the minute and venture capital adds dollar signs by the day, a startup hub’s success is not an either/or situation. The next Silicon Valley is a tired narrative, when in reality startups look, innovate and create differently all over the world. On that note, my colleagues spent the past few months digging into the market in Detroit, Michigan: The StockX EC-1 How StockX became the stock market of hype While StockX is the star...
Tags: Startups, TC, England, New York, Wales, Ipo, Tech, Pakistan, Silicon Valley, Cleveland Cavaliers, EC, Detroit, Tiger Global, IVP, Coinbase, Dan Gilbert

Hear how StockX brought the sneaker scene to Detroit

At TechCrunch’s Detroit City Spotlight this week, I sat down with Rae Witte, the journalist behind the StockX EC-1. TechCrunch’s EC-1 push allows individual authors to go deep on a particular company. And as StockX has been headquartered in Detroit since its inception, we took the chance to dig into our reporting in front of our friends from Motor City. All about StockX Introducing the StockX EC-1 Origin story: How StockX became the stock market of hype Authentication and StockX’...
Tags: TC, Tech, EC, Detroit, Sneakers, Witte, StockX, Rae Witte, Detroit City Spotlight

Erin Condren: New Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Collection

  I'm so excited to announce the new ! Featuring four designs created by Asian artists, I couldn't be more proud to be an Asian American right now. The collection gives back 35% of the net proceeds through May 31, 2021 to Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ) a not-for-profit organization advocating for human rights for Asian Americans. Thank you Erin Condren for speaking out against Asian hate and for being an advocate for our community! Each collection features covers which can be used on...
Tags: Fashion, EC, Emma, Jenny, Lauren, Erin Condren, Heritage Month Collection

European Union: Insurance Quarterly Legal And Regulatory Update, January - March 2021 - Dillon Eustace

On 1 February 2021, the European Commission published a summary report on its consultation on the review of the Solvency II Directive (2009/138/EC) (the Solvency II Directive).
Tags: News, European Union, European Commission, EC, Dillon Eustace

Check out the tech leaders joining us on Extra Crunch Live in May

Extra Crunch Live, our weekly event series that connects founders with tech leaders, is really picking up speed. Recently, we had a conversation with Accel’s Dan Levine and Scale’s Alexandr Wang about how sometimes, unconventional VC deals are the best deals. We’ve also taken a walk through early decks from companies like Poshmark, Steady and Justworks. Steady’s Adam Roseman and investor Emmalyn Shaw outline what worked (and what was missing) in the Series A deck But we’re only getting s...
Tags: TC, Tech, Toyota, EC, FirstMark Capital, Accel, Sequoia, Bessemer, Cunningham, Olson, Dan Levine, Edwin Olson, ECL, Shaun Maguire, Kent Bennett, Rick Heitzmann

Why expensive workout gear is actually cheap

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. For this week’s deep dive Natasha and Alex wanted to dig into the Tonal EC-1, a huge document spread across a number of posts. Our goals were pretty simple: To better understand Tonal’s journey, and also to get into the mind of its author. So we corralled JP Mangalindan into firing up his computer, microphone, and recording software for a chat. Here’s what we cover...
Tags: Apple, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Tech, EC, Equity, Alex, Natasha, Peloton, Equity podcast, Tonal, EC-1, Tonal EC