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Heeeey! At this time has been a enjoyable, wealthy, and diverse day of stories in your favourite tech information web site. Haje obtained the unlucky information that he shall be attending his fifteenth CES in Las Vegas, so should you’re going together with your startup, the TC hardware team wants to hear from you. Oh, and we have now a slew of present guides developing — here’s a sneaky preview for the first few, if you need some inspiration for getting the soar in your vacation purchasing. — Christine and Haje
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Startups and VC
Smoodi desires to see its smoothies within the palms of, nicely, everybody, and it closed $5 million to expand the reach for its robotic smart blender, Christine reviews. Not gonna lie: we favor smoothie robots over robots getting used to kill individuals. See Brian’s article about how the police department in San Francisco can now use robots to kill people. In different robotic information, additionally from Brian, Monarch delivers its first “smart tractor.”
In the meantime, it looks as if Mozilla is on a shopping for spree. At this time, Kyle reviews that it acquired Active Replica to build on its metaverse vision, and yesterday, Paul wrote that the company snapped up the team behind Pulse, an automatic standing updater for Slack.
One other fistful of stories tales to brighten your day:
Pitch Deck Teardown: Hour One’s $20M Sequence A deck
Startups are approaching language studying from each angle: Hour One makes use of AI to deploy avatars that flip textual content into video.
In 2020, its founders raised a $5 million seed spherical, however earlier this yr, it raised $20 million extra through a Sequence A. Right here’s a whole breakdown of the corporate’s unredacted 11-slide deck:
- Cowl slide
- “At a look” abstract slide
- Resolution slide
- Market dimension slide
- Worth proposition slide
- Product slide 1
- Product slide 2
- Target market slide
- Case examine slide
- Group slide
- Closing slide
Haje takes a have a look at the great, the unhealthy, and the ugly within the firm’s $20 million collection A pitch deck:
Three extra from the TC+ group:
Large Tech Inc.
As we sift by means of Elon Musk’s tweet regarding hate speech today, we have now to level on the market’s been loads of “FAFO” happening within the Twitterverse, and Kanye West is the most recent to FO what occurs when he FAs. Just a bit over a month after Kanye was reinstated on Twitter, Elon Musk suspended his account once more for breaking the social media large’s guidelines, Ivan writes. This additionally comes as West decides he isn’t buying Parler in any case. Darrell has extra.
In the meantime, on the planet of company shake-ups, Mary Ann delivers a primo headline for her story on Opendoor’s CEO Eric Wu, who stepped down right now, whereas Aria reviews that area firm Astra is restructuring its administration group after Benjamin Lyon resigns.
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