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Welcome again to the Daily Crunch for Friday, June 18. Congratulations! You’ve made it to the top of the week with out Alexander, who will return bright-eyed on Monday.

TechCrunch has the break day for Juneteenth, so this can be a tad pared down. And by “a tad pared down” I imply rather a lot pared down.

To begin off, how about you’ve a take heed to the newest episode of our award-winning podcast, Equity. Natasha and Danny managed to fill the half hour even sans Alex, so test it out.

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Speaking of podcasts, Spotify introduced it acquired Podz, a podcast discovery app. With an increasing number of podcasts popping up in numerous classes, it’s getting tougher and tougher to decide on ones you’re keen on, not to mention discover them. Spotify is hoping it will assist shore up its platform by offering brief clips that apparently provide you with sufficient data to subscribe, or not, and preserve utilizing the platform to your podcast listening functions.

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Ford is having fun with its EV second. The firm simply introduced its E-Transit cargo van and F-150 Lightning Pro. The automaker has added to its EV secure with the acquisition of Electriphi, a battery administration and fleet monitoring software program startup.

And talking of fleets! Gopuff, an on-demand items, meals and alcohol supply service, acquired rideOS, a fleet-management platform. The $115 million acquisition ought to assist the corporate with its plans to increase into New York.

Startups and VC

Indian fintech startup BharatPe is in superior phases of talks to boost about $250 million in a brand new financing spherical led by Tiger Global. The Series E spherical offers the agency a pre-money valuation of $2.5 billion. The spherical hasn’t closed, so phrases could change, sources cautioned.

More fleet motion is afoot! KeepTruckin, a {hardware} and software program developer that helps trucking fleets handle automobile, cargo and driver security, raised $190 million in a Series E spherical. The firm, now valued at over $2 billion, hopes to speculate the dough into its AI-powered merchandise (GPS monitoring, ELD compliance and dispatch and workflow) and enhance its sensible dashcam, which it claims immediately detects unsafe driving behaviors like cellular phone distraction and shut following and alerts drivers in actual time.

Mediflash is a brand new French startup that desires to enhance temp staffing in healthcare amenities, similar to nursing properties, clinics and psychological well being amenities. The firm acts as a market that connects well being amenities with caregivers who, it says, can anticipate extra income — as much as 20% — whereas amenities find yourself paying much less.

Big Tech Inc.

The London-based Centre for Economic Policy Research organized a few panel discussions to look at the necessity for markets-focused competitors watchdogs and consumer-centric privateness regulators to assume exterior their respective “legal silos” and discover inventive methods to work collectively to sort out the problem of Big Tech market energy. Read evaluation by Natasha Lomas in regards to the conversations, which introduced collectively key regulatory leaders from Europe and the U.S. She says the discussions offered a glimpse into what the long run form of digital markets oversight may appear like at a time when recent blood has simply been injected to chair the FTC.

The U.Ok.’s chief information safety regulator has warned over reckless and inappropriate use of reside facial recognition in public locations. The data commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, famous that quite a lot of investigations already undertaken by her workplace into deliberate purposes of the tech have discovered issues in all instances.

Revisiting EC-1s

Since it’s an off day for us right here, now’s an ideal time so that you can compensate for the EC-1s we’ve got printed thus far this yr. Grab a number of buckets of popcorn and your beverage of selection and settle into some weekend studying.


Tonal is a novel entrant within the upscale health market, utilizing a proprietary mix of {hardware}, software program and content material to convey complete power coaching to the house in as small and environment friendly of a package deal as potential. (Written by JP Mangalindan)


StockX sits on the nexus of two radical transitions that isn’t simply redefining markets, however our tradition as nicely. StockX’s online-only market is used for getting and promoting sneakers, streetwear, electronics, collectibles, purses and watches which are primarily sneaker and streetwear culture-adjacent. Now valued at $2.8 billion, StockX has facilitated over 10 million transactions. (Written by Rae Witte)


Klaviyo helps entrepreneurs personalize and automate their electronic mail messaging to clients. It is probably not a family title to shoppers (a minimum of, not but), however in some ways, this startup has grow to be the usual by which electronic mail entrepreneurs are judged in the present day, triangulating in opposition to veterans Mailchimp and Constant Contact and using the e-commerce wave to new heights. (Written by Chris Morrison)


Duolingo is a language-learning app that’s utilized by 500 million folks the world over to be taught Spanish, English, French and extra, all whereas producing bookings of $190 million in 2020. It’s a smashing success, however a hit that was hard-earned after a years-long effort of product and income experimentation to search out its present area of interest within the edtech house. (Written by Natasha Mascarenhas)


If expense administration is about avoiding company plunder, then letting the pirates and hackers run the ship might be the most effective method. And now, Expensify is plundering the company spend world one journey ticket and enterprise meal at a time simply because the world is rebuilding within the wake of COVID-19. (Written by Anna Heim)


Brazil’s banking system is a large market, and one ill-served by incumbents. If somebody may thread the needle of product improvement, technique and political horse buying and selling required to construct a financial institution in a rustic the place it’s practically not possible for foreigners to personal or spend money on a financial institution, it might be one of many nice startup and financial success tales of this century. Nubank is on its approach to realizing that goal. (Written by Marcella McCarthy)