TechCrunch is more than a simple site with words. We’re also building a growing stable of podcasts focused on the most critical topics related to the worlds of startups and venture capital. To help you find the right show for your interests, we’ve compiled our audio release of the week.
Below are the latest from Chain Reaction, our stellar new crypto-focused podcast hosted by Lucas and Anita. You’ll also find Found, a lengthy tome that delves into the true saga of business creation from Jordan and Darrell. There is an audio-only version of TechCrunch Live hosted by Mast which features founders and investors discussing successful pitch decks. Finally, there’s Equity, TechCrunch’s long-running Webby-winning podcast focused on venture capital and the latest startup news, hosted by Natasha, Mary Ann and alexander.
We have more to come, so stay tuned. And if you prefer writing to speaking, we also have newsletters on the above topics.
Episode 5: Moonbirds Founder Talks Crypto Crash and the Aftermath of NFTs (with Kevin Rose)
Welcome back, this week Lucas and Anita discuss the turmoil and heartache in the crypto markets as Bitcoin and Ethereum take a big hit, a number of other popular tokens crash, and public stocks align with the crypto like Coinbase and Robinhood are seeing their price crash. What caused this bloodbath? Well, a major catalyst was the disastrous implosion of Terra’s Luna token following the ongoing stablecoin issues.
In their interview this week, Lucas and Anita chat with Kevin Rose. Kevin is a serial entrepreneur who founded Digg in the early 2000s and is now an investor at True Ventures and co-founder of Proof Collective. His startup recently raised $10 million from Seven Seven Six and launched his NFT Moonbirds project, which quickly became one of the most popular NFT efforts. Listen as we discuss the crypto crash and its fallout, as well as the challenges ahead for NFTs.
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Episode 5: Organizing monstrous tours for self-driving startups
Raquel Urtasun founded Waabi in 2021 after spending nearly three years as an Advanced Technology Group (ATG) R&D manager at Uber. Waabi’s mission is to develop an AI-driven approach to accelerating the commercial deployment of autonomous vehicles, starting with long-haul trucks. To do so, his company raised an $83.5 million Series A with Khosha Venture’s Sven Strohband leading the round. The two will talk about Urtasun’s unique (and towering) perspective and what allowed the company to elevate the massive A-series.
This event is also available on YouTube. See upcoming events here!
Episode 56: Sassie Duggleby, Venus Aerospace
Sassie Duggleby is leading the Venus Aerospace team to develop a space plane that could fly from Los Angeles to Tokyo in an hour. As CEO, Sassie sets the tone that his team doesn’t have to buy into the typical startup grind to solve serious deeptech problems. She speaks with Darrell and Jordan about honoring the company’s namesake – Venus, the Goddess of Love – and loving her customers and employees well, while striving to bring the world closer with greater travel. environmentally friendly and more efficient.
Episode 513: The dominoes are falling
Hello and welcome to Equity, a podcast about startup activity, where we unpack the numbers and nuances behind the headlines. Every Monday, Grace and Alex skim through the news and save notes on what’s happening to kick off the week.
Luckily again we didn’t start the day talking about Elon Musk and Twitter, although the news wasn’t exactly great:
- Stocks are down sharply around the world. And crypto prices, which track larger asset prices, are also significantly lower over the past day and week.
- Uber’s CEO tells his company things are changing. Adjusted EBITDA is out, FCF is there. Are you hiring? Gonna slow down. Capital expenditure? These will have tougher looks, and so on. During the show, we asked about the downturn and whether or not it might impact the vibrant crypto startup market.
- Neat funding rounds from Pyramid, which raised $120 million, and Paymob, which raised $50 million.
Episode 514: Tech layoffs don’t happen to companies, they happen to people
This is our Wednesday show, where we focus on one topic, think about one question, and unpack the rest. This week, Natasha and alexander asked: What does the latest wave of layoffs mean for tech workers?
The question comes after Natasha’s recent Startups Weekly column, “The Great Resign, Meet the Great Reset.” In the article, which included a roundup of recent tech layoffs, she explored the idea of employee whiplash and why this moment of setback is different from what we saw in March 2020.
The focus of the episode was to humanize the tech layoffs we’ve seen ripple through the startup ecosystem, from big names like Cameo, On Deck, and Robinhood to B2B platforms like Workrise and Thrasio. As our article from last week noted, the common thread running through most of these layoffs, according to the founders, is that there has been a shift in the market and a serious pivot in business is needed. A pivot, i.e. harming the employees who built your product after high demand.
Episode 515: How close are we to understanding what’s going on?
This week we recorded live, which is always great fun, which means we answered a few questions from the audience. If you want that version of the show, we have a YouTube archive of it here.
For those of you who like audio more, we’ve got you covered here. Natasha, Alex, and Grace teamed up with Julio and Yashad to host the shindig, allowing us to cover the following:
- The end of the iPod, time to reflect on technological trends.
- The release of a Modern Fertility co-founder and the MARA cycle bringing more money to the African fintech scene.
- From there, it was the Terra crash, Coinbase earnings, and the general change in sentiment in the crypto scene.
- Next, Tiger and falling startup valuations.
- And we ended on some personal notes.
And that’s the recap for the week — tweet us if you have any suggestions or questions. Ahead!