Google announces its I / O plans, Facebook is testing an audio question-and-answer feature, and Patreon triples its valuation. This is your Daily Crunch for April 7, 2021.
The big story: Google I / O will be back practically next month
Google canceled its giant developer conference last year during the pandemic. This year, the show will return in virtual form, from May 18 to 20. It will be free and open to everyone.
Google is following the lead of companies like Apple (which is hosting a virtual WWDC in June) and Microsoft (which will be holding a virtual version May 25-27).
The giants of technology
Facebook is testing Hotline, a question-and-answer product that’s a mix of Clubhouse and Instagram Live – Unlike Clubhouse, creators can choose to turn on their cameras for the event, instead of just audio.
Twitch Expands Rules Against Hate And Abuse To Include Off-Platform Behavior – News comes as Twitch continues to face reports of abusive behavior and sexual harassment, both on the platform and within the company itself.
E-bikes and headphones among first third-party hardware to support Apple’s Find My tracking – VanMoof’s S3 and X3 electric bikes will feature tracking functionality, as well as a “Locate with Apple” logo Find My ”located at the bottom of the crossbar.
Startups, financing and venture capital
Patreon triples valuation to $ 4 billion in further increase – This was a $ 155 million funding round led by Tiger Global.
Plaid Raises $ 425 Million Series D From Altimeter As It Plots A Post-Visa Future – After its $ 5.3 billion sale to Visa plummeted through January, it became clear that Plaid would chart its own future.
Authentic Artists builds AI-powered virtual musicians – These musicians will perform their own concerts, initially in Twitch, and be able to respond to audience requests.
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Building and Leading an Early Stage Sales Team with Zoom CRO Ryan Azus – Prior to his role at Zoom, Azus built RingCentral’s North American sales organization from scratch.
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