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Hello and welcome to Equity, a podcast about startup activity, where we unpack the numbers and nuances behind the headlines.

This is our Friday episode, a look at top news headlines, startup funding rounds, and everything happening in the world of startups and tech. The whole gang was together this week, including our excellent production team Grace and Chris, and the reception team Mary Ann, Natasha, and alexander.

Despite the fact that it’s a vacation week here in the US, the tech news was, well, as crazy as ever. At this point, anything else would be a shock.

So what have we come to? All this and more:

  • Rebundle’s incredibly neat startup idea and funding cycle. We love a Midwestern startup here on the show thanks to Alex’s roots, which means when we talked about banana fiber, hair extensions, venture capital, and St. Louis all at once, we were in fashion.
  • Wheel reinvented itself again with a $150 million Series C, while Gale Health played matchmaker with understaffed teams and nurses.
  • Plaid buys Cognito, a fintech startup, for about $250 million. The deal got us thinking about the power of APIs, the future of fintech, and why we don’t hear about startup mergers and acquisitions anymore.
  • Part of the why of this question could be anti-trust pressures, the kind that Microsoft will hit with its bid to buy Activision Blizzard, a games company. Microsoft already has several game studios (Mojang, Bethesda), its own gaming platform (Xbox), and has long owned and operated the key PC gaming operating system (Windows). How much more should he have?
  • We’ve also covered Wordle, Free Games, and the Open Web in our game chat, so there’s a lot to unpack there, frankly! send us your starting word.
  • Finally, no better time than the present to return to no code. Sometimes the technology is a bunch of brilliant brand changes, but other times the basic angles become non-negotiable strategies. No code, like AI and ML, is one of them. And companies like Walnut and Softr are snapping up the resulting rewards.

Phew! What a week. If you’re already tired, don’t look at the calendar. It will only terrify you.

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