Market Analysis

The NFT craze will be a boon for lawyers

The best way to know which aspects of the NFT craze will outlast this trendy boom is to look at the history of comparable assets; people have been making crypto collectibles for nearly seven years.

Viewing Cazoo’s proposed SPAC debut through Carvana’s windshield

Can the market hold up the optimism that many SPAC-led debuts are implying in their pricing? I do not know. But there are a lot of wagers being made in the market today that are giving me pause.

E-commerce roll-ups are the next wave of disruption in consumer packaged goods

The interest in creating value through e-commerce brands is striking. So what’s the roll-up hype about?

UiPath’s IPO filing suggests robotic process automation is booming

UiPath added its name to the list of companies pursuing public-market offerings with the release of its S-1, which details a quickly growing software company with sharply improving profitability.

WeWork lines up for a second run at the public markets

At this point, if you aren't going public via a direct listing, traditional IPO or SPAC, are you even a growthy business?

Amid pandemic, Middle East adtech startups play essential role in business growth

There is tremendous potential in the Middle East for adtech startups and digital marketing agencies. Although consumers there used to prefer traditional advertising, the internet took over in 2020.

Automakers, suppliers and startups see growing market for in-vehicle AR/VR applications

While it's not likely that we'll be driving around wearing VR headsets anytime soon, in-car AR is already changing the way we travel, and it promises to continue to evolve.

Will fading YOLO sentiment impact Robinhood, Coinbase and other trading platforms?

What would happen to Robinhood and its cohorts if the apparent cooling in consumer trading demand continues? Let's talk about it.

A look at 4 IPO updates and 2 late-stage funding rounds

Covering YC Demo Day yesterday was good fun, but I missed a few items while watching several hundred startup pitches. A few years ago, these stories might have been the biggest news of the week. But w

Our favorite companies from Y Combinator’s W21 Demo Day: Part 2

We've reached the end of Y Combinator's biggest Demo Day, which saw more than 300 companies pitching back-to-back over eight hours.

Our favorite companies from Y Combinator’s W21 Demo Day: Part 1

If you don't have time to skim through 300+ startups, we've aggregated some of the companies that really managed to catch our eye. This is part one of two, covering our favorites from the companies th

Clubhouse UX teardown: A closer look at homepage curation, follow hooks and other features

UX expert Peter Ramsey and TechCrunch reporter Steve O'Hear discuss some of Clubhouse's UX challenges as it continues to onboard new users at pace while it strives to create enough stickiness to keep

Discord’s reported $10B exit; Compass and Intermedia Cloud Communications set IPO price ranges

There's a lot of news this morning, so let's discuss all the big dollars before YC demo day kicks off.

Coursera set to roughly double its private valuation in impending IPO

At its most generous share count and highest projected price, Coursera's valuation could reach $5.56 billion.

Where is the e-commerce app ecosystem headed in 2021?

The closest match to the growing e-commerce stack is the marketing automation stack, making it worthwhile to compare and contrast the growth of these ecosystems and what drives consolidation.

ironSource is going public via a SPAC and its numbers are pretty good

Let's rewind back through TechCrunch's ironSource coverage during its life as a private company and then examine its financial results.

NFTs could bridge video games and the fashion industry

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) offer new ways for consumers to collect, wear and trade fashion online. Now that most fashion shows have scaled back or gone virtual, they may become an important tool for t

Deep science: AI is in the air, water, soil and steel

This column aims to collect some of the most relevant recent discoveries and papers — particularly in but not limited to artificial intelligence — and explain why they matter.

AI fintech products are operating at scale and investor interest is maturing

Per a new dataset I spent this morning chewing on, VCs are firing cannons of capital into the AI startup world while exits reach new records.

Snowflake gave up its dual-class shares. Should you?

Why would Snowflake give up such a powerful tool a mere six months after it went public? We decided to look at the notion of dual-class shares and why Snowflake may have been willing to let them go.
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