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Day: July 5, 2023

Day: July 5, 2023

Announcing the SaaS Stage agenda at TechCrunch Disrupt 2023

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) has become something akin to the default model for software distribution. But it’s more than a business model. It’s also a way of developing and managing software throughout its life cycle — and that means its underpinnings are forever changing. We decided to host a special SaaS Stage at TechCrunch Disrupt 2023 to dig deeper into the current state of SaaS, especially now that AI is changing the software landscape once again. We announced the new stage a few weeks ago, and today we’re excited to provide a first look at the agenda. Stay tuned — we’ll add

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Fairphone’s repairable smartphone goes on sale in US for the first time — in a ‘deGoogled’ Murena e/OS variant

European sustainable smartphone brand Fairphone is dipping a toe in the US market by making its flagship repairable handset available to buy there for the first time via another collaboration with e/OS, a French privacy-focused not-for-profit open source OS maker that offers a “deGoogled” mobile operating system. The Dutch ethical electronics social enterprise remains focused on selling modular kit in its home region. But announcing a pilot to sell one of its smartphone models in the US today — namely the Murena Fairphone 4 with /e/OS — it said it’s keen to learn more about the market where it’s seen

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Blue Origin eyes international expansion

Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin is looking to expand into international markets, with the company in the early stages of eyeing up a launch site outside of the United States, CEO Bob Smith said earlier this week. Blue Origin is also actively looking for partnerships and acquisitions “in Europe and beyond” to further grow its launch and space services businesses, according to reporting from the Financial Times. Europe could prove to be fertile ground for the company, as that continent faces constricting launch availability due to the imminent retirement of the Ariane 5 rocket. That leaves just two rockets

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EGYM, the Munich-based smart fitness startup, raises $225M from Jared Kushner’s Affinity Partners

The technology industry at large might not be in the best of health at the moment, but health and fitness startups appear to be alive and well. EGYM, the Munich-based “smart workout solution” business, has agreed a monster equity investment of €207 million ($225 million), on the back of a very strong year of growth, led by the investment firm started by Jared Kushner. The company’s business includes both a line of connected hardware (its own gym equipment); software (apps and diagnostics to measure and optimise how people work out on EGYM’s and other connected fitness equipment); a corporate health

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Meta’s Threads app is a privacy nightmare that won’t launch in EU yet

Meta’s planned Twitter killer, Threads, isn’t yet publicly available but it already looks like a privacy nightmare. Information provided about the app’s privacy via mandatory disclosures required on iOS shows the app may collect highly sensitive information about users in order to profile their digital activity — including health and financial data, precise location, browsing history, contacts, search history and other sensitive information. Given that Meta, the developer behind the app, the company formerly known as Facebook, makes its money from tracking and profiling web users to sell their attention via its behavioral advertising microtargeting tools this is hardly surprising.

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Steering through venture’s global correction with the GPCA’s CEO

Hello and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines. This is our Wednesday show where we niche down to a single topic and dig deep. All the cool kids are filling out the Equity listener survey. We want to hear from you!  Long-time Equity listeners and TechCrunch readers should be familiar with LAVCA, an association of capital managers in the Latin America region. We have reported on its data a number of times. Well, it turns out that LAVCA is part of the larger Global Private Capital

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Yes, investors will sign an NDA, but only in this specific circumstance

If you’ve tried to get an investor to sign a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) before you pitch them, you’ll often be waved off with something like, “We don’t do that.” That is somewhat sensible: Investors talk to a lot of startups, so signing an NDA could open them up to liabilities in many ways. For example, an investor could agree to not share anything you’ve disclosed, but it’s possible they heard another startup doing exactly what you do, with exactly your approach a couple of weeks before they spoke to you. That puts them in an awkward position. This practice is

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The TechCrunch Disrupt 2023 July 4th sale ends today

Last call for price-savvy TechCrunchers! Our weeklong July 4th sale ends today! We resurrected our early bird for the occasion, and this is your final chance to score serious savings for TechCrunch Disrupt 2023, taking place on September 19–21 in San Francisco. July 4th sale on TechCrunch Disrupt 2023 passes ends today Need a reminder? This early-bird holiday sale bites the dust tonight, July 5 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Save up to $800 over the full admission price when you buy one of these Disrupt passes: Expo+ Pass: $95 Sale: $75 General Admission: $650 Sale: $450 Founder Pass: $550 Sale: $350

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CADDi raises $89M Series C to scale its B2B supply chain marketplace for manufacturing parts 

The pandemic has damaged the entire manufacturing supply chain, which is not likely to return to normal until at least 2024 due to a few challenges, including the ongoing U.S.-China tech battle. According to a recent survey by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), which surveyed more than 150 equipment manufacturing firms and 179 equipment manufacturing executives, 98% of the respondents still are facing the supply chain issue and more than half are experiencing worsening supply chain conditions owing to a labor shortage and access to source intermediate components.  Today, a startup called CADDi, which operates a business-to-business (B2B) marketplace

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